Men's Lacrosse Takes Down Williams 7-5 at Home

Rookie Jeff Izzo led Amherst with a goal and two assist in a
7-5 win over Williams.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team picked up a crucial NESCAC win this afternoon against Little Three archrival Williams College at Gooding Field. Amherst pulled out a 7-5 win in a hard-fought game that was tied at each one goal interval from 1-1 to 5-5.

With the win, Amherst improves to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The loss drops the Ephs to 4-5 overall, and also 3-3 in the NESCAC, with the Lord Jeffs now holding the crucial head-to-head tiebreaker. In the very crowded middle of the conference table, today’s game puts Amherst in a great position for a playoff berth.

The game’s first goal wasn’t scored until there was only 5:12 remaining in the opening quarter. Eph Sam Hargrove scored an unassisted tally on a wrap around effort from behind the Amherst cage, beating sophomore goalie Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, NY) with a low shot.

The Lord Jeffs called a timeout with possession in the Williams end, and with 2:15 to play in the first quarter, rookie Jeff Izzo (Plandome, NY) scooped up a ground ball off a rebound and scored. With just 58.4 seconds left, Amherst sophomore Cole Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) dodged from behind the Williams cage, and beat Eph goalie Stephen Vrla with a wrap around shot to the far low corner.

Williams scored a man-up goal with 11:12 to play in the second quarter, tying the game at 2-2. The equalizer was scored by Richard Reuter, on an assist from Hargrove. Just over seven minutes later, Williams took a 3-2 lead when Reuter’s long shot was ruled a goal after coming off of the underside of crossbar.

Amherst sophomore Dan Routh (Allendale, NJ) tied the score at 3-3 with 2:03 left in the second quarter, bouncing a shot over Vrla’s shoulder into the top of goal. The Jeffs then regained the lead at 4-3 with 6:52 to play in third frame when Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) scored the only goal of the quarter. Redwood spun one direction, and then back the other way before firing a shot into the Williams cage.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Williams tied the game at 4-4 late in an extra-man session.  Michael Grover finished off a feed from Tim Goggins with just four seconds remaining on a one-minute penalty. The Ephs scored just 20 seconds later, gaining momentum as Corey Jacobs won the ensuing face-off and brought the ball down for a Mike Ryan score.

With 6:01 to play, Amherst responded with Izzo feeding Thomas McDonnell on the crease for quick stick goal to tie the game at 5-5. Less than one and a half minutes passed before Amherst went up 6-5. With 4:32 to play, Redwood scored the eventual game-winner on a dodge from the top left into middle. Redwood jumped into the air, and beat Vrla stick-side high for the goal.

McDonnell added an insurance goal for Amherst to seal the win with just 31 seconds left, taking a pass from Izzo to score before Vrla could scramble back to the crease after leaving to double the ball.  Jeff Izzo had a goal and two assists in his first collegiate start, while each McDonnell and Redwood had a pair of scores for Amherst. Reuter finished the day with two goals, while Hargrove had a goal and an assist for Williams.

Vrla finished the day with 14 saves in the loss, while Jakimo made 10 saves for Amherst in the win. The Lord Jeffs will take on Springfield midweek, before hosting Colby next weekend with hopes of clinching a NESCAC playoff berth following losses by both Trinity and Bates today.