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No. 7 Amherst Shoots Its Way Past Men’s Lacrosse

No. 7 Amherst Shoots Its Way Past Men’s Lacrosse

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team fell to No. 7 Amherst by a 24-11 score on Tuesday evening at Silfen Field. 

In a fast-paced game that saw the teams combine to launch 108 shots, Amherst got two quick markers from Jon Coffey at 11:50 and 10:34 in the opening quarter and led from wire-to-wire. The Mammoths used four two-goal spurts to give themselves an 8-3 advantage through 15 minutes of play.

Amherst used a balanced attack to continue its offensive surge in the second frame by having four different players find the back of the net before halftime. Connecticut College tried chipping away at the deficit and scored the final goal of the half when senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won a faceoff and scored six seconds later to make it 12-6.

The Camels were then able capitalize on a 90-second man-up opportunity to start the third quarter, as Amherst's Tammer Sullivan was whistled off for holding and slashing penalties on the final play of the first half. Junior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) connected with classmate Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) to close the gap to 12-7 at the 14:18 mark, but the hosts would come no closer the rest of the way.

Amherst (10-2, NESCAC 6-1) most notably rattled off five straight goals in a span of 5:30, which included Evan Wolf providing a natural hat trick, to break out to a 17-7 advantage. Ethan Kazmierski later netted the team's final two markers to help give the Mammoths the 13-goal win.

Amherst outshot the Camels by a 68-40 margin and played a suffocating defense which only allowed the hosts to successfully clear the ball 13 times on 25 attempts. The Mammoths also had a significant advantage on the ground, 48-31, and won 23 faceoffs. Coffey lit up to provide eight goals and one assist to go along with four caused turnovers and three ground balls to lead the way on both ends. Chad Simons picked up the victory between the pipes by making six saves through 45 minutes of action.

Foster and Kelleher continued to lead the Camel offense. Foster registered four goals and one assist, while Kelleher had one goal and five helpers. Senior Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) made nine saves in nearly 23 minutes of relief action, while sophomore Courtney Morgan (South Windsor, Conn.) and classmate Anthony Drouin (Oakville, Ontario) each caused two turnovers and combined to scoop up seven ground balls.

Connecticut College (8-4, NESCAC 4-4) next hosts Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.