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Greg Donohue '05
Junior defender Greg Donohue netted his first goal of the season on Saturday.

16th-Ranked Jeffs Suffer Narrow Defeat at No. 2 Middlebury, 7-6


April 10, 2004

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The 16th-ranked Amherst College menís lacrosse team suffered a narrow 7-6 defeat at second-ranked NESCAC rival Middlebury College on Saturday. The two squads battled to a 6-6 tie after three quarters of play, but Middlebury netted the lone goal of the final frame, remaining undefeated at 8-0 (4-0 NESCAC), while Amherst fell for the first time in conference play, dropping to 6-2 overall (3-1 NESCAC).

The Panthers built an early 2-1 advantage, but Amherst first-year Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) netted a man-up goal to even the score at the 5:46-mark, and fellow rookie Stephen Williams (Scituate, MA) put the Jeffs on top just 12 seconds later. Amherst pushed its lead to 4-2 at the end of the first quarter, but the hosts reclaimed the lead in the second with four unanswered goals to post a 6-4 edge at the break. Middlebury senior Mike Saraceni was in on three of the tallies, scoring the first and the third and assisting classmate Charley Howe on the final score of the half.

Amherst cut the lead to one just 1:38 into the third quarter with a low snap-shot from Cherney, and tied the game late in the session as Cherney found junior Alex Casertano (Millbrook, NY), who ripped a shot into the net to make it 6-6. Amherst junior goalie, and reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) and Middlebury senior netminder Eric Krieger dueled in the final frame as Kreiger collected a pair of huge saves on an Amherst man-up opportunity five minutes into the quarter, and Donelan responded with a clutch chest save at the six minute mark. With just over four minutes remaining, Middlebury caused a turnover and sprinted downfield in transition. Panther junior Dave Leach found classmate Mark Foster on the left side where he slipped a shot past Donelan for the game-winner.

Cherney led the Amherst offense with two goals and an assist. Also scoring for the Jeffs were senior co-captain Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY) and junior Greg Donohue (Bow, NH), while junior Joaquin Walker (Denver, CO) dished out his ninth assist of the season. Donelan finished with 14 saves, while Krieger nabbed 13.

Amherst returns to action Thursday at 4 p.m. against visiting non-conference opponent Western New England College.