Men's lax plays Amherst tough, but Jeffs prevail 11-8

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Bates men's lacrosse team peppered No. 5 nationally ranked Amherst with 27 shots in the second half, but the host Lord Jeffs were able to hang on to an 11-8 win behind 19 saves from goalkeeper Samuel Jakimo.

The Bobcats (1-3, 0-2 NESCAC) held advantages in shots (40-27), ground balls (33-30) and face-offs (13-10), but the Lord Jeffs (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) got 19 saves from Jakimo and three goals apiece from Devin Acton and Aaron Mathias. Fifteen of Jakimo’s stops came in the second half, during which Bates outshot the hosts by a commanding 27-10 margin.

Standing out for Bates was senior Thomas Repko (New Canaan, Conn.), who had three goals and two assists as the only Bobcat with multiple points on the day. Senior captain Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made five saves for the visitors.

The difference maker was a 4-0 Amherst run that began when Alex Fox broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal out of a timeout in the closing seconds of the opening period. The Lord Jeffs then opened the second frame with goals by Acton, Evan Redwood and Mathias, and the hosts would lead by at least three the rest of the way.

Amherst pushed its lead to 7-2 when Cole Cherney opened the second-half scorin. Repko answered by scoring twice in a span of 2:07 to cut Bates' deficit to three, but Acton came right back with two goals of his own.

After Bates first-year Jack Strain (Montclair, N.J.) made it a 9-5 game, sophomore Wylie Leabo (Belmont, Mass.) caused a turnover that was scooped up by Repko, who went right to goal and beat a defenseless Jakimo with only 56 seconds remaining in the third period. The Bobcats’ momentum quickly disappeared, however, as Acton found Redwood just 10 seconds later for a goal that helped Amherst carry a 10-6 lead into the final quarter.

Bates once again cut its deficit to three on a goal by junior Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) with 9:14 to play, but neither team would score again until the final two minutes. Mathias took a pass from Acton and spun away from a defender before firing a shot into a wide open net, bringing the score to 11-7 with only 1:47 remaining. Leabo got one back for the visitors with 51 seconds on the clock, bringing the final score to 11-8.

Redwood finished with two goals and two assists for Amherst. First-year Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) picked up eight ground balls for the Bobcats and was 12-for-21 on face-offs, while junior Charlie Clark (Pepper Pike, Ohio) caused three turnovers and recorded five ground balls.

Bates will travel to face the University of New England this Tuesday at 5pm.

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