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Lacrosse Captures First NESCAC Title


Lonny Blumenthal '10.

By Brian Katten, sports information director

The 2009 Wesleyan men’s lacrosse team did something that eluded each of the last eight Cardinals lax squads: winning a NESCAC tournament title and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Reaching the NESCAC playoff semi-finals for the seventh year in a row and the championship game for the fifth time in team history, Wesleyan finally realized its goal of a conference title on May 3 when the Cardinals downed the Tufts Jumbos, 14-10, for the NESCAC crown. Head Coach John Raba, who stands a remarkable 155-67 over his 13 seasons, was named New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Raba called winning the NESCAC title “one of our best weekends ever.”

Wesleyan had qualified at-large for the NCAAs in 2005, 2006 and 2007, reaching the national semi-finals the latter two seasons.

Part of Wesleyan’s first big accolade in 2009 came in February as All-American defender Spike Malangone ’09 received Inside Lacrosse magazine’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors. Malangone is a two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III second-team All-American. Wesleyan also was ranked 12th nationally at that time. Then came a dip as Wesleyan lost its opening game of the year at Bowdoin, 4-3. It only took a week for the team to swing back up as the Cardinals took their first of two games from Middlebury, 8-7. That win was part of a six-game win streak that halted at Tufts with a 12-10 defeat. Three important triumphs over NESCAC rivals Trinity, Colby and Amherst followed before Williams sent the Cardinals spiraling again with a 9-5 setback.

Dan Latzman '09.

Dan Latzman '09.

Again, Wesleyan regained its composure, knocking off Connecticut College in the final regular-season game to earn a home game in the first round of the NESCAC tournament for the seventh straight season. The opponent? None other than Williams. This time Wesleyan was ready and throttled the Ephs, 11-5, pitting the Cardinals against tournament Final Four host Middlebury in a NESCAC semi-final. Each of the previous four times the Cardinals and Panthers met in the NESCAC playoffs, it was for the championship, and Middlebury had won them all. It looked as if Middlebury would extend the streak to five as the Panthers built an 8-3 halftime lead. But a resilient Cardinal squad netted six of the next seven goals to tie the game, 9-9, in the third period. Though the Cardinals never led in regulation, Middlebury could not pull away and when Adam Kirk ‘09 scored with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter, it propelled the teams into overtime. Just 36 seconds later, Wesleyan had its first lead and the 15-14 victory, courtesy of Dan Latzman’s ’09 only goal of the game.

The final obstacle for the elusive NESCAC

Coach Norm Daniels Dies at Age 102

Norm Daniels, who coached five sports in almost 40 years at Wesleyan, died May 11 at the age of 102.

He coached baseball, football, basketball, wrestling and squash.

Norm Daniels coached Wesleyan baseball for 33 seasons.

Norm Daniels coached Wesleyan baseball for 33 seasons.

Daniels, born March 25, 1907 in Detroit, Mich., came to Wesleyan as an instructor in physical education in 1934 and retired in 1973.

He spent 33 years coaching baseball, and 19 years coaching football, which included a 25-game winning streak from 1945-1948.

The Hillsdale, Mich. native graduated in 1932 from the University of Michigan, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He also earned a master’s degree at Michigan in 1941.

Among all individuals who coached at Wesleyan, Daniels ranks third in his tenure at the university, behind only Hugh McCurdy who served for 46 years, and Fritz Martin who coached for 43 years.

While at Wesleyan, Daniels was consistently active in the local community as a part of numerous organizations, committees and associations around Middletown including a three-year term on the Middletown City Council. He remained in Middletown after his retirement.

Wesleyan celebrated Daniels’ 100th birthday April 5, 2007, in the Freeman Athletic Center. It was attended by current and emeritus faculty, and current and past staff, past players, and representatives from the City of Middletown.

Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations, holds up a banner declaring the space "Coach Norm Daniels Lobby" during Daniels's 100th birthday celebration.

Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations, holds up a banner declaring the space "Coach Norm Daniels Lobby" during Daniels's 100th birthday celebration.

At the ceremony, Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations  announced that the Freeman’s lobby would be named “Coach Norm Daniels Lobby of the Freeman Athletic Center.” After a proclamation by the Mayor of Middletown Sebastian Giuliano designating April 6, 2007 as Norm Daniels Day in Middletown, the lobby sign was unveiled and then many members of the audience reflected on their fondest remembrances of Daniels.

Daniels was a member of the Spring 2008 class of the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame.

McKenna to Coach Women’s National Hockey Team

Coach Jodi McKenna.

Coach Jodi McKenna.

Jodi McKenna, head women’s ice hockey coach, was selected to be an assistant coach for the 2009 U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team. The team will defend its world title at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship from April 4-12, in Hameenlinna, Finland.

McKenna‘s preliminary roster includes four goaltenders, 10 defensemen and 18 forwards, and will be trimmed by 11 players prior to Team USA’s March 30 departure for Finland.

Highlighting the roster are 24 players who have competed in previous IIHF World Women’s Championships, including 23 who have been on gold medal-winning squads, either in 2005 or 2008. Nineteen of the 20 members of the world champion 2008 U.S. Women’s National Team are in contention for roster spots on this year’s entry into the tournament.

Sports Scores Broadcasted Through Twitter to Cardinal Fans

Wesleyan sports fans can view play-by-play action of their favorite events through Wesscores, a new service hosted on Twitter.

Twitter is a popular social networking and “microblogging” service used to communicate timely information as well as exchange quick, frequent messages with others. The short Twitter messages, referred to as the “tweets,” can be viewed on a web browser or cell phone as text messages.

The Athletics Department at Wesleyan has created a Twitter account called wescores to send updated sports information and is inviting all the Cardinals fans to follow this account on twitter by visiting the URL http://twitter.com/wescores and clicking on the follow button.

“This is a great way to quickly circulate sports scores to sports fans who cannot be at the game live, or are not near a computer,” says Brian Katten, Wesleyan’s sports information director.

The service debuted for the men’s lacrosse

Wesleyan Athletes Discuss ‘Game of Life’ with Underprivileged Girls

Four Wesleyan student-athletes visited the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation during Spring Break. (Photo courtesy of ESYHF)

Four Wesleyan student-athletes visited the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation during Spring Break. (Photo courtesy of ESYHF)

Four Wesleyan athletes traveled to Philadelphia in early March to spend the first weekend of their spring break speaking to underprivileged girls about the importance of staying in school and pursuing higher education.

The event was organized through the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF), a non-profit organization founded by Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, to use the sport of hockey to educate young people on how to succeed in the game of life.

ESYHF provides after-school hockey, life skills, and educational programming at no cost to the most disadvantaged communities in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Langer Inducted into School District’s Hall of Fame

Rich Langer, store assistant at the Cardinal Technology Center, will be inducted into the Regional School District 17 (Haddam and Killingworth, Conn.) Hall of Fame 2009 May 30. The Hall of Fame was formed to honor the contributions made by coaches, former student athletes and others to the various athletic programs offered as a part of the Regional School District 17 schools. The Hall of Fame Class of 2009 will recognize the Langer’s volleyball coaching career.

Fourney ’09 Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer

Ali Fourney '09

Ali Fourney '09

Ali Fourney ’09 has become the all-time leading scorer for Wesleyan women’s basketball.

The 18 points Founey scored 18 during a 66-55 loss at Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass. on Feb. 4. gave her a career total of 1,424 points, the most in Wesleyan’s program history. She surpassed the previous career points scoring record of 1,416 held by Angie Palmer ’95.

Fourney, and Wesleyan Women’s Basketball still have two more regular season games before the NESCAC tournament begins Feb. 21.

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Drennan All-American and NESCAC Player of the Year

Lisa Drennan '09

Lisa Drennan '09 (by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)

In 2008, Lisa Drennan ’09 accomplished something never done by any Wesleyan athlete: she became a two-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year. She was also named a second-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). She was the only player from a New England College to be named to any of AVCA’s three All-America teams.

“This season was by far Lisa’s best,” says 24-year Wesleyan head coach Gale Lackey. “Repeating as NESCAC Player of the Year is no surprise.

Fourney, Scura Named to All-Tournament Teams

Ali Fourney '09

Ali Fourney '09

Kevin Scura '09

Women’s Basketball player Ali Fourney ’09 was named to the all-tournament team at the 11th Annual Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 23-23. Over the two games, she averaged 17 points and 5.3 rebounds while adding seven assists, three blocks and 11 steals.

Kevin Scura ’09 was named to the all-tournament team at the Gordon College Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 21-22. He contributed 22 points during the two contests.