Adrien de Bontin '06
Photo by Erik Andrews '09
Senior Adrien de Bontin evened the count at 2-2 with his first goal of the season on Sunday.

Fourth-Seeded Jeffs Suffer 3-2 Loss to Seventh-Seeded Wesleyan in NESCAC Tournament Championship

November 6, 2005

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The fourth-seeded Amherst College men's soccer team suffered a 3-2 loss to seventh-seeded Wesleyan University in the NESCAC Postseason Tournament Championship game, hosted by Williams College on Sunday. With the win Wesleyan (9-5-3) becomes the lowest seed to win the conference tournament in NESCAC history and earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Wesleyan first-year Matt Nevin (Montclair, NJ) gave the Cardinals a 2-0 edge, tallying a pair of goals over a 2:07 span in the first half. He scored the first at the 32:14-mark, converting a feed from sophomore Mike Walker (Des Moines, IA), and notched the second in unassisted fashion at 34:21. The Jeffs got on the board in the 62nd minute as sophomore Ryan O'Donnell (Belchertown, MA) found the net off an assist from rookie teammate Nick Lynch (Kingston, Jamaica). Senior Adrien de Bontin (Kenilworth, IL) knotted the score at 2-2 for the Jeffs just over 13 minutes later, stuffing home a pass from classmate Jay Kloppenberg (Wellesley, MA), but the deadlock wouldn't last long as Wesleyan sophomore Ross Pemmerl (Rehoboth, MA) sealed the victory with an unassisted score at the 76:29-mark.

Amherst rookie netminder Jeff Grover (Framingham, MA) and Wesleyan sophomore counterpart Matt Gnall (Morristown, NJ) were credited with one save each.

Amherst falls to 9-5-3 with the loss and awaits a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Draws and locations will be announced later today and can be found at: http://www.ncaasports.com/soccer/mens

Box Score

2005 NESCAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
First Round—Sunday, Oct. 30
No. 7 Wesleyan 4 at No. 2 Bowdoin 1
No. 6 Tufts 0 at No. 3 Middlebury 1
No. 5 Bates 1 at No. 4 Amherst College 2 (2OT)

Semifinals—Saturday, Nov. 5 at Williams
No. 1 Williams 0 vs. No. 7 Wesleyan 1
No. 3 Middlebury 0 vs. No. 4 Amherst 1

Finals-Sunday, Nov. 6 at Williams
No. 4 Amherst 2 vs. No. 7 Wesleyan 3