MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team continues to break program records in 2017 as the Cardinals put seven players on the USILA/Nike All-America Teams, including two First Team selections in senior goalie Ted Bergman and junior attack Harry Stanton.
"I am extremely proud of all the players that were named to the All-America Team this year," said head coach John Raba. "Any time that you have seven players named to the All-American Teams, that means you've had a tremendous year, in which they all did. And all the guys that were named are tremendous workers and leaders as well."
The only team to place more players on the list is No. 1 Salisbury University, with 10 All-Americans, while No. 2 RIT and No. 8 SUNY Cortland each had seven, and No. 3 Bates had six. The seven All-Americans for Wesleyan are the most in program history.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals' historic season was led offensively by Stanton, and defensively by Bergman. Stanton, an All-America Honorable Mention a year ago, set a single-season program record this year with 86. He also dished out 29 assists for a total of 115 points, while picking up 66 ground balls. He ranked fifth in Division III in goals per game (3.91), 14th in points per game (5.23), and 17th in man-up goals (10). The NESCAC leader in points and goals for roughly the entire season, Stanton also earned First Team All-NESCAC praise and First Team All-New England honors this year. He currently ranks tied for third on Wesleyan's all-time scoring list with 217 career points.
Bergman, who was also named First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-New England, enjoyed a breakout senior campaign in which he led the conference in goals-against average (9.45) and saves (241). He started all 22 games for Wesleyan between the posts, and logged 1251:15 minutes, while posting a 55.0 save percentage. Bergman and the Cardinals' defense held opponents to single-digits in 15 of their 22 games.
Ghesquiere had another excellent season for Wesleyan, and was a key contributor to the team's success all year. The 6-5 midfielder finished fifth in the NESCAC in man-up goals (8) and eighth in total goals (47), while his 51 points were fourth most on the team. Like Bergman and Stanton, Ghesquiere was also a First Team All-Conference and First Team All-New England selection. He currently ranks tied for 27th on Wesleyan's all-time scoring list with 107 career points (93g, 14a).
Mendelson, Shively, Barker and Hawthorne were all named Honorable Mentions. Mendelson, one of four captains of the team, was a leader on the defensive side of the ball. Despite getting sidelined by an injury late in the year, he still ranked second on the team and tied for ninth in the NESCAC in caused turnovers with 19 in 16 games played. He was also named a Second Team All-New England selection this season.
Shively, a Second Team All-NESCAC and Second Team All-New England honoree, played a pivotal role in the team's success. The junior long-stick midfielder ranked fourth on the team in ground balls with 56, and also ranked tied for fourth in caused turnovers with 10.
Barker and Hawthorne excelled offensively for the Cardinals all season. Barker finished the year third on the team in points with 54 on 26 goals and 28 assists. He also registered 25 ground balls and six caused turnovers in his second season with the program, and garnered First Team All-New England laurels as well.
Hawthorne was one of the NESCAC's top offensive players all season in just his second year donning the Cardinals' uniform. He led the conference in assists throughout the spring and finished with 55 – a single-season Wesleyan record – while also ranking third in points (95). A Second Team All-New England selection, Hawthorne already ranks tied for 18th in program history with 128 points (62g, 66a).
As a team, the Cardinals reached new heights in 2017. Wesleyan won 20-straight games from March 8-to-May 17, which marked a program record and the longest win streak in the nation, in all divisions. The Cardinals' 20 overall wins are the most ever, while the team's nine regular season NESCAC wins marked the most in program history. The Cardinals also claimed the NESCAC Championship for the second time, and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Including the postseason, Wesleyan finished an incredible 14-1 against its conference opponents from the ultra-competitive NESCAC. The Cardinals went 3-1 in the NCAA Championships, their most wins ever in the postseason, en route to a semifinal appearance for the third time in program history. Wesleyan also finished as unanimous 2017 New England Champions, and ranked No. 4 in the country – its highest ranking ever.