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Second-half spurt lifts Jeffs over men's lacrosse

Nick Sampson '10 scored twice for a team-high 17 goals this season.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Amherst College scored six straight goals in the second half to break out of an even game and post a 13-7 NESCAC victory over the Bates College men's lacrosse team on Saturday.

Rory Cosgrove and Nick Sampson scored two goals apiece for the Bobcats (4-4, 0-4 NESCAC), and Evan Bagley added a goal and an assist. Adam Scharff and Alex Henrie split time in goal for Bates, both recording five saves.

Thomas McDonnell led the Lord Jeffs (3-3, 2-2 NESCAC) with four goals and one assist, while Dan Routh added three goals and an assist and Evan Redwood passed out four assists. Sam Jakimo had 12 saves in net for Amherst, helping to offset a 37-35 Bates edge in shots taken.

Two minutes into the first quarter, Dan Routh scored an unassisted goal for Amherst to open up the game. Less than two minutes later, Bates tied the game on Jason Hichborn's sixth goal of the season, late in a man-up session. With 8:53 remaining in the first, Bagley put the Bobcats up by a 2-1 lead, which would stand as the last Bates lead of the day.

Amherst scored a trio of goals on different situations to re-gain the lead, 4-2. Cole Cherney scored during the run of play with 8:26 remaining off a feed from Matt Levine, before senior Matt Kellman scored a rare man-down goal. With 1:42 to play in the opening stanza, Rob Denious scored a man-up goal off a Routh assist. Bates tacked on the final tally of the first period on Cosgrove's seventh goal of the season.

Amherst's Alex Fox scored his only two goals of the game early in the second quarter, before Cosgrove scored again for Bates, wheeling around the perimeter of the Amherst defense and firing in his eighth goal. McDonnell scored his first goal of the day to put Amherst up 7-4 with less than three minutes remaining in the first half, but Kevin Helm answered for Bates with just nine seconds to play before half, as defender Mike Nadler charged up the field and dished to Helm for the score, Helm's first of the season, to close the gap to 7-5 heading into the break.

Just 58 seconds into the third stanza, Sampson finished off an assist from Bagley to close the gap to one goal, at 7-6, but from there it was all Amherst. Cherney scored his second goal of the game with 8:56 remaining in the third period, and then Routh score his second and third goals of the game on either side of three straight tallies by McDonnell. McDonnell's goals with 6:49 and 3:42 remaining in the third, and then 5:58 to play in the fourth, helped Amherst stretch its lead from 9-6 to 12-6 and put the game out of reach for Bates.

Sampson scored the final goal of the game with 2:57 left in the fourth quarter.

The game featured 17 penalties, 10 called on Amherst, but Bates converted only 1 of 9 extra-man opportunities, while Amherst was 2-for-6. Bates won 14 of 24 faceoffs, led by Cody Newman's 7-for-10 performance.

Bates has a midweek NESCAC game coming up next, as the Bobcats travel to Tufts on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start.

Stats and Play by Play: Amherst 13, Bates 7