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Hobart football goes undefeated in regular season

by Megan Metz and Ken DeBolt

The Hobart College football team completed its first undefeated regular season since 1957, posting a 10-0 overall record and winning the Liberty League Championship and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Playoffs with a 7-0 record. The Statesmen also broke the school record for wins in a season and touchdowns in a season for the 121-year-old program. They entered the playoffs ranked seventh in the nation in both the America Football Coaches Association poll and the Top 25, and 19 Statesmen earned All-Liberty League honors.

Hobart drew Washington & Lee University in the first round of the playoffs. The Generals brought the nation’s No. 1 rushing offense to Boswell Field, but left with a 38-20 loss. W&L averaged 381.3 yards rushing per game during the regular season, but only produced a seasonlow 188 yards against the Statesmen defense. It was Hobart that put a dominant run game on display, gaining 282 yards on the ground.

In the second round, the Statesmen faced their first nationally ranked opponent of the season, Wittenberg University. The Tigers, No. 13 in the AFCA poll and No. 24 in D3football. com’s ranking, brought a contrasting style to the Boz, relying more on their passing game (259.2 yds/g) to move the ball. The combination of Hobart’s relentless pass rush and the arrival of Old Man Winter kept Wittenberg in check. Like the Generals, the Tigers were held to a season-low 135 yards of total offense, while the Statesmen minimized the effect of the wind and snow by keeping the ball on the ground, running for 286 yards and five TDs and dominating time of possession (39:02-20:58). Tailback Steven Webb ’14 ran for 130 yards on the day, making him the first 1,000-yard rusher since All- American Doug Blakowski ’07 in 2006. Tailback Bobby Dougherty ’13 gained 85 yards and scored his 19th rushing touchdown of the year, matching Don Aleksiewicz’s 1971 record.

The Statesmen’s first appearance in the national quarterfinals was at No. 4 University of St. Thomas. Hobart’s dream season came to an end in St. Paul, Minn., suffering a 47-7 loss. Webb produced another highlight reel run, breaking away for a 66-yard, first quarter touchdown on a fourth and inches play. It was Hobart’s 66th TD of the season. Dougherty was limited to just 39 yards rushing, but it put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Webb (1,197) and Dougherty (1,024) are the first Hobart teammates to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season since Ed Cooney ’80 (1,197) and Jack Davis ’78 (1,074) in 1977. On the other side of the ball, linebacker Andrew Klindera ’13 had 12 tackles against the Tommies, raising his season total to 109, fifth on Hobart’s single season list. Defensive end Tyre Coleman ’15 added a sack against UST to finish the year with Statesmen season records in tackles for loss (30.5) and sacks (17.5). Both marks were previously held by Dave Russell ’98.

Hobart Head Coach Mike Cragg and his staff were voted the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Statesmen to their eighth Liberty League Championship and seventh NCAA Playoff appearance. Hobart led the conference in scoring offense, scoring defense, total offense, total defense and 14 other statistical categories. Cragg also earned the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career.

Coleman was voted the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team all-league pick.

Nine members of the offense earned all-league praise—Dougherty, Webb, wide receiver Junior Woodard ’13, and offensive linemen Art Garvey ’13 and Ali Marpet ’15 were all named to the first team. Quarterback Nick Strang ’13 and offensive lineman Tyler Garvey ’13 earned second team honors, and tight end Brent Matazinsky ’13 and offensive lineman DeAndré Smith ’15 received honorable mention.

Webb led the league in rushing yards and all-purpose yards (1,405) and Dougherty led the league in scoring (9.5 ppg) and ranked second behind Webb in rushing yards. Woodard eclipsed Dan Suozzi›s record for consecutive games with a reception, extending the mark to 33 with four catches for 32 yards at St. Thomas. He finished his career third in receiving yards (1,921), fourth in receptions (136), and ninth in receiving touchdowns (12).

Strang ended his Statesmen career third in passing touchdowns (36), fourth in passing yards (3,914), and fourth in completions (278). He also raised the Hobart career records for pass efficiency rating (143.6) and completion percentage (58.9).

Along with Coleman, defensive tackle Nick Auriemma ’13, outside linebacker Devin Worthington ’14 and free safety Jolyon Davis ’14 were all selected to the first team defense, while Klindera and cornerback Fajri Jackson ’15 were named to the second team, and cornerback Kevin Hearon ’14 and defensive tackle Troy Johnson ’15 both earned honorable mention. Worthington registered 21.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks.

Punters Josh Neuss ’16 and James Hull ’16 both earned a spot on the All-Liberty League second team. Neuss led the conference in punting, averaging 39.5 yards per boot. Webb also garnered honorable mention as a return specialist.

In the classroom, eight Statesmen earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic Team, three more were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 3 first team, and center Michael Green ’14 was tabbed a Capital One second team Academic All-American®. Green Is just the seventh Hobart football player to receive Academic All-Amerca® honors.

William Smith Field Hockey

The 2012 season saw the William Smith field hockey team capture its 10th Liberty League Championship and earn its 22nd postseason appearance, including its 20th NCAA Tournament berth. Ultimately, the ninth-ranked Herons finished the season with a 16-4 overall record, including a perfect 8-0 mark against Liberty League opponents.

William Smith earned the Liberty League’s automatic bid into the 24-team tournament by defeating No. 19 Rochester 3-1 in the Liberty League tournament championship and Rensselaer 3-2 in the semifinals. As the NCAA Tournament’s No. 4 seed, the Herons earned a first-round bye, and met 10th-ranked Tufts in the second round, eventually falling to the Jumbos 4-2.

Senior Annie Kietzman was named the Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-Liberty League First-Team selection after leading the William Smith offense with 17 goals, 19 assists, and 53 points. Her 19 assists topped the league and set a new program season record, and she finished the year ranked third nationally in assists per game (0.95).

Also a unanimous first-team selection, junior Melanie O’Connor was voted the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year honors after anchoring a Heron defense that held league opponents to six total goals in regular-season play. O’Connor was among the team’s offensive leaders as well, and wrapped the season with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points.

William Smith Soccer

The William Smith soccer team notched yet another impressive season, winning its sixth consecutive Liberty League Championship on its way to the program’s 23rd NCAA Tournament bid.

The eighth-ranked Herons finished the year with a 14-2-4 overall record, including a 7-1 conference mark. After defeating Penn State Behrend 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, William Smith’s season came to a heartbreaking end in the second round vs. Cortland. The Red Dragons advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless tie.

Six Herons earned spots on the 2012 All-Liberty League teams. Forwards Renee Jensen ’13, Whitney Frary ’13 and Madeline Buckley ’15, were selected to the first team, while defender Olivia Zitoli ’14 earned second team honors. Defender Zoe Jackson Gibson ’16 and goalie Chelsea Dunay ’14 garnered honorable mention.

Frary led the team with 25 points (9 goals, 7 assists), Jensen led the team with nine assists (6 goals, 21 points), and Buckley paced the team with 10 goals (4 assists, 24 points). All three ranked in the top-5 in the Liberty League in points, while Jensen led the league in assists. Dunay topped the conference with a 0.53 goals against average.

Urick Receives President’s Medal

At the Hobart College Athletics Hall of Fame reception in November, President Mark D. Gearan presented the President’s Medal to David J. Urick. As head lacrosse coach at Hobart, Urick enjoyed unprecedented success, guiding the team to 10 straight NCAA Division III Championships. He went on to become head coach of Georgetown University’s lacrosse team.

“Coach Urick exemplifies commitment and dedication to collegiate sports,” said Gearan at the Hall of Fame reception. “In a career that has spanned four decades and that has been marked by successive accomplishments at Hobart and Georgetown, his most powerful impact will always be the relationships he’s built with the people around him. After leaving Hobart, he remained in touch with the Colleges and his former players, as evidenced by the many former students in attendance tonight. He maintained his connections with his many friends here in Geneva and often returns to offer his support and counsel. Our lives have been enriched as a result of his dedication and character.”

A 1970 graduate of Cortland State, where he starred in football and lacrosse, Urick joined the Hobart staff as an assistant football and lacrosse coach in 1971. He became head football coach in 1976, earning ICAC Coach of the Year honors. Urick became head lacrosse coach in 1980, and that same year won the Francis “Babe” Kraus Award as Division III Coach of the Year, an honor he would receive again in 1981. In 1987 Urick won his eighth-straight Division III title, surpassing UCLA’s John Wooden for most consecutive championships in a team sport. In 1989 Urick left Geneva to coach Georgetown University.

In July 2012, he stepped down from his 23- year tenure as head coach of the men’s lacrosse team. Urick brought the Hoyas’ program to national prominence and established GU as one of the elite lacrosse programs in the country. Under his direction, the Hoyas finished with winning records in 21 of 23 seasons—the only winning seasons in the program’s 37-year history of Division I competition. After leading GU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997, Urick was the recipient of Georgetown’s 1996-’97 Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award. He was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2007.

The author of Sports Illustrated’s “Lacrosse, Fundamentals for Winning,” Urick has been inducted into five Halls of Fame for his contributions to lacrosse as a coach, including the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame in 1986, the Hall of Fame of the Upstate New York Lacrosse Foundation Chapter in 1991, the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Potomac Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. On Oct. 6, 1990, Urick was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame.

One of Urick’s many honors was being selected to serve as head coach of the 1986 Team USA, which won the gold medal at the World Games in Toronto. Additionally, he served as an assistant on the 1982 USA team that won the gold medal and is the current chair of the USA Team Coaches Selection Committee. Urick is a former chair and member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee and the USILA Rules Advisory Committee.

Urick, who lives with his wife, Linda, in Fairfax, Va., will continue to work at Georgetown as special assistant to the athletic director.

The President’s Medal is presented to individuals for outstanding service to the community, the country and their profession. The recipients of the President’s Medal embody the values of Hobart and William Smith Colleges: a student-centered learning environment, globally focused, grounded in the values of equity and service, developing citizens who will lead in the 21st century. Past medalists include activist Charles Best, Congressman John R. Lewis and urbanist and writer Jane Jacobs.

Fall Wrap-Up

The Statesmen soccer team finished the season with a 10-6-0 overall record and an even 4-4-0 Liberty League mark. Alex Kittelberger ’13 led the offense with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. He was also named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Soccer team for the second year in a row.

Jack Warner, William Smith’s longtime coach, retired at the end of the 2012 season. A member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Warner’s coaching career spans parts of seven decades, including the past 18 seasons as the Herons’ head coach. This fall, he guided senior Emily D’Addario as she led the Herons across the finish line in all 10 races, including a third-place finish out of 284 runners at the ECAC Championships. D’Addario earned All- Liberty League Second Team honors, and five league Performer of the Week nods. Hobart first-year harrier Patrick Hatheway led the Statesmen across the finish line in all 10 races this season. He was named The Liberty League Rookie of the Week twice for his efforts.

Herons Kiara Ocasio ’13 and Teru Greene ’15 advanced all the way to the championship doubles final in the 2012 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, becoming the first William Smith doubles team to make it to the championship final under the guidance of Head Coach Chip Fishback. Ocasio also won the fifth singles bracket of the New York State Championships this fall as the bracket’s No. 2 seed.

Hobart tennis players Bruce Grant ’13 and Michael Fields ’15 advanced to the championship doubles semifinal in the USTA/ ITA Northeast Regional Championships, the first Statesmen to do so since 2004.

The HWS sailing team had a strong fall season, highlighted by winning the MAISA Fall Open, taking second place in both the North Fall No. 1 and No. 2 regattas, and earning a third-place finish at the Kings Point Open. The sailors also notched fourth-place finishes at the War Memorial Conference Championship Regatta and the MAISA Invitational.

Dillon Sass ’14 led the Hobart golf team this fall with a scoring average of 79.4. The Statesmen posted a fourth-place finish at the Pitt-Bradford Invitational and notched thirdplace finishes at both the Keuka and Oswego State invitationals. The fall portion of the schedule for the Heron golfers was highlighted by a third-place finish in their own William Smith Invitational, led by sophomore Kara Capstraw’s fourth-place individual finish in the 41-golfer field.


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