WATERVILLE, Maine — The Colby College men’s lacrosse team held Amherst College to six goals below its season scoring average, but the Mammoths scored five unanswered goals in the second half to earn a 9-5 victory in NESCAC play.
Amherst, ranked 11th nationally, fell behind 5-4 early in the third quarter. However, the Mammoths kept the Mules (2-8 overall, 1-5 NESCAC) off the scoreboard for the final 25:52 of the contest.
Amherst senior goalie Cody Tranbarger finished with 16 saves, eight in each half. Colby goalie C.J. Layton also played well and made seven of his 11 saves in the second half to keep the Mules in the game.
Colby had a 26-14 shot advantage in the opening half to make it 4-4 at the break. The Mammoths (8-3, 4-2 NESCAC) had a 27-15 advantage in shots in the second half to make it a 41-41 tie in total shots.
The Mules took their second lead of the game at 5-4 on an unassisted goal by Kevin Seiler with 10:52 left in the third quarter.
Mike Logan won four of his six face-off wins in the opening quarter for the Mules. However, Amherst’s Dylan Finazzo took 11 of the final 13 face-offs. Finazzo was key in the third quarter when the Mammoths scored four straight goals.
Amherst’s Matt Killian started the goal run just 31 seconds after Seiler put the Mules up 5-4. Chris Albanese scored on a delayed penalty from Colin Minicus with 7:45 remaining to put Amherst ahead for good. Trenton Shore scored on the man-up just 22 seconds later from Brogan Mahon for a 7-5 margin.
Albanese scored his second of the game with 4:05 remaining and it appeared the Mammoths might run away from the Mules.
Colby’s defense settled down and kept Amherst from scoring for 18:19, but the Mules could not manage a goal during that time to cut into the lead. Max Keeley scored from Minicus with 1:46 to play to close out the scoring.
The Mammoths came into the game averaging 15 goals per contest. The Mules, however, may have played their best half of the season in the first 30 minutes.
Amherst scored the opening two goals on unassisted tallies from Minicus and Mahon.
Colby bounced back just 47 seconds after the Mahon goal when Lane Kadish scored on a blast off a pass from Colton Michel with 7:11 left in the opening quarter.
Michel, who had one goal and three assists in the game, also assisted on Austin Sayre’s goal with 1:59 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 2-2. Michel scored unassisted with 12:38 left to halftime for Colby’s first lead of the game.
Keeley scored two goals in a span of 24 seconds to put Amherst back up 4-3. Both were final individual moves to the goal.
The Mules took a little momentum into halftime when Sayre tied the game at 4-4 off a pass from Michel with just 20 seconds to play.
Jamie Smith had four ground balls and one caused turnover for the Mammoths. Shore added two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Finazzo had six ground balls and went 12-for-18 on face-offs.
Sean Dougherty finished with three ground balls and one caused turnover for the Mules. Will Erwin, Brad McCarthy, and C.J. Hassan all had two ground balls and one caused turnover.