Clinton, N.Y – The Mammoths continued to roll Sunday afternoon at Steuben Field, as the No. 2 Amherst College men's lacrosse team outscored the home team 9-2 in the second half to run away from Hamilton College, 20-8.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-0 on the season and to 3-0 in league play, while Hamilton falls to 3-3 overall (1-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field this Tuesday, March 26 when they host Springfield in a 4:30 p.m. non-conference clash.
First to strike, Hamilton jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Chad Morse and Zach Larsen in the opening five minutes before the Mammoths' offense kicked it into gear and rattled off five straight goals to give the visitors a 5-2 edge.
Jon Coffey '20 opened up scoring for Amherst, converting on a dish from Evan Wolf at the 10:26 mark before Wolf and Matt Solberg '20 potted back-to-back unassisted markers. Logging his second of the stanza less than a minute later, Coffey teamed up with PJ Clementi '22 for the goal. Chase Yager '22 closed out the run with an unassisted score with 4:55 on the clock.
A man-up score by Henry Hunt three minutes later cut the Continentals deficit to 5-3, before Clementi notched his second helper of the day on a dish to Jack Norton '19 to set the score at 6-3 after 15 minutes of action.
Adding four more to the board to open the second quarter, Wolf (2), Brogan Mahon '19 and Clementi each found nylon to push the Mammoths' lead to 10-3.
Hamilton closed out the first half with a 3-1 run, with Chris Conley, Henry Hill (man-up) and Ben Gardner each beating the Amherst netminder to counter a score by Wolf.
Dominating play after intermission, Amherst owned a 6-2 edge in the third and shut out the home team in the fourth quarter to outscore Hamilton 9-2 in the second half and clinch the 20-8 victory.
After goals by Morse and Hill (man-up) to start the third quarter cut the Continentals deficit to three, the Mammoths exploded for nine unanswered goals to cap off the conference battle in style.
Norton sparked the 9-0 run at the 8:22 mark in the third, powering an unassisted score over the goal line before Clementi teamed up with Trenton Shore while up a man. James Crovatto '21 and Mahon added unassisted goals to the board in a 38 second span, before Shore and Norton (man-up) each logged scores in the final 1:52 to make it 17-8 entering the final period.
Shutting out Hamilton in the fourth, Amherst tacked on three more goals before the final buzzer, with Wolf dishing out helpers to Clementi and Jack Hutchinson '21 in addition to notching a goal of his own with an assist from Dylan Peabody '21.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Chad Simon '20 (7-0) registered 17 saves for Amherst in the winning effort. Max Scheidl (3-3) took the loss for Hamilton, making seven stops in 36:20, while Seamus Fagan tallied nine saves in 23:40 in relief.
- Wolf's five goals and three helpers paced the Amherst offense, while Clementi dished out a game-high five assists. Juan Gonzalez '22 led the Mammoths at the face off X, going 14-for-25, and picked up a contest-leading seven ground balls, while Rod Castro '19 led all players in caused turnovers with four.
- Amherst owned the advantage in face offs (16-of-30), shots (56-43) and ground balls (48-41) and finished 2-for-4 up a man, while the Continentals went 3-for-7 on man-up opportunities.