No. 12 Jeffs Best Bates, 10-6 in 2015 Season-Opener

No. 12 Jeffs Best Bates, 10-6 in 2015 Season-Opener

LEWISTON, Maine - The No. 12 Amherst College men's lacrosse team used three goals from Quinn Moroney '16 and classmate Kane Haffey added two goals as the Jeffs posted a 10-6 victory over NESCAC rival Bates College on Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field in Lewiston, Maine.

With the win, Amherst begins its 2015 slate, 1-0 overall, 1-0 in NESCAC play, while Bates moves to 0-1 on the season, 0-1 in league play.

In the opening quarter, Connor Crump '16 put Amherst ahead, 1-0 when he scored an unassisted goal at the 9:49 mark. The Jeffs added to their lead just 1:38 later when Charlie Gill '16 found the back of the net off a feed from Dylan Park '16 to set the score at 2-0.

Bates answered at the 6:51 mark of the first period when Kyle Weber scored an unassisted goal to cut the Bobcats' deficit to 2-1. With time expired in the first, Moroney netted his first goal unassisted to give the Purple & White a 3-1 cushion.

In the second frame, Moroney continued where he left off from the first, as he struck for back-to-back markers at the 13:48 and 10:47 marks to increase the Amherst lead to 5-1. Jack Strain then pulled one back for the Bobcats at the 8:52 mark, but scores by Park (8:14) and Haffey (1:36) lifted the Jeffs' cushion to 7-2. Michael Litner '16 assisted on Haffey's goal with a man advantage.

Strain opened the scoring with 6:02 to play in the third session. Litner then answered with the first of three straight goals by the Jeffs with an unassisted marker at the 4:51 mark. With 1:30 to play in the quarter, Chris Albanese '17 fired in his first of the season, while Haffey added his second with one minute to play to give Amherst a 10-3 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Scott Barber scored an unassisted goal, while Strain registered two more strikes for Bates to pull the hosts to within four at 10-6. Andrew Melvin assisted on Strain's goal at the 4:50 mark.

Cody Tranbarger '17 (1-0) made 15 saves for the Jeffs, including six in the first period to earn the win. Joe Faria (0-1) turned away 20 shots in the losing effort for the Bobcats.

Drew Kelleher '18 led all players with 10 groundballs, while Moroney added five pickups for the Purple & White. Moroney also led the Jeffs in shots on goal with nine en route to his four-point effort.

Amherst was 11-for-18 at the faceoff dot, and held a 49-36 advantage in shots in the contest.

Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. when it travels to Western New England for a non-league tilt with the Golden Bears.