MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's soccer team has qualified for the NESCAC Tournament as the eighth seed and will head to top-seeded Amherst on Saturday, November 2nd for a 12:30 p.m. quarterfinal contest. The Cardinals opened the season by recording six shutouts over seven games, while only allowing one goal and will look to win the program's second NESCAC title. Wesleyan is returning to the postseason for the first time since 2015.
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The Cardinals had a historic run in their last tournament appearance, advancing to the championship game for just the second time in school history and first time in 10 years. During the run in 2015, eighth-seeded Wesleyan upset top-seeded Amherst 1-0, before edging second-seeded Middlebury on penalty kicks. Regulation of the title game ended in a scoreless draw, but it was sixth-seeded Bowdoin who prevailed with the game-winner to take the crown in overtime. In the 2005 appearance, Wesleyan won the program's first NESCAC Championship as the seventh seed.
CARDINALS AT A GLANCE:
- Wesleyan earned the eighth seed with its 2-5-3 conference mark, tallying nine total points.
- The Cardinals are led by a strong defensive presence this season, anchored by brothers Trevor Devanny and Liam Devanny. In goal, rookie Liam has been a stalwart, opening the 2019 campaign earning five shutouts over six games, while allowing just one goal. He leads the conference with 61 saves, and is fourth with an .859 save percentage.
- Trevor Devanny has been a big part of the strong defense for Wesleyan as well, as the team ranks 16th in the nation in goals against average (.636). He has also scored twice for the Cardinals, including a goal and an assist during a 3-0 win over Trinity last weekend.
- Senior Mike Gallo leads Wesleyan in scoring with four goals and one assist, while first-year Matthew Rubinstein has three tallies and two assists.
- As a team, the Cardinals have recorded six shutouts on the year.
AMHERST AT A GLANCE:
- Amherst, the top seed and the No. 1 team in the country, remains unbeaten with a 13-0-2 overall mark and an 8-0-2 regular-season conference record. The Mammoths are riding a seven-game win streak, including their 2-0 victory over Wesleyan on October 5th and are seeking their first conference title since 2016 and sixth overall.
- Amherst has been led by sophomore German Giammattei who leads the NESCAC in points (43) and goals (20).
- The Cardinals and the Mammoths have squared off five times in the NESCAC Tournament, with each team winning a pair against each other. In the first meeting of the postseason in 2003, the teams tied 1-1, before Wesleyan advanced on penalty kicks (6-5)
2019 NESCAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:
Quarterfinals - Saturday, November 2
at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Amherst - 12:30 p.m.
No. 7 Hamilton at No. 2 Tufts - 2:00 p.m.
No. 6 Middlebury at No. 3 Connecticut College - 12:30 p.m.
No. 5 Bates at No. 4 Williams - 11:00 a.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, November 9
at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed - 11:00 a.m.
Other Quarterfinal winners - 1:30 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, November 10
at Semifinals Host
Semifinal winners - 12:00 p.m.