Jeffs Hold Off Williams, 10-9
Contact: Ben Badua
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Seven different Jeffs found the back of the net as the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team put the brakes on a two-game skid with a 10-9 victory at archrival Williams College.
Extending their win streak over the Ephs to four, the Lord Jeffs improved to 5-8 overall and 3-6 in conference play, while Williams fell to 5-7 (3-6 NESCAC).
Kane Haffey ’16, Devin Acton ’14 and Ramsey Bates ’13 each had a pair of goals to lead the Amherst attack, while Quinn Moroney ’16, Aaron Mathias ’14, Jeff Izzo ’13 and Patrick Routh ’15 also got on the board. Jack Lauroesch and Bryson Gilbert-Bono both scored twice to pace the Ephs, while Colton Growney, Colin Foster, Steven Kiesel, Andy Grabowski and Will Stewart accounted for the team’s other five tallies.
Burying the game’s first goal just over three minutes after the opening faceoff, Acton staked Amherst to an early lead at 11:59. Growney found Lauroesch for the equalizer just 3:19 later, but back-to-back Mathias and Bates markers gave the visitors a 3-1 edge. Lauroesch struck again with 2:29 to go in the first before Moroney and Foster exchanged scores 1:06 apart to close out the period.
After Haffey made it 5-3 early in the second quarter, Stewart converted an unassisted score to pull the Ephs back within one. Izzo momentarily kept Williams at bay with another Jeff goal at 10:33, but a 3-0 Eph run gave the home team its first advantage. Gilbert-Bono got the rally started with a score inside of the eight-minute mark before Kiesel knotted it at 6-6. Gilbert-Bono put Williams ahead, but a Haffey tally just before the halftime buzzer pulled Amherst even at the intermission.
With scoring slowing down in the third, Routh and Bates put Amherst up with two goals in the span of 1:01 before Grabowski cut the Eph deficit to 9-8. Acton gave the Jeffs some insurance with a man-up goal midway through the fourth before Growney cut the lead back down to one with just 1:08 left. Pushing forward, Kiesel got a chance to tie it up with 39 seconds remaining, but first-year goalkeeper Thomas Gilligan stood tall, making the save to preserve the Amherst win.
With the Jeffs holding a 35-33 shot advantage, Gilligan made 13 saves en route to his fifth victory, while Dan Whittam made 11 stops in the loss. Going 16-for-22 on faceoffs, Duncan Morrissey ’14 led Amherst with six ground balls, while Kevin Coleman ’14 had a pair of caused turnovers. Tucker Dayton tracked down four ground balls for the Ephs, while also causing a pair of miscues.
Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at Trinity.