TThomas McDonnell '10
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First-year Thomas McDonnell scored the game-winner in overtime.

Men's Lacrosse Picks Up Crucial Overtime Win at Williams 10-9

April 14, 2007

From a Williams College Release

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team picked up a crucial NESCAC and Little Three win over archrival Williams College this afternoon, 10-9, in overtime. Senior tri-captain Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) netted five goals in the win, while first-year attack Thomas McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) scored the game-winner in OT.

The Lord Jeffs and Ephs went neck-and-neck for the entire game today, with neither team holding a lead over two goals, in what would end up being the closest game of Amherst’s season. The first half of play was a two-man show, as Amherst’s T.J. Jackson (Worcester, PA) and Eph Michael Vrla would go back-and-forth, trading scores for the game’s next six tallies.

Jackson would finish the day with his just his first-half hat-trick, while Vrla would continue to carry the Ephs, netting a total of 6 goals. Cherney would pick up the workload where Jackson dropped off, adding three second stanza scores, to go along with his pair of first-half goals. He finished the rivalry game with 5 goals and an assist for 6 points.

Williams’ Tim White scored a man-up goal to give Williams a 9-8 advantage with eight minutes remaining in regulation. Cherney responded for Amherst, netting the game-tying tally at the four minute mark to force overtime.

McDonnell scored the biggest goal of his young career with just 1:27 left in the game to make sure that the Jeffs would not drop back-to-back overtime loses to their Little Three enemies. First-year Andrew Harrison (Hanover, MA) made his second straight start for Amherst in net, making 12 saves.

Amherst returns to action next Saturday, April 21 at Bowdoin for another critical NESCAC match-up.