Spring 2012 Sports RecapDec 12th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Sports
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
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.
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.
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.
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.