DOVER, Del. – For the first time since the 2013 season, the Wesley College men's lacrosse team is making an appearance in postseason play. This time, as the sixth seed in the first-ever Atlantic East Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament.
Wesley will travel to Arlington, Va. on Saturday to take on the third-seed Marymount Saints. Opening faceoff in Virginia is set for 1 p.m. Marymount got the best of Wesley in the regular season matchup. The Saints picked up a 15-6 win over the Wolverines on March 30 in both team's Atlantic East opener.
"It's been a battle between us and Marymount ever since our Capital Athletic Conference days," said head coach Bill Gorrow. "They got the best of us last time out but all this week in practice and film sessions, we've been making changes to the game plan in order to pick up a win on the road."
The offense has been paced all season by senior Zach Farnell and juniors Leo Kelly and Adam Tewey, who are all ranked in the top 20 in the conference in goals. Kelly leads the team in points (33) and goals (22). Tewey sits right behind Kelly in points with 32 while Farnell ranks second in the team in goals with 21.
"Tewey, Farnell and Kelly are important components in our offense. They've been getting better as the season goes along and that's what we are looking for heading to the tournament."
"The young guys in the midfield have played great all year and have a chance to step up on Saturday. They must make sure not to have the moment and play their game."
Captained by seniors Joshua Short and Ben Mitzel and assisted by junior Nick Bruhn and sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Sicca, the Wesley defense looks to give the offense a chance to make plays and stifle the potent Marymount attack. Bruhn (37), Mitzel (30) and Short (28) rank second, third and fifth respectively in the Atlantic East in caused turnovers while Mitzel is tied for 14th in the league in ground balls with 46. Sicca notched 164 saves in the regular season, which is good for third in the conference.
"Communication on defense and confidence is key. Getting a couple stops early will be important to determine the pace of the game and build momentum."
If Wesley wins Saturday's contest with Marymount, the Wolverines will advance to the semifinal round of the Atlantic East Conference to take on the top-seeded Cabrini Cavaliers on Wednesday, May 1.