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Men's lacrosse NESCAC quarterfinal preview


Hamilton College travels to Medford, Mass., for a 2015 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship quarterfinal at Tufts University's Bello Field on Saturday, April 25.

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Game time is set for 1 p.m. The winner moves on to the semifinals, which will be held at the site of the highest remaining seed on Saturday, May 2.

Hamilton (8-7, 4-6 NESCAC) tied for seventh place in the conference standings and is the No. 7 seed for the championship. The Continentals are making their third NESCAC quarterfinal appearance in their fourth year in the conference for men's lacrosse. John Zimmerman '15, who leads the team in assists, posted his 100th career point earlier this season. Will Driscoll '15 is in fourth place on the team's all-time list with 523 career saves.

Nationally ranked No. 6 Tufts (13-2, 8-2) ended up in second place in the standings and is the second seed for this event. The Jumbos have won the last five NESCAC titles. John Uppgren '16 leads the conference in points per game and is second in assists per game. Alex Salazar '16 is ranked second in the NESCAC in save percentage and saves per game.

A capsule look at both teams can be found below.

No. 7 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 8-7
Conference record (finish): 4-6 (Tie-7th place)
NCAA regional ranking: No. 14 in North Region
Head coach: Scott Barnard, 9th year, 66-62
NESCAC championship appearances: Third
NESCAC championship titles: None
NESCAC championship record: 0-2
This year vs. Tufts: L, 25-6 (April 11 at Tufts)
Road/neutral record: 4-6
Goals per game: 9.50
Goals allowed per game: 10.24
Leading goal scorers: Sam Sweet ’16 (26), Pax Anthos ’15 (19), J.D. Brachman ’17 (18)
Assist leaders: John Zimmerman ’15 (18), Sweet (15)
Starting goalie: Will Driscoll ‘15 (10.22 gaa, .598 save pct., 8-7)

No. 2 seed TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Overall record: 13-2
Conference record (finish): 8-2 (2nd place)
USILA Top 20 poll ranking: No. 6
NCAA regional ranking: No. 3 in North Region
Head coach: Mike Daly, 17th year, 215-80
NESCAC championship appearances: 15th
NESCAC championship titles: Five (2010-14)
NESCAC championship record: 21-9
Home record: 6-1
Goals per game: 16.21
Goals allowed per game: 9.36
Leading goal scorers: John Uppgren ’16 (47), Garrett Clarke ’16 (24), Kyle Howard-Johnson ’16 (24)
Assist leaders: Uppgren (34), Austin Carbone ’17 (23), Ben Andreycak ’16 (15)
Starting goalie: Alex Salazar ‘16 (9.14 gaa, .625 save pct., 13-2)

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