Amherst vs. Wesleyan
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA - Despite outshooting visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University 54-28, the 12th-ranked Amherst College men’s lacrosse team suffered a 10-8 upset loss to the unranked Cardinals on Saturday. Wesleyan sophomore goalie Charlie Congleton (Groton, MA) collected 19 saves to lead the Cardinals, who improved to 7-4 (2-4 NESCAC), while Amherst dropped to 6-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

The Cardinals raced out to a 3-0 advantage in the opening frame on the strength of a pair of scores from senior Chris Meade (Ocean Beach, NY). Amherst cut the lead to one, 3-2, in the first three minutes on the second quarter on a pair of Chris Hofmann (New Canaan, CT) tallies, but Wesleyan answered with back-to-back man-up scores from junior Mike Vitulano (Fairfield, CT) to build a 5-2 edge. Senior Alex Casertano (Millbrook, NY) fired home an unassisted tally at the 9:41-mark to pull the Jeffs back within two, but Wesleyan junior Jordan Funt (Setauket, NY) netted consecutive goals, giving the Cardinals a 7-3 edge. The Jeffs picked up the final goal of the first half as sophomore Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) fed senior tri-captain Colby Griffith (Lexington, MA), who slipped a shot just inside the right post.

Amherst stormed out of the break, scoring twice in the first three minutes on goals by Cherney and senior Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN). The Cardinals squashed the rally as sophomore Chris Jasinkski (Wilton, CT) dished out two straight assists to classmate Mike Hines (Newburyport, MA) and Funt tallied his third goal of the game to give Wesleyan a 10-6 lead with just under 10 minutes left in regulation. Griffith sparked the Jeffs’ comeback, tickling the twine on a feed from junior Kevin Boova (Summit, NJ) at the 5:41-mark, and Hofmann followed with a man-up score with just under four minutes left. However, Amherst’s scoring would end there and Wesleyan held on for the win.

Hofmann and Griffith finished with three and two goals, respectively, while Cherney, Casertano and Syfu had a goal and an assist apiece. Rookie Will Ferrer (Greenwich, CT) dished out one assist, and junior long-stick midfielder Andrew Wilcox (Ancramdale, NY) won 11-of-15 face-offs and scooped up a game-high seven ground balls. Amherst senior tri-captain goalie Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) grabbed five saves and three ground balls.

Funt paced Wesleyan with three goals and an assist, while Hines had two goals and an assist and junior Glenn Adams (Norwalk, CT) posted a goal and two assists.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 4 p.m. against NESCAC rival Bates College at Harvard University.