Athletics

Noon Nets Hat Trick in 6-0 Win at Colby-Sawyer

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Spencer Noon '13 recorded the first hat trick of his career during Amherst's win at Colby-Sawyer.

Contact: Justin Long

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Spencer Noon ’13 scored two goals in the first half and later added a third to help the fifth-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team open its 2012 season with a 6-0 win at Colby-Sawyer College Saturday afternoon at Kelsey Field.

Amherst (1-0-0) improves to 9-0-1 in its last 10 season openers, while the Chargers drop to 1-3-0 on the year.

Noon recorded seven two-goal performances in his first three collegiate seasons, but today marked the first hat trick of his career. It was his second time scoring twice in an opener, as he accounted for both goals in a 2-0 win over Bowdoin in 2009.

Federico Sucre ’13, Jae Heo ’14 and Max Fikke ’14 added a goal apiece for the Lord Jeffs, while goalkeeper Thomas Bull ’16 played the first 78:55 and earned the win in his first collegiate appearance.

The Lord Jeffs will close out their opening weekend by traveling to take on Bridgewater State University tomorrow at 3 p.m. Last year’s meeting with Bridgewater resulted in a 2-1 overtime win for Amherst.

The first shot of today’s game was taken by Colby-Sawyer, but Amherst attempted the next 24. Brendan Caslin ’14 put the wheels in motion on the visitors’ first goal when he delivered the ball to Alejandro Sucre ’13 in the box. Sucre used his head to send a pass to Noon, whose ensuing header beat goalkeeper Marc-Andre Parent at 19:14.

Amherst’s second goal was assisted by sophomore Milton Rico, who played a ball through the Colby-Sawyer defense to Noon. The reigning NESCAC Player of the Year beat Parent and gave the Lord Jeffs a 2-0 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the half.

Another Sucre-to-Noon connection pushed Amherst’s lead to 3-0 7:53 into the second half, but this time it was Federico who used his head to pick up the assist. The Jeffs then put the game out of reach when Federico Sucre scored a goal of his own at 56:46, with Heo and Fikke following suit at 64:15 and 69:12.

Parent made three saves for the Chargers, who were out-shot by a 25-4 margin. Matt Tower ’15 relieved Bull in the 79th minute and saved the only shot he faced.

Noon has recorded at least one point in five consecutive games dating back to last season, totaling seven goals and one assist during that span. He led the NESCAC in goals (15) and points (35) in 2011 and is already Amherst’s career leader in both categories (38-13-89).

The last Amherst hat trick occurred on Nov. 14, 2010, when James Mooney ’13E accounted for all of the Jeffs’ goals during a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Today's 6-0 result was the Lord Jeffs’ most lopsided victory since they shut out Husson University by a score of 7-0 on Oct. 6, 2010.

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