Nik Tasiopoulos '14, Concannon Award Semifinalist, Named 1st-Team All-NESCAC & All-New England While Keith Buehler '14 Makes 2nd Team
Leading the NESCAC in both goals, with 19, and points, with 34, Nik Tasiopoulos '14 (#24, main photo) received first-team all-NESCAC recognition after a vote of the conference coaches while Keith Buehler '14 (#13, photo insert upper left) earned second-team recognition. Wesleyan has two players on the all-NESCAC squads for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when Mike Palladino and Will Bennett both made first team. Tasiolpoulos went on to received all-New England Division III honors as well after a vote of coaches and area media outlets. He was the only NESCAC forward among nine chosen on the all-New England squad and one of five NESCAC players in total to be recognized.
Tasiopoulos is tied for ninth nationally in Division III for goals-per-game with a 0.76 figure. His 1.36 points-per-game level places him in a tie for 28th nationally. His 19 goals is the most by a Cardinal player since Steve Cucinnati netted 24 during the 2000-01 season. Over his two seasons, Tasiopoulos has amassed 57 points on 31 goals and 26 assists. He paced the Cardinals in scoring in 2010-11 as well with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. Tasiopoulos also was announced as one of 18 semifinalists for the coveted Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the top Division II/III American-born player in New England. Wesleyan assistant coach Jim Panczykowski was the Concannon Award winner in 2004.
Buehler, who finished second on the squad in scoring with 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points to bring his career totals to 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points, tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with three while netting five power-play goals, which ranked second behind Tasiopoulos, who had seven. Tasiopoulos had two game winners.
Wesleyan fashioned its second winning campaign over the last 23 years with a 12-11-2 overall mark and earned the sixth seed in the NESCAC tournament, falling to third-seeded Middlebury in the first round, 2-1. Wesleyan defeated six of the nine NESCAC teams during the season and finished 7-9-2 in conference play. The Cardinals defeated Hamilton both home and away during the year.