Wesleyan soccer alumni Andrew Lacey ’89 and Jared Ashe ’07 recently played (May 23) in The Macquarie Football Tournament for financial professionals in London at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football (soccer, on this side of the pond) Club’s playing ground.
“We were representing Lazard Asset Management,” explains Ashe. Lacey, deputy chairman, has been with the firm since 1995; Ashe, who had met Lacey thought their Wesleyan soccer connection, was hired by the firm in 2007.
The 14 players on the Lazard team included a dozen players from their London office and two—Lacey and Ashe—based in New York City.
The other three financial firms sending a team were JP Morgan, SAC Capital, and Macquarie.
Reports Ashe: “Andrew played every minute of the tournament at right fullback, supporting a Lazard defense that kept a clean sheet during the night’s play. Andrew played quite well, as he was also an outside back/midfielder during his Wesleyan playing days under Terry Jackson. I played centrally at a stopper position and assisted on the goal in the 1-0 win over Macquarie.
“After some heated, competitive round-robin play, Lazard came out on top and took home the trophy—a signed Chelsea trophy!”
Ashe adds, “I can’t say enough about how helpful and important the Wesleyan connection is for young athletes out of Wesleyan; it can help shape a graduate’s career in the first few years post-college.”