Seven Wesleyan athletes and one coach were named
to the 2007 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
Men’s hockey team members Will Bennett '07 and Mike Palladino '09 were
pictured at right, was the hockey team’s top scorer, and Palladino was the
starting goaltender for the hockey Cardinals. Bennett, the 2004 NESCAC
Rookie of the Year, is tied for second in the conference in scoring with 11
goals and 24 assists for 35 points through 24 games for the Cardinals, a
career-high in points and assists.
pictured at left, backboned a Cardinal defense that finished third in the
conference at 2.67 goals per game. After seeing action in only 15 games as a
freshman, Palladino appeared between the pipes in 20 of Wesleyan’s 24 games
this year, posting a 10-6-4 mark. Bennett came up one point shy of becoming
just the third Cardinal to amass 100 career points over the last dozen
years. He ended his four years with 45 goals and 54 assists for 99 points in
Women’s basketball player Ali Fourney ‘09 was
named to the second-team. Fourney, pictured at right, led the team in both scoring (15.0) and rebounding (7.0)
average this year and was named all-NESCAC second team after a vote of the
coaches. Last season she was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
hockey coach Chris Potter was named the NESCAC
Coach of the Year. Potter,
pictured at right, was named Coach of the Year for the second time in his
four-year tenure. He was the Coach of the Year his rookie season in 2003-04.
Potter guided the Cardinals to an 11-8-5 overall record and a 9-6-4
conference mark to finish in fourth place in the NESCAC standings, the
highest place ever for Wesleyan.
Wesleyan had three repeat performers in
swimming as Ben Byers '07, left, Amanda Shapiro '08, second from left, and
Kate Krems '08, third from left, all earned all-NESCAC laurels in the pool,
the latter two for the second straight year and the former as a four-time
honoree. Byers was a top-three finisher at the NESCAC meet in both the
1000-yard (2nd) and 1650-yard (2nd) freestyle while Shapiro was top-three in
both the 50-yard (3rd) and 100-yard (2nd) breaststroke and Krems was second
in the 50-yard butterfly. All three went on to become All-Americans in their
Susanna Morrison '07, at right, was named the
Four-Year High Point Diver.
In addition to the NESCAC award, Bennett and Palladino were both named as
one of 18 semi-finalists for the Joe Concannon Award, presented to the top
New England Division II or III American-born player. This year's winner was
Colby's Greg Osborne. Both Bennett and Palladino were selected to the NESCAC/ECAC
East all-star squad as chosen by the New England Hockey Writers Association.