MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior stars Harry Stanton and Taylor Ghesquiere of the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team have been named to the first-ever United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III Player of the Year Watch List. The duo are just two of 12 players in the country to be placed on the list.
The Cardinals are coming off a historic 2017 season in which the team racked up numerous postseason accolades. Stanton was named a First Team All-American by USILA/Nike as a junior after receiving Honorable Mention his sophomore season. Last year, the New Canaan, Conn. native set a single-season program record with 86 goals. 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 2017 season, Stanton also earned First Team All-NESCAC praise and First Team All-New England honors last year. He currently ranks tied for third on Wesleyan's all-time scoring list with 217 career points (164 goals, 53 assists).
Ghesquiere is also coming off an incredible season in which he garnered Second Team All-American laurels. 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. He was also named a First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-New England selection, and currently ranks 27th on Wesleyan's all-time scoring list with 107 career points (93 goals, 14 assists).
Wesleyan and Cortland are the only teams with two players on the watch list. Joining Stanton and Ghesquiere are Nate Beresovoy (Cortland), Conn Curry (Roanoke), Ben Duhoski (Denison), Joey Fiorino (York (Pa.)), Jack Harvey (Gettysburg), Jordan Krug (Cabrini), Ben Parens (Conn. College), Devin Phelps (Cortland), Eric Rogers (Middlebury), and Kyle Tucker (Salisbury).
The Cardinals are ranked No. 2 in the preseason USILA Coaches Poll and No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Top-20 poll. Wesleyan's 2018 season begins Saturday, March 3 with a difficult road game against Little Three rival Williams beginning at 1 p.m.