Wesleyan added substantially to its list of men's lacrosse All-Americans following a solid 9-6 season in 2012, a campaign that featured victories over nationally ranked squads from Middlebury, Amherst, Endicott and Trinity. Four Cardinals earned US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III honorable-mention All-America honors, equaling the largest number of Wesleyan players to receive national recognition in one season. The 2007 squad that reached the NCAA semi-finals also had four All-Americans. The four players in 2012 brings Wesleyan's total of Division III All-Americans to 27 as each was a first-time selection.
Goalie Grant Covington '12 (#35, photo lower left), short-stick defensive middie Sam Stanton '14 (#16, photo lower right), long-pole middle Brendan Hanley '13 (#5, left side of upper photo) and defender Lex Johnson '13 (#10, right side of upper photo) all received a nod to the All-America squad. Covington, also named a New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) first-team all-star, led the NESCAC in both save percentage (.651) and goals-against average (5.86), figures that ranked him fourth and seventh nationally, respectively. With help of standout defensive-minded players like Stanton, Hanley and Johnson, Wesleyan ranked eighth in Division III, allowing a mere six goals a game. The Cardinals held nine of their 15 opponents to six goals or less during a game.
Hanley and Johnson both were named to the all-NESCAC second team in addition to the USILA All-America squad for their fine work in 2012. Johnson started all 15 games for the Cardinals and racked up 30 ground balls while causing 13 turnovers. Hanley, the team's starting long-pole middie, played in 14 games and had 28 ground balls along with a team-leading 19 caused turnovers. Not averse to heading toward the opposing team's net with an offensive opportunity, Hanley fired in five goals from his 13 shot attempts and added an assist for six scoring points. Johnson had one assist for the Cardinals.
Stanton moved into a starting role as a defensive short-stick middie and also was a key part of Wesleyan's faceoff squad and clearing crew. He was first among field players in ground balls with 42, trailing Covington by just two for the team lead. Stanton caused eight turnovers and dished out one assist.
One other Cardinal received post-season recognition, that coming from the NEILA as middie John Froats '12, who led the team with 29 points, was a first-team pick.
(photos of Hanley, Johnson & Stanton courtesy of Oliver Citrin '14)