OWINGS MILLS, Md. – In an instant classic, the Mammoths stormed back from a five goal deficit at the half to hand the Tigers their first regular season loss since March, 25, 2017 as the No. 4 Amherst College men's lacrosse team edged No. 2 Rochester Institute of Technology, 17-16 in a thriller Saturday afternoon at the Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson University.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-0, while RIT suffers its first loss of the spring and falls to 5-1 overall. Amherst returns to the field this Tuesday, March 19 when they host Endicott in a non-conference clash beginning at 4:30 p.m.
First on the board, Ryan Agedal gave the Tigers the early edge with an unassisted marker 2:44 into the contest before Evan Wolf '19 and Jon Coffey '20 countered with two quick goals in a nine second span to put the Mammoths ahead, 2-1.
That stood as Amherst's only lead until the fourth quarter as RIT put together a 5-0 run over the next eight minutes to set the score at 6-2. Shawn Nally kicked off the stretch with a man-up score at the 8:41 mark, before Cameron Gebhardt, Ryan Tandy, Ryan Barnable and Shawn Nally each beat the Amherst neminder.
Grant Chryssicas '21 disrupted the Tigers' run with an unassisted goal with 2:38 on the clock, while RIT's Nally potted the final marker of the first quarter to set the score at 7-3 after 15 minutes of action.
In a tightly contested second quarter, RIT outscored the Mammoths 4-3 to own a 12-7 advantage at halftime.
Goals by juniors Jackson Herrick and Colin Minicus sandwiched a man-up score from Dawson Tait in the first five minutes of the period, before Damon Currie, Cam Isaac and Luke Henderson put together three unanswered goals to push the score to 11-5.
Amherst responded with back-to-back unassisted tallies by James Crovatto '21 and Wolf, while Currie teamed up with Nally to pot the final score of the opening half with three seconds remaining before intermission.
Holding the Tigers to two goals while exploding for seven scores, the Mammoths came roaring back in the third quarter to erase their five goal deficit and deadlock the battle at 14-14 heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
After Dylan Peabody '21 (man-up) and Barnable traded goals to open the stanza, Amherst erupted for a 5-0 run. Kicking things off at the 9:08 mark, Wolf logged his third score of the day with an assist from Minicus before Matt Solberg '20 capitalized on a dish from Ethan Kazmierski '21 to cut the Mammoths deficit to 13-10.
Seniors Brogan Mahon and Jack Wolff kept things rolling two quick unassisted scores in a 12 second span before Jack Norton '19 teamed up with Peabody to tie the game at 13 all while up a man at the 2:23 mark.
Tait halted the Mammoths unanswered run with 2:06 on the clock, sending a dish from Nally into the nylon, however that goal was countered by Wolf at the seven second mark to set up an electrifying fourth quarter.
Outscoring the Tigers 3-2 when it mattered most, the Mammoths clinched the one-goal, 17-16 victory to hand RIT its first loss in 30 regular season games.
Grabbing a two-goal cushion, Kazmierski netted an unassisted goal at the 11:44 mark before Solberg made it 16-14 off a dish from Wolff with 8:43 on the clock.
RIT answered with back-to-back goals of their own, with Currie and Tait sending shots over the goal line to notch the matchup at 16-16 with 5:10 remaining.
Norton played hero for the Mammoths, recording what stood as the game-winner at the 3:37 mark as he gathered a pass from Solberg 15 yards out and drove a crank shot into the bottom left corner.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Simons (5-0) registered 15 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Walker Hare (5-1) made 16 stops for RIT in the loss.
- Wolf headlined the Mammoths' offense with four goals, while Gonzalez and Rod Castro '20 picked up 16 and seven ground balls, respectively. Minicus and Chase Yager '22 each posted a team-high two caused turnovers.
- Nally, Tait and Currie each potted three scores to lead the RIT attack, while Matt Pogue led the team in ground balls with six. Patrick Shoemay led all players in caused turnovers with three.
- Gonzalez finished 23-for-35 at the X for the Mammoths (24-for-37), while Pogue went 4-for-9 on face offs to lead the Tigers 13-for-37 day.
- RIT owned a slight 49-48 edge in shots, while Amherst owned the advantage in ground balls, 57-40.
- Both sides finished 2-for-3 on man-up opportunities, while the Mammoths went 20-for-25 on clears and RIT finished 17-for-27 on clear attempts.