April 2, 2011

Redwood Stands Tall for No. 14 Amherst

from press release

– Led by four goals and two assists from junior co-captain Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD), the 14th-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 15-8 win over Bates College today at Gooding Field.

With Saturday's result, this year's Amherst team became the program's first since 1987 to win seven consecutive games in a season. The Lord Jeffs (7-1, 3-1 NESCAC) will look to keep their streak going when they host Middlebury College on Wednesday, Apr. 6, at 4:30 p.m. Amherst has lost 25 consecutive games to Middlebury dating back to 1990.

In addition to Redwood's six points, Alex Fox '12 (Garden City, NY) had two goals and two assists, first-year Devin Acton (Sudbury, MA) tallied a goal and three assists, and Sam Jakimo '12 (Woodbury, NY) improved to 7-0 by turning away 16 shots.

First-year Wylie Leabo scored twice and Dan Hines '13 posted a goal and two assists for the Bobcats (4-4, 1-3), who held a 41-31 advantage in shots. Adam Scharff '12 made six saves in 50:26 to take the loss, while Alex Henrie '13 stopped two shots in the final 9:34.

Amherst jumped out to an early lead when sophomore Danny Gold (Medfield, MA) outran two Bates defenders and fed senior Matt Levine (Niskayuna, NY), who snapped a quick shot past Scharff 1:11 into the opening quarter. Goals from Fox and Redwood soon made it 3-0, and the Jeffs appeared to be in complete control early on.

After Cole Cherney '12 (Chappaqua, NY) scored to extend the lead to 4-0, Bates bounced back with two goals of its own. Will Gilkeson '14 put the Bobcats on the board and defenseman Charlie Clark '13 made it 4-2 when he beat Jakimo low with 1:29 to play in the first period.

Bates cut its deficit to two with a goal from Rory Cosgrove '11, but Redwood quickly struck back with his second score of the day to give Amherst a 5-3 advantage. After first-year Aaron Mathias (Ridgefield, CT) beat Scharff with a long-range shot, Redwood added another goal to extend the Jeffs' lead to 7-3. An unassisted goal from Leabo with 3:18 to play in the half sent the visitors into the break trailing 7-4.

Amherst opened up the third quarter with quick goals from Redwood and Fox, but Bates responded with scores from Leabo and Gary Guinta '13 to make it 9-6. Redwood then fed Cherney, who beat Scharff with a quick shot from a tight angle to close out the scoring in the third quarter.

Early in the final period first-year Nizam Ghani (Washington, DC) scored the first goal of his collegiate career and Acton cranked a low shot past Scharff to bring the score to 12-6. Redwood then fed sophomore Jeff Izzo (Plandome, NY), who provided the Jeffs with a 13-6 cushion.

After another Mathias shot from deep outside the crease made it 14-6, Bates fought back with responses from Kyle Starr '13 and Dan Hines '13. Junior Pir Granoff (Bala Cynwyd, PA) added a late insurance goal—his first of the season—to secure the 15-8 final.

Led by senior co-captain Gabe Mann (Denver, CO), the Amherst defense allowed only two goals in each period and looked strong all day. Gold and first-year Duncan Morrissey (Ridgefield, CT) led Amherst with six and five ground balls, respectively.

The Bobcats will return to action Tuesday when they head to Medford to take on top-ranked Tufts University.

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