NESCAC Preview: Mammoths Capture Top Seed, To Host No. 8 Wesleyan in Quarterfinals

NESCAC Preview: Mammoths Capture Top Seed, To Host No. 8 Wesleyan in Quarterfinals

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. – Clinching the program's fourth undefeated regular season since 1998, and first since 2015, and the top-seed in the conference tournament for the sixth time in team history, the No. 1 Amherst College men's soccer team is set to host a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal matchup for the 15th consecutive season as they welcome Little III rival and No. 8 Wesleyan University to Hitchcock Field for a 12:30 PM battle this Saturday, Nov. 2. 

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday's NESCAC Quarterfinal will feature live stats and a webcast broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

SETTING THE SCENE
Facing off on Oct. 5 at Hitchcock Field, the Mammoths struck once in each half to shut out the Cardinals, 2-0. Owning the advantage in shots (20-7), shots on target (9-2) and corner kicks (6-3), the Mammoths were whistled for 12 fouls and held momentum for the majority of the matchup, while the Cardinals were called for 15 infractions.

Previously meeting in the NESCAC postseason in 2015 in a Quarterfinals clash, Wesleyan edged Amherst, 1-0, while the Mammoths hold a 2-2-1 all-time ledger against the Cardinals in the conference tournament.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 1 Seed (13-0-2 Overall, 8-0-2 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Looking to reach the league finals for the first time since 2016 and capture the program's sixth NESCAC title, Amherst currently boasts a 11-6 record in quarterfinal play. 

  • Boasting a potent offense, the Mammoths own a league-leading 40 goals and 34 assists and rank tied for second in the conference in goals against average (0.64).
  • Leading the NESCAC in goals scored by a 12-goal margin, German Giammattei '21 has been stellar for the Mammoths up front, potting 20 goals and dishing out three helpers to lead the league in points with 43. Senior Dane Lind is next on Amherst in points, totaling 20 behind five goals and a NESCAC-leading 10 assists. He is one helper away from setting a new single-season program record.
  • Defenses should also be on the lookout for Ignacio Cubeddu '21 and Ada Okorogheye '21, with Cubeddu postinbg a 5G-3A-13P stat line and Okorogheye tallying three scores to go along with two assists for eight points.
  • Sophomore Bernie White (11-0-2) has racked up the majority of minutes in between the pipes for the Mammoths, posting a 0.50 GAA and a .870 save percentage in 12 starts. Will Dunne '20 (2-0-0) and Kofi Hope-Gund '21 (0-0-1) have also played over 160 minutes each in net, with Dunne owing a perfect 0.00 GAA and Hope-Gund making four stops on the year.

SCOUTING WESLEYAN
No. 8 Seed (6-6-3 Overall, 2-5-3 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
The Cardinals had a historic run in their last tournament appearance, advancing to the championship game for just the second time in school history and first time in 10 years. 

  • Mike Gallo leads the Cardinals in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points, while Matthew Rubinstein (3G-2A-8P), Alec Haas (3G-0A-6P) and Trevor Devanny (2G-1A-5P) have each eclipsed the five-point mark.
  • Wesleyan is led by a strong defensive presence this season, anchored by defender Trevor Devanny and keeper Liam Devanny. In net, L. Devanny (5-6-3) has racked up 14 starts to earn five shutouts, a NESCAC-leading 61 saves and a 0.68 GAA and a .859 save percentage.
  • Allowing only 10 goals on the fall, Wesleyan is only outpaced by Middlebury in goals allowed, while their 72 saves on the year rank third in the conference.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 1 Amherst     No. 8 Wesleyan 
 Games / Record 15 / 13-0-2   15 / 6-6-3
 Total Goals 40   17
 Assists 34   11
 Goals-Per Game 2.67   1.13
 Total Shots 342   188
 Shots-Per Game 22.8   12.5
 Shot % 11.7%   9.0%
 Shots on Goal 150   86
 SOG % 43.9%   45.7%
 Goals Against Avg. 0.64   0.64
 Corner Kicks 101   83
 Penalty Kicks 2-2   0-1
 Yellow Cards 20   11
 Shutouts 7   7


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2019 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Saturday, November 2
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Amherst - 12:30 p.m.
No. 7 Hamilton at No. 2 Tufts - 2:00 p.m.
No. 6 Middlebury at No. 3 Connecticut College - 12:30 p.m.
No. 5 Bates at No. 4 Williams - 11:00 a.m.