Amherst vs. Williams
April 27, 2003
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA - After closing the regular season with an 8-6 loss at Williams College on Saturday, the fourth-seeded Amherst College men?s lacrosse team faced their archrivals again on Sunday and rebounded with a decisive 12-9 win over the fifth-seeded Ephs in the first round of the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. With the win, the Jeffs move on to the NESCAC semifinals, where they?ll face top-seeded host Middlebury College - which drew a first-round bye - on Saturday.

Senior Chris Condlin (Baltimore, MD) and sophomore Joaquin Walker (Denver, CO) helped spark the victory with three goals each. Senior Matt Margolis (Short Hills, NJ) and reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY) each added a pair of scoring strikes as the Jeffs, ranked second in New England, upped their record to 10-4.

Amherst built a 3-1 lead in the first quarter. Allison set the tone, rebounding his own missed shot and ripping a right-handed wrister past Williams netminder Matt Rade in the opening minute. The second quarter started much the same as Amherst scored twice to open the period and then answered a pair of Williams tallies with two of their own to take a 7-3 lead at the half. Walker notched a pair of unassisted goals in the quarter, including a left-handed scorcher from the right wing with 1:26 left before the intermission, which seemed to swing the momentum in Amherst?s favor for the rest of the game.

?Walker?s been growing as a player all year long,? said Amherst head coach Tom Carmean. ?Every game he?s been more dangerous and finds more opportunities for himself.?

Undaunted, Williams gathered its composure and cut the lead to 7-5, opening the third quarter with a man-up tally by Paul DeRosa (Arlington, VA) and an unassisted runner by Andrew Layng (New Canaan, CT). The Jeffs countered with goals by Allison and Margolis, but the Ephs closed the third with a pair of tallies, capped by a centering pass by Patrick Hayes (Washington, DC) that inadvertently found the back of the net with one second left on the clock.

?They made a little run in the third quarter but we didn?t panic,? Carmean added. ?We?ve been working on being strong and playing with character, and it paid off at the end of the game.?

Amherst controlled most of the final stanza and Condlin put the game out of reach with his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season, the second of which came off a gorgeous pump fake with 4:06 left in regulation. Williams managed two goals in the fourth quarter, including the final tally of the afternoon - a right-handed rocket from 20 feet out by Peter Thomson (Greenwich, CT) with 3:18 left in regulation - but it turned out to be too little too late as the Ephs, ranked fifth in New England, end their season at 8-6.

Amherst goalie Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) was the backbone of a tenacious defense, turning away eight shots in 60 minutes. Rade was extremely busy for Williams, collecting 17 saves before being relived by Mike Buscher (New Canaan, CT) with 1:10 left on the clock.