AMHERST, Mass. -- Quinn Moroney scored a pair of goals and dished out eight assists, and No. 4 nationally ranked Amherst College scored five unanswered goals in the third quarter en route to a 14-9 victory over the No. 6 Bates men's lacrosse team in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC game at Pratt Field.
The game was a rematch of last season's 2015 NESCAC tournament semifinals, a 10-8 Amherst win at Pratt.
In a back-and-forth first quarter, Moroney got Amherst (3-0, 2-0 NESCAC) an early 1-0 lead when he fired in an unassisted marker at the 10:46 mark.
Bates (4-1, 1-1 NESCAC) answered with back-to-back strikes from junior Charlie Fay (Falmouth, Maine), as sophomore Max Breschi (Carlisle, Pa.) and senior Matt Proto (Chatham, N.J.) provided the assists to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead with 6:07 to play in the opening stanza.
Kane Haffey scored on a dish from Moroney at the 4:43 mark, and with just 12 seconds remaining in the period, Brett Inglesby scored to give Amherst a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes of action.
In the second quarter, Amherst extended its lead to 5-2 as Dylan Park and Connor Sheehan scored following a pair of assists from Moroney. Sheehan's strike came on an extra-man opportunity.
Bates rallied, scoring five goals in the final 9:07 of the half. Sophomore Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) delivered an unassisted goal, while senior Jack Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Breschi each scored on the man advantage. Junior Jake Walsh (Baltimore, Md.) and Allard notched the assists on the goals.
A goal by Amherst's Charlie Gill at the 4:23 mark broke a 5-5 tie, but another goal from Breschi and a score from Fay with 24 seconds on the clock allowed Bates to take a 7-6 lead at intermission. Fay and junior Kyle Weber (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) added assists on the visitor's final two markers.
Trailing by a goal after 30 minutes, Amherst opened the third quarter with three quick goals as Inglesby, Evan Wolf and Haffey each found the back of the net to help Amherst stake a 9-7 lead 2:54 into the third frame.
Moroney, who provided the helpers on Wolf's and Haffey's tallies, and then found Jordan Sanford with 9:03 to play in the quarter to make it 10-7.
Moroney capped an all-Amherst third period with his second goal of the contest at the 7:05 mark, and Amherst held an 11-7 advantage after 45 minutes.
Early in the fourth period, Bates struck through an unassisted goal by Allard at the 9:08 mark, before Haffey raced down the other end and scored at the 8:55 mark to keep the lead at four goals (12-8).
Another Allard score, aided by junior Andrew Melvin (Medfield, Mass.), pulled the Bobcats to within three with 7:35 on the clock. But another Haffey goal followed by a man-up strike from Gill helped Amherst seal the 14-9 victory.
Allard and Fay both finished with three goals and one assist for Bates, while Breschi added two goals and an assist.
Senior Joe Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) made 15 saves in goal for the Bobcats, including six in the first 15 minutes of play. Junior Sam Francis (Newburyport, Mass.) led Bates with seven ground balls, while Allard and Proto added four each.
Moroney, Andrew Ford and Austin Park led Amherst with seven ground balls each, while Ryan Cassidy had four caused turnovers. Cody Tranbarger made 14 saves.
Bates hosts Trinity in its home opener on Saturday, March 19 at 1pm.