Women's Lacrosse NESCAC Quarterfinals Preview: No. 4 Amherst Hosts No. 5 Bowdoin

Women's Lacrosse NESCAC Quarterfinals Preview: No. 4 Amherst Hosts No. 5 Bowdoin

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. – Capturing the fourth-seed in the 2019 NESCAC Championship tournament, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team is set to host No. 5 seed Bowdoin College in a Quarterfinal matchup this Saturday, April 27 at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m.

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 in on March 9 at Blue Bolt Field at UNE, Amherst tallied eight goals in each half to edge the Polar Bears, 16-12. Amherst held the edge in shots, 33-29 and went a 2-for-2 on free position attempts and 14-of-17 on clears, while Bowdoin owned the advantage in draw controls, 21-9, and ground balls, 13-12, while finishing 6-for-10 on free positon opportunities and 8-for-10 on clears.

Saturday's contest will mark the seventh meeting of the sides in the NESCAC postseason, with each team earning the W in three of the previous matchups. Taking to the field in the last season in the 2018 NESCAC Semifinals, Bowdoin skated by the Mammoths, 11-9 before falling in the Finals.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 5 Seed (11-4 Overall, 6-4 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
The Mammoths, who have been in every NESCAC Tournament, will host a quarterfinal game for the second straight year and are the fourth seed for the first time since 2012. Owning a 19-18 ledge in NESCAC postseason play, Amherst hits the field in search of the program's first conference title.

  • Third in the league in points, Claire Dunbar '21 leads the Mammoths' in all three major offensive statistical categories – logging 32 goals and 27 helpers for 59 total points. Fellow sophomores Isabelle Sennett and Maia Noyes join Dunbar as a force to be reckoned with up front, with Sennett notching 30 goals and nine assists and Noyes dishing out 20 helpers to go along with 16 scores. Hannah Fox '20, Becky Kendall '22 and Hannah Gustafson '21 have also eclipsed the 20-point mark for Amherst this season.
  • Noyes (53), Fox (44) and Gustafson (44) lead the Mammoths in draw controls, while junior Talia Land's 31 ground balls are a team-high. On the defensive side of the ball, Noyes has caused a squad-leading 22 turnovers, while Sabrina Solow '19 is close behind with 20 CT's.
  • Starting every game in net this spring, Land (11-4) has seen the majority of minutes for the Mammoths, racking up 118 saves in 830:15 to own an 8.53 GAA and a 50.0 save percentage.

SCOUTING BOWDOIN
No. 5 Seed (9-6 Overall, 5-5 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Bowdoin, last year's NESCAC Runner-Up, is the No. 5 seed for the first time since 2012. The Polar Bears are in the NESCAC Tournament for the third straight season and ninth time in 10 years. 

  • The NESCAC leader in points and ranking second in goals, Katie Miller has tallied 51 scores and nine helpers for 60 points, while Eliza Denious and also ranks in the top-five in both categories behind 45 goals and 13 assists. Fiona Bundy is the final Polar Bear to eclipse the 50-point mark so far this season, boasting 52 points with 38 goals and 14 helpers.
  • With 75 draw controls, Kara Finnerty (18G, 23A) ranks third in the NESCAC, while Bundy and Caroline Maxwell lead the Polar Bears in ground ball pickups and caused turnovers with 29 and 25, respectively.
  • Starting all 15 contests in between the pipes for Bowdoin, Erin Morrissey (8-5) has racked up 86 stops in 657:09 to own a 10.50 GAA and a 42.8 save percentage. Aaliyah Biondo (1-1) has also thrived in net as of late, making 27 saves in 222:04 to boast a 9.19 GAA and 44.3 save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 4 Amherst     No. 5 Bowdoin
 Games 15   15
 Goals 194   235
 Goals/Game 12.93   15.67
 Assists 99   104
 Shots Per Game 27.67   33.20
 Shots on Goal % 78.3   76.7
 Shooting % 46.7   47.2
 Ground Balls 252   292
 Draw Controls / Per GM  182 / 12.13   247 / 16.47
 Caused Turnovers  164   128
 Turnovers 240   252
 Clears 238-280   234-279
 Free Position % 57.0 (45-79)   41.3 (50-121)
 Goals Against Avg.  8.13   10.34


2019 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 27

No. 8 Bates at No. 1 Middlebury - 12 p.m.
No. 7 Trinity at No. 2 Tufts - 12 p.m.
No. 6 Colby at No. 3 Wesleyan - 12 p.m.
No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Amherst - 12 p.m.

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