Redwood's Late Goal Lifts Amherst Past Wheaton, 11-10
Tom McDonnell '10 had three goals in the win.
AMHERST, MA – Evan Redwood ’12 (Lutherville, MD) scored with only 28 seconds remaining in regulation and Sam Jakimo ’12 (Woodburym, NY) made a save at the buzzer to secure the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team’s 11-10 win over Wheaton College Wednesday evening at Gooding Field.
Wheaton tied the game on four occasions (1-1, 4-4, 8-8, 10-10), including once with only 1:44 remaining in regulation, but the Lord Jeffs had an answer each time and never relinquished the lead. Amherst improves to 2-3 with its second consecutive win, while the Lyons fall to 2-3.
Tied at 4-4 after two periods, the teams traded four-goal runs in the second half to bring the score to 8-8. Amherst scored the next two, but Wheaton pushed right back to once again bring the game to a deadlock. Redwood’s game winner marked his second goal of the night, and Jakimo’s save at the buzzer gave him 14 stops. Senior Schuyler Horn made 16 saves for the Lyons.
Amherst was 4-for-10 on man-up opportunities, while Wheaton was only 1-for-4. The hosts out-shot the visitors, 48-42, and won the ground ball battle, 34-28, but the Lyons won 14 of the game’s 25 face-offs for a slight advantage. Alex Fox ’12 (Garden City, NY) and Tom McDonnell ’10 (Manhasset, NY) each had three goals for Amherst, while sophomore Billy McNamara scored three goals and assisted on three others for Wheaton.
For the second time in as many games, Amherst’s defense held the opposition to only one first-quarter goal. The Lyons did not get on the board until only 4:41 remained in the opening frame, as sophomore Charlie Willauer intercepted a pass and carried the ball the length of the field. Willauer was rewarded for his heads-up play when he took a pass from junior Ben Cederberg and beat Jakimo to tie the game at 1-1.
After McDonnell scored the game’s opening goal 5:43 into the contest, it took the Jeffs more than seven minutes to strike again. Redwood charged to the cage and switched over to his left hand, beating Horn on a low shot to give Amherst a 2-1 lead.
The Jeffs made it 3-1 only 18 seconds later when they took advantage of a pair of one-minute penalties. Horn made two nice saves during his team’s two-man disadvantage, but McDonnell took a pass from senior Matt Kellman (Wilton, CT) and beat the Lyon goalie with only one second remaining on the penalties. Wheaton called a timeout with 20 seconds left in the opening period, but the Jeffs held on to their 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Sam Jakimo '12 (2-0) made 14 saves for the second consecutive game.
Wheaton scored three of the second period’s four goals to make it a 4-4 game at halftime, with McNamara accounting for the final two of the quarter. After the teams traded scores to make it a 4-2 game, junior Chris Landers intercepted a pass from Jakimo and found McNamara on the doorstep. McNamara was able to take his time and shoot on an open net, cutting his team’s deficit to one goal with 6:05 to play in the half.
McNamara tied things up with only 31 ticks left on the clock when he muscled his way into the Amherst zone from behind the cage and snuck a low shot past Jakimo from just outside of the crease. Wheaton regained possession for the final 25 seconds and called a timeout to set up what would be the go-ahead goal, but the Lord Jeff defense held strong and did surrender a single shot.
Each goalie made a pair of outstanding saves in the opening five minutes of the third quarter to keep the contest tied at 4-4, but the Jeffs scored the game’s next four goals in a span of 7:24 to gain some breathing room. Sophomore Cole Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) broke the tie on a man-up situation and classmate Dan Routh (Allendale, NJ) closed out the scoring run, with a pair of goals from Fox coming in between.
Amherst seemed to be distancing itself from Wheaton, but the visitors would score the next four goals to tie things up at 8-8 with only 7:36 remaining in regulation. Landers brought the score to 8-5 with one minute remaining in the third period and McNamara found the back of the cage with only 13 seconds left, as the visitors took significant momentum into the final quarter.
Wheaton senior Warren Garceau kept his team’s scoring run going 2:42 into the fourth when he beat Jakimo with a high, hard shot to the goalie’s right, and senior Drew Schaffer made it 8-8 nearly five minutes later.
The Jeffs once again refused to surrender the lead, and McDonnell picked up a loose ball on a rebound to find the back of the net on a man-up opportunity. Routh scored an unassisted goal 2:12 later to give Amherst a two-goal advantage, but Landers capped off a quick counterattack and Cederberg scored the tying goal after the Lyons took advantage of an Amherst lapse on defense with only 1:44 to play.
Redwood’s game-winning unassisted goal came with 28.3 seconds left in regulation and only one second remaining on a Wheaton pushing penalty, as the Lord Jeffs worked the ball around the cage for 25 seconds before allowing Redwood to work his magic. The Lyons came back with one final push, but Jakimo stood his ground to match his career high in saves.
Wednesday’s game marked the first meeting between Amherst and Wheaton since 2002. Both teams will return to action Saturday, Apr. 3, with the Lord Jeffs traveling to take on Bates College at 1 p.m. and the Lyons hosting MIT at the same time.