Amherst
McNamara

AMHERST, Mass. -- No. 4 Amherst junior forward Casey McNamara netted a pair of goals and added an assist to propel the Lord Jeffs to a decisive 4-0 win against Lesley on Gooding Field. With the victory Amherst improved to 8-0-0 overall on the year, while the Lynx fell to 7-3-1 on the season.

Playing on the left side 35 minutes into the game, McNamara served a low cross, hoping to generate a scoring opportunity. An alert Alejandro Sucre tracked down the pass in the middle of the box, slotting a diving header into the right corner to stake Amherst to a 1-0 lead.

In the 38th minute, Max Fikke headed a ball off the crossbar. Finding himself in the right place at the right time, McNamara tracked down the rebound on the left side, sliding it into an open net to give the Jeffs a two-goal advantage heading into the intermission.

Hoping to carry their momentum into the second half, Amherst created another opportunity within the first five minutes of action when Ben Norton sent a pass from the left toward Heo for a header, but the standout forward was called offsides, wiping the Jeffs’ would-be goal off the board.

Lesley goalkeeper Max Perkins punched a Jelani Rooks shot just over the bar at 59:43, Fikke served Jae Heo, dropping a well-placed cross from the far side onto the sophomore’s foot for the game’s third tally.

Minutes later, Amherst capped off scoring when first-year Milton Rico sent a through-ball from midfield forward to McNamara who beat out Perkins to the ball at the top of the 18-yard box before slotting his second tally of the evening into the top right.

Amherst finished with a decisive 26-7 shot advantage and an 8-2 edge in corners. Kovacs and Brandon Saldana made a pair of stops, combining to post the team’s fifth shutout this season, while Perkins made four saves in the loss.