April 9, 2011

Jakimo Stops 20 as Amherst Beats Ephs

from press release

– Sam Jakimo '12 (Woodbury, NY) recorded 20 saves and Evan Redwood '12 (Lutherville, MD) had five points in leading the 12th-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team to an 11-8 win at Williams College Saturday afternoon.

The Lord Jeffs, who have now won four of the last six against their archrivals, improved to 9-1 (5-1 NESCAC) with their ninth consecutive victory of the season. With top-ranked Tufts earning an 18-10 win over Trinity today, Amherst is now tied with the Bantams for second place in the conference standings.

Saturday's game was won in the opening moments of the third and fourth quarters after the Jeffs carried a 3-1 lead into halftime. Amherst accounted for four of the first five goals in the third period and three of the first four in the final frame, fending off a late comeback to drop the Ephs to 1-7 (1-5 NESCAC).

Redwood led the Amherst charge with three goals and two assists, while Jakimo's 20 saves improved him to 9-0 on the season. Devin Acton '14 (Sudbury, MA) added a hat trick for the Lord Jeffs, while Cole Cherney '12 (Chappaqua, NY) chipped in with two goals and one assist. Will Stewart '13 paced the Ephs with four goals.

Cherney struck first for Amherst, dodging to his left before spinning back to the right and ripping a shot past Evan Cohen '12 into the top right corner of the net. Williams got on the board after the defense forced an Amherst turnover, as Stewart ripped a side-armed rocket past Jakimo to tie the game at 1-1.

Amherst took the lead right back with a goal by Acton, and the Jeffs made it a 3-1 game when they capitalized on a Williams penalty. During the man-up opportunity Ramsey Bates '13 (McLean, VA) stepped up and ripped a shot into the top right corner, helping Amherst close out the first half with a 3-1 lead.

Amherst came out on fire in the second half, scoring two quick goals from Acton and Redwood. After Williams got one back, Dan Routh '12 (Allendale, NJ) drove down the right side and slung a pass across the crease to Cherney, who found the net again. After the Ephs had substitution issues, Danny Gold '13 (Medfield, MA) found himself wide open on the crease and Redwood fed him the ball, resulting in the second straight Amherst goal for a 7-2 Lord Jeff lead.

The Ephs scored the next two goals but would again hurt themselves in a substitution situation, as Alex Fox '12 (Garden City, NY) found Matt Levine '11 (Niskayuna, NY) from behind the net to push the lead back to four (8-4). Williams junior Sam Hargrove then found a cutting Colton Growney '13, who closed the deficit to three as time ran out in the third quarter.

Amherst again rattled off two quick goals to start the fourth quarter, one from Acton and another from Redwood. Stewart got the Ephs back on track with a low left-handed shot that found the back of the net, but Redwood gave his team an 11-6 advantage by converting a rebound off a great save by Cohen.

The Ephs kept things interesting by scoring two goals in less than two minutes, but Amherst held off the Eph rally as Jakimo finished a spectacular day with a couple of key stops. Cohen finished with seven saves for the Ephs.

The Lord Jeffs will host Springfield College Wednesday, Apr. 13, at 7 p.m.

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