MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team has advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third consecutive season as the Cardinals earned an at-large bid with a 12-3 overall record. Wesleyan will host Western New England University (14-5), the automatic qualifier from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), in the Second Round on Wednesday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. on Jackson Field.
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- Wesleyan is ranked No. 5 in the North Regional Rankings, while Western New England is ranked No. 14. The Cardinals are 11-0 all-time against the Golden Bears in a series that dates back to 1990. Wednesday's showdown will be the first time these teams have met in 13 years, and the first time they have met in the NCAA Tournament. The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to the Third Round on Saturday, May 11 and will play the winner of No. 7 Amherst (14-3) vs. Elizabethtown (11-7). For directions to Jackson Field, click HERE.
- Cost of admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students and children.
- Wednesday's game will feature live stats and live video broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) with play-by-play by Chris Grace and color commentary by Ryan Gosiker '20.
- The Cardinals will look to defend the title in their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. They are 14-5 all-time in the national postseason.
- In the past three seasons, Wesleyan is 51-8 (.864) overall and 26-4 (.866) in arguably the toughest conference in the country, the NESCAC.
- Offensively, Wesleyan is averaging 13.07 goals per game on 42.87 shots. The Cardinals have 196 goals and 115 assists in 15 games.
- They are led in the offensive attack by All-NESCAC Second Team selections Christian Barker and Ronan Jacoby, as well as 2018 All-American Carter Hawthorne who missed several games this year due to injury. Jacoby leads the team in points (54) and goals (46), while Hawthorne has a team-high 28 assists. Colin Uyeki has enjoyed a breakout senior campaign and is third on the team in points (40) and second in goals (27).
- Defensively, the Cardinals allow just 8.60 goals per game and have caused 163 turnovers this season.
- They are led by their two-time All-NESCAC First Team goalie, Otto Bohan. The junior is allowing just 8.52 goals per contest with a 60.1 save percentage. He's played 845:25 minutes between the post and is 12-3 overall. He's received great contribution from All-Conference second team honorees Colin Malarchuk and Sean Penney. Malarchuk leads the team with 37 caused turnovers and ranks second with 50 ground balls. Penney, a midfielder, is tied for third on the team with 13 caused turnovers. He also has 32 ground balls and seven points (4 g, 3 a).
- The Golden Bears defeated Endicott College, 9-8, to capture their eighth CCC title.
- They are making their second consecutive and 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and are 7-9 all-time in the postseason.
- Western New England is averaging 13.79 goals per game on 42.79 shots, and have 262 goals and 172 assists in 19 games. Defensively, the Golden Bears surrender 11.58 goals per contest and have caused 108 turnovers.
- They are 5-2 on the road this season and are riding a four-game win streak. They are 0-3 against NESCAC teams this spring, losing to Amherst (16-11), Bates (20-8), and Williams (19-7).
- Western New England had 12 All-CCC selections and was highlighted by several major award winners. Jared Ward was named the Offensive Player of the Year, Mitch Weiss earned Defensive Player of the Year, Mike Bannon earned Rookie of the Year, and John Klepacki was named the Coach of the Year.
- Offensively, Ward leads the team with 80 points on 45 goals and 35 assists. Bannon is second on the team with 60 points on 26 goals and 34 assists, and John Shahpazian ranks second on the team in goals with 42.
- On the defensive side, Kevin Faustich has a team-high 17 caused turnovers and Mitch Weiss is second with 14. Weiss is also second on the team in ground balls with 62, while Hunter Cocks leads the way with 177. He is 280-for-426 on faceoff attempts.