Cardinal Weekly Update

2014-15 WEEKLY WINTER SPORTS SUMMARY

11/17/14 through 11/23/14

A few more honors have come the way of Wesleyan football. Jake Bussani ’14 picked up two of them, as he was named to the New England Football Writers Division II/III all-star team. He also landed one of four Joe Zabilski Awards bestowed by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as the top Division III defensive player of the year in New England. Also recognized by the GCGB was associate head coach Dan DiCenzo, named Division III assistant coach of the year.

Women’s squash #1 player Laila Samy ’18 took a 3-0 decision against both Brown and Princeton as the lone Cardinal winner, staying undefeated on the season. Her win at Princeton came against another freshman listed as the #1 girls player in the United States coming out of Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, and playing above Princeton's #2 player who finished the 2013-14 season as the fifth-ranked college player in the country.

Coming up with his second straight runner-up finish at an invitational wrestling tournament, Isaiah Bellamy ’18 went 3-1 at 197 pounds for second place at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield. He was one of four Cardinals to secure a top-six placing. Again, Bellamy's loss was to a returning All-American from Roger Williams.

Brenna Diggins ’17 and Jess Cherenza ’15 were named to the all-tournament team at the Courtyard by Marriott women’s basketball tournament hosted by Wesleyan, as the Cardinals finished second. Diggins had a pair of double-doubles, giving her three on the year in four games, as she had 12 points and 14 rebounds in the first-round win over Newbury, then added 11 points and 13 rebounds in a two-point loss in the finals to SUNY New Paltz. Cherenza had 11 points and nine caroms in the title game.

Jordan Schildhaus ’15 had a stick in each of the goals by women’s ice hockey against seventh-ranked nationally Amherst. She assisted on the first two goals of the second game, then netted the game-tying goal in the third period as the contest went into overtime, won by Amherst with a power-play goal in the extra frame. Schildhaus also had Wesleyan's only goal in the first game of the series.

Harry Rafferty '17 posted a career-high 26 points, while sinking six of 10 three-point tries in leading men’s basketball past Emmanuel. He also was one of four Cardinals to score 12 points in pacing Wesleyan against Williams in a tough overtime setback.

Guy Davidson ’16 came through with a hard-fought, 3-1 victory at #1 in the men’s squash match vs. Brown to close out dual-match action for the first semester.

Aidan Winn ’18 won both the 500 free and the 1000 free, while diver Brandon Pearson '18 was victorious in both the one-meter and three-meter boards to highlight the effort of men’s swimming and diving vs. Bates.

Women's swimming and diving came away without a win during its meet with Bates but had a few tight second-place finishes as Angela Slevin ’15 in the 200 freestyle and Luisa Chan ’18 in the 100 breaststroke fell by about half-a-second each. 

Men’s ice hockey dropped a pair of shutouts vs. NESCAC rivals despite outshooting both Hamilton and Amherst in each of the two games. 

WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS -- Six events during Thanksgiving week will have live coverage. Up first is a webcast of men’s and women’s swimming & diving vs. Amherst Mon., Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. Next is a game for women’s basketball at Vassar Tues., Nov. 25 at 6 p.m and a home men’s basketball game with Elms at 7 p.m. (both with a webcast and LiveStats). On Sat., Nov. 29, the men’s basketball game at 6 p.m. at Curry will have LiveStats and the men’s ice hockey game at home vs. UMass Boston at 7 p.m. will be webcast. The week closes out with a webcast of men’s ice hockey at home against UMass Dartmouth Sun., Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.  As usual links are posted on the Wesleyan athletics web site under "Follow the Cardinals Live", then "Webcasts/LiveStats."  

WINTER RESULTS/UPCOMING SCHEDULES

MEN’S BASKETBALL  (3-1, 0-0 NESCAC): RECAP - Emmanuel, 76-54  W. (11/20); Williams, 77-85 (OT)  L.  (11/22).  UPCOMING -- 11/25  Elms; 11/29  at Curry.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL  (2-2, 0-0 NESCAC): RECAP - Courtyard by Marriott Tournament at Wesleyan – vs. Newbury, 75-42  W.  (11/21); vs. SUNY New Paltz, 48-50  L.  (11/22).  UPCOMING – 11/25  at Vassar.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY  (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC): RECAP – Hamilton, 0-4  L.  (11/21); Amherst, 0-5  L.  (11/22).  UPCOMING – 11/29  UMass Boston; 11/30  UMass Dartmouth.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY  (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC): RECAP – at Amherst, 1-4  L.  (11/21); at Amherst, 3-4 (OT)   L.  (11/22).  UPCOMING – 11/25  at Sacred Heart; 11/30  at Holy Cross.

MEN’S (0-0) and WOMEN’S (0-0) INDOOR TRACK:  RECAP - No action.  UPCOMING – 1/10/15  Yale Invitational 

MEN’S SQUASH  (1-3 dual match):  RECAP -  Brown, 1-8  L.  (11/22).  UPCOMING –  12/5-7  Division III Individual Championship at Wesleyan.

WOMEN’S SQUASH  (3-3 dual match):  RECAP – Brown, 1-8  L.  (11/22).  UPCOMING –  12/5-7  Division III Individual Championship at Wesleyan.

MEN’S (0-2) and WOMEN’S (1-1) SWIMMING & DIVING: RECAP- Bates – Men, 94-204  L.; Women, 76-224  L.  (11/22).  UPCOMING – 11/24  Amherst. 

WRESTLING  (0-0 duals):  RECAP – Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield – 7th of 18 teams  (11/22).  UPCOMING – 12/6  RIT Invitational.