Cards Place 4 on Men's Lax All-NESCAC Squad, 3 of Them Earn Additional Honors - Team Comes up Short vs. Amherst in NESCAC Semi
Four-year starting defenseman Elliot Albert '14 (#4, left side photo) highlighted the Cardinals' presence on the 2014 all-NESCAC squad as a first-team choice while middies Graham Macnab '14 (#3, photo middle right) and Aidan Daniell '14 (#3, photo lower right) along with attackman Quentin DellaFera '15 (#12, photo upper right) found a spot on the second team. The Cardinals reached the conference semifinals for the 11th time but came up short against Amherst, 12-8, in the contest played at Tufts Sat., May 3. As a result, the squad finished with a 12-5 overall record and was in consideration for NCAA qualification, but when the tournament field was announced Sun., May 4, Wesleyan was not among the 30 playoff squads. Albert went on to receive USILA honorable-mention All-America laurels. Both Macnab and Daniell found a spot on the NEILA all-star second team with Macnab also gaining USILA Scholar All-America recognition. Joining the list of honorees as an NEILA East-West senior all-star game selection is Mike Giambanco '14.
Albert, one of just three players to start all 17 games during the year along with DellaFera and leading scorer Matt Prezioso '15 (35-15-50), tied for fourth on the team in ground balls with 29 and second in caused turnovers with 17. Dellafera racked up 35 points with 30 goals, both of which rank second on the team. Macnab was third in scoring with 33 points on 22 goals and 11 asssist. Daniell had 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points while generating a team-high 123 shots.
Against Amherst, Wesleyan fell behind 4-0 after 10:42 of action, making the battle uphill for the Cardinals throughout the afternoon. It was a stark contrast to the regular-season meeting of the Little Three rivals when Wesleyan led early, 3-0, only to be overtaken by the Lord Jeffs during the 14-10 Amherst win. While the Cardinals played the Lord Jeffs even the remainder of the post-season game, the lead remained between three and seven goals throughout the contest, with the largest lead coming at 12-5 at the end of the third period. Wesleyan got all the goals in the fourth quarter to narrow the final difeerence to four. Both Lyle Mitchell '16 and Mike Giambanco '14 picked up a hat trick to pace the Wesleyan attack. Goalie Justin Schick '15 picked up 14 saves over his 58 minutes in net, with 13 of them coming in the first half. Ground balls and faceoffs were dead even on the day (26 and 12 each, respectively) while shots were nearly equal at 45-41 for Amherst. Wesleyan committed just 14 turnovers to 20 by the Lord Jeffs with Albert and Kevin Campbell '15 both causing a pair.