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Wesleyan Has Four Players Become All-Americans After 18-3 Season and 3rd Straight NCAA Bid

5.27.07

Following their record-breaking 18-3 season and third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III tournament while making the national semi-finals for a second year in a row, the Cardinals had four players named U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans in 2007. Spike Malangone '09 (#1, photo upper right) was a second-team choice from his spot on defense after leading the team in ground ball with 90 to go with three assists. Chosen a third-teamer after receiving honorable-mention recognition a year ago was goaltender Charlie Congleton '07 (#33, photo lower right), who led the NESCAC with a .654 save percentage and a 5.97 goals-against average. Those numbers ranked him 6th and 7th, respectively, in Division III. Selected honorable-mention were offensive midfield leader Mike Hines '07 (#7, photo lower left) and attackman Russ Follansbee '09 (#15, photo upper left). Hines collected 41 points to rank fourth on the team in scoring while wrapping up his four years with 129 points, placing him 12th on the all-time Cardinal scoring list. Follansbee had 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points, including a team-high seven game-winning goals, before missing the final four games due to injury. All four player also were all-NESCAC picks with Malangone, Congleton and Follansbee on the first team and Hines on the second. Malangone, Follansbee and Hines also gained second-team all-New England Division III honors with Hines and Congleton selected for the USILA Division III North-South senior all-star game. Wesleyan was ranked sixth in the final USILA national poll prior to the NCAA tournament and lost in the semi-finals to Cortland St., 9-8. Salisbury went on to defeat Cortland, 15-9, in the championship contest to dethrone the defending champs and pick up its fourth national crown in the last five seasons.