Mass. College Lax: Amherst-Endicott Game Preview
Noontime Sports will be in Cambridge this evening covering Endicott College’s men’s lacrosse game against Amherst College, which begins at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Soldiers Field, which is located on the campus of Harvard University.
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For more information on this evening’s tilt, here’s a quick preview:
Last Meeting: The Lord Jeffs defeated the Power Gulls last season, 15-7, in Amherst.
Endicott’s Two-Game Skid: The Power Gulls began their season winning three of their first four contests. However, their three-game winning streak concluded with a 13-10 defeat to St. John Fisher last Friday. Endicott tried to rebound on Sunday against RIT, but lost, 17-5. The Power Gulls have won two of five non-conference games.
Amherst’s Two-Game Winning Streak: The Lord Jeffs began their season with two back-to-back overtime losses to Bates College and Colby College before they mustered their first win against Eastern Connecticut. Last Saturday, Amherst doubled its win total with a victory against Bowdoin, a squad that appeared in last season’s NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) championship against Tufts University.
Players To Watch: The first player to watch is Devin Acton (Amherst), who ranks fourth in points per game (4.33) and goals per game (3.33) in the NESCAC. The former Lincoln-Sudbury Warrior leads the Lord Jeffs in points (16), goals (11) and assists (5). His two best outings occurred against Bates and Eastern Connecticut as he finished each contest with five points (four goals, one assist).
The second player to watch is Kyle Weber (Endicott), who leads the Power Gulls in points (16) and goals (16). Webber tied a program record for most goals in a single contest when he netted eight strikes against Eastern Connecticut in his team’s 16-12 victory. Excluding his epic performance against the Warriors, Webber also recorded his first hat trick of the season in a 14-3 win against Gordon College.
Conference Notes: Acton is tied in second with 11 goals in the NESCAC, while teammate Quinn Moroney is tied in first with nine assists and Rob Dickinson ranks third with 40 saves.
As a team, Amherst ranks third in goals (41), tied for second with 25 assists, sixth in shots (139) and sixth in ground balls (109).
Webber currently leads the CCC (Commonwealth Coast Conference) in goals, while teammate and goaltender Cameron Bell ranks second in saves (60).
As a team, Endicott ranks second in the conference in goals (63), fourth in goals per game (10.50), third in shots on goal (139) and second in ground balls (243).
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