2014-15 WEEKLY WINTER SPORTS & 2015 SPRING SPORTS SUMMARY
2/23/15 through 3/1/15
Behind the NESCAC Player of the Week performance of Jack Mackey ’16, men’s basketball upset top-seeded Trinity and three-time defending champion Amherst to claim its first-ever NESCAC title. Mackey had six three-pointers, including the go-ahead-for-good bomb with 2:14 left in overtime. He then fed Joe Kuo ’17 for two big dunks to pad the lead. Rashid Epps ’16 added 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the title game. Men's basketball joins baseball (2014), football (2013), softball (2010), men’s lacrosse (2009) and men’s soccer (2005) as NESCAC top dogs over the last 10 years. Qualifying for the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time, Wesleyan faces Skidmore in a first-round contest at Johns Hopkins.
Going 4-1 at 174 pounds, including a solid 10-3 win in the match for third place, Ryan Sblendorio ’15 earned a spot in the NCAA Division III wrestling championships. Two other Cardinals placed in their weight class during the Northeast Regional tournament -- Isaiah Bellamy ’18 (4th at 197) and Matt Pelton ’17 (6th at 141).
Brandon Pearson ’18 broke both Wesleyan diving records for the championship format (11 dives) during the Division III Regional Diving meet, as he placed sixth on the one-meter board and seventh on the three-meter board among 20 entrants, good enough to qualify him for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. He is the first Cardinal diver in six years to earn a spot at Nationals.
Laila Samy ’18 went 4-1 during the College Squash Association (CSA) National Individual Women’s Championships to win the second-consolation bracket, effectively putting her in ninth place nationally and placing her on the All-America list. She finished the year with a sparkling 25-1 overall record. She also was named first-team all-NESCAC as well as the conference Rookie of the Year.
Guy Davidson ’16 was named first-team all-NESCAC in men’s squash, elevating him from his spot on the second team his first two seasons. Raheem Logan ’16 found a spot on the all-conference second team and went 1-2 during the CSA National Individual Men’s Championship as the lone Cardinal representative.
The 4x800m relay squad of Sydney Cogswell ’16, Nikita Rajgopal ’17, Aida Julien ’18 and Aidan Bardos ’17 broke its own school record for the second week in a row, coming up with a fifth-place time of 9:12.38 during the New England Open meet. Also with a Wes record during the meet was Ellie Martin ’16 in the 500m as she placed second. Her trial time of 1:15.87 was her best of the day.
Men’s lacrosse got a goal from Matt Prezioso ’15 with four second left in overtime to get past Hamilton in the season opener. It was his second goal of the game. Joining him with a two-goal game was Harry Stanton ’18, who netted the tying goal with 3:36 left, and Niall Devaney ’16.
Martha Harding ’16 and Liana Mathias ’17 enjoyed three-point games, Harding with two goals and an assist and Mathias with three assists, but a 5-4 halftime lead got away from women’s lacrosse in its season opener against Hamilton.
WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS -- The men’s and women’s lacrosse games on Wed., March 4 are both slated for some type of live coverage. Weather issues may force changes. Right now the men's game will have a webcast vs. RPI and the women’s game at Wheaton will just have LiveStats. Both games start at 4 p.m. The coverage might change. On Fri., March 6, the men’s basketball NCAA tournament game vs. Skidmore at Johns Hopkins at 5:30 p.m. will have a webcast and LiveStats. If the team is victorious Friday, the game Sat., March 7 will have the same coverage at 7 p.m. Also on Saturday, men’s lacrosse will be at Bates at 1 p.m., while women’s lacrosse hosts Bates at 11 a.m. Both games will have a webcast and the men’s game will also have LiveStats. As usual links are posted on the Wesleyan athletics web site under “Follow the Cardinals Live,” then “Webcasts/LiveStats.”
WINTER RESULTS/UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MEN’S BASKETBALL (19-8, 5-5 NESCAC): RECAP – at Trinity (NESCAC semifinal), 55-52 W. (2/28); Amherst (at Trinity, NECAC Championship), 74-70 (OT) W. UPCOMING – 3/6 Skidmore (NCAA first-round game at Johns Hopkins); 3/7 vs. Johnson Hopkins or Keene St. (if Wesleyan defeats Skidmore on Friday).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (9-14, 2-8 NESCAC, final)
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-21, 2-16 NESCAC, final)
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (8-14-1, 3-12-1 NESCAC, final)
MEN’S (7-13-1) and WOMEN’S (14-4) INDOOR TRACK: RECAP – Women in New England Open meet at B.U., 18th of 38 scoring teams. UPCOMING – 3/6-7 Men & Women in ECAC Division III meet at Armory, NYC.
MEN’S SQUASH (13-9, final dual match): RECAP - CSA National Individual Championships at Princeton – no team scoring (2/27-3/1).
WOMEN’S SQUASH (8-12, final dual match): RECAP – CSA National Individual Championships at Princeton – no team scoring (2/27-3/1).
MEN’S (1-10, final dual meet) and WOMEN’S (4-7, final dual meet) SWIMMING & DIVING: RECAP – Men in Division III Regional Diving meet at Springfield - no team scoring (2/27-28). UPCOMING – 3/19–22 Men in NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, TX (for diver Brandon Pearson).
WRESTLING (8-11, final dual match): RECAP – Northeast Regional Championships at Roger Williams – 11th of 18 teams (2/28-3/1). UPCOMING – 3/13-14 NCAA Division III Championships in Hershey, Pa. (for Ryan Sblendorio).
SPRING RESULTS/UPCOMING SCHEDULES
BASEBALL (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC West): UPCOMING – 3/8 Carroll (in Tucson, AZ).
MEN’S CREW (0-0): UPCOMING – 3/28 Coast Guard & Clark in Worcester, MA.
WOMEN’S CREW (0-0): UPCOMING - 3/28 Coast Guard, Trinity & Clark in Worcester, MA .
GOLF (2-61 overall from fall, 0-0 spring): UPCOMING – 4/18-19 Williams Spring Opener.
MEN’S LACROSSE (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC): RECAP – Hamilton, 9-8 (OT) W. (2/28). UPCOMING – 3/4 RPI; 3/7 at Bates.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC): RECAP – at Hamilton, 6-8 L. (2/28). UPCOMING – 3/4 at Wheaton; 3/7 Bates.
SOFTBALL (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC West): UPCOMING - (Games in Clermont, Fla.) - 3/11 Mt. Ida & Bowdoin.
MEN’S TENNIS (0-0 overall from the fall, 0-0 spring): UPCOMING – 3/11 at Redlands.
WOMEN’S TENNIS (2-0 overall from the fall, 0-0 spring): UPCOMING – 3/10 Bowdoin (at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps)
MEN’S (0-0) & WOMEN’S (0-0) TRACK & FIELD: UPCOMING - 3/21 Men & Women in Wesleyan Spring Meet.