- April 27, 2015
Volleyball - Ben Somera Appointed Faculty Head Coach of Women's Volleyball at Wesleyan, Begins July 1, 2015
Ben Somera, most recently the head coach of women's volleyball at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., has been appointed faculty head coach of women's volleyball at Wesleyan University for the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Mike Whalen announced.
Somera steps into the post handled by Gale Lackey since 1984 as she announced her retirement effective at the end of the academic year. He is just the third-ever varsity head coach of Cardinal women's volleyball as Lackey assumed the reins in just the second varsity season, leading the program through 31 campaigns. Lackey has been coaching at Wesleyan since 1978, beginning with field hockey and women's lacrosse, before switching to volleyball after six years with field hockey.
"I consider it a privilege to join the Wesleyan community," said Sommera. "I would like to thank Mike Whalen and his staff for the trust they have placed in me to lead the Cardinal volleyball program. Gale has been an outstanding ambassador for Wesleyan University and the volleyball program and I am honored to be a part of what she has built."
- April 26, 2015
Softball - Cardinals Finish Season with 2 Wins in Final 3 NESCAC West Games as Su Pardo '16 Sparkles
Su Pardo '16 (#10, left side photo) picked up pitching wins vs. Amherst, 4-2, Sat., April 25 and Middlebury, 2-1, Sun., April 26 as Wesleyan closed out the softball season with a 14-17-1 overall record and 4-8 conference mark. Pardo threw five innings against the Panthers as she alternated innings with Julie McDonald '18 to begin the game, then settled in to close out the game with the final three innings of work. She picked up four strikeouts to bring her career total to 391, just six shy of the Wesleyan record. She allowed only three singles against Middlebury and no runs.
Wesleyan got the only runs it needed in the bottom of the 1st inning as Izzy Linzer '17, who led the team with 37 hits and a .346 batting average, had a infield single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. When Jill Gately '15 (#17, photo upper right) was hit by a pitch, she also stole second. At the plate, Rielly Wieners '17 (#24, photo lower right) slammed a double to the fence in left field, plating both Linzer and Gately. Pardo and McDonald did the rest, holding Middlebury to four hits.
- April 25, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Shuts Out Amherst Twice, Secures Little 3 Crown for 3rd Straight Year, Locks up NESCAC West Top Seed
The domination of Wesleyan's three starting conference-weekend pitchers during a three-game sweep of Amherst Fri.-Sat., April 24-25 to wrap up both the 2015 Little Three crown, the team's third in a row, and the NESCAC West title with a 9-0 mark before finishing with Hamilton, is truly remarkable. Facing an Amherst squad that entered with weekend with a .335 team batting average, the combination of Nick Cooney '15, Gavin Pittore '16 and Sam Elias '15 went a total of 23 innings, collectively allowing a mere eight hits for an opposing team batting average of .113. The three all produced shutouts during their time on the mound. They gathered 17 strikeouts and issued six walks over the three outings. Elias also got the final out in the series opener after a pair of relievers were touched for five runs in the 10-5 Cardinal victory.
- April 25, 2015
Mens Track and Field - LaDarius Drew '15 Repeats as Two-Event Champ at NESCACs, also Has Runner-up Finish, Evan Bieder '15 5K Winner
After winning the 200m and long jump while placing second in the 100m at the 2014 NESCAC track & field championships, LaDarius Drew '15 (right side photo) improved on all his performances in time and distance Sat., April 25, as he repeated as NESCAC long-jump champion while winning the 100m and securing runner-up status in the 200m. A year ago, he was voted outstanding performer of the meet. That announcement for 2015 is due out Tues., April 28 after a vote of the coaches.
Drew conquered the field in the 100m with a :10.92 clocking and added a :22.11 run in the 200m, placing second, just a scant .06 seconds out of first. In the long jump, Drew leaped 23-4 3/4, just 1/4 inch shy of the Wesleyan school record held by Alll-American Tommy Lark, set in 2012. Drew is now tied for 11th nationally in Division III in the long jump. His nearest competior at the NESCAC meet was almost a foot behind.
Wesleyan also got a premier finish in the 5k from Evan Bieder '15 (left side photo) as his 14:41.27 clocking bettered the field of 28 finishers by almost 36 seconds. The effort ranks him 24th in the country.
- April 25, 2015
Womens Track and Field - Ellie Martin '16 is NESCAC 400m Women's Track Champion, Cardinals Set 2 Relay Records While Placing 9th as a Team
Picking up 42 team points to place ninth in the annual NESCAC Championships hosted by Williams Sat., April 25, the Cardinals highlighted their efforts with 10 place-taking performances, led by Ellie Martin '16 (photo insert lower right), whose :57.49 clocking in the 400m dash gave her a conference crown. She also was part of Wesleyan's 4x400m relay, joined by Melissa Luning '15, Ananya Subrahmanian '18 and Sarah Swenson '18, for a second-place finish in a Wesleyan-record time of 3:53.64, about three seconds under the previous program record. That performance ranks Wesleyan 16th nationally in Division III.
Another Cardinal record fell as the 4x800m relay quartet of Sydney Cogswell '16, Nikita Rajgopal '17, Aida Julien '18 and Aidan Bardos '17 cruised to a third-place time of 9:25.50, more than two seconds faster than any previous Cardinal squad.
Orelia Jonathan '15 (main photo) provided the Cardinals with three point-getting performances in field events as she took fourth in the discus, fifth in the hammer and seventh in the shot put.
- April 25, 2015
Mens Lacrosse - Matt Prezioso '15 & Harry Stanton '18 Produce 4-Point Games but Cards Lose Home NESCAC Tournament Game for 1st Time, 14-11 to Bates
Facing the hottest team in the NESCAC in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament Sat., April 25 in Middletown, the Cardinals were hoping to keep their streak of home tournament wins intact, having hosted 10 previous quarterfinal contest, all to victory, since 2001. Wesleyan has qualified for 14 of the 15 post-season tournaments, including 13 in a row. But despite three goals and an assist from scoring leader Matt Prezioso '15 (#2, photo insert lower left by Ben Jacobs P'16) and two goals and two assist from second-leading scorer Harry Stanton '18 (#16, main photo by Shoaib Tareen P'15), the Cardinals ran into a buzz saw in the Bobcats and fell, 14-11. The Cardinals, who were seeded fourth in the playoffs, ended the season with a 9-7 record.
Prezioso finished the year with 34 goals and 17 assists for 51 points, his second consecutive 50-point season. He closed out his career with 90 goals and 38 assists for 128 points, ranking him 17th in career scoring at Wesleyan. Stanton has inaugurated his career in fine fashion with a 46-point rookie campaign as he netted 29 goals along with 17 assists.
- April 24, 2015
Softball - Julie McDonald '18 Pitches Another Gem but Gets Out-Dueled in Series Opener vs. Amherst
Holding visiting Amherst to just two hits over the opening three innings of game one of a three-game NESCAC West/Little Three series Fri., April 24, Julie McDonald '18 (#7, photo) went on to fire a seven-hitter with four strikeouts, allowing just two earned runs, but the Cardinals were limited to four hits and no runs by the Amherst hurler as the visiting Jeffs posted a 4-0 victory. The teams will complete their series with a double-header at Amherst Sat., April 25. Both games will be webcast and feature LiveStats.
McDonald nearly worked her way out of a tough spot in the 4th inning as Amherst picked up two hits and loaded the bases with no outs after a walk. She induced a grounder right back to her for a force at home, then struck out the next batter.
- April 24, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Gets Leg up on NESCAC West/Little 3 Crown as Guy Davidson '16 & Nick Cooney '15 Lead Cards Past Amherst
In a battle of undefeated teams in NESCAC West play, homestanding Wesleyan got a pair of two-run doubles from Guy Davidson '16 (#6, main photo) to pace the offense and seven innings of two-hit, shutout pitching from Nick Cooney '15 (#21, photo insert upper right) to build a 10-0 lead over visiting Amherst and cruise in for a 10-5 victory Fri., April 24. The teams will complete their three-game conference series with a double-header Sat., April 25 with the game played at UMass Amherst. Both games are expected to be webcast and feature LiveStats.
Amherst came into the tilt having already clinched its fifth straight appearance in the NESCAC post-season tournament with its 9-0 league record. Wesleyan is looking for its third post-season berth in a row, having taking the conference title in 2014. Amherst, ranked fifth in the region, is now 18-8 overall, and 9-1 in the conference. Wesleyan, ranked first in New England, stands 7-0 in the league and 19-7 overall.
- April 23, 2015
Mens Tennis - Cardinals Opens Last Week of Play with Sweep of Washington & Lee, Add Wins Over Colby & Hamilton to Close out Strong
Closing out the 2014-15 campaign with a three matches in four days, the Cardinals rolled to a 9-0 victory in the first-ever meeting with Washington & Lee Thurs., April 23. The year wraps up with matches against NESCAC rivals Colby Sat., April 25 and Hamilton Sun., April 26, both at home. Wesleyan holds down the #22 spot on the April 9 ITA national rankings. Washington & Lee is #32. Neither Colby nor Hamilton is ranked in the top-40 nationally.
Both #2 Steven Chen '18 (photo upper left) and #4 Dhruv Yadav '18 (photo lower left) picked up their team-high eighth singles victory of the season with straight-set wins over WLU. Chen stands 8-4 while Yadav boasts an 8-3 record. Also with a winning mark for the year is #1 Michael Liu '17 (photo upper right), whose straight-set victory improved his record to 7-5. At #5, Win Smith '18 (photo lower right) moved onto the winning side of the ledger with a 5-4 record for the season, also in straight sets. Jake Roberts '17, at #3, and Zacho Brint '16, at #6, completed the straight-set Cardinal sweep.
- April 22, 2015
Womens Lacrosse - Women's Lax Saves Best for Last in Rolling Past Conn, 15-7, to End Season on High Note
In the final game of the year for both squads, Wesleyan rattled off nine unanswered goals during a span of 13:34 in the first half to take a 9-1 lead over visiting Conn. College and go on for a 15-7 victory Wed., April 22. Neither team qualified for the NESCAC tournament that begins on Sat., April 25. The triumph was the 11th in the last 14 meetings for Wesleyan over Conn despite a 23-17 margin in the overall series that favors Conn. College. The Camels had tamed the Cardinals three times in the last four battles prior to today.
Wesleyan got two goals and three assists from Liana Mathias '17 (#2, photo lower right) and four goals each from Abby Wheeler '17 (#3, photo upper left) and junior Martha Harding '16 (#4, photo upper right) to pace the Cardinal attack. Mathias' first goal of the game at 21:05 off a pass from the middle to the left side by Rachel Aronow '17 (#17, photo lower left), who had made an interception of a Camel pass near midfield, gave Wesleyan the lead for good, 2-1. Goals by Aronow, who had two goals and two helpers in the contest, Mathias and a natural hat trick by Wheeler in a span of just 3:47, spotted Wesleyan a 7-1 lead with 10:09 to go before halftime. Two goals from Harding finished off the Cardinals' nine-goal burst.