HARTFORD, Conn. – Closing out the regular season in style, the Mammoths used a strong, 14-goal first half to down the home team as the No. 6 Amherst College men's lacrosse team powered past Trinity College, 21-7 Wednesday evening at Jessee/Miller Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 13-2 on the season and to 8-2 in league play, while Trinity falls to 8-7 overall (3-7 NESCAC). Capturing the No. 4 seed, Amherst returns to the field this Saturday, April 27 when they host fifth-seeded Bates in a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals clash at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.
Tallying two quick strikes, Jack Wolff '19 and James Crovatto '21 each sent unassisted markers over the goal line in the opening 2:31, before Drew Kozub got the home team on the board with 11:36 on the clock.
That was as close as Trinity came to tying the game, as the Mammoths controlled momentum through the final buzzer to clinch the dominant, regular season closing win.
Ben Ferrucci closed out scoring in the first quarter, sending an unassisted marker over the goal line with 35 seconds on the clock to set the score at 6-2 after 15 minutes of action.
Doubling up the visitors in the second stanza, Amherst outscored the Bantams' 8-4 to own a 14-6 edge at intermission.
Evan Wolf '19, Minicus, Jackson Herrick '20, Ethan Kazmierski '21 (2), Jimmy McAfee '20, Coffey, Brogan Mahon '19 were the goal scorers for the Mammoths in the period, while Ferrucci, Kozub and Connor McCulloch (2) potted goals for Trinity.
A closely contested third quarter saw three goals scored between the sides, with Luke Valentino cutting the Mammoths' lead to 14-7 with an unassisted goal at the 10:01 mark.
Amherst closed out the stanza back-to-back goals, as PJ Clementi '22 and Coffey each beat the Bantams' netminder to push the score to 16-7.
Shutting out Trinity in the final 15 minutes, Amherst added five goals to the board behind tallies from Shore (man-up), Kazmierski, Robinson Armour'22, Clementi and Jack Hutchinson '21 to clinch the dominant 21-7 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes Cam Mitchell '21 (2-0) made four saves in the first half in the winning effort for Amherst, while Gib Versfeld '21 racked up eight stops in relief. Greg Barletta (3-3) took the loss for Trinity, making 25 saves.
- The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots (56-35), ground balls (34-22) and face offs (17-32) and went 1-for-2 up a man, while the Bantams finished 1-for-3 on man-up opportunities.
- Four different Mammoths had a multi-goal game, while Dylan Finazzo '20 finished 8-for-13 at the face off dot to pace Amherst. Coffey, Finazzo and Luke Mallette '20 each picked up a team-high three ground balls, while Coffey and Tamer Sullivan '21 led the Mammoths in caused turnovers with two each.