During the 2008-09 season, the Hobart hockey team matched or broke team records for wins in a season (21), consecutive wins (8), consecutive shutout minutes (190:38) and career coaching wins (131 by ninth-year boss Mark Taylor). The Statesmen posted their first-ever victory at Manhattanville (a 3-1 triumph in the ECAC West Semifinals), earned the program's fourth NCAA Tournament bid, notched the program's first NCAA Tournament shutout (blanking Nichols 3-0 in the first round), produced its first NCAA Tournament overtime victory (a 2-1 decision at No. 4 Amherst), and reached the national semifinals for the second time in four seasons.
Defenseman Andy Brennan '09 and goalie Keith Longo '09 were both named to the All-America second team, marking the first time Hobart has had two All-Americans in the same season. Taylor garnered his fourth ECAC West Coach of the Year award, while Brennan, Longo and Nick DeCroo '10 (20g, 9a) all earned a spot on the All-ECAC West first team.
Longo rightly deserves a great deal of praise for his role in the Statesmen's rise to prominence. Never has The Cooler seen a goalie put up career numbers like his: 2.30 GAA, 2,636 saves, .930 save percentage, 51-27-9, eight shutouts. Longo's the only goalie to make more than 800 saves in a season (876 in 08-09), sports the four highest season save percentages, including his record .939 this season, boasts four of the five lowest goals against averages (with a record 2.08 this season), and is the only keeper to engineer three shutouts in a season (05-06 and 08-09).
Longo's won more games in a season (18 in '08-09) than all but four of Hobart's previous goalies recorded in their entire careers. He ranks in the top 25 in NCAA Division III history in career wins (22nd), season saves (t-19th), season shutouts (t-17th), career saves (14th), season save percentage (13th), career GAA (9th), consecutive shutouts (t-6th), consecutive shutout minutes (6th), and career shutouts (4th).
All very impressive indeed, but that's still not the best part. No goalie in the history of NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey has stopped a higher percentage of shots over the course of a career. The previous standard belonged to Adam Hanna of St. John's (.928).
When dawn broke on the morning of Feb. 21, Heron Hall of Honor inductees Kate Hendrickson Borg '89 and Meghan O'Brien Donaldson '89 collectively held three of the oldest records on the books for the William Smith swimming and diving team. By the end of that day, all three marks belonged to Lynn Cutter '09. The first to fall was O'Brien Donaldson's 22-year-old mark in the 200-yard freestyle. Cutter took a shot at the record before the scheduled preliminary events on the third day of a three-day state championship meet. She covered the eight lengths of the pool in 1:56.99, 16 one-hundredths of a second faster than O'Brien Donaldson's 1987 swim.
In that evening's finals, Cutter competed in the 1,650-yard free (1 mile) for the first time in her career, although no one would have guessed that by the time she climbed out of the water. She swam the first 1,000 yards in 10:50.65, 35 hundredths of a second faster than Hendrickson Borg's 21-year-old record, and touched in at 17:54.64 for the full mile, besting Hendrickson Borg's 1988 mark by 1.36 seconds.
Latasha Coney '09 capped an exceptional basketball career with All-East second team honors from D3Hoops.com. A guard, she led the Herons to a 13-12 record this season, while pacing the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
An All-Liberty League first team pick, Coney led the league and ranked 15th in the nation in steals (3.7). She also ranked second in the conference in assists (4.6), fourth in rebounding (7.3), and sixth in scoring (14.0). Cooney capped the season with what is believed to be the first triple-double in Heron history with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists at Skidmore.
Sophomore guard Rob Estep was named to the 2008-09 Men's Basketball All-Liberty League second team. Selected by the conference coaches, he moved up from honorable mention a year ago. A two-year starter, Estep led the team in scoring (15.7) and free throw shooting (.800), while ranking second in the conference in both categories. The Statesmen finished the season with an 8-17 record and placed sixth in the league with a 5-9 mark.
The Hobart and William Smith lacrosse teams opened the 2009 campaign on hot streaks. The Statesmen won their first five games and climbed to No. 13 in the national rankings, while the Herons got off to a 2-0 start and were ranked 17th.
Goalie Max Silberlicht '10 leads the nation in goals against average (5.40) and save percentage (.693) for the Statesmen, who rank first in Division I in team defense. His stellar early season play earned him a spot on the Tewaaraton Watch List (the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse).
For the Herons, Molly Fitzgerald '10 lit up the scoreboard during opening week, recording a team-high 13 points in wins over Messiah and Brockport.
The William Smith squash team won the Epps Cup at the 2009 CSA Team Championships. The Herons, 9-10 overall this winter, were led by All-Liberty League first team picks Lori Stump '09, Katie Baker '09 and Katie Mullen '10.
The Hobart squash team finished fourth in the Conroy Cup at the 2009 CSA Team Championships. The Statesmen (7-12) were led by firstteam All-Liberty League selection Cale Forgues '09, a four-time all-conference honoree.
The William Smith cross country team was named an NCAA Division III USTFCCCA All- Academic Cross Country Team for the 16th year in a row. To earn the award, a team must have registered a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have at least a 3.1 team cumulative GPA.
When the NFHCA released its 2008 Division III National Academic Squad, it included 17 William Smith Herons. No other field hockey team in the nation had more honorees. Katie Klutts '09, Katie Mancuso '09 and Charlotte Styer '09 headlined the list, earning the recognition in each of the past four seasons. The squad recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher through the first semester of the academic year. Additionally, the Herons earned the NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Award.