May 7, 2014 11:15 PM by Jordan Mason
AMHERST, Mass. - Devin Acton scored four of his six goals in the second half as No. 14-ranked Amherst College rallied for a 13-10 victory over Colorado College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday afternoon.
The Jeffs, who improved to 15-4, overcame an 8-4 halftime deficit to earn a shot at No. 1 RIT on Saturday.
For 30 minutes, it looked as though CC was on its way to the second round, especially when senior midfielder Jack Kreitler struck for the second of his three goals with less than three seconds before intermission.
Unfortunately, the Amherst attack caught fire and scored six consecutive goals to build a 10-8 lead with 11:25 remaining in the game. After
Kreitler stopped the run 37 seconds later, the Jeffs tacked on four more before Stephen Petersilge closed out the scoring for the Tigers.
Chase Murphy turned in another outstanding postseason effort, turning aside 16 shots for his eighth double-digit performance of the campaign. In two career NCAA games, the sophomore goalie has averaged 16.5 saves per contest.
Six different players scored for CC, including Halle and Kreitler who struck for two apiece.
Kreitler, who extended his goal-scoring streak to nine games, has scored at least two in each of the last five contests.
After Acton gave the Jeffs an early lead 1:51 into the contest, Colorado College countered with three goals in a span of 65 seconds.
Henri Halle put the Tigers on the board with 11:47 to play in the first quarter, then Austin Davie and Tyler Allen scored eight seconds apart to give CC a 3-1 lead.
Acton's second goal cut Amherst's deficit to 3-2, but the Tigers countered with tallies by Jack McCormick and Taylor Paul to extend their lead to three just 2:23 into the second quarter.
A man-up goal by Aaron Mathias made the score 5-3, but Colorado College responded with goals from Halle and Kreitler to build a four-goal cushion for the first time.
After Rob Butko scored for the Jeffs with 3:08 remaining in the first half, Kreitler's late tally gave CC its 8-4 lead after 30 minutes.
Paul and Austin Davie recorded a goal and an assist for Colorado College's balanced attack.
Amherst finished with a 47-36 edge in total shots and a 41-28 advantage in ground balls.
Cody Tranbarger steered aside five shots in the second half for the Jeffs, who improved to 6-0 at home. Starter Greg Majno made four saves during the opening 30 minutes.
CC finished the season with a 10-6 record.