In a wonderful twist of fate, the Men’s Varsity Soccer team has received a bid to the NCAA DIII Championship. Although the team lost to Amherst College 1-0 this past weekend in the NESCAC Semifinals in Wiliamstown, their performance this year has been enough to rocket them into the national competition. Amherst (15-0-2) took the NESCAC Championship this year, beating Williams (13-1-3) in the final game 2-0. Both teams will be going to the NCAA DIII Championships as well as Tufts—making for a strong NESCAC representation.
The first game will be against Haverford College (12-0-7), winner of the Centennial Conference, on Nov. 10th at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.
The opportunity came as a real surprise to the team. Whether the team would snag the bid was completely up in the air, but in the end the judges deemed them worthy of a spot. Coach Geoff Wheeler told Wesleyan’s sports broadcasting service, WesPregame, that the team won the chance because of schedule strength. Although the Cardinals’ record is 9-4-3 (less impressive than, say, Williams’ record of 13-1-3), their ties and losses were against highly ranked teams, something the powers-that-be took into consideration when determining the NCAA’s Pool C.
Major props to the men’s lacrosse team, which took down Tufts 14-10 today at Middlebury to win its first NESCAC title. This is the fourth NESCAC championship in Wes history (in all sports), alongside 2005 men’s soccer, 1987 golf, and 1984 women’s cross country.
Wes thrashed Williams 11-5 last Sunday to move on to the semifinals for the seventh straight year. Against Middlebury, the Cards rallied from an 8-3 halftime deficit when Adam Kirk ’09 scored with 15.6 seconds remaining. Wes won the overtime faceoff, and Dan Latzman ’09 fired home the winner 36 seconds in for the 15-14 final. Wesleyan is the only team to beat Middlebury–which came into the tournament ranked second in the country–this year, having also won 8-7 on March 14.
Against Tufts, Jon Killeen ’10 scored seven seconds in, and Wes never looked back, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and never leading by fewer than three. Russ Follansbee ’09 and Lonny Blumenthal ’10 both had hat tricks (with Russ also scoring five against Middlebury), and Mike Borrero ’09 made 12 saves.
The Cards are in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in the last five years and should get at least one home game; schedules and seeding will be announced tonight. Whoo.
Wes volleyball beat defending NESCAC champ Amherst 3-1 today–its second win over the Jeffs in as many meetings this season–to clinch the #2 seed in the NESCAC Championship, which begins next weekend. Wes also clinched a share of the Little Three title for the first time since 1992, when we won it outright, with the win. Wes takes on Bowdoin–which has lost its last 18 matches against the Cards–at Tufts on Friday. Whoo.
Lost among another round of budget cuts and the impending election is the volleyball team’s pretty awesome season–19-5 overall, 7-1 in NESCAC play, and 12-1 in its last 13 matches.
This weekend, Wes has arguably its two most important matches of the year: Tufts at 8:00 Friday night and Amherst at noon Saturday. I can’t promise there will be candy tomorrow night, but I can promise that Wes clinches first place in the NESCAC–and the right to host the NESCAC Championship next weekend–if it wins both matches.
Plus, with a win over the Jeffs, Wes clinches a share of the Little Three title for the first time since 1992. Amherst hasn’t won in Middletown since the Democrats regained control of Congress. Let’s make it a double whammy and bring the tournament here.
Date: Friday, Oct. 31 (Tufts); Saturday, Nov. 1 (Amherst)
Time: 8:00 PM (Tufts); 12:00 PM (Amherst)
Place: Silloway Gym
(Photo courtesy SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com.)