Derek Cherney '07
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Junior Derek Cherney notched the game-winner with six seconds to go.

Jeffs Keep Post-Season Hopes Alive With 8-7 Win At Conn. College


April 25, 2006

NEW LONDON, CT – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team posted its seventh one-goal game of the season on Tuesday afternoon, taking an 8-7 decision from NESCAC rival Connecticut College. Junior Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) fired a shot from the left side with six seconds remaining to put Amherst on top. With the win, the Jeffs move to 3-9 (2-6 NESCAC) and keep their playoff hopes alive. They need a win against archrival Williams College on Saturday to secure a spot in the seven-team NESCAC tournament.

Amherst led early on Tuesday, getting out to a 3-0 lead and allowing just one Camel score before the break. Conn. College evened the score in the third, however, and Brad Luckhardt put the hosts up 5-4 heading into the final quarter.

After the squads traded scores, sophomore Will Ferrer (Greenwich, CT) put the Jeffs up 7-6 with 6:14 remaining. Conn. tied it up with less than three minutes to go on a Jesse Stevenson score, but Cherney’s late game heroics gave Amherst the well-deserved win.

Ferrer and rookie Brett Miller (Wantagh, NY) each notched a pair of goals, while Cherney had an assist to go along with his game-winner.

Amherst hosts Williams at 1 p.m. on Saturday in both squads’ final regular season contest.