AMHERST, Mass. – Shutting out the Owls in the second half, the fourth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team powered past Keene State, 24-7 in Second Round action of the NCAA Championships Wednesday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 15-3 on the season, while Keene State closes out 2018 with a 12-5 overall ledger. Staying alive in the NCAA postseason, Amherst advances to the Third Round and is set to play York at home on Saturday, May 12.
First to strike, Connor Nolan found Jon Nassif for the score 1:02 into the contest to jump the Owls out to a quick 1-0 lead, however the Mammoths went on to tally the next four goals, with Jon Coffey '20 (2), Trenton Shore '19, Dylan Peabody '21 each beating the Keene State netminder to make it 4-1 with 3:48 on the clock in the first quarter.
Michael Fritschy stopped the Amherst run with an unassisted goal at the 2:56 mark to cut the Owls deficit to 4-2, but Matt Solberg '20 helped the Mammoths own a 6-2 edge at the end of one by converting on Jackson Herrick '20 dish before sending an assist to Jack Norton '19 with three seconds remaining.
The Mammoths outscored Keene State, 9-5 in a fast paced second stanza, with Colin Minicus '20, Logan Lair '20 and Dylan Finazzo '20 potting the first three goals of the period.
Trading goals throughout the next 10 minutes of play to enter intermission with the Mammoths owning a 15-7 lead, Anthony Marcella, Nassif (2), Hunter Arnold, Dave Wiedenfeld each found nylon for the Owls, while Coffey (2), Norton, Ian Kadish '18, Herrick and Minicus notched scores for Amherst.
Extending the Mammoths advantage to 17-7 in the third quarter, Peabody logged the two lone scores of the stanza to record the hat trick, netting passes from Brogan Mahon '19 and Jimmy McAfee '19 at the 5:56 and 4:54 marks.
Clinching the second half shut out, Amherst added seven goals to the board in the fourth period while holding the Owls scoreless to secure the 24-7 victory.
Zach Schwartz '18 got the 7-0 run started on a pass from Herrick with 13:32 to play, before Peabody and Schwartz tallied back-to-back player-up scores to give the home team as 13 goal cushion. Shore (2), Andrew Ford '18 and Norton closed out the Second Round win, with each Mammoth potting markers in the final 10 minutes.
- In between the pipes, Chad Simons '20 (9-2) made 11 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Chase Chamberlin (0-1) racked up 13 stops for Keene State in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned a 37-20 edge in shots on target and 39-36 advantage in ground balls.
- Drew Kelleher '18 and Finazzo went 10-for-11 and 15-for-20, respectively, at the face off dot to lead Amherst's 27-for-35 effort, while Reid Shilling '21 caused a game-high three turnovers.
- Amherst finished 3-for-9 on player-up opportunities and a perfect 16-for-16 on clears, while the Owls went 19-for-24 on clear attempts and 0-for-5 while up a player.