Amherst vs. Bowdoin
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA - The 18th-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team held off a
late rally from visiting 11th-ranked NESCAC foe Bowdoin College (8-4/5-2
NESCAC) to earn a narrow 10-9 victory on Saturday. Senior midfielder Andrew
Syfu netted what proved to be the game-winning score with 12:32 left in the
fourth quarter as the Jeffs knocked off their second straight ranked
opponent and improved to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

Amherst drew first blood just 15 seconds into play as Syfu won the face-off
and fed sophomore Chris Hofmann for the score. Bowdoin senior Phil Stern
answered, evening the count at the 12:17-mark and finding junior Ford Barker
1:26 later. Hofmann quickly knotted the score with an unassisted tally,
sparking a 6-0 Amherst run over the next 16 minutes. Junior Kevin Boova and
sophomore Derek Cherney dealt each other assists during the flurry as
Cherney flipped a sweet back-door lob pass to Boova to give the Jeffs a 5-2
edge, and Boova returned the favor at the 9:28-mark of the second quarter to
cap the rally. Bowdoin junior Ryan Hurd stopped the bleeding with just over
a minute left in the frame, but the Jeffs carried a 7-3 advantage into
halftime.

Amherst picked up right where it left off in the beginning the third
quarter, netting back-to-back goals just 20 seconds apart to mount a 9-3
lead. Hofmann had a hand in both goals, scoring the first off a slick feed
from Boova and finding senior Josh Cherney from behind the net for the
second. However, the Polar Bears came clawing back with a 5-0 spurt of their
own, cutting the lead to 9-8 with 13:21 remaining in regulation. Junior Andy
Nelson keyed the run with a trio of scores, including a man-up goal to close
the third session. Syfu slammed the door on Bowdoin's comeback hopes,
shaking a defender and sending home the game-winner with 12:32 left to play.
The Amherst defense solidified down the stretch and, despite surrendering a
score in the final minute, held on for the win.

Hofmann finished with three goals and an assist, while Syfu and Derek
Cherney added two goals and an assist apiece. Boova chipped in a goal and
two assists, Josh Cherney and junior Sean Murray each found the net and
senior Alex Casertano dished out an assist. Junior Andrew Wilcox scooped up
a game-high nine ground balls and made several key defensive takeaways.
Senior defensemen Greg Donohue and Scott Aldrich nabbed four and three
ground balls, respectively, while senior goalie Cushing Donelan grabbed 10
saves and four ground balls.

Nelson paced Bowdoin with three goals, while Barker added a pair of scores
and Stern had a goal and two assists. Sophomore Charlie Legg collected seven
saves in goal.