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Men’s Lacrosse Begins NESCAC Tournament Play at Williams This Weekend

Men’s Lacrosse Begins NESCAC Tournament Play at Williams This Weekend

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Connecticut College will be among eight schools competing in the NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament beginning this weekend.

The Camels are seeded fifth and will travel to face fourth-seeded Williams on Saturday, Apr. 28 at 1:00 p.m. for the right to advance to the semifinal round at the site of the highest remaining seed. The winner of the NESCAC championship match on Sunday, May 6 will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament.

Connecticut College (10-5, NESCAC 5-5) will look to avenge a close 11-9 loss to the Ephs in Williamstown from earlier this spring and advance to the semifinal round for the first time since 2013. Offensively, the team is led by juniors PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) and Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) as well as sophomore Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.). Foster has a team-high 36 goals and eight assists for 44 points, while Kelleher has set up 42 goals and found the back of the net 22 times. Trotsky enters the postseason with 28 markers and seven assists.

The Camels have had strong play between the posts from two upperclassmen, as senior Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) and junior Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) rank second and third, respectively, among NESCAC netminders in goals against average. Rosenthall, who has started the last three contests, leads the league with a .606 save percentage and also has an 8.00 goals against average. Hill, meanwhile, has been almost equally as impressive with a 9.47 goals against average. He has turned away 51.5 percent shots he has faced and was the winning goalie in four of the team's five NESCAC victories.

Defenders Courtney Morgan (South Windsor, Conn.) and Anthony Drouin (Oakville, Ontario) have combined to cause 34 turnovers as the anchors of the back line. Senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) has won 192 faceoffs this year.

Williams (8-7, NESCAC 6-4) enters the tournament on a roll and has won four of its last five games. The Ephs will also be seeking their third semifinal appearance in the last five years. The offense runs through Kevin Stump, who has 40 goals and 13 assists for 53 points this season. John Hincks is the primary setup man with a team-leading 24 helpers to his credit, while Rock Stewart paces the defense and has 46 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. George Peele has started every game between the posts and has an 11.02 goals against average along with a .519 save percentage.

Anyone who is unable to make any of the trips can look at the tournament schedule below for following the quarterfinal matchups online.

Matchup

Location

Time

Links

#1 Wesleyan vs. #8 Bates

Middletown, Conn.

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#4 Williams vs. #5 Connecticut College

Williamstown, Mass.

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#2 Amherst vs. #7 Bowdoin

Amherst, Mass.

3:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#3 Tufts vs. #6 Middlebury

Medford, Mass.

3:30 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video