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Derek Cherney '07
Amherst first-year Derek Cherney led the Jeffs with 28 goals and 43 points on the season.

Cherney Named NESCAC Rookie of the Year; Amherst Places Six on All-NESCAC Team

May 13, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College placed six players on the 2004 Men’s Lacrosse All-NESCAC team, which was announced by the conference office on Thursday, highlighted by first-year attackman Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY), who was named both First-Team All-NESCAC and NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

Also earning First-Team honors were senior midfielder Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY), sophomore long-stick midfielder Andrew Wilcox (Ancramdale, NY) and junior defenseman Greg Donohue (Bow, NH), while senior defenseman Alexei Kudla (Bethesda, MD) and junior goalie Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) nabbed second-team recognition.

Cherney tied for fifth in the NESCAC with 28 goals and tied for eighth with 43 points. He was the Jeffs’ top scorer and finished second on the team with 15 assists as well. Allison and Wilcox earned their second straight first-team awards as Allison was 14th in the conference in goals (23) and tied for 17th in points (33) and Wilcox scooped up a team-best 72 ground balls to go with two goals and two assists.

Kudla and Donohue anchored the Amherst defense - which finished fourth in the conference, surrendering just 7.06 goals per game - placing third and fourth on the team in ground balls with 46 and 36, respectively. Donelan posted the top save percentage in the NESCAC (.638), finished second in goals against average (6.70) and earned Division III National Player of the Week honors on April 27, holding then tenth-ranked Bowdoin College to its lowest scoring output since 1980 in an 11-2 Amherst victory. He also earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the period ending April 4, posting nine saves in a 7-6 win over visiting Bates College and 11 saves in a 10-4 win over visiting Colby.

Amherst finished its season at 11-5 overall and 6-3 in conference play, earning the No. 4 seed in the NECAC Tournament, where they downed visiting Bowdoin 6-5 in the first round before falling at top-seeded Middlebury 7-2 in the semifinals.