Amherst vs. Endicott
April 11, 2005
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA - The 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s lacrosse team piled up 12 first-half goals, while relinquishing none to visiting non-conference foe Endicott College as the Jeffs cruised to a 14-4 victory on Monday. Sophomore Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) led the rout, scoring six goals and dishing out three assists as Amherst improved to 6-2, while Endicott fell to 8-3.

Amherst dominated play from the opening face-off, building a 7-0 first-quarter lead and allowing just six Endicott shots in the first half. Cherney rang up five of his six scores and all three of his assists before the break, including a last-second unassisted tally to give the Jeffs a 12-0 cushion.

The Jeff defense, led by junior long-stick midfielder Andrew Wilcox (Ancramdale, NY) and senior defenseman Scott Aldrich (Wilmington, MA), who scooped up seven and five ground balls, respectively, continued its outstanding play after break, but the Gulls finally got on the board with a man-up goal from sophomore Dan Ryan (Billerica, MA) at the 8:44-mark. With Amherst emptying its bench in the final stanza, Endicott mustered a small rally, scoring a trio of goals down the stretch, but the Jeffs’ lead was insurmountable as they held on for the win.

Senior Alex Casertano (Millbrook, NY) and sophomore Chris Hofmann (New Canaan, CT) each notched two goals and an assist, while rookie Will Ferrer (Greenwich, CT) tallied a pair of scores as well. Seniors Colby Griffith (Lexington, MA) and Graham Lake (Washington, DC) each found the net, while junior Kevin Boova (Summit, NJ) dealt a trio of assists. Senior Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN) had a great all-around game, winning 8-of-12 face-offs and collecting four ground balls.

Amherst senior tri-captain goalie Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) and junior netminder Raul Altreche (Bronx, NY) grabbed five saves each. Donelan was a stone wall, surrendering just one goal in 45 minutes of action. Endicott junior goalies Ryan Walsh (Weymouth, MA) and Jeff Pardue (Kennebunk, ME) had seven and two saves, respectively, while classmates Parker Sowles (Cumberland, ME) and Kevin Lally (Derry, NH) led the Gulls’ offense with a goal and an assist each.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 1 p.m. against visiting NESCAC rival Wesleyan University.