MEDFORD, Mass. – For the third time this season, the No. 5 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team will face No. 6 Tufts University, as the NESCAC rivals square off in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships Wednesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. on Tufts' Bello Field.
- The Cardinals (16-3)—ranked No. 3 in the North Regional rankings—defeated SUNY Cortland in the second round, 16-12, and No. 8 Cabrini in third round action, 12-7, to advance to their second consecutive quarterfinal game. The Jumbos (18-1)—ranked No. 2 in the North Region—defeated Merchant Marine in the second round, 25-8, and No. 15 Ithaca in the third round, 18-11, to return to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2016. The winner of Wednesday's game will face the winner of No. 1 RIT versus No. 2 York in the semifinals Sunday, May 20. If Wesleyan defeats Tufts, and York defeats RIT, the Cardinals would host the Spartans. If RIT wins, it will host the semifinal game regardless of the Wesleyan/Tufts outcome. For directions to Tufts, click HERE.
- Cost of admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Ticket sales will begin at 3 p.m.
- The Cardinals are 11-5 all-time in six NCAA Tournament appearances and have reached the semifinals three times.
- Wesleyan is 4-2 against top-25 teams this season, with its two losses coming against Tufts. The team is also 6-2 on the road.
- The Cardinals average 12.63 goals per game and their stingy defense allows just 8.71.
- Offensively, Wesleyan is led by junior Carter Hawthorne (87 points, 22 goals, 60 assists), freshman Ronan Jacoby (73p, 59g, 14a), senior Harry Stanton (60p, 51g, 9a), junior Christian Barker (53p, 25g, 28a), senior Taylor Ghesquiere (48p, 33g, 15a) and senior Cole Turpin (37p, 23g, 14a).
- Hawthorne is Wesleyan's all-time leader in assists with 126, and Stanton is the program's all-time leader in goals with 215. Additionally, Hawthorne has a single-season program record with 60 assists, surpassing the mark he set a year ago (55).
- Defensively, the Cardinals are led by seniors Andres Rodriguez and Jake Cresta, and First Team All-NESCAC goalie Otto Bohan. Rodriguez and Cresta lead the team with 41 and 27 caused turnovers, respectively, while Rodriguez ranks second in ground balls with 64. Bohan has been terrific in net and owns a 14-2 record with a 8.01 goals against average (GAA) and 56.1 save percentage.
- Face off specialist Zach Zavalick is 188-304 and leads the team in ground balls (120).
- The Jumbos return to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2016 and the fourth time in the last five seasons. They have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 years in a row and 11 times overall, and own a 29-7 record in postseason play with three titles and two runner-up finishes.
- Tufts' boasts a prolific offense that averages 16.95 goals per game, while the defense allows 10.49.
- Winners of eight-straight, the Jumbos own a 9-1 record at home this season and have scored in double-digits in all 19 games.
- Offensively, six players have 40 or more points—junior Danny Murphy (97p, 43g, 54a), junior Ben Connelly (79p, 58g, 21a), senior Andrew Seiter (65p, 50g, 15a), sophomore Matt Treiber (49p, 34g, 15a), senior Frank Hattler (48p, 31g, 17a) and sophomore Nick Shanks (46p, 34g, 12a).
- On the defensive side, senior Connor Lansdale has a team-high 23 caused turnovers while juniors Arend Broekmate and Brian Powers each have 20. Sophomore goalie Mason Pollack has started 15 games between the posts and owns a 14-1 record with a 10.54 GAA and 56.3 save percentage.
- Face off specialist Henry Hollen is 203-399 and is leading the unit with 96 ground balls.
- Wesleyan and Tufts are meeting for the third time in a season for the second year in a row. Last year, the Cardinals swept the Jumbos, knocking them out of both the NESCAC and NCAA Championships. Additionally, the win in the conference semifinals snapped Tufts' streak of seven-straight conference titles and the NCAA third round victory ended the Jumbos' run of three-straight finals appearances.
- This season, Tufts is 2-0 against the Cardinals and regained the conference crown by defeating Wesleyan in the championship game in Middletown, 12-9.
- The series is all tied at 28-28.
- Wednesday's game is the second meeting ever between the two NESCAC rivals in the NCAA Championships.