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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: Wesleyan Wins First-Ever NCAA Championship

fP0ILBHzBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

For the first-time in school history, the Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team captured the national crown, defeating Salisbury University, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the 2018 NCAA Division III championship.

Harry Stanton capped his impressive four-year career with the Red and Black by netting a pair of goals, while setting-up his team’s final marker late in the third quarter, which provided Wesleyan with an 8-4 lead heading into the final session.

Wesleyan’s defense limited Salisbury to just a pair of goals during the final 15 minutes, while Otto Bohan halted the rally with his final save with 13 seconds remaining.

Bohan concluded the contest with 11 stops – he also ended the season with an impressive 17-2 record between the pipes.

The Cardinals secured a 4-0 lead to begin the game, thanks to goals from Stanton and Carter Hawthorne before Salisbury halted the short spurt with a Zach Pompea strike with two seconds remaining. Salisbury would close the gap with back-to-back markers in the second quarter from Corey Gwin before Stanton netted his final goal with 3:07 remaining in the stanza to provide Wesleyan with a 5-3 lead at the break.

Salisbury would again pull within one goal early in the third as Josh Melton buried a feed from Pierre Armstrong before Taylor Ghesquiere jumpstarted a three-goal run with 8:52 remaining in the session that helped the Cardinals enter the final stanza with an 8-4 advantage.

Wesleyan, which concludes its season at 19-3 overall, scored five impressive postseason wins this month, including a pair of victories against RIT and Tufts University to secure a match-up with the Sea Gulls. Wesleyan attempted to reach the finals last season, but saw their run conclude against the Tigers of RIT.

D3 Lacrosse: NCAA Unveils Second North & South Regional Rankings

NCAA Regional Rankings

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The NCAA unveiled its second Regional Rankings for Division III lacrosse and below are both the North and South rankings:

NORTH 

  1. RIT
  2. Amherst College
  3. Tufts University
  4. Wesleyan University
  5. RPI
  6. Ithaca College
  7. Stevens
  8. Williams College
  9. Connecticut College
  10. Middlebury College
  11. Springfield College
  12. Coast Guard Academy
  13. Union College (N.Y.)
  14. Bowdoin College
  15. Bates College
  16. Babson College

SOUTH 

  1. Gettysburg College
  2. York (Pa.) College
  3. Salisbury
  4. Ohio Wesleyan
  5. Washington & Lee
  6. Denison University
  7. Cabrini University
  8. Roanoke
  9. Dickinson College
  10. Christopher Newport
  11. Franklin & Marshall
  12. Colorado College
  13. Hampden-Sydney
  14. Stevenson
  15. Lynchburg College
  16. Rhodes College
  17. Washington College
  18. Berry College
  19. Aurora University
  20. Muhlenberg College
  21. Illinois Wesleyan

New England D3 Lax Notebook: Triple-Overtime Win Provides Confidence Boost For Springfield

By Matt Noonan 

Dylan Sheehan's triple-overtime game-winning gaol helped Springfield defeat Middlebury, 11-10 (3OT) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (Photo Credit: Springfield College)

Dylan Sheehan’s triple-overtime game-winning gaol helped Springfield defeat Middlebury, 11-10 (3OT) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (Photo Credit: Springfield College)By Matt Noonan 

In the words of Springfield College men’s lacrosse head coach Keith Bugbee, Wednesday’s NCAA Tournament triple-overtime win against Middlebury College was ‘one for the ages.’

Springfield and Middlebury traded goals during the final two sessions before ending regulation tied at 10-10.

The game continued in overtime, but neither team was able to locate the back of the net until the third extra session when Dylan Sheehan snapped a shot over the middle to provide the visiting Pride with a dramatic 11-10 triple-overtime win.

“The effort and the commitment to playing 60 minutes today was unbelievable,” Bugbee said in a postgame interview. “Just the desire to win this game … I don’t think I have ever been apart of something like this … unbelievable.”

The game was indeed one for the ages – not trying to steal Bugbee’s words, I promise – but now the Pride must channel their excitement by putting fourth their best effort tomorrow against St. Lawrence University in the second round.

Unlike the Pride, the Saints cruised to a first-round victory, defeating New England College, 25-2. Jeremy Vautour netted six goals, while Conor Healey recorded seven points on three goals and four assists.

Saturday’s second round winner will advance to next Wednesday’s quarterfinal against either Amherst or RIT.

With an exciting first-round victory in the rearview mirror, Bugbee believes his team’s morale should help the squad keep their championship hopes alive as they begin the next phase of their NCAA Tournament journey.

“I think the sky is the limit,” said Bugbee. “As long as they put this kind of effort out and this kind of commitment to do all the little things right and just compete for the entire 60 minutes of the game.”

Mass. College Lax: News & Notes From Yesterday’s Amherst, Tufts NCAA Victories

By Matt Noonan 

Additional notes on yesterday’s NCAA Division III Tournament victories by Amherst College and Tufts University.

* Amherst College’s women’s lacrosse team will be making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals on Saturday when the Jeffs take on Salisbury University in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The last time the Jeffs competed in the semifinals was in 2004.

* Amherst’s 19 wins are the most the Jeffs have recorded in program-history. The Jeffs’ 18 wins – recorded by the 2003 national championship squad – was the most victories recorded in a season prior to yesterday’s win over TCNJ.

* The Jeffs, who started the season 14-0, finished 10-0 in Amherst. They’re also 22-9 all-time in 11 NCAA Tournament play and 6-2 in quarterfinal contests.

* Yesterday’s win for the Jeffs against the Lions was their fourth in seven postseason meetings with TCNJ. The Lions previously defeated the Jeffs in the second round in 2012.

* Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team will be making its third appearance in the championship on Sunday when the Jumbos meet Salisbury University at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland, the home of the Baltimore Ravens.

* Tufts has faced-off against Salisbury twice in the title game with the Jumbos prevailing in 2010, while the Sea Gulls captured the 2011 meeting.

* According to the Tufts Athletics Website, the Jumbos’ 21-11 victory snapped RIT’s 30-game home winning streak (spanned the last three seasons). Also, the last time the Tigers surrendered 20 goals in a game was on March 3, 2010, a 20-10 setback to Stevenson.

Media Coverage:

* From the Democratic & Chronicle’s coverage of yesterday’s RIT-Tufts semifinal contest: “We know there’s a certain amount of plays in a lacrosse game and we made more of them today than they made. They ended our season last year and we remember that and remember what that felt like. What they’re going through right now, we know hat that feels,” Tufts head coach Mike Daly said.

* The Daily Hampshire Gazette recaps the Jeffs’ quarterfinal win in their ‘Weekend Colleges’ roundup

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