MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 5 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team will host No. 8 Cabrini University in the third round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships this Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. on Jackson Field.
- The Cardinals (15-3)—ranked No. 3 in the North Regional rankings—defeated SUNY Cortland in the second round on Wednesday, 16-12, to advance to their second consecutive third-round game. They will face the Cavaliers (17-2) from the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) for the first time in program history. Cabrini—ranked No. 7 in the South Regional rankings—defeated nationally-ranked No. 20 Colorado College, 21-10, on Wednesday in second round action. The winner of Saturday's game will face the winner of No. 6 Tufts versus No. 15 Ithaca in the quarterfinals next Wednesday, May 16. 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 150 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 have advanced to the third round in all six of their NCAA Tournament appearances. They are 10-5 all-time in the postseason and have reached the semifinals three times (2017, '07, '06).
- Wesleyan is 3-2 against top-25 opponents this season and boasts a 9-1 record at home. In its last 24 home games, the Cardinals are 23-1.
- A well-balanced attack, the unit scores 12.67 goals per game and allows just 8.81.
- Offensively, they are led by four of the program's top scorers in program history as well as 2018 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Ronan Jacoby. Jacoby leads the team in goals (56) and ranks second in points (70), while junior Carter Hawthorne has a team-high 79 points and a single-season program record 59 assists. In addition to setting the single-season record, by breaking the mark which he set a year ago, he also became Wesleyan's all-time leader in assists with 125 for his career. Senior Harry Stanton also became the all-time leader in goals this season and currently has 212. He owns the single-season program record as well, which he set last season with 86.
- Stanton ranks No. 2 on Wesleyan's all-time scoring list with 276 career points. Hawthorne is tied for fifth with 207, while senior Taylor Ghesquiere and junior Christian Barker rank No. 11 (153) and No. 13 (140), respectively. Stanton has 57 points on 48 goals this season, while Barker has 49 points and Ghesquiere has 46.
- Defensively, the unit is headlined by seniors Andres Rodriguez and Jake Cresta, and First Team All-NESCAC sophomore goalie Otto Bohan. Rodriguez leads the team with 37 caused turnovers while Cresta ranks second with 26. Bohan has started 15 games for the Cardinals and owns a 13-2 record. He has logged 884:08 minutes between the posts and has an 8.08 goals-against average (GAA) and 56.4 save percentage.
- Sophomore Zach Zavalick has been impressive on faceoffs this season, winning 176-of-286. He's also the team leader in ground balls with 111 while Rodriguez ranks second with 60.
- Wesleyan set a program record with seven All-NESCAC selections this season – Barker, Bohan, Ghesquiere, Hawthorne, Jacoby, Stanton, and Rodriguez.
- Cabrini qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning its 18th consecutive CSAC Championship. The Cavaliers have dominated the league and own an NCAA record 115 straight regular season conference wins.
- They are 13-16 all-time in 17 postseason appearances.
- With the win over Colorado College, the Cavaliers tied a single-season program record with 17 wins.
- Cabrini leads the nation in scoring margin (10.26) and ranks in the top-10 in several categories – scoring offense, assists, ground balls, assists per game, points per game, turnovers, shot percentage and clearing percentage.
- The team is averaging 17.58 goals per game and allowing just 7.32 per contest.
- Headlining the unit, which has 17 All-CSAC selections, are 2018 CSAC Player of the Year, Jordan Krug, and 2018 CSAC Defensive Player of the Year, Riley White. Additionally, Head Coach Steve Colfer was named the Coach of the Year—his 12th award in 18 seasons.
- Krug, a junior attack, is leading the team in points (86) and goals (57). Sophomore attack Matt LoParo ranks second on the team with 79 points while leading the squad in assists with 38, and junior attack Timmy Brooks is third in points with 64 on 55 goals.
- Defensively, sophomore Tommy DeLuca leads the team with 30 caused turnovers while junior goalie Riley White has been stellar between the posts. He has started 17 games, logging 791:14 minutes with a 14-2 record. He also owns a 7.05 GAA and 56.3 save percentage.
- Senior Riley Michaels leads the team in ground balls (83) and has been excellent on faceoffs, winning 180-of-324.
- Saturday's showdown marks the first-ever meeting between Wesleyan and Cabrini and pins two of the country's most successful Division III coaches against each other.
- Entering the 2018 season, Wesleyan Head Coach John Raba ranked tied at No. 14 in most wins among active coaches while Cabrini Head Coach Steve Colfer ranked 16th. Raba—who recently became the NESCAC's all-time winningest head coach—boasts a 261-113 (.670) career record in 22 seasons at the helm. Colfer is 262-69 (.792) in 18 years leading the Cavaliers.