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Raba Named NESCAC Coach of the Year; Four Cardinals Earn All-Conference

Raba Named NESCAC Coach of the Year; Four Cardinals Earn All-Conference

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 8 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team was well represented on the NESCAC All-Conference Teams, which were announced Thursday by the conference office and voted on by the league's coaches. Headlining the group was Head Coach John Raba, who was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year, while Ted Bergman '17, Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and Harry Stanton '18 garnered First Team accolades, and Ben Shively '18 earned Second Team honors.


Amherst, Bates and Wesleyan received the most all-conference selections with four each, while the Bobcats and Cardinals garnered three First Team honorees to lead all schools. The three First Team selections for Wesleyan are the most since 2008.

Raba, in his 21st season at the helm of the program, has guided the Cardinals to the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament after posting a 9-1 record in league play and 15-1 mark overall. The nine regular-season NESCAC wins are a program record, and the team's current 15-game winning streak is also a program record. The NESCAC Coach of the Year honor is the third for Raba since the conference's first season in 2001. He was also honored in 2001 and 2006.

Stanton, the 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, was named to the First Team for the second consecutive season. The junior attack has excelled in his third collegiate season and currently leads the conference in points (80) and goals (59). Additionally, he ranks 10th in Division III in goals per game (3.69) and 20th in points per game (5.0). Through three seasons, Stanton is already one of Wesleyan's most prolific scorers in program history and ranks sixth on the all-time point list with 182, while his 137 goals are second most by a Cardinal.

Ghesquiere moved from Second Team a year ago to First Team in his junior season. The midfielder has played in 13 of the team's 16 games this year and ranks second on the team and 13th in the NESCAC in goals (34), and has played an instrumental role in the team's success thus far.

Bergman earned his second all-conference nod, while garnering First Team honors for the first time in his career. The senior goalie has been exceptional between the posts all year and leads the conference in goals-against average (8.66), and ranks second in both save percentage (57.4) and minutes (921:28).

Shively, a long-stick midfielder, was named an all-conference selection for the first time in his career. The junior ranks third on the team in ground balls with 43, while recording nine caused turnovers and five goals.

Wesleyan qualified for the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2014 after defeating Williams, 15-8 in the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Cardinals will play fifth-seeded Tufts on the campus of Bates College Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m.