Williams vs. Amherst
April 9, 2011
The Game Story:
Williamstown, Ma --- Will Stewart's '13 four goals were not enough for the Ephs to overcome rival Amherst. The Lord Jeffs took advantage of a strong third quarter to take down Williams 11-8.

Cole Cherney struck first for Amherst. After dodging to his left, Cherney quickly spun back to the right and ripped a shot past Evan Cohen '12 into the top right corner of the net. Despite the goal, the Eph defense led by David Doggett '12 and Alex Mendels '11 harassed the Lord Jeffs constantly. The Amherst defense held their own as well, forcing Williams to take long shots throughout the first half.

Williams got on the board after the defense forced an Amherst turnover on a warding call.Will Stewart ripped a side-armed rocket past Amherst goalie Steve Jakimo to tie the game at 1.

Amherst answered right back as Devin Acton dodged from behind the goal and took a shot. Cohen got a piece of the ball but couldn't stop it from trickling into the net.

The Ephs kept up their aggressive defense as Tucker Dayton '14 snapped his shaft against an Amherst player, but he was called for an illegal cross check. Amherst took advantage of the penalty as the Lord Jeffs whipped the ball across the field finding Ramsey Bates who stepped up and ripped a shot into the top right corner.

Amherst came out on fire in the second half, scoring two quick goals from Acton and Evan Redwood. Williams tried to halt the Jeffs' momentum as Corey Jacobs '11 won the ensuing face-off, setting up a Will Stewart isolation play. Stewart followed a spin move with a split dodge before bouncing a shot into the goal.

Amherst fired back as Dan Routh drove down the right side and slung a pass back across the crease to Cherney who found the net again. Williams then had trouble substituting players onto the field. Amherst long pole Danny Gold found himself wide open on the crease and Evan Redwood fed him the ball resulting in the second straight Amherst goal.

The Ephs refused to let Amherst run away with the game. A double team by Alex Mendels led to a loose ball that Eric Kelley '14 scooped up. He found a streaking Steve Upton '14 who moved it to Mike Ryan '13. Ryan took it from there and stuffed the ball in the back of the net.

Ben Bourke '12 kept the momentum going with a crushing hit on a Williams ride. He handled the loose ball and took it right to the goal.

But, Williams again hurt themselves in a substitution situation. Alex Fox found Matt Levine from behind the goal to push the lead back to four. Then, Sam Hargrove '12 found a cutting Colton Growney '13 who closed the deficit to three as time ran out in the third quarter.

Amherst again rattled off two quick goals to start the fourth quarter, one from Devin Acton and one from Evan Redwood. Will Stewart got the Ephs back on track with a low left handed shot that found the back of the net. But Redwood responded, whacking the rebound off a great save by Cohen back into the goal.

The Ephs kept thing interesting though, scoring two goals in less than two minutes. Michael Acierno '12 scored his first of the day off a nice spilt dodge. Then Tommy Murray '11 found Stewart after a swim move that split two Amherst defenders.

Amherst held off the Eph rally as goalie Steve Jakimo finished a spectacular day with a couple key stops. Jakimo ended with 20 saves and allowed 8 goals. Cohen for the Ephs had 7 seven saves and allowed 11 goals.

The Ephs did all they could in this game, totaling 41 shots and improving on their clears that hampered them last game. Williams had 15 successful clear on 17 attempts. But Coach George McCormack noted, "The difference in the game was we didn't execute in the third quarter. We got caught in a substitution situation and didn't have enough guys on the field." He added, "I am extremely proud of the effort but we're frustrated too. We're not used to losing this much."

The Ephs will try to clean up their game before returning to action against Union College on Wednesday. The game starts at 6 p.m. here in Williamstown.