#6 Amherst Overcomes Slow Start in 13-10 Win Over Shoremen

Trapp Goes 21-for-26 on Face-Offs in Loss

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Sixth-ranked Amherst College overcame an early 4-0 deficit to post an 13-10 non-conference men's lacrosse win over Washington College in a neutral site game played at Stevenson University this afternoon. The Lord Jeffs improved to 6-0 with the win, while the Shoremen fell to 1-5 with the loss. 

The Shoremen jumped all over the Lord Jeffs early as freshman attackman Tanner Barbieri (Wayne, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) scored just 21 seconds into the contest. Sophomore attackman Stephen Goff, Jr. (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School) followed with a goal with 12:36 left in the first and then assisted on a scored by senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) with 9:49 on the clock. An extra-man goal by sophomore attackman Owen Evans (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson) off an assist from senior attackman Adam Smith (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) with 7:56 left in the first gave the Shoremen their 4-0 cushion. 

Amherst finally got on the board when Charlie Gill scored an unassisted goal with 5:03 to go in the first. The Lord Jeffs cut the lead to 4-2 when Michael Litner fired in a goal with 2:54 left in the quarter, and quickly scored again off the face-off as Quinn Moroney found Kane Haffey for a quick strike just eight seconds later to slice the deficit to a single goal. 

Washington ended Amherst's run with the first goal of the second quarter as senior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) scored with 8:54 remaining in the second quarter. Amherst got that goal back when Patrick Routh scored off an assist from Moroney with 2:02 left in the quarter. The Shoremen took a 5-4 lead into the intermission, out-shooting the Lord Jeffs, 26-16, in the first half. 

Washington opened the third-quarter scoring with an extra-man goal by Evans with 11:37 on the clock, pushing the margin to 6-4. Matt Killian answered for the Lord Jeffs with a goal 59 seconds later, opening a 6-0 run for Amherst. Chris Albanese evened the scored with a goal off a Litner assist with 8:27 showing in the third, knotting the game at 6-6. The Lord Jeffs then took their first lead of the game when a cutting Haffey scored off a feed right in front of the goal by Moroney with 6:14 remaining in the third. Amhert's lead increased to 8-6 when Rob Butko scored off an assist from Kevin Curry with 4:31 left in the third. 

Routh began the fourth-quarter scoring off another Moroney assist to increase Amhert's lead to 9-6 with 12:26 to play. Moroney then tacked on the Lord Jeffs' 10th goal with 11:42 left. The Shoremen finally ended the Amherst run when senior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) found the back of the net with exactly 11 minutes left to cut the deficit to 10-7, but Haffey scored off a Moroney assist just 22 seconds later to quickly extend the lead back to four goals.  Luck then scored an extra-man goal for the Shoremen off a find from freshman attackman Tyler Powers (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) with 9:51 to go and split a pair of defenders for an unassisted tally 24 seconds later to get Washington back to within two goals at 11-9. Moroney responded for Amherst with a goal with 7:38 left and then notched his sixth assist of the day on a goal by Gill with 3:06 to go as the lead grew back to four at 13-9. Barbieri scored an extra-man goal from Powers for the Shoremen with 1:58 left to supply the final margin. 

Washington finished the game with a 53-40 advantage in shots in the contest, marking the sixth time in as many games this season the Shoremen outshot their opponents. The Shoremen also won 22 of the game's 27 face-offs thanks largely to a 21-for-26 effort by senior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains). Trapp also had 10 ground balls in the game. 

Moroney had eight total points in the game, scoring two goals to go with his six assists. Haffey found the back of the net three times for Amherst, while Routh and Gill had two goals each and Litner had a goal and an assist. Cody Tranberger made 18 saves in goal for Amherst.

Luck led the Shoremen with three goals, while Evans and Barbieri had two each. Goff had one goal and one assist. Sophomore goalie Jackson Szurley (Lincoln, R.I./Moses Brown) made 12 saves in the loss for the Shoremen.

The Shoremen open Centennial Conference play Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. home game against McDaniel.