NESCAC Preview: Second-Seeded Men's Lacrosse Ready to Take on No. 3 Tufts

NESCAC Preview: Second-Seeded Men's Lacrosse Ready to Take on No. 3 Tufts

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. – Moving past the quarterfinals with a eight-goal victory over No. 7 Bowdoin, the second-seeded Amherst College men's lacrosse team is set to travel to top-seeded Wesleyan this weekend in search of the program's first conference crown. The Mammoths take the field against No. 3 Tufts in the second Semifinal game of the day on Saturday, May 5. Opening faceoff is slated for 3 p.m.

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday, May 5 - Jackson Field
12 p.m. - No. 4 Williams at No. 1 Wesleyan - Video / Live Stats
3 p.m. - No. 3 Tufts vs. No. 2 Amherst - Video / Live Stats

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • The Mammoths punched their ticket to the Semifinals following a 24-16 win over No. 7 Bowdoin that featured an explosive second half by Amherst.
  • The third-seed, Tufts battled past No. 6 Middlebury, 16-14 in the quarters to advance.
  • Top-seeded Wesleyan earned home field advantage throughout the conference playoffs with a 16-11 victory against No. 8 Bates.
  • No. 4 Williams powered past No. 5 Connecticut College, 10-4 to earn a spot in the semis.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 2 Seed (14-2, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Evan Wolf '19 headlines the conferences' top scoring offense (19.50 GPG), with the junior tallying a league-leading 53 scores to rank third in the NESCAC in scoring with 84 points, while Jon Coffey '20 has potted 51 goals as part of the Mammoths' potent one-two punch. Sophomore Colin Minicus and Matt Solberg round out Amherst's 30-plus goal getters, with Minicus netting 39 markers and a team-high 43 assists and Solberg recording 38 goals and 25 helpers.
  • At the face off X, Dylan Finazzo '20 has been stellar, owning a 68.3 win percentage (298-436) to lead the NESCAC and rank 12th in all of Division III, while also picking up121 ground balls.
  • Chad Simons '20 (8-1) has taken over the starting role for the Mammoths in net, posting 110 saves in 500:02 minutes for a 53.7 save percentage and a 11.40 goals against average. Cameron Mitchell' 21 (3-1) and Gib Versfeld '21 (3-1) have also seen action in between the pipes, with Mitchell racking up 63 stops in 330:23  and Verfeld making 15 saves in 129:35.

SCOUTING TUFTS
No. 3 Seed (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • With 45 and 40 markers on the year, Ben Connelly and Andrew Seiter lead the Jumbos attack, while Dan Murphy has proven to be a dangerous playmaker, dishing out a team-high 44 assists to go along with 34 scores to total 78 points.
  • Henry Hollen has taken the majority of face offs for Tufts, going 156-for-314 (50.0%) at the dot and racking up 70 ground balls.
  • Starting 12 contests in goal for the Jumbos, Mason Pollack (11-1) has registered 145 saves to own a 10.51 goals against average and a 55.1 save percentage. 

SCOUTING WESLEYAN
No. 1 Seed (13-2, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • The Cardinals boast two 40-plus goal-getters, with Ronan Jacoby leading the team with 46 markers and Harry Stanton logging 43 scores on the year, while Carter Hawthorne has posted a NESCAC-best 49 helpers as a key component of the offense.
  • Zach Zavalick has won 60.0% (134-223) of his faceoffs for the Cardinals, while Ryan Lynch is 53.4% (71-133) on the spring.
  • Playing the majority of minutes in goal for Wesleyan, Otto Bohan (11-1) boasts a 56.5 save percentage and a 7.67 goals against average behind the strength of 117 saves.

SCOUTING WILLIAMS
No. 4 Seed (9-7, 6-4 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Leading Williams in scoring, Kevin Stump highlights the Ephs' offensive attack with 42 goals and 14 assists for 56 total points, while James McFarland and Brendan Hoffman have netted 27 and 26 scores, respectively. Defenses will also have to keep their eyes on John Hincks, who has dished out a team-high 27 helpers.
  • On face offs, Alex Kitt has gone 120-for-235 (51.1%) as Williams' top face off specialist, while Angus O'Rourke is 64-for-131 (48.9%) on the year.
  • Starting all 16 matchups in goal this season, George Peele (9-6) notched 172 saves to register a 10.55 goals against average and a 52.6 save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 2 Amherst No. 3 Tufts No. 1 Wesleyan No. 4 Williams
Overall Record  14-2  14-1 13-2  9-7 
Goals For  312 247  190 177 
Goals Against 184  159   129 171 
Goals Per Game 19.50  16.47  12.67  11.06 
Goals Against Avg. 11.50  10.62  8.63  10.74 
Shots on Goal % 61.0%  61.2%  59.4%  57.0% 
Shooting %  33.6%  32.9%  30.2%  28.2% 
Player-Up % 47.0%  52.8%  40.7%  30.9% 
Ground Balls 641  521  536  495 
Turnovers 279  207  260  268 
Caused Turnovers 167  142  139  122 
Faceoff % 66.4%  46.2%  57.3%  48.1% 
Clear % 91.1% 89.0% 83.1% 80.8%

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