No. 14 Amherst tops men's lacrosse for seventh straight win









AMHERST, Mass. -- Led by four goals and two assists from Evan Redwood, 14th-ranked Amherst extended its winning streak to seven games with a 15-8 win over the Bates men's lacrosse team Saturday at Gooding Field.

The Lord Jeffs (7-1, 3-1 NESCAC) will look to keep their streak going when they host Middlebury on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Amherst has lost 25 consecutive games to Middlebury dating back to 1990.

In addition to Redwood’s six points, Alex Fox had two goals and two assists, Devin Acton tallied a goal and three assists, and Sam Jakimo improved to 7-0 by turning away 16 shots.

First-year Wylie Leabo (Belmont, Mass.) scored twice and sophomore Dan Hines (Manchester, Mass.) posted a goal and two assists for the Bobcats (4-4, 1-3), who held a 41-31 advantage in shots. Junior Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made six saves in 50:26 to take the loss, while sophomore Alex Henrie (Lexington, Mass.) stopped two shots in the final 9:34.

Amherst jumped out to an early lead when Danny Gold outran two Bates defenders and fed Matt Levine, who snapped a quick shot past Scharff 1:11 into the opening quarter. Goals from Fox and Redwood soon made it 3-0.

After Cole Cherney scored to extend the lead to 4-0, Bates bounced back with two goals of its own. First-year Will Gilkeson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) put the Bobcats on the board and sophomore defenseman Charlie Clark (Pepper Pike, Ohio) made it 4-2 when he beat Jakimo low with 1:29 to play in the first period.

Bates cut its deficit to two with a goal from senior Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.), but Redwood quickly struck back with his second score of the day to give Amherst a 5-3 advantage. After Aaron Mathias beat Scharff with a long-range shot, Redwood added another goal to extend the Jeffs' lead to 7-3. An unassisted goal from Leabo with 3:18 to play in the half sent the visitors into the break trailing 7-4.

Amherst opened up the third quarter with quick goals from Redwood and Fox, but Bates responded with scores from Leabo and sophomore Gary Guinta (Bay Shore, N.Y.) to make it 9-6. Redwood then fed Cherney, who beat Scharff with a quick shot from a tight angle to close out the scoring in the third quarter.

Early in the final period Nizam Ghani scored the first goal of his career and Acton cranked a low shot past Scharff to bring the score to 12-6. Redwood then fed Jeff Izzo, whose one-timer provided the Jeffs with a 13-6 cushion.

After another Mathias shot made it 14-6, Bates fought back with responses from sophomore Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) and Hines.

Senior Cody Newman (Montclair, N.J.) won 14 out of 27 faceoffs for Bates and claimed four ground balls. Juniors Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) and Reed Brown (Portsmouth, N.H.) had four ground balls apiece.

The Bobcats will return to action on Tuesday when they head to Medford to take on top-ranked Tufts at 7 p.m.

STATS: Amherst 15, Bates 8