AMHERST, Mass. -- For the third consecutive year, Amherst College men's soccer is hosting the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Division III tournament. This season, the Mammoths open up play on Saturday at 11:00 AM against Salem State.
A live video webcast of Saturday's First Round tilt and Sunday's Second Round matchup will be provided by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). There will also be live stats available for both games.
$6 general admission tickets for the NCAA First and Second Round contests will be available at the door on the day of the game, while students with ID get in for free!
HOW THEY GOT HERE
- No. 16 Amherst earned regional hosting duties and an at-large bid to appear in the programs' 17th overall NCAA tournament after putting together an 11-3-2 overall record. Their 12th consecutive trip to the national postseason, the Mammoths join just two other programs (Ohio Wesleyan, Trinity-Texas) to appear in every NCAA Championship since 2006.
- Salem State (12-5-1) punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament after downing Westfield State in penalty kicks in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Finals to claim the MASCAC's automatic bid. The first round matchup will mark the Vikings 15th overall appearance in the national postseason, and first since 2013.
- Springfield (14-1-2) earned an at-large spot in the NCAA's after a tough loss to WPI via a penalty kick shootout in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship bout on Nov. 5.
- Endicott (13-4-3) secured their first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 1-0 overtime victory versus Gordon on Nov. 4 to claim the CCC's automatic bid and advance to the NCAA postseason for the first time in program history.
TALE OF THE TAPE
|Goals Per Game||2.13||2.33||2.53||1.85|
|Shots on Goal||143||119||178||147|
|Goals Against Avg.||0.89||1.08||0.46||0.67|
- Amherst is a balanced unit at all parts of the field. Sebastian Derby '21 leads the team with five goals and two game-winners, with Weller Hlinomaz '18 and Jimmy McMillian '20 scoring four times apiece.
- A young talented defense includes Cutler Coleman '20, who has three goals and seven points on the year, Kyle Kelly '21, Bryce Johnson '21, Felix Wu '21, and Gabe Gitler '21, who leads the team with five assists as well.
- First-year Kofi Hope-Gund has posted three shutouts and has a goals against average of 0.89 in nine starts (6-1-2) between the pipes for the Mammoths.
- Mayele Malango '21 is 12th in the country in scoring, with 17 goals and 9 assists for 43 points. Five of Malango's goals have been game-winners.
- Nahuel Aligbay has tallied eight goals and a team-high 13 assists for 29 points, while Grace Dos Santos has chipped in with six goals and five assists, and three game-winners.
- The workhorse for the Vikings has been Chris Jimenez, who has allowed goals at just a 0.91 average in 15 starts. Jimenez has a record of 11-3-1 and six shutouts.
- The tandem of juniors Brad Deckel and Christian Schneider have led the way for the Pride, combining for 15 goals, 38 points, and five game-winners.
- Danny Murphy '18 has had a stellar senior campaign, leading the team with eight assists and putting together 12 points in 17 games.
- Junior Stewart Frank has made 15 of 17 starts for the Pride, and has a 12-1-2 record with eight shutouts. Frank has made 40 saves and has a goals against average of 0.48, good for tenth in the country.
- Sophomore Evan Couchot leads the way with 11 goals and 26 points, and has scored five of the Gull's 13 game-winners.
- Endicott is a giving team, with nine players having registered multiple assists. Couchot, Robert Hartan and Bobby Ivatts each have four helpers to lead the team.
- Three freshmen have tended goal this year for Endicott, led by Will Manuel, who has an 8-3-3 record in 15 starts. Camden Stockdale has made three starts and is 3-1-0 with one shutout.