Following a 10-5 season and an unfortunate first-time exit in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament, Wesleyan men's lacrosse had two players named second-team all-NESCAC - long-pole midfielder Gabe Kelley '11 (#9, main photo) and defender Mike Robinson '13 (#1, photo insert upper left).
A staple force for the Cardinals during his four years, Kelley played in 61 of a possible 65 games, missing four due to injury or illness. He collected 208 ground balls, 39 of those in 2011 as he led all field players in that department. Goaltender Grant Covington '12 paced the squad with 57 ground balls in 2011. Last year, Kelly was named honorable-mention All-America as a long-pole middie by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) after helping Wesleyan to an 8-8 overall record and a spot in the NESCAC tournament semi-finals. Wesleyan lost to Tufts, 10-9, in that semi-final game and Tufts went on to win an NCAA Division III national title. Kelley was on the preseason All-America list for the 2011 season by Inside Lacrosse. In 2009, Kelley was a mainstay on Wesleyan's 15-4, NESCAC Tournament Championship squad, leading the team with 81 ground balls. Wesleyan qualified for its fourth-ever trip to the NCAA tournament that year, going 1-1 in the playoffs. Not averse to attacking the opposing team's goal, Kelley netted 11 goals and added three assists for 14 scoring points over his four years, including three goals and an assist in 2011. Over Kelley's four years, Wesleyan had a cumulative record of 43-22.
Robinson saw action in a majority of the Cardinals' games in 2010 as a long-pole middie and defender, picking up three ground balls. Working his way into the starting lineup from the onset of the 2011 season, Robinson was one of just three players on the 45-man roster to be listed as a starter in all 15 games this year. Known for his outstanding stick work, Robinson was the team leader in caused turnovers, constantly stripping opposing attackmen of the ball. While caused turnovers is not a mandatory statistic maintained in men's lacrosse, it was kept for seven of the Cardinals' 15 contests, and Robinson was credited with 19, more than any other two players on the team combined. He also had 17 ground balls during the year.
Other statistical standouts for Wesleyan in 2011 included Covington, who opened every game in the net and posted a goal-against average of 7.48, second in the conference, and a .556 save percentage. Teddy Citrin '12, who received Jewish Sports Review (JSR) Division II/III first-team All-America laurels, led the team in goals with 26 and tied for the team high in points with 32, matched by Max Landow '12, who had 17 goals and 15 assists. Landow was a JSR honorable-mention All-American. Third in scoring and tops in assists was DJ Bernatavitz '12, with 11 goals and 16 helpers.