Amherst Uses Third Quarter Surge To Beat Men's Lacrosse in NESCAC Quarters

Conor O'Toole scored a pair of goals Saturday against Amherst
Conor O'Toole scored a pair of goals Saturday against Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst's Quinn Maroney contributed 10 points to lead the Jeffs over Bowdoin, 13-6, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament Saturday.

Having a hand in 10 of the team's first 11 scores, Moroney finished with three goals and seven assists as the Jeffs improved to 13-3 on the season and 2-2 against the Polar Bears (9-7) in conference tournament play.

Franklin Reis had two goals and an assist in the loss for Bowdoin while Conor O'Toole added a pair of scores and Will Wise posted a goal and an assist. Ben Brewster closed out his Bowdoin career with three caused turnovers and five ground balls defensively.

Reis gave Bowdoin the early lead, but Amherst rolled off four-straight goals to pull ahead 4-1 to open the second quarter. Dan Hanley cut the lead to 4-2 but the Jeffs responded with a pair of goals before the break to carry a 6-2 lead into intermission.

The Polar Bears made a bid to get back into the contest as O'Toole notched consecutive goals in a 39-second span to close the gap to 6-4. Kane Haffey answered for Amherst to push the lead back to three goals, 7-4, before Reis again made it a two-goal contest with a marker at 9:54 of the third quarter.

That would be as close as the Polar Bears would get, however, as Haffey sparked a 6-0 run for the Jeffs with four goals to push Amherst's lead to 13-5 with under 13 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Winning 13-of-23 face-offs and going 20-for-21 on clears, Amherst finished with a 53-31 shot advantage and a 45-30 edge in ground balls. Haffey paced Amherst with six goals. Matt Virgilio had four ground balls and three caused turnovers playing in front of Majno, who collected 12 saves.

Making 20 stops in the teams' regular season tilt, Laughlin added 18 more in the quarterfinal match-up Saturday.