New England D3 Report, April 20th

The story of this blog most of the season was the weather. Teams have battled the opponents and the elements in the first half of the season. But finally we have been blessed with great weather and the sub zero temps are behind us. The weather is getting warmer and teams from all conferences jockey for conference playoff position.

The big story this week has to be Tufts dropping a 21-15 decision on the road to Amherst. That will give us a new #1 in the six pack.

  1. Bates. Is 9-0 and have taken out Wesleyan and Amherst already this season. On Tuesday night they will travel down to take on Tufts as the #1 team in the nation. This was already a much anticipated clash that takes on more significance as the Bobcats are the last remaining unbeaten team in D3 lacrosse.
  2. Tufts (11-1). The Jumbos unbeaten season came crashing down at Amherst on Saturday as they were beaten 21-15. They appeared to tire in the second half and were outscored 13-3 down the stretch. This upcoming Bates game is huge in terms of NESCAC seeding.
  3. Wesleyan (11-1) had a solid week picking up a home win over Trinity and squeaking by Bowdoin on the road. This week they play Skidmore on non league action and will host Tufts next weekend.
  4. Amherst (10-3). Maybe they should be a little higher, but Amherst has had a few subpar games throughout the season. Make no mistake they are well equipped to beat any team in the country. May have the most depth of any NESCAC team.
  5. Keene St . The 8-3 Owls show up here this week on the strength of a 14-8 win at Bowdoin. They should coast to the Little East AQ and will hope to make a strong playoff run.
  6. Springfield 7-3. Could have very easily been Middlebury or Bowdoin here, but the NEWMAC frontrunners have been strong all season.

Elsewhere….

NEWMAC. Springfield continues to set the pace. They have a huge NEWMAC game hosting Coast Guard midweek. Coast Guard is a team to watch. Their young program is a threat for a NEWMAC playoff bid. Most of their scoring is coming from their Fr/Soph class. They lost a heartbreaker 13-12 in 2OT to Kings Point at Navy Marine Corp Stadium on Saturday. The game was played as a part of a double header with the Army/Navy Game.

Longtime MIT coach Walter Alessi announced his retirement. He is hoping to end the season on a high note. His Engineers hold wins over Babson and Coast Guard and should qualify for the NEWMAC 4 team playoff. Graham Davis is having his second strong season in a row with 39g and 14a.

Speaking of Babson, with all of the hype we have been giving them they have still not secured a playoff spot.

Don’t sleep on Clark to crack the top 4 either. They beat MIT for the first time in program history this weekend 11-10. They also hold a win over Coast Guard as well.

Commonwealth Coast. Endicott behind strong Sr leadership is the clear favorite to take home the AQ. More than likely they will take home field advantage in the CCC playoffs holding wins over Western New England, Roger Williams and UNE. Those three aforementioned teams are vying for #2 seed to get a bye in the 6 team CCC playoffs. Roger Williams should have a lot to say about that with road games at WNE and UNE this week.

GNAC. Lasell is unbeaten in league play, but this is a very competitive league as 3-4 teams can easily win in a tournament format for the AQ. Mt Ida is a solid 9-4 and only lost to Lasell by 1. Johnson And Wales and Norwich are not far behind.

Little East. See Keene St.

Freshman standouts: There are a few freshmen that have caught my eye are having outstanding seasons. We looked at the freshmen FO men a couple of weeks ago. Let’s look at the rest.

Colin Minicus, Amherst: He has taken over the reigns of the Amherst offense in recent weeks. His stat line reads 22g/36a on 26% shooting

Matt Chlastawa, Bates: The lefty has fit like a glove in the Bates offense with an impressive 21g 9a while shooting 34%.

AJ Kucinski, Middlebury: The BC High product is a point machine. His 26/75 (35%)shooting and 28a show he is a legit attackman for the Panthers.

Riley McNulty, Coast Guard: Leading the Bears 28g and 15a while shooting 35%.

Johnny Hincks, Williams: quietly has 21g and 11a and shoots 36%. Williams has a few freshmen stepping up, but the Top Gun Clam and Belmont Hill alum is leading the way.

Three Stars:

  1. Matt Killian, Amherst: He has been an unsung hero all season. The two way mid shot 3/6 and scooped up 4 GBs in the big win over Tufts.
  2. Chris Albanese, Amherst: Shot 6/10 and added an assist in win over Tufts.
  3. Dan Auger, U New England: Became the Noreasters all- time scoring champ this weekend in a victory over Maine Maritime.

Faceoff player of the week:

Colin Cashin, Coast Guard: Went 34/46 in two games versus Wheaton and Kings Point. On the season he stands at 160/226, 71% and he has picked up 107 GBs.