Jeffs Score Seven Goals in Second Period of 13-8 Win Over Bowdoin

Sam Jakimo '12 made 14 saves in his first collegiate start to lead Amherst past Bowdoin.

AMHERST, MA – Out-scoring Bowdoin College by a 7-1 margin in the second period proved to be the difference maker in the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team’s 13-8 win over the Polar Bears Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field. The Lord Jeffs improve to 1-3 (1-2 NESCAC) with their first victory of the season, while Bowdoin falls to 2-4 (1-2 NESCAC).

Sophomore Sam Jakimo (Woodburym, NY) made 14 saves in his first collegiate start and Cole Cherney ’12 (Chappaqua, NY) scored four goals to lead Amherst to the win. Sophomores Alex Fox (Garden City, NY) and Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) each added four points for the Lord Jeffs.

Junior Robert Burkhardt stopped six shots for Bowdoin, while the Polar Bear offense was led by Russell Halliday’s three goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Owen Smith scored one goal and assisted on two others, with sophomore Keegan Mehlhorn adding a pair of goals.

Each team scored five goals in the third period and one in the fourth, but the lopsided second quarter proved to be too much for Bowdoin to overcome. Amherst snapped the two-game winning streak Bowdoin had held over the Lord Jeffs. The Polar Bears have not won in Amherst since a 10-5 result in 2001.

With the score tied at 0-0, Amherst held for the last shot of the opening period but turned the ball over with less than 30 seconds to play. Bowdoin capitalized when Halliday fed Mehlhorn for the game’s first goal with only three seconds showing on the clock.

It took the hosts only 24 seconds to tie the game at 1-1, and with 3:30 to play in the second quarter Amherst held a 5-1 lead. Cherney capped off the 5-0 scoring run when he took a pass from Redwood, who had intercepted a Bowdoin pass at midfield and headed straight for goal. Cherney received the pass from Redwood and beat Burkhardt high to make it a 5-1 game.

Halliday stopped Amherst’s run when he scored an unassisted goal with 1:42 to play in the second period, sneaking a shot just inside the near post to Jakimo’s left. The Jeffs would push right back to carry a 7-2 lead into halftime, as first-year Ramsay Bates (McLean, VA) and Cherney each scored in the final minute.

Senior Tom McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) scored for Amherst on a man-up opportunity 1:20 into the third quarter, but Bowdoin would score four of the game’s next five goals to make it a 9-6 contest. Halliday opened and closed the scoring run at the 1:31 and 7:51 marks of the period.

After Bowdoin was called for an illegal body check, McDonnell scored on another man-up opportunity to increase Amherst’s cushion to four goals at 10-6. The Polar Bears cut their deficit to three when senior tri-captain Steve Thomas capped off an efficient man-up possession with his only goal of the game, but Redwood and Cherney each scored in the final 2:13 to give the hosts a 12-7 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.  

First-year Christopher Mahoney fed senior Adam Tracy to open the scoring in the final period, but neither team would score again until Cherney found the back of the net to wrap up an impressive day with only 4:07 to play in regulation. Jakimo made five saves in the fourth period and the Amherst defense continued to play well, as the Jeffs held on for the 13-8 victory.

Bowdoin took 42 shots and allowed 34, also winning 17 of 25 face-offs and holding a 38-31 advantage in ground balls.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Wednesday, Mar. 31, when they host Wheaton College at 6 p.m.