Amherst Rallies to Defeat No. 18 Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 2) - Amherst overcame an early four-goal deficit with a six-goal run, then took the lead for good, 10-9, with 1:07 remaining in the third period, en route to a 14-10 Little Three/NESCAC men's lacrosse victory over Wesleyan here today.

The loss was the first for Wesleyan in conference action and dropped the Cardinals into a four-way tie atop the NESCAC standings with a 4-1 record. Amherst is right behind with a 3-2 NESCAC mark.

Sophomore Kane Haffey netted his second goal of the game on his way to a hat trick and 22 goals on the season to put Amherst ahead for good as he tucked in a shot from in close on the left off a pass from behind the net by sophomore Quinn Moroney, who ended the game with a goal and three assists.

The Lord Jeffs then scored the opening two goals of the fourth period to extend their lead to 12-9 with 10:35 remaining. Quinn Moroney and senior Aaron Mathias did the honors for Amherst as Mathias also finished off his hat trick.

When Cardinal junior Matt Prezioso got his second goal of the game, giving him a team-leading 25 on the year, and fourth point of the contest at 3:26, making it a 12-10 count, Amherst scored twice into a veritable empty Wesleyan net in the final three minutes as the Cardinals, including senior goalie Mark Simmons, chased the ball trying to force an Amherst turnover.

Senior Devon Acton contributed to both final goals, scoring one and passing off for the other as he led all scorers in the contest with three goals and two assists for five points. He leads Amherst in goals this year with 29. Quinn Moroney has a team-best 46 points on 12 goals and 34 assists.

Wesleyan got three goals from junior Quentin DellaFera, two in the first period as the Cardinals built their 4-0 margin. Acton scored in the closing seconds of the period to get Amherst on the board and a 5-0 second quarter spotted the Lord Jeffs a 6-4 halftime lead.

Wesleyan took its last lead of the game, 8-7, with 10:48 to go in the third stanza on senior Aidan Daniell's long, low shot inside the right post past senior goalie Greg Majno, who finished the game with 16 saves as Wesleyan had a 40-29 edge in shots.

Simmons, who played 46 minutes, made five saves while yielding 11 goals. Junior Justin Schick covered the Wesleyan net for 14 minutes, mainly in the final period, and had five saves with three goals against.

Wesleyan came into the game having beaten Amherst 15 times in the last 16 games since 2000 and had won eight straight home games vs. the Lord Jeffs.

Wesleyan travels to Williams Sat., April 5 for its next game, completing its Little Three schedule, while Amherst is home against Colby on Saturday.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. Amherst rallied from a three-goal deficit in the first quarter to defeat Little Three rival Wesleyan on the road Wednesday night, 14-10.

With the win, the Jeffs improved to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in NESCAC play, while snapping Wesleyan's three-game winning streak and unbeaten mark in league play. The Cardinals fall to 7-3 on the year and 4-1 in conference action.

Three Jeffs scored three goals in the win. Seniors Devin Acton and Aaron Mathias recorded three scores with two assists each and Action added two groundballs. Kane Haffey '16 joined them with three goals while five others tallied one each. Johno Gibbons '15 and Rob Butko '16 led the team in groundballs with five a piece and Quinn Moroney '16 had a game-high three assists.

Wesleyan was led by Quentin DellaFera '15 with three goals while Matt Prezioso '15 and Lyle Mitchell '16 both netted two. Prezioso added two assists and was joined by Aidan Daniell '14 with two as well. Sam Stanton '14 led all players with six groundballs.

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