Starting in Style: Mammoths Top Leopards 7-0 to Kick Off Year

Starting in Style: Mammoths Top Leopards 7-0 to Kick Off Year

BOSTON, Mass. – Amherst College did most of their damage in the first half, scoring five goals on their way to a 7-0 victory over Wentworth Institute in the college's 2018-19 season opener on Wednesday evening at Sweeney Field.

Six different players scored goals, and two student-athletes collected their first collegiate points in the biggest offensive output for Amherst since the 2010 season.

First year German Giammatei had two goals and an assist, and Dane Lind '20 assisted on three goals while scoring once himself.

"Tonight was a good start," said Head Coach Justin Serpone. "I'm happy with the win, but most happy about how we won. All 25 guys played hard and did their jobs well." 

Amherst outshot the Leopards 32-3, including an 18-1 edge in shots on goal.

Luke Nguyen '19 got the scoring started when he finished off a feed from Lind just fourteen minutes into the game. Less than two and a half minutes later, Lind bagged his own marker, beating the goalie 1v1.

Giammattei, who had assisted on Lind's goal, scored twice within a minute. He one-timed a ball off the foot of Will Cohen '19 and then took a one-touch pass from Jack O'Brien '21 for his second collegiate goal.

Sophomore Dylan Steele curled in a shot over the arms of Phillip Chomicki, who made eleven saves for the Leopards (1-1-1), including one on a penalty kick in the second half.

Steele's goal in the 38th minute capped the scoring for the first half with Amherst ahead 5-0.

Lind was the provider on both second half goals, feeding the head of Sean Fitzgerald '19 in the 72nd minute and setting up Nico Kenary '22 for his first collegiate goal seven and a half minutes from full time.

Michael Stone '21 and Bernie White '22 combined for the shutout, with Stone making the only required save in 61:24 of action.

The 7-0 score-line matched that of games in 2010 against Husson and Saint Joseph's (ME).

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play starts in earnest this weekend, and the Mammoths will travel to Bowdoin on Saturday for a 12:00 pm affair.

"We have to turn the page quickly," said Serpone. "Saturday will be here quickly and Bowdoin is as good as they always are. It's going to be a battle."