WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A strong opening quarter by the Ephs proved too much to battle from as the No. 2 Amherst College men's lacrosse team was edged by No. 13 Williams College, 13-11 Saturday afternoon at Farley-Lamb Field.
With the setback, Amherst suffers its first loss of the spring and falls to 10-1 on the season and to 5-1 in league play, while Williams improves to 8-2 overall (4-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field this Tuesday, April 9 when they host Connecticut College beginning at 6 p.m.
Responding with three straight goals, Cory Lund, Calvin Collins and Brendan Hoffman each sent shots into the nylon to give Williams a two-goal edge, before Jackson Herrick '20 teamed up with Jack Norton '19 to get Amherst back within one.
Once again responding to a Mammoths' goal with a 3-0 run, Matthew Seligson and Kevin Stump (2) rattled off three scores in the final 5:47 to give the home team a 6-2 lead after 15 minutes of action.
Chipping away at Williams' lead in the second period, Amherst outscored the Ephs' 3-2 to set the score at 8-5 at intermission.
A man-up score by Norton with an assist from Evan Wolf '19 with 3:22 on the clock cut the Mammoths' deficit to 7-5, while the Ephs' Seligson potted the final goal before the buzzer three minutes later.
Pushing their advantage to four, the Ephs countered every Amherst goal and then one in the third period to make it 12-8 entering the final 15 minutes of regulation.
Jared Strauss, Hoffman, Chris Burdick and Lund were the goal scorers for Williams' in the stanza, while Wolf and Minicus (2) hit netting for the Mammoths.
Despite holding the Ephs to only one goal in the fourth quarter, the Mammoths comeback bid was not enough as Amherst fell to their archrivals, 13-11.
Making things interesting down the stretch, Amherst tallied the first three goals of the fourth to get the visitors within one.
Ethan Kazmierski '21 sparked the Amherst run with an unassisted dagger at the 10:13 mark. Less than a minute later Minicus logged his fifth of the day with a dish from Wolf before finding the back of the net once again with 7:47 on the clock with an assist from McAfee.
An Alex Kitt score 11 seconds later at the 7:36 mark pushed the Williams' lead to 13-11 and stood as the final goal of the game as both sides combined for just two shots on frame in the remaining minutes.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Chad Simons (10-1) racked up 14 saves in the loss for Amherst, while Harry Gahagan (8-2) made 10 stops for Williams in the winning effort.
- Minicus was the lone Mammoths' multi-goal getter with a game-high six scores. Six different Amherst players grabbed two ground balls, while Rod Castro '19 posted a contest leading four caused turnovers.
- Amherst owned the edge in shots, 48-45, while Williams held the advantage in ground balls, 26-21, and went 19-for-26 on face offs.
- Up a man, Amherst finished 1-for-2, while Williams went 1-for-3.