OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Franklin & Marshall's No. 14 men's lacrosse team kept the score close early but was unable to maintain momentum against No. 4 Amherst, falling by a 17-9 tally at day one of the Mustang Classic, hosted by Stevenson.
The Diplomats saw their four-game winning streak come to a close and now sit at 4-2 on the year while the Mammoths improved to 4-0.
Back-to-back Amherst goals in the opening two minutes of play put F&M in an early 2-0 hole before the Diplomats responded with three straight to take the lead. A.J. Rigsby got the run started after capitalizing off a feed from Luke Keating before Tucker McBride followed with 5:07 left in the first for his sixth of the year. Rigsby notched another marker with 3:59 remaining to capture the advantage.
F&M kept Amherst scoreless for more than 12 minutes in the quarter but the Mammoths wrapped up the frame with a down goal at 1:09 to tie the contest at 3-3.
That Mammoth marker kicked off a run of 10-consecutive scores for Amherst that spanned more than 25 minutes of game action to put the Mammoths ahead by a 12-3 tally with 7:51 to go in the third.
The final minutes of the quarter saw the Diplomats continue to fight, chipping away at the deficit with three of the final four scores to make it a 13-6 game heading into the fourth.
Luke Keating notched an extra-man opportunity goal with 13:53 to go in the final frame to pull F&M within six at 13-7, however, Amherst tallied four unanswered for the decisive 10-goal advantage. Scores by Spencer Hall and Rigsby in the game's final two minutes allowed the Diplomats to end on a high note.
Rigsby paced the offense with four goals, Keating registered a goal and two assists, while George Briggs was credited with three assists.
Shots favored F&M by a 49-39 margin but the Diplomats converted on just 3-of-8 extra-man opportunities. Ellis Llewellyn cased a team-high five turnovers and collected four ground balls. Daniel Zlevor also scooped up four ground balls, while Tommy O'Connor followed with three.
Goalkeeper Scott Hatch recorded 10 stops in net, while Amherst's Chad Simons tallied 22 saves for the win.
F&M faces a quick turnaround, continuing the Mustang Classic tomorrow against No 10 Denison at 1:45 p.m.