Athletics

Men's Lacrosse Gets Four Goals from McDonnell in Win Over Colby

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Senior Thomas McDonnell scored four goals in the
win over Colby this afternoon.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team played host to visiting NESCAC foe Colby College this afternoon on a rainy day at Gooding Field in Amherst. The Lord Jeff offense exploded for five straight goals in the second quarter, including three in a 38 second window, to power a 12-5 win. The victory improves Amherst’s record to 5-5 (4-3 NESCAC) on the year, while the Mules fall to 7-5 (3-4 NESCAC).

Just over one and a half minutes into the game, the Lord Jeffs scored on a fast break, with Dan Routh (Allendale, NJ) finishing off a give-and-go from Thomas McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) to beat Colby goalie Thomas Gianakos. The Mules responded with a goal from Whit McCarthy off a feed from Mark Squicciarino.

After another Amherst goal from senior tri-captain Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Colby tied the game at 2-2 with 9:53 remaining in the second quarter on a man-up goal. The equalizer from Colby’s Scott Margolis marked the last time the score would be tied.

With 9:10 remaining in the second quarter, Amherst junior tri-captain Gabe Mann (Denver, CO) picked up an assist as he set up fellow long stick Parker Holcomb (Dallas, TX) for a score. The score put Amherst up 3-2, and ignited what would ultimately stand as the game-changing run for the Jeffs.

With 5:55 showing in the second, Amherst stretched its lead to 4-2 lead on man up goal by Alex Fox (Garden City, NY). On the ensuing faceoff, Holcomb won and picked up the ground ball and as he advanced into the offensive zone, had the ball checked out of his stick. The off-speed loose ball that resulted from the check snuck past Gianakos and into the Colby net. The exchange took just five seconds after the Fox score.

Just 33 seconds later, Amherst’s lead grew to 6-2 as McDonnell finished off a helper from Will Reed (Riverside, CT). Colby cut Amherst’s lead down to 7-3 with 2:28 remaining in the second quarter as Squicciarino finished off a diving shot off drive from behind the Amherst net.

Each team scored a goal earlier in the third quarter, before the Lord Jeffs closed out the game by out-scoring the Mules 4-1 in the final frame. One of the best goals of the game came from Amherst sophomore Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) to stretch the lead to 11-5. As he took a hard hit, Redwood jumped into the air and beat Gianakos to the near post.

McDonnell led Amherst with five points on four goals and an assist, while Fox and Holcomb each scored a pair. Redwood had a trio of assists, and six ground balls to go along with his score. Holcomb won six face-offs in the game, scooping up five ground balls. Colby was led by two goals and two assists from Squicciarino.

Amherst goalie Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, NY) made 11 saves in the win, while Gianakos made nine saves in the loss. Amherst out-shot Colby just 33-32 on the day, while Colby won the ground ball battle 34-32.

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