AMHERST, Mass. – A 4-2 edge in the opening quarter proved to be the difference maker for the Mammoths as the sides went goal-for-goal over the next 45 minutes en route to the No. 2 Amherst College men's lacrosse team claiming a 12-10 win over Endicott College Tuesday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-0 on the spring, while Endicott falls to 1-5 overall. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, March 23 when they travel to Hamilton for a 1 p.m. conference clash.
First to to strike, Neal Parry gave the Gulls an early edge off a feed from Will Clark at the 12:21 mark.
Countering with four answered goals, Matt Solberg '20 got the Mammoths on the board with 10:22 on the clock to spark the 4-0 run, sending a dish from Brogan Mahon '19 over the goal line. Teaming up for back-to-back scores, Colin Minicus '20 found Evan Wolf '19 twice in the next six minutes, before Mahon picked up his second helper of the day on a pass to Jon Coffey '20 to put the Mammoths ahead, 4-1.
Up two men following Amherst holding penalties, Matt McClear connected with Ben Clark with 35 seconds remaining to cut the Endicott deficit to two after 15 minutes of play.
The teams went goal-for-goal in a tightly battled second period, with scores by Solberg and Coffey countering goals from Endicott's A.J. MacDonald and Mike Sudora to set the scoreboard at 6-4 at the half.
Once again going tit-for-tat in the third quarter, a strike by Jack Wolff '19 at the 11:59 mark was quickly answered by Derek Yannone 34 seconds later. Sophomore Ethan Kazmierski put the home team back up by three 2:40 minutes later, however a goal by Sudora with 3:40 on the clock brought the Gulls back within two entering the final period.
Starting the stanza on a 3-1 run, the Mammoths looked to break away from Endicott with Solberg (2) and Jack Norton '19 each potting unassisted tallies for Amherst. Jack Sutherland had the Gulls lone score in the first 12 minutes of the fourth.
Making a bid for the late comeback, Endicott netted three goals in the final 2:16. Nick Arcadipane kicked off the run with an assist from Sam Abate, however that goal was countered less than a minute later by Wolf to make it 12-8 with time winding down.
Fighting until the final buzzer, Sutherland cut the Mammoths' lead to three with 37 seconds remaining before Parry got the visitors within two with 10 seconds on the clock. That was as close as the Gulls got to netting the equalizer, however, as Amherst held on to clinch the 12-10 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Chad Simons '20 (6-0) made 13 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Patrick Dean (1-5) recorded nine stops for Endicott in the loss.
- Solberg and Wolf paced the Mammoths offense with four and three goals, respectively, while Coffey picked up a game-high eight ground balls. Sophomore Tamer Sullivan led Amherst with two forced turnovers.
- Juan Gonzalez '22 finished 9-for-18 at the face off X to lead Amherst's 12-for-25 day.
- The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots and ground balls, 46-33 and 39-29, and went 0-for-2 up a man, while the Gulls finished 1-for-3 on man-up opportunities.