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Fall Sports Review

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Stefan Bewley '01 scores in a tough match against Harvard. Though the team is young, they hope to reach the Division III Eastern Championships.

Compiled By Robin Evans

With the fall sports season half over, the coaches of the teams took a look back to reflect on their performances as they look forward to the remainder of the year.

Women's Cross Country

Coaches: Halston W. Taylor and Debra Pace

Key returnees: Debbie Won '00, Robin Evans '99, Melanie Harris '01 and Margaret Nervegna '01

New prospects: Rose Radin '02

Performance: The women's cross country team won their first ever victory over rival Springfield College this year and holds a 12 record.

Coach's comments: The women's team has made much improvement this season. The team has the ability to attain their goal and have already taken strides towards doing so.

Men's Cross Country

Coaches: Halston W. Taylor and Debra Pace

Key returnees: Captain Mike Parkins '99, Chris McGuire '00 and Mark Strauss '01

New prospects: Dan Feldman '02

Performance: The men's cross country team is currently undefeated with victories over three nationally ranked teams and looks to be one of the four teams that qualify for nationals out of the region.

Coach's comments: If we continue to train and race intelligently, and race with the passion necessary to improve and win, we should achieve our goal. However, it is a long season and we want to take each meet one at a time.

Field Hockey

Head Coach: Cheryl Silva

Assistant Coach: Sherry Sebesta

Key returnees: Co-Captains Connie Sadowski '99 and Tracy Sadowski '99

New prospects: Kelly Blackburn '02, Marjory Bravard '02, Maria-Louisa Izamis '02, Jeanyoung Kim '02, Amy Lin '02, Sabrin Mohamed '02, Michele Verticchio '02 and Rebekah Wahba '02

Performance: The field hockey team is currently ranked within the top five of 18 teams in the New England East Regional NCAA Poll. They're looking to finish strong in the conference.


Coach: D. Smith

Key Returnees: Scott Blackburn '99, Baldmar Mejia '99, Chuck Toye '00, Enrique Villavincencio '01, Nick Kozy '00, Brian Licata '01 and James Jorgensen '01.

New Prospects: Keith Battochi '02, Kip Johann-Berkel '02, Tod Hynes '02 and Dave Skordal '02

Performance: The football team has suffered several tough losses of player this season to injuries. They are currently 04.

Women's Soccer

Coach: Melissa Hart

Assistant Coaches: Karl Reid, Cathy Kidd and Katie Ott

Key returnees: Co-Captains Brooke Baker '99, Anna Cherubin '99 and Jessica Zysk '99.

New prospects: Jen Fiumara '02, Sarah Permutter '02, Sonny Miles '02, Cze-Chao Tam '02, Katie Knopp '02, Jennifer Li '02, Zia Siobhani '02, Stephanie '02, Dara Jeffries '02 and Jamie Devereaux '02.

Performance: The women's soccer team has scored as many goals half way through this season as they did during the entire last season. They also have kept all but one of their opponents to two goals or less. The team looks to improve on last year's season and have an overall stronger group to do so. They currently hold a 371 record.

Coach's comments: The experience of the upperclassmen, coupled with the addition of some talented freshmen, creates a solid foundation for a competitive season. One of the keys will be putting the ball in the net, which was a problem last season. We are better at it this year, and with the return of our very capable defense, complete with excellent strength in net , we should be a more threatening foe to our opponents.

Men's Soccer

Coaches: Walter Alessi, Paul Slovenski and Otniel Nascimento

Key returnees: Co-Captains Lee Murfee '99 and Jeff Steinheider '99, Juan Araiza '00, Fito Louis '00 and Jim Anderson '01

New prospects: Jesse Gutkowski '02 and Bobby Reed '02.

Performance: The soccer team had a promising start winning three of their first four games but then dropped two straight and now stand 55. With everyone returning from last year, their goal is to make a post season tournament.

Women's Tennis

Coach: Carol Matsuzaki

Key returnees: Mealani Nakamura '00, Captain Nisha Singh '00 and Shikha Gupta '01

New prospects: Kelly Koskelin '02, Jessica Hall '02, Yi-Ning Cheng '02 and Priscilla Cheung '02

Performance: The women's tennis team is currently 50 in conference play and 52 overall.

Coach's comments: We really have a lot of athleticism to work with, and I am happy with the cohesion that this young team has shown thus far. I think we can do well in our conference this year, and in the years to come as the team matures.

Women's Volleyball

Head Coach: Paul Dill

Assistant Coaches: Bob Moser, Sarah Puffer, Satoshi Asari and Koji Asari

Key Returnees: Co-Captains Betsy Sailhamer '99 and Alarice Huang '00, Michelle Fox '99, Julia Ruiz '99, Jennifer Elizondo '99, Lijin Aryananda G and Jenn Svendsen '01

New Prospects: Christina Almodovar '02, Barb Schultze '02, Parisa Habibi '02, Amy Mok '02, Beth Dewell '02 and Milena Yamaykina '02

Performance: The women's volleyball team started off this season strongly beating rival Springfield College for the first time since 1989. They are currently ranked fourth in New England and have a record of 60 in conference and 186 overall. The team looks to continue to build on last season's success of going to the Division III NCAA National Championship Tournament.

Coach's Comments: It never ceases to amaze me how this team can consistently come together and outplay teams that are much taller than we are. Our defensive play is amazing. We just seem to wear teams down.

Water Polo

Head Coaches: Jeff Ma and Ed Vilandre

Assistant Coach: Brett Cruden

Key returnees: Captain Ryan Adams '00, Matt Hausmann '01 and Stefan Bewley '01

New prospects: Jeff Colton '02

Outlook: The water polo team is 411 so far this year, including an away win against Harvard. The season looks to be a rebuilding year as they have lost 5 players from last season. The team is looking to win Division III Easterns again and to knock off Division I schools like BC and Harvard.

Coach's comments: We are a very young team and will need to play smart to win. The season has been difficult so far as we have dealt with much adversity. But that will only make us stronger in the future.