Men's Lax Loses 17-15 to Bowdoin in Final Minutes
Issue   |   Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:26

The men’s lacrosse team trekked up to Brunswick, Maine this past weekend to play the Polar Bears in their second NESCAC game of the year. Though the game was hotly contested, it was Bowdoin who managed to edge the Jeffs in the final minutes of the game to earn the 17-15 win. The Jeffs fell to 1-1, while Bowdoin improved to 3-0.

The first quarter of the game appeared to be heading toward a defensive struggle, with Amherst going up 2-1. Both teams were ringing up points in the second quarter, as each team managed six goals, making the game 8-7 at the half.

Amherst extended their lead in the third, outscoring Bowdoin 5-3, but the Polar Bear offense came alive in the fourth, outscoring the Jeffs 7-2, to claim the victory.

With the score 15-16 with minutes remaining in the game, there were numerous chances for the Jeffs’ offense. Amherst had a man-up situation for 30 seconds when Kane Haffey ’16 sent the potential game-tying shot off the post.

Dylan Park ’16 opened the scoring with the two initial goals and finished with three on the day, and Devin Acton ’14 lead all Jeffs with five goals. Haffey finished with four points, while fellow sophomore Quinn Moroney had a pair of goals and three assists. Aaron Mathias ’14 and Chris Albanese ’17 also scored for the Jeffs.

Bowdoin edged Amherst in shots 51-46, and both teams had 15 turnovers for game. Notably, Amherst scooped up 27 ground balls and won 17 out of 36 face-offs.

On Tuesday night, the Jeffs traveled to Willimantic, Conn. to face ECSU. Amherst cruised to a 17-1 victory and improved their record to 2-1.

Acton had another five-goal performance to lead all players, scoring unassisted three times. Haffey tallied another four goals for the Jeffs, while Quinn Moroney dished out seven assists in addition to scoring a goal of his own. Fellow sophomore Charlie Gill contributed to the prolific scoring with two goals in the third quarter.

The Jeffs hope to continue their offensive success this Friday, when they travel to face Endicott on March 14. The team will then fly south for a week in Orlando, Fla. with games against Western New England, Hamilton and MIT.