NEW LONDON, Conn. – A prolific first and third quarter by the Mammoths highlighted by sophomore Jon Coffey's eight goal day proved insurmountable for the Camels, as the No. 7 Amherst College men's lacrosse team continued to roll with a 24-11 victory over Connecticut College Tuesday evening at Silfren Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-2 on the season and to 6-1 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 8-4 overall (4-4 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Saturday, April 14 when they travel to third-ranked Tufts for a 1 p.m. conference clash.
Jumping the Mammoths out to a 2-0 lead, Coffey netted back-to-back scores in the first five minutes with assists from Jack Norton '19 and Colin Minicus '20 before PJ Kelleher connected with Jordan Foster at the 9:09 mark to get the Camels on the board.
Kelleher notched his second assist of the stanza at the 3:49 mark, finding Sean Smith for the goal, however unassisted scores by Jimmy McAfee '20 and Coffey pushed the Mammoths' lead to 6-2.
Capitalizing on an Amherst holding penalty, Smith beat the Mammoths' netminder while up a player, but markers by Andrew Ford '19 and Minicus in the final 45 seconds before the buzzer extended the visitors edge to five.
Striking 28 seconds into the second period and at the 8:26 mark, Brian Maguire and Kelleher sandwiched a goal by Evan Wolf '19 to bring the Camels within four before an Amherst 3-0 run that featured scores by Norton, Max Keeley '18 and Coffey gave the Mammoths a comfortable 12-5 cushion.
Connecticut College owned the final marker of the first half, as Ben Parens potted an unassisted score with 4:27 on the clock to cut the Amherst lead to 12-6 at intermission.
Posting their largest point differential of the battle in the third stanza, the Mammoths outscored the Camels 9-2 to take a 21-8 advantage.
Logging their third player-up goal of the contest, Foster opened the second half with a marker 42 seconds into the period with an assist from Kelleher before Amherst broke the bout open with a 9-1 run.
Coffey and Dylan Finazzo'20 each sent shot over the goal line in an eight-second span, before Wolf recorded three consecutive goals to set the score at 17-7.
Maxx Trotsky responded with a Camel marker with 6:11 on the clock, but the Mammoths impressively netted four more scores in the final 3:12 behind markers from Minicus, Coffey (2) and Jordan Sanford '18.
The final 15 minutes of regulation saw each side find nylon three times, with Foster (2) and Trotsky potting the Connecticut College goals and Coffey and Ethan Kazmierski '21 adding scores for the Mammoths to lift the visitors to the 24-11 win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Chad Simons '20 (4-1) racked up six saves in the winning effort for the Mammoths, while Gib Versfeld '21 and Cameron Mitchell '21 combined for four stops in the fourth period in relief. Jameson Hill (6-4) took the loss for the Camels, making four saves, while Hunter Rosenthall added nine saves and Colin Smith tacked on four more in the relief effort.
- Finazzo went 18-for-25 to lead Amherst's 23-for-38 effort at the face off dot and posted a game-high eight ground balls, while Coffey led the Mammoths in forced turnovers with four.
- Amherst owned a 41-21 edge in shots on target and a 48-31 advantage in ground ball pickups.
- The Mammoths finished a perfect 19-for-19 on clears and went 0-for-1 up a player, while the Camels went 13-for-25 on clear attempts and 5-for-8 on player-up opportunities.