Jakimo Saves 22 as #14 Amherst Edges Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Amherst held off a late charge by Middlebury (2-7, 2-5) as the 14th-ranked Jeffs (8-2, 4-2) earned a 12-11 road win on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Amherst snaps a two-game losing streak after seven wins to start the season, while the Panthers drop their sixth straight contest. Jeff goalkeeper Sam Jakimo came up big, making 22 saves on the afternoon as his team was outshot 51-33.

An active first quarter saw the first 15 minutes end in a 4-4 tie. Trailing 3-2, Middlebury's Stew Kerr scored two straight goals to give his team a 4-3 advantage. A late goal from Amherst's Evan Redwood tied the game with just two seconds remaining in the quarter.

Amherst held a 3-1 advantage in the second quarter, taking a 7-5 lead into the halftime break. Aaron Mathias opened the quarter with a rocket from the right side, followed by a goal from Cole Cherney. Bryan Ayers answered for the Panthers before Dan Routh closed the first half in transition with 5:13 remaining.

Tim Cahill opened the third quarter with quick-stick goal from Andrew Metros, cutting the Amherst lead to 7-6 at the 13:10 mark. The Jeffs followed with a 4-0 run to take a 11-6 advantage at the 4:52 mark of the third. Four different players scored during the run, with Evan Redwood earning assists on three of the four markers.

A pair of goals 19 seconds apart by Middlebury's Erich Pfeffer, including a man-up tally at the 2:45 mark, made it an 11-8 game after three quarters.

Cherney scored his third of the game for Amherst in transition with a quick spin and shoot move, giving his team a 12-8 lead with 10:17 left to play. That would be the Jeffs final goal of the game as the Panthers made their run.

Kerr scored with a nice dodge move from behind the goal, before Alex Englert raced down the field and scored to bring the Panthers within two at 12-10 with 6:23 remaining. Kerr scored again with 2:14 left after unsettled play to make it a one goal game. The Panthers had a great chance to tie the game in the final minute with a man-advantage, but Cahill's rocket from 10 yards out was denied by Jakimo.

Kerr, who now owns seven goals in his last two games, paced the Panthers with four, while Pfeffer added a pair. Mike Giordano finished with a goal and an assist, while Metros dished out two helpers. Darric White earned a game-high seven ground balls, while Billy Chapman had six. Nate Gaudio made nine saves in goal for Middlebury.

Cherney's three goals led Amherst, while Redwood finished with two tallies and four assists. Devin Acton, and Routh each added a pair of tallies in the victory.

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Behind senior Samuel Jakimo's (Woodbury, N.Y.) season-high 22 saves, 14th-ranked Amherst men's lacrosse team put the brakes on a two-game skid with a hard-fought 12-11 win over Middlebury College.

Notching their first win over the Panthers since 1989 in last year's regular season match-up, Amherst (8-2, 4-2 NESCAC) has now taken three-straight from Middlebury (2-7, 2-5 NESCAC), having also defeated their league rivals in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament prior to this season's showdown.

Looking to stake the home team to an early edge, Mike Giordano '13 got things going, opening up the scoring just 1:59 into the game on an Alex Englert '12 assist. With under nine to go in the first period, Jeff Izzo '13 (Plandome, N.Y.) put the Jeffs on the board, but Joel Blockowicz '15 quickly broke the deadlock, notching his third of the year on an unassisted tally at 6:35.

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