Stevenson is making its 11th straight NCAA appearance and earned the MAC Commonwealth automatic berth with a commanding 23-4 win over Lycoming in the championship game. The Mustangs advanced in the NCAA tournament by rallying past No. 14 Franklin & Marshall for a 12-9 win. Junior Ethan Christensen was named the MAC Commonwealth tournament MVP and has tallied 43 goals and 39 assists for 82 points. Senior JT Thelen has totaled 58 goals and 13 assists for 71 points. He became the program’s all-time leading scorer last Wednesday against Widener and has 191 career goals. Gray McKee has recorded 36 goals and 18 assists. Dominic DeFazio and Dylan Harris lead the defense with 37 and 36 caused turnovers, respectively. Marc Poust has started 12 of the last 13 games in goal for the Mustangs and owns a 8.59 goals against average and .493 save percentage.
The Jumbos are third in this week’s USILA Division III poll and are 18-1 with their lone blemish coming to Wesleyan by a 10-9 count on April 6. Tufts extended its win streak to eight by cruising past New England College 24-7 in its first NCAA game Wednesday. Danny Murphy leads the Jumbo offense with 45 goals and 38 assists for 83 points, while Ben Connelly has totaled 52 goals and 20 assists. Max Waldbaum has racked up 62 goals and 10 assists. Jack Donohue has a team-best 17 caused turnovers, while Kyle Helfrich has won 55.9% of faceoffs (237-424). Mason Pollack has started 16 of 19 games in goal and owns an 11.73 GAA and .537 save percentage. He did not play in the NEC win, nor did he face the Mustangs in March.
SERIES WITH TUFTS
Tufts owns a 5-3 lead in the all-time series with Stevenson. Saturday’s game will be the first meeting hosted by the Jumbos, as each of the first eight contests have been in Maryland. Earlier this season Tufts registered a 19-7 victory jumping out to an 8-3 lead after one quarter.
STEVENSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Stevenson is 18-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is making its 11th straight appearance, a claim only five other schools can make. The Mustangs captured the 2013 national championship and reached the semifinals in 2009, 2010 and 2012 while reaching the quarterfinals in 2011 and 2014. Last season, Stevenson bowed out in the second round to Ithaca.
RACKING UP THE AWARDS
The Mustangs have won five MAC Commonwealth weekly awards in the last four weeks. Ethan Christensen was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week on April 15 and 22 and was named Player of the Week this week after being named MVP of the MAC Commonwealth Tournament. while Last week Stevenson swept the weekly awards, with Jacob Tatum named Offensive Player of the Week and Dominic DeFazio named the Defensive Player of the Week.
The Mustangs also had a total of 11 players named to the MAC Commonwealth All-Conference team earlier this week, including seven First Team selections. Ethan Christensen was named the Offensive Player of the Year, with Seth Thornton earning Specialist of the Year accolades.
Stevenson has won its last 28 games in which it has scored at least 13 goals, including a 10-0 mark this season. The last time the Mustangs scored at least 13 and lost was March 21, 2017, falling to Tufts 16-13.
RECORDS ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN
Senior JT Thelen broke Stevenson's career goal record Wednesday night, scoring five goals to reach 185 for his career, passing the previous mark of 181 set by Richie Ford. He now has 187 career goals.
Dominic DeFazio tied the program caused turnover mark on Wednesday against Franklin & Marshall. He now has 139 career caused turnovers, tied with Kyle Holechek for first all-time.
Saturday’s winner advances to the NCAA quarterfinals, where it will meet the winner of a third round game between Amherst and Wesleyan. That game would take place on Wednesday, May 15.