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

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

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AMHERST, Mass. – Earning an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship and a First Round bye, the Amherst College men's lacrosse team is set to host Elizabethtown College in Second Round action this Wednesday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

Wednesday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between the sides since Elizabethtown added a men's lacrosse program in 2002. The winner of Second Round contest will advance to take on either Wesleyan (12-3) or Western New England (14-5) on Saturday, May 11.

LIVE COVERAGE
3:30 p.m. – Amherst vs. Elizabethtown – Webcast / Live Stats

ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Amherst secured an at-large bid to the national postseason after falling to archrival Williams, 11-8 in the NESCAC Semifinals.
  • Elizabethtown punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship with an automatic bid after clinching their third straight Landmark Conference Championship title with a 14-6 victory over Susquehanna.

SCOUTING THE NO. 7 AMHERST MAMMOTHS
(14-3 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Returning to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight year, and seventh time overall, the Mammoths enter Second Round play with a 9-6 all-time record in the national postseason. Advancing to the NCAA Third Round last spring, Amherst powered past Keene State, 24-7 after a First Round bye before falling to then-No. 4 York, 13-11.

  • Ranking seventh in the nation in points per game (5.71), Evan Wolf '19 headlines a potent Amherst attack with 64 goals, 33 assists and 97 total points on the season. Colin Minicus '20 joins Wolf as a dangerous playmaker up front, with the junior ranking 12th in the country in assists per game (2.80) behind a 31 goal, 42 assist effort. Juniors Matt Solberg (36G, 20A, 56P) and Jon Coffey (44G, 9A, 53P) round out the team's 50-plus point getters.
  • Juan Gonzalez '22 (158-288 / 54.9%), Logan Lair '20 (45-98 / 46.0%), Dylan Finazzo '20 (54-96 / 56.3%) and Grant Chryssicas '21 (20-44 / 45.5%) have each shown an impressive skillset for Amherst at the faceoff dot, while junior Rod Castro's and sophomores James Crovatto's 33 and 25 caused turnovers, respectively, lead a staunch defensive unit that boasts six players with 15-plus caused turnovers on the year.
  • Gib Versfeld '21 (1-2) and Cam Mitchell '21 (2-0) give the Mammoths two solid choices in between the pipes, with Versfeld owning a 10.32 GAA and a 58.5 save percentage in 296:37 and Mitchell boasting a 9.93 GAA in 131:59 and a 48.8 save percentage. In 12 starts, Chad Simons '20 (11-1) owns a 10.19 GAA.

SCOUTING THE ELIZABETHTOWN BLUE JAYS
(11-7 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
The Blue Jays head to the NCAA postseason for the third time in program history, and third consecutive season, owning a 1-2 all-time record in the Championship. Last season, Elizabethtown edged John Carroll, 9-6, in the First Round to earn the program's first-ever NCAA postseason victory before being bounced by then-No. 3 Gettysburg in Second Round play, 15-3.

  • The team leader in all three major offensive statistical categories, Mike Scrafano leads the Blue Jays' attack with 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 total points. Cody Richter is next on the team with 38 points (25G, 13A), while Mike DiGenova (14G, 18A, 32P) has also eclipsed the 30-point mark. Defenses will also have to be on the lookout for Nick Coast (11G, 18A) and Andrew Watts (23G, 6A), with the duo each posting 29 points on the year.
  • Nick Sicilia has taken the majority of face offs for Elizabethtown, going 144-for-314 (45.9%), while Danny Gilbert (33-68 / 48.5%) has also seen success at the dot. Griffin Liebsch leads the squad with 55 ground balls, while Jeremy Klipple boasts a team-high 31 caused turnovers.
  • Tom Mahoney (11-6) has started 17 contests for the Blue Jays in the cage, racking up 180 saves to own an 8.62 goals against average and a 55.4 save percentage in over 1000 minutes in goal.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 7 Amherst     Elizabethtown
 Games / Record 17 / 14-3   11-7
 Goals 312   173
 Goals/Game 18.35   9.61
 Assists 207   107
 Shots Per Game 52.47   35.2
 Shots on Goal % 63.2   58.8
 Shooting % 35.0   27.3
 Ground Balls 706   540
 Faceoff % 51.8 (279-539)   44.8 (179-221)
 Caused Turnovers  223   169
 Turnovers 318   378
 Clear %   79.7   83.5
 Man-Up % 54.5 (30-55)   32.8 (20-61)
 Goals Against Avg.  10.18   9.09

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