NCAA Regionals Preview: Men's Soccer Readies for Clash With Terriers

NCAA Regionals Preview: Men's Soccer Readies for Clash With Terriers

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AMHERST, Mass. – Earning an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Championship tournament, the top-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team is set to take on Thomas College at regional host Keene State College this Saturday, November 16 in First Round play.

Amherst will battle on the Terriers at Dr. Ron Butcher Field beginning at 1:00PM in the first opening round matchup of the day, while the Owls will take on the Bombers at 3:30PM for a spot in the regional finals.

LIVE COVERAGE
1:00 PM |  Amherst vs. Middlebury  |  Live Stats / Video
3:30 PM  |  Keene State vs Ithaca     |  Live Stats / Video

TICKETS
Tickets will be sold at the venue prior to each game and can be purchased online. Adult tickets will cost $6, students and seniors will cost $3 and children ages three to 12 will be $2.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Amherst earned at-large bid to appear in the programs' 19th overall NCAA tournament after putting together an unblemished regular season and a 14-1-2 overall record. Making their 14th consecutive trip to the national postseason, the Mammoths join Trinity-Texas as the only programs in the nation to appear in every NCAA Championship since 2006.
  • Thomas College enters the NCAA tournament as the North Atlantic Conference's automatic bid following a 4-1 victory over Maine Maritime in the NAC finals on Nov. 10. The first round matchup will mark the Terriers sixth overall appearance in the national postseason, with Thomas looking to get past the First Round for the first time in program history. 
  • Regional host Keene State punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament and regional hosting duties with a 1-0 victory over Eastern Connecticut State on Nov. 10 to clinch the Little East Conference (LEC) title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA's for the first time since 2010.
  • Ithaca earned an at-large bid after a tough loss to Clarkson in the Liberty League Quarterfinals, 1-0 on Nov. 5. It will be the Bombers first appearance in the national postseason since 2008, with the team owning a 9-13-3 all-time NCAA ledger.

NCAA HISTORY
Amherst has never played Thomas in the national postseason, and hasn't seen the Owls since playing them to a 2-1 win in the First Round in 1998 and Ithaca since 1997 when they captured a 2-0 Second Round win.

SCOUTING NO. 1 AMHERST
 14-1-2 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Eighth in D3 in goals, sophomore forward and reigning NESCAC Player of the Year German Giammetti sparks the Mammoths' attack, potting 20 goals and dishing out four helpers to record a team-high 44 points. 
  • Dane Lind '20 is next on Amherst with 24 points on the year behind 10 assists and seven goals. His 0.67 assists per game ranks ninth in the nation. Ignacio Cubeddu '23 rounds out the Mammoths' double-digit point getters, with the first-year posting five goals and five assists for 13 points.
  • The only Mammoth to start all 17 contests, defender Kyle Kelly '21 is a mainstay of Amherst's stingy backline, while Bryce Johnson '21, Cutler Coleman '20 and Felix Wu '21 have all earned 14-or-more starts on defense to hold opponents to a .074 shot percentage. 
  • Sophomore Bernie White (12-1-1) has played the majority of minutes in between the pipes for the Mammoths, compiling a 0.50 goals against average and a .870 save percentage behind 47 stops. He has allowed just seven scores this fall and has posted five shutouts.

SCOUTING THOMAS
 10-8-1 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Each recording 20-plus points this fall, Zenawi Bowen and Eric LaBrie have kept defenses on their toes with Bowen owning a 10G-6A-26P line and LaBrie totaling 11G-2A-24P. 
  • Woodlin Placide (6G-3A-15P), MacQuille Walker (6G-2A-14P), Josh Morrissey (4G-4A-12P) and Drew Parsons (3G-5A-11P) round out Thomas' players in double-digits.
  • John Villanueva (4-5-0) and Jonathan LeClair (5-3-1) have split time in goal for the Terriers this season, each starting nine games, however Villanueva has taken over the role as of late, going 4-1-0 in the last five contests leading into the national postseason. Villanueva boasts a 1.81 GAA, while LeClair's GAA sits at 1.19.

SCOUTING KEENE STATE
 15-6-0 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Up front, Emmanuel Smith leads the charge with a team-high 12 goals, 10 assiss and 34 total points.
  • Connor Downey and James McCully have also eclipsed double-digit points for the Owls, with Downey notching eight goals and two helpers (18 points) and McCully netting six goals to go along with one assist (13 points).
  • Registering 14 starts, Anthony Pasciuto (8-6-0) played the majority of minutes in between the pipes during the regular season, notching a 1.64 GAA and a .724 save percentage, however Nate Howard (3-0-0) earned starts in the Owls' last two games to lead Keene to the LEC title. Howard has made 13 stops in 343 minutes and owns a 0.52 GAA and a .867 save percentage. 

SCOUTING NO. 25 ITHACA
 12-5-2 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • With a team-leading seven goals and 15 total points, Theo Scott headlines the Bombers' attack, however Ithaca will keep opposing defenses on their toes with 16 players recording one or more scores this fall. Kevin Turi (3G-3A-9) and Jon Kyriakidis (2G-3A-7P) are next on the list of Bomber point-getters, while three players each have six points apiece. 
  • Tom Dillmann, Colin Shust, Justinian Michaels each have 17 or more starts for Ithaca on the back line, helping hold opponents to a .082 shot percentage.
  • Max Lichtenstein (12-5-2) has started all 19 contests for Ithaca in net, allowing 14 goals while amassing a 0.72 GAA and a .816 save percentage behind 62 stops in over 1749 minutes.

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 1 Amherst Thomas Keene State No. 25 Ithaca
Games / Record 17 / 14-1-2 19 / 10-8-1 21 / 15-6-0 19 / 12-5-2
Total Goals 42 54 43 33
Assists 35 32 28 20
Goals-Per Game 2.47 2.84 2.05 1.74
Total Shots 382 321 335 249
Shots-Per Game 22.5 16.9 16.0 13.1
Shot % .110 .168 .128 .133
Shots on Goal 166 155 170 125
SOG % .435 .483 .507 .502
Goals-Against Avg. 0.63 1.46 1.28 0.71
Corner Kicks 107 93 99 98
Penalty Kicks 2-2 4-5 2-3 0-0
Yellow Cards 22 19 40 27
Shutouts 8 5 6 9

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