Amherst vs. Trinity (ct)
April 10, 2002
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men's lacrosse team snapped a three-game losing skid Wednesday afternoon, outlasting visiting NESCAC foe Trinity College, 11-10, at Hitchcock Field. Junior midfielder Matt Margolis (Baltimore, MD) paced the Jeffs with a trio of goals and an assist while sophomore middie Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY) and first-year attackman Alex Casertano (Millbrook, NY) each chipped in with a pair of goals and an assist. Sophomore attackman James Skiff (Portland, ME) and first-year middie John Thach (Berwyn, PA) led the Bantams offensively with three goals apeice.

Margolis put Amherst ahead 3-1 a minute into the second quarter when he shook a defender and unleashed a furious right-handed shot, across the grain, into the top left corner of the net. Thach answered right back, firing a sharp-angled shot through first-year goaltender Cushing Donelan's (Noroton, CT) legs. Margolis then ripped another rocket into the top corner, and moments later Casertano scooped up a loose ball and found the back of the net giving the Jeffs a 5-2 advantage 5:09 into the second stanza. Trinity then scored on each of its next three possessions. Junior attackman Ravi Pillay (Church, VA) hit Skiff, who netted his first goal of the game. After the ensuing face-off, the Jeffs gave the ball right back to the visitors when an errant clearing pass went out of bounds. Thach then notched his second goal on the day, bouncing a shot into the lower portion of the net. The Trinity ride then forced Amherst to cough the ball up again. The Bantams capitalized when Skiff struck again with eight seconds remaining, evening the score at 5-5 heading into halftime.

Amherst first-year defender Greg Donahue (Bow, NH) stripped the ball from a Bantam attackman and ran the length of the field for the clear to start the third quarter. Seconds later, Margolis tallied his third goal of the contest, firing another lazer into the top corner. Trinity countered with a pair of goals by sophomore attackmen Sandy Leighton (Blue Bell, PA) and Pillay to take their first lead of the game, 7-6. The Bantam ride forced yet another turnover and Skiff struck again with just 30 seconds left, giving the visitors a 9-7 advantage to end the third quarter.

Thach extended the lead to 10-7, 3:40 into the final period, dodging a defender and netting his third goal on the afternoon. It was all Amherst from there, as the Jeffs erupted with the game's final four strikes to earn the victory. Allison ignited the barrage, scurrying past a Bantam defender and firing a shot through sophomore goalie Geoff Shaw's (Charlotte, NC) legs. Senior Harlow Voorhees (Chevy Chase, MD) then netted a pair of goals for the Jeffs, first burying a shot in the bottom of the net off a feed from Casertano and then scooping up a loose ball in the crease area and flipping the ball past Shaw. Margolis then fired a pass from the restraining line to Casertano cutting through the middle, who tickled the twine with 3:15 remaining for the game-winner. The hosts were able to maintain possession by keeping the ball in the box until the final horn sounded.

Both goaltenders were stellar in net as Donelan finished with 11 saves while Shaw recorded nine for the visitors. With the victory, Amherst improves to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Trinity falls to 1-7 and 0-3.

The Jeffs return to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Little Three rival Wesleyan University, the first of five consecutive road games for Amherst.