Amherst vs. Roger Williams
March 18, 2008
The Game Story:
ORLANDO, FL - The Amherst College men's lacrosse team rolled over Roger Williams University this afternoon in Orlando, FL for a 15-9 win. Amherst took a 10-2 lead into halftime, and coasted home for the fourth win of the season.

Amherst jumped out of the gate against the Hawks, and put up five goals in the first period to take a 5-0 lead into the first break. Amherst extended its lead to 10-2 by halftime, and head coach Tom Carmean was able to play a number of younger players in the second half, gaining valuable experience before the NESCAC schedule.

Junior goalie Matt Pietroforte (Brooklyn, NY) played well in the first half, allowing just two goals and turning away five Hawk shots. He handed control over to sophomore goalie Andrew Harrison (Hanover, MA) at halftime, who made 11 saves and allowed seven goals in the second half.

Sophomore Tom McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) continued his unbelievable start to the season, and poured in another four goals against Roger Williams. The second-year attacker has 17 goals in just four games to start the 2008 season, compared to just 22 in all of last year.

Junior Tim Thornton (Garden City, NY) also had four points in the win with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Senior tri-captain Will Ferrer (Greenwich, CT) had two goals, while junior Matt Himler (Manhasset, NY) had a goal in just his second game back from a collar-bone injury.

Junior Nick Gilligan (The Woodlands, TX) and sophomores Luke O'Brien (Lynbrook, NY) and Alex Miller (Sudbury, MA) each scored a goal in the win as well, while first-year Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) dished out an assist for his first-collegiate point.

Senior tri-captain T.J. Jackson (Haverford, PA) played well going both ways in the midfield for a trio of scores. A rare sight in lacrosse, Jackson has been a success story on both offense and defense in the middie position.

Amherst has an off-day tomorrow before facing Hamilton College on Thursday at 11 a.m. to close out their trip in Florida.