New England D3 Report, March 16th

This week the big story wasn’t so much the play on the field as it was the frozen temps in New England this weekend. There were quite a few postponements, but there were a few top matchups and some movement in the six pack this week.

  1. Tufts (4-0) The Jumbos started out their weekend by beating a tough Middlebury team 16-13 in Medford. Mike Mattson led the way shooting 5/16 with an assist to lead the way in the game that was tied 6-6 at the half. They had a quick turnaround Sunday against Endicott in a game also played in Medford. The Gulls are a team that have given Tufts are hard time in the recent past, but not this time as The Jumbo led 14-4 at the half and cruised to a 18-10 final.
  2. Bates (4-0) The Bobcats beat a quality Amherst team 23-17 in a shootout at home as Kyle Weber hit for nine goals! Sam Francis went 28-43 at the FO X. They will host Endicott on March 15th
  3. Middlebury (2-2) The Panthers started the week strong beating Endicott 17-7 at home before dropping their matchup at Tufts. Monday they traveled to St Lawrence and lost in a 11-10 heartbreaker
  4. Amherst (1-1) Left their defense at home this weekend as Bates dropped them 23-17 decision to Bates. Evan Wolf shot 8/15 in a losing effort.
  5. Wesleyan (2-1) The Cardinals flew down south this week and came away with a 12-8 victory over Hamilton in Florida. Carter Hawthorn, Taylor Ghesquiere and Harry Stanton combined for 10 of the 12 goals. They are shooting 43% as a team thus far.
  6. Bowdoin (0-1) The Polar Bears were Idle this week due to the weather conditions

Elsewhere….

Mt Ida off to unbeaten start: The Mustangs are off to best start in program history with a 4-0 record. They opened eyes this week with wins over CCC foes Salve Regina and Gordon. Coach Andrew Fink will be looking to grab the GNAC AQ this season.

Five New England teams are ranked in this weeks’ National Top 20. Tufts #3, #8 Bates, #9 Amherst, #10 Middlebury, #19 Bowdoin.

Three Stars:

1st Star: Kyle Weber, Bates: The SR midfielder was on fire in the frigid temperatures Saturday shooting 9/15 in the Bobcats win over Amherst.

2nd Star: Mike Mattson, Tufts: In two games shot 8/13 in wins over Middlebury and Endicott

3rd Star Henry Riehl, Middlebury: The big lefty shot 13/24 against Endicott, Tufts and St Lawrence.

Faceoff player of the week:

Alex Zito, Mt Ida: In two wins this week went 26/37, 70% for the Mustangs. For the season he is at 78% good for #5 in NCAA Division III lacrosse

Photo courtesy Bates College Athletics