Chris Hofmann '07
Photo by Sam Masinter
Senior tri-captain Chris Hofmann netted Amherst's first goal of the game

Jeffs' Lapse in Third Quarter Leads to 7-5 Loss to Skidmore

March 27, 2007

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team traveled a few short hours to upstate New York to face the Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College in a midweek non-conference match-up. A third-quarter flurry from the T-Breds would prove to be too much, as Amherst fell 7-5.

Amherst entered the game with a 2-2 record, while Skidmore was still looking for its first win in its sixth try. The T-Breds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 75 seconds into the game on a quick goal from Rob Martin, with the assist going to Nick Coppola.

The Lord Jeffs tied the game up on a beautiful man-up goal from senior quad-captain Chris Hofmann (New Canaan, CT). Feeding Hofmann on the crease was classmate Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) with a no-look pass across the goal front.

The two squads remained deadlocked at one goal apiece for the next few minutes, with Skidmore breaking free with 4:53 left in the opening quarter on a short-range shot from a streaking Matt Ward. Before the face-off, Amherst caught a break as the referee found Ward’s stick to be illegal, and took the goal off the board.

Skidmore took the lead again early in the second frame when Chuck McNeil hit the far corner with a hard shot from the left side of the box. Amherst tied the game at 2-2 with 8:55 left in the second quarter when John-Thomas Milone (Manhasset, NY) scooped up a ground ball and dropped it past Skidmore first-year John Capitani.

Amherst snagged its first lead of the game when first-year Thomas McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) put home Cherney’s second assist of the day. Skidmore called a timeout with possession with 14 seconds remaining in the first half, hoping to set up a play to tie the game before the half. Some tough Amherst defense helped the Jeffs hold its 3-2 advantage into halftime.

Over an eight-minute streak to start the third quarter, Skidmore scored four unanswered goals to take a commanding 6-3 lead. The fifth and sixth goals for the Thoroughbreds were netted just nine seconds apart.

With five minutes left in the third stanza, Amherst was handed a golden opportunity to creep back into the game with an extra-man situation. The Lord Jeffs came up empty, but would capitalize on an even-strength goal from sophomore Brett Miller (Wantagh, NY) with eight seconds until the horn.

Just over a minute into the final quarter, Cherney notched his first tally of the game as he beat Capitani. McNeil brought the lead back to two goals for Skidmore when he took a Matt Ward (Concord, MA) pass and slotted it past Matt Pietroforte (Brooklyn, NY). Amherst pushed hard for the following few minutes, but with 1:12 showing in regulation, Skidmore looked content to stall for the win.

Capitani made one final save with less than 10 seconds on the clock, bringing his total to 18 for the night, while Pietroforte made 10 in net for Amherst.

Amherst drops to 2-3 on the season with the loss, while Skidmore improves to 1-5. The Lord Jeffs return to action when they host Conn. College Saturday at 1 p.m.