WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. -- Defending champion Tufts is the top seed in the NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship for the first time since 2016 and sixth time in program history. The Jumbos claimed the No. 1 seed with a 13-7 victory over Bowdoin in the regular season finale.
The NESCAC Championship begins on Saturday, April 27 with quarterfinal games on the campus of the higher seeds. The semifinals and final will be played on the campus of the highest remaining seed on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.
Tiebreakers were applied to determine the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 seeds. Wesleyan, Williams, and Amherst all finished with identical conference records of 8-2. In head-to-head competition, all three teams went 1-1. In results against the top four teams (Tufts, Wesleyan, Williams, and Amherst), Wesleyan went 2-1 and Williams and Amherst went 1-2. As a result, Wesleyan earned the No. 2 seed. In head-to-head competition, Williams defeated Amherst to earn the No. 3 seed.
Additionally, Colby and Middlebury both finished with identical conference records of 4-6. In head-to-head competition, Colby defeated Middlebury to earn the No. 6 seed.
The Ephs (13-2, 8-2 NESCAC) won a school record-tying 13th game in the regular season finale when they downed Middlebury 14-12 to claim the No. 3 seed. Williams will host a quarterfinal game for the second year in a row when it faces No. 6 Colby (8-6, 4-6 NESCAC) at 1:00 PM Saturday on Farley-Lamb Field. The No. 3 seed is the highest in program history for the Ephs, who are making their sixth straight appearance after advancing to the semifinals last year. Williams won its only NESCAC title in 2008.
Colby returns to the NESCAC Championship field for the first time since 2015 and is making its eighth appearance overall. The Mules were also the No. 6 seed in 2011 and are seeking their second semifinal appearance in program history. Colby reached the semifinals in 2002 with a 12-6 victory over Williams in the lone meeting between the two teams in the NESCAC Tournament.
Williams defeated Colby, 11-6, on April 13 in Waterville, Maine in the regular season. The Ephs scored the first three goals of the game and never relinquished the lead in posting the road win. Brendan Hoffman, Cory Lund and Tim Saffold led the Eph attack with two goals each.
Eph goalie Harry Gahagan stopped 11 of 17 shots by the Mules. CJ Hassan was the lone Mule to score more than one goal and he scored twice in the contest. Colby goalie C.J. Layton stopped 24 of 35 Eph shots in the contest.
2019 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 27
at Highest Seed
No. 8 Trinity at No. 1 Tufts - 3 p.m.
No. 7 Middlebury at No. 2 Wesleyan - 1 p.m.
No. 6 Colby at No. 3 Williams - 1 p.m.
No. 5 Bates at No. 4 Amherst - 3 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, May 4
at Highest Remaining Seed
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed - 12 p.m.
Other Quarterfinal Winners - 3 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, May 5
at Semifinal Host
Semifinal winners - 12 p.m.