Tuesday, March 11, 2014
MANSFIELD, Conn. – An anticipated showdown between the No. 9 and No. 10-ranked teams in New England never materialized Tuesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex, as Amherst College won 19 of 22 faceoffs and whipped Eastern Connecticut State University, 17-1, in a non-conference contest.
At right: Freshman defenseman Jacob Morey (Photo by David Santerre)
Ninth-ranked Amherst (2-1) scored at will against Eastern (2-2), netting its first three goals less than 90 seconds apart in the first half and rolling to its fourth straight victory over the Warriors.
Amherst shut out the Warriors after senior All-America Mike Devine (Cheshire) scored three minutes into action to cut the Lord Jeffs' lead to three goals, scoring the final 14 goals over the final 45-plus minutes. The visitors scored their first goal of each quarter before a minute had expired.
Down 6-1 one minute into the second half, the Warriors came up empty on eight shots and Amherst finally salted the game away with a pair of strikes inside the final four minutes to build an 8-1 lead at the half.
Junior midfielder John Gibbons (San Francisco), who had won less than half of his faceoffs through Amherst's first two matches, dominated the faceoff "X" by winning 17 of 19 attempts. He picked up five ground balls and sophomore defenseman Ryan Cassidy (Wellesley, MA) corralled a team-high seven to help Amherst to a +11 advantage in that category in the game.
Brothers Patrick and Quinn Moroney (Manhasset, NY) combined for 11 assists. The pair combined for assists on the team's final seven goals over the 25 minutes, Quinn totaling seven helpers in the game. Senior attack Devin Acton (Sudbury, MA) and sophomore attack Kane Haffey (Duxbury, MA) combined on nine of their team's goal, Acton leading the Jeffs with five.
Senior Greg Majno (Sudbury, MA) worked in goal into the final six minutes of play, making ten saves.
Eastern visits No. 2 nationally-ranked SUNY Cortland Saturday at 1 p.m.