MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Seven members of the fourth-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team were named to the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England Teams, while head coach John Raba was named the Co-Coach of the Year alongside Peter Lasagna from Bates College.
Additionally, senior attack Tom Dupont was named to the Division III NEILA Academic All-New England team for his excellence both in the classrom and on the field. Forty-two student-athletes from 22 different Division III institutions met the criteria, which required that nominees must have senior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and be a significant player.
Representing Wesleyan on the First Team were attack Harry Stanton '18, midfielders Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and Christian Barker '19, and goalie Ted Bergman '17. The Cardinals also placed three members on the second team as attack Carter Hawthorne '19, long-stick midfielder Ben Shively '18 and defender Quinn Mendelson '17 were honored.
Raba, who was also named the 2017 NESCAC Coach of the Year, earned his sixth NEILA Coach of the Year honor as he's helped guide Wesleyan to its best season in program history. The Cardinals are riding a program record 19-game winning streak, boast a 19-1 overall record, and were a unanimous pick for No. 1 in the final NEILA Division III poll. The 19 overall wins are a program record, and the team's nine NESCAC victories are also a program record. Wesleyan captured its second conference title in program history this year as well, and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.
Stanton continues to dominate in a Wesleyan uniform and recently reached the 100-point mark for the year, while setting the single-season program record for goals. The First Team All-NESCAC selection currently has 104 points, 76 goals and 28 assists, and ranks fifth in Division III in goals per game (3.85). In just three seasons, he's already one of Wesleyan's all-time top scorers. His 206 career points are fifth-most all-time, while his 154 goals are second-most by a Cardinal. Stanton was named a Second Team All-New England selection a year ago.
Ghesquiere reached the 100-career point milestone this season and continues to play an instrumental role in the team's success. Despite missing three games this season due to injury, the 6-5 midfielder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. ranks second on the team in goals (43) and fourth in points (46). He was also named a First Team All-NESCAC selection this season.
Wesleyan claimed 2-of-3 midfielders on the first team, as Barker joined Ghesquiere following an impressive sophomore campaign. The sophomore is third on the team in points with 49, while his 24 assists are third-most and his 25 goals are fifth-best.
Bergman has excelled in his final season donning the Wesleyan uniform. The First Team All-NESCAC selection has logged 1131:15 minutes between the posts and boasts a 19-1 overall record with an 8.59 goals-against average and a 57.4 save percentage. He has started all 20 games for the Cardinals this year in a breakout senior season.
Hawthorne is another Cardinal enjoying a breakout and historical season. As a freshman, Hawthorne recorded 33 points on 22 goals and 11 assists. In 2017, the Massapequa, N.Y. native has nearly tripled his point total from a year ago and has 92 points on 39 goals and 53 assists. The 53 assists are also a single-season program record, surpassing the old mark of 48. In less than full two seasons, Hawthorne already ranks No. 19 on Wesleyan's all-time scoring list with 125 career points.
Joining him on the second team are Shively and Mendelson. Shively, who was also named a Second Team All-NESCAC selection this year, has been a key member to the team's success throughout his career. The junior ranks fourth on the team in ground balls (51) and is tied for fifth in caused turnovers (9).
Defensively, Mendelson has been a leader for the Cardinals as a co-captain and ranks second on the team in caused turnovers (19) in just 16 games. He's helped lead the NESCAC's top defense, which allows a mere 8.76 goals per game. Wesleyan has also held opponents to single digits in 15 of their 20 games this season.
The Cardinals host No. 3 Bates College Wednesday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. on Jackson Field for a chance to advance to the NCAA Division III Semifinals.