Amherst Falls at Skidmore 14-7 in Non-Conference Action

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Amherst College men's lacrosse team traveled to Upstate New York to take on the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds this evening in non-conference action in Saratoga Springs. The Lord Jeffs sat tied 6-6 at the half, before seeing Skidmore run away to a 14-7 win. 

Skidmore scored the game's opening goal with 12:37 remaining in the first quarter, taking advantage of a failure-to-advance call against the Lord Jeffs. Matt Levesque scored the goal, before Cory Barkoff took the ensuing face-off straight down for an unassisted tally just six seconds later. Just like that, Amherst was looking at 2-0 hole early on. 

The Lord Jeffs responded with 10:58 to play, as Brett Miller (Wantagh, NY) used an inside-roll to break in alone on Skidmore goalie Flip Bongearts for the score. Less than a minute later, Amherst scored on a man-up goal as Miller found Tom McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) for the equalizer. 

With 6:35 to play in the quarter, Skidmore regained the lead with a well-executed fast-break as Levesque took a Nick Coppola feed on the crease for the finish. Amherst responded after just 15 seconds, when first-year Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) found long-stick midfielder Parker Holcomb (Dallas, TX) 15 yards out for a laser. 

The Lord Jeffs took their first lead of the game at 4-3, when Redwood found McDonnell with pass on the doorstep for a quick finish moments later. The Amherst advantage grew to 5-3 with 1:55 to play in the first, as Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) took a rebound and beat Bongearts with the score up top. 

Skidmore closed the gap with 10:30 to play, as Levesque scored again. Amherst opened the margin back to 6-4 with 9:34 to go, as Alex Miller (Sudbury, MA) took a ground ball in for a score. The gap shrank to 6-5 with 3:16 to play in the second half as Skidmore's Rob Lutin took a Coppola feed for a quick-stick score in transition. The Thoroughbreds tied the game at 6-6 with 1:20 to play as Lutin scored on a hard left-handed shot from the right side.

The third quarter saw the two teams trade scores to start the frame, before Skidmore ended the period with three straight scores over the final 4:33. During the spurt, Coppola and Tom Levesque scores, before Barkoff took a face-off the distance for his second of the night with just three seconds showing on the board.

Amherst looked to cut into the three-goal margin early in the fourth quarter, but caught an un-lucky break as a loose ball went straight into the stick of Skidmore's Matt Levesque for a score. Before the ensuing face-off, an Amherst defender was sent to the penalty box for a three-minute non-releasable penalty. Already leading 11-7, Skidmore could put the game out of reach before the Lord Jeffs could play all-even. The Amherst man-down unit held strong, refusing to give up a single goal during the three minutes.

Matt Levesque scored with 6:58 to play in the fourth quarter, giving him five goals on the day to equal the difference in the score at 12-7. With 5:15 to play, he added his sixth goal on a great dodge from behind.

Amherst was unable to cut into the deficit down the stretch, with the game ending in a 14-7 win for Skidmore. McDonnell led Amherst in scoring with a pair of goals, while Brett Miller added one goal and two assists. Matt Levesque paced the Thoroughbreds with seven goals and one assist. Bongearts made 12 saves in net for Skidmore, while Matt Pietroforte (Brooklyn, NY) made 11 saves in the loss for Amherst. 

The loss drops Amherst to 3-3 on the year, while Skidmore improves to 5-1. The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, when they host Bates at 1 p.m.