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Wesleyan Dedicates Citrin Field in Honor of the Men’s Lacrosse Team

On Nov. 22, Wesleyan formally dedicated its new synthetic turf field, naming it Citrin Field, in honor of the Citrin family. The turf field is located to the south of the Freeman Athletic Center inside Andersen Track.

On Nov. 22, Wesleyan formally dedicated its new synthetic turf field, Citrin Field. Citrin Field was named in recognition of a generous gift from Jim Citrin P ’12, P ’14, in honor of the men’s lacrosse team. The turf field is located to the south of the Freeman Athletic Center inside Andersen Track. Citrin Field, opened for use during the fall of 2013, is a lighted field used for football, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s lacrosse activity.

Jim Citrin P'12, P'14, in center, spoke on behalf of the Citrin family with President Michael Roth, at left, and Athletics Director Mike Whalen '83, at right. Jim Citrin's son, Teddy Citrin '12, was a high-scoring, four-year letterman in men's lacrosse, racking up 76 goals and 13 assists for 89 scoring points while helping the Cardinals post a record of 42-23 from 2009-12. His other son, Oliver Citrin '14, was a outstanding fan and men's lacrosse team photographer during his Wesleyan years.

Jim Citrin P’12, P’14, in center, spoke on behalf of the Citrin family with President Michael Roth, at left, and Athletics Director Mike Whalen ’83, at right. Jim Citrin’s son, Teddy Citrin ’12, was a high-scoring, four-year letterman in men’s lacrosse, racking up 76 goals and 13 assists for 89 scoring points while helping the Cardinals post a record of 42-23 from 2009-12. His other son, Oliver Citrin ’14, was a outstanding fan and men’s lacrosse team photographer during his Wesleyan years.

Jim, Teddy and Oliver Citrin joined Wesleyan head men's lacrosse coach John Raba and members of the 2015 team during the festivities.

Jim, Teddy and Oliver Citrin joined Wesleyan head men’s lacrosse coach John Raba and members of the 2015 team during the festivities. Citrin Field is Wesleyan’s second artificial surface field, joining Smith Field, which opened in 2006. (Photos by Jack Gorlin ’18)

Football’s Fuchs ’17 Receives Regional Honors, Gold Helmet Award

Placekicker Ike Fuchs '17. (Photo by Brian Katten)

Placekicker Ike Fuchs ’17. (Photo by Brian Katten)

Placekicker Ike Fuchs ’17 (#10) accounted for 16 of the Cardinals’ 22 points during a 22-0 football victory at Williams College Nov. 1, raising Wesleyan’s record on the season to 6-1.

For his performance, Fuchs received three regional awards and one national honor. Fuchs was named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week as well as ECAC Division III Northeast Special Teams Player of the Week. He also was the recipient of the New England Football Writers’ Association weekly Gold Helmet Award for the top effort by a regional Division II/III player during the week.

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He is the first Cardinal to earn this coveted honor since Shea Dwyer ’10 was recognized for his 213-yard rushing performance with five TDs in a win over Hamilton in 2010. Fuchs also was named USA College Football’s Placekicker of the Week, a national honor.

Fuchs went 5-for-5 on field goals including a career-best 39-yarder and added an extra point on Wesleyan’s lone touchdown, that by running back Lou Stevens ’17 in the second quarter. Fuchs’ other three-pointer came from 31 yards, 35 yards, 23 yards and 25 yards. He entered the game 3-for-6 on field goals but had made his last two before the Williams game. As a result, Fuchs established a pair of school records as he broke the mark for field goals in a game, set by Greg Zlotnick ’86 when he booted four field goals against Coast Guard in 1983. Fuchs has now made seven straight field goals, breaking Zlotnick’s season record of six in a row, also set in 1983.

Men’s Soccer Victory Highlight of Wesleyan Homecoming Sporting Events

Wesleyan cheerleaders root on the Cardinals during the annual Homecoming football game against Amherst College, Oct. 18. The team fell to its rivals in overtime, 33-30, the team's first loss of the year.

Wesleyan cheerleaders root on the Cardinals during the annual Homecoming football game against Amherst College, Oct. 18. The team fell to its rivals in overtime, 33-30. This was the Cardinals’ first loss of the year. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Scoring the “golden goal” in the 95th minute during Wesleyan's Homecoming game Oct. 18, Adam Cowie-Haskell ’18 netted his fourth goal of the year and second game-winner in propelling men’s soccer past Amherst 2-1.

Scoring the “golden goal” in the 95th minute during Wesleyan’s Homecoming game Oct. 18, Adam Cowie-Haskell ’18 netted his fourth goal of the year and second game-winner in propelling men’s soccer past Amherst 2-1. (Photo by Peter Stein ’84)

During Homecoming, men’s soccer highlighted the day with a 2-1 overtime win against Amherst College to gain a share of the Little Three title. Adam Cowie-Haskell ’18 delivered the golden goal as Wesleyan handed Amherst, ranked 10th nationally, its first loss against a NESCAC rival in three years, spanning 37 games.

Also scoring his third goal of the year in the game was Matt Lynch ’15, as he spotted the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the second half. Goalie Emmett McConnell ’15 posted seven saves, five in the second half, in holding Amherst to a lone goal. Watch a video of the men’s winning soccer goal here.

Football led a good portion of its homecoming game against Amherst before falling in overtime, 33-30, the team’s first loss of the year. Quarterback Jesse Warren ’15

Wesleyan Battles for Homecoming Victory Against Amherst Oct. 18

Wesleyan student-athlete Jesse Warren '15 will start as quarterback in the Homecoming Day game, Oct. 18 against Amherst College. Warren leads the conference in passing efficiency (154.9) and has a league-best seven touch down tosses while throwing no interceptions. (Photo by Brian Katten)

Wesleyan student-athlete Jesse Warren ’15 will start as quarterback in the Homecoming Day game, Oct. 18 against Amherst College. Warren leads the conference in passing efficiency (154.9) and has a league-best seven touch down tosses while throwing no interceptions. (Photo by Brian Katten)

It’s a long rivalry. Wesleyan and Amherst have played nearly every year since 1913, missing just three seasons during World War II. They first met on the gridiron in 1882,  with Wesleyan prevailing.  The teams will battle for the 120th time during Wesleyan’s Homecoming, Oct. 18.

A webcast of the game is available here.

One aspect of the game is unmistaken. It represents the second straight year both teams bring identical 4-0 records into the encounter.

A Wesleyan triumph would add significant historical perspective to the proceedings. Having ended an 10-year skid versus Amherst last season with a 20-14 road victory, Wesleyan can put back-to-back wins against the Jeffs into the books for the first time since 1992-93. Even more significant, with a 19-17 homecoming win vs. Williams in 2013,

Volleyball Coach Lackey to Retire After 37 Years, Hundreds of Victories

Wesleyan head women’s volleyball coach Gale Lackey, the senior athletics department member with 37 years of service, will retire in June. In her 30th year coaching volleyball, Lackey is also the senior woman administrator in athletics and an associate athletics director.

Gale Lackey, head coach of women's volleyball, will be inducted into the Connecticut Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Gale Lackey, head coach of women’s volleyball.

Lackey began coaching at Wesleyan in 1978, handling both field hockey and women’s lacrosse and leading the field hockey squad to its only undefeated campaign — and a subsequent berth in the Wes Athletics Hall of Fame —  in 1980.  She took over as volleyball coach in 1985.

“The time is right,” Lackey said. “Coaching and teaching here has been a blessing.  Wesleyan has given me the opportunity to pursue a variety of endeavors and ongoing support to grow professionally throughout my career. The energetic passions of my colleagues, the students, faculty, staff and alumni make Wesleyan a very special place.”

Lackey has the distinction of coaching Wesleyan women’s teams to Little Three championships in three different sports (volleyball, field hockey and lacrosse). With 464 career women’s volleyball victories at Wesleyan (and 477 in total) heading into the 2014 season, Lackey was named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year in 2001.

Coach McKenna Selected Members of USA Hockey National U22 Squad

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Wesleyan women’s ice hockey coach Jodi McKenna.

Wesleyan women’s ice hockey coach Jodi McKenna was among the coaches charged with selecting the team members for the USA Hockey National U22 squad that competed in a three-game series with Canada Aug. 21-24. The U.S. team won all three contests. The games were considered a friendly series that begins the next ramp up to the 2018 Olympics, which will be held in South Korea in February of that year.

McKenna has been involved in Team USA coaching since the first call came in 2008.

“It’s an honor to be chosen and tremendous for my professional development but it can’t be at the expense of my commitment to Wesleyan and my family,” McKenna explained. She and her husband, Kevin Cunningham, an assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Connecticut College, have an infant son, Brayden. “I was quite surprised and extremely proud to be chosen.”

McKenna with the 2010 Olympic ice hockey team

McKenna with the 2010 Olympic ice hockey team

McKenna was an assistant coach for the 2010 Olympics under Mark Johnson, the legendary head coach at the University of Wisconsin who played in the National Hockey League for 10 years and was part of the U.S. gold-medal winning men’s ice hockey team during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. The 2010 U.S. women’s ice hockey team secured a silver medal. McKenna had served as an assistant for the World Championships, also under Johnson, in 2009, and was part of the Team USA selection group in both 2008 and 2011. She took a leave-of-absence during the 2009-10 season for her Olympic assignment.

McKenna had worked some junior development camps prior to 2008 and had been an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University before taking over the reins at Wesleyan for the 2007-08 season. Her 2013-14 squad posted an overall record of 8-11-6, the team’s best mark in 11 seasons. With a 5-6-5 record in NESCAC play, the team’s best ever winning percentage in conference action, Wesleyan earned the fifth seed in the NESCAC tournament.

While it can be a bit demanding juggling all her responsibilities as a head coach and mother, McKenna sees her opportunities with Team USA as a positive.

“I always come away from the experience with some new ideas, a fresh perspective that allows me to apply what I’ve learned to my own players.”

For the future, McKenna has the Cardinals ready to become a force in the NESCAC. Last year, Wesleyan had at least a win or tie against every NESCAC rival.

“What I’m looking for in 2014-15 are some more complete weekends and for us to be more of a threat in the later stages of the NESCAC tournament,” she said. “We need to build on our success and make it a habit, not just a flash.”

Wesleyan Staff Row the Connecticut River

Phil Carney, head coach of men’s crew, taught nine staff members and community members how to row on June 24. The group launched from Wesleyan’s Macomber Boat House and rowed north on the Connecticut River. The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, weather permitting, and welcomes new rowers.

On this day, the following people rowed: Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of the Wesleyan Career Center; Sarah Hopkins, employer relations coordinator; Lisa LaPlant, assistant to the president; Lauren Rubenstein, associate manager of media and public relations; Carol Scully, director of corporate, foundation and government grants; Brittany Richard, assistant director of The Wesleyan Fund; Cynthia Rockwell, associate editor of Wesleyan Magazine; Mariah Klaneski Reisner ’04; Harriet Epstein; and Christina Wasch.

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Cardinal Golf Outing to Benefit Women’s Athletics May 12

The second annual Cardinal Golf Outing to benefit Wesleyan women’s athletics will be held May 12 at Lyman Orchards Golf Club.

The Cardinal Golf Outing is May 12.

The second annual Cardinal Golf Outing to benefit Wesleyan women’s athletics will be held May 12 at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. This year, there’s a twist: in conjunction with the tourney, which celebrates Wes women of the 1980s, alumnae will be on hand to offer advice and support to current students.

The two-hour mentoring session in Daniel Family Commons will match alumnae with current Cardinals to discuss careers, academics and athletics.

“We started the Cardinal Golf Outing to raise money for women’s sports at Wesleyan,” said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Mike Whalen ’83. “This year we’re adding the Mentoring Workshop to provide our alumnae the opportunity to engage current student-athletes, and provide them with career advice.”

The 2013 tournament, which celebrated the pioneering Wesleyan women athletes from the early years of co-education, attracted 127 golfers and raised more than $20,000. Guests at the evening dinner party had a chance to bid in a silent auction, which is being offered again this year.

All funds raised through the event count toward Wesleyan’s multi-year, multi-million dollar campaign celebrating access, inquiry and impact across the university. Financial aid is the focus of the cam paign, and alumni, parents and friends are urged to share not just their gifts, but their reasons why a Wesleyan education is their cause.

To register for the golf tournament, the mentoring sessions or the dinner, go to this link on WesConnect.

Foggy Morning at the Boathouse, Connecticut River

Fog encompassed Wesleyan’s Macomber Boathouse on April 8. The boathouse, built in 1992, is home for Wesleyan men’s and women’s crew. It’s located on the Connecticut River in the Harbor Park area of Middletown, and is 1/2 mile from campus. From the boathouse, one can view the Arrigoni Bridge’s arches peeking out above the fog. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Spring Sports Season begins March 1, Wrestling to Host Tournament

The Wesleyan baseball team is looking to defend its Little Three crown this season. The first game is March 9 against Simpson College in Tucson, Ariz. The Cardinals return seven starting position players, as well as their top 10 pitching leaders in ERA.

The Wesleyan baseball team is looking to defend its Little Three crown this season. The first game is March 9 against Simpson College in Tucson, Ariz. The Cardinals return seven starting position players, as well as their top 10 pitching leaders in ERA.

The Wesleyan spring sports season gets off and running  March 1 when men’s and women’s lacrosse begin NESCAC play against Hamilton, the men on the road and the women at home. The men are coming off a 13-5, Little Three champion season with a wealth of talent returning, earning the squad the no. 16 spot in the USILA preseason Division III national poll. Women’s lacrosse will be looking to stake a claim in the always tough NESCAC under interim head coach Amanda Belichick as six opponent squads are ranked among the top 15 nationally in the preseason.

Women's lacrosse begins its season against Hamilton College March 1 at home.

Women’s lacrosse begins its season against Hamilton College March 1 at home.

Also looking to defend their Little Three crowns and return to NESCAC post-season play are the baseball and softball squads. Each will inaugurate their season with a trip to warmer climates, the baseball squad in Arizona and California starting March 9, and softball in Florida March 12.

Men’s and women’s crew and tennis also will be in Florida in preparation for the 2014 season. Tennis will play five matches down South after opening the season March 8 against NESCAC rival Hamilton. The indoor matches will be played at home.

Track and field will celebrate therefurbished Andersen Track by hosting three outdoor meets in the opening four weeks, the first on March 22.  The golf team also will have a handful of matches to close out its 2013-14 action, including the annual Little Three competition.

In addition, Wesleyan will serve as host of the 2014 NCAA Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament on March 1-2. This is the third time in the last nine years that Wesleyan has hosted a wrestling regional for qualification to the NCAA Championships.

The wrestling tournament will be held in Bacon Field House March 1-2.

The wrestling tournament will be held in Bacon Field House March 1-2.

With the revamped NCAA format, six regionals are held across the country with the top three finishers in each of the 10 weight classes advancing to the NCAA Championships, this year to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa  March 14-15.

The tournament will be held in Bacon Field House with competition starting at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 10 a.m on Sunday.  The qualifying matches for the NCAA to decide the top three places will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults each day and $5 for children and students with IDs.  Live results of the matches will be logged through TrackWrestling.com.

Check out the spring schedules: Chronological  –  Sport-by-Sport

Players, Alumni Network at Football Workshop

On Feb. 9, a host of former Wesleyan football stalwarts returned to campus and spoke to current team members about the working world. The alumni discussed the field, the legal profession, banking, insurance, and even race track management. Following the workshop, Wesleyan held its annual football banquet.

Photos of the workshop are below:

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Little Three Title Win Highlight of Homecoming/Family Weekend (with photos and video)

Wesleyan won its homecoming game, 16-14 against Williams College on Nov. 2.

Wesleyan won its homecoming game, 16-14 against Williams College on Nov. 2.

Wesleyan students, parents, alumni and friends who attended Homecoming/Family Weekend festivities witnessed a historic moment Nov. 2, when the Cardinals claimed the Little Three football title for the first time in 43 years.

The Little Three is a rivalry between Wesleyan, Williams College and Amherst College, which dates to the late 19th century. The Cardinals defeated Amherst 20-14 on Oct. 19, and the 16-14 Homecoming victory against Williams secured them the 2013 title and a 7-0 record. Watch NBC Connecticut’s coverage of the Little Three victory here.

Since 1970, Wesleyan has won Little Three titles dozens of times in sports other than football. More than 6,000 fans attended the game Nov. 2.

Other Homecoming/Family Weekend highlights included a concert with singer/songwriter Dar Williams ’89, athletic contest tailgating, the 21st Annual Dwight Greene Symposium on “Women of Wesleyan,” a Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) reception, a student a cappella concert, several WESeminars and much more.

More than 2,500 families and alumni registered for the weekend.

Watch a video of the weekend below:

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View photos of HCFW below, or view the entire HCFW photo gallery in this Wesleyan Flickr photo set.

Wesleyan students, parents, alumni and friends gathered for tailgating activities prior to the Homecoming/Family Weekend football game on Nov. 2.

Wesleyan students, parents, alumni and friends gathered for tailgating activities prior to the Homecoming/Family Weekend football game on Nov. 2.