WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – George McCormack's 14-2 Williams men's lacrosse team, owners of a 7-game win streak, will face arch rival Amherst on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM on the campus of Tufts University.
Host Tufts will play Middlebury at noon prior to the Williams – Amherst contest. Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday at Tufts to determine the NESCAC champion and the winner of the NESCAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
All three games will be streamed online via the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). Links can be found at NESCAC.com. The broadcasts will also be available through Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search for and download the 'NESCAC Network' channel.
The Ephs have put together an historic season. Their 12-9 victory over No. 6 Colby marked the eighth NESCAC postseason win in program history and was the team's 14th victory of the year, setting a school record for most wins in a single season for a program that began in 1928.
Williams' No. 3 seed is also the highest in program history and sophomore Cory Lund became the first Eph to score 50 goals in a season since the 2000 campaign in the win over the Mules.
Williams is in the semifinals for the second straight season and fourth time in six years and looking to add to its lone championship in 2008. Rookie Jake Haase leads Williams in scoring with 73 points (27g-46a-73) and Lund is second with 70 points (50g-20a-70). Sophomore Harry Gahagan has played all but 20 minutes in goal for the Ephs and carries the second-best goals against average in the NESCAC at 9.70 along with a .542 save percentage. As a team Williams ranks second among NESCAC teams in goals against average at 10.00.
Amherst, the No. 4 seed, posted its third straight 20-goal outburst in a 23-9 victory over No. 5 Bates in the quarterfinals. The Mammoths are in the semifinals for the second consecutive season and looking to reach the championship game for the first time since 2015. Senior Evan Wolf and junior Colin Minicus led the Amherst offense. Minicus leads the Mammoths in assists (40) and ranks second on the team in points (30-40-70). Wolf is the leading scorer in the NESCAC and on the cusp of registering a 100-point season with a league-leading 62 goals and 34 assists for 96 points. Junior Chad Simons has 11 wins in the Amherst net and ranks third in the league in goals against average (10.19), but sophomore Gib Versfeld earned his first playoff start against the Bobcats and responded with 20 saves in the victory.
In the regular season contest played in Williamstown back on April 6 the Ephs prevailed 13-11. The Ephs got goal two goals each from Cory Lund, Brendan Hoffman, Calvin Collins, and Matthew Seligson, while Amherst was led by Colin Minicus, who tallied six goals.
Eph goalie Harry Gahagan stopped 10 of 21 Amherst shots, while Amherst goalie Chad Simons demoed 14 of 27 shots by the Ephs.