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Junior Andrew Syfu dished out the game-tying assist and netted the game-winner on Wednesday.

No. 19 Jeffs Edge Bates, 7-6

March 31, 2004

AMHERST, MA - The 19th-ranked Amherst College menís lacrosse team braved a torrential downpour and edged visiting NESCAC foe Bates College, 7-6, at Western New England College on Wednesday night. Amherst first-year Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) thrived in the rain, scoring five times, including the game-tying goal, and dishing out the game-winning assist to junior Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN). The Jeffs improved to 4-1 (2-0 NESCAC), while Bates suffered its second consecutive one-goal loss, falling to 2-3 (1-2 NESCAC).

Bates opened the scoring just 1:15 into play as junior midfielder Dan Ross (Silver Spring MD) lobbed a long pass to senior Brad Frost (Winchester, MA) for a 1-0 advantage. The Jeffs answered with three straight scores, including a circus goal from Derek Cherney, who took a feed from sophomore Kevin Boova (Summit, NJ) from behind the net and fired a shot behind his head for the score. The Bobcats fought back to even the score with a pair of goals from sophomore Brenton Pitt (Duxbury, MA) and first-year John DíAscenzo (Wilton, CT), but Amherst retook the lead in the closing minutes of the quarter as junior Joaquin Walker (Denver, CO) used a spin move to free himself and found Derek Cherney on the left side of the goal for his third score of the quarter.

The weather began to dominate the game in the second quarter and neither side could muster much offense. However, Amherst sophomore Andrew Wilcox (Ancramdale, NY) scooped up one of his game-high six ground balls at midfield and outraced the Bates defense to the goal before dishing to Derek Cherney to push the lead to 5-3. Frost answered for Bates at the 1:21-mark, going one-on-one with a Jeff defender and bouncing a shot off the turf to pull the Bobcats within one at the half.

Bates took control in the third quarter as the Jeffs could not maintain control of the ball on the soggy field and mustered just five shots. Ross capitalized for the Bobcats, evening the score with an unassisted tally at the 8:28-mark, and first-year Wes Couture (South Hadley, MA) gave Bates its first lead since the opening minutes, finding the net unassisted with just 1:48 left in the frame.

However, the tables would turn in the final session as Amherst regained its grip on the ball. Derek Cherney evened the score off an assist from Syfu with his fifth, and final, tally just over a minute into the quarter and returned the favor at the 10:01-mark, feeding Syfu from behind the net for the game-winner. The Amherst defense, led by senior co-captain Alexei Kudla (Bethesda, MD), was outstanding down the stretch, allowing just five fourth-quarter shots.

Amherst junior goalie Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) collected nine saves, including a clutch breakaway stop late in the final frame, while sophomore goalie Paul Kazarian (Providence, RI) was credited with eight saves for the Bobcats.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against NESCAC opponent Colby College at UMass Amherstís Garber Field.