Jeffs Pull Away From Colby, 14-7
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. – Behind sophomore Quinn Moroney’s game-high nine points, the Amherst men’s lacrosse team improved to 8-2 (4-2 NESCAC) on the season with a decisive 14-7 victory over Colby College on Pratt Field.
With the last three match-ups between the programs being decided by just one goal, the Jeffs used a 6-1 third quarter run to pull away from the Mules (5-5, 2-4 NESCAC).
Quinn Moroney led all scorers with four goals and five assists, while Devin Acton ’14 netted four scores on 10 shots. Kane Haffey ’16 finished with three goals, while Matt Killian ’17 and Patrick Moroney ’14 accounted for the other three Jeff scores.
Controlling much of the possession early, Colby opened the scoring 7:36 into the first quarter. Quickly breaking out of the defensive zone after a Tyler Will ’15 save, Ian Boldt ’14 raced upfield before finding John Grimaldi ’15 for a transition tally. With 3:17 left in the quarter, Quinn Moroney put Amherst on the board, coming around the back end of the net for a wrap-around goal.
Fending off a Colby defender, Killian netted Amherst’s second score at the 11:12 mark of the second period. Less than a minute later, Quinn Moroney deflected an errant pass meant for Will into the Mule cage to extend the margin to 3-1. Netting the Jeffs’ third goal in a span of 1:21, Acton dodged a defender behind the goal before tucking a shot inside the left post.
After Acton scored from the left side at 6:47, Colby responded with its second marker. Making a run toward the net, Sam Wasserman ’16 beat Amherst goalie Greg Majno ’14 with a low shot. With just over three minutes left in the half, Mark Philipps ’15 gained the right edge before cutting across the front of the crease and scoring to pull the Mules within two.
Getting the Jeffs off to a fast start following the intermission, Quinn Moroney netted his third of the afternoon with 13:20 on the clock. Winning the ensuing faceoff, Austin Frank ’17 linked up with Derek Youngman ’15 to pull Colby back within two, but Quinn Moroney came right back down and once again found the back of the net.
Inside of the 10-minute mark, Quinn Moroney found an open Kane Haffey ’16 for Amherst’s eighth tally. With 5:47 left in the third, Quinn Moroney notched another assist, this time finding brother Patrick Moroney. After Killian netted a transition goal at 4:41, Acton quickly made it 11-4 less than two minutes later.
Winning the fourth quarter face-off, Amherst tacked on another tally just seven seconds into the period on Acton’s 33rd of the year. Haffey then netted a pair of goals just 22 seconds apart, both off of Quinn Moroney feeds. Colby closed out the scoring with three markers in the final 8:05 of regulation.
Despite getting outshot 46-42, Amherst finished with a 51-37 edge in ground balls while going 13-for-25 on face-offs and 24-for-28 on clears. Kevin Curry ’15 and Johno Gibbons ’15 each picked up seven ground balls, while Ryan Cassidy ’16 caused three turnovers. Grimaldi paced the Mule offense with four goals, while Phillips, Youngman and Wasserman combined for Colby’s other three scores. Majno made 15 saves to up his season record to 8-2 while Will made 18 stops.
Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Apr. 8 at Conn. College.