NCAA Preview: No. 7 Men's Lacrosse to Travel to No. 3 Tufts for NCAA Quarterfinal Clash

NCAA Preview: No. 7 Men's Lacrosse to Travel to No. 3 Tufts for NCAA Quarterfinal Clash

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AMHERST, Mass. – Advancing to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship, the seventh-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team is set to face a familiar foe as the Mammoths will travel to third-ranked Tufts University on Wednesday, May 15 for a 3 p.m. matchup at Bello Field with a spot in the national semifinals on the line. 

Meeting on April 13 during the regular season, the Mammoths battled back from a 10-1 deficit midway through the second period to deadlock the score at 14-14 with four minutes to play, however Amherst was unable to counter a Jumbos' goal late as the Mammoths fell to Tufts, 15-14, in a thriller at home.

Wednesday's contest marks the second time the conference rivals will meet in the national postseason, with the Jumbos claiming a 17-10 win over the Mammoths in their first meeting in 2015 that also came in the Quarterfinals. The winner of the matchup will advance to the NCAA Semifinals and will battle the winner of No. 5 Williams (17-3) and No. 1 RIT (20-1) on May 19.

LIVE COVERAGE & TICKETS
3:00 p.m. – Amherst at Tufts – Webcast / Live Stats

  • Tickets for Wednesday's game are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, children, and senior citizens. Tickets will be on sale one hour prior to game time.

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, and No. 10 Wesleyan, 16-13, in the Second and Third Rounds to earn a spot in the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2016.
  • The 2019 NESCAC Champions, Tufts earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and First Round bye before downing New England College, 24-7, and Stevenson, 19-4, in the Second and Third Rounds to land in the Quarterfinals for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons.

SCOUTING THE NO. 7 AMHERST MAMMOTHS
(16-3 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Returning to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight year, and seventh time overall, the Mammoths enter Quarterfinal play in search of the program's first national crown with a 11-6 all-time record in the NCAA postseason.

  • Amherst boast top-15 national rankings in nine statistical categories including: assists per game (1st / 11.63), caused turnovers per game (11th / 13.16), ground balls (8th / 805), man-up offense (4th / .526), points per game (2nd / 30.00), scoring margin (12th / 8.11), scoring offense (3rd / 18.37), shot percentage (9th / .355) and winning percentage (14th / .842).
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  • Ranking sixth in the nation in points per game (5.63), Evan Wolf '19 has tallied 107 points this season behind a 69 goal, 38 assist effort to headline a dangerous Amherst attack, while junior Colin Minicus has proved to be reliable playmaker with a team-high 44 assists in addition to 36 scores and 80 total points. A 42 goal, 22 assist effort by Matt Solberg '20 ranks him third on the team in points (64), while Jon Coffey '20 (48G, 9A, 57P) is Amherst's fourth and final 50-point getter.
  • Dylan Finazzo '20 and Juan Gonzalez '22 have excelled at the face off dot, with Finazzo going 83-139 (59.8%) and picking up 41 ground balls, and Gonzalez owning a 171-310 (55.2%) mark and corralling a team-high 88 ground balls. Rod Castro '20 (36 CTs, 40 GBs), James Crovatto '21 (31 CTs, 29 GBs) and Tamer Sullivan '21 (21 CTs, 34 GBs) headline the Mammoths' defensive unit.
  • The Mammoths boast three solid keepers on their roster. Taking over the reins as of late, Gib Versfeld '21 (3-2) has logged 93 saves in five starts (414:48) to own a 10.41 GAA and 56.4 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 (12 starts).

SCOUTING THE NO. 3 TUFTS UNIVERSITY JUMBOS
No. 1 Seed (15-1, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Making its 11th straight NCAA appearance and 12th overall, Tufts owns a 31-8 overall ledger in the national postseason and three NCAA Championship titles (2010, 2014, 2015).

  • Tufts boast top-15 national rankings in six statistical categories including: assists per game (8th / 10.85), ground balls (13th / 773), points per game (6th 28.65), saves (13th 274), scoring margin (14th / 7.25) and winning percentage (3rd / 0.950).
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  • Leading the Jumbos in assists and points, Danny Murphy has a stat line of 47 goals, 41 helpers and 88 points to lead the Tufts' offense, while Max Waldbaum has tallied a team-high 67 goals and dished out 11 assist for 78 points. Close behind in Ben Connelly with 56 goals and 20 assists (76 points), while Matt Treiber (32G, 30A, 62P) rounds out Tufts' 50-plus point getters.
  • Kyle Helfrich has been Tufts' primary face off specialist, going 248-441 (56.2%) at the dot, while Henry Hollen is 67-126 (53.2%). Helfrich's 148 ground balls are a team-high, while Brian Powers, Jack Donohue and Stewart Stockdale have caused 19, 18 and 17 turnovers, respectively, to headline the Jumbos' defense. 
  • Starting 16 games in net for the Jumbos, Mason Pollack (15-1) has racked up 201 saves in 884:44 minutes to own a 11.73 GAA and a 53.7 save percentage, while Joe Theuer (4-0) has seen 233:53 minutes in between the pipes, including four starts, en route to 59 saves, a 7.70 GAA and a 66.3 save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 7 Amherst     No. 3 Tufts
 Games / Record 19 / 16-3     20 / 19-1
 Goals 349     356
 Goals/Game 18.37    17.80
 Assists  221    217
 Shots Per Game  51.79    56.65
 Shots on Goal %  64.3    57.5
 Shooting % 35.5     31.4
 Ground Balls 805     773
 Faceoff % 53.2 (328-412)   55.0 (347-631)
 Caused Turnovers  250    158 
 Turnovers 348     358
 Clear %   79.6 (328-412)     85.1 (411-483)
 Man-Up % 52.6 (30-57)     43.5 (27-62)
 Goals Against Avg.   10.26    10.74

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