Endicott vs. Amherst
March 15, 2011
The Game Story:
BEVERLY, MA – Amherst College bounced back from a two-goal deficit after the first period of play to hand Endicott College an 11-10 loss in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Tuesday night at Endicott Stadium.

The Gulls took a 4-2 lead through the first period before the Lord Jeffs outscored the hosts 5-3 in the second. A 3-2 third period proved to be the difference as Amherst walked away with a slim one-goal victory.

Devin Acton ’14 (Sudbury, MA) paced Amherst with two goals and an assist in the win, including the game winner with less than two minutes to play. Aaron Mathias ’14 (Ridgefield, CT), Evan Redwood ’12 (Lutherville, MD) and Danny Gold ’13 (Medfield, MA) each scored twice for the Lord Jeffs, who improved to 1-1 with the win.

Chris Cotter led Endicott (2-2) with five points on four goals and an assist, while senior midfield Kyle Jordan added a pair of goals.

Endicott jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Cotter, Jordan, and Jon Thanas. With four and a half minutes to go in the first period, Alex Fox ’12 (Garden City, NJ) found Acton for his first of the game to trim the deficit to two. Cotter added another with less than four to play in the quarter before Amherst’s Ramsey Bates ’13 (McLean, VA) scored with just under three minutes left to make it a 4-2 game.

Amherst carried the momentum into the second stanza as it scored five unanswered to open the period. Endicott managed to get three back before halftime, including a pair of man-up goals by Brian Estes and Harry Holden to level the game at 7-7 entering the break.

Gold put the visitors on the board less than two minutes after halftime, but Cotter responded with a pair of goals to put the Gulls back on top, 9-8, with seven-plus minutes to go in the third period. Mathias and Redwood connected to give the Lord Jeffs a one-goal lead (10-9) entering the final 15 minutes of play.

Jordan found the back of the net for his second goal of the day with 3:42 to go in regulation. A late unnecessary roughness penalty on the Gulls forced them to play man-down in the final two-plus minutes and the Lord Jeffs capitalized. Acton’s game winner came with 19 seconds remaining on the penalty and proved to be the difference.

Amherst’s Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, NY) made 16 saves in the win while his counterpart, sophomore Mike Klein, made a dozen in the loss.

The Gulls, who received votes in this week's USILA Division III Coaches' Poll, held a large advantage in shots (51-39) and ground balls (37-29) but were plagued by 18 turnovers, including seven in the final period.

Tuesday's result marked the first win for Amherst head coach Jon Thompson as a member of the Lord Jeffs. Amherst will return to action Thursday, Mar. 17, when they head to Brown University to take on Roger Williams.