March 22, 2012

Amherst Off to Best Start in Last 15 Years

from press release

– Three players recorded a hat trick to lead the fifth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team in a 13-8 win over Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday.

The Lord Jeffs (6-0) are off to the program's best start in at least 15 years, as Amherst's 1997 and 2008 teams also won their first five games of the season but dropped their sixth. The Warriors fall to 3-4 with their third loss to a nationally-ranked opponent.

Cole Cherney '12 surpassed 100 career points with his fourth hat trick in as many games, as he and Devin Acton '14 scored four goals apiece on Thursday. Evan Redwood '12 added three goals and two assists while helping the Lord Jeffs hold a commanding 49-32 shot advantage.

The difference proved to be the first and third quarters, during which Amherst outscored Eastern Connecticut by a combined 10-1 with a 27-11 edge in shots. The Jeffs saw their 6-0 lead dwindle to 6-4 by halftime, but the visitors accounted for all four goals in the third period to put the game out of reach.

Cherney and Acton each scored twice in the opening quarter, with Redwood and Aaron Mathias '14 adding a goal apiece for what seemed like an insurmountable 6-0 advantage. After the Warriors crept back in the game with a 4-0 run, Cherney and Acton each scored twice during a 5-0 spurt while the Amherst defense held the hosts scoreless for 26:48.

The teams alternated goals in the final period until the Warriors recorded the last two in a span of less than a minute, as the game was never in doubt in the second half. Samuel Jakimo '12 finished with seven saves and improved to 6-0, while Eastern Connecticut's Jamie Tommins made 14 stops in the loss.

Michael Sullinger scored three times and Tyler Fresen added two goals for the Warriors, who held advantages in ground balls (45-36) and face-offs (14-11). Neither team scored a man-up goal, making opponents 2-for-17 against Amherst on the year.

With his fourth consecutive hat trick, Cherney has scored 16 times and recorded four assists in his past four games. His 18 tallies are a team high, giving him 83 goals and 19 assists for his career.

Amherst will return to action this Saturday to host Nazareth College at 1 p.m. on Gooding Field.

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