Spring 2012 Sports Recap

Dec 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Sports

Ash­lyn Booth


The Wolver­ines, under the lead­er­ship of first-year head coach Juli Greep, com­plet­ed one of the largest turn­arounds in all of NCAA Divi­sion III by going 15–20-1 in 2012. After win­ning just four games the pre­vi­ous sea­son, Wes­ley matched that total just eight games into the sea­son after a 6–3 vic­to­ry over Juni­a­ta Col­lege in Myr­tle Beach, S.C.  In mid-March, the Wolver­ines went on a sea­son-long,

six-game win­ning streak, scor­ing at least 12 runs in each game and outscor­ing their oppo­nents 86–25.  Among the stand­outs were First Team All-CAC and All-Region selec­tion Ash­lyn Booth and lead­off hit­ter Jes­si­ca Bar­ran­co, who led the Cap­i­tal Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence with 20 stolen bases while hit­ting a team-high .398. The three-per­son pitch­ing staff, which con­sist­ed of two fresh­men and a junior, also record­ed an earned run aver­age under four.


It was a ban­ner sea­son for the Wolver­ines as first-year head coach Bret Under­wood led the team to a pro­gram record 31 vic­to­ries, three wins over nation­al­ly ranked teams, and the top seed in the East­ern Col­lege Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence South Play­offs.  Wes­ley won six of its first sev­en games of the year, includ­ing a vic­to­ry over No. 6 Sal­is­bury, and fin­ished the sea­son 9–9 in the Cap­i­tal Ath­let­ic

DJ Keck­ler

Con­fer­ence. The Wolver­ines placed a league record five play­ers on the All-Con­fer­ence team, and short­stop Rob Bene­dict became the first play­er in school his­to­ry to be named the CAC Play­er of the Year.  Right-han­der DJ Keck­ler also was a first team selec­tion, as well as becom­ing Wesley’s all-time leader in innings pitched, shutouts and earned run aver­age. Despite lead­ing the league with a .425 bat­ting aver­age and 54 RBIs, first base­man Geoff Kim­mel, who played in a school record 165 games, was named sec­ond team all-con­fer­ence, as were south­paw Jor­dan Lozzi and out­field­er Jon Carl­son.  Bene­dict, Keck­ler, Kim­mel and Carl­son also earned All-Region recog­ni­tion by sev­er­al pub­li­ca­tions.


The 2012 Wes­ley Col­lege golf team won its third Cap­i­tal Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence title in the five-year his­to­ry of the tour­na­ment, which was held at Wild Quail Golf & Coun­try Club in Wyoming, Del.  After being the only play­er under par on the first day of the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship, All-Region hon­oree Robert Ehrhardt won the indi­vid­ual title by sev­en strokes with a CAC record 145. He was sub­se­quent­ly named the CAC Play­er of the Year, while fresh­man Cody Pes­tun shared Co-Rook­ie of the Year hon­ors after tying for third place. Also earn­ing All-Con­fer­ence acco­lades was Clay­ton Bunting, who placed sixth over­all, and head coach Rick McCall, who shared Co-Coach of the Year hon­ors.

Julia Wright


Under first-year head coach Gail Hill, Wesley’s men’s ten­nis team opened the sea­son with three straight vic­to­ries, includ­ing a thump­ing of Divi­sion I Mary­land-East­ern Shore, and fin­ished the sea­son 4–7 over­all.  Kevin Mangi­ni was named the team’s MVP after record­ing a 6–5 sin­gles record, while going 5–6 in dou­bles play.  On the women’s side, Caitlin Grin­stead earned MVP hon­ors after play­ing in the top posi­tion in both sin­gles and dou­bles.

Men’s Lacrosse

Play­ing in arguably the tough­est con­fer­ence in the nation, as well as suf­fer­ing sev­er­al injuries to key play­ers, the Wolver­ines won just two games in 2012, with both com­ing against Cap­i­tal Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence rivals – Hood and Frost­burg.  After los­ing two of its lead­ing scor­ers to grad­u­a­tion and a third mid­sea­son, Wes­ley was led offen­sive­ly by sopho­more Tim Dougher­ty, who tal­lied a team-high 13 assists and 25 points. Lead­ing the team in goals was senior Scott Brozey with 19 and junior Patrick Lipari with 17. Defen­sive mid­field­er and team cap­tain Dan Try­on was named the team’s MVP.

Alyssa Pru­dente

Women’s Lacrosse

The 2012 edi­tion of the Wes­ley Col­lege women’s lacrosse team matched its sec­ond-best win total in pro­gram his­to­ry with eight vic­to­ries this sea­son.  In just her third sea­son at the helm, head coach Deb­bie Windett became Wesley’s all-time win­ningest coach after a dra­mat­ic come-from-behind 14–13 vic­to­ry at Mount St. Vin­cent on April 1. Wes­ley got out to a 3–2 record, includ­ing 3–0 at home, thanks in large part to senior Alyssa Pru­dente, who led the Cap­i­tal Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence in points and goals scored. She also shat­tered every Wolver­ine record for sin­gle game, sea­son and career. Pru­dente was lat­er named Sec­ond Team All-CAC, becom­ing just the sec­ond Wolver­ine to be hon­ored by the con­fer­ence.

Track & Field

Sopho­more sprinter/hurdler Matt Bundy became the most dec­o­rat­ed Wolver­ine track & field ath­lete ever after qual­i­fy­ing for the NCAA Nation­al Cham­pi­onships in both the indoor and out­door sea­sons.  After a fall in the indoor sea­son at Nation­als, Bundy shat­tered his own school record in the 110m hur­dles at Nation­als dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nar­ies and went on to fin­ish fourth over­all, earn­ing All-Amer­i­ca recog­ni­tion.  Pri­or to Nation­als in the spring, Bundy was named the Cap­i­tal Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence Out­door Track Ath­lete of the Year after win­ning the gold in both the 110m hur­dles and 200m dash while earn­ing the sil­ver in the 100m dash.  He also won the 110m hur­dles at the ECAC Out­door Track Cham­pi­onships.  Includ­ing Bundy’s five school records this sea­son, eight oth­er men’s pro­gram marks were also set this sea­son. On the women’s side, Tamisha Thomas was named First Team All-CAC after win­ning the 100m hur­dles for the sec­ond straight sea­son and set­ting a school record. In the 2011-12 sea­son, four women’s indoor school records were bro­ken while six out­door records went down.


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