Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short as No. 9 Amherst Is Edged by No. 2 RIT, 17-16

Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short as No. 9 Amherst Is Edged by No. 2 RIT, 17-16

Head Coach Jon Tompson Post Game Interview

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Down by five heading into the fourth quarter, the Purple & White outscored the Tigers, 7-3, but the late game rally came up just short as the ninth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team fell to second-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology, 17-16 Friday evening in game one of the Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson University.

With the loss, Amherst falls to 2-2 on the season, while RIT improves to 5-0 overall. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, March 18 when they battle No. 16 Lynchburg starting at 5:30 p.m. at Mustang Stadium.  

The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead, with Braden Wallace finding nylon 1:43 into the first quarter following a 30-second clock warning to give RIT a 1-0 edge.

Responding in a big way, Amherst potted five goals over the next five minutes to go up by a score of 5-1. Chris Albanese '17 opened scoring for the Purple & White, netting his first score of the game at the 12:21 mark, before Matt Killian '17 added a tally on a dish from Albanese. Holding momentum, Albanese added two more markers with assists from Brogan Mahon '19 and Evan Wolf '19, before Wolf connected with Killian to close out the 5-0 run with 7:14 on the clock.

Jay Vakiener and Ryan Lee each registered a goal for RIT before the horn, as the first quarter ended with Amherst holding a 5-3 lead.

Continuing to dominate in the offensive end to start the second quarter, Trenton Shore '19 and Connor Sheehan '18 added back-to-back tallies to extend Amherst's lead to 7-3 before the Tigers answered with a five consecutive goals of their own to take an 8-7 lead into the half. Chad Levick notched his first score of the contest at the 9:08 mark on a dish from Kyle Killen and a second tally with 4:45 to play, while Aidan Milburn, Lee (man-up) and Wallace posted RIT's final three goals before intermission.

RIT scored the first three goals of the third stanza, with Levick, Milburn and Drew Tosaya each finding the back of the net to put the Tigers ahead, 11-7. Shore stopped RIT's unbroken goal streak at the 5:41 mark, gathering a pass from Colin Minicus '20 and potting his second score of the matchup to bring Amherst within three. Levick and Minicus traded goals for the two sides before Lee and Tosaya netted markers with 2:09 and 45 seconds remaining in the quarter, respectively, to make it a 14-9 game heading into the final 15 minutes.

Amherst outscored the Tigers 7-3 in the fourth quarter beginning with a 3-0 run to open the stanza. Wolf logged his fifth helper of the day on a tally by Minicus 2:58 into the quarter, while goals by Andrew Ford '19 and Wolfe set the score at 14-12 in favor of RIT with 9:38 on the clock. Wallace and Cam Isaac combined to give the Tigers a four-goal cushion before Amherst responded with three unanswered markers by Wolf, Ford and Albanese to decrease the Purple & White deficit to one at the 1:49 mark. Coming through in the clutch for RIT, Levick found nylon to put the Tigers back up by two scores with 16 seconds to play.

Jordan Sanford'18 notched what proved to be Amherst's final goal with eight seconds left in regulation, but the Purple  & White were unable to record the game-tying score in the final seconds as RIT secured the 17-16 victory.


  • Cody Tranbarger '17 (2-2) made 15 saves in between the pipes for Amherst in the losing effort, while Nick Nesbitt (5-0) racked up 12 stops for the Tigers in the win.
  • RIT owned a 53-44 edge in shots in the matchup, including a 32-28 advantage in shots on frame. 
  • Tranbarger led the Purple & White in ground balls with six, while Gab Goncalves '19 was next on the team with five.
  • With two caused turnovers each, Sam Chen '17 and Goncalves led the way for Amherst, while four other players Purple & White caused one turnover apiece. 
  • Amherst finished 17-36 at the face off dot, with Drew Kelleher '18 going 5-9.