AMHERST, Mass. – Securing the second-seed in the 2018 NESCAC Championship tournament, the Amherst College men's lacrosse team earned the right to host seventh-seeded Bowdoin College in a Quarterfinal clash this Saturday, April 28 at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium. Opening faceoff is slated for 3 p.m.
SETTING THE SCENE
Facing off on March 10 at Whittier Field, the Mammoths slipped past the Polar Bears, 16-15. Going goal-for-goal in three of the four quarters, both sides tallied five markers in the first stanza, three scores in the third and four goals in the fourth period. Amherst held the advantage in the second quarter 4-3.
Amherst hits the field looking to return to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2015, while Bowdoin aims to advance past the first round for the third time in four years. Saturday's contest will be the first matchup between the Mammoths and the Polar Bears in the conference postseason since the 2014 season, when then-No. 3 seed Amherst downed then-No. 6 seed Bowdoin, 13-6 in the quarterfinals.
No. 2 Seed (13-2 overall, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Capturing the second seed for the eighth time in program history, and first time since 2016, Amherst is set to host a quarterfinal battle for the fifth straight season. Pursing the program's first NESCAC crown, the Mammoths enter the weekend 8-17 all-time in tournament play.
- Averaging 19.20 goals per game, the Mammoths boast the NESCAC's top scoring offense. Leading the league in goals, Jon Coffey '20 and Evan Wolf '19 have both netted 48 markers this spring to lead Amherst's potent attack, while Matt Solberg '20 and Colin Minicus '20 have potted 36 and 32 scores, respectively, to round out the Mammoths' 30-plus goal getters.
- A difference maker at the face off dot, Dylan Finazzo '20 has been stellar for Amherst, going 272-for-399 (68.2%) while picking up a team-high 107 ground balls (third in NESCAC).
- Making up a solid backline, five Amherst defenders have forced 12 or more turnovers on the year, with first-year Tamer Sullivan leading the pack with 22.
- Chad Simons '20 (7-1) and Cameron Mitchell '21 (3-1) have split time in net for the Mammoths, with Simons owning a 10.82 goals against average and a 54.3 save percentage behind 95 saves in 443:45, and Mitchell racking up 62 stops in 329:42 to own a 11.82 GAA and 48.8 save percentage.
No. 7 Seed (8-6 overall, 4-6 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
The Polar Bears have qualified for the NESCAC Championship for the 17th time in 18 years and are the No. 7 seed for the first time since 2011 and the fourth time overall. Bowdoin is looking to advance to the semifinals for the second time in three years as the Polar Bears chase their first NESCAC title.
- Bowdoin's top-two goal scorers, Matthew Crowell (25-5-30) and Brett Kujala (23-7-30) lead the Polar Bears' offensive attack, while Shawn Daly has proved to be a playmaker, dishing out 21 assists and tallying 21 markers to record a team-high 38 points.
- Sam Carlin has taken the majority of face offs for Bowdoin, going 185-for-289 (64.0%) and corralling a NESCAC-leading 120 ground balls, while Caleb Geitz leads the defense in caused turnovers with 16.
- In between the pipes, John Young (8-6) has started all 14 games for the Polar Bears, making 129 saves to notch a 9.55 goals against average and a 50.8 save percentage in 785:02
BY THE NUMBERS
|No. 2 Amherst||No. 7 Bowdoin|
|Goals Per Game||19.20||12.50|
2018 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 28
No. 8 Bates at No. 1 Wesleyan - 1 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Amherst - 3 p.m.
No. 6 Middlebury at No. 3 Tufts - 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Connecticut College at No. 4 Williams - 1 p.m.