AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst College men's lacrosse earned a No. 5 seed in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. This is the fourth-straight ECAC bid the team has received as the team seeks a second Championship after winning the tournament in 1987. Closing out the regular season with a 9-6 record, senior attackman Andy Neviaser (Germantown, MD) was named a Co-Player of the Week by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Amherst concluded the regular season with an 13-12 win over archrival Williams College in the first regular season victory over the Ephs and the first Little III title for the Jeffs since the 1988 season. Leading Amherst to victory was Neviaser, who notched a career-high four goals against the Ephs, including the game-winning shot that gave the Jeffs a 13-11 lead with 11 minutes left in the game. Neviaser sparked the Amherst offensive early with his first goal just 10 seconds after the opening whistle. The senior has 16 goals and one assist for the season to date.
Amherst will travel to Brunswick, Maine for a First Round matchup with fourth-seeded Bowdoin College (9-6), who notched a 15-11 win in the regular season meeting. The winner will advance to a semifinal game against top-seeded Springfield College on Friday. Game pairings and times are listed below.
Leading the Amherst attack is sophomore attackman Sam Altman (Owing Mills, MD) and junior Matt Roy (Marblehead, MA), who is four points away from his 100th collegiate point. Quad-captain Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) began the season as a Face-Off Magazine Premier Midfielder, and the junior is one of the top-face-off men in the region.
The game against Bowdoin will again pit twin brothers Corey and Wendell Simonson (Brookline, MA) against each other as the rookies have won starting spots as the Amherst goalie and Bowdoin midfielder, respectively. Corey made eight saves against the Polar Bears while Wendell claimed a goal and two assists off his brother.
Bowdoin boasts the top goalie in the NESCAC as sophomore Will Casella (Sewickley, PA) has an 8.38 goals against average. Sophomore Nick Rutherford (Woodbridge, CT) leads the attack with 35 goals and 10 assists to date.
Wednesday, May 6, 1998 4:30pm No. 6 Trinity (7-6) at No. 3 Connecticut College (10-4) 4:30pm No. 5 Amherst (9-6) at No. 4 Bowdoin (9-6) Friday, May 8, 1998 in Springfield, Massachusetts 2:30pm Conn College/Trinity v. No. 2 Colby (12-3) 4:30pm Bowdoin/Amherst at No. 1 Springfield (10-4) Saturday, May 9, 1998 in Springfield, Massachusetts 1:00pm Championship Game # # # 5/4/98