MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 5 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team earned an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships and will host SUNY Cortland—the automatic qualifier from the SUNYAC—in the second round on Wednesday, May 9, at 4 p.m. on Jackson Field.
- The Cardinals (14-3) reached the NESCAC Championship for the eighth time in program history and ranked in the top-five in the national polls all season en route to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. They rank No. 3 in the North Regional rankings behind No. 2 Tufts and No. 1 RIT. If Wesleyan advances to the third round, it will host the winner of No. 8 Cabrini vs. No. 20 Colorado College on Saturday, May 12. The Red Dragons (12-6) won the SUNYAC title with a decisive 22-12 win over Plattsburgh in the championship game, and are making their 18th-consecutive NCAA Tournament and 27th overall. For directions to Jackson Field, click HERE.
- Cost of 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. The first 200 Wesleyan students with a valid ID are free of charge as well (sponsored by the Wesleyan men's lacrosse parents).
- Wednesday's game will feature live stats and live video broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).
- The Cardinals return to the NCAA Championships for a second consecutive season and sixth time overall. They have reached the semifinals three times and are 9-5 all-time in the national postseason.
- Wesleyan is riding a historic stretch dating back to last season, setting numerous program records along the way. The Cardinals are led by Head Coach John Raba, who is in his 22nd season at the helm and recently became the all-time winningest coach in NESCAC history. He currently boasts a 260-113 (.697) overall record.
- The Cardinals claimed the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Tournament for the first-time ever with a 9-1 regular-season mark and reached the conference finals for the eighth time since the tournament was formed in 2001. The eight NESCAC final appearances are third most in the ultra-competitive league.
- Wesleyan had a program record seven All-NESCAC honorees. Ronan Jacoby '21 was named the 2018 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and goalie Otto Bohan '20 earned First Team All-NESCAC honors. Additionally, Harry Stanton '18, Taylor Ghesquiere '18, Andres Rodriguez '18, Carter Hawthorne '19 and Christian Barker '19 were named to the Second Team.
- Jacoby leads the team with 51 goals and ranks second with 64 points.
- Hawthorne has a team-high 75 points and recently tied the program record for assists in a season, which he set last year, with 55. Additionally, he moved into second place in career assists (121) in Wesleyan history, while also reaching the 200-point milestone. He ranks sixth all-time with 203 career points.
- Earlier this season, Stanton became the all-time leader in goals, as well as the first Wesleyan player ever to reach 200. He currently has 209 goals for his career, and his 272 career points rank second all time. This season, he is third on the team in points with 54 on 45 goals.
- Ghesquiere and Barker rank 11th and 13th in the record books, respectively, with 151 and 139 career points. Ghesquiere is fourth on the team this season with 48, while Barker is right behind him with 44.
- Zach Zavalick '20 has been impressive on faceoffs, winning 157-of-259, while also leading the team in ground balls with 99.
- Defensively, Rodriguez and Jake Cresta '18 have been impressive with 35 and 26 caused turnovers, respectively, while Bohan has shined in net allowing just 7.79 goals per game and saving 56.9 percent of shots he's faced. He's also 12-2 overall on the season.
- As a team, Wesleyan is scoring 12.47 goals per game and allowing just 8.62. The loss to Tufts in the NESCAC Finals snapped a 22-game home winning streak.
- The Red Dragons qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the SUNYAC title with a convincing 22-12 victory over Plattsburgh. The 22 goals were the most-ever in a SUNYAC championship game.
- Cortland is 47-21 all-time in the national postseason tournament and 41-15 in its last 17 appearances. They won the national title in 2006 and '09, and finished as runner-up in 1980, '81, '07, '08 and '12.
- They have reached at least 12 victories in a season for the 17th-straight year and are 284-52 (.845) during that span.
- The Red Dragons are led by First Team All-SUNYAC selections Terrence Haggerty, Joey Panariello, Trevor Pratt and Justin Siracusa, as well as Second Team honorees Rob Free, Thomas McNaney and Devin Phelps.
- Phelps, a graduate attack, leads the team in points with 57 on 26 goals and 31 assists. Haggerty and McNaney each have 53 points, while Haggerty leads the team with 49 goals, and Panariello has 45 points on 32 goals and 13 assists.
- Brian Williams is 175-307 on faceoffs and has a team-high 109 ground balls.
- Defensively, Pratt leads the team in caused turnovers with 17 and senior goalie Joe Scalise has logged 1028:11 minutes between the posts while allowing just 9.69 goals per game. He's started all 18 games for Cortland and owns a 53.6 save percentage.
- Head Coach Steve Beville is in his 12th season at the helm of the program and boasts a 201-41 (.831) record at Cortland and 349-151 (.698) record overall.
- Wednesday's meeting will mark the third ever between Wesleyan and Cortland, with the previous two games also occurring in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Red Dragons won both those matchups with a 7-6 overtime win at home in 2006 followed by a 9-8 win on the road in 2007. Both games were semifinal showdowns.