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Sophomore attackman Kevin Boova netted two goals and dished out an assist on Wednesday.

20th-Ranked Jeffs Drop Second Straight, Edged at No. 14 Tufts, 11-10

April 21, 2004

MEDFORD, MA - The 20th-ranked Amherst College men’s lacrosse team faltered in its second consecutive NESCAC tilt, suffering a narrow 11-10 defeat at Tufts University on Wednesday. Amherst fought back from a two-goal halftime deficit to tie the game on a goal from first-year Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) just over four minutes into the final frame, but Tufts junior Devin Clarke netted the game-winner with 4:49 remaining in regulation to give the Jumbos the victory.

The Jeffs raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening quarter as senior co-captain Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY) found the net off an assist from junior Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN), and sophomore Kevin Boova (Summit, NJ) and first-year Chris Hofmann (New Canaan, CT) each notched unassisted tallies in the first five minutes. However, junior Bryan Griffin answered for the hosts, dealing back-to-back assists to sophomore Mike O’Brien and first-year Mark Warner before netting an unassisted goal of his own to even the score at 3-3. Senior Drew Innis gave Tufts its first lead of the game with 42 seconds left in the quarter, scoring off a feed from Warner.

Warner gave the hosts a two-goal advantage with an unassisted tally three minutes into the second session, but the Jeffs quickly pulled back within one as sophomore Sean Murray (Madison, NJ) found Syfu for the score. The Jumbos regained their two-goal edge as O’Brien netted his second score of the day, however, just 24 seconds later Amherst junior Alex Casertano (Millbrook, NY), who cracked the 100-career point plateau last Saturday at Wesleyan, scored off a feed from Syfu. Tufts responded again, opening up its biggest advantage of the contest as Griffin and sophomore Bill Granger slipped in consecutive tallies to lead, 8-5. Boova earned his second unassisted score to pull the Jeffs within two at the intermission.

Cherney caught fire after the break, netting all four Amherst second half goals. He fired in back-to-back scores off assists from Hofmann and Syfu, respectively, to tie the contest for the first time since the opening frame and, after the Jumbos regained the lead on goal from Warner, completed the hat trick off a feed from Boova at the 6:48-mark. Tufts regained its narrow edge before the end of the session as Griffin earned his sixth point of the game, scoring unassisted.

Cherney continued his attack in the final period, knotting the score, 10-10, with an unassisted tally at the 10:55-mark. However, Clarke’s game-winner gave the Jumbos the lead for good as Amherst couldn’t find the back of the net down the stretch.

Tufts junior goalie Luke Chicco collected 19 saves as the hosts improved to 9-2 (5-1 NESCAC), while fellow junior Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) nabbed 11 for Amherst, which dropped to 7-4 (3-3 NESCAC) with the loss.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 1 p.m. at 10th-ranked NESCAC foe Bowdoin College.