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Football 20-0 Win Highlight of 2016 Homecoming (with Photo Gallery)

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The rain couldn’t dampen the Wesleyan spirit at Homecoming and Middletown Day 2016! On Oct. 21-22, more than 2,000 alumni, students, families and members of the Middletown community flocked to campus with umbrellas and hoodies to participate in team tailgating, campus tours, alumni meetings, family activities and five athletic contests.

The highlight of Homecoming was a 20-0 football win over Little Three rival Amherst on Oct. 22.

“This was the first time the Cardinals shut out Amherst in football since 1988, and it also was the first time Amherst had been shut out since 2007,” said Sports Information Director Mike O’Brien. “What a great way to celebrate Wesleyan’s Homecoming!”

Wesleyan, Yale Reenact Historic Baseball Game on 150th Anniversary of Event

Wesleyan University and Yale University reenacted a historic baseball game at Yale on the 150th anniversary of the event. The two teams met on Sept. 30, 1865 to inaugurate intercollegiate competition at their respective landmark institutions. Wesleyan was founded in 1831 while Yale, the fourth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation, dates back to 1701. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Wesleyan reenacted a historic baseball game Sept. 26. Pictured is the 2015-16 squad at Yale University. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Wesleyan, founded in 1831, and Yale University, founded in 1701, are both celebrating the 150th anniversary of baseball at their respective colleges this year as the two met on Sept. 30, 1865 to inaugurate intercollegiate competition. A lot has changed since then, on and off the diamond, but for one night, students and alumni celebrated the rich history of these two prestigious programs and the great game of baseball.

On Sept. 26, to commemorate that first contest, the two clubs squared-off wearing throwback uniforms in an exhibition game at Yale Field. The idea for the game was spawned more than five years ago when Wesleyan head coach Mark Woodworth ’94 and Yale head coach John Stuper talked about playing the game while together at a summer camp.

At left, Yale University head coach John Stupe and Wesleyan head coach Mark Woodworth welcomed Fay Vincent to the reenactment game. Vincent served as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1989 to 1992.

At left, Yale University head coach John Stupe and Wesleyan head coach Mark Woodworth ’94 welcomed Fay Vincent to the reenactment game. Vincent served as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1989 to 1992.

“It seemed really important to me to celebrate the great traditions of both of these historic programs,” Woodworth said. “Both schools have been at the forefront of establishing college baseball and we are excited to recognize all the alums and all the players that have been a part of it.”

More than 50 Wesleyan baseball alumni attended the game at Yale.

The Cardinals hoped for a better outcome than the 39-13 final score of the original contest, concluded after just eight innings so Wesleyan could make it back home on the last train of the day. That game lasted 3:05. In the 150th anniversary contest, Wesleyan exacted its revenge with a 6-3, 10-inning victory.

Woodworth and Stuper both made opening comments in the ceremony,

Chong ’18 is NESCAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year

Eudice Chong '18 in action. (Photo by Brian Katten '79.)

Eudice Chong ’18 in action. (Photo by Brian Katten ’79)

Eudice Chong ’18 has been named both the women’s tennis NESCAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, as well as a first-team all-NESCAC choice in both singles and doubles, following her tremendous rookie campaign as she surrendered just one set in singles all year with a 17-0 overall record. In doubles, almost exclusively with Helen Klass-Warch ’18, Chong fashioned a 20-3 record at #1 doubles. Klass-Warch received a nod to the all-NESCAC first team in doubles.

Scholar-Athletes Honored at Banquet

At the banquet, Pat Tynan, head women's crew coach, and Athletic Director Mike Whalen '83 presented an award to Brianne Wiemann '15.

At the banquet, Pat Tynan, head women’s crew coach, and Athletic Director Mike Whalen ’83 presented an award to Brianne Wiemann ’15.

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On April 30, more than 150 scholar-athletes, along with their coaches, faculty and staff members, attended the third annual scholar-athlete banquet, held in Beckham Hall.

Among the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the Roger Maynard Memorial Awards to women’s crew coxswain Brianne Wiemann ’15 and baseball second baseman Andrew Yin ’15. Since 1970, the award has been presented to the male and female senior student-athletes who best exemplify the spirit, humility and accomplishments of Roger Maynard ’37, a former Wesleyan trustee and standout cross-country and track letterman.

As the varsity-eight cox the last two seasons, Wiemann was integral in helping the Cardinals reach the NCAA Division III Championships a year ago. During that competition, she was named the Elite 89 winner for Division III women’s rowing as the participant in the Championships with the highest overall GPA. Wesleyan’s 2015 varsity eight squad is ranked ninth nationally in Division III heading into the New England Championships on May 2.

Yin took over as the Cardinals’ starting second baseman during his freshman year and enjoyed a string of 118 consecutive starts for the team over a four-year span. Heading into the final weekend of the 2015 regular season, Yin has 183 career hits, ranking third all-time at Wesleyan. He was a first-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American in 2014 after earning third-team honors as a sophomore. That year he also received first-team all-NESCAC and second-team all-ECAC New England Division III laurels.

Head baseball coach Mark Woodworth with Andrew Yin '15.

Head baseball coach Mark Woodworth with Andrew Yin ’15.

Wesleyan supporter and team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bruck Moeckel, who has serviced the Cardinal athletic community for 23 years, was also honored at the banquet with the Cardinal Award. Presented by Wesleyan’s Athletic Advisory Council (AAC), the award recognizes a member of the Wesleyan community who has provided tremendous service and support to athletics.

During the banquet, Yin and women’s swimming standout Angela Slevin ’15 also spoke about their time as Wesleyan student-athletes. Slevin holds or is part of 11 Wesleyan school records, and was an NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships qualifier as a junior. She has been all-NESCAC throughout her career.

Attendees at the event were selected from 310 student-athletes who met the minimum qualification of a 3.2 cumulative GPA with at least sophomore status academically. That group was then whittled down to the 168 who received an invitation to the dinner based on a combination of their athletic accomplishment and the strength of their academic achievement.

Basketball, Softball, Lacrosse Play Opponents Out of State during Spring Recess

Wesleyan’s Office of Sports Information provided the following athletic highlights on March 24:

Holding Pomona-Pitzer to seven hits and two runs with five strikeouts, Gavin Pittore ’16 upped his record to 2-1 on the season, while giving baseball a win in its final game out west. Pittore was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week. Jon Dennett ’15 added four hits during the final four games to join the 100-hit club as the 49th Cardinal to do so. Andrew Yin ’15 hit .438 over the week with seven safeties as he rose to No. 5 on the all-time Cardinal hits list with 175. Sam Goodwin-Boyd ’15 had a .588 slugging percentage with a double and home run, as he paced the team with six RBI during the week.

Softball ended its Florida trip by going 3-1, defeating all three Division III opponents behind the pitching of Julie McDonald ’18, while losing to a Division II rival. McDonald tossed 18 innings in the three wins, allowing 17 hits with a 1.56 ERA while striking out 21. Over the final four games, Su Pardo ’16 hit .455 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. Annalie Walsh-Costello ’17 hit .500 and Izzy Linzer ’17 batted .417 with a hit on all four games, giving her a hit in 11 of the 12 games played in Florida.

Matt Prezioso ’15 carried the attack for men’s lacrosse during a pair of wins in Pennsylvania. He picked up a hat trick during a seven-goal run that extended a tight two-goal lead in the third period to a nine-goal margin heading into the fourth quarter at F&M. He then added four goals and three assists during the victory against Whittier, with three goals and an assist coming during an 8-0 Cardinals run that erased a 5-3 deficit, turning it into an 11-5 lead in the third period.

Women’s lacrosse split a pair of games in Colorado, with Leah Sherman ’15 providing the spark in the overtime win vs. Pomona-Pitzer. Scoring three goals in the final 8:16 to tie the game, Wesleyan got a goal from Sherman with :40 left in regulation to make it 10-9. Sherman then controlled the ensuing draw to set up Emily Gretsky ’16 for the tying goal at :16. Sherman then scored in the first overtime as the score remained deadlocked, 11-11, before Sherman’s sixth goal of the game decided the outcome just 41 seconds into the sudden-victory period.

For the full update, along with upcoming schedules, webcast information, and weekly scores, visit:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/athletics/weeklyupdate.html

18 Athletes Earn All-NESCAC Honors, 58 Qualify as “Scholars”

Jake Sheffer '14 (#62) is a lead blocker on a run by LaDarius Drew '15 (#14) while receiver Kevin Hughes '14 (#19) blocks on the back side during a Wesleyan scoring drive against Colby in a 41-0 home victory Oct. 5.  Sheffer, Drew and Hughes were all first-team all-NESCAC choices in 2013, Sheffer for the third straight year.

Jake Sheffer ’14 (#62) is a lead blocker on a run by LaDarius Drew ’15 (#14) while receiver Kevin Hughes ’14 (#19) blocks on the back side during a Wesleyan scoring drive against Colby in a 41-0 home victory Oct. 5. Sheffer, Drew and Hughes were all first-team all-NESCAC choices in 2013, Sheffer for the third straight year. (Photo by Brian Katten)

The Cardinals put away a successful fall season, with 18 athletes earning all-NESCAC honors, 58 qualifying as NESCAC scholar athletes and (in case you haven’t heard) the football team winning the Little Three Title for the first time in 43 years.

Leading the way with 12 all-NESCAC picks were the 7-1 footballers, whose season record was the best finish for the team since 1993. Named to the NESCAC first team were NESCAC leading rusher LaDarius Drew ’15, defensive backs Jake Bussani ’14 and Donnie Cimino ’15, defensive end Nik Powers ’15, center Jake Sheffer ’14 and wide receiver Kevin Hughes ’14. Second-team laurels went to placekicker Sebastian Aguirre ’14, running back Kyle Gibson ’15, offensive lineman Pat DiMase ’15, linebacker Myers Beaird ’14, tight end Jon Day ’15 and return specialist Devon Carrillo ’17. Also noteworthy was the performance of quarterback Jesse Warren ’15, who was tops in the conference for passing efficiency as he competed 64.7 percent of his throws for 1,291 yards and 15 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Both Hughes and offensive lineman Jeremy Edelberg ’14 were recognized with a spot on the CoSIDA/Capital One District II Academic All-America squad.

Wesleyan Team Represents USA at Racketlon World Championship

Shona Kerr, head squash coach; Tim Schade of Philadelphia, Pa.; Robert Troyer '12, Max Bevilacqua '12 and Ethan Moritz '14 represented the U.S.A. during the 2012 Racketlon World Championship.

Shona Kerr, head squash coach; Tim Schade of Philadelphia, Pa.; Robert Troyer ’12, Max Bevilacqua ’12 and Ethan Moritz ’14 represented the U.S.A. during the 2012 Racketlon World Championship.

What do you get when you cross Wesleyan student-athletes with four racket sports? The answer: the first American team to represent the U.S. in racketlon!

Members of Wesleyan/USA's racketlon team in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Members of Wesleyan/USA’s racketlon team in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In racketlon, a player challenges his/her opponent in each of the four biggest racket sports: table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. The sport is a cousin of the triathlon and decathlon. Each team plays their opponents in all four sports.

Shona Kerr, head squash coach teaches racketlon at Wesleyan and coaches the Wesleyan team. Last summer, Wesleyan team represented America in the Racketlon World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. They placed 11th overall.

Team members included Ethan Moritz ’14; Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12, a fellow for the Russell House and Shapiro Creative Writing Center; Robert Troyer ’12; Tim Schade of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Katrin Maldre, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2012.

Moritz plays on the Wesleyan men’s squash team, and Troyer is a former men’s tennis team captain.

Although other universities offer “Introduction to Racketsports” or “Racketsports” courses, Kerr may be the only faculty in the country teaching racketlon specifically. Her Wesleyan course begins after spring break and introduces students to each of the four racketsports and how to play them in combination within the sport of racketlon. As a capstone experience, the class will play both a singles racketlon and a doubles racketlon.

“It was pretty neat to have two members of the class, and a member of the men’s squash team, be part of the very first USA racketlon team that competed in Bulgaria,” Kerr said.

Ski, Snowboard Team Takes Podium Spots, 2 Going to Nationals

Two Wesleyan skiers took podium spots in the McBrine Division League Championships Feb. 16 and 17 at Magic Mountain, Vt. Michael Creager ’15 and Chris Delaney ’14 came in second and third respectively in the Men’s Ski Division. Two snowboarders, Dylan Penn ’15 and Atticus Swartwood ’14, qualified for nationals.

The Wesleyan Ski Team is a student-run club team that competes in both Giant Slalom and Slalom events. The men’s ski team, led by captain Adam Freed ’14, took first place overall in the 2013 season, qualifying for USCSA Eastern Regionals at Sugarloaf on Feb. 23-24. The women’s team, led by captains Marika Soltys ’14 and Taran Catania ’13, came in fourth overall, and qualified for Regionals after third-place Yale University dropped out of contention. This is the first year that snowboarding has been included in the McBrine Division.

“Being part of the Ski and Snowboard Team is all about having the opportunity to ski and be outside with people who have a passion for the same things as I do,” said women’s captain Soltys.

For information and results, visit the team’s website at http://wesleyanskiteam.group.wesleyan.edu/.

Michael Kruger ’15 charges down the giant slalom course during a McBrine Division race.

Michael Kruger ’15 charges down the giant slalom course during a McBrine Division race.

Garcia ’88 Co-Directs Documentary about NYC Pick-Up Basketball

Bobbito Garcia ’88

Hip-hop DJ Bobbito Garcia ’88 and photographer Kevin Couliau have co-directed Doin’ It in the Park, a new documentary about the popular culture of pick-up basketball, played in parks all over New York City’s five boroughs.

Shot at 180 courts in 75 days, the film covers a cross-section of players both professional and amateur, including Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kenny Smith, “Pee Wee” Kirkland, “Fly” Williams, God Shammgod, Tim “Headache” Gittens, Corey “Homicide” Williams, Kenny Anderson, Jack Ryan, Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, Niki Avery, Milani Malik, and the Park Pick-Up Players of NYC.

The filmmakers traveled to most of the film locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a basketball in their backpacks.

On NBC News.com, Matthew R. Warren reports that Garcia was interviewed recently about the film on NBC’s New York Nightly News:

“Doin’ It in the Park,” co-directed by Bobbito Garcia ’88

“As amazing as the history is of categories of documentaries of basketball, no one’s actually done the most common denominator,” said Garcia …. “Whether you’re Lebron James or President Obama, you’ve played pickup basketball.”

Links of interest:

Video interview with Bobbito Garcia at Okay Player.com

Bobbito Garcia interview at Life and Times.com