March 27, 2010

Second-Quarter Flurry Lifts Amherst Over Bowdoin

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AMHERST, Mass. - A seven-goal second quarter propelled the Amherst College men's lacrosse team to a 13-8 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The Jeffs earn their first win of the season and improve to 1-3 (1-2 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 2-4 (1-2 NESCAC) on the year.

Sam Jakimo had 14 saves to lead Amherst to the win while teammate Cole Cherney scored a game-high four goals. Russell Halliday led Bowdoin with three goals while Keegan Mellhorn added a pair. Owen Smith had two assists in the loss for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin led 1-0 after the first quarter, but Amherst scored five-straight and seven overall in the second frame to grab a commanding 7-2 edge at halftime. The Polar Bears scored four of the first six goals to open the third quarter, and closed to within three, 10-7, after Adam Tracy set up Steve Thomas with 5:15 remaining in the period. But Amherst scored two late goals, including a Cherney tally with just 36 seconds left in the quarter to carry a 12-7 advantage into the fourth.

Bowdoin's Robert Burkhardt made six saves in the loss. Bowdoin held a large 17-8 edge in face-offs thanks to eight wins from Brian Durkin and nine from Gregory Kamford. The Polar Bears also held a 42-34 advantage in shots and 38-31 lead in ground balls.