Derek Cherney '07
Photo by Erik Andrews
Sophomore goalie Matt Pietroforte made an impressive 20 saves against #9 Tufts in the losing effort..

Jeffs Drop Tough Game at Home to Tufts 11

By Alex Kantor

April 24, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team went step-for-step with the nation’s 9th-ranked team this afternoon at Hitchcock Field in Amherst, MA. The Lord Jeffs eventually fell to the Jumbos of Tufts University by an 11-9 score, dropping them to 6-7 (4-3 NESCAC) on the year.

Amherst played smart offense in the first quarter, stringing together two long scoring possessions in the first seven minutes to take a 2-0 lead. First-year Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, MI) scored the game’s opener at the 10:35 mark, before junior T.J. Jackson (Worcester, PA) scored the first of his two goals to extend the lead.

Tufts responded just 0:58 seconds later with an unassisted goal from Joe Cavallo, only to have Jackson put in his second goal of the game less than half a minute later.

The pace of play remained fast throughout the opening quarter, as the team’s traded scores for the rest of the period to finish the frame knotted at 4-4.

Amherst regrouped in between the first and second stanzas, and despite surrendering the first goal of the second period just 1:05 in, responded to the test with a trio of unanswered goals to head into halftime. Amherst junior Will Ferrer (Greenwich, CT) scored two straight goals, just 0:40 seconds apart, to finish the half.

The Lord Jeffs were victims of a second half lull, which allowed Tufts to score five unanswered goals over the span of the third period and the first ten minutes of the fourth period. The Jumbos pushed from trailing 7-5 at the half, to leading 10-7 with just six minutes showing in regulation.

Amherst senior tri-captain Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) would assist on one goal, and then score one of his own to spark a short comeback with only minutes remaining, but it was too little too late. Tufts leading scorer, Mark Warner, scored an insurance goal with 0:11 second left in the game to push the lead back to two goals.

Amherst returns to the field of play on Saturday afternoon at Colby College for a 1 p.m. game. The Lord Jeffs have clinched a spot in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, with an opponent to be determined.