AMHERST, Mass. – Getting back in the win column behind an all-around team effort, the No. 5 Amherst College men's lacrosse team cruised past Connecticut College, 23-8 Tuesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 11-1 on the season and to 6-1 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 3-9 overall (0-8 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action this Saturday, April 13 when they host No. 6 Tufts University on Senior Day. Opening faceoff is slated for 1 p.m.
First on the board, PJ Kelleher gave the Camel's their lone lead of the game 1:03 into the contest, powering an unassisted marker over the goal line.
Countering with a 4-0 run, Evan Wolf '19 broke through for the Mammoths at the 10:25 mark with an unassisted strike before beating the Camels' netminder less than two minutes later off a dish from Robinson Armour '22. A man-up score from Colin Minicus '20 made it 3-1, before Minicus found Wolf for the goal with 7:14 on the clock.
A Sean Smith goal off a dish from Kelleher midway through the stanza cut the visitors' deficit two 4-2, before Wolf and Minicus each tacked on Amherst scores to give the Mammoths a four-goal cushion.
Both sides found nylon in the final 25 seconds, with Kelleher logging his third point of the period for the Camels on an unassisted dagger and Armour making the most of a feed from Minicus to set the score at 7-3 at the end of 15 minutes.
Shutting out Connecticut College in the second quarter while adding six goals to the board, Grant Chryssicas '21, Minicus (2), Logan Lair '20, Chase Yager '22 and Ethan Kazmierski '21 each sent shots past the Camel's keeper as the Mammoths owned a comfortable 13-3 lead at intermission.
After the break, Connecticut College goals at the beginning and end of the third stanza sandwiched six Mammoths' scores as the home team pushed their lead to 19-5 heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
Jordan Foster kicked off scoring in the period at the 14:06 mark with an assist from Kelleher, before Wolf (2), Jon Coffey '20 (3) and Minicus teamed up to score six Amherst markers. Winston Palmeri netted the final goal of the quarter for the Camels.
The most tightly contested stanza of the night came in the fourth, with the Mammoths owning a 4-3 edge to cap of the dominant 23-8 victory.
Sean Smith, Jordan Foster (man-up), and Byron Shahin (man-up) were the goal scorers for the visitors, while Jackson Herrick '20, Carter Tate '22, Trenton Shore '19 and Chryssicas each tallied daggers for Amherst.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Chad Simons '20 (11-1) made one stop in 16:31 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Gib Versfeld '21, Cam Mitchell '21 and Jack Siegel '22 combined for seven stops on relief. Colin Smith (2-8) took the loss for the Camels, making 14 saves in 43:29, while Billy Dreyer logged five stops in relief.
- Wolf and Minicus notched six and five goals, respectively, to lead the Mammoths' offense, while Rod Castro '20 had a stellar game on defense with eight caused turnovers. Coffey and Tamer Sullivan '21 each posted team-high five ground ball pickups.
- The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots (59-29) and ground balls (46-33) and went 1-for-3 up a man, while Connecticut College went 2-for-3 on man-up opportunities.