No. 7 Amherst Downs Elizabethtown to Advance to Third Round of NCAA Championship

No. 7 Amherst Downs Elizabethtown to Advance to Third Round of NCAA Championship



AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths eclipsed the 20-goal mark for the 10th time this season, as a dominant 10-goal first quarter lifted the No. 7 Amherst College men's lacrosse team past Elizabethtown College, 21-9 Wednesday afternoon in a 2019 NCAA Championship Second Round clash at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

Win the win, Amherst improves to 15-3 on the season, while Elizabethtown closes out 2019 with an 11-8 overall ledger. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, May 11 when they host Little III rival and No. 10 Wesleyan University in Third Round action. Opening faceoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Asserting dominance out of the gate, the Mammoths netted 10 unanswered goals through the first 14 minutes of play to jump out to a comfortable 10-0 lead.

Matt Solberg '20 kicked off Amherst's run 1:15 into the contest, driving past his defender and ripping a shot into the top right corner.

Finding the back of the net 28 second later, Jackson Herrick '20 stutter stepped to gain room before sending a bounce a shot into the nylon.

Jon Coffey '20 kept things rolling at the 12:36 mark off a dish from Brogan Mahon '19 before Harrison Osborne '21 made the most of a free start at midfield as he sprinted towards net and drove a shot past the Blue Jays' keeper.

Senior Jack Norton's first score of the day with 7:54 on the clock pushed the home team's lead to 5-0, before Colin Minicus '20, Norton, Evan Wolf '19 (2) and Jack Patton '21 each added markers to make it 10-0 with 1:26 remaining in the first period. 

Breaking through with seven seconds before the horn, Andrew Watts capitalized on two Amherst holding penalties to get the Blue Jays on the board.

A competitive second stanza saw Elizabethtown outscore the Mammoths 5-3 to set the score at 13-6 at the half.

Trading goals through the first seven minutes, goals by the Blue Jays' Mike Scrafano and Watts were countered by Coffey and Mahon, before a score by Herrick with 8:04 on the clock made it 13-3 in favor of the Mammoths.

Closing out the first half strong, Elizabethtown found netting three more times before intermission, with Nick Cost, Ben Hiltebeitel and Cody Richter (man-up) each beating the Amherst netminder.

Starting off the second half the same as the first, the third quarter was all Amherst, with the Mammoths shutting out the visitors while tallying four more scores.

Solberg had the Mammoths' first goal of the period, cutting back on his defender and ripping a bounce shot from 10-yards out into the nylon.

Wolf made it 15-6 at the 12:42 mark as he took advantage of an odd man rush and faked a pass to the far post before tucking a shot into the bottom right corner.   

A Coffey score with 4:01 on the clock gave Amherst a 10-goal edge, before Minicus closed out the third with a low-to-high shot just under the bar off a dish from Wolf. 

The fourth quarter saw Amherst own a 4-3 advantage en route to clinching the 21-9 victory. 

Watts, Richter and Hiltebeitel were the goal scorers for Elizabethtown in the period, while Norton (2), Trenton Shore '19 and Herrick potted daggers for the Mammoths.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Gib Versfeld '21 (2-2) registered nine saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Tom Mahoney (11-7) made 18 saves for the Blue Jays in the loss.
  • Norton led all players with four goals on the day, while Wolf's six points were a game-high. Dylan Finazzo '20 and Juan Gonzalez '22 both excelled at the dot, going 11-for-14 and 12-for-19, respectively, and each posting a contest-leading 10 ground balls. Rod Castro '20, James Crovatto '21 and Tamer Sullivan '21 led Amherst's defensive unit with two caused turnovers apiece.
  • The Mammoths owned a dominant advantage in shots (50-35), face offs (24 -34) and ground balls (58-21) and finished 0-for-1 on man-up opportunities, while Elizabethtown finished 2-for-10 on man-up chances.