2011: Sports in Review

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1. After finishing with 5-5 this season, Gators’ Head Coach Mark Matlak reflected on the season, which included several close games.

“We’re trying to find the best way to give them a chance to be successful and I think we did that,” Matlak said. “We just came up short in a couple of contests and didn’t do the little things we needed to do.”

In spite of their .500 finish, the squad had several standout performers, finishing the season with six players earning All-Conference honors. In addition, the Gators had two All-Region performers in Andrew DeJong, ’12, and Colin Hartford, ’13. Left tackle Sam Taylor, ’12, was the first player to earn All-American honors since 2003.

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2. Senior Emily Karr finished her Allegheny career as the fourth all-time leader in shutouts for Division III women’s soccer, in addition to holding the school record for single-season and career shutouts.

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3. Last season, the women’s lacrosse team earned a spot in the playoffs after a 12-6 finish. The Gators would fall to Wooster 14-10 in their playoff contest after defeating the Fighting Scots earlier in the season for the first time in the program’s history.

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4. After a season spent atop the conference rankings, the women’s soccer team fell in the NCAC Championship game to Ohio Wesleyan despite dominating the Battling Bishops in statistics for much of the contest. They finished with a record of 11-5-3.

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5. The men’s cross country team wrapped up another successful season, finishing 24th overall at Nationals. The team boasted an All-American (Bobby Over, ’13) for the fifth consecutive year in a row.

“Our men’s cross country program is pretty well known throughout the country and they’ve been working hard to keep that tradition alive,” Head Coach Brent Wilkerson said. “It was a little harder to get back to Nationals because we graduated six varsity runners last year and as far as cross country goes, especially for getting to the National Championships, you usually have a lot of seniors in those groups.”

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6. On the women’s side, Kristina Martin earned a spot in Nationals.

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7. Volleyball struggled this season after losing five players. The loss left the team with more defensive players than offensive, forcing Coach Bridget Sheehan to move some of her players around. The Gators are a part of a tough conference. Their opponents included eventual National Champion Wittenberg.

“We have a very core group of very committed players and it took awhile for us to get to that during the season,” Sheehan said. “We ended with fifteen players who were tremendously committed to the program and playing at the next level.”

On the defensive end the squad was fairly successful, with senior Winnie Wong leading the conference in digs. Three players earned All-Conference honors and the Gators were able to win their fall tournament.

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8. The 11 wins by the men’s soccer team this year marked their best winning percentage since 2006. They also had six players receive All-Conference honors, while junior Tim Egan earned All-Region honors. The Gators’ five game winning streak early in the season put them in the top 25 for the first time since 2004.