Connecticut College vs. Amherst
March 20, 2010
The Game Story:
Connecticut College 10, Amherst College 8 Undefeated Camels (4-0) Defeat Amherst for First Time Since 2001



March 20, 2010

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The undefeated Connecticut College Men's Lacrosse Team (4-0, 2-0) denied Amherst College (0-3, 0-2) on 16 of its 29 clearing situations Saturday en route to a 10-8 victory in New London. It was the first time Connecticut College had defeated its NESCAC rival since April of 2001.

Sophomore Mike O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) broke up an entry pass wit h 1:22 remaining in regulation to seal the victory. O'Donnell finished with four ground balls and was swarming around the ball all afternoon. Senior defender Will Schumann (East Hampton, N.Y.) also had four ground balls and Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) won 11-of-16 face-offs for the Camels.

Junior Eric Doran (Pennington, N.J.) paced the Camels on the offensive side of the ball with a team-high three goals in the victory. John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) chipped in with two goals and an assist. Mark Mangano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) both had a goal and an assist for Camels.

Sophomore net-minder John Lenehan (Hingham, Mass.) made 12 saves in 45:32 of relief duty for Connecticut College.

Amherst College sophomore Cole Cherney (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and senior Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) both scored twice for the visitors, who were victorious in just eight of their 22 face-offs. Alex Fox (Garden City, N.Y.) and Evan Redwood (Lutherville, Md.) both had one goal and one assist in the setback for the Lord Jeffs.

Sophomore net-minder Matt Aisparu (Minneapolis, Minn.) stopped 12 shots in the loss for Amherst.

The Camels stoned the Lord Jeffs on their first six clearing chances and opened up a 4-1 lead in the first quarter after Lyons put in his second score of the day with 3:12 remaining. But Amherst rallied with three scoring strikes over the closing 1:36 to pull even. Parker Holcomb (Dallas Tex.) scored the equalizer with 32 seconds remaining, winning the faceoff and sprinting straight to the cage for the goal.

Cherney put Amherst on top 5-4 just 38 seconds into the second quarter with his second score of the half. The Camels countered with the final three goals of the half, two of them coming off the stick of Doran. With 15 seconds remaining, Ryan Hayes (Darien, Conn.) connected with Doran just outside the crease for a goal that vaulted the hosts out to a 7-5 advantage at the break.

Mangano tallied 46 seconds into the third quarter to make it an 8-5 game. With 3:53 remaining, Mike Giambanco (Massapequa, N.Y) scored on a feed from Lyons and the Camels enjoyed their largest lead with a 9-5 advantage on the scoreboard.

Undeterred, Amherst rallied by scoring the next three goals, pulling to within one on a score from Denious with 14:11 remaining. The Lord Jeffs had two huge scoring chances down the stretch. With 5:23 to go, Lenehan denied Brian McFeeley (Essex Fells, N.J.) on a nifty looking turnaround shot to make the save. With 4:30 to go, Cherney drove to the left post side of the cage but Lenehan was able to cut down the angle and make the stop to thwart the scoring bid.

Doran added his third goal with 10 seconds left and the Camels were able to hold on for the 10-8 victory.