Men’s Lacrosse Earns No. 2 Seed in NESCAC Tournament, Will Host No. 7 Williams Saturday

Men’s Lacrosse Earns No. 2 Seed in NESCAC Tournament, Will Host No. 7 Williams Saturday

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team – ranked No. 7 in the country – earned the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championships and will host Little Three archrival and seventh-seeded Williams College Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. on Jackson Field.

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday's game will feature live stats and live video broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN), with play-by-play by Gene Gumbs. (Live Stats l Video)

GAME PREVIEW
After a season-opening loss on the road against now-No. 1 Bates, 15-14, Wesleyan has since rattled off 14 consecutive wins to mark a historic regular season. The Cardinals finished 9-1 in league play, setting a program record in wins, while posting their best record since the league began in 2001 (8-0). Additionally, the team's current 14-game winning streak is a program record, surpassing the previous mark of 12 set in 2001.

Wesleyan is making its 15th consecutive tournament appearance and earned the No. 2 seed for the second time in four years. The team is 18-14 all-time in the NESCAC Championships, with one title and five runner-up finishes, and is 11-4 in the quarterfinal round. The Cardinals boast the league's top defense entering Saturday's game, having allowed a league-low 132 goals against this season, and ranks tops in the NESCAC in goals-against average (8.88) and save percentage (57.0). Leading the way is senior captain Ted Bergman, who ranks first in the conference and 44th in the country in GAA (8.71). Wesleyan has held opponents to single digits in 11 of its 15 games. Offensively, they are led by Harry Stanton '18 who leads the league in goals (57) and is tied for the league-lead in points (78), while Carter Hawthorne '19 ranks second in assists (35) and fifth in points (66). The Cardinals have scored in double-figures in all but one game this year.

The Ephs are the No. 7 seed in the tournament for the second straight year, following a 19-10 loss to Middlebury in the regular season finale on Wednesday. Williams advanced to the semifinals a year ago as the seventh-seed with a 11-10 win over Amherst, and are 4-6 all-time in quarterfinal games. The Ephs are led by senior attack Michael Fahey, who ranks third in the conference in points (72) and fifth in goals (45).

Wesleyan is 3-0 all-time against Williams in the conference tournament. The last time these two teams met in the postseason was 2009, in which the Cardinals won 11-5 in the quarterfinals and eventually claimed the conference title.

For a full preview of the NESCAC Championship, click HERE.


2017 NESCAC MEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 29 at Higher Seeds
Quarterfinal Games

No. 8 Conn. College vs. No. 1 Bates – 1 p.m.
No. 7 Williams vs. No. 2 Wesleyan – 1 p.m.
No. 6 Middlebury vs. No. 3 Amherst – 1 p.m.
No. 5 Tufts vs. No. 4 Bowdoin – 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 6 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Games – 12 p.m. I 3 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners

Sunday, May 7 at Semifinals Site
Championship Game – 12 p.m.