Jakimo Named ECAC, NESCAC Player of the Week
Sam Jakimo '12 leads the NESCAC in save percentage (.635) and saves per game (12.7).
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College goalie Sam Jakimo ’12 (Woodbury, NY) has been named the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week and the ECAC Division III New England Defensive Player of the Week for helping the Lord Jeffs move into a tie for second place in the conference standings with a pair of significant wins.
Jakimo improved his record to 9-0 on the season by posting a .681 save percentage and 7.50 goals-against average during wins over Middlebury and Williams. He currently leads the NESCAC in save percentage (.635) and saves per game (12.7) while ranking fifth in GAA (7.92).
Teammate Devin Acton ’14 was named the conference’s Co-Player of the Week on Mar. 28, but Jakimo is the first Lord Jeff to win the honor outright since Cushing Donelan ’05 received the award on Apr. 5, 2004.
Jakimo began his week by making 12 saves and picking up six ground balls while allowing only seven goals in a 9-7 win over Middlebury, marking the first time since 1989 the Jeffs had defeated the Panthers. Eight of his saves came in the first half to help the Jeffs stay tied at 3-3 at the break.
During Saturday’s 11-8 win at Williams Jakimo picked up four ground balls and made a career-high 20 stops, besting his previous mark of 17. He made 10 saves in each half, including seven in the fourth quarter to deny a late comeback attempt by the Ephs.
Amherst is 10th in today’s USILA Division III Coaches Poll, marking the program’s highest national ranking since the Lord Jeffs came in at No. 10 in May 2005. Amherst’s nine wins are the program’s most since the 2005 squad finished at 11-4. The Jeffs have won nine consecutive games since opening the season with a 13-9 loss to Tufts, which held on to the top spot in this week’s USILA poll.
The Jeffs will look for win number 10 this Wednesday when they host Springfield College at 7 p.m. on Gooding Field. The last four meetings between these schools have been one-goal games, including two that have been decided in overtime. The other two that were won in regulation had game-winning goals scored in the waning moments, one coming with 1:06 remaining and the other with 13 seconds on the clock. Of those four meetings, last year’s 10-9 overtime result is the only one that went Springfield’s way.
Amherst (9-1, 5-1 NESCAC) will resume its conference schedule on Saturday when the Jeffs head to Waterville, Maine, for a highly anticipated matchup with Colby (4-5, 2-4). Tufts (9-0, 6-0) is all alone atop the conference standings, with Amherst and Trinity (8-1, 5-1) close behind.