Amherst Defense Suffocates Springfield in 22-8 Win

Amherst Defense Suffocates Springfield in 22-8 Win

AMHERST, Mass. – Six different Mammoths had a multi-goal game and four different goalkeepers recorded a stop for the home team as the No. 2 Amherst College men's lacrosse team stifled Springfield College, 22-8 Tuesday evening at Gooding Field. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 8-0 on the season, while Springfield drops to 2-6 overall. Amherst returns to the field this Saturday, March 30 when they host Middlebury in a conference clash at 1 p.m. 

Evan Wolf '19 kicked off an Amherst 3-0 run to open the game at the 13:28 mark, capitalizing on a feed from Jackson Herrick '20 before Matt Solberg '20 drove an unassisted marker over the goal line two minutes later. Teaming up with Wolf with 10:44 on the clock, PJ Clementi '21 tacked on another Mammoths' score before Jack Vail got the Pride on the board with an assist from Patrick Watson at the 9:21 mark. 

The Mammoths' responded with another 3-0 run, with Wolf (man-up) and Jon Coffey '20 (2) each netting goals to push the score to 6-1.   

Cutting the home team's advantage to three before the end of the first, Watson tallied an unassisted dagger with 3:13 on the clock, before Lucas Habich sent a shot past the Amherst netminder 1:35 later.

Potting his second consecutive goal and Springfield's lone score of the second stanza, Habich got the Pride within two 49 seconds into play.

That was as close as the visitors got to the Mammoths in the contest, as Amherst rattled off seven straight goals to close out the half.

Solberg sparked the 7-0 run at the 12:29 mark, before goals by Coffey sandwiched a Herrick score. Up a man, Trenton Shore '19 found Jack Norton '19 for the score with 4:38 on the clock, while Wolf and Solberg each found nylon to make it 13-4 at intermission. 

Continuing their offensive dominance in the third quarter, the Mammoths extended their unanswered streak to 14-0 to push the score to 20-4. 

Teaming up on back-to-back goals, Clementi found Wolf for scores at the 12:27 and 8:58 marks. Herrick added another Amherst score to the board five minutes later before Clementi (2), Solberg and Harrison Osborne '21 each logged daggers in a two minute span. 

The Pride finally got back in the scorebook with four seconds remaining before the horn, as Zachary Schuette drove an unassisted shot over the goal line to set the score at 20-5 entering the fourth period.

A low scoring final stanza saw Springfield own a 3-2 edge, with Cameron Glover, Watson and Cole Pecora tallying scores for the Pride and Osborne and Jonathan Endicott '22 tacking on goals for Amherst to lift the Mammoths to the 22-8 victory. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Chad Simon '20 (8-0) made nine saves in 45 minutes in the winning effort for Amherst, while Gib Versfeld '21, Cam Mitchell '21 and Jack Siegel '22 each logged one or more saves in the fourth quarter in relief. Cole Finerty (2-6) took the loss for Springfield, making 15 stops in 45 minutes, while Daniel Biesty recorded two stops in relief.
  • Wolf paced the Amherst attack with five goals and two assists, while Coffey and Solberg each netted four scores. Juan Gonzalez '22 picked up a game-high seven ground balls followed by Coffey with six, while Rod Castro '19 forced three turnovers.
  • Gonzalez went an impressive 11-for-15 at the X to headline the Mammoths 18-for-34 effort on face offs.
  • Amherst owned the advantage in shots (64-32) and ground balls (43-23) and finished a perfect 3-for-3 on man-up opportunities, while Springfield went 0-for-4 up a man.