Preview: Men's Lacrosse to Host Keene State in NCAA Second Round

Preview: Men's Lacrosse to Host Keene State in NCAA Second Round


AMHERST, Mass. – Earning an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship and First Round bye, the Amherst College men's lacrosse team is set to host Keene State College in Second Round action this Wednesday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

Amherst and Keene State last met in the national postseason in 2011, with the Mammoths claiming a 12-8 win over the Owls in a First Round matchup. The winner of Wednesday's contest will advance to take on either York (17-2) or Western New England (13-6) on Saturday, May 12.

4:30 p.m. – Amherst vs. Keene State – Webcast / Live Stats


  • Amherst secured an at-large bid to the national postseason after falling to eventual NESCAC champion Tufts, 20-12 in the league semifinals.
  • Keene State punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship with an automatic bid after clinching their fifth straight Little East Conference title with a 24-8 victory over Eastern Connecticut State.

(14-3 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Returning to the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight year, and sixth time overall, the Mammoths enter Second Round play with a 8-5 all-time record in the national postseason. Advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third consecutive season last spring, Amherst powered past Springfield, 14-11 after a bye before falling to Bates, 26-14.

  • Dishing out a team-high 44 assists to go along with 41 goals, Colin Minicus '20 leads the Mammoths in total points with 85, while Evan Wolf '19 has recorded 54 goals and 31 helpers for 84 points as a potent part of Amherst's one-two punch. Defenses will also have to be on the lookout for sophomore duo Jon Coffey and Matt Solberg, with Coffey notching 65 points (52G, 13A) and Solberg posting 66 points (40G, 26A) so far this spring.
  • At the face off dot, Dylan Finazzo '20 has gone 321-for-468 (68.6%) and corralled 139 ground balls as one of the country's top faceoff specialists, while Tamer Sullivan '21 leads Amherst in caused turnovers with 22.
  • Solidifying in starting role in between the pipes, Chad Simons '20 (8-2) has registered 121 saves in 540:02 to boast a 12.32 goals against average and a 51.3 save percentage. Cameron Mitchell '21 (3-1) and Gib Versfeld '21 (3-0) have also seen time in goal, with Mitchell amassing 68 stops and Versfeld touting a 11.11 goals against average.

(12-4 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
The Owls head to the NCAA postseason for the ninth time in program history, and fifth consecutive season, owning a 2-8 all-time record in the Championship. Last season, Keene State earned a First Round bye before being bounced by Tufts in Second Round play, 26-14.

  • With a team-high 77 points on the year behind the strength of 50 markers and 27 assists, Hunter Arnold leads the Owls' offensive attack, while Jon Nassif and Dave Wiedenfeld lead Keene State in goals and helpers with 54 and 36, respectively.
  • Matthew Lemke has taken the majority of face offs for the Owls, going 219-for-342 (64.0%) and racking up 113 ground balls, while Charles Molloy IV has logged an impressive 42 caused turnovers.
  • Starting all 16 games in net for Keene State, Mathew Howe (11-4) has tallied 124 stops in 740:33 minutes to record a 10.45 goals against average and a 49.0 save percentage.


OVERALL RECORD  14-3  12-4
GOALS FOR  324  267
GOALS PER GAME  19.06  16.69
GOALS AGAINST AVG.  12.00  10.94
SHOTS ON GOAL % 60.4%  60.9% 
SHOOTING % 33.1%  30.8% 
PLAYER-UP % 47.8%  30.5% 
GROUND BALLS 683   683
TURNOVERS 298   328
FACEOFF % 66.7%   63.3%
CLEAR % 91.5% 84.5%