Wolf, Men's Lacrosse Coaching Staff Highlight IMLCA All-Northeast Region Honors

Wolf, Men's Lacrosse Coaching Staff Highlight IMLCA All-Northeast Region Honors

IMLCA NORTHEAST ALL-REGION TEAM

AVON, Conn. – Raking in the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Division III All-Region Northeast accolades, senior captain and attacker Evan Wolf repeated as the Northeast Region's Offensive Player of the Year and the Mammoths' coaching staff of head coach Jon Thompson and assistants Quinn Moroney '16, Dan Annino '16 and Ian Kadish '18 were named the Northeast Coaching Staff of the Year, while six Amherst College men's lacrosse student-athletes were named to the All-Region Northeast teams.

Mammoths earned four of the 10 spots on the All-Region First Team, with Wolf, Matt Solberg '20, Tamer Sullivan '21 and Jimmy McAfee '20 each claiming First Team honors, while Colin Minicus '20 and Rod Castro '20 earned Second Team praise. In total, 39 players were selected to the IMLCA Northeast All-Region First, Second and Honorable Mention teams.

Closing out his collegiate career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in the history of the men's lacrosse program, Wolf repeats as the Northeast Region's Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Region selection after previously being named USILA DIII Iroquois National Outstanding Player of the Year, USILA Lt. Col. JI Turnbull Outstanding Attackman of the Year, USILA First Team All-America, First Team All-NEILA, NEILA Player of the Year, First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Watch List selection. Starting all 22 games for the Mammoths, Wolf led Amherst in goals (75) and points (118) and ranked second on the Mammoths in assists with 43 en route to ranking 28th in the nation in goals per game (3.41) and 15th in the country in points per game (5.36). He also registered 42 ground balls, nine caused turnovers and a 42.9 shot percentage in a prolific senior season donning the Purple & White.

Repeating as an IMLCA First Team selection, McAfee secures All-Northeast Region First Team honors after a stellar junior campaign in which he was named the USILA Short Stick Midfielder of the Year, USILA First Team All-America, First Team All-NEILA and First Team All-NESCAC as a short stick defensive midfielder. Making 21 appearances for Amherst in 2019, the Perrineville, N.J. native ranked third on the Mammoths in ground balls with 68 on the year, caused 12 turnovers and posted a 10-7-17 offensive stat line.

Joining Wolf and McAfee on the First Team as a repeat selection, Solberg continued to be a prominent force for the Mammoths in his junior season, being named a First Team USILA All-America selection, First Team All-NEILA honoree and First Team All-NESCAC selection in 2019. Appearing in all 22 contests for Amherst, Solberg ranked third on the team in all three major offensive statistical categories, netting 48 goals, including six man-up tallies, and dishing out 26 assists for 74 total points while picking up 15 ground balls and causing four turnovers as a midfielder.

Making his first appearance on the IMLCA All-Northeast Region First Team, Sullivan started 21 games and played in all 22 contests in a breakout sophomore season on defense. Corralling 39 ground balls as a key component of a staunch defensive unit that allowed just 10.45 goals per game, the Ipswich, Mass. native also ranked third on the Mammoths in caused turnovers with 21 en route to earning USILA Second Team All-America, NEILA First Team and NESCAC First Team honors.

A Third Team USILA All-American, Second Team All-NEILA selection and Second Team All-NESCAC honoree, Minicus lands IMLCA Second Team honors following another noteworthy season on attack in which he lead the Mammoths in assists (48) and ranked fourth on the team in goals (40) and second on the team in points (88). Finishing 2019 ranked 25th in the Division III in assists per game (2.40), Minicus started 20 games for the Purple & White and racked up 37 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers and a 44.4 shot percentage.

Rounding out Amherst's IMLCA All-Northeast Region selections is junior defender Castro, with the Bryn Mawr, Pa. native claiming Second Team honors after picking up USILA All-America Honorable Mention, All-NEILA Second Team and All-NESCAC Second Team nods. Taking the field in 20 games for the Mammoths, Castro led Amherst in caused turnovers with 38 and ranked 93rd in the country in caused turnovers per game (1.90) while also grabbing 45 ground balls on the year.

Leading Amherst to the programs' first-ever NCAA Championship Final appearance in the programs' seventh trip to the national postseason and the highest final coaches poll ranking in program history (No. 2), the Mammoths coaching staff of head coach Jon Thompson and assistant coaches Quinn Moroney '16, Dan Annino '16 and Ian Kadish '18 earn the well-deserved accolade of IMLCA Northeast Coaching Staff of the Year.

Avenging all three of their 2019 losses in their road to the Title game (Tufts, Williams), Amherst posted 18-4 overall ledger this spring to match a program best mark for single season wins while guiding the team to top-15 national rankings in nine statistical categories including: assists (1st / 244), assists per game (4th / 11.09), ground balls (4th / 915), man-up offense (6th / 49.2%), points per game (5th / 28.64), saves (6th / 293), scoring margin (13th / 7.09), scoring offense (5th / 17.55) and winning percentage (15th / .818).