Derek Cherney '07
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Amherst senior tri-captain Derek Cherney was named the 2007 NESCAC Player of the Year

Cherney Named NESCAC Player of the Year

From a NESCAC Release

May 9, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The NESCAC announced today the members of the 2007 Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference teams. Amherst College senior attacker Derek Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) was named the 2007 NESCAC Player of the Year, as determined by the conference coaches. It is the second time in three years that Cherney has been honored with the league’s top award, as he took home Co-Player of the Year in 2005.

In addition to being named NESCAC Player of the Year, Cherney also achieved a rare feat by being named to the NESCAC All-Conference First Team for the fourth year in a row. Cherney currently leads the league in points this season with 59, averaging nearly four per game, as he tied for fourth in the conference with 31 goals and second in assists with 28. The 2004 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Cherney has led the Lord Jeffs in scoring in each of the previous four seasons, accumulating 118 goals and 204 points over the course of 59 games.

One of Cherney’s best games this season was his six-point performance at archrival Williams College. Cherney picked up an assist and netted five goals, including the final tally of regulation that sent the game into overtime, allowing the Jeffs to pull off the 10-9 come-from-behind victory.

The senior tri-captain displayed more clutch play in Amherst’s 10-9 win over Springfield College, during which Cherney scored two fourth-quarter goals, including the game-winner with just 13 seconds showing on the clock, leading the Jeffs to yet another come-from-behind win.

Cherney has succeeded in the classroom as well, as he earned NESCAC All-Academic honors last season and is nominated to receive the honor once again this year.