Amherst vs. Bowdoin
March 18, 2012
The Game Story:
ORLANDO, Fla. - Amherst trailed Bowdoin by a score of 5-2 in the early going, but the Jeffs carried a 6-5 lead into halftime and used a dominant third quarter to pull away for a 14-12 win over the Polar Bears to improve to 4-0 (3-0 NESCAC) on the season.

Aaron Mathias ’14 (Ridgefield, Conn.) led the Jeffs with five points, scoring three goals on four shots, while also dishing out a pair of assists. Cole Cherney ’12 (Chappaqua, N.Y.) finished with three goals and an assist, while Devin Acton ’14 (Sudbury, Mass.) notched a pair of scores.

Keegan Mehlhorn ’12 paced Bowdoin with three goals, while Franklin Reis ’14, Billy Bergner ’13 and Patrick Lawlor ’13 each netted a pair of scores, while combining for three assists.

Opening up the scoring with a goal just seven seconds into the first quarter, Lawlor then assisted on sophomore Conor O’Toole’s tally at 11:09 that gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead. Acton and senior Evan Redwood (Lutherville, Md.) responded with consecutive goals to pull Amherst even, but a Mark Flibotte ’12 score in the waning moments of the opening period gave Bowdoin a 3-2 edge.

Hoping to help carry the Polar Bears’ momentum into the second, Reis buried consecutive goals just 3:12 apart at the beginning of the frame, but Amherst responded with four-straight scores over the final 10 minutes of the period to take a one-goal margin into the intermission.

Cherney got the run started with a goal at 10:10, before Acton scored an unassisted tally three minutes later. Dan Routh ’15 (Allendale, N.J.) tied the game at 5-5 with a goal at 2:22 off a Cherney assist, before an Eric Grein ’15 (Floral Park, N.Y.) marker with 1:20 left in the quarter gave the Jeffs their first lead of the game.

Mathias kept things rolling to start the second half, scoring a man-down goal at 12:56, before Cherney netted two straight to extend the Amherst cushion to 9-5. Mehlhorn and Bergner put an end to the Jeffs’ string of seven-consecutive goals, tallying a pair of unassisted scores just 24 seconds apart to make it 9-7.

Looking to regain its momentum, Amherst buried its 10th goal with just 18 seconds left in the third before Mathias and Ramsey Bates ’13 (McLean, Va.) scored twice in the first five minutes of the final quarter to push the lead back up to five.

Trying to keep pace, Mehlhorn and Bergner again tallied back-to-back goals to trim the Bowdoin deficit to 12-9, but Booey Ghani ’14 (Washington, D.C.) notched his first tally of the year at 3:30 before Mathias completed the hat-trick a minute and a half later to seal the Amherst victory.

Bowdoin finished with a 43-32 shot advantage, while winning 21-of-30 faceoffs. Both teams combined to go 13-for-13 on clears, while the Polar Bears held a 30-12 advantage in groundballs.

Senior goaltender Samuel Jakimo ’12 (Woodbury, N.Y.) enjoyed another solid outing in net, recording nine saves to improve to 3-0 on the year, while Christopher Williamson ’12 made seven stops in the loss.