Defense, Rookies Lead Jeffs Past Bowdoin, 9-6
Contact: Matthew Hart
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Strong defense and four fourth-quarter goals led the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team to its first conference win of the season on Saturday, as the Jeffs broke a 5-5 tie and edged Bowdoin College, 9-6, in a neutral-site matchup on the campus of Brown University.
First-years Kane Haffey and Sam Lawlor each scored a pair of goals, with Haffey adding an assist, as the Amherst rookie class continued to shine, accounting for six of nine team scores. Quinn Moroney ’16 chipped in a goal and two assists for the Jeffs (2-2, 1-2 NESCAC), as did Ramsey Bates ’13 and Devin Acton ’14. Dylan Park ’16 and Patrick Moroney ’14 rounded out the Amherst scoring with a goal apiece.
Leading 3-2 after the opening quarter and 5-3 at the half, Amherst surrendered a pair of unanswered goals in the third. It was all Jeffs in the final frame, however, as Amherst broke the 5-5 deadlock and added insurance with Lawlor, Bates, Haffey and Acton each striking in the fourth.
After Bowdoin (1-2, 0-2 NESCAC) netted 21 goals in its first two games, Amherst played inspired defense on Saturday, quieting the Polar Bear attack and owning a 36-27 advantage in shots. Danny Gold ’13 picked up four ground balls for the Jeffs while Rob Dickinson ’15 made 11 saves in net to protect the work of the Jeff defensemen.
Bowdoin kept the contest close thanks in part to a strong effort from goalie Christopher Williamson ’13, who made several outstanding stops en route to 14 total saves.
The Jeffs will continue their Ivy League neutral-site tour on Wednesday, March 20, as they face off with Endicott in a 4 p.m. clash at Harvard.