McNamara Leads Amherst to 4-0 Win Over Lesley

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Casey McNamara '13 had two goals and an assist in Amherst's 4-0 win over Lesley.

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst junior forward Casey McNamara (Montclair, N.J.) netted a pair of goals and added an assist to propel the Lord Jeffs to a decisive 4-0 win over Lesley on Gooding Field. With the victory Amherst improved to 8-0-0 overall on the year, while the Lynx fell to 7-3-1 on the season.

Hoping to get off to a fast start, Amherst recorded a pair of early chances on an Alejandro Sucre '13 (Caracas, Venezuela) header and a Spencer Noon '13 (Farmington, Conn.) shot that veered wide right.

In the 14th minute, sophomore Ben Norton (Denver, Colo.) sent a free-kick from midfield toward the top left corner of the 18-yard box. Winning the ball in the air, Sucre flicked it into the path of a charging Noon, but the junior forward couldn’t control his first touch.

Less than 10 minutes later off of another long free-kick, Norton headed the ball across the face of the goal toward the back post. Sophomore Jae Heo (Changwon, South Korea) would redirect it toward goal, but a Lynx defender blocked the shot before it could reach the net. Sucre’s follow-up header also got blocked down before Thebe Tsatsimpe '12 (Johannesburg, South Africa) sent a shot just high.

Still looking for the game’s first tally, Noon received the ball near the left post, flicking it with his back turned toward goal. With the Lynx defense knocking down both Noon’s initial shot and sophomore Max Fikke’s (New York, N.Y.) rebound, Tsatsimpe ripped another shot toward goal, but senior goalkeeper Max Perkins (Lexington, Mass.) made the stop to keep it level.

Playing on the left side just under the 10 minute mark, McNamara served a low cross, hoping to generate another scoring opportunity. An alert Sucre tracked down the pass in the middle of the box, slotting a diving header into the right corner to stake Amherst to a 1-0 lead.

Continuing to push forward in the 38th minute, Fikke headed a ball off the crossbar. Finding himself in the right place at the right time, McNamara tracked down the rebound on the left side, sliding it into an open net to give the Jeffs a two-goal advantage heading into the intermission.

Hoping to carry their momentum into the second half, Amherst created another opportunity within the first five minutes of action when Norton sent a pass from the left toward Heo for a header, but the standout forward was called offside, wiping the Jeffs’ would-be goal off the board.

After Perkins punched a Jelani Rooks '13 (Princeton, N.J.) shot just over the bar at 59:43, Fikke again served Heo, this time dropping a well placed cross from the far side onto the sophomore’s foot for the game’s third tally.

Minutes later, Amherst capped off scoring when first-year Milton Rico (Philadelphia, Pa.) sent a through-ball from the midfield forward to McNamara who beat out Perkins to the ball at the top of the 18 before slotting his second tally of the evening into the top right.

Amherst finished with a decisive 26-7 shot advantage and an 8-2 edge in corners. Kovacs and Brandon Saldana ’13 (Garden City, N.Y.) made a pair of stops, combining to post the team’s fifth shutout this season, while Perkins made four saves in the loss.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Sunday, Oct. 9 against archrival Williams in Williamstown, Mass.

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