#6 Amherst 15, Connecticut College 9 Bleistein Sets School Save Record for Camels

#6 Amherst 15, Connecticut College 9 Bleistein Sets School Save Record for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Quinn Moroney (Manhasset, N.Y.) dished out nine assists to lead the sixth ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team to a 15-9 victory at Connecticut College today.

The Purple and White improved their record to 10-2 overall and are 6-1 in NESCAC play. The Camels evened their mark at 6-6 and fell to 2-5 in conference action.

Senior attackman Kane Haffey (Duxbury, Mass.) scored six goals in the triumph for Amherst. Freshman Evan Wolf (Wynnewood, Pa.) scored four goals and assisted on three others to finish with seven points.

Junior Cody Tranbarger (Louisville, Ky.) made nine saves in the win. Senior Thomas Gilligan (Edina, Minn.) stopped two shots in 6:42 of relief duty.

Sophomore David White (Fairfield, Conn.) won 3-of-4 face-offs. Andrew Ford (Mendham, N.J.) corralled three ground balls to go with a caused turnover for Amherst.

Connecticut College senior net-minder Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) broke the school save record that had stood for more than two decades. Bleistein passed Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Famer Tom Hudner '95with his 15 saves today. He has made 682 saves over the course of his prolific playing career in the cage.

Rookie midfielder Pierce DellaFera (Lattingtown, N.Y.) scored four goals to lead the Camels on offense. Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) chipped in with three goals in the setback for the hosts. Sophomore Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was 21-for-27 at the X and finished with a game-best 10 ground balls in the contest.

DellaFera put the Camels on top 2:20 into regulation when he scored a man-up goal on a pass from Derek Bertolini (Killingworth, Conn.). But Moroney sparked the visitors on a 6-0 run after that as the facilitator on all six scoring strikes in the opening quarter. With 9:52 remaining, Amherst took the lead for good when Moroney delivered a pass from behind the cage up top to Michael Litner (Villanova, Pa.), who rifled home a blast to make it a 2-1 game. Haffey scored three of the next four goals, closing out the quarter with an underhanded submarine shot with 50 seconds left to put the visitors on top 6-1.

Amherst carried an 11-4 lead into the half and held a 13-5 edge after three quarters of play. In the fourth quarter, the Camels put together a 4-0 run to get the crowd back into the contest. Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) was the facilitator on a pair of goals scored by DellaFera that were netted 1:08 apart. Foster made it a 13-8 game with his goal with 6:56 to play. Just 14 seconds later, Foster corralled a ground ball in a scramble and found the back of the net and suddenly what was once an eight goal advantage had been trimmed to four in a 13-9 contest.

But Connor Sheehan (Baltimore, Md.) scored with 5:07 to go and Wolf tacked on another insurance marker with 2:09 to play.

The visitors were able to hold on for the 15-9 victory.