AMHERST, Mass. – Highlighting a dominant day for the Mammoths, Evan Wolf '19 potted his 100th career goal with 9:19 remaining in the fourth quarter to help lead the fourth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team past Bates, 26-12 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium on Senior Day.
With the win, Amherst improves to 12-2 on the season and to 8-1 in league play, while Bates falls to 7-7 overall (3-6 NESCAC). Amherst closes out the regular season on Wednesday, April 25 when they host Trinity under the lights. Opening faceoff is set for 6 p.m.
The two sides traded scores throughout a back-and-forth first period, with Bates opening the game with goals from Brendan Mullally and Curtis Knapton to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
Quickly countering, Jon Coffey '20 and Dylan Finazzo '20 each potted unassisted markers in a seven second span in the 11th minute, before Clarke Jones put the visitors out in front once again, 3-2 at the 10:16 mark.
Responding two-fold to, Coffey and Logan Lair '20 added two more goals to the board with assists from Ian Kadish '18 and Jimmy McAfee '20, however a marker by Curtis Knapton with 8:06 once again deadlocked the score.
Amherst closed out the quarter with a 3-2 run, as Drew Kelleher '18, Coffey and Jordan Sanford '18 found nylon for the Mammoths and Mullally and Burke Smith netted goals for the Bobcats to set the score at 7-6 after 15 minutes of play.
Padding their lead to three, the Mammoths outscored Bates 5-3 in the second stanza to own a 12-9 lead at intermission.
Wolf and Matt Chlastawa each tallied a marker in the first six minutes to kick off the period, before Amherst went on a 3-0 run behind two goals from Colin Minicus '20 and a Jack Norton '19 score to make it 11-7.
Jack Maritz and Chlastawa sandwiched a player-up goal by Trenton Shore '19 in the final five minutes before the buzzer as Amherst held on to a three-goal cushion.
Breaking the game wide open in the second half, Amherst added 14 goals to the board and held the Bobcats to just three scores to clinch the 26-12 victory.
Starting the period strong, Wolf notched back-to-back unassisted markers before Coffey beat the Bobcats netminder with 11:15 on the clock to push the score to 15-9.
Jones logged what stood as Bates' lone goal of the quarter at the 9:26 mark, before Amherst responded with four unanswered tallies from Minicus, Wolf and Coffey (2) to take a nine-goal edge. McAfee, Norton, David White '18 and Minicus assisted on the scoring plays.
Matching their seven-goal effort in the fourth quarter, Amherst set a new program single-game scoring record with 26.
Striking at the 11:28 mark, Jack Wolff '19 powered an unassisted score into the nylon before Wolf capitalized on a Bates holding penalty and drove as pass from Matt Solberg '20 over the goal line to record his 100th career goal with 9:19 remaining in the matchup.
Mullally and Smith notched the final Bobcats goals at the 7:45 and 6:28 marks, respectively, while Coffey (2), Dylan Peabody '21, Norton and Shore were the goal scorers for Amherst in the final nine minutes.
- Chad Simons '20 (6-1) racked up 12 stops in the winning effort for Amherst, while Mitchell Drake (0-1) made 26 saves for Bates in the loss.
- Amherst finished 26-for-40 at the faceoff dot, with Finazzo and Kelleher going 19-for-28 and 7-for-11, respectively.
- Zach Anderson '18 posted a game-high three forced turnovers, while Minicus and Wolf each logged five ground ball pickups.
- Amherst owned a 25-52 edge in shots on target and a 40-25 advantage in ground balls.
- The Mammoths finished 4-for-6 up a player, while the Bobcats went 1-fo-6 on player-up opportunities.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's game marked Senior Day for the Mammoths who will graduate 12 seniors following the 2018 season, including: midfielder David White, face off man Drew Kelleher, midfielder Jack Cahill, captain and midfielder Ian Kadish, captain and midfielder Max Keeley, long stick midfielder Greg Roder, defender Drew Altizer, long stick midfielder Jordan Sanford, midfielder Connor Sheehan, midfielder Brett Inglesby, attacker Zach Schwartz and defender Zack Anderson.
- As a class, this year's seniors have compiled an overall mark of 56-15, a .789 winning percentage, with a 32-6 record against NESCAC opponents and a 28-5 record at home. During that time, Amherst has outscored opponents 1050 to 788, has qualified for three NESCAC Championship tournaments, including a trip to the Finals in 2015, and advanced to three straight NCAA Quarterfinals.