NCAA Semifinal Preview: No. 7 Men's Lacrosse to Play Archrival No. 5 Williams in Final Four Clash

NCAA Semifinal Preview: No. 7 Men's Lacrosse to Play Archrival No. 5 Williams in Final Four Clash

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AMHERST, Mass. – Their third conference opponent in as many games in the national postseason, the seventh-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team will line up against a familiar foe Sunday afternoon in the Final Four, as the Mammoths are set to face off against archrival and No. 5 Williams College in a 1 p.m. NCAA Championship Semifinal battle at Farley-Lamb Field.

The winner of this weekend's matchup will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals on Sunday, May 26 and will face the winner of No. 2 Salisbury (19-1) and No. 6 Cabrini (17-2) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

The third time this spring the sides will see each other on the field, Amherst previously fell to Williams, 13-11 on April 6 at Farley-Lamb Field and 11-8 on May 4 in the NESCAC Semifinals.

Sunday's game will mark the first ever NCAA postseason matchup between the archrivals, with both program's making their first-ever appearance in the Final Four.

LIVE COVERAGE & TICKETS
1:00 p.m. – Amherst at Williams – Webcast / Live Stats

  • Tickets for Saturday'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 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. Taking on No. 3 Tufts on May 15, Amherst edged the Jumbos, 13-11 to advance to the program's first ever Final Four.
  • Falling to Tufts in the NESCAC finals, 17-16, in overtime, Williams earned an at-large bid to the national postseason and First Round bye. Downing Keene State (21-10), St. John Fisher (17-12) and No. 1 RIT (12-11, 2OT), the Ephs clinched the program's first ever NCAA victories in the 91-year history of the program to earn a spot in the Final Four.

SCOUTING THE NO. 7 AMHERST COLLEGE MAMMOTHS
(17-3 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Returning to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight year, and seventh time overall, the Mammoths enter Final Four play in search of the program's first national crown with a 12-6 all-time record in the NCAA postseason.

  • Amherst boast top-15 national rankings in 10 statistical categories including: assists (3rd / 230), assists per game (3rd / 11.50), ground balls (7th / 840), man-up offense (3rd / .526), points per game (3rd / 29.60), saves (13th / 276), scoring margin (12th / 7.80), scoring offense (5th / 18.10), shot percentage (11th / .351) and winning percentage (13th / .850).
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  • Fifth in the nation in points per game (5.65), Evan Wolf '19 has tallied 113 points this season behind a 72 goal, 41 assist effort to headline a dangerous Amherst attack, while junior Colin Minicus has proved to be reliable playmaker with a team-high 46 assists in addition to 36 scores and 82 total points. A 44 goal, 23 assist effort by Matt Solberg '20 ranks him third on the team in points (67), while Jon Coffey '20 (51G, 9A, 60P) 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 100-165 (60.6%) and picking up 47 ground balls, and Gonzalez owning a 172-312 (55.2%) mark and corralling a team-high 88 ground balls. Rod Castro '20 (36 CTs, 43 GBs), James Crovatto '21 (31 CTs, 30 GBs) and Tamer Sullivan '21 (21 CTs, 35 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 (4-2) has logged 122 saves in six starts (474:48) to own a 10.49 GAA and 57.4 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. 5 WILLIAMS COLLEGE EPHS
(18-3 Overall) – ScheduleRoster / Stats
The Ephs enter the weekend after having already set a single-season program record for wins in a season with 18. Williams' second NCAA Tournament appearance, their wins in the first three rounds of the national postseason were the first NCAA Tournament victories in the 91-year history of the men's lacrosse program.

  • Williams boast top-15 national rankings in two statistical categories including: assists (9th / 194) and winning percentage (10th / .857).
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  • With 96 and 89 points on the year, Jake Haase (31G, 65A, 96P) and Cory Lund (64G, 25A, 89P) lead the Ephs' attack, while Kevin Stump (58G, 23A, 81P) and Brendan Hoffman (53G, 19A, 72P) have each eclipsed the 50-point mark as dangerous playmakers up front.
  • Alex Kitt has gone 263-for-450 (58.4%) and posted a team-high 136 ground ball pickups as Williams' primary faceoff specialist, while Angus O'Rourke is 55-for-118 (46.6%) at the X. Rock Stewart anchors the Ephs' defensive unit with 36 caused turnovers and 91 ground balls.
  • Playing the majority of minutes in goal for Williams and starting every contest, Harry Gahagan (18-3) owns a 53.5 save percentage and a 10.06 goals against average behind the strength of 240 saves.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 7 Amherst     No. 5 Williams
 Games / Record 20 / 17-3    21 / 18-3
 Goals 362   316
 Goals/Game 18.10    15.05 
 Assists 230   194 
 Shots Per Game 51.55   44.33 
 Shots on Goal % 64.2    65.2 
 Shooting % 35.1    33.9
 Ground Balls 840   754
 Faceoff % 53.7 (340-633)   55.7 (335-601) 
 Caused Turnovers  254   167
 Turnovers 365   402 
 Clear %   78.9 (341-432)    80.9 (386-477) 
 Man-Up % 52.6 (30-57)    31.8 (28-88)
 Goals Against Avg.  10.30   10.31 

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