NESCAC Preview: Fourth-Seeded Women's Lacrosse Heads to Middlebury for Championship Weekend

NESCAC Preview: Fourth-Seeded Women's Lacrosse Heads to Middlebury for Championship Weekend

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. – Clinching the fourth seed in the NESCAC Championship tournament and advancing to the Semifinals for the third time in four seasons, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team is set to head to Middlebury for a matchup with the top-seeded Panthers this Saturday, May 4 at Kohn Field. Opening draw is slated for 12 p.m.

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday, May 4 - Kohn Field
12 p.m. - No. 4 Amherst at No. 1 Middlebury - Video / Live Stats
3 p.m. - No. 3 Wesleyan vs. No. 2 Tufts - Video / Live Stats

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • The No. 4 Mammoths punched their ticket to the Semifinals following an 12-9 victory over No. 5 Bowdoin.
  • Dominating No. 8 seed Bates in the Quarterfinals, No. 1 Middlebury earned home field advantage throughout the conference postseason with a 15-2 win.
  • No. 2 Tufts advances to the Semifinals for the first time since 2016 after downing No. 7 Trinity, 12-5.
  • Edging No. 6 seed Colby in the Quarterfinals, No. 3 Wesleyan advanced to Championship weekend with a 14-12 win.

THE FIELD IN THE REGULAR SEASON

  • Amherst went 0-3 against the Championship field during the regular season, suffering tough losses to Middlebury (11-9), Tufts (14-12) and Wesleyan (11-10 OT) in closely contested battles.
  • Not having lost since their first game of the season, Middlebury finished 3-0 against Amherst (11-9), Tufts (10-9) and Wesleyan (8-7).
  • Tufts finished 2-1 against Championship competition during the year, downing Wesleyan (17-10) and Amherst (14-12) and falling to Middlebury (10-9).
  • Wesleyan finished 1-2 against the field, falling to Tufts (17-10) and Middlebury (8-7) and defeating Amherst (11-10 OT).

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 4 Seed (12-4, 6-4 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • The NESCAC's second ranked point getter, Claire Dunbar '21 leads a potent Amherst attack with a stat line of 34 goals, 29 assists and 63 points this season. Boasting a well-balanced offense, defenses will also have to keep an eye out for Isabelle Sennett (31G, 9A, 40P), Maia Noyes '21 (17G, 21A, 38P), Hannah Fox '20 (24G, 9A, 33P), Becky Kendall '22 (23G, 3A, 26P) and Hannah Gustafson '20 (15G, 7A, 22P).
  • Noyes is the Mammoths' category leader in draw controls and caused turnovers with 60 and 26, respectively, while Fox has posted 47 draw controls and Sabrina Solow '19 has caused 22 turnovers.
  • Starting all 16 contests for the Mammoths, Talia Land '20 (12-4) has racked up 129 saves in 890:15 to boast a 8.56 goals against average and a 50.4 save percentage. She has also posted a team-high 35 ground balls so far this spring.

SCOUTING MIDDLEBURY
No. 1 Seed (15-1, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Emma McDonagh (44G, 14A, 58P), Emily Barnard (32G, 12A, 44P) and Jane Earley (31G, 10A, 41P) the the Panthers' top-three point-getters, while Jenna McNicholas (22G, 1A, 23P) and Lily Riseberg (9G, 12A, 21P) add depth to the Middlebury attack.
  • With 46 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers, Addy Mitchell leads Middlebury, while Erin Nicholas's 51 draw controls are a team high.
  • Julia Keith (13-1) has seen the majority of minutes in net, logging 70 saves, a 6.29 goals against average and a 52.2 save percentage in 610:03. Kate Furber has also proved solid in goal, making 39 stops and owning a 7.67 GAA in 351:50.

SCOUTING TUFTS
No. 2 Seed (15-1, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Emily Games and Colette Smith have each tallied more than 50 points on the year, with Games netting 44 goals and dishing out 14 assists for 58 points and Smith logging 37 goals and 13 assists for 50 total points. Playmakers Dakota Adamec (40G, 7A, 47P), Catherine Lawliss (23G, 10A, 33P) and Courtney Grygiel (15G, 15A, 30P) are also primed to keep defenses on their toes.
  • Maddie Norman leads the team in draw controls with 51, while Hedy Veith has notched a team-high 29 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.
  • Audrey Evers (10-0) has started 14 games for Tufts, making 91 save in 582:53 to own a 8.65 goals against average and a 52.0 save percentage. Molly Laliberty (5-1) has also seen significant time in goal, recording 53 stops to boast a 7.00 GAA and 55.8 save percentage in 360:02 minutes.

SCOUTING WESLEYAN
No. 3 Seed (14-2, 8-2 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Abby Manning headlines Wesleyan's attack with 55 goals and six helpers for 61 assists, while Abigail Horst (42G, 2A, 44P), Sydney Prokupek (18G, 23A, 41P) and Caitlin Wood (34G, 4A, 38P) have each eclipsed 35-points on the year.
  • Manning also leads the Cardinals in draw controls with 65, while Breanna Cavanaugh and Caroline Sgaglione lead the team in ground balls and caused turnovers with 35 and 30, respectively.
  • Allegra Grant (14-2) has started all 16 games in between the pipes for the Cardinals, making 109 saves to own a 7.64 goals against average and a 48.4 save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 4 Amherst No. 1 Middlebury No. 2 Tufts No. 3 Wesleyan
 Overall Record 12-4 15-1 15-1 14-2
 Goals 206 223 259 218
 Goals/Game 12.88 13.94 16.19 13.63
 Assists 103 82 93
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 Shots Per Game 27.88 30.19 33.75 28.75
 Shots on Goal % 77.8 76.2 74.4 74.8
 Shooting % 46.2 46.2 48.0 47.4
 Ground Balls 269 305 272 266
 Draw Controls / Per GM 197 / 12.31 187 / 11.69 227 / 14.19 218 / 13.63
 Caused Turnovers  177 175 127 182
 Turnovers 254 264 224 292
 Clears 258-302 268-304 238-272 261-307
 Free Position % 57.6 (49-85) 43.1 (43.1) 45.7 (69-151) 48.0 (60-125)
 Goals Against Avg.  8.18 6.80 8.02 7.68

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