AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's lacrosse team landed eight players on the 2019 All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) teams and senior attackman Evan Wolf was voted NEILA's Player of the Year, as announced recently by the organization.
This is the second consecutive season an Amherst student-athlete has captured NEILA Player of the Year honors, with Dylan Finazzo '20 claiming the accolade in 2018.
Attackman Wolf, midfielder Matt Solberg '20, defender Tamer Sullivan '21 and short stick defender Jimmy McAfee '20 each repeated as First Team selections, while attackman Colin Minicus '20 and defender Rod Castro '20 earned Second Team praise. Midfielder Ethan Kazmierski '21 and long stick midfielder Luke Mallette '20 round out the Mammoths' selections with Third Team honors.
Voted on by coaches within their respective divisions, each NEILA All-New England team is comprised of 13 honorees, including three attackers, midfielders and defenders and one goalie, short stick midfielder, face-off specialist and long stick midfielder. In total, 39 student-athletes secured All-New England honors.
The 2018 and 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year, Wolf adds NEILA Player of the Year to his growing list of accolades after landing First Team honors last spring. Leading the Mammoths in goals and points, Wolf has netted 73 scores and added 42 helpers for 115 total points. The only Division III student-athlete to earn a spot on the prestigious Tewaaraton Watch List, the Wynnewood, Pa. native ranks fifth in the nation in points per game (5.65) and 18th in the country in goals per game (3.60).
A two-time All-NESCAC First Team selection, Solberg claims First Team All-NEILA after posting a stat line of 15 ground balls, four caused turnovers, 46 goals and 24 assists for 70 total points (third on the Mammoths). Excelling on the man-up unit, the East Grand Rapids, Mich. native has tallied six man-up goals as an instrumental component to Amherst's man-up offense that ranks third in the nation in efficiency (52.6%)
Landing his first All-NESCAC honor this spring as a member of the First Team, Sullivan picks up All-NEILA accolades as one of the leaders of a staunch Mammoths defense that owns a 10.19 goals against average and ranks 12th in Division III in scoring margin (7.80). Making 20 starts on the spring, Sullivan has corralled up 39 ground balls and ranks third on the team in caused turnovers with 21.
Earning back-to-back All-League selections, McAfee is once again NEILA's First Team's short stick defender after another strong all-around season. Starting all 20 games he has appeared in, the Perrineville, N.J. ranks third on the team in ground balls with 62 and has caused 12 turnovers in addition to potting 10 goals and dishing out seven helpers for 17 points.
One of the nation's most consistent playmakers, Minicus ranks 21st in the Division III in assists per game (2.56) to headline an Amherst team who ranks third in the nation in assists per game (11.50). Leading the team in assists with 48, Minicus has also tallied 39 goals to rank second on the Mammoths in points with 87. A native of Darien, Conn., Minicus has also logged 34 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers and a 43.8 shot percentage on the year.
Claiming Second Team All-NEILA honors after landing on the Third Team a season ago, Castro has proven to be a formidable power for the Amherst defense during a stellar junior campaign. The driving force behind a Mammoths team that ranks 16th in the country in caused turnovers per game (12.70), Castro has forced a team-leading 37 turnovers in 19 appearances while also posting 44 ground balls as an anchor on the backline.
Appearing in 20 games for Amherst, Kazmierski earns his first All-NEILA honor as a member of the Third Team following a solid all-around sophomore campaign in which he has posted a stat line of 15 ground balls, 19 goals, nine assists and 28 points.
With 20 starts and 21 games played, Mallette joins Kazmierski as a well-deserved selection to the All-NEILA Third Team. Putting together a breakout junior season, the Chicago, Ill. native has logged six goals, 31 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
With a 18-3 overall ledger, the seventh-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team returns to action on Sunday, May 26 when they take on No. 6 Cabrini in the 2019 NCAA Championship Title Game. Opening faceoff at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. is slated for 4 p.m.