Amherst Tops Eastern Connecticut to Win 4th Straight

Amherst, MA 20th-ranked Amherst extended its winning streak to four games with an exciting 12-7 win over Eastern Connecticut today at Gooding Field. The Lord Jeffs improved to 4-1, while the Warriors fell to 4-2 and had their four-game win streak snapped.

First-year Devin Acton (Sudbury, MA) scored four goals and assisted on another, while junior Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) recorded five assists and added a goal of his own to pace the Lord Jeffs. Junior goalie Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, NY) improved to 4-0 on the year by turning away 13 shots, including seven in an action-packed third quarter.

Amherst jumped out to a 5-0 lead for the second time in as many games, once again holding the opposition scoreless in the opening period. Two minutes into the first quarter, Redwood corralled a ground ball and scooped it into an open net to give the Jeffs a quick 1-0 lead. Amherst soon extended its lead to 3-0 with goals from senior Dan Routh (Allendale, NJ) and junior Alex Fox (Garden City, NY).

Amherst opened the second quarter in similar fashion, adding a pair of goals within the first two minutes. After sophomore Ramsey Bates (McLean, VA) scored on a low crank shot, Acton spun off a defender and beat Eastern Connecticut goalie Donald Berube low to make it 5-0.

The momentum appeared to shift in Eastern Connecticut's direction when back-to-back goals from Vinny Tornatore and Joe McConville cut the Amherst lead to 5-2, but two more impressive scores from Acton gave Amherst a 7-2 cushion. Eastern Connecticut's Salieu Bolivar added a goal with 1:57 on the clock to send the visitors into halftime with a 7-3 deficit.

Cole Cherney '12 (Chappaqua, NY) accounted for both of Amherst's third-quarter goals to keep his team's lead intact, but the Warriors gained some ground thanks to Mike Devine, Michael Glennon and Bolivar getting shots past Jakimo to bring the score to 9-6. Bolivar's second goal of the game came with only 1:24 remaining in the third period, as the visitors carried momentum into the final quarter.

Amherst would once again pull away, though, as Acton soon added his fourth goal of the day off of a clever feed from sophomore Danny Gold (Medfield, MA), while Cherney registered his third goal to give Amherst a five-goal cushion (11-6) with 10 minutes to play. Devine netted his second goal only 13 seconds after Cherney to make it an 11-7 contest, but Bates closed out the scoring by finishing off a feed from Redwood with 6:57 remaining in regulation.

Bolivar finished the day with two goals and an assist for Eastern Connecticut, while McConville added a goal and three assists. Eric Vasil was dominant in the face-off department, winning 16 of 22 on the day. Berube stopped an impressive 17 shots in net for the Warriors, who out-shot the Lord Jeffs by a 29-17 margin in the second half.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday when they travel to Maine for a key NESCAC matchup against Bowdoin. Eastern Connecticut will look to rebound next Tuesday when they host Connecticut College.


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