After just missing out on an ECAC New England Division III playoff berth following a 9-6 season in 1998, the Wesleyan men's lacrosse team finished the 1999 season with another winning ledger, going 7-6 during the regular season. With victories over nationally ranked squads Connecticut College and Springfield, the Cardinals impressed the ECAC committee enough to be selected as the sixth seed in the six-team ECAC field. With only Middlebury going on to play in the NCAA Division III tournament (and come through with runner-up status), Wesleyan's selection to the ECAC tournament was representative of a seventh-place ranking among New England Division III teams.
Unfortunately, Wesleyan made an early departure from the playoffs as Bowdoin knocked off the Cardinals in a first-round matchup, 14-5. When the teams met earlier in the year, Bowdoin triumphed, 11-10. Williams College, one of four NESCAC teams in the ECAC field (with Colby, Bowdoin and Wesleyan) captured the regional title.
Wesleyan's attack was led by John Landay '01, who earned honorable-mention all-New England honors for the second straight season. His 31 goals and 23 assists for 54 points all represented team highs. He is only the second player in Wesleyan history to surpass the 100-point plateau by the end of his sophomore year (the other being team-record holder Peter Roy '94, who collected 255 career points). Landay is Wesleyan's 11th 100-point scorer. The other starters included Andrew Rotando '02 and Davis Thompson-Moss '99, who was named a NESCAC academic all-star and was selected for the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) senior all-star game.
The starting defense was both experienced and capable as the trio of Andrew Svensk '99, Jeremy Klatell '00 and Jake Kheel '99 returned to start each game. Each was a seasoned starter from 1998. Svensk, another NEILA senior all-star game pick, has been a first-stringer since his frosh year. Klatell was named to the Snively Division (basically the NESCAC) all-star squad as a second-teamer.
The midfield came together with the offensive-minded Pat Reid '01 and Craig Schortzmann '01, named honorable-mention all-Snively, pacing the group. Reid, a NESCAC academic all-star, collected 20 goals while Schortmann, also the team's top face-off man (winning 130 of 249) had 19 goals. Rob Wilcox '01, Jeff DelRosso '01 and Miriti Murungi '99 combined for 23 goals while R.T. Treveloni '02 was a short-stick defensive specialist. Long-pole middie Dan Case '00 earned honorable-mention all-Snively honors while Tim Palombo '00 and Ben Work '99 also saw plenty of action with the long pole.
Wesleyan was blessed with two talented netminders in Lukas Cash '01 and Alex Healy '01. Cash was the designated starter, doing so in nine contests, but Healy started five games as Cash was hobbled by injury during the year. Each produced solid numbers with Cash leading the way (57.6 save percentage and 9.35 goals-against average with a 5-4 record).
With six of the individuals who logged double-digit scoring, including the top five, all returning for the 2000 season, as well as both goalies, Wesleyan should remain a force in the region. The biggest holes to fill will be on defense.