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Alumni and Development News
Spring sports wrapup
|Taryn Howard ’03 races downfield.
This spring the golf team competed in its fifteenth straight NCAA national championship. The Thoroughbreds tied for 10th place—the tenth time that the team has finished among the NCAA top ten.
Joey Pohle ’02 and Brian Gropler ’02 were named NCAA all-Americans. Five players were selected to the GCAA all-district team: Pohle, Gropler, Phil Gehring ’01, Ross Morgan ’04, and Ben Bates ’03; Morgan was also Freshman of the Year and Pohle was Player of the Year. Brian Clark ’02 made the GCAA all-American scholar team.
The Thoroughbreds won five tournaments in 2000-01, the Skidmore Invitational and Skidmore Fall Classic, the Middlebury Duke Nelson, the UCAA championship, and the Palamountain Invitational.
The women’s tennis team entered its seventh straight NCAA tournament but lost, 6-3, to Wesleyan in the first round. The Thoroughbreds finished the season with a 15-6 record, including a sixth-straight UCAA championship and a seventh-straight NYSWCAA tournament win. The team was ranked 18th in the final NCAA Division III poll nationally and 5th in the Northeast.
Amy Wachenheim ’01 qualified for the nationals in singles and in doubles with Heather Wood ’01. Wachenheim lost in the second round; she and Wood lost in the first round of doubles. Wachenheim finished her season with a 27-9 singles record and earned all-America honors when she won the ITA singles regional title last fall. Wachenheim and Wood were 18-6 for the season and earned all-conference and all-state honors.
The men capped their season by winning the UCAA championship for the second time in four years. The Thoroughbreds were 10-10 on the season, with seven top-25 teams on the schedule.
Skidmore’s biggest win came in the UCAA championship against nationally ranked NCAA tournament team University of Rochester. Skidmore opened the UCAA tourney with wins over Hobart (6-1) and Union (6-1) and then battled Rochester for every point, upsetting the Yellow Jackets by 4-3 for the championship.
This year produced a pair of all-Americans in the doubles team of James Davidson ’01 and Will Crawford ’01. The duo also earned UCAA all-conference honors in doubles, as did Jon Corn ‘01 and Andrew Watson ’04. Davidson made all-conference in singles as well.
The team battled the weather all season and had to play several “home” games on the road. The Thoroughbreds came together in the end, winning four of their final six games. The team finished 17-19 overall and 3-9 in the UCAA, where it beat champion Rensselaer for the third straight year, 13-11.
Tom Kuchark ’03 was a first-team UCAA all-star as an outfielder and second-team as a pitcher. He led the Thoroughbreds with a .373 batting average; he had 47 hits, 20 RBI, and 33 stolen bases. He was also the team’s top pitcher, with a 2-2 record, 3 saves, and a 3.25 ERA. Bryan Marchinkoski ’01 earned second-team UCAA honors. Catcher Brian Neary ’03 hit a school-record 8 home runs in the season.
The softball team also struggled with inclement weather, finishing with a 7-19 record (2-8 in the UCAA).
Catcher and team captain Jodi Wheeler ’01 led the Thoroughbreds in nearly all offensive categories, with a .416 batting average, 32 hits, 18 RBI, and 2 home runs. She was a first-team UCAA all-star.
The team had its best varsity season ever, earning its first ECAC tournament bid. In the ECAC tourney, the Thoroughbreds stunned the host and number-one seed Hartwick with a 12-9 win. In the championship game, Skidmore battled archrival St. Lawrence to the wire before losing a heartbreaker in the final minute, 8-7. Skidmore finished the year with a 9-6 overall and 4-2 UCAA record. Head coach Terry Corcoran was named UCAA Coach of the Year.
Chris Bivona ’03 led the team in scoring for a second straight year, with 36 goals and 32 assists for 68 points. Jonas Jeswald ’01 added a team-record 53 goals and 8 assists for 61 points. Jeswald closed out his career as the college’s all-time leading scorer, with 204 points. John Thornton ’03, new in goal this season, did an excellent job, posting an 8-5 record with a 10.01 goals-against average and a .538 save percentage.
Midfielder Brian McCawley ’02 was honorable-mention all-America—the first in Skidmore lacrosse history.
Midfielder Andy Meehan ’03 was a first-team UCAA all-star, while Bivona, Jeswald, McCawley, and defender Matt Ufford ’02 were second-team all-conference.
The women’s lax team won a school-record twelve games and took 3rd in the NYSWCAA tournament. The Thoroughbreds beat conference rival Rensselaer, 13-7, in the NYSWCAA opening round and then lost a tough 11-9 contest to SUNY-Cortland in the semifinals. The team came back to end the season with an exciting 8-7 win over Nazareth College in the third-place game.
Captain Megan Lawler ’01 led the team in scoring, with 41 goals and 13 assists for 54 points. Manuella DeBarros ’03 (28-14-42) and Taryn Howard ’03 (28-13-41) were the next-highest scorers.
In goal, Chace Wessling ’04 had a 7-3 record, 7.90 goals-against average, and .521 save percentage, while Allison Bernstein ’04 went 5-3 with an 8.25 GAA and .459 save rate.
Lawler and Howard were UCAA all-conference second-team selections; in addition, Howard was named IWLCA first-team regional all-America and Lawler made second team.
|All-American Amy Wachenheim ’01 prepares to receive a serve.
The riding team narrowly missed a repeat trip to the IHSA national show, but Lindsey Phibbs ’02 did qualify for nationals in the Cacchione Cup High-Point Rider class and in the individual open class on the flat. She took 6th in the Cacchione Cup and was reserve champion (2nd place) in the open flat class.
Skidmore won its IHSA regional championship by more than 83 points over second-place Cornell. Regional champions were Phibbs, Jaime Jansen ’04, Charlotte Harwood ’01, Allison Scribner ’02, and Bronwen Hill ’03, who also competed at nationals in the walk-trot class.
Both the men’s and women’s varsity eights qualified for the Avaya Collegiate Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. The men finished 6th, with a time of 6:26.3, in the petite final, which Colgate won in 6:18.5. Georgetown won the grand final in 6:04.7. The women were 5th, in 7:22.6, in their petite final, which Colby won in 7:09.3. Williams won the women’s grand final in 7:01.5.
Earlier in the spring the men finished 10th in the New York State championships to earn an at-large bid to the Avaya competition.
Team captain and MVP Ben Clarke ’01 was the lone senior in the men’s varsity eight. Women’s MVP Holly Yacko ’01 was the captain and coxswain who led her varsity eight to a national ranking in each of the past two years. This year that boat finished 3rd in the New York State meet to earn the trip to the Avaya championships. —WJ