No. 4 Amherst blanks Husson
Noon ties school-record for career goals, lifts Lord Jeffs to victory
AMHERST, Mass. -- NESCAC Player of the Year Spencer Noon netted a pair of scores to tie the program record for career goals as helped lead No. 4 Amherst to a 4-0 victory against Husson on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Improving to 15-1-2 on the season and 14-8-6 in NCAA Tournament play, the Lord Jeffs will host Eastern Connecticut State in a second round matchup scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 13. Having won six consecutive games entering tournament play, Husson fell to 13-7-1 overall with the loss.
Hoping to get the Jeffs off to a fast start, Thebe Tsatsimpe and Noon recorded consecutive shots in the sixth minute, but Husson goalie Brian Potter got a hand on both attempts to keep Amherst off the board.
With just over 22 minutes remaining in the first, Federico Sucre made a move toward the top of the 18-yard box before flicking a pass into the path of Milton Rico. Looking to tally a goal, Rico ripped a rising shot on net, but Potter again made the save to keep the game scoreless.
Winning a corner from the right flag with under 17 minutes to play in the first, Tsatsimpe played a cross into the box finding the head of junior Alejandro Sucre. After a Husson defender blocked down the initial shot, an alert Noon corralled the loose ball in front of the net, footing it into the back of the Eagle goal at 28:57 to stake Amherst to a 1-0 advantage.
Continuing to push forward, Amherst outshot Husson 8-0 for the remainder of the half but could not break through, finishing the first 45 minutes with a 19-3 edge in shots.
Less than five minutes into the second stanza, Noon received the ball in the middle of the Husson box before rifling a shot over the crossbar. The Eagles responded by going on the offensive, with Greg Dawson making a run down the left side. Looking toward goal, the senior forward put a low tracer on net, forcing Amherst goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs to make his second save of the afternoon.
Still searching for the Lord Jeffs' second tally with just under 30 minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore Max Fikke found the Alejandro Sucre’s feet with a touch pass just above the 18-yard box. Taking a quick dribble to his right, Sucre fired a low shot into the left corner at 60:28 to extend the Amherst lead to 2-0.
With just under 19 minutes remaining, junior Casey McNamara played a cross from the right into Brian Morgan, who slotted the Jeffs’ third goal into the upper left corner at 71:36.
Evading a pair of Husson defenders in the 74th minute, Noon capped off the scoring, sliding his 14th goal of the season and record-tying 34th career marker into an open net at 73:13. In just three seasons in Purple and White, Noon has amassed 80 career points on 34 goals and 12 assists. He now stands just one goal and three points shy of setting program marks in both categories.
Amherst finished with a decisive 27-5 shot advantage and a 5-1 edge in corners. Kovacs needed to make just two saves in the win thanks to a disciplined Jeff backline that surrendered just two second-half shots. Potter finished with six stops in the loss.