NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mammoths owned the edge in the second and third quarters, however two seven-goal periods by the Jumbos proved too much to overcome at the second-seeded Amherst College men's lacrosse team fell to third-seeded Tufts, 20-12 Saturday afternoon at Jackson Field in a NESCAC Semifinals battle.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 14-3 on the season and will now await a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, while Tufts improves to 15-1 overall and advances to play Wesleyan in the NESCAC finals.
The Jumbos came out on all cylinders in the first quarter to jump out to a 7-2 lead, recording the final six goals of the period. First on the board, Colin Minicus '20 struck with an unassisted marker with 12:04 on the clock before Frank Hattler responded 27 second later for the Jumbos.
Jackson Herrick '20 found Jon Coffey '20 for the goal at the 10:36 mark put the Mammoths ahead once again, however the lead was Amherst's last of the game as Tufts' countered with six straight scores from Hattler, Andrew Seiter (2), Ben Connelly (2) and Matt Treiber to build a five-goal cushion.
Closing the gap slightly in the second stanza, the Mammoths cut the Jumbos lead to four, 8-5, at the intermission.
Striking just 33 seconds into the quarter Seiter netted his third score of the battle with an assist from Nick Shanks to make it 8-2. Countering with a three-goal run, Trenton Shore '19 capitalized on a dish from Austin Park '19 at 14:06 mark before assisting on a player-up score by Zach Schwartz 1:06 later.
Sophomore Matt Solberg potted what stood as the Mammoths final goal of the first half with 12:34 on the clock before a marker by Seiter 1:37 before the buzzer set the score at 9-5.
Continuing to chip away at the Jumbos lead in the third period, Amherst outscored Tufts 5-4 to cut their deficit to three entering the final 15 minutes.
Potting back-to-back goals Jack Norton '19 and Max Keeley '18 each found nylon with assists from Dylan Peabody '21 and Shore to make it 9-7. Trading the next four markers, Minicus and Peabody notched goals for the Mammoths and Hattler and Danny Murphy netted scores for Tufts to push the score to 11-9.
Extending the Jumbos lead to 13-9, Griffin Johnson and Murphy each beat the Amherst netminder before Brogan Mahon '19 tallied the final goal of the period at the 2:07 mark to make it a three-goal game.
Finishing strong, the Jumbos repeated their first quarter performance to end the game, outscoring Amherst 7-2 to clinch the 20-12 semifinals victory.
Connelly, Shanks (2) and Murphy posted four unanswered goals to start the stanza to give Tufts a 17-10 lead before the Jumbos finished the game on a 3-2 run. The goal scorers for Amherst, Norton and Solberg logged scores at the 7:49 and 4:04 marks, respectively, while Garrett Samuelson, Matt Treiber and Murphy registered goals for Tufts.
- In between the pipes, Chad Simons '20 (8-2) made 11 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Mason Pollack (12-1) recorded 13 stops for Tufts in the win.
- Taking every Amherst face off, Dylan Finazzo '20 went 23-for-32 at the dot with 18 ground balls and forced a turnover.
- The Jumbos owned a 31-25 edge in shots on target, while the Mammoths held a 42-32 advantage in ground balls.
- Amherst went 2-for-3 on player-up opportunities and a perfect 12-for-12 on clears, while Tufts finished 0-for-2 while up a player and 21-for-23 on clearing attempts.