WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – George McCormack's 2019 Williams College men's lacrosse team that fashioned a program best 15 wins this season against just three losses has earned an At-Large berth in the NCAA DIII Men's Lacrosse Tournament.
This is the Ephs' first NCAA appearance since 2008.
Williams, winners of eight of their last nine games, with the lone loss in that skein coming earlier today to Tufts in the NESCAC Championship game, 17-16, in overtime
The Keene State Owls are 11-5 on the year and they will arrive in Williamstown as champions of the Little East Conference and riding a 9-game win streak.
Defense has been a hallmark of this Eph team, holding the opposition to 10 goals a game, while averaging 14.8 goals a game. The Owls average 16.3 goals a game and they have allowed an average of 9.4 goals a game.
Sophomore Harry Gahagan is the primary goalie for Williams. In 1,062 minutes Gahagan has made 212 saves and allowed 177 goals for a save percentage of 54.5 and a goals against average of 10.0.
Attack Jake Haase leads the Ephs in points with 85. He has scored 31 goals and has registered 54 assists. The leading goal scorer for the Ephs is Cory Lund with 54. Lund also has 23 assists for 77 points.
The Owls' attack is led by Dave Wiedenfeld. Wiedenfeld's 68 points have come from 39 assists and 29 goals. Joe Nutting is the Owls' leading goal scorer with 45 and his 21 assists places him second in points on the team with 66.
The primary Owl goalie is Chase Chamblerlin who in 546 minutes has made 87 saves and allowed 47 goals for a save percentage of .54 and a goals against average of 7.6.
The championship provides for a 36-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) was granted to 27 conference champions, which form "Pool A." One team is selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining eight teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference's AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C). NESCAC teams Amherst, Wesleyan and Williams also earned berths.