Lord Jeffs pull away late, top Owls
Amherst victorious in first tournament appearance
AMHERST, MA – Junior attack Evan Redwood paced the Amherst offense with a game-high four goals as the Lord Jeffs used a 4-0 fourth quarter run to pull away from visiting Keene State en route to a 12-8 victory in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The Lord Jeffs, making their first-ever appearance in the men’s lacrosse championship, snapped the Owls’ 11-game win-streak, improving to 14-2 overall on the season, while the Keene State fell to 14-3 overall and 2-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
With the win, Amherst moves on to face fellow NESCAC rival Middlebury College, which defeated Castleton College 24-7 in its opening round match-up.
Devin Acton finished with a game-high five points on a goal and four assists, while junior attack Cole Cherney chipped in with a hat-trick. Sophomore midfielder Ramsey Bates added a pair of scores, while junior Alex Fox and sophomore Jeff Izzo combined for two goals and three assists.
Lord Jeffs junior goalkeeper Sam Jakimo made eight saves and tracked down a team-high seven ground balls in the win, while first-year Duncan Morrissey scooped up six ground balls, going 11-for-20 from the ‘X’.
Keene St. junior attackmen Griffin Meehan and Matt Schairer and sophomore midfielder Ian Hart each netted a pair of scores to pace the Owls, with the trio also combining for five assists. Senior Warren Dill and junior Chris Mallon each got on the board for Keene with a goal apiece. Sophomore netminder Jason Lesser made 17 stops in the loss.