Three points for Hill '19, Hunt '20 in men's lacrosse loss

Henry Hill '19 posted two goals and an assist against Amherst on Sunday at Steuben Field (Josh McKee photo).
Henry Hill '19 posted two goals and an assist against Amherst on Sunday at Steuben Field (Josh McKee photo).

Amherst College recovered from an early two-goal deficit with a 10-1 run in the first half and the nationally ranked No. 2 Mammoths went on to post a 20-8 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Sunday afternoon.

Henry Hill '19 paced Hamilton's offense with two goals and an assist, and Henry Hunt '20 chipped in a goal and two helpers. Hunt leads the team with 19 goals and 25 points. Chad Morse '19 scored twice and Chris Conley '20 added a goal and an assist. Quin Crowley '22 won 14 faceoffs and scooped up seven ground balls. Marc Welch '22 led the defense with six ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Austin Scronce '21 caused two more. Max Scheidl '21 started in goal and made seven saves in 36-plus minutes. Seamus Fagan '22 relieved him midway through the third quarter and stopped nine shots.

Evan Wolf led Amherst (7-0, 3-0 NESCAC) with five goals and three assists, and PJ Clementi contributed two goals and five assists. Jack Norton found the back of the net three times and Trenton Shore, Brogan Mahon and Jon Coffey scored two each. Juan Gonzalez won 14 faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls. Rod Castro caused four turnovers and Chase Yager registered three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Chad Simons turned away 17 shots and helped keep the Continentals scoreless over the final 25 minutes by making a total of 13 saves in the third and fourth quarters.

Hamilton (3-3, 1-3) grabbed an early 2-0 lead on goals by Morse and Zach Larsen '19. Morse took a pass behind the goal, ran around the crease to Simons' right, warded off a defender and scored into the top-right corner of the net. Larsen made it a two-goal edge with 12:19 left in the first quarter. He received a pass at the edge of the offensive zone, drove down the right side and fired a high shot with a defender draped on him.

The Mammoths responded by scoring 10 of the next 11 goals. Matt Solberg put Amherst in front for good at 3-2 with 8:07 remaining in the first. Hunt pulled the Continentals within two goals at 5-3 on a man-up goal with 2:27 to go, but the Mammoths held a 6-3 lead after one. Hamilton scored three goals on seven extra-man opportunities.

Amherst opened the second quarter with four consecutive goals and Clementi made it 10-3 with 8:27 left. The Continentals trimmed their deficit to five goals at 11-6 at the half and closed to within three at 11-8 early in the third quarter. Morse scored with 12:47 remaining on a bouncing, backhand shot after he came out from behind the net and around to Simons' left. Hill scored from close range on a feed from Hunt during another man-up situation with 10:57 to go.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, Hill's tally was its last goal of the afternoon as the Mammoths scored the last six goals of the third quarter and added three more in the fourth. The Continentals turned up the pressure in the last quarter as they helped force 12 Amherst turnovers and took 14 shots, but couldn't get one past Simons.

Hamilton travels to Bates College for another NESCAC game on Saturday, March 30 at noon.