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Amherst’s Wolf (Lower Merion) repeats as NESCAC Player of the Year

Thursday, 2nd May 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/19
From Press Release

Amherst senior captain Evan Wolf (Lower Merion) captured the NESCAC’s top prize and was named the NESCAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

In addition to his Player of the Year selection, Wolf lands on the All-NESCAC First Team alongside Matt Solberg ’20, Tamer Sullivan ’21 and Jimmy McAfee (Germantown Academy) ’20, while Colin Minicus ’20 and Rod Castro (Radnor) ’20 earned Second Team distinction.

Voted on by coaches across the conference, Wolf is the first student-athlete to capture back-to-back NESCAC Player of the Year nods since DJ Hessler of Tufts did so in 2010 and 2011, becomes the first-ever Amherst player to earn two Player of the Year Selections and remains the third Mammoth in the history of the program to earn the honor (Quinn Moroney ’16 in 2015 & Derek Cherney ’07 in 2007).

An instrumental component to the third ranked scoring offense in the country (19.00), Wolf clinches his second straight First Team selection and third All-NESCAC nod overall after starting all 16 games for Amherst en route to leading the league in goals (62) and points (94) while ranking sixth in the conference in assists (32). In addition to 27 ground ball pickups and seven caused turnovers, the attackman’s 5.88 points per game average is tied for sixth in all of Division III, while his 3.88 goals per game average ranks 12th in the nation.

Earning back-to-back All-League selections, McAfee is once again the First Team’s short stick midfielder after another strong all-around season. Starting all 15 games he has appeared in, the Perrineville, N.J. ranks third on the team in ground balls with 41 and has caused nine turnovers in addition to potting eight goals and dishing out seven helpers for 15 points.

Earning his first All-NESCAC honor as a formidable power for Amherst on defense, Castro lands on the Second Team after a breakout junior campaign. The driving force behind a Mammoths team that ranks 10th in the country in caused turnovers per game (13.38), Castro has forced a team-leading 31 turnovers to rank second in the NESCAC and 55th in the country in caused turnovers per game (2.21). Seeing action in 14 games this spring, the Bryn Mawr, Pa. native has also posted 36 ground balls pickups and has dished out an assist as an anchor on the backline.

The Amherst men’s lacrosse team, ranked number five in the nation in the latest USILA Coaches poll, returns to action this weekend when they battle third-seeded Williams on Saturday, May 4 in the NESCAC Semifinals as the conference’s No. 4 seed. Opening faceoff is set for 3 p.m. on the campus of top-seeded Tufts.

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