AMHERST, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team dropped a 23-8 decision to No. 5 Amherst on Tuesday evening at Gooding Field.
Senior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.), who factored into six goals, put the Camels on the board first with an unassisted marker at the 13:57 mark of the opening quarter. However, Amherst broke loose by responding with four unanswered in a span of 3:11 to break loose. Evan Wolf found the back four times, including three during the early stretch, to give the Mammoths a 7-3 lead after one quarter of action.
Amherst, which scored its seventh goal with five seconds remaining to end the first quarter, outscored the Camels by a 6-0 margin in the second. Five different players scored to give the hosts a 13-3 cushion at the break, and they used a 13-1 run between the first and third quarters to give themselves more than enough insurance to end the evening in a tie for first place in the NESCAC standings with Bates.
Colin Minicus lighted up for five goals and six assists to lead the way for Amherst (11-1, NESCAC 6-1), which outshot the visitors by a 59-29 margin and caused 26 turnovers on the defensive end. Rod Castro picked up four ground balls and caused eight turnovers, while Wolf finished with six goals and two assists. Chad Simons, who was one of four Mammoth players to see time between the pipes, was credited with the win by only needing to make one stop.
Kelleher paced Connecticut College by accumulating two goals and four assists. Senior Brian Maguire (Ridgefield, Conn.) led the team defensively with five ground balls to go along with three caused turnovers, and sophomore netminder Colin Smith (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) made 14 saves.
Connecticut College (3-9, NESCAC 0-8) will look to win its first NESCAC match of the season when it next visits Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.