Moccia, Defense Stand Tall as Camels Edge Jeffs

Andrew Freedman '13 led the Camels with a pair of goals, including what proved to be the game winner with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, while JR Hartgers '14, John Lyons '13 and Stephen Eicher '13 each got on the board.

Amherst finished with a 25-15 advantage in ground balls, going 0 for 3 on the man-up advantage, while Conn. College converted one of its three opportunities. Sam Jakimo '12 (Woodbury, N.Y.) finished with six saves to fall to 8-5 on the year, while Rob Moccia '12 made nine stops to earn his seventh victory.

Freedman opened up scoring with an unassisted tally just 1:15 after the opening whistle before Hartgers extended the Camel margin to two with a goal at the 4:18 mark of the first. Amherst would get a goal back on Fox's score at the end of the frame, but Eicher netted the lone goal of the second quarter to give Conn. College a 3-1 lead at the half.

Acton trimmed the Jeff deficit to one with a tally just under the seven minute mark of the third, but Lyons answered just 3:07 later to make it 4-2. In the waning moments of the period, Fox struck again, finding the back of the Camel net with just 29 seconds left in the frame, but Freedman made it a two-score game with a goal at the 6:39 mark of the fourth.

Mathias brought Amherst back within one with just under four minutes remaining in regulation, but that was as close as the Jeffs would come with Conn. College holding onto a hard-fought 5-4 victory.

Amherst will look to get back on track on Saturday, Apr. 21 when it plays host to archrival Williams.

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