By Matt Noonan
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.
The Lions of Emerson has been an exciting story this spring as the Purple and Gold have won nine of 10 contests, including their last five matchups. Emerson has limited its last three foes to five goals or less – they held Regis College to just two goals on Wednesday in a 21-2 victory.
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.
Wesleyan has won five of six contests thus far – the Cardinals bounced back from a one-goal setback to Colby College (10-9) last weekend with a 23-6 victory on Wednesday against Coast Guard Academy.
As a team, Wesleyan leads the NESCAC in goals (126) while Bowdoin ranks second with 105 tallies. Tufts University is second with 112 markers.
The Cardinals, however, are second in the league when it comes to goals allowed (45), thanks to Colin Hanley, who has yielded 36 goals in six contests.
For Bowdoin to be successful, they will need to find a way to slip the ball past Hanley, who has surrendered roughly seven goals per game.
Connecticut College has only played four games this season, but two of their contests have ended with dramatic wins in overtime.
The Camels edged Hamilton College last Saturday, thanks to a five-point effort from Jared Rainville. JJ Ford and Jack Tenzer both recorded hat tricks in the 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.