Mount Ida vs. Amherst
April 20, 2010
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team ousted visiting non-conference foe Mount Ida College 11-3 this afternoon in a mid-week, make-up game. The Lord Jeffs out-shot the Mustangs by a 55-17 margin, and held on for a comfortable win after opening up a 5-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Lord Jeffs wasted no time getting on the board, and with senior tri-captain Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, MI) scoring on back-to-back bombs from long distance, Amherst was quickly up 2-0. The Jeffs stretched their lead to 4-0 as senior tri-captain Thomas McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) scored consecutive goals, with the second tally coming off a behind-the-head, no-look feed from Denious.

After Amherst rookie Ramsey Bates (McLean, VA) tacked on an unassisted score with 1:23 to play in the first quarter, the Jeffs led 5-0 at the first break. Amherst out-shot Mt. Ida by a 15-2 margin in the opening frame.

Mt. Ida scored the first goal of the second quarter at the 13:26 mark. Off a feed from Paul Battapaglia, Matt Savage turned from ten yards out to fire an underhand shot past Amherst goalie Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, NY). The score was Savage’s team-leading 35th of the year.

Midway through second, Amherst was forced to play defense two men down after an offside and an illegal procedure were called on the same whistle. The Lord Jeff defense held strong, refusing to give up a momentum shifting score. Moments after getting back to even strength, Amherst scored to take a 6-1 lead.

McDonnell added his third goal of the night late in the second quarter, before tacking on a pair of scores in the third frame to lead all players with five goals. With just 11:16 remaining in the game, Amherst sophomore Pir Granoff (Bala Cynwyd, PA) scored his first goal of the season on a nice feed from Alex Fox (Garden City, NY) on a sneak from behind the cage. Everyone on the field except for Granoff was expecting a shot from Fox, but the Amherst points-leader fired a pass to setup the score.

Despite Amherst’s advantage in shots, Mt. Ida hung in the game for much of the day due to an impressive 22 saves from goalie James McAllister. The Mustang backstop made 15 saves after the halftime break to keep the game close. Jakimo was called on for just four saves in the win.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Wesleyan for a shot at the 2010 outright Little Three title. Amherst and Wesleyan will take the field in Middletown at 1 p.m.