Amherst's 14-6 Loss to Middlebury Snaps Three-Game Win Streak

Dan Routh had two goals and an assist in the loss.

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Amherst College men's lacrosse team had its three-game win streak snapped this afternoon with a 14-6 loss to 12th-ranked Middlebury College on the road. With the loss, Amherst falls to 3-4 overall, and 2-3 in the NESCAC. The Panthers improve to 5-2 (3-2 NESCAC) with the win.

Middlebury out-scored Amherst 5-1 in the opening quarter, and wasted no time getting started. After winning the game's opening face-off, the Panthers scored just 16 seconds into the game as Pete Smith found Brian Foster for a goal. One minute later, Smith set up Jack Masur for a score to put the Panthers up 2-0.

Neither team scored for nearly 10 minutes, before Amherst sophomore Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) assisted on a score by senior tri-captain Tom McDonnell (Manhasset, NY). With the margin cut in half, Middlebury responded with three goals in the final 2:20 of the first period to take control.

The Panthers scored the first two goals of the second quarter to stretch their lead to 7-1.  Amherst sophomore Dan Routh (Allendale, NJ) assisted on another McDonnell goal with 4:42 to play in the second quarter.

Redwood added an unassisted goal with 1:50 to play before halftime, closing the gap to 8-3, but Amherst would never get any closer than five goals. Sophomore Cole Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) scored Amherst's only goal of the third quarter on a feed from rookie Ramsey Bates (McLean, VA).

Routh scored a pair of goals to start and finish the scoring in the fourth frame for Amherst, but the Panthers tacked on a trio of scores in between. Routh finished the game with a pair of scores and an assist, while McDonnell had a pair of scores, and Redwood chipped in with a goal and an assist.  The Panthers were paced by Smith's two goals and three assists in the win.

Amherst won 13 of the game's 22 face-offs, and was out-shot by Middlebury just 22-20, but could not beat Panther goalie Ryan Deane enough to hang in the game. Deane finished the day with 12 saves in 54:16, before giving way to Charles Ward (5:44, 2 saves) in net. Amherst's Sam Jakimo (Woodburym, NY) made eight saves between the pipes, taking his first loss of the year (3-1).

The Lord Jeffs will look to rebound this Saturday when archrival Williams College comes to town. Amherst and the Ephs will take the turf at Gooding Field at 1 p.m.