Former Jeffs Put up Great Fight in Alumni Game

Contact: Justin Long


AMHERST, Mass. – Most Alumni Games involve a laid back atmosphere in which nobody really cares who wins and who loses.

That wasn’t the case with Amherst’s 2011 Men’s Soccer Alumni Game, which took place this past Saturday and was as competitive as most conference games you’ll see the Lord Jeffs compete in this year. After two scoreless periods, the younger squad finally put an end to the friendly competition when Jae Heo ’14 scored in the eighth minute of overtime.

"There are some Alumni Games that are pure fun and recreation, but this was a hard fought contest from whistle to whistle,” Amherst head coach Justin Serpone says. “The passion and pride of everyone for Amherst Soccer was evident, and it was a great way to help prepare the current team for the upcoming NESCAC season.”

The game probably would have ended after regulation had it not been for goalkeeper Kevin Larner ’99, who became a crowd favorite by making spectacular save after spectacular save in the first half. Andrew Syfu ’05 and Grayson Holland ’09 played all 98 minutes and were outstanding defensively, as 10 former All-NESCAC selections were in the starting lineup for the alumni.

Holding their own against the current Lord Jeffs were David Downs ’77 and Jerome de Bontin ’81. Downs played alongside his son, Taylor ’08, while de Bontin was joined on the field by his son, Nicolas ’15.

“I want to thank all of the alumni for making the trip back,” Serpone says. “It's always great to see the people that this program's success was built on.”

2011 Amherst Men’s Soccer Alumni Team MembersJerome De Bontin ’81 David Downs ’77 Taylor Downs ’08 Chris Skayne ’11 Chris Devine ’10 Ty Wilson ’11 Rob Denious ’10 Ben Lavely ’06 Jake Duker ’09 Mike Wohl ’07John Kneeland ’08 Rory O'Connor ’09 Kevin Larner ’99 Andrew Syfu ’05 Rob Madden ’07 Jeff Grover ’09 Ian Rothkopf ’11 Mark Crane ’11 Grayson Holland ’09 Chris Doney (Former Assistant Coach)