Big Second Half Leads Amherst Past Middlebury

Danny Jacobs earned three goals and three assists in the game.
Danny Jacobs earned three goals and three assists in the game.

With the game tied at 8-8 after 30 minutes, seventh-ranked Amherst (8-1, 4-0) outscored Middlebury 10-3 in the second session, on its way to an 18-11 victory over the Panthers (3-5, 1-4). Middlebury returns to action at Hamilton on Wednesday at 4:30, while the Mammoths are at Wesleyan for a 6:30 game on the same day.

Middlebury went up 2-0 with goals from Danny Jacobs and A.J. Kucinski, before Amherst scored the next three, including a pair from Matt Solberg. Kucinski struck again with a shot from the outside, as Parker Lawlor followed 25 seconds later with a low shot from the right, putting his team up 4-3 with 4:34 left in the first quarter. Amherst responded 11 seconds later, before two tallies from Evan Wolf gave the visitors a 6-4 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.

The teams exchanged the first four goals of the second quarter, before Jacobs and Henry Riehl made it an 8-8 game heading into the break. The tally for Riehl extended his goal-scoring streak to 15 games.

Amherst scored six of the eight third-quarter goals, taking a 14-10 lead. Wolf recorded three of the Mammoth's goals in the quarter, with man-up tallies from Zach Schwartz and Solberg.

Kucinski opened the fourth quarter with a quick-stick goal, converting a feed from Chase Goree, cutting the lead to 14-11 with 13:24 remaining. That's as close as the Panthers would get, as Amherst recorded the game's final four goals en route to the 18-11 victory.

Amherst controlled the face-off X in the game, winning 26-32 as Dylan Finazzo was 25-31 with a game-high 13 ground balls. Middlebury kept the game close by forcing 19 turnovers and committing just nine.

Jacobs led Middlebury with three goals and three assists, while Michael McCormack finished with two goals and one helper. Kucinski scored three times and added an assist, extending his point streak to 25 games. Charles Midgley made 13 saves in the game, as the Panthers were facing their fifth nationally-ranked opponent of the season.

Wolf led all scorers with five goals and five assists, Solberg scored three times, while Norton added a pair for Amherst. Chad Simons made 13 saves in 59 minutes of work.