Colby College secured the second seed with a 13-2 overall record, including a 9-1 mark against NESCAC opponents, and will host seventh-seed Bowdoin College on Saturday. Tufts University, which is the third seed, will host Trinity while the fourth seed Wesleyan University will entertain Hamilton College.
All three matchups are scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.
Middlebury has appeared in 20 consecutive NESCAC Tournaments, winning 10 titles in 12 championship appearances. They have won two of the last three NESCAC titles with Tufts claiming the league crown last year en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship against Salisbury University (the Sea Gulls edged the Jumbos, 14-13).
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinals, the four winning teams will advance to the highest remaining seed, which will host both the semifinals (Saturday, May 7) and championship (Sunday, May 8). The winner of this year’s NESCAC Championship will secure the league’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 14.
Connecticut College enters this year’s NESCAC Tournament as the eighth seed, boasting a 5-8 overall record to go with a 3-7 mark against league foes.
Bowdoin, which secured the second seed, will entertain Hamilton College on Saturday while third-seed Amherst College will host rival Williams. Both games are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Wesleyan University, which earned the fourth seed with an 11-4 overall record, will compete against Middlebury College. This game will also begin at 1 p.m.
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinal matchups, the four winning teams will advance to next weekend’s semifinals, which will be played on Saturday, May 7 at the highest remaining seed. The NESCAC Championship will then occur on Sunday, May 8.
Tufts has won 10 NESCAC Championships in 12 appearances. They have won three of the last four conference tournament crowns with Wesleyan capturing its second title in program history in 2017 with a win over Middlebury.
The winner of this year’s NESCAC Championship will secure a spot in next month’s NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 11.
Another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse has arrived – let’s celebrate!
Following an exciting overtime win on Wednesday, one team fans of small college lacrosse should keep their eyes on this weekend is Springfield College. The Pride edged Amherst College in overtime, thanks to an eight-point effort from Zac Schuette, who netted the clincher in the extra session.
Schuette and the Pride will compete in their second conference game tomorrow when they welcome MIT to Springfield for a 3:30 p.m. face-off.
Springfield captured its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup last weekend by topping Wheaton College, 9-7. Schuette concluded his team’s meeting with the Lyons with six points on four goals and two assists while Springfield outscored the visitors, 6-1, in the second quarter to secure the lead for good.
Schuette has enjoyed a successful senior season, leading the Maroon and White in goals (25), assists (13), and points (38). Riley Burgmyer ranks second on the team in goals (14) and points (22).
Springfield has won its last two matchups with MIT with both games needing overtime to decide a winner. The two schools have not met on a lacrosse field in three years.
Wheaton College will look to score its first conference win when they host Emerson College at 1 p.m.
Birk Swan has been a player to watch on Emerson this spring. The sophomore attack has recorded career-highs in goals (25), assists (32), and points (57) to go with 21 ground balls. Swan currently leads the NEWMAC in points.
The Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team will visit Wesleyan University tomorrow – this is a big game for both teams that enter the final weekend of March with a great deal of momentum. Bowdoin has won all six of its matchups this spring and recently beat Western New England on Wednesday by a score of 23-16.
Last weekend, the Polar Bears scored an impressive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)win against Williams College. Donal Mullane registered five goals and one groundball in his team’s third conference win.
Tomorrow, the Camels will visit Williams College, a team they have not beaten since 2013.
Like Connecticut College, the Ephs enter tomorrow’s conference clash with some momentum following a pair of wins against Colby College and RPI. Williams began the season by winning one of three contests.
Finally, keep your eyes on Salem State University as the Vikings have enjoyed a successful 2022 campaign thus far that has included five wins and two losses. The Blue and Orange topped Thomas College on Tuesday, thanks to a game-high five goals from Sam Cioffi.
Salem State hosts Eastern Connecticut State University tomorrow at 12 p.m.
Following a pair of impressive wins this past weekend, Amherst College heads into tonight’s non-conference meeting with Springfield College with a great deal of momentum.
The Mammoths bounced back from an 18-14 setback to Tufts University earlier this month with a pair of wins against Bates College (22-10) and Gettysburg College (18-14) last Friday and Saturday.
PJ Clementi highlighted his team’s win over the Bullets by netting a career-high six goals on nine shots to go with three ground balls. The senior attack from Huntington, New York is currently second on the team in goals (14).
Nicholas Kopp was also a player to watch against Gettysburg as he won 27 of 36 face-offs while scooping a game-high 14 ground balls.
Coach Sean Woods said Kopp’s impressive showing against Gettysburg is a result of he and his coaching staff challenging the first-year face-off specialist “over the last couple of weeks.”
The 27 face-off wins are the most Koop has recorded in four games this spring – he currently ranks second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in face-off wins. Bowdoin College’s Ethan Barnard leads the conference with 107 victories at midfield.
Following tonight’s meeting with Springfield, Amherst will head to Rochester, New York on Saturday to compete against St. John Fisher.
Amherst is just one of many NESCAC teams to watch, both this week and weekend – the same could be said for the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team, which scored its 30th consecutive victory yesterday against York College. The impressive winning streak dates back to Middlebury’s second game of its 2019 season.
The Panthers, who defeated the Spartans by a score of 11-5, outscored the hosts in the second half, 7-2, thanks to Hope Shue (four goals, one assist) and Kelcey Dion (two goals). Five players concluded the non-league meeting with one goal. Middlebury’s defense held York scoreless in the third quarter.
While the Middlebury attack – and yes, its midfield – did its job, the same could be said for goalie Annie Enrietto, who secured her fifth win between the pipes with six saves on 14 shots.
Through five contests this spring, Enrietto has recorded 29 saves on 94 shots. She recorded a season-high of 12 saves in her squad’s season-opener against Bowdoin earlier this month.
Tomorrow, Middlebury will compete against TheCollege of New Jersey (TCNJ) in a game that will pit two of the top 10 teams in the country.
Another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse has arrived – let’s celebrate!
Despite some unsettled weather moving through the Northeast, there are plenty of games to watch (and follow, of course), including Sunday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash between Amherst College and Tufts University.
Bredhal will certainly be a player to watch against the Mammoths as the senior attack has enjoyed a successful start to his squad’s 2022 campaign by tallying 16 points on 12 goals and four helpers to go with 18 shots and one ground ball.
In addition to Bredhal, fans should keep their eyes on Jack Boyden (nine goals and five assists), Kurt Bruun (seven goals and three assists), and Camden Kelleher (six goals and four assists).
Brock Gonzalez highlighted the opening day win with four goals, one ground ball, and one caused turnover while PJ Clementi tallied four goals and two helpers.
Last Saturday’s win was the first for coach Sean Woods, who previously paced the sidelines at Colorado College.
Tufts topped Amherst in its last regular-season meeting two years ago before the lacrosse season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One year earlier, the Jumbos edged the Mammoths in the regular season by a score of 15-14 before Amherst beat the Jumbos one month later in the NCAA Tournament.
Amherst would advance to the national championship in 2019, but see its title hopes dashed by Cabrini University.
Wesleyan University will look to win its third-straight contest on Sunday when they welcome Stevens Institute of Technology to Middletown, Connecticut.
The Cardinals have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 47-13, thanks to a slew of contributions on both ends of the field.
Matt Gill currently leads the Cardinals in points (14) and assists (nine) – he has also scooped six ground balls.
Justin Hazard leads Wesleyan in goals with seven and Tyler Campbell has won 28 of 39 face-offs.
Sunday’s non-conference meeting between the Cardinals of Wesleyan and Ducks of Stevens is a good early-season test for the Cardinals, which will be in action twice next week against Salve Regina University and Colby College.