Chris Hofmann '07
Photo by Sam Masinter
T.J. Jackson scored three goals, incuding the game-winner against Conn. College

Jeffs Win Thriller Over Conn. College 8-7

March 31, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team picked up its third win of the spring this afternoon beating NESCAC rival Connecticut College 8-7 on Hitchcock Field at Amherst College. The Jeffs held a 5-2 lead at halftime, but trailed by a goal with just minutes remaining, and would need a heroic final possession for the win.

Despite surrendering an early goal just 0:38 seconds into the game to Robbie Logan, Amherst jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter of play. Senior Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) dished out a pair of assists before scoring his first goal of the game to close the first period.

The two teams would slow each other down during the second period, scoring only a single goal apiece. Amherst returned to the field after halftime holding a solid 5-2 advantage, but would struggle for the next 20 minutes. Conn. College jumped out of the gate scoring 5 of the next 6 goals including four consecutive tallies to start the third quarter.

Amherst trailed 6-5 in the fourth quarter, but senior Chris Hoffman (New Canaan, CT) would scoop up a ground ball on the crease and dump it over the Camel goalie’s head to knot things up at six.

Conn. College would steal the lead back at 7-6 with just 3: 08 left in the game, when Jesse Stevenson scored his second goal of the game. Amherst refused to die, and Cherney lifted the team onto his shoulders with a crowd pleasing hustle play on a the sideline during a crucial ride. The caused turnover led to a Cherney goal when the midfielder ripped home a feed from sophomore Brett Miller (Wantagh, NY).

With the scored tied up, T.J. Jackson (Worcester, PA) grabbed the spotlight back from Cherney as he fired a long range game-winner from the point with just 0:40 seconds in the game. One last face-off win from first-year Matt Kellman (Wilton, CT) later, and Amherst was able to run out the clock for a 2-0 start to its NESCAC season.

Sophomore Matt Pietroforte (Brooklyn, NY) made 11 saves in net for Amherst, while Mark Moran made 11 stops for the Camels. Amherst returns to action at home on Monday, April 2 when it plays host to Springfield College at 4 p.m.