Trinity Drops Regualr Season Finale to Amherst in OT

Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore attackman Cole Cherney (Chappaqua, N.Y.) had a game-high four goals, including the gamewinner in overtime with 2:20 on the clock, to lead the visiting Amherst College Lord Jeffs to an 11-10 win over the Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse regular-season finale for both teams this afternoon.

Trinity ends the year at 9-7 overall and 2-7 in the NESCAC, while Amherst closes at 7-6 overall and 5-4 in the league. The Lord Jeffs have qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament and will play a first round game on Sunday at home against an opponent to be determined.

Amherst recovered from a 6-1 deficit at the end of the first quarter, rattling off six unanswered tallies from the 9:04 mark of the second quarter to the final two minutes of the third frame to take a 7-6 lead. Cherney scored twice during that run, gave Amherst a 10-9 lead with 6:37 left in regulation, and finished with the clincher on a short-range rifle from the left side that sailed over the right shoulder of Trinity sophomore goalie Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.), who was just turning around a quick feed from behind by sophomore midfielder Alex Fox (Garden City, N.Y.).

Trinity went ahead, 5-0, over the opening 12 minutes of the game, as junior attackman Kevin Looby (Kansas City, Mo.) led the charge with three straight goals over a seven-minute span. Fox ended the Lord Jeff drought with 2:16 to go in the first, but Bantam freshman Steve Manning (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored the first of his two goals in the game with 16 seconds on the clock. Fox scored a man-up goal to give Amherst its first lead with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter, and teams traded goals for the rest of regulation.

Trinity senior midfielder Andrew Williamson (Sudbury, Mass.) tied the game for the final time with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter off a pass by freshman attacker Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) from behind the net. Amherst nearly went ahead seconds later when Johnson stopped a tricky bouncer by Lord Jeff sophomore Brian McFeeley (Essex Falls, N.J.). Trinity gained possession and managed three open shots but two went wide and a third was saved on a short hop by Amherst sophomore backstop Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, N.Y.).

Johnson finished with 11 saves and Jakimo had eight. Hebert and Manning scored twice apiece for Trinity and Hebert added an assist. Fox scored three goals and sophomore Evan Redwood (Lutherville, Md.) scored twice, while junior Parker Holcomb (Dallas, Texas) was 14 for 23 on face-offs for the Lord Jeffs.


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