Amherst comes from behind to win first-ever DIII championship

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Amherst overcame an early deficit to beat Loras 2-1 and win the program’s first national champions in the Division III national title game.

Johnny Rummelhart gave the DuHawks (18-5-1) the lead just over eight minutes into the match on a goal that was the first conceded by the Lord Jeffs (18-1-2) all tournament.

The lead didn’t last long. Less than five minutes later, Jackson Lehnhart, a junior from Juneau, Alaska headed home the equalizer off a Luke Nguyen corner.

Bryce Ciambella’s bending ball into the right corner of the net off a play started by a Lehnhart throw-in proved to be the winner in the 55th minute. The two goalscorers had each only one goal on the season entering the game.

Goalkeeper Thomas Bull, who set a DIII record with 50 career shutouts this season, made four saves in the match, including a critical save with his leg early in the second half. The senior from Montgomery, N.J. was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the tournament while Ciambella, a junior from Ocala, Fla., was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

Though the national championship was the first for Amherst’s men’s soccer team, it was the 11th for the school’s athletic program and first since men’s tennis won a title in 2014.

 

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