AMHERST, Mass. – Four players recorded multiple goals as the 10th-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team cruised to a decisive 20-4 win over NESCAC rival Bowdoin College Saturday afternoon on Gooding Field.
The Jeffs improve to 3-0 overall this season and 2-0 in the conference, while the Polar Bears drop to 0-2 on the year and 0-2 in league play.
Quinn Moroney '17 led the team with seven points (2G, 5A), and has 17 total in his last two games. Kane Haffey '16 had another huge day for the Purple & White and finished with four goals and two assists, and has now nine goals in his last two games. Charlie Gill '16 and Matt Killian '17 finished with three goals apiece. Defensively, Rob Butko '16 led the team with three caused turnovers, while six others finished with two. Ryan Cassidy '16, Butko, Drew Kelleher '18 and Gill led the way with eight, seven, seven and six groundballs, respectively.
Bowdoin was led by David Nemirov with two goals, four ground balls and one caused turnover. Brandon Lee and Brandon Rothman added a score each, and Daniel O'Berry dished out two assists. O'Berry and Billy Valle led the Polar Bears with two caused turnovers apiece.
Amherst came out strong to start the game and jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead within the first 4:36 of play. Gill scored right off the opening faceoff and found the back of the net at the 14:32 mark off an assist from James Wujciak '16. Just over a minute later, Dylan Park '16 received a pass from Haffey to give the Jeffs a 2-0 lead, and Moroney added the third goal of the game with 10:24 to play in the first quarter off a feed from Patrick Routh '15. Despite the hot start, both teams were held scoreless the rest of the frame.
In the second quarter, Haffey increased the Amherst lead to four just 43 seconds into action, but Nemirov retaliated shortly after to snap the run. The senior netted the first visitor goal at the 12:44 mark, and cut the deficit to two just 52 seconds later off an assist from Peter Reuter.
The Jeffs responded nicely and scored four unanswered over the next couple of minutes as Gill capped off the run with an unassisted marker with 6:57 to play in the half as the home team pulled ahead, 8-2. Both teams exchanged goals in the final minutes as Amherst took a 9-3 lead at the break.
The second half was all Purple & White as the Jeffs outscored Bowdoin 8-0 in the third quarter. They extended the lead to 17 later in the fourth before a Polar Bear goal by Brandon Lee with 2:27 left to play in regulation snapped a 12-0 Amherst run.
The Jeffs led decisively in almost every category Saturday, as they held a commanding 56-33 advantage in shots and 57-38 edge in ground balls. They also killed six of their seven penalties, and won 17 of the 27 face offs, while forcing 30 Bowdoin turnovers.
Cody Tranbarger '17 was impressive in net and finished with 16 saves in 50:15 minutes of action to improve to 3-0 on the year. Thomas Gilligan '16 did not allow a goal in 4:38, and Rob Dickinson '15 picked up three saves in 5:07. Connor Laughlin started between the pipes for Bowdoin and stopped 13 shots in 38:02, but allowed 14 goals to fall to 0-2 this season. Peter Mumford entered the game in the third quarter and recorded 11 saves, while giving up six goals.
Amherst returns to the field Tuesday, March 10 and will head to Skidmore for a non-conference matchup scheduled to start at 6 p.m.