No. 5 Amherst defeats Nazareth
Lord Jeffs use late 5-1 run to hold off Golden Flyers
AMHERST, Mass. -- Devin Acton recorded six points during No. 5 Amherst's 13-8 win against Nazareth on Saturday.
The Lord Jeffs (7-0) held only a two-goal lead after being shut out in the third quarter, but they used a 5-1 run in the fourth to pull away for their first win against the Golden Flyers (3-4).
Acton finished with five goals and an assist, while senior captain Evan Redwood added a hat trick and Dan Routh chipped in with two goals. Samuel Jakimo made 13 saves for his seventh consecutive win, moving him to 22-2 in his past 24 starts.
C.J. Estes led Nazareth with three goals and an assist, with Brian Wright scoring twice and Trevar Haefele adding a goal and two assists. Tim Doyle stopped 11 shots in the loss, dropping him to 3-4 on the year.
Each team scored twice in the game’s opening five minutes, as Acton got things going for Amherst before Estes and John McDonnell handed the visitors a 2-1 lead. The scoring would slow down after Cole Cherney tied the game at two, but Routh and Aaron Mathias gave the Jeffs a 4-2 lead at the first intermission with goals at 4:50 and 2:10.
Wright cut Nazareth’s lead back to one by opening the scoring in the second period, but the rest of the half belonged to the Jeffs. After Acton made it a 5-3 game with another unassisted tally, Danny Gold collected a ground ball in Amherst’s defensive end and quickly pushed it ahead to Redwood, who scored the first of his team’s two man-down goals.
Redwood added another goal less than a minute later at 7:11 when he capitalized on a heads-up play from Will Reed, giving the Jeffs a 7-3 lead that they would carry into halftime.
Nazareth got back into the game by holding Amherst scoreless for a span of 23:46, as the Golden Flyers put together lengthy possessions and outscored the hosts by a 2-0 margin in the third quarter. Wright’s second goal of the afternoon came on an assist from McDonnell at 14:09, and Nate DeLone brought the score to 7-5 when he bounced a shot past Jakimo with 3:19 on the clock.
That was as close as Nazareth got the rest of the way, as Amherst scored five of the first six goals of the final period to put the game out of reach. After Acton ended the Jeffs’ drought at 13:24, Amherst got its second man-down goal of the day when Jakimo began a fast break that ended with yet another Acton marker at 11:23, giving the hosts a 9-5 edge.
Estes got one back for the visitors when he put home a one-timer on a pass from DeLone, but Amherst responded with goals from Routh, Acton and Alex Fox in a span of 2:42. Haefele beat Jakimo from straightaway at 4:15 only to be answered 56 seconds later by Redwood, and Estes closed out the scoring with a man-up goal immediately out of a Nazareth timeout with less than two minutes to play.