#2 Amherst Pulls Away From Middlebury

Chase Goree finished with four goals and one assist on Saturday.
Chase Goree finished with four goals and one assist on Saturday.

Middlebury trailed second-ranked Amherst 12-9 early in the third quarter, but the Mammoths (9-0, 4-0) tallied 10 of the next 14 goals en route to a 23-12 home NESCAC victory Saturday. The Panthers (3-5, 2-3) return home for another conference contest on Wednesday, hosting Hamilton at 4:00 p.m.

Amherst scored 1:48 into the contest with Middlebury pulling even three minutes later on an unassisted goal by Frank Cosolito. Amherst pushed the lead to 5-2, before the Panthers recorded a pair of quick strikes. After a Mammoth goal, Jake Madnick won a faceoff in the final minute and Chase Goree capped the possession with a score on a feed from Zeke Emerson with 17 seconds on the clock. Madnick gained control of the ensuing faceoff, as Laurence Jackson closed the difference to 5-4 just 12 seconds later.

In the second stanza, Amherst forged a 9-5 advantage with the Panthers making a small push. Marshall Cummings scored with 6:45 left in the half and Danny Jacobs closed the gap to a pair just over two minutes later. The Mammoths sandwiched goals around a tally by Madnick, as the hosts held a 12-8 cushion at the half.

Goree cut the difference to three goals for Middlebury one minute into the third frame with Amherst answering with a pair of goals just over a minute apart. Goree tallied again for the Panthers with 10:05 showing on the clock, but the Mammoths netted the final three scores of the quarter for a 17-10 edge.

Goree recorded the third-straight goal for the visitors at the start of the final stanza in a man-up situation, while Amherst notched six of the next seven for the 23-12 final.

Offensively for Middlebury, Goree led the way with four goals and an assist, while eight other players added goals. Madnick scored once, scooped up 10 ground balls and went 20-35 at the faceoff X. His 10 ground balls gave him an even 200 for his career, placing him fifth on the program's all-time list. Emerson caused five turnovers with five ground balls, while Charles Midgley finished with 10 saves in goal.

Jon Coffey, Matt Solberg and Evan Wolf each scored five times for Amherst, while Colin Minicus dished out seven assists. Juan Gonzalez had 10 ground balls and went 16-34 on faceoffs, while Chad Simons made 18 saves for the win in goal.

Middlebury's A.J. Kucinski saw his 40-game point streak end, a stretch dating back to his first season.           

Amherst held a modest 60-52 advantage in shots and the teams finished tied at 37 apiece in ground balls.