MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The fourth-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team (19-1) has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships, and will host NESCAC rival and third-ranked Bates College (16-1) Wednesday, May 17 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). (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. Wesleyan students with a valid ID are free of charge as well (sponsored by the Wesleyan men's lacrosse parents).
- The Cardinals are riding a historic season into Wednesday's quarterfinal matchup.
- The team's 19 wins are a program record and most since 2007, when they went 18-3 en route to a quarterfinal appearance. They also set a program record in conference wins with nine, and finished 9-1 during the regular season before sweeping the NESCAC Tournament to claim their second conference title in program history.
- After a season-opening loss to Bates on the road (15-14), Wesleyan has gone on to win 19-straight games, thrashing the old program record of 12-consecutive wins set in 2001.
- The Cardinals earned their highest ranking in program history, and sit at No. 4 in the USILA/NIKE Coaches Poll.
- Head coach John Raba was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year, while goalie Ted Bergman '17, midfielder Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and attack Harry Stanton'18 were named first team all-conference. Long-stick midfielder Ben Shively '18 earned second team laurels.
- Stanton broke the single-season program record for goals in a season with 76 through 20 games, and Carter Hawthorne '19 set the single-season program record for assists in a season with 53.
- Stanton already reached the 100-point mark for the season, and currently has 76 goals and 28 assists for 104 points. In only three seasons, Stanton already ranks No. 5 on the all-time Wesleyan men's lacrosse scoring list with 206 points (154g, 52a).
- Hawthorne is eight points shy of 100 for the season, and currently has 92 on 39 goals and 53 assists. He ranks 19th on the all-time scoring list in just his second season with the program, and currently has 125 career points on 61 goals and 64 assists. Additionally, Ghesquiere recently reached the 100-career point milestone as well and has 102 for his career (89-13).
- Wesleyan ranks fifth in Division III in man-up offense (0.485), ninth in clearing percentage (0.883) and assists (180), and 10th in shot percentage (0.352).
- Stanton ranks fifth in the country in goals per game (3.85), and Hawthorne ranks 11th in assists per game (2.65). Bergman has been terrific in net and ranks 30th in the country in save percentage (0.574) and 40th in goals-against average (8.59).
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
- After earning a first round bye, the Cardinals cruised to a commanding 25-6 win over New England College in the second round on Jackson Field. They led by as much as 18-2 at halftime, and were led by Stanton's eight points on five goals and three assists. Hawthorne also registered six assists in the win.
- Advancing to the third round, Wesleyan met a familiar foe in No. 12 Tufts University, and for the third time this season, the Cardinals walked away victorious. A week after ending the Jumbos' run of seven-straight NESCAC titles, Wesleyan again knocked Tufts out of postseason contention with a 17-8 win on Jackson Field. The Jumbos' run of three-straight NCAA Finals appearances came to an end, with Stanton leading the way once again. The junior scored six goals and assisted on another, while Bergman excelled in net with 13 saves.
- The Bobcats won their first 14 games of the season en route to the No. 1 ranking in the national coaches poll, and won the NESCAC regular season title before falling to Middlebury in the semifinals (14-13).
- They are led by the NESCAC Player of the Year, senior attack Charlie Fay. Fay leads the team in points (96) and goals (72), and ranks third in ground balls (44). He also ranks third in the country in goals per game with 4.0, while senior attack Kyle Weber ranks 24th with 3.19 goals per game.
- Joining the senior on the first team were senior midfielder Kyle Weber and senior defender Fred Ulbrick, while senior short-stick midfielder Scott Baber was named to the second team.
- Weber ranks second on the team in goals (55) and third in points (73), while Ulbrick has been instrumental on defense and ranks second on the team in caused turnovers (23) and fourth in ground balls. Baber played in 11 games this year before his season was cut short due to injury.
- As a team, the Bobcats rank seventh in the country in man-up offense (0.465), ninth in scoring offense (15.88) and 11th in points per game (24.88).
- Bates has made the NCAA Tournament twice in program history, and twice in the past three seasons. This is the first time the Bobcats have ever made it to the quarterfinals. They are currently 3-1 all-time in the postseason.
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
- Bates earned a first round bye and hosted Plattsburgh State in the second round, and cruised to a commanding 23-10 win. Clarke Jones led the team with five goals, while Fay scored four times and dished out three assists.
- In the third round, the Bobcats remained in Lewiston, Maine and hosted No. 11 Amherst College as they rolled past the Mammoths, 26-14. Freshman Matt Chlastawa set a NCAA Tournament record, in all divisions, with 13 points on nine goals and four assists, while Fay added 12 points on eight goals and four assists
- Wesleyan is 22-15 all-time against the Bobcats, however, Bates has won the last three games.
- The last two meetings have feature one-goal thrillers, as the Bobcats edged Wesleyan in overtime a year ago, 12-11, and claimed a 15-14 win in the Cardinals' season-opener this year.
- Wesleyan and Bates have never met in the NCAA Tournament, but have met in the NESCAC Championship once. The Bobcats won that game, 14-11 in 2015.