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Cushing Donelan '05
Junior netminder Cushing Donelan finished with 11 saves, including a spectacular point-blank stop midway through the fourth quarter.

19th-Ranked Jeffs Remain Tied Atop NESCAC with 10-4 Win Over Colby

April 3, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Behind a stifling defense and a trio of two-goal games by rookie Chris Hoffman (New Canaan, CT) and juniors Joaquin Walker (Denver, CO) and Alex Casertano (Millbrook, NY), the 19th-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team remained tied atop the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a convincing 10-4 win over visiting Colby College Saturday afternoon at UMass Amherst Garber Field. The Jeffs improved to 5-1 overall and remained undefeated in conference play at 3-0. Colby fell to 4-2 and 1-2.

Amherst's defense was a major factor, holding Colby to just two goals in the first half and blanking the Mules in the third quarter before surrendering a pair of soft tallies with the game out of reach late in the fourth.

"Our entire defensive unit played great - Greg Donohue, Alexei Kudla, Greg Emmanuelidis, Ben Lavely, Andrew Wilcox and Rob Madden," said Amherst head coach Tom Carmean. "We choked them out on defense and made them not want to go to the cage anymore, and (junior goalie) Cushing Donelan was outstanding between the pipes."

Walker, Casertano, and rookie phenom Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY), who leads the team with 21 points on 16 goals and five assists, each found the back of the net in the first six minutes to give the Jeffs an early 3-0 cushion. Casertano's goal was particularly slick - a wraparound shot from behind the net that hit paydirt just inside the left post.

The second quarter was nearly all Amherst as well as junior Colby Griffith (Lexington, MA) let fly with a bounce shot through the wickets, and senior co-captain Alexei Kudla (Bethesda, MD) strode the length of the field, fired a sidearm rocket and stuffed home the rebound for a 5-2 Amherst advantage at the break.

After dominating the first half, the Jeffs sealed the win in the third quarter, upping the lead to 8-2 on Walker's second goal of the game, followed by a top-shelf tally by junior Josh Cherney (Chappaqua, NY), older brother of Derek, and a second goal from Casertano, who tickled the twine with a deft bounce-shot just 17 seconds after Cherney.

Hoffman tacked on a pair of insurance tallies in the fourth, drilling a left-handed bullet from 15 yards out and cleaning up a loose ball in front of the Colby goal, to punctuate the win.

Donelan, a junior from Noroton, Conn., had one of his best games with 11 saves, including a spectacular point-blank stop on a Matt Roland (Somers, CT) laser midway through the final quarter. Amherst sophomore goalie Raul Altreche (Bronx, NY) played the final 2:17 and went largely untested.

Joshua Cleaver (Kennett Square, PA) paced Colby with a pair of goals. He was joined in the scoring column by Eric Seidel (Durham, NH) and Peter Lagos (Bow, NH). Senior goalie Matt LaPaglia (Upper Montclair, NJ) finished with seven saves and surrendered all 10 Amherst goals.