Fall Sports Wrap UpJun 17th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Sports
Under the leadership of first-year head coach Stephen Kimes, both men’s and women’s cross country finished seventh at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships on an extremely hilly Frostburg State course. With several of their top performers from a year ago no longer on the roster, the men’s squad saw every runner set a personal record while Twila McCrea did the same on the women’s side. Tristin Burris was twice named the CAC Runner of the Week after recording a pair of top 10 finishes.
Five members of the Wesley College field hockey team earned All-Conference honors, and junior Madison Leone was named the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year, helping the Wolverines to a 12–10 record in the 2012 season. Wesley advanced to the CAC Championship Game for the third straight season and received the top seed in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament during head coach Tracey Short’s 16th straight season with at least 11 victories. Needing a strong finish to possibly earn an NCAA Tournament bid, the Wolverines closed out the regular season with victories over Moravian and Delaware Valley before blanking Frostburg in a CAC Tournament Game and going on the road to defeat No. 2 Salisbury in penalty strokes in the Conference Semifinals. Following the season, head coach Tracey Short, who is among the winningest coaches in all of NCAA Division III, was one of eight individuals recognized at the Delaware Diamond Extravaganza for their outstanding contributions to women in sports and education.
An extremely young Wolverines squad finished 5–11-2 but saw a number of freshman record valuable minutes and experience against some of the nation’s best teams. Wesley opened the year with a date against No. 4 Rutgers-Camden before playing three other nationally ranked teams. The Wolverines held a one-goal lead against fifth-ranked Montclair State in Dover
before falling late in the second half, but an overtime goal by senior Josh Chelleh in his final collegiate game highlighted the season. Chelleh and fellow senior Pat Slinka earned All-Conference honors at the conclusion of the year.
The Wolverines featured a very young roster mixed with seniors Jazmine Miller and Heather Fuller en route to a 3–22 mark in the 2012–13 season. Despite the record, Wesley had several individual accomplishments: Fuller led the CAC in rebounding at 12.4 per game and Miller became the 10th player in school history to record 1,000 career points. A native of Dover, Del., Miller leaves Wesley as its fourth leading scorer (1,283) and all-time leader in steals (295) while also ranking in the top 10 in both assists and rebounding.
Wesley finished the season with an 8–8-2 record, its best year since 2007, when the Wolverines advanced to the CAC Semifinals. After starting the season at 3–0-1, Wesley suffered a pair of one-goal losses before shocking Marymount (Va.), 2–0, which nearly clinched a CAC Tournament berth, and blanking Cairn in back-to-back games. The consecutive shutouts helped senior goalkeeper Sydney Kahan earn Player of the Week honors. Advancing to the conference tournament, defender Chelsea Marriner made her collegiate debut in
goal and made nine saves, holding York (Pa.) scoreless for 110 minutes. Wesley fell in penalty kicks, but both Kelly Edmunds and Chelsi Biener received All-League recognition. The Wolverines also received the NSCAA Gold Award for Team Ethics by finishing the entire season without being penalized with a yellow or red card.
Freshman Meghan Marshall set the Wesley single-season record for digs in a season, and classmate Danielle Gehr led the CAC in service aces as the Wolverines finished the year with a 6–23 mark. With over half of the roster being freshman, Wesley was expected to experience growing pains in 2012, but the Wolverines fought hard all season and even took No. 18 Salisbury to the wire in a second set loss.