MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team – ranked No. 4 in the country – returns to the national postseason and will host New England College in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships on Wednesday, May 10. The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. on Jackson Field.
- Wednesday'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).
- Cost for admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students with a valid ID, and $2 for children ages 3-12. Children two or younger are free of charge.
SCOUTING NO. 4 WESLEYAN (17-1):
- The Cardinals are the automatic qualifiers from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after claiming their second conference title in program history in a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Middlebury College.
- Wesleyan is riding a program record 17-game winning streak.
- Offensively, the Cardinals are led by All-NESCAC selections Harry Stanton '18, Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and Ben Shively '18, as well as sophomore attack Carter Hawthorne. Stanton leads the NESCAC in goals (65) and points (89), and ranks eighth in Division III in goals per game (3.61) and 18th in points per game (4.94). Hawthorne is the league-leader in assists (45) and ranks third in points (81), while his 2.5 assists per game are 14th-best in the country and his 4.5 points per game rank 40th.
- Defensively, Wesleyan is led by its senior goalkeeper and First Team All-NESCAC selection, Ted Bergman. Bergman leads the NESCAC in goals-against average (8.81) and ranks second in save percentage (56.7).
- Head Coach John Raba was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. He is currently 243-109 (.690) in 21 seasons at the helm of the program.
- As a team, the Cardinals boast the third-best man-up offense in the country (0.5) and rank 14th in assists (155.0).
- Wesleyan is 6-4 all-time in four NCAA Tournament appearances.
SCOUTING NEW ENGLAND (13-5):
- The Pilgrims earned the automatic qualifier from the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) following a commanding 12-3 win over Castleton University in the conference championship game.
- They are riding a six-game winning streak, and have outscored opponents a whopping 131-12.
- New England College boasts a well-balanced attack and ranks 11th in the country in scoring defense (7.0) and 12th in scoring offense (15.67). Additionally, the Pilgrims are third in assists (199) and assists per game (11.06), sixth in points per game (26.72), and seventh in scoring margin (8.67).
- They are led by NAC Player of the Year, junior Matt Richard. Richard leads the country in points per game (6.67) and ranks third in assists per game (3.56), and currently has 56 goals and 64 assists for a program-record 120 points this season.
- Sophomore Connor Fries was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year, freshman Jacob Blanchette was named the Rookie of the Year, and head coach Jedd Brown earned Coach of the Year honors.
- New England College is making its sixth-trip to the NCAA Tournament, and third in the last four years. The Pilgrims are still looking for their first postseason win.
- Wesleyan and New England College have never met in the NCAA Championships.
- Wednesday's game marks the fifth meeting all-time between the two teams, and first since 2004.
- The Cardinals are 4-0 against the Pilgrims.