April 16, 2011

Cha Lifts Amherst in Overtime with 1.4 Left

from press release

– Amherst College first-year midfielder Beda Cha (Lutherville, MD), who had just one goal on the season before Saturday, scored with 1.4 seconds left in overtime to give the 10th-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team a 7-6 win over Colby College at Bill Alfond Field.

Amherst's 11th consecutive win moves the Lord Jeffs to 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC, while Colby falls to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the league. With Trinity losing to Middlebury this afternoon, Amherst is now in sole possession of second place in the conference standings.

The Lord Jeffs nearly shut out Colby for the entire second half, but the Mules' Ian Deveau scored with 24 seconds left in regulation off an assist from Scott Margolis to tie the game at 6-6 and force overtime.

The teams appeared to be heading to another extra session when Cha found himself in the right place at the right time. With time winding down and Colby clamping down defensively, a ball scooted directly to Cha all alone on the right side of the goal and he fired a shot past Colby keeper Peter Reiley.

Colby came out strong and took a 3-0 lead thanks to goals by Mark Squicciarino with 10:27 and 4:48 left in the first quarter, followed by a tally from John Moriarty with 1:33 to play. Amherst got a little momentum just eight seconds later when Cole Cherney '12 (Chappaqua, NY) scored off a pass from Evan Redwood '12 (Lutherville, MD).

Amherst tied the game at 3-3 with two goals in a span of 14 seconds. Cherney got his second of the contest off a pass from Alex Fox '12 (Garden City, NY) with 11:14 to play in the second period, and Danny Gold '13 (Medfield, MA) scored with 11:00 left off a pass from Dan Routh '12 (Allendale, NJ).

Colby took a 5-3 lead on an unassisted goal by Greg McKillop, followed by a McKillop-to-Alex Boches connection with 5:21 to go before the break. The Mules may have had a larger lead in the first half if not for the fine play of Amherst goalie Sam Jakimo '12 (Woodbury, NY). The reigning NESCAC Player of the Week had 10 of his 16 saves in the first half, including a few point-blank stops.

Amherst clamped down defensively in the second half and tied the game after three quarters on goals by Fox and Ramsey Bates '13 (McLean, VA). Fox scored with 10:54 remaining off a pass from Cha, while Bates beat Reiley with five minutes to play. The Lord Jeffs went up for the first time in the game when Devin Acton '14 (Sudbury, MA) scored with 11:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Colby had a 54-24 shot advantage in the game and a 31-18 margin in ground balls. The ground ball difference was mainly due to Colby face-off man Craig Bunker, who went 14-for-17 and scooped up nine grounders. Bjorn Knutson and Jennings both had five ground balls for the Mules.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action next Saturday, when they host Wesleyan University at 1 p.m.

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