WATERVILLE, Maine – Leading from start to finish, the No. 4 Amherst College men's lacrosse team used a 17-goal first half to cruise past Colby College, 24-6 in its 2019 season opener Saturday afternoon at Bill Alfond Field.
With the win, Amherst opens up the season with a 1-0 overall ledger and a 1-0 mark in league play, while Colby falls to 0-1 on the year (0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field this Tuesday, March 5 when they travel to Western New England for a 7 p.m. non-conference clash.
The first quarter was all Amherst, with the Mammoths tallying the first eight goals of the contest to jump out to a comfortable lead. Evan Wolf '19 kicked things off for the visitors, potting Amherst's first goal of the spring with an assist from Jon Coffey '21 1:49 into the battle.
Getting on the board with 54 seconds remaining in the first, CJ Hassan beat the Amherst netminder to make it 8-1 before Coffey tallied his second goal of the period with 20 seconds before the horn to push the score to 9-1.
The second stanza featured another strong start by the Mammoths, with Amherst logging five unanswered markers to take a controlling 14-1 lead.
Colby responded with their only back-to-back goals of the day, as Bill Jacobs recorded an unassisted goal while up a man at the 7:42 mark before Bret Miller potted an unassisted score two minutes later.
The Mammoths countered with three scores of their own to close out the first half, with Minicus, Mallette and PJ Clementi '22 each finding nylon to set the score at 17-3.
The third quarter featured Mammoth goals by Wolf, Minicus, Kazmierski and Cater Tate '22 and and a Mules' score by Charlie Lynch to make it 21-4 entering the final 15 minutes of play.
Both sides tallied two man-up scores in the fourth, with Riley Regstrom and Hassan potting scores at the 13:59 and 5:25 marks and Jack Patton '21 and Tate logging goals with 11:23 and 7:03 on the clock.
Amherst closed out scoring with 3:53 on the clock, with Tate beating the Mules' netminder for his third goal of the day and the contest's final score to lift Amherst to the 24-6 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- One of three Mammoths to see action in between the pipes, Chad Simmons '20 (1-0) registered eight stops in 30 minutes to earn the win for Amherst, while Gib Versfeld '21 made four stops in 21:10 and Chad Simmons '20 made one save in 5:03. Billy Chizmar (0-1) took the loss for Colby, making four saves in 30 minutes, while Cooper Giblin racked up eight saves in relief.
- At the faceoff dot, Juan Gonzalez '22 was 11-of-25, while Grant Chryssicas '20 went 3-for-5 and picked up a team-high five ground balls. Minicus led the contest with two caused turnovers.
- Hassan led the Mules offense with two goals on five shots on frame, while Jung Shin earned five ground ball pickups.
- Amherst finished 14-for-33 on face offs, 4-for-9 on man-up opportunities, and 24-of-25 on clears.