Amherst vs. Trinity (ct)
April 2, 2008
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team suffered its third loss in the last four games, with a 6-4 set-back against NESCAC rival Trinity College at home this evening. The Lord Jeffs scored the game’s opening two goals, but were held in check for the rest of the game to fall to 6-3 (1-2 NESCAC) on the year.

Amherst jumped out the gate on the home turf of Gooding Field this evening, scoring the game’s first two goals in less than five minutes of play. Junior Tim Thornton (Garden City, NJ) scored both goals, just 1:03 apart, to give Amherst a 2-0 lead by the 10:14 mark of the first period.

Trinity responded with a pair of unassisted tallies, from Harper Cullen and Zachary Trudeau, to tie the game at 2-2, before Amherst senior tri-captain T.J. Jackson (Haverford, PA) scored the game’s fifth goal. The Jackson score put Amherst up 5-3 to end the first quarter of play.

From the final whistle of the opening quarter on, the game belonged to the Bantams, as they rolled off the next four goals to take a commanding lead. Cullen added another pair of scores during the stretch to finish with a game-high three goals.

Amherst was able to muster just a single man-up score at the 13:59 mark of the fourth quarter, despite out-shooting Trinity by a 27-20 margin in the final three frames.

Amherst goalie Matt Pietroforte (Brooklyn, NY) made 14 saves to keep Amherst in the game at times, while Alex Palma turned away 15 Lord Jeff attempts for Trinity. The Bantams dominated the face-off battle, winning 11 of 13 show-downs.

The Lord Jeffs will have just a few days off before turning around to host 5th-ranked Middlebury College on Saturday. The home game is set to begin at 2 p.m. at Gooding Field.