2017-18 Winter and Spring Round Up

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Hobart Athletics and the SAA honored the top student-athletes at the annual Block H Dinner in April. Record-breaking quarterback Shane Sweeney ’18 (right) took home the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award as the most outstanding senior athlete. He threw for 7,385 yards and 71 touchdowns while eclipsing all of Hobart’s major passing records. Sweeney now coaches at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

When William Smith Athletics handed out its end of year awards, field hockey’s Hannah Wood ’18 received top honors. The Winn-Seeley Award winner was a three-time All-American and scored a program record 95 career goals. A three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick, Wood was a standout in the classroom and an engaged member of the campus community. Wood is now serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Sacramento, Calif.

HOBART HOCKEY (18-6-5, 12-3-3)
The Statesmen skated into the New England Hockey Conference following three straight ECAC West Tournament Championships and didn’t miss a beat. Hobart went 3-0-1 against defending national champion Norwich, including a 3-0 shutout in the NEHC Tournament championship game. The Statesmen were ranked No. 7 in the nation in the final and D3hockey. com polls.

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Defenseman Tanner Shaw ’19 was named an AHCA All- American, earning a spot on the East third team. Forward Jonas Toupal ’19 led the team in scoring and earned a place on the Google Cloud Academic All-District team. Both Shaw and Toupal earned first team All-NEHC honors.

WILLIAM SMITH HOCKEY (16-6-4, 11-2-3)
William Smith started the season with a nine-game unbeaten streak and finished the year second in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season standings, securing the program’s first conference tournament berth. Although the season ended with a heartbreaking overtime loss in the UCHC semifinals, the Herons took a major step forward.

Head Coach Jaime Totten was voted the UCHC Coach of the Year by her peers. Defender Rebecca Begley ’18 was elected to the All-UCHC first team with goaltender Maggie Salmon ’18 and forward Krista Federow ’18 garnering second team praise. Salmon holds all of the program’s goalie records while Federow owns the marks for goals, assists and points.

A young Statesmen squad used a recordbreaking 15-game winning streak to propel itself into the top 25 on its way to the Liberty League regular season championship and the highest winning percentage in program history.

Both Colin Dougherty ’19 and Jamal Lucas ’19 scored their 1,000th career point during the season and earned and NABC All-East accolades.

Mia Morrison

Mia Morrison '19

Also sporting a young lineup, the Herons earned a spot in the Liberty League Tournament. William Smith won four of its final five regular season games—including a 94-83 overtime win against Clarkson, a game in which the Herons clinched the sixth and final spot in the conference playoffs. Forward Mia Morrison ’19 became the 17th Heron to record 1,000 career points and was recognized with All-East honors.

William Smith ended the season with a sixmatch winning streak that saw the team capture the Epps Cup at the CSA Team Championships. The Herons secured their fifth CSA cup with a 5-4 win over Bowdoin in the title match.

Playing in the top spot in the lineup, Gabby Fraser ’20 posted a team best 16-6 record and was voted the Liberty League Player of the Year. Jo Pacheco ’21 compiled a 12-4 record playing at No. 2 or No. 3 on her way to the Liberty League Rookie of the Year award.

At the CSA Team Championships, Hobart dropped a heart-breaking 5-4 decision to Bowdoin in the title match of the Conroy Cup. Josh Oakley ’19 led the Statesmen from the No. 1 spot in the order. He was 13-7 and earned All-Liberty League honors. Quinn Udy ’21 joined the team midseason and went 7-5, garnering All-Liberty League honorable mention.

It was a record-breaking season for Anna Leffler ’20. She had a hand in seven school records and one pool record. Leffler eclipsed the school record in the 100-yard backstroke three times in one 24-hour period during the Liberty League Championship meet, ultimately lowering the mark to 58.80. The Herons finished seventh in the conference title chase.

The Hobart and William Smith sailing team closed out the 2017-18 season with a fourth place finish at the College Sailing/Gill Coed National Championships in Norfolk, Va., just one point behind third-place Georgetown. After advancing from the semifinals, the Colleges secured their spot as one of 18 teams competing for the national championship.

The team’s fourth place finish was its best finish since taking second at the event in 2011. The Colleges also competed in the ICSA LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship and William Smith vied for the ICSA Sperry Women’s National Championship. The team finished in third place in both regattas.

The Herons’ third straight Liberty League regular season title hinged on a late rally at nationally ranked Ithaca. Trailing the Bombers 8-6 with less than seven minutes remaining, Melissa Moore ’18 scored twice to tie the game and Sarah Benyo ’18 notched the game winner with just 72 seconds remaining.

The two teams met again in the Liberty League Tournament Championship and this time, the Herons left no doubt, clinching their third consecutive tournament crown with a 15-10 triumph. Moore was named the tournament MVP after producing seven points in the title tilt.

Moore and Mekayla Montgomery ’20 represented the team on the IWLCA All-America teams. Moore, a second team pick, led the team in goals, assists, points, ground balls and caused turnovers while Montgomery, a third team pick, nearly broke the program record for draws in a season and matched Moore in ground balls.

Five of the Statesmen’s 14 games were decided by just a single goal with four of those results going on the wrong side of the ledger.

Faceoff specialist Matthew Pedicine ’19 and midfielder Ryan Archer ’21 both earned a spot on the All- NEC second team.

Attackman Chris Aslanian ’19 led the Statesmen with 47 points and will enter his senior season among the top 10 in goals, assists and points in Hobart’s Division I era.

Defensive midfielder Stanny Gilbertson ’19 was named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was one of 11 student-athletes from HWS recognized as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award recipients.

Once again, the Hobart rowing team proved to be best in the Liberty League, winning its 13th consecutive championship. The varsity eight earned its 14th straight gold medal with a nearly four-second victory over runner-up Ithaca. The second varsity eight won by an eye-popping 26 seconds. A week later, Hobart returned from the National Invitational Rowing Championships with a gold (3V8), a silver (2V8) and a bronze (V8).

The Herons were ranked among the best in the nation throughout the spring, landing at No. 9 in the final Coaches Poll. William Smith was second in the varsity eight and third in the second varsity eight and varsity four races at the conference regatta. The following afternoon, the Heron V8 earned a bronze medal in the New York State Championships.

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Alan Dubrovsky '20

HOBART TENNIS (13-7, 6-2)
Led by a strong corps of young players, Hobart had four players with 13 or more singles wins, including Alan Dubrovsky ’20 and Jonah Salita ’19, who both earned first team All-Liberty League honors. With a 21-7 record playing mostly at No. 1, Dubrovsky was the first Statesman with 21 wins since Peter Piné ’05 in 2004-05. Dubrovsky and Salita also received first team All-Liberty League doubles recognition.

Hobart ended the season with wins in eight of its final 10 matches. The Statesmen, seeded third, advanced to the Liberty League Tournament semifinals.

William Smith used several lineup combinations throughout the season, with at least four different Herons playing in each of the six singles spots. Allie Perron ’20 played at No. 1 and earned second team All-Liberty League singles recognition. Michaelann Denton ’19 and Dina Rigas ’21, William Smith’s top doubles team, went 11-7 in dual matches and garnered second team All-Liberty League praise.

The Herons were seeded fourth in the Liberty League Tournament and advanced to the semifinals.

The Statesmen produced their best team score in a round at the Dr. Tim Brown Invitational. Hobart improved 15 strokes from Round 1 to Round 2, posting a 331. The Statesmen had four rounds in the 70s this season, including a 78 by Teagan Meehan ‘20 at the Dr. Brown Invitational. At the Liberty League Championship, Hobart was seventh.

Rachel McKay ’18 produced seven of the team’s top eight rounds and recorded the third best scoring average in program history. William Smith won its lone dual match of the year, defeating St. Lawrence, posted its best tournament finish at Hamilton (2nd out of 7), and placed eighth at the Liberty League Championship.

In March, Head Coach Mike Cragg P’13 announced after 32 years as a coach, he was transitioning into the Office of Advancement as the senior director of development for athletics.

Kevin DeWall ’00 returned to his alma mater to lead the football program after three seasons as head coach at Endicott College. A former Statesman defensive back, as well as a lacrosse attackman, he served 15 seasons on Cragg’s staff, including 12 as offensive coordinator.


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