Glenn Adams ’06, at top, is
Wesleyan's leading lacrosse player, scoring 90 goals and 117 assists for 207
points. Charlie Congleton ’07, at bottom,
is the team’s goalie. Both were named All-Americans this year.
Men's Lacrosse is NCAA Semi-Finalist
year ago, the Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team posted a 13-6 record
and made its first trip to the NCAA Division III tournament, winning its
first game before falling in the quarter-finals to eventual tournament
runner-up Middlebury College. This year’s team went one step further,
reaching the NCAA Division III semi-finals, and came within an overtime goal
of a trip to the national championship game.
The semi-final game played in Cortland, N.Y. featured the 10th-ranked
Cardinals against 5th-ranked State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland.
SUNY-Cortland lead 2-0 in the first quarter, but Wesleyan battled back to
earn a 4-3 halftime lead. Scoring the quick goals were Grayson Connors ’08,
Alex Kaufman ’08, Jordan Funt ’06 and Chris Jasinski ’08 scored. Vitulano
added another goal in the third quarter giving Wesleyan a 5-3 lead but
Cortland rallied to tie the score before the quarter’s end. Mike Walsh ’06
put Wesleyan up 6-5 in the fourth, but Cortland tied the match with 6:09 to
go. The teams stayed even the rest of regulation, but Wesleyan entered
sudden death overtime with down a man due to a penalty. Cortland wasted no
time in taking advantage and in their first attack, just 42 seconds into the
overtime period they scored, winning the match and qualifying for their
first NCAA title game since 1981.
It was a heart-breaking end to a very successful season for the Wesleyan
squad. The Cardinals spent the entire year ranked in the top 15. The team
posted a 16-4 record, earned a second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA
tournament and was a finalist in the New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC) tournament, losing 10-9 in the final game to Middlebury.
The 2006 squad returned 22 letter-winners returned from the 2005 team and
added 15 freshmen to the roster. In addition to their NCAA and NESCAC
success, the team’s highlights include:
Ending the Middlebury Panthers’ 11-year home undefeated streak with a 10-7
Number 2 seeding in the NESCAC Tournament,
An at-large bid and first round bye in the NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament wins against 4th-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology,
11-8, and 6th-ranked SUNY- Geneseo, 16-10.
The team’s spot in the national semi-finals, the first time any Wesleyan
squad had advanced that far in an NCAA Division III single-elimination
tournament (Wesleyan baseball was runner-up in the 1994 NCAA Division III
World Series but the format was double-elimination).
Glenn Adams ’06 led the team with 69 points on 25 goals and 44 assists,
bringing his career totals to 90 goals and 117 assists for 207 points. He
ranks fourth all-time at Wesleyan. Adams was first-team all-NESCAC for a
third consecutive season, a first-team all-New England Division III pick and
was invited to the USILA All-American luncheon on May 28. He also was one of
30 Division III players chosen for the annual USILA North-South Senior
Charlie Congleton ’07, the team’s goalie, was named an All-American as well
as first-team all-NESCAC and all-New England. He started all 20 games this
season while logging a .678 save percentage and 6.73 goals-against average.
His save percentage was ranked second nationally and his goals-against
average ranked eleventh.
Pete Harris ’07 earned second-team all-NESCAC while Mike Hines ’07 and
Grayson Connors ’08 Connors made second-team all-New England.
Head Coach John Raba received his second NESCAC Coach of the Year award. He
was also the 2001 recipient of the award.
|By Brian Katten, sports