Women Cougar Sports 2012-2013 Seasons in Review

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Highlander Editorial Staff

Soccer

The women’s soccer team recorded the best record in school history. The team finished with a record of 20-3-2 and made it all the way to the NCAA Division III Championships in Texas. The Cougars advanced to the Final Four but lost to Messiah College. The team was 8-1-1 at home, and went 10-1-1 on the road. Head coach Mark Stauffer was named the Division III Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year by National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Seniors Sam Helmstetter and Laura Roney battled throughout the season for the all-time career assist record. Helmstetter recorded 34 assists in the season and is also ranked second in MU history in points with 122 and goals with 44. Roney became the fourth player in MU history to break 100 points.

The team hopes to return to the NCAA Division III Championships in the fall for another battle for the top prize.

Field Hockey

The field hockey team finished with a record of 4-15, and finished 4-10 at home and 1-6 against MAC opponents. The team was unsuccessful in defeating cross-town rivals Wilkes University and Kings College as well, but took Kings into double overtime on the road.

The team ended their season on a high note by shutting out Marywood University at home. The Cougars recorded a 4-0 victory with the help of goalkeepers Haley Brandt and Grace Riker

Volleyball

The volleyball team finished with an 18-14 record, 8-5 at home, and 4-3 against MAC competitors.

Senior outside hitter Cailin McCullion moved into first place with the most kills in school history with 1,062. The team lost 3-0 in the semi-finals of the Freedom Conference Championships to Eastern to end the season.

Sophomore Shelby Brochetti led the Cougars with eight kills during the semi-finals and senior Kat LaBrie recorded seven. McCullion helped out with seven kills and 11 digs.

McCullion was named to the All-Freedom first team while LaBrie and junior Nicole Korgeski were both recognized with honorable mention.

Cross Country

At MAC’s, the women’s cross country team finished 5 out of 17 teams. They advanced to the NCAA Mid-East Regionals where they placed 22 out of 49 schools.

Senior Marina Orrson finished first in every meet of the 2012 season. She earned All-Region and First-Team All-MAC honors. Earlier in the season she had a new career-best time of 22:23 in a third place finish at the Gettysburg Invitational, the third-fastest time in MU history.

Golf

First year Jillian Fife finished tied for 16th to lead the golf team to a third place finish at the MAC Championships. MU had a team total of 141 to finish in the middle of the six-team field. The Cougars had help from senior Erin Kain and first year Darian Reimer, both ending with 107, right behind Fife’s 106.

The women’s team finished first at the MU Invitational with sophomore Alex Rice leading the team with a 93 while senior Lauren Clemson recorded a 95.

The newly formed team looks to continue their success in the coming seasons.

Basketball

The women’s basketball team went 12-13 on the season, 6-6 at home and a record of 6-8 against MAC competition. Although the women’s team did not make it to the playoffs they did have a number of highlights throughout the 2012 season.

Tyann McDaniel ended her career with a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in her last game against Manhattanville on “Senior Appreciation Day.” The Cougars beat Manhattanville 88-70.

Hannah Seely, McDaniel and Lauren Smicherko were named to the All-Freedom team. Seely was named to the second team and McDaniel and Smicherko received honorable mention.

The team welcomed new head coach Allison Kern for her first coaching season at MU and look to work their way to Freedom play in the fall. The Cougars lose three teammates to graduation in May but look to come back strong in 2013.

Swimming

The women’s swimming team finished third at MAC Championships. The women held the first place spot after the first night of competition but fell the third by the end of the events.

Junior Bree Grzech won a MAC Title in the 100 backstroke and first year Dani Blass won in the 100 breaststroke. Grzech broke her own school record from last year’s Championships with a time of 59.28 to earn the victory while Blass broke Alicia Bryk’s record from the 2011 Championships to take the title.

Blass was also honored as the Middle Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year.

Tennis

The women’s tennis team finished the 2013 season with a winning record of 15-9 and 4-2 in MAC play.

The women’s team advanced to the Freedom Conference championship match for the fifth straight year. The season came to an end with a 5-0 loss at Wilkes University in the Freedom Conference championship match. Wilkes swept in the doubles matches and won 6-0, 6-1 at second and third singles to clinch the victory.

The Cougars finished as Freedom Conference runner-up for the fifth straight season. The women’s team worked hard with rookie head coach Justin Muthler.

Lacrosse

The Cougars had a rough season, finishing 0-16 and 0-6 in Freedom Conference play. But that doesn’t mean the season is without some highlights.

Junior Catie Viegas was selected as an All-Freedom honorable mention after ending the season second on the team in points, 41, goals, 36, and assists, 5, while also winning a team-best 37 draw controls.

The team worked with new Head Coach Chrissy Trescavage during the 2013 season and look to make a comeback next season.

Track & Field

The track & field team was ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic region according to USTFCCA rankings.

The women’s team broke numerous records in the 2013 season. Senior Marina Orrson ran a school-record time of 2:17.73 to finish second in the 800m during the 29th Annual Jim Taylor Invitational at Susquehanna University. First year Amy Viti set a new record in the 400m with a second place finish while senior Steph Grow was right behind her with a third-place 1:00.61.

The Cougars set three school records at the ECAC Indoor Championships. Junior Ashlee Ward tied for third to earn All-ECAC status with a school record in the high jump and Orrson added a school record with a fifth place finish in the mile. Grow finished ninth at 500m with a school record.

Softball

The softball team ended the season with a 16-22 record and 6-8 in MAC play.

The Cougars last game against Wilkes University ended in a rally. The team came from a 3-2 eight-inning loss in game one to defeat Wilkes 8-0 in six innings in the second game and split with the Lady Colonels in the season finale for both teams.

Senior Caitlin Cromley was named First Team All-Freedom as a utility player.

Senior Kat LaBrie earned second team honors as the designated player and first year Whitney Ellenberg earned honorable mention selection.

The Cougars lose four seniors to end the 2013 season.

Cheerleading

The cheerleading team finished fourth at the Universal Cheerleading Association National Championships at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.

The Cougars entered the final round in fifth place, but moved ahead of Riverside (CA) City College to place fourth and record their second consecutive top-five finish.

The squad advanced to the finals thanks in part to a perfect crowd score in the semifinal round.

Captians Alyssa McEntee and Amber Schmidt move on after graduation but the squad hopes to return to Orlando over winter break for another fight for a UCA National Championship.