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Sophomore long-stick midfielder Andrew Wilcox earned First-Team All-New England honors after scooping up a team-high 72 ground balls this season.

Cherney Named New England Rookie of the Year; Jeffs Place Five on All-New England Team

May 18, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Five Amherst College men’s lacrosse players were named First- and Second-Team All-New England on Tuesday, led by first-year attackman Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY), who earned New England Rookie of the Year honors. In all, Amherst placed two players on the first team - sophomore long-stick midfielder Andrew Wilcox (Ancramdale, NY) and junior defenseman Greg Donohue (Bow, NH) - and three on the second - Cherney, senior midfielder Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY) and junior goalie Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT).

Cherney earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-NESCAC honors after tying for seventh in the conference in goals (28) and finishing ninth in points (43) and 13th in assists (15). He tallied four points in his collegiate debut, a season-opening 13-4 win over Kenyon College in Orlando, Florida, and posted back-to-back six-point outings in a pair of key conference wins over Trinity and Bates Colleges.

Wilcox, a Second-Team ECAC New England All-Star as a first-year and a two-time First-Team All-NESCAC selection, scooped up a team-high 72 ground balls to go along with two goals and a pair of assists. He had a particularly strong game in the Jeffs’ regular-season finale, an 11-9 win over visiting archrival Williams College that clinched the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, torching the Ephs for a game-high 12 ground balls and scoring his second goal of the season.

Donohue is also a First-Team All-NESCAC selection (after earning Second-Team NEILA All-Star and second-Team All-NESCAC honors as a sophomore), scoring a trio of goals and tallying 36 ground balls, anchoring an Amherst defense that surrendered just 7.06 goals per game.

Allison is a two-time All-NESCAC and All-New England selection as well, finishing 14th in the conference in goals (14) and third on the team in ground balls (48). He also won a team-best 79 of 147 face-off attempts, and assisted on the game-winning goal in the Jeffs’ dramatic 6-5 win over Bowdoin College in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Donelan led the NESCAC in save percentage (.638) and finished second in goals against average (6.70). He was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for the period ending April 4, with nine saves a 7-6 win over visiting Bates and 11 saves in a 10-4 win over visiting Colby College. He was then named Division III National Player of the Week by Inside Lacrosse on April 27, tallying 14 saves in a decisive 11-2 upset win at then tenth-ranked Bowdoin, holding the normally high-powered Polar Bears to their lowest single-game scoring output since 1980.

Amherst finished its season at 11-5 (6-3 NESCAC) and earned the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Tournament, downing visiting Bowdoin 6-5 in the first round before falling at top-seeded Middlebury College 7-2 in the semifinals.