Amherst Rallies to Edge Out Springfield, 11-10

AMHERST, Masschusetts -- Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) tallied his second goal of the night with just 25 seconds left on the game clock to lead 22nd-ranked Amherst College (5-1) to an 11-10 upset of No. 18 Springfield College (1-1). The junior scored both of his goals in the final minute of play, equalizing the match at 10 a piece with 41 seconds left before notching the game-winner just 16 seconds later.

Amherst had taken a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter before Springfield struck 9:53 into the period. The Jeffs would take a 4-2 advantage into halftime behind the offensive output of sophomore midfielder Jason Sowers (Ridgewood, NJ), who tallied three goals and an assist in the opening 30 minutes on Garber Field at the University of Massachusetts.

Springfield chipped away at the lead, tying the game at 5-5 9:50 into the third quarter on the second of three goals by senior attackman John Gormley (West Hartford, CT). The Pride rattled off four more goals for its largest lead, 9-5 less than three minutes into the final period.

The Jeffs responded with six goals in the fourth quarter. Notching a pair with an man advantage, Amherst cut the lead to one, 9-8, with Sam Altman's (Owing Mills, MD) third score of the night. Gormley closed out his hat trick to restore the Springfield advantage to two, but junior quad-captains Payson Bullard (Wilton, CT) and Nichols teamed up for three goals in 58 seconds toward the victory.

Amherst goalie Bryan Goldstein (Milton, MA) made 17 saves in net while Springfield keeper Jeremy Platt (Syracuse, NY) held off nine Lord Jeff shots. Amherst travels to defending national champion Nazareth for a 2:00pm showdown on Saturday while Springfield will face RPI on Saturday.

Springfield (1-1)	1	1	6	2 -- 10
Amherst (5-1)		2	2	1	6 -- 11

Per.	Time	Team	Goal by			Assist
1	3:28	A	Jason Sowers		Todd Robin
1	6:13	A	John Laufer		Sowers
1	9:53	S	John Gormley		- None -
2	1:21	A	Sowers			- None -
2	3:25	S	Chris McDonald		- None -
2	6:28	A	Sowers			Payson Bullard
3	1:27	S	Chris Landry		Kevin Marion
3	4:16	S	Marion			McDonald
3	5:02	A	Sam Altman		Kyle Bohannon
3	9:50	S	Gormley			- None -
3	11:04	S	Landry			- None -
3	11:49	S	Matt Cersosimo		- None -
3	13:25	S	Shad Hanrahan		Gormley
4	2:36	S	Cersosimo		Gormley
4	4:20	A	Sowers			Robin
4	5:43	A	Altman			Todd Nichols
4	5:52	A	Altman			Bullard
4	9:50	S	Gormley			Cersosimo
4	13:32	A	Bullard			- None -
4	14:19	A	Nichols			Bullard
4	14:35	A	Nichols			- None -

Springfield	G	A	P		Amherst		G	A	P
John Gormley	3	2	5		Jason Sowers	4	1	5
Matt Cersosimo	2	1	3		Payson Bullard	1	3	4
Chris Landry	2	0	2		Sam Altman	3	0	3
Chris McDonald	1	1	2		Todd Nichols	2	1	3
Kevin Marion	1	1	2		Todd Robin	0	2	2
Shad Hanrahan	1	0	1		John Laufer	1	0	1
Totals		10	5	15		Kyle Bohannon	0	1	1
						Totals		11	8	19
Shots: A 33, S 36.
Goalie Saves: A Bryan Goldstein 17, S Jeremy Platt 9.
Penalties: A 6, S 7.
Faceoffs Won: A 19, S 4.

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