No. 9 Union Ends on 8-2 Run to Down Amherst in 2nd Round

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Rob Santangelo recorded six points (four goals, two assists) and Charlie Ross tallied a hat trick to lead ninth-ranked Union to a 17-11 win over 12th-ranked Amherst in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship at Frank Bailey Field. Union's 13-member senior class, making its final home appearance, helped the Garnet and White finish undefeated at home (9-0) this season.

The Dutchmen (15-4) will face top-ranked RIT, a 20-8 winner over Ithaca, in the NCAA Quarterfinals Wednesday (May 14) in Rochester. Union is 0-2 against RIT, with both losses occurring by a combined three goals.

On Saturday, Union's defense held Amherst to five second half goals, allowing just one marker in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 9-9 in the third quarter when Jon Andrews scored twice, and Santangelo went on a three-goal spurt, capping an 8-2 Union run to finish the game.

Amherst (15-5) came out firing, scoring twice in the opening four minutes to stake a 2-0 lead. Union claimed its first lead of the day, 3-2, on Richard Gregory's 20th goal of the year with four minutes left in the first. The game was tied three more times before the Dutchmen pulled away late in the third quarter.

Gregory (two goals, two assists), Andrews (two goals, assist), Nolan Stauffer (goal, two assists), Peter Richardson (two goals), Adam Sands (goal, assist), and Cameron Slatton (two assists) joined Santangelo and Ross as multiple-point performers.

Goalkeeper Stefan Basile (13-3) made 15 stops while counterpart Greg Majno was equally up to the task, recording 14 saves. The "U" finished with a 51-48 edge in total shots while winning the ground balls battle, 36-27.

Quinn Moroney led the Jeffs offensively with six points (four goals, two assists) to finish with 32 goals and 112 points on the season.

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Quinn Moroney '16 recorded six points, but the 12th-ranked Amherst lacrosse team fell short in a hard-fought NCAA third round match-up against ninth-ranked Union, 17-11 at the Frank Bailey Field.

With the loss, the Jeffs' impressive season comes to an end as they finish the year with a 15-5 overall record and 7-3 NESCAC mark. The team's 15 wins tied a program record set in 2011 and were led by Moroney and senior Devin Acton.

With six more points added to his season total, Moroney's 112 points are the most in the Jeffs' modern era, almost doubling the previous mark of 68 set by Derek Cherney '07 in 2005. Acton concludes a terrific career with 222 points in four years, the highest career point total in the modern era as he finished with a career-high 57 goals this year. With the win, Union advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 15-3 ledger.

Moroney led the Jeffs with four goals and two assists. Matt Killian '17 tallied two scores while five others netted one. Johno Gibbons '15 recorded seven ground balls and won 19 faceoffs. Greg Majno '14 started in net for Amherst and stopped 14 shots.

The Dutchmen were led by Rob Santangelo '14 who posted identical numbers to Moroney with four goals and two assists while Charlie Ross '15 netted three scores and three others tallied two. Union goalie Stefan Basile '15 made 15 saves between the posts for the win.

Amherst came out hot to start the game as Moroney notched his 29th goal of the season in just under two minutes of action. Shortly after, Moroney found Matt Killian '17 for the score as the Jeffs took a 2-0 lead at the 11:43 mark of the first quarter.

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