AMHERST, Mass. – Chris Albanese '17 netted the game-winning goal with one minute remaining in the second overtime to help lift the No. 13 Amherst College men's lacrosse team to a 15-14 double overtime victory over Connecticut College in Tuesday afternoon's NESCAC men's lacrosse game at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-3 overall, 5-2 in league action, while Connecticut College moves to 5-6 overall, 2-5 in conference play.
After battling to a 14-14 stalemate after 60 minutes of action, the sides then played a scoreless first period of overtime. Amherst dominated the first stanza of extra time, firing eight shots, including five on target, but Connecticut College goalie Hunter Rosenthall was equal to the task making five of his 13 saves to force a second four-minute overtime session.
After a shot by the Camels hit the post at the 3:14 mark of the second overtime period, Albanese broke the deadlock following a perfect pass from Trenton Shore '19 to lift the Mammoths to a thrilling, 15-14 win.
Amherst, which fell behind 5-2 after a quarter of play, erupted for eight goals in the second stanza and held a 10-7 lead at intermission. The teams then shared six goals at three apiece to make it 13-10 after 45 minutes, before Connecticut College outscored Amherst, 4-1 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Winston Palmeri got the Camels started in the first quarter scoring with an assist from Alex Calabro at the 13:32 mark. Just six seconds later, Ben Parens won the ensuing faceoff and potted an unassisted goal to make it 2-0. Colin Minicus '20 answered following a feed from Albanese at the 12:28 mark, but Jack Rutter (from Ryan Fish) answered back for the visitors. Albanese then scored his first with help from Minicus, but Connecticut College closed out the frame with goals from Jackson Kleintz and Miximilian King from Jack Bertolini and Jordan Foster respectively.
In the second quarter, Shore notched an early man-up goal on a pass from Minicus just nine seconds into the frame, but the Camels responded quickly as Parens once again won a faceoff and rushed upfield for a goal in just six seconds making 6-3. The Mammoths then pulled to within one when Zach Schwartz '18 and Minicus scored back-to-back markers with Minicus and Jimmy McAfee '20 providing the assists on the goals. At the 8:21 mark, Ross Thompson pushed the Camels' lead back to two at 7-5, but Amherst scored five goals in a seven-minute span to take a 10-7 lead. Albanese, Matt Killian '17, and Brett Inglesby '18 each scored unassisted goals, while Albanese added a tally on a feed from Minicus, while Killian found Ian Kadish '18 for a score with 1:42 on the clock to give the hosts a three-goal edge at intermission.
A back-and-forth third stanza saw Thompson score twice for Connecticut College, while King added one of his own. Sean Smith and Kleintz provided helpers for the Camels, while Minicus, Matt Solberg '20 and McAfee added goals for Amherst. Minicus and Brogan Mahon '19 chipped in assists for the Mammoths to help set the score at 13-10 after 45 minutes of play.
In the fourth quarter, Connecticut College fired back as King scored a goal at the 13:24 mark, before Thompson added another just 31 seconds later to make it 13-12 in favor of Amherst. Fish tied the contest following a pass from Trotsky at the 8:02 mark, while Palmeri capitalized on a Jake Bank pass with 7:18 to play to give Connecticut College a 14-13 lead. At the 5:25 mark, Jack Wolff '18 found Minicus who scored his fourth marker of the game to even the game at 14-14. With time winding down, the Camels had a pair of opportunities to regain the lead, but a clutch save by Cody Tranbarger '17 with 47 seconds left kept the game knotted at 14-14. With 10 seconds to play, Albanese fired a shot that was saved by Rosenthall, while Mahon's attempt with just one second on the clock hit the pipe to send the game to overtime.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Minicus and Albanese scored four goals each for Amherst in the winning effort, while Minicus added five assists.
- McAfee led the squad with eight groundballs, while Dylan Finazzo '20 was 18-for-33 at the faceoff X and picked up six groundballs. Albanese added seven scoops, while Minicus finished with five.
- Defensively, Jordan Sanford '18 caused four opponent turnovers, while Jamie Smith '19 and McAfee registered three each.
- Tranbarger improved to 9-3 between the posts making 14 saves to preserve the win including seven in the second quarter.
- Thompson scored four goals to lead Connecticut College in defeat, while King followed with three. Parens added seven ground balls and was 15-for-33 in faceoffs.
- Bertolini added five ground balls, while John Cunningham chipped in four pickups for the Camels.
- Jameson Hill made 11 saves in 34:38 of action in goal, while Rosenthall made 13 saves in 32:22 between the posts.
The Camels secured a split in a pair of conference games last week. Wednesday night, Connecticut College knocked off Trinity College in a 10-7 triumph in the Capital City of Hartford. Saturday, the Camels dropped a 13-9 decision at Bowdoin.
Sophomore PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) had a goal and six assists in the triumph at Trinity. Sophomore Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) finished with 15 saves between the pipes. Kelleher has dished out 23 assists to rank third in the conference. He's added 19 goals to his stat line and ranks ninth in the NESCAC with his 42 points.
Jackson Kleintz (Philadelphia, Pa.) has scored 24 goals this spring to rank ninth in the NESCAC. Hill has posted a 10.39 goals against average to rank fifth in the conference. With his 119 saves, Hill is ranked fifth in the conference, averaging and impressive 11.9 saves per contest.
Junior All-American Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) is ranked third in the conference with his 85 ground balls. Parens is ranked #2 in face-off wins (169) and has won 71.9% of his battles at the X to rank fourth in the conference and sixth in the country. Parens is 16th in the country with his 8.5 ground balls per game.
The great news for Camels fans is that the schedule tilts to their favor in the final weeks of action. Connecticut College is currently tied for sixth with Williams College. The Camels will hit the road this week for a tough road game at Hamilton Saturday. But the team will return home to the friendly confines of the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field for games against Regis (4/19), Bates (4/22) and instate rival Wesleyan (4/26).