AMHERST, Mass. – Netting six goals in three different quarters, the fourth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team pulled away from the Bantams down the stretch to post a 19-11 victory over Trinity College Wednesday evening at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst closes out the regular season with a 13-2 overall ledger and a 9-1 mark in league action, while Trinity finishes the 2018 season at 4-10 overall (1-9 NESCAC). Capturing the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championships tournament, the Mammoths return to the field on Saturday, April 28 when they host No. 7 Bowdoin at 3 p.m.
Striking 2:19 into the matchup, Jon Coffey '20 found Evan Wolf '19 alone behind the Bantams defense to give the home team a 1-0 led before Coffey netted a marker of his own just over a minute later with an assist Colin Minicus '20 after David White '18 forced a turnover at midfield.
Spud Dunn tallied the first Bantam score of the matchup with 8:17 on the clock, getting the angle and ripping a shot short-side.
Responding two-fold, Coffey potted back-to-back goals for the Mammoths in a 19 second span, with Minicus and Wolf dishing pinpoint passes to the attacker.
Cutting their deficit to 4-2 at the 2:43 mark, Ben Ferrucci connected with Drew Kozub for the score, however Amherst quickly countered with goals by Minicus and Max Keeley '18 in the final minute of the first quarter to set the score at 6-2.
Capitalizing on a Mammoths slashing penalty, the Bantams needed only seven seconds to get on the board in the second period as Andrew Collins drove a bounce shot into the nylon to log the player-up score before beating the Amherst netminder once again at the 8:48 mark on a dish from Kozub to bring the visitors back within two.
Potting what stood as the Mammoths final goal of the first half, Ian Kadish '18 snuck a shot from the right side just inside the near post, while Ryan Tassan capped off the stanza by powering a shot from 60 yards downfield into an empty net at the 1:50 mark.
Minicus opened scoring in the third stanza with an unassisted tally with 13:56 on the clock, before a run by Trinity that featured goals by Meyers, Kozub and Collins deadlocked the contest at 8-8.
Trading the next two markers, Coffey notched a score for the Mammoths with an assist from Minicus and Dunn converted on a pass from Myers to make it 9-9 before Amherst posted four unanswered markers to take a 13-9 lead with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
Kadish extended the Amherst lead to five at the 12:19 mark in the fourth quarter before Troy Hanlon finally put an end to the Mammoths unanswered streak with a goal with 9:52 to play.
Outscoring the Bantams, 5-1 to close out the battle, Collins tallied the final Trinity score, while Minicus, Drew Kelleher '18, Coffey, Solberg and Keeley each added a goal for Amherst to help lift the Mammoths to the 19-11 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Chad Simons '20 (7-1) registered 19 stops in goal in the winning effort for Amherst, while Woody Hamilton (4-10) racked up 14 saves for Trinity in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned a 33-31 edge in shots on target and a 37-28 advantage in ground balls.
- Dylan Finazzo '20 went 19-for-25 to lead Amherst's 21-for-33 effort at the faceoff dot, while Zack Anderson '18 posted a contest-high three forced turnovers.
- Amherst finished a perfect 18-for-18 on clears and 1-for-2 up a player, while Trinity went 19-for-21 on clear attempts and 2-for-6 on player-up opportunities.