March 11, 2012

No. 5 Amherst Holds Off Bates

from press release

– Sophomores Devin Acton and Aaron Mathias scored three goals apiece to help the Amherst College men's lacrosse team close out a perfect weekend with an 11-8 win over Bates College Sunday afternoon at Gooding Field.

The Bobcats (1-3, 0-2 NESCAC) held advantages in shots (40-27), ground balls (33-30) and face-offs (13-10), but the Lord Jeffs (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) were able to maintain their lead thanks to 19 saves from senior goalie Samuel Jakimo. Fifteen of Jakimo's stops came in the second half, during which Bates outshot the hosts by a commanding 27-10 margin.

Standing out for Bates was senior Thomas Repko, who had three goals and two assists as the only Bobcat with multiple points on the day. Senior captain Adam Scharff dropped to 1-3 on the season after making five saves for the visitors.

The difference maker was a 4-0 Amherst run that began when Alex Fox '12 broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal out of a timeout in the closing seconds of the opening period. The Lord Jeffs then opened the second frame with goals by Acton, Evan Redwood '12 and Mathias, and the hosts would lead by at least three the rest of the way.

Amherst pushed its lead to 7-2 when Cole Cherney '12 opened the second-half scoring, with Fox recording an assist for his 100th career point (57-43-100). Repko answered by scoring twice in a span of 2:07 to cut his team's deficit to three, but Acton came right back with two goals of his own.

After Bates first-year Jack Strain made it a 9-5 game, sophomore Wylie Leabo caused a turnover that was scooped up by Repko, who went right to goal and beat a defenseless Jakimo with only 56 seconds remaining in the third period. The Bobcats' momentum quickly disappeared, however, as Acton found Redwood just 10 seconds later for a goal that helped Amherst carry a 10-6 lead into the final quarter.

Bates once again cut its deficit to three on a goal by Kyle Starr '13 with 9:14 to play, but neither team would score again until the final two minutes. Mathias took a pass from Acton and spun away from a defender before firing a shot into a wide open net, bringing the score to 11-7 with only 1:47 remaining. Leabo got one back for the visitors with 51 seconds on the clock, bringing the final score to 11-8.

Redwood finished with two goals and two assists for Amherst, which earned its fourth consecutive win over Bates. First-year Mac Jackson picked up eight ground balls for the Bobcats and was 12-for-21 on face-offs, while Charlie Clark '13 caused three turnovers and recorded five ground balls.

Bates will travel to face the University of New England this Tuesday, while Amherst will host 15th-ranked Endicott on Wednesday.

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