LEWISTON, Maine – Holding momentum from start to finish, the Mammoths tallied six or more goals in all four periods as the No. 6 Amherst College men's lacrosse team handed No. 12 Bates College its fourth loss of the spring, 25-12, Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 12-2 on the season and to 7-2 in conference play, while Bates falls to 9-4 overall (6-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field this Wednesday, April 24 when they travel to Trinity College for their regular season finale. Opening faceoff is slated for 6 p.m.
Hot out of the gate, the Mammoths found the back of the net three times in the first 2:17 of play, with Evan Wolf '19 kicking off scoring with an unassisted strike at the 13:43 mark.
Getting the home team on the board with 11:57 on the clock, Matt Chlastawa notched an unassisted score, before goals by Coffey, Colin Minicus '20 and Jimmy McAfee '20 countered a score by Dahnique Brown-Jones to set the score at 6-2 after 15 minutes of action.
Building on their lead in the second period, Amherst added seven goals while holding the Bobcats to just two scores to own a nine-goal, 13-4 lead at intermission.
Minicus (2), Trenton Shore '19 (man-up), Ethan Kazmierski '21 (2), Luke Mallette '20 and Coffey were the goal scorers for the Mammoths in the quarter, while Chlastawa and Steven Canale potted goals for Bates.
Continuing to press on the gas after the break, Grant Chryssicas '21 and Kazmierski netted back-to-back unassisted tallies to push the Mammoths lead to 15-4, before Otis Klingbeil beat the Amherst netminder while up a man at the 10:33 mark.
Matt Solberg '20 and Wolf each struck in a 19-second span to make it 17-5 before the sides went goal-for-goal in the final 7:58 behind markers from the Mammoths' Wolf (2) and the Bobcats' Brendan Mullally and Jack Scribner to set the score at 19-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
The most closely contested of all four stanzas, the Mammoths outscored the home team 6-5 in the final 15 minutes to clinch the big 25-12 victory.
Bate's Klingbeil and Amherst's Dylan Peabody '21 traded goals over the next three minutes, before three consecutive man-up scores by Bates' Andrew Small, Klingbeil and Curtis Knapton proved to be the last goals of the day for the home team.
Adding two daggers in the final two minutes, Shore netted his second man-up score of the matchup and Jonathan Endicott '22 made good an as pass from Carter Tate '22 to put an exclamation point on the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Cam Mitchell '21 (1-0) registered nine saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Gib Versfeld '21 made two stops in 6:30 in relief. Rob Strain (6-2) took the loss for Bates, making 12 saves in 45 minutes, while Mitchell Drake made one stop in the fourth quarter in relief.
- The Mammoths owned a dominant advantage in ground balls, 47-19, and went a perfect 3-for-3 on man-up opportunities, while Bates held the edge in shots, 56-53, and finished 4-for-7 up-a-man.
- Wolf and Coffey paced the Amherst attack with four goals each, while Yager posted a game-high four caused turnovers. Lair's seven ground balls were a team-high, while McAfee added six ground ball pickups.