Amherst vs. Tufts
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team opened up the 2010 season this afternoon against NESCAC rival Tufts University on Gooding Field in Amherst, Mass. The Jumbos emerged with an 18-8 win in their first game of the spring, while Amherst falls to 1-0 after a loss to Tufts in its season opener for the second straight season.

The Lord Jeffs jumped out of the gate, winning the first two face-offs of the game and scoring impressive goals. Just 47 seconds into the first, Amherst sophomore Alex Fox (Garden City, NY) beat Tufts goalie Steven Foglietta with a shot. After winning the ensuing face-off, sophomore Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) had his pass from behind the goal deflected by Foglietta, but scooped up the ground ball and dove in for a wrap-around score.

After just 1:36 of the first period, Amherst held a 2-0 lead over the top-ranked team in New England. But the Jumbos responded, scoring eight straight goals to finish the first quarter with an 8-2 lead. Tufts used a balanced attack to take over the game. Seven different players scored during the run, while Brian Donovan put in a pair of goals in the frame.

During the second quarter, Tufts scored the only four goals of the period. Amherst goalie Steve Levy (Plandome, NY) made six saves in the second period, but the Jumbos put 14 of their 16 shots on goal during the stanza. At the half, Amherst was staring at a 12-2 deficit.

The third quarter saw the Lord Jeffs come out and hold the ball for nearly a five minute possession to start the period. With 10:10 remaining in the period, Amherst rookie Jeff Izzo (Plandome, NY) scored his first collegiate point on an unassisted tally. Izzo’s goal was the lone score of the quarter, as Amherst held its own in the period.

In the fourth quarter, the Jumbos scored four of the first five goals, taking a commanding 16-3 lead. Amherst responded down the stretch, scoring four goals in the final 5:07 of the game, including a trio of tallies from senior tri-captain Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, MI).

Denious finished the night with three goals to lead Amherst, while rookie Brian McFeeley (Essex Fells, NJ) and Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) had a goal and an assist each. Tufts was led by four points on two goals and two assist by Ryan Malloy, and three points from each Patrick Devine and Kevin McCormick. Levy finished the night with nine saves, while Foglietta made 10 for the Jumbos.