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.
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.
Erin Nicholas stuffed the stat sheet with six goals, eight draw controls, and two ground balls to go with a caused turnovers in her team’s first win in two years.
Jane Earley recorded five goals, three draw controls, and two ground balls against the Polar Bears while Grace Getman and Hope Shue combined for five goals and two helpers.
Middlebury raced out to a 5-1 lead after one quarter with the four-goal advantage ballooning to an 11-6 lead at the break. The Panthers outscored the visiting Polar Bears, 8-6, over the final two sessions to clinch their second-straight opening day win dating back to a 16-12 victory against Bowdoin on February 29, 2020.
The opening day win for the Panthers should provide the Blue and White with some momentum heading into a pair of games this week against Connecticut College on Saturday, March 12, and Babson College on Sunday, March 13.
Middlebury wasn’t the only New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squad to score an opening day win this past weekend as Colby College, Hamilton College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University each cracked the win column.
Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the first official weekend of March lacrosse.
As usual, we have some great matchups to watch (and follow, of course) so let’s share the games we will be watching, beginning with the University of Lynchburg visiting Salisbury University (men’s lacrosse).
The Sea Gulls enter a postseason preview with the Hornets riding a three-game winning streak, which includes recent wins against Gettysburg College and Stevens Institute of Technology. Logan Posner highlighted his team’s win against the Ducks by recording a career-high six goals to go with an assist.
Posner is one of many Sea Gulls to watch tomorrow — the same could be said for Cross Ferrara, a graduate student that has recorded 12 goals and four assists in three contests to go with seven ground balls and two caused turnovers.
As a team, Salisbury is averaging 17.00 goals per game while its defense has limited its last two opponents to six goals or less.
Middlebury has not competed in two years but is expected to contend for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, along with Tufts University, Colby College, Wesleyan University, Hamilton College, Amherst College, Trinity College, and Bowdoin.
The Panthers enter the 2022 season as a young squad with a few members of its championship squad back, including midfielder Erin Nicholas, who guided Middlebury to a field hockey championship last November.
Middlebury enters Saturday’s meeting with Bowdoin riding a 25-game winning streak and beat the Polar Bears in their initial contest of 2020 by a score of 16-12.
Here are a few more games to watch this weekend (times are eastern standard time):
Colby College at Tufts University (men’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m.: The Jumbos will kick-off their 2022 campaign with a visit from the Mules, a team they beat last April by a score of 29-11, thanks to Bryce Adam, who recorded a career-high nine points.
Rhodes College at Birmingham-Southern College (women’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m.: Two of the top teams in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) will meet on Saturday with BSC looking to bounce back from a setback last weekend against Reinhardt University.
Cornell College at Illinois Tech (men’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m.: The Rams have won two of three contests this season with hopes of winning their second-straight contest on Saturday against the Scarlet Hawks.
Brockport at Denison University (women’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Eagles will play their first game of the season after their previous two meetings with Ithaca College and the University of Rochester were postponed.
St. John Fisher at St. Lawrence University (men’s lacrosse) Saturday at 2 p.m.: The Cardinals will enter Saturday’s non-conference meeting with a great deal of momentum following back-to-back wins against Ithaca and SUNY Cortland.
Kenyon College at Catholic University (women’s lacrosse) Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. eastern: Catholic will host Kenyon in its first-ever matchup on Sunday with hopes of capturing its second-straight win.
Marymount University at Whittier College (men’s lacrosse) Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m.: The Poets have won four-straight contests and will attempt to stretch their current winning streak to five against a Saints squad that is looking to snap a two-game losing streak.