MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team set another program record today as nine Cardinals were named to the 2018 USILA Division III All-American Teams. Highlighting the list for Wesleyan are Third Team selections Harry Stanton '18, Christian Barker '19 and Carter Hawthorne '19. Additionally, six players were named Honorable Mention—Jake Cresta '18, Taylor Ghesquiere '18, Eric Meyreles '18, Andres Rodriguez '18, Ben Shively '18 and Otto Bohan '20.
Wesleyan's nine selections tie RIT as the most by any Division III program. It also surpasses last year's previous program record of seven.
Five of those seven All-American selections returned in 2018 and regained their All-American status. Stanton was named a First Team selection a year ago and was Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2016. Ghesquiere was named a Second Team All-American in 2017, and Barker, Hawthorne and Shively were all Honorable Mentions a year ago.
Stanton, a four-time All-NESCAC honoree and three-time All-New England selection, became Wesleyan's all-time leader in goals this year and currently has 222 for his career. Ranked second all-time in career points (284), he is third on the squad this year with 67 on 58 goals and nine assists. His 58 goals are fourth-best in the NESCAC and his six-goal performance in the NCAA semifinals helped propel the Cardinals to an impressive 19-18 victory at No. 1 RIT. He has scored three-or-more goals in a game 11 times this year.
Many of Stanton's goals have been assisted by Hawthorne—the program's all-time leader. The junior is shattering the record books and currently has 131 assists in his three-year career. Additionally, his 65 assists in 2018 are a single-season program record, surpassing the mark he set a year ago at 55. Hawthorne is also the team's leader in points this year with 89, which ranks fourth-best in the NESCAC, while his 65 assists are the most in the conference by 10. He also ranks third in the nation, averaging 3.05 per game. Hawthorne is a two-time All-New England selection and was also named All-NESCAC this year.
Barker reached the 100-point milestone for his career in 2018 and currently sits 12th in the Wesleyan record books with 149. An All-NESCAC selection and two-time All-New England honoree, Barker is enjoying another excellent season in which he's totaled a career-best 58 points on 27 goals and 31 assists. He has totaled four-or-more points in 10 games this year, including four against RIT.
Ghesquiere, a three-time All-NESCAC selection, ranks third on the team in goals (40) and is fifth in points (55). He has been excellent on man-up opportunities as evident by his team-high nine man-up goals, which also ranks fourth in the conference. The 6-5 midfielder is 10th all-time in program history with 162 career points on 133 goals and 29 assists. His senior leadership was on full display in Wesleyan's victory over No. 2 Tufts in the NCAA quarterfinals, in which he scored five goals including the game-winner with just 20 seconds remaining. In three games against Tufts this year, Ghesquiere totaled 13 goals and one assist.
Defensively, the Cardinals have created problems all season for their opponents and have been led by Cresta, Meyreles, Shively and Rodriguez, while Bohan has shined in net in his first season between the posts.
Rodriguez has been a dominant force for Wesleyan, causing a league-high 45 caused turnovers in 20 games. He's been on a tear as of late and has 28 caused turnovers in the last 10 games. He also ranks second on the team with 70 ground balls and was named All-NESCAC and All-New England this year.
Cresta and Meyreles have excelled in their senior seasons en route to the first All-America honors of their careers, while Shively picks up his second following another impressive campaign. Cresta ranks second on the team and third in the NESCAC with 28 caused turnovers. Meyreles, a senior co-captain who is also a captain of the Wesleyan football team, is exceptionally quick and causes many problems for the opposing attack. Shively, a long-stick midfielder, is also a two-time All-New England selection and has been a steady force for the Cardinals.
In goal, Bohan has been terrific in filling the shoes of First Team All-American Ted Bergman '17. The sophomore earned his first start in the fourth game of the season and has excelled ever since. The team's only First Team All-NESCAC selection, Bohan owns an 8.74 goals-against average and a 53.7 save percentage. He is 16-2 between the posts with 1064:08 minutes logged.
Wesleyan will play in the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship game this Sunday, May 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Cardinals will play two-time defending champs Salisbury beginning at 1 p.m.