Amherst Stopped by Endicott, 13-9
Courtesy of Endicott Sports Information
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Devin Acton '14 tallied four goals and an assist and Quinn Moroney '16 dished out five helpers to go with a pair of goals, but the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team couldn’t hang with Endicott College, falling at Harvard’s Soldier’s Field on Wednesday, 13-9. The Gulls (4-3) recorded their first victory over Amherst since the 2006 season as freshman goalie Cameron Bell made 13 saves in net.
In a game of runs, Endicott grabbed a 4-1 advantage early with Amherst’s lone goal coming from Kane Haffey ’16, but a Patrick Moroney ’14 strike ignited a four-goal spurt to close the first quarter with the Jeffs ahead 5-4.
Connor Crump ’16 added a fifth straight Amherst tally early in the second but the tide turned back to the Gulls as Endicott put up five straight goals to gain a lead they would not relinquish. Two of Endicott's goals during that stretch came during a two-minute locked-in penalty for Amherst as Gulls senior Connor McCormack and sophomore Nick Pinciaro both scored man-up goals.
Endicott junior midfielder Chris Murphy scored the first of his two goals to cap the five-goal run at the 4:06 mark of the third quarter with his squad leading 9-6. Amherst pulled within two at 9-7 after Acton's third goal of the game, but Endicott went on another run of back-to-back-to-back goals, including two by sophomore Harrison Cotter. Cotter's second goal capitalized on another man-up opportunity as Endicott went 3-for-4 on the extra-man advantage.
Facing a 12-7 deficit and with 10 minutes remaining, Amherst looked to make some noise with two straight goals by Quinn Moroney, who totaled a game-high seven points. Gulls sophomore Kyle Weber delivered the game's final goal with 6:14 remaining in the fourth quarter off an assist from Pinciaro.
Amherst was led defensively by Quinn Moroney and Ryan Cassidy ’16, who both had three caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Ramsey Bates led the team with five groundballs while adding an assist. The combination of goalies Rob Dickinson ’15 and Thomas Gilligan ’16 combined for 19 saves between the pipes.
Endicott outshot Amherst 51-43 and had the advantage in groundballs at 49-40. Amherst was 23-of-27 on clear attempts compared to just 17-of-28 for Endicott.
Amherst returns to action with another neutral site contest on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. as the Jeffs travel to Albany, N.Y. to face Nazareth College.