NCAA Preview: No. 7 Amherst to Battle No. 10 Wesleyan in NCAA Third Round Clash

NCAA Preview: No. 7 Amherst to Battle No. 10 Wesleyan in NCAA Third Round Clash

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AMHERST, Mass. – Advancing to the Third Round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship, the seventh-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team is set to host defending National Champions and 10th-ranked Wesleyan University this Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium with a spot in the national quarterfinals on the line. 

Conference rivals, this will be the second time this season the teams will meet on the field, with the Cardinals edging the Mammoths, 14-9 on April 3. Saturday's battle will be the first-ever national postseason matchup between the teams, with the winner set to play either No. 3 Tufts or Stevenson on May 15 in the Quarterfinals.

LIVE COVERAGE
1:00 p.m. – Amherst vs. Wesleyan – Webcast / Live Stats

ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Securing an at-large bid and First Round bye to the national postseason after falling to archrival Williams, 11-8 in the NESCAC Semifinals, Amherst powered past Elizabethtown, 21-9 in the Second Round to advance to Third Round action.
  • Also earning at-large bid and First Round bye, Wesleyan bounced back from a 11-7 loss to Middlebury in the NESCAC Quarterfinals with a 11-8 victory over WNE in their Second Round contest.

SCOUTING THE NO. 7 AMHERST MAMMOTHS
(15-3 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Returning to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight year, and seventh time overall, the Mammoths enter Third Round play with a 10-6 all-time record in the national postseason.

  • Ranking fifth in the nation in points per game (5.72), Evan Wolf '19 has tallied 103 points this season behind a 67 goal, 36 assist effort to headline a potent Amherst attack. Colin Minicus '20 joins Wolf as a dangerous playmaker up front, with the junior ranking 13th in the country in assists per game (2.75) with a team-leading 44 assists to go with 33 scores for 77 points. Juniors Matt Solberg (38G, 21A, 59P) and Jon Coffey (47G, 9A, 56P) round out the team's 50-plus point getters.
  • Juan Gonzalez '22 (170-307 / 55.4%), Dylan Finazzo '20 (65-110 / 59.1%) and Logan Lair '20 (45-98 / 46.0%) have each shown an impressive skillset for Amherst at the faceoff dot, while junior Rod Castro's and sophomores James Crovatto's 35 and 27 caused turnovers, respectively, lead a staunch defensive unit that boasts six players with 15-plus caused turnovers on the year.
  • Gib Versfeld '21 (2-2) has taken over the reins in between the pipes, making 81 saves in 354:48 minutes to boast a 9.98 GAA and a 57.9 save percentage. Cam Mitchell '21 (2-0) has seen 134:47 minutes, owning a 10.24 goals against average, while Chad Simons '20 (11-1) owns a 10.19 GAA and a 58.8 save percentage in 582:58 minutes.

SCOUTING THE NO. 10 WESLEYAN CARDINALS
(13-3 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
The Cardinals hit the field looking to defend their national title in their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. They are 15-5 all-time in the national postseason.

  • Wesleyan's top goal and point getter, Ronan Jacoby has netted 49 goals and dished out nine helpers for 58 total points on the year. With a team-high 30 assists, Carter Hawthorne has also potted 19 goals to rank second on the Cardinals in points with 49, while Colin Uyeki (28G, 13A, 41P) and Christian Barker (16G, 17A, 33P) have also eclipsed the 30-point mark on the year.
  • Zach Zavalick and Ben Shapiro have taken all but 21 face offs for the Cardinals this season, with Zavalick going 115-for-199 (57.8%) and Shapiro going 86-for-172 (50.0%) at the dot. Zavalick and Colin Malarchuk lead the team in ground balls with 73 and 53, respectively while Malarchuk's 39 caused turnovers are a Cardinals' high.
  • Otto Bohan (13-3) has started all 16 games for Wesleyan, racking up 194 saves in 904:14 minutes to own an 8.49 goals against average and a 60.2 save percentage. 

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 7 Amherst     No. 10 Wesleyan
 Games / Record 18 / 15-3   16 / 13-3
 Goals 333   207
 Goals/Game 18.50   12.94
 Assists 216   121
 Shots Per Game 52.33   42.75
 Shots on Goal % 64.1   61.0
 Shooting % 35.4   30.3
 Ground Balls 764   559
 Faceoff % 52.9 (303-573)    52.9 (208-393)
 Caused Turnovers  237   175
 Turnovers 334   300
 Clear %   79.6 (316-397)   87.1 (310-356)
 Man-Up % 53.6 (30-56)   37.3 (22-59)
 Goals Against Avg.  10.11   8.56

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