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D3 Lax Notebook: Amherst, Tufts & Williams Advance To Quarterfinals

NS Lacrosse Notebook

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Three rounds of the 2019 NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse tournament are in the books, which means its time to turn our attention to the quarterfinals.

This year, three of the eight teams competing in the quarterfinals happen to hail from Massachusetts and compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). 

Amherst College, which defeated last year’s national champion Wesleyan University, will face Tufts University, while Williams College secured a date with RIT. Both games, along with the two other quarterfinals – Salisbury University versus Denison University and York College (Pa.) versus Cabrini University – will be played Wednesday, May 15th.

The four quarterfinal winners will advance to next Sunday’s (May 19th) semifinals followed by the championship game one week later (Sunday, May 26th) at 4 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Let’s learn more about the three Massachusetts teams that will be competing this week in the quarterfinals.

Amherst College (16-3, 8-2 NESCAC) 

  • The Mammoths advanced to their first quarterfinals in three seasons with back-to-back postseason wins over Wesleyan (16-13) and Elizabethtown College (21-9).
  • Amherst will enter Wednesday’s meeting with the Jumbos with a 16-3 overall mark, including a 5-1 record on the road. Their lone road loss of the 2019 season came against Williams in April.
  • Evan Wolf leads the Mammoths with 107 points on 69 goals and 38 assists, while Colin Minicus ranks first on the team with 44 assists.
  • Juan Gonzalez leads the unit in face-off wins (171), while Dylan Finazzo is second on the team with 83 victories at midfield.
  • Rod Castro has recorded the most caused-turnovers this spring, tallying 36 in 17 contests.
  • Gib Versfeld secured his third win between the pipes on Saturday against Wesleyan – he will enter Wednesday’s contest with a 3-2 mark between the pipes, along with a 56.4 save percentage.
  • Amherst lost to Tufts earlier this spring by a score of 15-14. The Mammoths outscored the Jumbos, 11-5, in the second half, including 5-1 in the final quarter.
  • Through 19 games this spring, Amherst has averaged 18.37 goals per game.

Tufts University (19-1, 9-1 NESCAC) 

  • The Jumbos secured a date with the Mammoths on Wednesday by cruising past New England College (24-7) and Stevenson University (19-4).
  • Tufts will enter Wednesday’s clash with the Mammoths riding a nine-game winning streak, which includes a pair of NESCAC Tournament overtime wins against Middlebury College (14-13) and Williams (17-16).
  • As a team, Tufts has netted 356 goals, including 74 markers in the month of May.
  • Tufts is averaging 18.5 goals per game in May, which is roughly one more than their season average of 17.80 goals through 20 games.
  • Danny Murphy has enjoyed a successful final season with the Powder Blue and White, tallying 88 points on 47 goals and 41 assists, while Max Waldbaum has contributed 78 points on 67 goals and 11 assists.
  • Kyle Helfrich has scooped an impressive 148 ground balls this spring while winning 248 of 441 face-offs.
  • Mason Pollack and Joe Theuer have combined for 19 wins between the pipes and 260 saves, which is an average of 13.68 saves per game between the two goalies.
  • Tufts edged Amherst, 15-14, earlier this season, which helped the Jumbos go onto secure the top spot in the NESCAC Tournament a few weeks later.
  • The Jumbos have won nine of NESCAC championships in the past 10 seasons.

Williams College (17-3, 8-2 NESCAC) 

  • With their third-round win over St. John Fisher on Saturday, the Ephs have now won 10 games at home this spring with their last home setback occurring last April when they fell to Tufts by a score of 11-8.
  • Saturday’s win over the Cardinals was the team’s 17th victory of the 2019 season, which is the most games any Ephs squad has won in a single-season.
  • Williams defeated Keene State (21-10) last Wednesday in a second-round meeting before scoring a 17-12 win over St. John Fisher three days later.
  • Williams will visit RIT this Wednesday – the Tigers needed its defense down the stretch to defeat Union College, 10-9, in their third-round meeting. With their one-goal win against the Dutchmen on Saturday, RIT has now beaten Union three times this season, including once during the Liberty League (LL) playoffs.
  •  RIT and Williams have met just once on the lacrosse field with the Tigers scoring a 15-10 win over the Ephs on March 28, 2014. The game was played at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Williams is currently 2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games – their first win in program history came against Keene State last Wednesday.
  • Williams’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament occurred in 2008 when they lost to Ithaca College, 17-10.
  • Jake Haase leads the Ephs with 93 points on 62 assists and 31 goals, while Cory Lund ranks first on the team with 63 goals.
  • Alex Kitt has won 248 of 422 face-offs while scooping a team-high 132 ground balls.
  • Harry Gahagan has won 17 of 20 games between the pipes this spring. He currently boasts a 10.07 goals allowed average, along with a 53.4 save percentage.

D3 Lacrosse: New England D3 Men’s Midseason Team

NS MID SEASON UPDATE

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

The 2019 New England Division III lacrosse season has slowly past the midway point, which means its time to unveil our Noontime Sports Men’s Midseason Teams (first and second).

As always, stay connected with our lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax.


New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse | First Team

Evan Wolf 

Amherst College 

Wynnewood, Pa.
Chad Simons  Amherst College  Warren, N.J. 
Matt Solberg  Amherst College  East Grand Rapids, Mich. 
Matt Chlastawa Bates College  Westfield, Mass. 
Riley McNulty  Coast Guard Academy Arnold, Md.
Danny Murphy  Tufts University Hauppauge, N.Y.
Kyle Helfrich  Tufts University  North Andover, Mass. 
Max Waldbaum Tufts University  Denver, Colo.
Carter Hawthorne Wesleyan University Massapequa, N.Y.
Otto Bohan Wesleyan University  Westlake, Ohio

New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse | Second Team 

Brendan Mullally Bates College Baltimore, Md.
Chris Rasco Clark University Huntington, N.Y.
PJ Kelleher  Conn. College  Walpole, Mass. 
 Derek Yannone  Endicott College  Lynnfield, Mass.
Benjamin Avakian Mass. Maritime Acad. Bourne, Mass. 
Eric Guinasso Rivier University Pelham, N.H.
Pat Leary  Salve Regina Wakefield, Mass. 
Ben Knaus  Trinity College Ross, Calif.
CJ Leighton   Wheaton College  Falmouth, Maine
Cory Lund Williams College El Segundo, Calif. 

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D3 Lacrosse: Players to Watch In Massachusetts In 2019

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Jack Vail will certainly be a player to watch this season at Springfield College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Finerty)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

Our 2019 NCAA D3 Lacrosse coverage continues with highlighting various men and women’s lacrosse players from Massachusetts. The Bay State becomes the third state we have highlighted this season – we produced posts on student-athletes to watch in California and Colorado yesterday.

The Bay State teams consist of two 10-person squads, a first and second team for both men and women. Both teams are powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics

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Junior Midfielder/Face Off Specialist Derek Yannone (27)

Endicott College’s Derek Yannone will be a player to watch at the midfield this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Endicott College Athletics)

Eastern Mass. Men’s D3 Lacrosse Team

Arend Broekmate (Defense) Tufts University Sammamish, Wash.
Nick Shanks (Midfield) Tufts University Laguna Beach, Calif. 
Danny Murphy (Attack) Tufts University Hauppauge, N.Y. 
Ben Connelly (Attack) Tufts University Winnetka, Ill. 
Grant Garrity (Defense) Endicott College Duxbury, Mass. 
Derek Yannone (M/FO) Endicott College Lynnfield, Mass. 
Jack Sutherland (Attack)  Endicott College Sudbury, Mass. 
Hayden Souza (Midfield) Endicott College West Hartford, Conn.
Luke Gianni (Midfield) MIT Henderson, Nev.

Western Mass. Men’s D3 Lacrosse Team

Evan Wolf (Attack) Amherst College Wynnewood, Pa.
Dylan Finazzo (FO) Amherst College Bohemia, N.Y.
Colin Minicus (Attack) Amherst College Darien, Conn.
Matt Solberg (Midfield) Amherst College East Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jimmy McAfee (Midfield) Amherst College  Perrineville, N.J.
Jack Vail (Attack) Springfield College Franklin, Mass. 
Joe Hawley (Attack) Springfield College Poulsbo, Wash.
Oskar Djusberg (Defense) Western New England  Abington, Mass
Nick Gamba (Midfield) Western New England East Islip, N.Y.

Springfield College at Babson

Lexi Lenaghan will look to lead Babson College to a NEWMAC crown this spring, as well as a trip to the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Eastern Mass. Women’s D3 Lacrosse Team 

Dakota Adamec (Attack) Tufts University Katonah, N.Y.
Lily Baldwin (Midfield) Tufts University Cincinnati, Ohio
Annie Sullivan (Midfield) Tufts University Barrington, R.I. 
Hedy Veith (Defense) Tufts University Alexandria, Va.
Cecilia McCormick (Attack) MIT  Islip, N.Y. 
Jennifer Lacroix (Midfield) Endicott College Wrentham, Mass. 
Bella Rino (Goalie) Endicott College Northborough, Mass.
Katelyn Dyer (Midfield) Gordon College Plainfield, N.J. 
Lexi Lenaghan (Attack) Babson College Hanover, Mass. 

Western Mass. Women’s D3 Lacrosse Team

Sabrina Solow (Defense) Amherst College Madison, N.J. 
Maia Noyes (Midfield) Amherst College Lexington, Mass.
Claire Dunbar (Attack) Amherst College Timonium, Md.
Andie Stone (Defense) Springfield College Burlington, Conn. 
Amanda Nusbaum (Midfield) Springfield College Conway, N.H.
Breanna Keefe (Goalie) Springfield College Acton, Mass.
Eileen Ruby (Defense) Western New England  New Fairfield, Conn. 
Kristen Breen (Attack) Western New England Ellington, Conn. 
Claire Fitzpatrick (Midfield) Williams College Longmeadow, Mass. 

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D3 Lax RoundUp: Bates Upends Middlebury, MIT Tops Babson

D3 Lax RoundUp

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Bates men’s lacrosse team scored its 10th straight win of the season, as well as its seventh consecutive New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) victory this afternoon with a 15-12 win over Middlebury College.

Kyle Weber powered the Bobcats’ attack, netting five goals, while dishing out one assist on seven shots. Charlie Fay recorded recorded a hat trick and Mitchell Drake registered 14 stop.

Bates jumped out to a three-goal lead before extending its advantage to 11-4 at the break Middlebury countered in the third, netting seven consecutive goals to pull within one (12-11), but the Bobcats answered with three tallies in the final session to secure the win.

The Bobcats return to the field next on Tuesday, April 18 when they visit Tufts University for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

The Jumbos extended its winning streak to 11 games by defeating Hamilton College, 18-6. Danny Murphy paced the Powder Blue and White with five goals and four assists, while Robert Treiber deflected six shots.

Tufts visits Amherst College next Saturday with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

MIT overcame a three-goal deficit at the break to defeat Babson College in Cambridge by a score of 13-10. Jack Kelly netted four goals for the Engineers, while Graham Davis finished with three goals and three assists.

The win bumps the Engineers to 2-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, while the Beavers fall to 0-2.

Ben Farrell netted five goals, including the game-clincher with 17 seconds remaining in the final stanza to lift Johnson & Wales past Emmanuel College, 11-10. Farrell netted a pair in the third and fourth stanzas, along with his initial strike in the second quarter, while Bradley Morris deflected 10 shots to improve to 8-2 between the pipes.

Johnson & Wales currently currently occupies the top spot in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), while Lasell College sits below them at 2-0 in league play. The Lasers defeated Albertus Magnus by a score of 21-7, while Mount Ida edged Dean College, 10-6.

Lasell and Johnson & Wales will meet against each other on Tuesday, April 11th in Newton, Massachusetts with face-off scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Second Quarter Rally Sends No. 1 Tufts Past No. 5 Keene State, 24-16

Tufts Jumbos LogoBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For a moment, it appeared Keene State – our No. 5 team in this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Poll – was going to upset our No. 1 squad, Tufts.

However, that possibility – or thought – was dashed, as the Jumbos overcame a three-goal deficit by closing the second quarter on a 7-1 run en route to a 24-16 win over the Owls on Wednesday afternoon in Medford.

Tufts’ John Cordrey registered five points on three goals and two assists, while Austin Carbone recorded a pair of goals and assists.

Wednesday’s victory was the Jumbos’ second win of the season – this past weekend, the Powder Blue and White defeated Stevens by a score of 19-6.

Keene State jumped out to a one-goal lead after the initial quarter, thanks to a pair of goals by Tyler ReillyBryan Rotatori, who netted the game’s first goal, concluded the session with one assist – the helper came on Reilly’s first goal of the quarter.

Tufts’ Danny Murphy evened the score at 4-4 with 11:56 remaining in the second quarter before Keene State’s Hunter Arnold jumpstarted a three-goal run by scoring on a man-up with 10:41 left in the frame.

The Jumbos would respond, netting seven of the next eight goals to enter the break with an 11-8 advantage. Their momentum would continue in the second half, outscoring the Owls over the final two frames, 13-8.

Rotatori concluded the contest with three goals and three assists, while Reilly registered a trio of strikes.

Tufts returns to action Friday, March 10th when they host Middlebury, while Keene State is off until next Monday, March 13th when they face Nichols in Clermont, Florida.