Amherst Comeback Falls Short Against Connecticut College

AMHERST, Mass. - Erasing a four-goal deficit, Amherst tied the game at 7-7 with 11:23 to play, but a Connecticut College game winner midway through the frame put the brakes on the Jeffs' comeback bid.

Netting the game winner in an 8-7 triumph with 7:11 on the clock, JR Hartgers '14 helped the Camels improve to 9-3 (6-2 NESCAC). Andrew Freedman '13 and Briggs Barton '15 each had a pair of goals, while Kevin Dachille '14 and Penn Sednaoui '16 accounted for Conn. College's other two scores.

Jeff Izzo '13, Devin Acton '14 and Dylan Park '16 each had two goals to pace the Jeff attack, while Ramsey Bates '13 also got on the board. Kane Haffey '16 and Quinn Moroney '16 chipped in with two assists apiece.

Cleaning up a Hartgers rebound, Freedman put Conn. College on top at 11:10 of the first quarter with his team-leading 28th goal of the season. With time winding down in the frame, Sednaoui received a Andrew Berry '13 pass on the right side before ripping a low shot past goalkeeper Thomas Gilligan '16 to double the Camel lead.

Cutting the margin in half early in the second period, Acton tucked a high shot inside the left post at 11:44. Ranging to his left inside of the five minute mark, Barton fired a shot into the upper corner to give Conn. College a two-goal cushion.

Taking advantage of a man-up situation just after the intermission, Hartgers extended the margin to 4-1. Picking up a Park pass off a bounce, Izzo dodged a defender and moved toward the center of the field before rifling a try past goalkeeper Bobby Bleistein '16.

Barton answered with a score just 1:55 later before Freedman pushed the visitor lead to 6-2 with a goal at 8:56. Finding a charging Park open in front, Moroney helped trim the deficit, but Dachille sneaked a shot into the lower right corner at the 3:47 mark to once again make it a four-goal affair. Inching closer, Haffey linked up with Bates one minute later, before Acton scored with 54 seconds left in the quarter to suddenly make it 7-5.

Cradling it on the left side, Izzo dumped a pass inside to Park. Spinning just above the crease, the first-year netted his second of the afternoon to pull Amherst within one. Going towards the net just under a minute later, Izzo brought the Purple & White all the way back, tallying his eighth of the season to knot it at 7-7.

Ending a 4-0 Amherst run, Hartgers took advantage of a man-up situation midway through the fourth quarter, dodging a pair of defenders before slipping a high shot under the crossbar at 7:11. Down a man for 2:30 of the home stretch thanks to three penalties, the Camel defense held Amherst at bay allowing just one shot on goal.

Patrick Routh '15 hit the post at 1:58 before Acton tested Bleistein with a hard shot 20 seconds later. With the Camels trying to run out the clock, Danny Gold '13 caused a turnover behind the net, giving Amherst one last chance in the offensive zone with 21.2 seconds left. Getting a clear look, Izzo put a quick shot on net, but Bleistein stood tall, turning away the attempt to seal the Camel win.

Amherst finished with a slim 33-32 shot advantage and a 37-18 edge in ground balls. Bleistein made 10 saves en route to his ninth victory, while Gilligan finished with five stops.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Apr. 20 at archrival Williams College.

2013-04-16



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