Moroney, Mathias Lead Amherst Past Hamilton

Contact: Ben Badua

CLINTON, N.Y. - Quinn Moroney ’16 had two goals and two assists to lead the Amherst men’s lacrosse team to an 11-6 win over NESCAC rival Hamilton.

Putting the brakes on a recent three-game skid, the Jeffs improved to 3-5 (2-3 NESCAC) on the season, while the Continentals fell to 3-4 (2-4 NESCAC).

Nine different Jeffs scored, led by Quinn Moroney and Aaron Mathias ’14, who each had a pair. Devin Acton ’14 and Kane Haffey ’16 added a goal and assist apiece, while Connor Crump ’16 posted a score to go along with five ground balls. Duncan Morrissey ’14 paced Amherst with six ground balls, while Thomas Gilligan ’16 made 17 saves.

Pax Anthos ’14 netted two goals to pave the way for Hamilton attack, while Paul Armideo ’14, Connor Morgan ’15, Matt Hrvatin ’15 and Brendan Mullin ’14 accounted for the Continentals’ other four scores. Matt Hill ’13 led the squad with seven ground balls, while Will Driscoll ’15 managed just three stops in the loss.

Wasting little time getting on the board, Danny Gold ’13 buried his fourth goal of the season just 1:58 after the opening face-off. Patrick Moroney ’14 quickly made it 2-0, scoring off a Quinn Moroney assist before Mathias capped off a flurry of goals over a span of 3:11 with a tally inside of the 10-minute mark. Quinn Moroney notched another assist at 5:42, this time finding Haffey. Haffey returned the favor just over three minutes later feeding Acton for Amherst’s fifth score.

Anthos netted Hamilton’s first goal 2:33 into the second quarter, but Quinn Moroney found the back of the net with just over four minutes to go in the half to give the visitors a 6-1 cushion at the intermission. Mullin chipped away at the lead early in the third period with his first of the season, but back-to-back Quinn Moroney and Jeff Izzo ’13 tallies extended the Amherst margin to 8-2. After Anthos and Crump exchanged scores 34 seconds apart, Armideo recorded his team-high 12th goal with just 10 seconds left in the third to make it 9-4.

Morgan kept the Continentals rolling with a goal just over five minutes into the final frame before Hrvatin made it a three-goal affair with a marker at 5:26. Ending the Hamilton run, Sam Lawlor ’16 beat Driscoll before Mathias capped off the scoring with just 26 seconds left.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Apr. 6 against Middlebury.