AMHERST, Mass. – Owning a four-goal break at the half, the Mammoths held the visiting Panthers to just more four goals while adding 11 scores of their own to the board as the No. 2 Amherst College men's lacrosse team closed out a perfect month of March with a 23-12 win over Middlebury College Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-0 on the season and to 4-0 in league play, while Middlebury falls to 3-5 overall (2-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action this Wednesday, April 3 when they host Little III rival, defending National Champion and No. 8 Wesleyan University beginning at 6 p.m.
In a tightly contested first stanza, Amherst put up five goals to the Panthers' four to take a 5-4 lead after 15 minutes on play.
Going on a 4-1 run over the next eight minutes, Matt Solberg '20, Coffey, Trenton Shore '19 (man-up) and Evan Wolf '19 each beat the Panther netminder, while Alderik vanderHeyde capitalized on a dish from Chase Goree for Middlebury.
Closing the gap with time winding down in the period, the visitors scored twice in the final 20 seconds before the horn, with Goree and Laurence Jackson each finding nylon.
Earning some separation in the second quarter, Amherst outscored the Panthers 7-4 to own a four-goal, 12-8 lead at intermission.
After PJ Clementi '22 and Jack Gould traded scores to open the period, Amherst put together three unanswered tallies behind goals from Solberg and Wolf (2) to push the score to 9-5.
The stanza finished with each side potting three goals in the final 6:45, with Panthers' Marshall Cummings, Danny Jacobs (man-up) and Jake Madnick responding to goals from Wolf, Jack Norton '19 and Solberg.
Breaking away from Middlebury after halftime, Amherst claimed a 17-10 lead after 45 minutes of action.
Tallying his second and third goals of the game, Goree had the Panthers two lone scores in the stanza, while Ethan Kazmierski '20 teamed up with Colin Minicus '20 to net the first Mammoths' goal at the 12:29 mark. Coffey added another Amherst score to the board with 11:15 on the clock off a dish from Solberg, before Solberg, Coffey and Norton comprised a 3-0 run by Amherst to close out the period.
Keeping up the pressure in the fourth, Amherst outscored Middlebury 7-2 to clinch the 23-12 victory.
Goree continued to impress for the visitors, logging his fourth goal of the contest while up a man at the 14:38 mark, before scores by Jack Hutchinson '21 and Solberg pushed the score to 19-11.
Tyler Forbes had what stood as Middlebury's final goal of the day with 7:19 remaining, sending an unassisted marker into the nylon.
Finishing out the battle with four straight goals, Coffey, Wolf, Mahon and Norton each powered shots over the goal line in a five-minute span to lift Amherst to the dominant victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Chad Simons '20 (9-0) made 18 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Charles Midgley (3-5) recorded 11 stops for Middlebury in the loss.
- First-year Juan Gonzalez's 16-for-34 effort on face offs led the Mammoths at the X, while his nine ground balls were a team-high.
- Soberg led the Mammoths' attack with five goals and two helpers, while Wolf and Coffey each added five scores. Coffey and Tamer Sullivan each forced a team-high three turnovers.
- Amherst owned the edge in shots, 61-52, and ground balls, 46-40, and went 1-for-1 up a man, while Middlebury finished 3-for-8 up a man.