(Photo Courtesy of Saint Joseph’s Athletics)
The 2023 Atlantic 10 tournament gets underway on Thursday, May 4 with the semifinals. The title game will be on Saturday, May 6.
Saint Joseph’s is the top seed. The tournament will be hosted by Richmond.
No. 1 Saint Joseph’s (10-4, 5-0 A10)
The Hawks have run through unscathed in their first year of A10 play. The Hawks enter the postseason on a six-game winning streak with their last loss coming to Duke on March 25.
Star Player: Zach Colae, Faceoff
Cole as remained one of the best faceoff men in college lacrosse this season. He has gone 236-for-378 (62.4%) and ranks 10th in DI in save percentage.
X-Factor: Man-Down Defense
Saint Joseph’s is second the conference and ranks 10th in DI in man-down defense, holding their opponents to a 28% conversion percentage in such situations.
Player to Watch: Carter Page, Attack
Page leads the Hawks with 49 points off 44 goals and five assists. He ranks 14th in the nation in goals per game.
No. 2 Richmond (9-4, 4-1 A10)
In year one of the A10, the Spiders have remained as dominant force in their respective conference. Richmond’s only loss in league play came against Saint Joseph’s.
Star Player: Dalton Young, Attack
The senior leads the Richmond offense with 59 points off 23 goals and 35 assists as the quarterback of this squad.
X-Factor: Jared Chenoy, Faceoff
Chenoy has followed up a strong freshman campaign with an equally as good sophomore on, going 165-for-316 (52%) at the dot as a strong asset for the Spiders squad.
Player to Watch: Jake Saunders, Defense
A wily veteran, Saunders is the leader of the Richmond defense out in front. He has recorded 49 ground balls and caused 29 turnovers thus far in 2023.
No. 3 UMass (8-5, 3-2)
In league play, UMass has beaten everybody except the aforementioned top two seeds. The Minutemen have recorded wins over Army, Vermont, and Brown in non-conference play to add to their strong season.
Star Player: Gabriel Procyk, Attack
Procyk leads the Minutemen with 36 points off 22 goals and 14 assists.
X-Factor: Man-Down Defense
UMass is second in DI and first in the league in man-down defense, coming up successful on 76% of such opportunities.
Player to Watch: Matt Knote, Goalie
One of the best goalies in college lacrosse, Knote has made 169 save with a DI-best 59.7% save percentage.
No. 4 High Point (8-7, 2-3 A10)
A big win over Hobart helped push the Panthers into the postseason this spring in year one of the A10.
Star Player: Jack VanOverbeke, Attack
The junior has had a big year, asserting himself as the leader of this offense with 67 points off 34 goals and 33 assists.
X-Factor: Grant Ammann, Defense
The leader of the Panthers’ defense, Ammann leads the team with 36 caused turnovers and has also grabbed 48 ground balls.
Player to Watch: Nick Rizzo, Midfield
Rizzio has started each of the last seven games and has notched 30 points off 16 goals and 14 assists this season.
Saint Joseph’s vs High Point: Saint Joseph’s
Richmond vs UMass: UMass
Saint Joseph’s vs UMass: Saint Joseph’s