Amherst, Mass. - Senior Devin Acton netted four goals to help the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team to an 18-8 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse regular-season finale for both teams this afternoon on Gooding Field. Trinity ends the year at 4-11 overall and 1-9 in the NESCAC, while the No. 17-ranked Lord Jeffs close at 12-3 overall and 7-3 in the league with their first win over the Bantams since 2011.
Trinity took a 2-0 lead just 2:37 into the contest thanks to goals by rookie Gus Ackley (Columbus, Ohio) and junior James O'Connell (Middleton, Mass.). Ackley needed just 13 seconds to open up the scoring, while O’Connell doubled the Bantam margin by converting a feed by senior tri-captain midfielder Terence Olsen (Avon, Conn.) feed at the 12:23 mark. Acton put the Jeffs on the board with a wrap-around goal inside of the 10-minute mark before a pair of man-up tallies gave the Lord Jeffs their first lead of the afternoon. Trinity sophomore attackman Seth Bird (Concord, Mass.) quickly answered on the other end, and junior attackman Matt Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) answered another Action goal withjust 47 seconds on the clock for a 4-4 tie at the first break.
Kane Haffey and Action scored a pair of Lord Jeff goals less than four minutes apart, and Aaron Mathias scored for the fourth time of the first half to put Amherst ahead, 7-4, with 6:19 left in the second quarter. Haffey scored two of the three consecutive Amherst goals after that to increase the home team's lead to 10-4 by halftime. O'Connell broke a 20:44 Trinity scoring drought with 10:03 left in the third quarter, but Amherst used a 7-0 run over the next 17 minutes to put the game away.
Hauck paced Trinity with three goals and an assist, while O’Connell had a pair of scores. Four different goalkeepers saw time for the Bantams, with senior Derek Koelsch (Ossining, N.Y.) taking the loss. Junior Mickey Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) recorded a team-high six saves, while classmate Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.) had five stops. Amherst netminder Greg Majno finished with six saves. Mathias and Haffey each posted five goals, while Quinn Moroney dished out five assists.Winning 21-of-29 faceoffs, the Jeffs held a 47-27 shot advantage and 39-30 edge in ground balls.