Brian Katten

Wesleyan's first full-time sports information director, hired in 1982. Wesleyan class of 1979.

Field Hockey Team Donates Game Proceeds to Cancer Research

Wesleyan's field hockey team raised funds for cancer research through the Play4theCure campaign.

Wesleyan’s field hockey team raised funds for cancer research through the Play4theCure campaign.

The Wesleyan field hockey team team joined hands with the National Foundation for Cancer Research to participate in its fundraising campaign titled Play4theCure, in which sports teams across the country are invited to participate by committing to donate proceeds from at least one game to NFCR.

Wesleyan field hockey raised funds during its game against Little Three rival Williams College on Oct. 12. The team sold wrist bands and T-shirts at the contest, and accepted general donations for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) is a leading cancer research charity dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside.

Since 1973, NFCR has provided over $309 million in support of discovery-oriented cancer research focused on understanding how and why cells become cancerous, and on public education relating to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. NFCR’s scientists are discovering cancer’s molecular mysteries and translating these discoveries into therapies that hold the hope for curing cancer. NFCR is about Research for a Cure – cures for all types of cancer. For more information, visit www.NFCR.org.

Callaghan ’13 Playing for Professional Irish Basketball Club

Mike Callaghan '13 is in Galway, Ireland playing for the professional SSE Renewables Moycullen basketball club.

Former Wesleyan basketball player Mike Callaghan ’13 is in Galway, Ireland playing for the professional SSE Renewables Moycullen basketball club.

Mike Callaghan ’13 seized an opportunity to play professional basketball abroad, and it has paid off. A two-time second-team all-NESCAC selection, Callaghan is now playing for SSE Renewables Moycullen in Galway, a member of the Irish Premier League. He’s the only American on a team of 11 players and three games into the 18-game regular season, Callaghan leads his squad in both scoring and rebounding while playing 34 of 40 minutes per game.

“The competition is tough,” Callaghan said. “The one American for the other team is often a former Division I player and the Irishmen who play are good players as well. It is a bit of a step up from Wesleyan in terms of what I have to do individually (shoot a lot more, score, rebound).”

As a Cardinal senior, Callaghan averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2012-2013. He made the connection to Irish basketball through former Hamilton College standout Pat Sullivan, who played professionally in Ireland in 2012. Callaghan submitted a highlight tape and was given a shot.

” I’m really focused on helping my team this year and doing my best for them. After the season, I will reevaluate whether I want to continue my pro career,” he said. “The experience has been great so far, Ireland is a beautiful country and Galway (the city I live in) is full of friendly people and fun activities. My team is full of great people, from the executives of the club to the coaches to the players. I am really grateful for the opportunity and will continue to do my best.”

Callaghan’s Wesleyan coach, Joe Reilly, praised his former player. “We’re extremely excited for Mike. His improvement over four years was recognized by our peers as he was a two-time all-conference player. He has a great attitude and a tireless work ethic. It’s great to see it rewarded to have him play on the professional level. Mike will have a great impact on the court but he also will have a tremendous impact on their community.”

Callaghan said  that in addition to his commitment as a player, he “also helps with coaching the youth teams affiliated with the club, which has been awesome.”

 

 

13 Athletic Teams Honored for Academic Achievement

Averill Roberto '13 had one of the top GPAs on the women's field hockey squad.

Averill Roberto ’13 had one of the top GPAs on the field hockey squad. The team tied for second among NCAA Division III teams with its cumulative fall semester GPA of 3.55.

Matti Peters '13 had the highest GPA on the women's softball team in the 2012-13. The softball team finished third nationally in Division III with a cumulative 3.647 team GPA.

Matti Peters ’13 had the highest GPA on the softball team in the 2012-13. The softball team finished third nationally in Division III with a cumulative 3.647 team GPA.

Wesleyan’s scholar-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom and on the field.

Thirteen athletic teams have been honored for academic achievement by their national coaches associations for the 2012-13 year.

Men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey and volleyball all were recognized academically during the fall. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving earned academic distinction for both the fall and spring semesters individually while the wrestling team was a winter achiever. Over the spring, women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s tennis received honors.

Among the 11 teams cited for scholastic accomplishment, the field hockey team tied for second among NCAA Division III teams with its cumulative fall semester GPA of 3.55. The softball team finished third nationally in Division III and fifth among all NCAA teams with its cumulative 3.647 team GPA for the 2012-13 academic year.

The wrestling team ranked sixth nationally among Division III teams with its qualifying GPA of 3.443. Annually, hundreds of Wesleyan student-athletes are honored by regional or national associations for their scholastic achievement.

Swimming, Diving Teams Raise Funds for Cancer Research

Wesleyan swimmers and divers raised $12,782 for cancer research and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

Wesleyan swimmers and divers raised $12,782 for cancer research and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

On Sept. 7, Wesleyan men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the fourth annual Swim Across America (SAA), held in Narragansett, R.I. at Roger Wheeler State Beach to help make waves in the fight against cancer and raise money for cancer research and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

Wesleyan swimmers and divers raised $12,782, which almost doubled the $7,500 amount the teams raised last year. Despite not being able to swim in the event because of the jellyfish, Liyan Yao ’16 from Laurel Hollow, N.Y., was Wesleyan’s top fundraiser, accounting for $935. In all, a record-setting $153,210.28 was raised by all the swimmers in the event. SAA events started 26 years ago and have raised more than $50 million for cancer research. The open water swims have grown to over 20 cities throughout the United States with many of the other NESCAC colleges participating in the July event at Nantasket Beach near Boston, Mass.

Wesleyan Head Coach of Swimming/ Diving Peter Solomon said he couldn’t be more proud of his teams’ dedication to this event and the amount of effort they put into both the fundraising they did over the summer as well as the one-mile swim on the day of the event. Seas were choppy and filled with jellyfish. Yet, despite the rough seas, abundant marine life, and more than 500 swimmers in the water, “everyone had a great day at the beach swimming,” Solomon said. “Hats off to Alexa Burzinski ’15 and Jake Rosenbloom ’15 who organized Wesleyan’s team and spearheaded the fundraising efforts last spring. Their enthusiasm for Swim Across America enabled the team to surpass the $10,000 goal they had set last April.”

After the swim, many of the Wesleyan swimmers traveled to Narragansett Town Beach to ride waves and hang out on the beach for a few hours before returning to campus. “What better way to kick off the year,” concluded Coach Solomon, who also competed in the one-mile swim and raised $700 for the event.

“The swim is a great way for people to come together and participate in a sport they love alongside Olympic swimming legends while raising critical funds for Women and Infants Hospital,” said 1986 Olympic Silver Medalist Janel Jorgensen McArdle, the SAA president.

Wesleyan joined the University of Connecticut, Providence College, Brown University, Bryant University, Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island to help grow this year’s swim. Neighboring teams from Assumption College, Boston University and Holy Cross also participated, making it one of the largest groups of college athletes in an open-water swim in the country.

Swim Across America is a non-profit organization that runs events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research at the country’s finest hospitals and institutions. Proceeds from the Rhode Island swim go directly to Women and Infants Hospital, the largest and most diverse oncology service for woman in the Northeast, providing a broad spectrum of care for gynecological and breast cancers. It has evolved into a world-renowned, multi-disciplinary facility where clinicians uncover key answers to the questions of cancer, and focus on the needs of the patients and families.

Fried Appointed Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Mike Fried

Mike Fried

After serving as interim head coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Wesleyan during the 2012-13 season, Mike Fried has been appointed faculty head coach of both teams, Wesleyan Athletics Director Mike Whalen announced in June. Fried will hold the rank of adjunct assistant professor of physical education.

“We are very excited to have Mike Fried as our head tennis coach,” stated Whalen. “His accomplishments over the past year are just a starting point and there is no question that he is committed to building a program that will compete on a national level. His passion and dedication are second to none and I am excited for the future of Wesleyan tennis.”

Over the 2012-13 campaign, Wesleyan’s men fashioned a 7-10 overall record and went 5-4 against NESCAC competition.  That accomplishment earned the Cardinals a first-ever invitation to the NESCAC tournament where fifth-seeded Wesleyan dropped a tight 5-3 decision to fourth-seeded Bates. The men finished the year ranked ninth in Division III in the ITA Northeast rankings and were ranked as high as 26th nationally during the spring. For his effort, Fried was honored by his NESCAC peers as NESCAC co-Coach of the Year.  Wesleyan’s women fashioned a 6-9 overall record in 2012-13 and went 4-5 vs. their NESCAC rivals. The women finished 15th in the Northeast rankings.

Fried first came aboard the Wesleyan coaching staff during the spring of 2011 as an assistant coach for both men and women. In the spring of 2012, he assumed head coaching duties for the women before taking over both the men and women on an interim basis in 2012-13. Fried added tremendous playing and coaching experience to the Cardinal staff. A 1991 graduate of Brown University–where he was a four-year tennis team member, two-year captain, and No. 1 singles and doubles player–Fried was a national high school tennis All-American before attending Brown, and attained a No. 1 Eastern Tennis Association in the men’s open ranking. During his playing career, Fried posted wins over eventual Grand Slam winners Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Knowles and Donald Johnson, while also competing against other future pros such as Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.

Fried has had extensive tennis experience as a private coach and has worked as the development director at both the Macci International Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Fla. and the Seguso-Bassett (now Evert) Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. He has worked with top ranked juniors from around the world and coached players at ATP tour events in the United States and Europe.

“I’m extremely excited to continue what we began this year and to establish nationally contending tennis teams here at Wes,” Fried said. In the recently released Tennis Recruiting Network rankings, the incoming class of 2017 for Wesleyan men’s tennis has been rated seventh nationally in Division III.

3 Spring Squads Capture Little Three Titles

Wesleyan fashioned one of its finest spring sports seasons in history, highlighted by Little Three titles in a first-ever combination of baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse.  The squads combined for an outstanding 62-32-1 overall record.

Sam Stanton ’14. (Photo by Shoaib Tareen P'15)

Sam Stanton ’14. (Photo by Shoaib Tareen P’15)

Wesleyan had its fair share of NESCAC honorees as the baseball squad had the largest contingent of any NESCAC college with six individuals honored, led by Head Coach Mark Woodworth ’94, who secured his second NESCAC Coach of the Year award. He was recognized by his conference coaching peers for the first time during his rookie season in 2002. First-team picks included conference batting champ Donnie Cimino ’15 (.399 average) and Andrew Yin ’15 (.381 average with a school-record 29-game hitting streak). Sam Goodwin-Boyd ’15, who played errorless at first base in 314 chances, and pitchers Nick Cooney ’15 and Jeff Blout ’14 all picked up second-team laurels. Wesleyan qualified for the NESCAC tournament for the first time since 2010 while winning the NESCAC West to earn the right to host the playoffs for the first time. The 25-15-1 Cardinals finished second behind Amherst in the tournament.

The softball team, which tied a program record for wins in a season with its 24-12 record, returned to the NESCAC tournament for the first time since winning the crown in 2010.  That achievement capped a run of four straight trips to the post-season.  Wesleyan had three first-team selections, matching the the 2010 and 2008 seasons, with one new wrinkle – the Player of the Year honor for Allee Beatty ’13, who also picked up first-team all-New England and district academic All-America accolades. Beatty led Wesleyan with a .421 batting average and a NESCAC-best 25 stolen bases. She graduates as Wesleyan’s all-time leader for stolen bases (114), runs scored (152) and triples (12). Joining her on the NESCAC first-team were Jill Gately ’15, who set program records for doubles (14), home runs (7) and RBI (45) in a season; and ace hurler Su Pardo’16, who also attained Rookie of the Year honors.

Men’s lacrosse, with a program-best five All-Americans, returned to the NESCAC championship game for the sixth time with a 13-5 record.  Sam Stanton ’14 garnered first-team USILA All-America recognition and was designated short-stick defensive midfielder of the year after pacing the Cardinals with 67 ground balls along with 14 caused turnovers, two goals and 10 assists. Finding a spot on the second team were defender Mike Robinson ’13 and long-pole midfielder Brendan Hanley ’13. Both were NESCAC first-team choices.  Robinson, with a team-best 29 caused turnovers despite missing the final five games due to injury, also was named a Scholar All-American by the USILA, while Hanley, with 40 grounders, 17 CTs, eight goals and four assists, was chosen to play in the annual USILA Division III North-South senior all-star game. Rounding out the national picture as honorable-mention All-Americans were midfielders Graham Macnab ’14, who led the team with 24 goals, and Aidan Daniell ’14, who had 27 points.

Men’s and women’s crew both enjoyed successful seasons as the women went 10-3 and the men 9-4. Both men’s and women’s sides received NESCAC laurels;  Trevor Michelson ’13 for the men and Robin Cotter ’13 for the women were first-team picks. Sam Hoefle ’13 and Clare Doyle ’14 were second-teamers for the men and women.

Alexis Walker (credit SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)

Alexis Walker ’16. (Photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)

Wesleyan sent two individuals to the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships as school-record holder Alexis Walker ’16 rode her 18-5 1/4 long jump to an NCAA berth. Skyler Cummins ’13 accompanied Walker to Nationals as a qualifier in the 1500m men’s race. In addition to her record, Walker, who was cited as NESCAC Outstanding Rookie Performer, was a two-event NESCAC champ, taking both the 100m dash and the long jump. Hannah Zimmerman ’13 repeated as NESCAC 10k winner. Two other women’s records fell during the season as Sierra Livious ’14 broke her own shot put mark with a season-best 41-10 3/4 throw. Walker was part of the school-record setting 4x100m relay that included Idara Foster ’15, Lia Monti ’13 and Melissa Luning ’16 (:48.24).

Men’s tennis, with a singles and doubles lineup that featured three freshmen, two sophomores and a senior, went 5-4 in NESCAC competition to qualify for the NESCAC tournament for the first time. As the fifth seed, the Cardinals gave fourth-seeded Bates a battle before falling by a 5-3 count. Head Coach Mike Fried was recognized by his fellow NESCAC coaches as co-Coach of the Year for his outstanding direction as interim head coach.

In women’s lacrosse, midfielder Abby D’Angelo’14 repeated as an IWLCA second-team all-Berkshire Division all-star following a 5-10 season. Wesleyan continued to excel outside the NESCAC with a 4-1 record. As usual, the NESCAC dominated the national scene with seven squads ranked among the top-20 and both Middlebury and Trinity reaching the NCAA Final Four, both losing to national champ Salisbury, Middlebury in the semifinals, and Trinity in the finals.

173 Scholar-Athletes Honored at Athletics Banquet

Howard Tobochnik '13 and Roger Laura Kurash '13 received the Maynard Memorial Award, presented annunally to the top senior male and female scholar-athlete at the university. Both are seen with their respective head coaches, head wrestling coach Drew Black and head women's soccer coach Eva Meredith, along with athletics director Mike Whalen.

Howard Tobochnik ’13 and Roger Laura Kurash ’13 received the Maynard Memorial Award, presented annually to the top senior male and female scholar-athlete at the university. Both are seen with their respective head coaches, head wrestling coach Drew Black and head women’s soccer coach Eva Meredith, along with athletics director Mike Whalen.

The Department of Athletics recognized the accomplishments of 173 scholar-athletes during a dinner at Beckham Hall May 1.

Howard Tobochnik ’13 and Roger Laura Kurash ’13 received the Maynard Memorial Award, presented annually to the top senior male and female scholar-athlete at the university.

Those invited to the gathering were members of the sophomore, junior and senior classes who had distinguished themselves both in the classroom with a minimium GPA of 3.2 and in athletic competition as a significant contributor to the success of their chosen sport(s).

Tobochnik was an NCAA Division III qualifier in 2012-13 after finishing third at 149 pounds during the NCAA Northeast Regional qualifier. That followed his 21-1 dual-match record as he led the Cardinals to a 15-7 record. He was a four-year starter for the wrestling team and will graduate with more overall victories (119) than any previous Wesleyan grappler. He was a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American.

Kurash is the 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year in women’s soccer after leading the team in scoring for a fourth straight year with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. She also was selected all-New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as an NSCAA Scholar All-East pick and a CoSIDA District II Academic All-American. She graduates as the number-two all-time leading scorer at Wesleyan with 37 goals and 14 assists for 88 points with 15 of her 37 tallies counting as game-winners.

The Maynard Award, established in memory of Roger Maynard ’37 by his family, recognizes the finest combination of athletic achievement and academic accomplishment among the senior student-athletes each year since 1970 for men and 1977 for women.

Fried Named NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year for Men’s Tennis

Mike Fried

Mike Fried

Mike Fried, the interim head men’s and women’s tennis coach, was named NESCAC men’s tennis co-Coach of the Year in recognition of the team’s unprecedented conference success.

Men’s tennis posted a 7-10 record which included a best-ever 5-4 NESCAC record, giving the Cardinals their first-ever bid to the NESCAC tournament, seeded fifth among the six teams.

Fried, who also serves as a visiting instructor in physical education, adds tremendous playing and coaching experience to the Cardinals’ staff. He came aboard as an assistant during the spring of 2011, and was elevated to head women’s coach during the spring of 2012.

A 1991 graduate of Brown University, where he was a four-year tennis team member, two-year captain, and No. 1 singles and doubles player, Fried was a national high school tennis All-American before attending Brown and attained a No. 1 Eastern Tennis Association in the men’s open ranking. During his playing career, Fried posted wins over eventual Grand Slam winners Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Knowles and Donald Johnson while also competing against other future pros such as Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.

Read more about the men’s tennis team online here.

Softball’s Beatty ’13 Is a NESCAC Player of the Year

Allee Beatty '13

Allee Beatty ’13

Wesleyan has its fourth NESCAC Player of the Year in 2012-13 as softball sensation Allee Beatty ’13 joined men’s soccer standout Adam Purdy ’13, women’s soccer star Laura Kurash ’13 and men’s ice hockey scoring leader Keith Buehler ’14 with the honor. Beatty also earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. She led the Cardinals with a .421 average, scored 50 runs, drove in 11, stole 25 bases, had a seasonal record eight triples and was perfect in the field with 58 putouts and one assist in center field.

Her 152 runs, 12 triples and 114 stolen bases all represent Wesleyan career standards and she sits third in career hits with 180. She is a four-time NESCAC honoree with three nods to the all-NESCAC second team before gaining first-team laurels this year.

Beatty is a three-time academic all-NESCAC choice and is a CoSIDA/Capital One District II academic All-American. She found her third spot on an National Fastpitch Coaches Associaton (NFCA) New England all-star squad this year with a first-team selection. She was a second-teamer in 2012 and third-teamer in 2011.  Beatty was not alone with NESCAC honors as pitcher Su Pardo ’16 also garnered first-team recognition while picking up Rookie of the Year honors as well. She went 12-4 with a 1.78 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 188 innings of work.  She joins six other Wesleyan athletes still on campus who enjoyed NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors – Purdy and Kurash being two of them, along with LaDarius Drew ’15 (football), Jordan Schildhaus ’15 (women’s ice hockey), John Steele ’14 (men’s squash) and Shasha Brown ’13 (men’s basketball).  Jill Gately ’15 also was first-team all-NESCAC after hitting .416 with seasonal school-record efforts for doubles (14), homers (7) and RBI (45).  Both she and Pardo were NFCA all-New England third-team choices.

Softball Captures Little Three Title

Wesleyan’s softball team.

The Wesleyan softball team, led by head coach Jen Lane, captured the 2013 Little Three title after taking two of three games from Amherst over the weekend. Combined with their two wins earlier this year over Williams, the Cardinals went 4-2 for the Little Three crown. Su Pardo ’16 picked up both pitching wins vs. Amherst, giving up just six hits and one earned run over 12 innings of work with 13 strikeouts. Jill Gately ’15 was tremendous at the plate, going 5-for-9 in the series with two doubles, a home run, five runs scored and six RBI. She broke school seasonal records for both doubles (14) and RBI (44) while tying the mark for homers (6). Allee Beatty ’13 went 5-for-11 with four runs scored.

The Cardinals, now 24-7 on the year and ranked fourth regionally by the NCAA, need one win in the final NESCAC West series vs. Middlebury Fri.-Sat., April 26-27 to lock up a NESCAC tournament spot as well as set a program record for wins in a season. Two wins will make Wesleyan the top seed in the West for the playoffs to be hosted by Tufts Fri.-Sun., May 3-5.

Cardinal Athletes Having Exceptional Spring Season

The Cardinals are having an incredible spring season. The baseball team locked up a NESCAC tournament spot with a double-header sweep at Middlebury April 20. At 7-2 in league play (and in the tournament for the first time since 2010), the team has a showdown with 8-1 Amherst this weekend. The winner of that series will be the top seed in the West and host the tournament May 10-12. Softball is on the cusp of clinching a playoff spot for the first time since 2010, when they won the NESCAC title.

An 8-7 come-from-behind home victory over Tufts, April 20, clinched a first-round NESCAC tournament home game for men’s lacrosse. The opponent for April 27 is still TBA as Wesleyan could finish as high as second in the seedings or as low as fourth.

Student-Athlete Craven ’13 has Stint with Professional Hockey Team

Nick Craven '13 is majoring in neuroscience and behavior. He's played hockey at Wesleyan all four years.

Nick Craven ’13 is majoring in neuroscience and behavior. He’s played hockey at Wesleyan all four years.

In this issue of The Wesleyan Connectionwe speak with hockey player Nick Craven from the Class of 2013. Craven signed an amateur try-out contract with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League in March. He played in each of the Senators’ games March 8-10 as they defeated the Conn. Whale, 3-0; knocked off the Rochester Americans, 4-3; and beat the Hershey Bears, 3-2.

Q: How old were you when you first developed an interest in playing ice hockey? How would you describe the opportunity you had to fulfill your ice hockey desires growing up in Ft. Collins, Colo.?

A: I first started playing hockey when I was 6 years old. That was the same year the state of Colorado got an NHL team. This allowed the sport to become much more popular across the state. I was immediately obsessed with hockey. As I grew older, my interest level only increased. Fort Collins had a decent youth hockey program, but by the time I reached the Bantam level, I had to travel to Denver in order to play for the top teams in the state. The older I got, the amount of traveling in order to pursue my hockey dreams continued to increase. In high school, the AAA team I played for traveled to tournaments across the United States as well as in Canada. As a consequence, I ended up missing nearly twenty days of school a year. At this point in my career, I decided to transfer to Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. This decision allowed me to pursue both my athletic and academic desires.

Q: How did you become interested in attending Wesleyan and playing ice hockey for Head Coach Chris Potter?

A: Playing college hockey had always been a goal of mine. During my senior year in high school I did not have a specific college I wanted to attend. I spoke with a handful of Division III and a few Division I schools. I connected with Coach Potter in the fall of that year. He saw me as a player with a lot of potential. I noticed that the team was not very good; however, I saw that as a positive thing. Not only could I receive some playing time as a freshman, I believed I could help the program improve. Following my talks with Coach Potter, I had such a good feeling that I applied Early Decision II to Wesleyan.