Featuring two teams that have combined to win 12 out of the last 14 NESCAC Championships, Saturday’s second semifinal matchup saw second-seeded Tufts defeat third-seeded Middlebury, 23-9, on Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field on the campus of Amherst College.
Amherst continues its quest toward the program’s first conference title when it hosts the 2015 NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Pratt Field. The first semifinal takes place on Saturday, May 2 with the Jeffs hosting fifth-seeded Bates at noon followed by second-seeded Tufts squaring off against third-seeded Middlebury at 3 p.m.
The Middlebury men's lacrosse team held off a determined Williams squad, 14-13, in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. John Jackson had a huge impact in the one-goal victory, setting career-highs in both faceoffs won (27-30) and grabbing a staggering 20 ground balls.
Getting four goals and two assists from top scorer Jack Allard and 15-save goaltending from Joe Faria, visiting Bates College avenged a regular-season 10-7 home loss to Wesleyan University by defeating the fourth-seeded Cardinals, 14-11, in a NESCAC quarterfinal matchup this afternoon at Wesleyan.
Second-seed Tufts scored nine goals in the first quarter, but had to withstand a strong comeback by seven-seed Hamilton College to earn a 15-12 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2015 NESCAC Championship Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
The top-seeded Amherst College men’s lacrosse team used a six-goal effort from Chris Albanese, and a six-assist outing from Quinn Moroney, and the Jeffs fended off a late rally to advance past No. 8 Colby College, 12-9 in Saturday afternoon’s NESCAC quarterfinal game at Pratt Field.
Amherst has earned the top seed in the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship for the first time in program history, and will look to win its first league title when quarterfinal play opens on Saturday, April 25.