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Division 2 boys lacrosse: Amherst ousted by unbeaten Longmeadow 

  • Bruce Presley of Amherst, left, absorbs a block from Matthew DeMarche of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Bruce Presley of Amherst, left, absorbs a block from Matthew DeMarche of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Melvin Espinoza-Rosa of Amherst, right, moves the ball against John Ryan of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Melvin Espinoza-Rosa of Amherst, right, moves the ball against John Ryan of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Isaac Bass of Amherst, left, moves the ball against Matthew DeMarche of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Isaac Bass of Amherst, left, moves the ball against Matthew DeMarche of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Nick Johnson of Amherst, right, moves the ball against John Ryan of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Nick Johnson of Amherst, right, moves the ball against John Ryan of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Will Barstow of Amherst deflects a shot from Eric Barsalou of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.JERREY ROBERTS

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  • Amherst Regional goalie Will Barstow reacts as a shot from Drew Kelleher of Longmeadow, front, scores Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amherst Regional goalie Will Barstow reacts as a shot from Drew Kelleher of Longmeadow, front, scores Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Donovan Riley Robinson of Amherst Regional, top, celebrates his goal with Isaac Bass during their loss to Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Donovan Riley Robinson of Amherst Regional, top, celebrates his goal with Isaac Bass during their loss to Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Bruce Presley of Amherst, left, absorbs a block from Matthew DeMarche of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Melvin Espinoza-Rosa of Amherst, right, moves the ball against John Ryan of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Isaac Bass of Amherst, left, moves the ball against Matthew DeMarche of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Nick Johnson of Amherst, right, moves the ball against John Ryan of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Will Barstow of Amherst deflects a shot from Eric Barsalou of Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amherst Regional goalie Will Barstow reacts as a shot from Drew Kelleher of Longmeadow, front, scores Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Donovan Riley Robinson of Amherst Regional, top, celebrates his goal with Isaac Bass during their loss to Longmeadow Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

But it was the next 10 minutes that ultimately led to the end of the Hurricanes’ season as the Lancers went on to a 13-3 victory at Chicopee Comp.

Longmeadow was held scoreless until there were just over two minutes left in the first quarter, but Amherst could not grab a lead. The Lancers then scored five times in exactly the next 10 minutes.

“At the beginning of the game, we were fired up and we hung right with them, but we let it slip away,” senior Kieran Presley said. “We try to not let it affect us when things start going wrong. We kept fighting the whole way.”

No. 5 Amherst (13-8) reached the semifinal round for the second consecutive season, but didn’t quite meet its full expectations.

“After getting to this point last year, our goal was to get to the final, but we fell a little short again,” Presley said. “But we certainly tried our hardest.”

The No. 1 Lancers (22-0) advanced to the final against No. 2 South Hadley (16-5) at 5 p.m. Saturday back at Chicopee Comp. Longmeadow won both regular-season meetings, but the second one went to overtime.

Longmeadow completely dominated in faceoffs Tuesday, gaining possession on all but two for the entire game.

“Longmeadow takes care of the ball so well, they don’t turn it over,” Crutch said. “And their faceoff guy is outstanding, so we needed to take advantage whenever we touched the ball. They’re tenacious, and they’re 22-0 for a reason. They work hard, they don’t just show up and win games.”

Nick Johnson had a goal and an assist for Amherst, while Presley and Donovan Riley Robinson added a tally apiece.

“We worked the ball around and tried to get some looks, and we had some good ones,” Crutch said. “But we hit a couple posts and missed the net. We were right there for a while, but we knew we had to play a nearly perfect game to beat Longmeadow.”

Senior goalie Will Barstow closed out a fantastic high school career with 18 saves, and made a couple dazzling stops in the early going.

“Will is the biggest part of this team, he’s helped us win so many games this season,” Presley said. “When we kept them scoreless early, that was all him. He was great.”

But Kevin Barry scored his first of four goals on a transition break with 2:20 left in the first. Eric Barsalou (two goals) added another seconds later for a 2-0 lead after one.

Robinson put Amherst on the board with 3:37 left in the second and Longmeadow held a 5-1 advantage at the half.

The ’Canes desperately needed the first tally of the second half, but it was Longmeadow that scored the first four of the third quarter before Presley took a feed from Johnson and beat starting goalie Matthew Draymore (five saves).

“I saw my guy watching the ball so I made my move, Nick gave me a nice feed and I put it in,” Presley said.

Johnson fired a scorcher from up top with 4:18 to play for the game’s final tally.

Matthew DeMarche and Zach Lukas added two goals and an assist apiece for the Lancers.

“We played great defensively, especially off the ball, and Will probably had his best game of the season,” Crutch said. “I thought Dakota Nambu, just a sophomore, played great. And we have a lot of seniors on defense that care about their goalie and want to help him out.”

It was the final high school game for Amherst seniors Presley, Johnson, Barstow, Isaac Bass, Charlie Clark, Cody Baglow, Luke Allen, Justin Kim, Kevin Tran, Drew Kosloski, James Sowers, Govany Hernandez and Janko Tomasic. The class helped resurrect a program that hadn’t made the postseason from 2008 through 2010.

“I believe our class has made a permanent impact on Amherst lacrosse,” Presley said. “We’ve played together since second grade, so we used that chemistry throughout these years.”

Crutch added, “It’s a great senior class, and it will be hard to replace them. But they did a good job bringing the younger players along. I’m really proud of those guys, they’ll be missed.”

Michael Wilkinson can be reached at mwilkinson@gazettenet.com.

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