Acton Scores Seven as Jeffs Defeat Ephs

AMHERST, Mass. – Devin Acton '14 scored a career-high seven goals and Evan Redwood '12 recorded seven points to help Amherst College post a 15-11 win over Williams College Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.

Trailing 6-5 late in the second quarter, the Lord Jeffs strung together an 8-1 run that put the game out of reach. Amherst (9-5, 5-4 NESCAC) clinched a spot in the 2012 NESCAC Championship, while Williams dropped to 3-9 (1-8 NESCAC).

Acton's big day pushed him over the 100-point mark for his career (76-27-103), while Redwood surpassed 150 career points with four goals and three assists (79-74-153). Cole Cherney '12 added four goals for the Lord Jeffs, with four players scoring twice for the visitors.

Amherst's third consecutive win over its archrival snapped a three-game losing streak, as the Jeffs had been 1-5 in their past six outings. Each team will conclude its regular season on Wednesday, Apr. 25, with Amherst hosting Trinity and Williams traveling to Middlebury.

Williams held a 39-36 advantage in shots, but Samuel Jakimo '12 came up with 16 saves in a solid outing for Amherst. Sean Dougherty made six stops for the Ephs, who were 2 for 9 on man-up opportunities after beginning the week at 2 for 34.

Neither team scored back-to-back goals in the opening period, as Williams struck first and last to carry a 4-3 lead into the second quarter. Amherst took its first lead of the day when Acton and Cherney found the back of the net at 12:04 and 9:09 of the second period, but the Ephs pulled right back ahead on goals from Tucker Dayton and Colton Growney.

The Lord Jeffs took control from there and held Williams to one goal over the next 27 minutes. Amherst stretched its 7-6 halftime lead to 13-7 by 9:20 of the final quarter, with Acton, Cherney and Redwood accounting for all eight goals during the game-changing run.

The Ephs began to make a final push when Evan Dedominicis scored a man-up goal on an assist from Mericos Rhodes with 7:52 to play, and Rhodes quickly added a goal of his own to make it a 13-9 game with 6:44 on the clock. Redwood would put a stop to that run by scoring twice in a span of 2:37, as goals from Dayton and Growney in the final two minutes weren't enough for Williams.

Duncan Morrissey '14 led all players with 12 ground balls and was 15 for 27 on face-offs, while Alex Fox '12 recorded three assists for the Jeffs. David Lee won seven face-offs for the Ephs and Peter Sullivan won six, with the two players combining for nine ground balls.

Saturday marked the highest scoring output of the season for Williams, while the Jeffs' 15 goals were their most since a 16-6 win over Marywood on Mar. 20.

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AMHERST, MA––Williams (3-9, 1-8 NESCAC) fell 15-11 to rival Amherst (9-5, 5-4 NESCAC) today. Devin Acton drove Amherst's offense, scoring seven of the Lord Jeff's 15 goals.

Andy Grabowski, Colton Growney, Tucker Dayton and Evan Dedominicis each contributed Evan Redwood combined to score the remaining eight goals. The Ephs and Lord Jeffs have met sixty times since 1955. Williams leads the all-time series 36-24.

Grabowski, assisted by Mericos Rhodes (Seattle, WA), gave the Ephs the lead just over a minute into the game. David Lee (Hillsborough, CA) won the ensuing face-off, but Amherst reclaimed the ball and scored to tie the game 1-1. The teams traded momentum and goals for the majority of the quarter. Dedomincis and Growney would capitalize on an Amherst turnover to break the stalemate with just 34 seconds left to play. The Ephs ended the quarter up 4-3.

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