AMHERST, Mass. – The 10th-ranked Wesleyan men's lacrosse team will face a familiar foe in the Third Round of the 2019 NCAA Championships on Saturday, as the Cardinals head to Amherst, Mass. to face Little Three archrival and No. 7 Amherst at 1 p.m.
- Saturday's game will take place on Pratt Field. The game will feature live stats and a live broadcast by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).
- Saturday's game will mark the second meeting this season between the two Little Three rivals. Amherst won the previous matchup at home on April 3rd, 14-9.
- The Mammoths hold a slight 34-29 edge in the all-time series, which began in 1960.
- This will be the first meeting between Wesleyan and Amherst in the NCAA Tournament and the first postseason game since 2014, when they met in the NESCAC Semifinals.
- The Cardinals defeated Western New England on Wednesday in the Second Round, 11-8. Wesleyan came out strong and scored the first four goals of the game. The Golden Bears rallied and took a 6-5 lead halfway through the third quarter, but the Cardinals held on and outscored the visitors 6-2 down the stretch.
- Christian Barker and Carter Hawthorne scored three goals and recorded two assists each, while Ronan Jacoby added three goals and an assist. Four players caused two turnovers apiece—Corey Aviles, Thomas Clejan, Colin Malarchuk, and Mitchell Patton—and goalie Otto Bohan made 13 saves in net.
- Wesleyan is averaging 12.94 goals per game and allowing just 8.56. Saturday's game marks only the fifth away game of the season, and second at Amherst, as the Cardinals are 2-2 on the road.
- They are now 7-0 all-time in their opening round playoff game and 15-5 overall in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Mammoths hosted Elizabethtown in the Second Round and cruised to a 21-9 win. Wednesday's game was never in doubt, as Amherst dominated the first quarter and took a 10-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of action.
- Evan Wolf, the NESCAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, led the team with six points (3 G, 3 A), while Jack Norton scored four times, Colin Minicus totaled four points (2 G, 2 A), Jon Coffey scored three goals, and Brogan Mahon totaled three points (1 G, 2 A). Defensively, Rod Castro, James Crovatto, and Tamer Sullivan each caused two turnovers and goalie Gib Versfeld recorded nine saves.
- Amherst is averaging 18.5 goals per game and allowing 10.11. The Mammoths are 8-1 at home this year with their lone loss against then-No. 6 Tufts, 15-14. They opened the season by winning their first 10 games, including a 17-16 victory over No. 1 RIT at the Mustang Classic.
- Wolf leads the team in scoring with 103 points on 67 goals and 36 assists. His 5.72 points per game rank sixth in the country, while his 3.72 goals rank 16th.
- Wolf (attack) was joined on the All-NESCAC First Team by juniors Jimmy McAfee (midfielder) and Matt Solberg (midfielder), and sophomore Tamer Sullivan (defender), while juniors Colin Minicus (attack) and Rod Castro (defender) were named to the Second Team.
- Amherst is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth straight. The Mammoths are 10-6 all-time in the postseason and are 7-0 in their opening round game. Amherst has reached the quarterfinals three times.