Jeffs Fall Short Against No. 4 Tufts

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - Despite junior Devin Acton’s four goals, the Amherst men’s lacrosse team fell to 4-7 (2-5 NESCAC) on the season following a 12-8 loss to No. 4 Tufts University on Gooding Field.

Trailing by two midway through the first quarter, Tufts (9-3, 5-2 NESCAC) scored seven straight goals to seize control and improve to 11-1 against the Jeffs over the last 10 years. Amherst’s last victory over the Jumbos came during the 2003 campaign.

Quinn Moroney ’16 had a goal and assist for the Jeffs, while Ramsey Bates ’13, Dylan Park ’16 and Jeff Izzo ’13 accounted for the squad’s three other scores. Beau Wood ’14 paced Tufts with four goals, while Chris Schoenhut ’15 turned in a hat trick. Andrew Fiamengo ’13, Garrett Clarke ’16 and Peter Bowers ’14 each recorded a tally, while Cole Bailey ’15 finished with two goals and a helper.

Intercepting a pass in the midfield inside of the 11-minute mark, Bates carried it into the offensive zone before finding Park. Spinning past a defender, the first-year attackman ripped a hard shot into the upper right corner to put the home team on the board.

Moroney upped the margin to 2-0 with a wraparound goal at 7:53, but Tufts closed out the period with four unanswered scores. Wood and Schoenhut got the run started with a pair of goals just over a minute apart before Fiamengo gave the Jumbos their first lead with 2:17 left in the quarter. With just 21 seconds on the clock, Tufts capitalized in transition as Wood went five-hole on Amherst goalkeeper Thomas Gilligan ’16 after receiving a Kane Delaney ’14 pass on the left side.

Deflecting a Fiamengo shot into net at 7:12 of the second quarter, Schoenhut extended the margin to three. Winning the ensuing faceoff, Brian Ruggiero ’13 pushed the ball up-field before finding Schoenhut for the sophomore’s second goal in eight seconds. Finding space in front, Bailey made it 7-2 with Tufts’ third tally over a span of 42 seconds before Izzo ranged to his left and ended Amherst’s dry-spell by tucking a shot inside the near post at 4:20.

Moving to his left early in the third, Ruggiero rifled a high shot into the cage at 14:04 before Bailey came around the right side and beat Gilligan with a low try less than three minutes later. Bouncing a shot past first-year goalie Alex Salazar, Acton pulled the Purple & White back with five at 9-4. Recording another score at the 4:08 mark of the third, Acton cut the deficit to four before Bates ripped a rising shot into the upper left corner to trim it to 9-6.

Ending the Amherst’s 3-0 spurt, Clarke pushed the lead back to four with 11:50 to go in regulation before Wood buried his third of the day with under nine minutes left. After another Wood score made it 12-6, Acton registered a pair of tallies just six seconds apart, but it was too little, too late with the Jumbos holding onto a four-goal margin of victory.

Amherst finished with a 43-41 shot advantage, while Tufts held a 49-43 edge in ground balls, winning 13-of-24 face offs. Salazar made 13 saves to improve to 4-1, while Gilligan made 10 stops. Gilligan, Moroney and Bates each had four ground balls for Amherst, while Rob Butko ’16 caused a team-high three turnovers. Ruggiero tracked down six ground balls to lead Tufts, while Matt Callahan had five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Amherst closes out its home schedule on Tuesday, Apr. 16 in a Senior Day match-up against No. 14 Connecticut College.