Cherney's Seven Goals Propel Amherst Past Roger Williams, 13-11
Cole Cherney '12 scored seven goals in the win.
Courtesy of Roger Williams University
BRISTOL, RI – The Amherst College men's lacrosse team used a lopsided third period and seven goals from Cole Cherney '12 (Chappaqua, NY) to pick up a 13-11 win over Roger Williams Thursday afternoon at Meister-Kavan Field on the campus of Brown University.
Senior Logan Roebuck scored his second goal of the game with 3:29 remaining to pull RWU to within one of Amherst, but the Hawks could not complete the comeback as junior Alex Fox (Garden City, NY) tacked on the game’s final goal at 2:24 to give the Lord Jeffs the two-goal victory.
Roebuck’s final goal marked the Hawks’ third-straight tally of the fourth quarter after entering the period down 12-8. Senior Drew Smith nearly tallied his fourth goal of the game with 2:56 remaining, which would have knotted the score at 12-12, but his shot clipped the inside of the right post and fired across the goal mouth, harmlessly rolling out of bounds along the left sideline. Amherst regained possession and would score 32 seconds later, putting an end to all of RWU’s momentum.
Cherney led all players with seven goals on the day, missing on just three of his 10 shots. He jump-started the Lord Jeffs in the second half after the two teams entered the break tied at 6-6. Cherney scored three of Amherst’s first four goals of the third quarter to move the Jeffs ahead, 10-7. After the teams traded goals less than a minute apart, Cherney finished the period with an unassisted marker just 24 seconds before the horn to increase Amherst’s lead to 12-8.
Junior Justin Leddy began the RWU comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring with 10:56 remaining. He finished the game with a team-high five points, including three assists. Sophomore Ian Powers completed his hat trick with 6:05 on the clock before Roebuck and Fox traded goals to finish the game.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Roebuck played a strong game in net, making 16 saves for the Hawks, while Amherst junior Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, NY) recorded eight saves. Amherst finished with a slight edge in ground balls (37-33), turnovers (18-14) and face-offs won (15-12), while both teams went 0-for-3 on extra-man opportunities.
Amherst improves to 2-1 and will return to NESCAC play Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Connecticut College on Gooding Field.