AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 10 Amherst College men's soccer team has earned the #2 seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship and will host a quarterfinal matchup for the 12th straight year when they welcome #7 seed Hamilton to Hitchcock Field this Saturday at 1:00 PM.
SETTING THE SCENE
Amherst takes the field with an 11-2-2 overall record and a 6-2-2 mark in NESCAC play. The defending NESCAC champions are making their 18th consecutive NESCAC postseason appearance. They have reached the finals in six of the past seven seasons and are 11-5 in quarterfinal play.
The seventh seeded Continentals enter the postseason with a 7-6-2 record (4-5-1 NESCAC). Despite tying the regular season with Williams, Hamilton takes the 7th after the Ephs beat them head to head (2-1) on October 18th to claim the tiebreaker.
This matchup is a rematch of last year's NESCAC championship game, which was won by Amherst 3-0, in the only postseason meeting between the teams. Hamilton is making back to back postseason appearances for the first time in program history and this will be their third overall tournament appearance.
Earlier this year, the teams played to a 0-0 draw in Clinton, N.Y.
- A balanced Amherst offense boasts 16 goal scorers and eight different players with multiple goals. First-year Sebastian Derby and senior Weller Hlinomaz lead the way with four goals apiece.
- First-year Gabe Gitler has produced great passes all season long, and he leads the team with five assists, two of which came in the Mammoth's regular season finale, a 2-1 victory over Trinity on Wednesday evening.
- Derby leads all players with ten points and two game-winning goals, while Hlinomaz has nine points on the season and Jimmy McMillian has eight on three goals and two assists.
- Luke Nguyen '19 has led a defensive midfield group that has helped the team register a 0.70 goals against average, as Amherst continues their long-standing trend of keeping opponents under a goal a game.
- In net, Kofi Hope-Gund '21 has made eight starts (6-0-2) and allowed just four goals against (0.49). Hope-Gund has made 39 saves and is responsible for three of the team's six shutouts.
- Hamilton sophomore striker Aidan Wood has been the offensive juggernaut for the team, leading the way with five goals, three assists, and 13 points, including two game-winning goals.
- Bobby Chapman '19 and Jefri Schmidt '20 have each scored three times, have combined for 15 points, and have a game-winning goal apiece to their names.
- Linds Cadwell '20 (6-6-2) has started in 14 of the team's 15 contests, and has posted a 1.29 goals against average with 55 saves.
2017 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 28 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Bates at No. 1 Tufts – 12:30 p.m.
No. 7 Hamilton at No. 2 Amherst – 1:00 p.m.
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Bowdoin – 12:30 p.m.
No. 5 Middlebury at No. 4 Connecticut College – 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Games - 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, November 5 at Semifinal Site
Semifinal Winners – 12 p.m.