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Men’s Lacrosse Returns to NESCAC Semifinals

Men’s Lacrosse Returns to NESCAC Semifinals

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.


NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL


LIVE COVERAGE
All three games this weekend will be webcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). (Video)

CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

  • 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
Quarterfinal Games
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
Semifinal Games
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.