Jeffs Power Past Western New England, 15-6

Jeffs Power Past Western New England, 15-6

AMHERST, Mass. – The 10th-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team powered its way to a 15-6 victory over Western New England University behind a five-goal effort from Kane Haffey '16 and a 10-point display from Quinn Moroney '16 in Wednesday afternoon's non-conference tilt at Gooding Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0 overall, while Western New England moves to 1-2 on the season.

Haffey netted five goals on seven shots on target, while Moroney struck for a pair of markers and registered an impressive eight assists en route to 10 points. Dylan Park '16 and Michael Litner '16 added two goals each, while Quincy McDougal, Patrick Routh '15, Chris Albanese '17 and Rob Butko '16 each added a score to highlight the Jeffs' triumph.

Albanese began the scoring for the Purple & White with 7:38 to play in the first quarter. Moroney dished out the first of his helpers on the play to give Amherst a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Park found the back of the cage following a pass from Litner to extend the lead to 2-0. Just before the end of the period, Western New England's Jake Fishter fired in an unassisted goal to set the score at 2-1 after 15 minutes of play.

Litner struck for his first of the game at the 11:49 mark of the second frame, before Jon Bota quickly answered for the Golden Bears, forcing a turnover off the faceoff and firing it into the nylon to make it 3-2 just 13 seconds later. The Jeffs then rallied for four straight goals As Moroney scored his first of the contest, and then set up a pair of Haffey scores including one on the man-advantage to give the Purple & White a 6-2 lead with 7:43 to play in the second quarter. Moroney then found Butko at the 7:25 mark to give the Jeffs a 7-2 cushion which it held through the remainder of the period.

Two quick strikes by Haffey at the 13:55 and 12:37 marks of the third stanza lifted the score to 9-2 as Charlie Gill '16 and Max Keeley '18 provided assists. Taylor Dubose broke the string of six straight goals for Amherst with a score at the 9:14 mark, but Moroney was quick to put the Jeffs back on the offensive, as he notched his second goal with 8:29 to play following a pass from Connor Crump '16 to make it 10-3. Keeley and Moroney then orchestrated a beautiful delivery to Haffey who deposited the ball into the net to increase the lead to 11-3 with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter. Dubose closed out the scoring the frame with his second goal with 56 seconds to play to make it 11-4 after three periods of action.

In the fourth, Litner added his second tally at the 10:55 mark, and Routh followed with his goal at the 9:29 mark to make it 13-4 following another feed from Moroney. Park then scored his second, this one on the man-advantage after a dish from Moroney to extend the lead to 14-4. Western New England's Justin Bard scored following a pass from Max Berteletti with 8:09 to play, before McDougal answered for the Jeffs at the 3:34 mark to give the Purple & White a 15-5 lead. One minute later, Mike Jednak found the back of the net to close out the scoring and set the final score to 15-6.

Drew Kelleher '18 and Moroney picked up six groundballs each in the winning effort, while Ryan Cassidy '16 finished with a game-high eight pickups and also caused four opponent turnovers. Ian Kadish '18 was stellar at the faceoff dot winning 7-of-8 faceoffs, while Kelleher was 7-of-14.

Cody Tranbarger '17 was stellar between the pipes and improves to 2-0 on the season after making 12 saves in 56:26 of action. Thomas Gilligan '16 added four saves in 2:34 of relief.

David Cedrone led the Golden Bears with five groundballs and Brandon Body added four in the losing effort.

Body played 51:08 between the pipes and made 15 saves, while Cam Gormley entered in relief and made three saves in 8:52 of action.

Amherst returns to league action on Saturday, March 7 when it hosts Bowdoin College at 1 p.m.