MANSFIELD, Mass. – It came down to the final game of the regular season, but Lesley University has nabbed the top seed in the 2019 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship. Finishing regular season play at 5-1-1, the Lynx offense is powered by Jack Wadleigh’s (Glastonbury, Conn.) 11 goals, good for a tie for second in the league. Lesley will host the winner of the first round match-up between No. 5 Elms College and No. 4 Mitchell College on Thursday, November 7.
The second first round bye goes to New England College. The Pilgrims landed in a second place tie with Eastern Nazarene College at 4-2-0, but beat the Lions in their regular season meeting to secure the No. 2 seed. They will look to rookie Wiskins Flavil (Boston, Mass.) to pace their offensive attack, as the freshman has tallied four goals and six assists on the season, with the latter good for second in the league. The Pilgrims will play the winner of the match-up between No. 6 Dean College (2-4-0) at No. 3 Eastern Nazarene College (4-2-0).
No. 3 Eastern Nazarene boasts a potent offensive attack, led by Charlie Swann (London, England) who has netted a league-best 15 goals. His teammate, Leon Zaffonato (Canela, Brazil), has assisted on a league-leading 7 goals. They will host No. 6 Dean, who will look to counter the Lions' attack with goalkeeper Bryce Antoch (Cranston, R.I.), who leads the league with 130 saves.
The No. 4 seed is awarded to Mitchell, as they finished tied for fourth in the league with Elms at 3-3, but beat the Blazers in head-to-head competition. The Mariners have seen strong play from newcomer Julian Cortez (West N.Y., New Jersey) who leads his squad with five goals. The Mariners will host No. 5 Elms in a first round match on Sunday, November 3. Elms also boasts one of the most prolific scorers in the league in Babba Jaden (Clarkston, Ga.) who is tied for second in the league with 11 goals.
The winners of the semifinal games on Thursday, November 7 will face off in the 2019 NECC Championship on Sunday, November 10, at the highest remaining seed.
2019 NECC Men’s Soccer Championship
- New England Col.
- Eastern Nazarene
Sunday, November 3 - First Round
GAME 1: No. 6 Dean College at No. 3 Eastern Nazarene College- TBA
GAME 2: No. 5 Elms College at No. 4 Mitchell College- TBA
Thursday, November 7 - Semifinals
GAME 3: Winner of Game 2 at No. 1 Lesley University- 8:00 p.m.
GAME 4 Winner of Game 1 at No. 2 New England College- 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 - Finals (Hosted by Highest Remaining Seed)
GAME 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4- TBA
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.