Amherst wins NESACAC opener
Noon scores twice as Lord Jeffs advance to semifinals
AMHERST, Mass. -- Two goals and an assist from Spencer Noon led top-seeded Amherst to a 4-0 win against eighth-seeded Colby on Saturday at a cold and snowy Hitchcock Field in the opening round of the NESCAC Championship.
Amherst improves to 12-1-2 and will take on seventh-seeded Middlebury next Saturday, while Colby’s season comes to a close at 7-7-1. The Lord Jeffs will host the final two rounds of the conference tournament, with semifinal action set for Saturday, Nov. 5, followed by the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 6.
|Other NESCAC Tournament Results|
|No. 7 Middlebury 3, No. 2 Wesleyan 2|
|No. 3 Trinity 2, No. 6 Conn. College 1|
|No. 4 Williams 2, No. 5 Tufts 1|
|• Conference Championship Central|
Saturday’s game marked the second consecutive year in which Amherst has ended Colby’s season, as the Jeffs defeated the Mules in last year’s conference championship quarterfinals 3-0. Saturday also marked the second two-goal performance by Noon against the Mules this season, as he now leads the Jeffs in goals (11), assists (4) and points (26).
Amherst got on the board 11 minutes into the game when Milton Rico put home a rebound after a pair of Ben Joslin saves, with Noon picking up the assist after his attempt was denied. At 20:40, Noon pushed his team’s lead to 2-0 when he made a far-post run on a cross from Chris Lerner, putting a header past Joslin after Lerner did a nice job of dribbling himself free along the left sideline.
Rico picked up the assist on Amherst’s third goal when his corner kick was finished off by Alejandro Sucre with 28:03 to go in the second half. Noon then capped off the scoring at 73:21 when he received a pass from Lerner and put a shot on net. Joslin got his hands on the ball but could not hang on due to the wet field conditions, as his diving attempt back toward his goal came up short and Noon’s shot trickled over the line.
Colby had a pair of good scoring chances in the waning moments of regulation but could not get on the scoreboard, as Eric Barthold pushed a shot wide left and Nate Tolman lofted an attempt just over the crossbar.
Amherst held a 20-5 advantage in shots and an 11-1 edge in corner kicks. Lennard Kovacs posted the shutout for the Jeffs despite not having to make a save, while Joslin stopped five shots for the Mules.