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Colby Griffith '05
Amherst junior Colby Griffith tallied a goal and an assist in the loss.

14th-Ranked Jeffs Fall to Fourth-Ranked Middlebury in NESCAC Tournament Semifinals

May 8, 2004

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The 14th-ranked Amherst College menís lacrosse team fell victim to a 28-minute scoring drought en route to a 7-2 loss at fourth-ranked Middlebury College in the semifinal round of the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament on Saturday. Amherst junior Colby Griffith (Lexington, MA) and rookie Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) each scored in the loss as the Jeffs dropped to 11-5 and await word of a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Middlebury (13-1) will take on the winner of Saturdayís other NESCAC Tournament semifinal between Wesleyan and Tufts tomorrow at noon for the conference championship.

The host Panthers took a 1-0 lead at 10:42 as Mark Foster scored off a transition feed from Mike Saraceni. Amherst knotted the score at 5:38 with a goal from Griffith, who tallied the game-winner in the Jeffs' NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal win over Bowdoin. The Panthers answered just 18 seconds later as Peter Mellen won the ensuing face-off and scored off a give-and-go from Saraceni. The lead grew to 3-1 with a man-up goal at 7:31 in the second quarter as Charley Howe converted off an assist from Andrew Giordano. Amherst was held scoreless in the second quarter, leaving the Panthers with a 3-1 halftime lead.

The Jeff scored just 1:35 into the second half to cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal from Cherney, courtesy of a nifty pass from Griffith. That would be Amherstís final goal of the game as Middlebury blanked the Jeffs for the final 28:25. Middlebury began a decisive 4-0 run at the 12-minute mark of the third quarter with a goal from Giordano. A great stop from Middlebury goalkeeper Eric Krieger led to a goal from Howe at 8:26, giving Middlebury a 5-2 lead. David Leach found the back of the net at 6:42, before Ben Tobey scored the gameís final goal at 3:07 to give Middlebury the 7-2 win.

Krieger ended the day with 10 saves, while junior Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) was stellar for Amherst, making a dozen saves on the afternoon.