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Four Cardinals Honored with All-NESCAC Laurels; Lilienthal Earns Rookie of the Year

Four Cardinals Honored with All-NESCAC Laurels; Lilienthal Earns Rookie of the Year

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – First-year Noah Lilienthal was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year, while Adrian Roji, Andrew Finkelman and Peter Anker each earned All-NESCAC laurels, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office on Friday.

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Lilienthal is the first Wesleyan player to garner the Rookie of the Year award, as he also earned All-NESCAC First Team Doubles and All-NESCAC Second Team accolades following a standout 2018-19 campaign. In his first-year, Lilienthal played much of his time in the #4 position, but moved up to #2 and #3 on occasion. He is 12-2 overall this spring, and 8-2 in the #4 spot. Last weekend, Lilienthal moved up to #3, and won decisively 6-2, 6-3, in the NESCAC Semifinals, as he heads into the tournament riding a four-match win-streak. 

Roji was also named All-NESCAC First Team Doubles, for his successes with Lilienthal. The duo has played at #1 all year, and is the top-ranked ranked duo in the Northeast, boasting a 14-3 overall record.

Finkelman, No. 5 in the Northeast, was named to the All-NESCAC First Team Singles for his success at #1 singles and #3 doubles this season. His five victories in singles have all been over nationally ranked teams. In doubles, he has teamed up with Marcus Sweeney recently, winning the last five matches at #3. Last year, Finkelman had a stellar rookie campaign where he reached the final of the New England ITA Regional Championships, earned a top-10 national ranking, was named All-NESCAC Second Team Singles, and was just the third male in Wesleyan history to ever qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship.

Anker earned All-NESCAC Second Team Singles, after playing in both the #1 and #2 spots throughout the year. Anker is ranked No. 20 in the Northeast and began his rookie campaign this fall by making it to the quarterfinals in doubles at the ITA Regional Championship, as well as the third round of singles.