MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the second year in a row, seven members of the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team were named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England Teams.
Headlining the group are First Team selections Christian Barker '19 and Otto Bohan '21. Seniors Ben Shively, Harry Stanton and Andres Rodriguez were named to the Second Team, and Cole Turpin '18 and Carter Hawthorne '19 earned Third Team laurels.
Barker earned his first, First Team honor after being named to the Second Team a year ago. He is one of three midfielders selected, joining Matt Solberg of Amherst and Nick Shanks of Tufts. Barker has excelled in his junior season thus far and currently ranks fourth on the team in points with 53 on 25 goals and 28 assists. His 28 assists are second-best, while his 144 career points rank 13th all-time in the Wesleyan record books. He has 66 career goals and 78 career assists. Barker, who owns a team-best 72.1 shot on goal percentage, was also named an All-NESCAC Second Team selection.
Bohan, who was the only Cardinal to earn First Team All-Conference, was the only goalie selected to the All-New England First Team. The sophomore has shined in his first year starting between the posts. He's logged 944:08 minutes in 16 starts and boasts a 14-2 record with an 8.01 goals-against average and a 56.1 save percentage.
Stanton received his third All-New England honor of his career. A First Team selection a year ago, the senior from New Canaan, Conn. was named to the Second Team following another impressive campaign. The program's all-time leader in goals currently has 51 on the season and 215 for his career. He also has nine assists for a total of 60 points, third-best on the team, and ranks second in the Cardinals' record books with 277 career points. Stanton received his third all-conference selection this year as well.
Rodriguez has excelled in his final season donning the Wesleyan uniform. The senior from Morristown, N.J. leads the team with 41 caused turnovers and ranks second with 64 ground balls. He's been a mainstay on a stingy Cardinal defense that allows just 8.71 goals per game. Rodriguez was also a Second Team All-NESCAC honoree.
Shively earns his first postseason honor of the year and is just one of three long stick midfielders to be selected to the All-New England Teams. He makes his second consecutive Second Team honor after recording 12 caused turnovers and 35 ground balls.
Hawthorne makes his second All-New England Team honor of his career after being named to the Second Team a year ago. The junior is having an excellent season in which he leads the team in points with 82. He also set the single-season program record, for the second year in a row, with 60 assists to surpass his mark of 55 from last season. Hawthorne also became the program's all-time leader in assists and has 126 for his career. Additionally, he moved into fifth-place in Wesleyan's record books with 210 career points. He was also an All-NESCAC Second Team selection.
Turpin is having a career year for the Cardinals en route to his first All-New England honor. He's played a pivotal role in the team's success from the midfield position and has career-best marks of 23 goals, 14 assists and 37 points.
Wesleyan is back in action Wednesday, May 16 and will head to Medford, Mass. to face NESCAC rival and No. 6 Tufts at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Tomorrow's game marks the third meeting of the season between the two programs. The series is all tied up at 28-28.