2014-15 WEEKLY FALL/WINTER SPORTS SUMMARY
11/10/14 through 11/16/14
Jesse Warren ’15 was named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year, while Jake Bussani ’14 was selected Defensive Player of the Year in football. They become Wesleyan’s first-ever conference football Players of the Year. They join recent Cardinal POTYs Adam Purdy ’13 (men's soccer), Laura Kurash ’13 (women's soccer), Allee Beatty ’13 (softball) and Keith Buehler ’14 (ice hockey), who all earned the distinction in their respective sports during 2012-13. Warren and Bussani are just two of 13 Cardinals to be honored by the NESCAC in football this season, a record number for Wesleyan and highest among the conference teams. Joining Warren and Bussani on the first team are running back Lou Stevens ’17, offensive lineman Pat DiMase ’15, defensive end Nik Powers ’15, receiver Jay Fabien ’15, defensive back Donnie Cimino ’15 and tight end Jon Day ’15. Named to the second team are receiver Josh Hurwitz ’15, linebacker Alex Daversa-Russo ’16, defensive back Justin Sanchez ’17, kicker Ike Fuchs ’17 and defensive tackle Mitch Godfrey '15. Cimino also got a second nod as the kick return specialist on the second team. Wesleyan posted its second straight 7-1 record in 2014 and ranked first in the NESCAC in scoring offense, pass defense, total defense, passing efficiency, passing efficiency defense and turnover ratio. The Cardinals were second in rushing offense and rushing defense.
Named MVP of the Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament, Joseph Kuo ’17 averaged 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in leading men’s basketball to the title. He collected 24 points and 13 rebounds in the championship game with help from all-tournament pick Rashid Epps ’16, who had 10 points and 17 boards.
Wesleyan had three players named all-NESCAC in men’s soccer. Leading scorer Adam Cowie-Haskell ’18 (5 goals, 1 assist) became the third Cardinals named Rookie of the Year, joining Matt Nevin ’09 and Adam Purdy ’13. Both defender Ben Bratt ’15 and midfielder Charlie Gruner ’17 repeated as first-team selections.
Laila Samy ’18 inaugurated her college women’s squash career by sweeping all five of her opponents at #1, helping the Cardinals go 3-2 during the Wesleyan Round Robin. Samy didn't allow an opponent more than seven points in any of her 15 games, including an 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 victory over a Bates rival who was ranked 31st nationally in last season’s final individual rankings.
After dropping its opening game to defending NESCAC champion Williams, women’s hockey turned it around in the rematch by capturing a stirring 5-0 victory as goalie Laura Corcoran ’16 made 28 saves for her fourth career shutout in 18 starts. Mackenzie McPike ’15 and Cara Jankowski ’15 both netted a pair of goals with McPike registering the game winner in the first period. The five-goal margin of victory was the largest for the Cardinals over the Ephs since a 6-0 win Feb. 16, 1994.
Top scorer Hannah Plappert ’16 was named second-team all-New England West by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Plappert netted eight goals along with one assist for 17 scoring points.
The wrestling team had five individuals come away with top-six placings at the Roger Williams Invitational, led by 197-pounder Isaiah Bellamy ’18, who went 4-1 to take second place among 17 entrants in the 12-team field. Taran Carr ’16 (165 pounds), Matt Pelton ’17 (141 pounds) and Ryan Sblendorio ’15 all took fourth in their respective weight classes and Chris Siracusa ’16 (157 pounds) took fifth.
Averaging 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds during the Eastern Conn. Tip-Off women’s basketball tournament to earn all-tournament recognition, Brenna Diggins ’17 carried the Cardinals to a consolation victory.
Wrapping up the men’s cross country season at the New England Division III Championship, Wesleyan took 10th of 54 teams as eight of the top 10 squads in the meet hailed from the NESCAC. Leading the Cardinals in 35th place to earn all-New England Division III honors was Taylor Titcomb ’16.
Women’s swimming & diving captured first place in all 16 events to defeat Brandeis in the season-opening meet. Liyan Yao ’16 won three individual events, claiming the 100 and 200 backstroke, as well as the 200 individual medley. Four other Cardinals were two-event winners – Natasha Cucullo ’15 (both dives), Angela Slevin ’15 (200 and 500 free), Serena Zalkowitz ’17 (50 and 100 free) and Rachel Hirsch ’15 (100 and 200 breaststroke).
Jay Matthews ’16 scored two goals while James Kline ’17 added a goal and an assist to lead the men’s ice hockey offense to victory at Tufts. Goalie Dawson Springings ’17 had a .939 save percentage in the game with 31 saves. Kline also scored one of the Cardinals' two goals in a loss at Conn. College.
Playing #7 on the men’s squash ladder, David Sneed ’17 was the lone team member to go 3-0 during the Wesleyan Round Robin as the Cardinals went 1-2 as a team.
Caroline Elmendorf ’17 made it five straight women’s cross country events that she paced the Cardinals to the finish line as she took 46th place in a field of 387 runners during the New England Division III Championship. As a team, the Cardinals placed 16th of 57.
Diver Brandon Pearson ’18 won both of his events during the men’s swimming & diving meet vs. Brandeis with solid scores in the 259-point range. Wesleyan won half of the 16 events, but superior depth by the Judges to take a majority of the second- and third-place finishes turned the outcome in their favor. Also with two victories for the Cardinals was Erik Yan ’15 (100 and 200 butterfly) and Spencer Tang ’18 (100 and 200 backstroke).
WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS -- Most viable Wesleyan contests will have live coverage during the week, starting with a webcast and LiveStats for men’s basketball vs. Emmanuel Thurs., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. On Fri., Nov. 21, three events will be on the air as women’s basketball begins play in a home tournament and the game vs. Newbury will be webcast and have LiveStats at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., men’s ice hockey plays at home vs. Hamilton and women’s ice hockey will be at Amherst. Both will be webcast, while the women’s game also will have LiveStats. On Sat., Nov. 22, swimming & diving starts off the webcasts at 2 p.m. vs. Bates. Women’s basketball will continue in tournament play but only LiveStats will be available. The consolation game is at 1 p.m. but expect the Cardinals to be it the title game at 3 p.m. Also at 3 p.m. will be men’s and women's hockey vs. Amherst with webcasts. The women’s game will have LiveStats as well. The action wraps up at 7 p.m. with another Little Three battle, as men’s basketball hosts Williams with a webcast and LiveStats available. As always, links are posted on the Wesleyan athletics web site under "Follow the Cardinals Live," then "Webcasts/LiveStats."
MEN’S and WOMEN’S CREW – fall racing concluded.
MEN’S (1-2 dual, 74-31 overall, final) and WOMEN’S (1-2 dual, 70-33 overall, final) CROSS COUNTRY: RECAP -- New England Div. III Championship at Williams – Men, 10th of 54 teams; Women, 16th of 57 teams (11/15).
FIELD HOCKEY (3-12 overall, 2-8 NESCAC, final)
FOOTBALL (7-1, final): RECAP - Trinity, 20-19 W. (11/8).
GOLF (2-61 overall, final, fall)
MEN’S SOCCER (8-5-3 overall, 6-4 NESCAC, final)
WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-12-2 overall, 0-9-1 NESCAC, final)
MEN‘S (0-0, final, fall) and WOMEN‘S (2-0, final, fall) TENNIS
WOMEN‘S VOLLEYBALL (13-10 overall, 3-7 NESCAC, final)
WINTER RESULTS/UPCOMING SCHEDULES
MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-0, 0-0 NESCAC): RECAP - Hern Kenny Invitational at Wesleyan – Sarah Lawrence, 100-51 W. (11/15); vs. Worcester St., 61-60 W. (11/16). UPCOMING – 11/20 Emmanuel; 11/22 Williams.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (1-1, 0-0 NESCAC): RECAP - Eastern Conn. Tip-Off Tournament – vs. Framingham St., 37-55 L. (11/15); vs. Newbury, 72-35 W. (11/16). UPCOMING – Courtyard by Marriott Tournament at Wesleyan – 11/21 vs. Newbury in first round; 11/22 vs. SUNY Purchase or SUNY New Paltz in consolation or championship.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): RECAP – at Tufts, 5-2 W. (11/15); at Conn. College, 2-5 L. (11/16). UPCOMING – 11/21 Hamilton; 11/22 Amherst.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): RECAP – Williams, 1-3 L. (11/15); Williams, 5-0 W. (11/16). UPCOMING – 11/21 at Amherst; 11/22 at Amherst.
MEN’S (0-0) and WOMEN’S (0-0) INDOOR TRACK: RECAP - No action. UPCOMING – 1/10/15 Yale Invitational.
MEN’S SQUASH (1-2 dual match): RECAP - Wesleyan Round Robin – Tufts, 9-0 W. (11/15); Middlebury, 3-6 L. (11/15); Bates, 3-6 L. (11/16). UPCOMING – 11/22 Brown.
WOMEN’S SQUASH (3-2 dual match): RECAP - Wesleyan Round Robin – Tufts, 9-0 W. (11/15); Middlebury, 1-8 L. (11/15); William Smith, 8-1 W. (11/16); Bates, 3-6 L. (11/16); Mount Holyoke, 9-0 W. (11/16). UPCOMING – 11/22 Brown; 11/23 at Princeton.
MEN’S (0-1) and WOMEN’S (1-0) SWIMMING & DIVING: RECAP- Brandeis – Men, 135-155 L.; Women, 220-70 W. (11/15). UPCOMING – 11/22 Men & Women vs. Bates.
WRESTLING (0-0 duals): RECAP – Roger Williams Invitational – 5th of 12 teams (11/15). UPCOMING – 11/22 Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield.