MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team – seeded No. 2 in the NESCAC Championships – returns to the semifinals for the first time since 2014 and will play fifth-seeded Tufts University on Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. on the campus of Bates College. Both teams also rank in the top-10 nationally, with the Cardinals sitting at No. 8 in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Jumbos claiming the No. 10 spot.
All three games this weekend will be webcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). (Video)
- Saturday's semifinal is a rematch of the April 22 thriller, in which the Cardinals trailed the majority of the game before rallying in the final minutes. Senior Tom Dupont scored the game-winner with 0:19 on the clock on Senior Day to give Wesleyan the 17-16 victory. Harry Stanton '18 led the comeback with eight goals, tying a program record.
- The Cardinals enter the weekend riding a 15-game winning streak, and boast a 15-1 overall mark, while finishing the regular season with a 9-1 league ledger. The 15-game winning streak and nine NESCAC wins are also program records. Last week, Wesleyan came back from a 6-1 deficit to cruise past seventh-seeded Williams, 15-8
- Tufts won its first 11 games of the year before hitting a four-game losing skid. Following a 19-15 setback to Bowdoin in its regular season finale, the Jumbos avenged the loss three-days later in the quarterfinals and defeated the Polar Bears, 12-11.
- Wesleyan is currently 19-14 all-time in the NESCAC Tournament, while Tufts boasts a 28-9 mark and is riding a 22-game winning streak in conference postseason play.
- The Jumbos have won seven consecutive league titles. The Cardinals won the tournament once, in 2009, and finished as runner-up five times. Only Middlebury, Tufts, Wesleyan and Williams own NESCAC Championship titles, with the Panthers and the Jumbos each owning seven.
- Wesleyan Head Coach John Raba was recently named the NESCAC Coach of the Year – the third of his career. The Cardinals also placed four players on the all-conference teams; Ted Bergman '17 (First Team), Taylor Ghesquiere '18 (First Team), Harry Stanton '18 (First Team) and Ben Shively '18 (Second Team). The four All-NESCAC selections are tied for most alongside Amherst and Bates.
- Tufts placed three players on the all-conference teams; Danny Murphy (First Team), Ben Connelly (Second Team), Arend Broekmate (Second Team).
- Saturday's matchup pits the top offensive team in the league, Tufts, against the top defensive team in the NESCAC, Wesleyan. The Jumbos average 17.19 goals per game, while the Cardinals allow a mere 8.82 goals per game. Wesleyan is the only team in the league to own a GAA less than 10.
- Whoever advances to the finals will face the winner of No. 1 Bates vs. No. 6 Middlebury.
- The postseason series between Wesleyan and Tufts is even at 3-3.
2017 NESCAC MEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 29 at Higher Seeds
No. 1 Bates def. No. 8 Conn. College, 11-8
No. 2 Wesleyan def. No. 7 Williams, 15-8
No. 6 Middlebury def. No. 3 Amherst, 12-11
No. 5 Tufts def. No. 4 Bowdoin, 12-11
Saturday, May 6 at Bates
No. 6 Middlebury vs. No. 1 Bates – 12 p.m.
No. 5 Tufts vs. No. 2 Wesleyan – 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 7 at Bates
Championship Game – 12 p.m.