- June 24, 2015
Womens Lacrosse - Kim Williams Named Faculty Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse at Wesleyan Starting July 1, 2015
Kim Williams, who has known nothing but success over her nine years as a college player, assistant coach and head coach in women's lacrosse, has been named faculty head coach of the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team for the 2016 season, Director of Athletics Mike Whalen announced. Williams becomes the eighth head coach for the Cardinals over their 40-year varsity history. She will begin her tenure on July 1, 2015 as an adjunct assistant professor of physical education and head women's lacrosse coach at Wesleyan.
Williams comes to Wesleyan after two seasons as head coach at Stockton University in New Jersey, three seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College in Waterville, Me., and four seasons as a stellar competitor at C.W. Post University in Brookville, N.Y. Bringing the Ospreys at Stockton into their first varsity season in 2014, Williams met with immediate success behind a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) in the team's varsity opener. Stockton posted a 10-5 record in 2014 and featured the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year. The Ospreys followed up with a 10-6 mark in 2015 while boasting the NJAC Goaltender of the Year. Thus Williams has a career 20-11 record as a head coach.
- June 12, 2015
Wrestling - Cardinal Wrestling Returns Veteran Lineup for 2015-16 with High Goals and a Strong Focus for Continued Success
Wesleyan wrestling will return a veteran squad for the 2015-16 campaign led by six seniors focused on a high level of winning wrestling. The Cardinals have been nationally ranked among the top 30 Division III squads at the end of the season four times in the last six years including a best-ever 11th-place ranking following the 2012-13 season. The 2011-12 squad ranked 29th, as did the 2010-11 team. The 2009-10 Cardinals finished 26th in the national poll.
The highly regarded 2012-13 squad, ranked 10th in the country, was invited to compete in the prestigious National Dual Championship in Springfield, Ill. where the team finished sixth among 16 competing teams, nearly all of which were ranked among the top 30 in the country. It was only the second time in the history of the event that a New England squad placed in the top eight. Wesleyan hosted and won the final New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championship in 2012, its second New England title with the first coming in 1984. Wesleyan now competes in the Northeast Regional Tournament for NCAA individual qualification.
- June 10, 2015
Baseball - Donnie Cimino ’15 Chosen by the Chicago Cubs in 37th Round of 2015 MLB First-Year Draft
Centerfielder Donnie Cimino '15 was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball first-year draft on Wednesday, June 10. The 1103rd overall pick, he was just one of 10 Division III players drafted.
Cimino is the all-time leader for Wesleyan in career hits (240) and was named all-NESCAC all four years. As a freshman and sophomore, he led the NESCAC in batting average and he finished with a career .373 average. He was named all-New England twice, and was a two-time captain. He was instrumental in helping the Cardinals win the NESCAC championship in both 2014 and 2015, as well as three straight Little Three titles.
- June 02, 2015
Baseball - Andrew Yin '15 Repeats as CoSIDA/Capital One 1st-Team Academic All-American in Baseball after Cards Win 2nd Straight NESCAC Crown, Play in NCAAs
Andrew Yin '15 (#8, photo) was named a CoSIDA/Capital One First-Team Academic All-American for the second straight year. He is the only player among the 33 honorees on the three national teams in 2015 to repeat as a first-team choice. He also is the only player among those cited to be a three-time Academic All-American. In 2013, Yin, then a sophomore, made his first appearance as an Academic All-America third-team selection. Sophomores are rare on the squad as only one of the 33 players in 2015 is a sophomore, also a third-teamer. Yin is the only Wesleyan player in any sport to be named an Academic All-American more than once, and is the fifth Cardinal baseball player since 1972 to grace the list.
Yin started 38 of 41 games at second base during Wesleyan's banner 2015 campaign as the Cardinals posted an overall record of 30-11, just the third 30-win campaign in program history. The 2014 Cardinals set the record for wins in a season, going 31-13. Yin hit .309 with 43 hits in 139 at-bats in 2015. He led the Cardinals in walks with 21 and stolen bases, going 17-for-21. His 32 runs scored were second-highest on the team. He knocked in nine runs, had seven doubles and fielded at a crisp .957 mark. He ended his career on a 10-game hitting streak.
- May 23, 2015
Womens Tennis - Eudice Chong '18 Gives Wesleyan 2015 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Title with Thrilling 3-Set Victory
Eudice Chong '18 (main photo with head coach Mike Fried courtesy of Ohio Northern U.) came through with a thrilling 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory in the title match of the NCAA Division III women's tennis singles championship in Mason, Ohio Sat., May 23, to claim the first-ever NCAA Division III tennis title for the Cardinals. Named the NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year, as well as the ITA Division III Rookie of the Year, Chong completed the 2014-15 campaign undefeated in singles play (22-0), dropping just two sets all season, both of them to sophomore Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin, 4-6, whom she played in for the third time this year in the NCAA finals.
- May 22, 2015
Womens Tennis - Eudice Chong '18 to Play for NCAA Div. III Women's Tennis Title after Being Named NESCAC Player & Rookie of the Year
Eudice Chong '18 has gone 4-0 without dropping a set during the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship in Mason, Ohio Thurs.-Fri., May 21-22 and will play for a national title Sat., May 23 against Bowdoin College sophomore Joulia Likhanskaia at 10 a.m. The match will be webcast.
The two finalists have met twice this season with undefeated Chong (21-0) winning both outings, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 during a match in Claremont, Calif. in March and 6-0, 6-1 in Middlebury, Vt. during the NESCAC team Championship May 1. Both players are first-team all-NESCAC selections in 2014-15 with Chong also named NESCAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. In addition, Chong was chosen as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national Division III Rookie of the Year while Likhanskaia was named the ITA national Division III Player to Watch. The set won by Likhanskaia back on March 10 was the only set surrendered by Chong this year in singles play as she is 42-1 in sets in 2014-15.
- May 20, 2015
Baseball - NESCAC Champ Baseball Places 6 on All-NESCAC Squad, Led by Pitcher of the Year Sam Elias '15, & 3 on All-NE Squads - Mark Woodworth is NESCAC Coach of the Year Again
Led by NESCAC Pitcher of the Year Sam Elias '15 (photo top middle), Wesleyan had six players as well as its head coach recognized by the NESCAC on the all-conference squad. Wesleyan had the largest contingent among the conference teams. Tufts had the next highest number of honorees with four. Amherst, Colby and Bowdoin all had three. Wesleyan had placed five on the 2013 squad, as well as having Coach of the Year, the Cardinals' previous high for conference laurels.
Joining Elias on the first team are shortstop Guy Davidson '16 (photo top right), who was a second-team pick in 2014, and first baseman Sam Goodwin-Boyd (photo top left), who repeated as a first-teamer after making his initial all-NESCAC appearance on the 2013 squad as a second-teamer. Wesleyan's second-team selections in 2015 including center fielder Donnie Cimino '15 (photo bottom middle), a four-time all-NESCAC choice (first team in 2013 and 2014, second team in 2012 and 2015) and pitchers Nick Cooney '15 (photo bottom right) and Gavin Pittore '16 (photo bottom left). Cooney has now been on the second team three consecutive years.
- May 15, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Extends Stay in NCAA Regional Behind Arm of Peter Rantz '16 in 4-1 Win over Southern Maine - NCAA Run Ends with 4-1 Loss to MIT
Peter Rantz '16 (#28, left side photo) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits with no walks and two strikeouts in upping his record on the year to 5-2 as the second-seeded Cardinals knocked out the top seed, Southern Maine, from the NCAA New England Regional in Harwich, Mass. Fri., May 15, 4-1. Wesleyan continues its run with a game Friday night against MIT, which defeated Curry in an elimination game Friday, 3-0. Wesleyan and MIT met in Middletown earlier this season with the Engineers prevailing, 8-5. In the NCAAs, the margin was the same as MIT advanced with a 4-1 victory.
Nearly equaling his longest outing of his career, which came May 3 when he went 7.1 innings at Trinity in beating the Bantams, Rantz kept the USM hitters off balance most of the day as only one runner reached scoring position during his time on the mound, and that runner was cut down trying to go to third base on a smart play by shortstop Guy Davidson '16 on a fielder's choice grounder in the 6th. Rantz never allowed more than one hit in a frame as he threw just 85 pitches, 60 of them for strikes.
- May 14, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Rallies for 5 Runs in 8th Inning to Down Castleton, 7-4, in NCAA Elimination Game after Opening-Day Loss to Curry
Trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the 8th inning vs. Castleton St. in an NCAA Regioal Tournament elimination game in Harwich, Mass. Thurs., May 14, the Cardinal rallied for five runs to grab a 7-3 lead and went on to claim a 7-4 victory to stay alive in the playoffs. Up next for the team is a meeting with Southern Maine in another elimination game Fri., May 15. USM fell to Salem St., 10-1, for its first loss after a 4-0 win over Suffolk. Should the Cardinals prove successful in that early game, they will play a second elimination game Friday. Wesleyan opened tournament play Wed., May 14 with a tough 4-0 loss to Curry.
Junior Guy Davidson '16 got the 8th inning started for the Cardinals vs. Castleton with a chopper toward third base that hit the seam of the grass and dirt and hopped up over the third baseman's head for a single with one out. Marco Baratta '16 (#7, main photo) followed with a deep drive to left center for a triple, bringing in Davidson with the tying run. Up came Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 (#9, photo insert upper right) and he dropped a perfect bunt to the left of the mound with the squeeze on as Baratta scored the go-ahead run and Goodwin-Boyd was safe at first with a single.
- May 14, 2015
General - Four Cardinal Rowers Named All-NESCAC, Three on Men's Side, One on Women's