Yellowjackets poised for success is 2013–14

sports_Crowd 4Pick a sport and you can find outstanding performers in that sport among the campus population. The Yellowjacket athletic teams have a wide variety of skilled and honored veterans returning. That could lead to many memorable moments in 2013-14

Fall sports

sports_Wagner 2The success story of the 2012 fall season was field hockey. Rochester was selected for
the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history and the Yellowjackets responded by advancing to the Elite 8. The home opener is Sept. 4 vs. Nazareth.

Men’s soccer has played in the NCAA tournament in seven of the last eight years. The Yellowjackets open with Wilmington (Ohio) College in the Flower City Tournament on Aug. 30.

Women’s soccer opens with the Flower City Tournament that day as well, hosting Endicott College of Massachusetts.

sports_Kennedy 22Football plays its first two on the road, then plays at Fauver Stadium against Springfield College in the Liberty League season opener on Sept. 28. After a Labor Day weekend opener on the road.

Women’s volleyball gets the home season underway on Sept. 6 and 7 with its UR Volleyball Invitational.

Men’s and women’s cross country were both represented at the NCAA championships last year. This year, they host an ambitious schedule which includes the Yellowjacket Invitational on Sept. 14 at Genesee Valley Park.

Winter sports

sports_Zywicki 7The men’s basketball team was ranked No. 1 nationally at one point last season. The Yellowjackets reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs. The women’s basketball team returned to the NCAA tournament, getting to the second round as well. Both men and women open the 2013-14 season with the Chuck Resler Tournament on Nov. 15 and 16 in the Palestra.

In the last four years, men’s and women’s swimming and diving have dominated the Liberty League championship meet and performed strongly at the UAA championships in February.
Both teams were ranked nationally in the last two years. Rochester launches its new season on Oct. 25-26 in the Speegle-Wilbraham Aquatic Complex.

For the fifth straight season, the squash team finished ranked fifth or higher in the final poll of the College Squash Association. After some invitationals in mid-fall, the Yellowjackets will pursue their sixth straight Liberty League title in mid-November at St. Lawrence.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams are strong contenders at the New York State and ECAC championship meets in the winter (indoor) and spring (outdoor) seasons. The men set one indoor and two outdoor records last year. The women set two indoor and two outdoor records. Indoor season ends in early March, outdoor season in mid to late May.

Spring sports

Softball won the Liberty League regular season title in 2013 and hosted the conference championships. This year, the Liberty League champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs.

The baseball team just missed a Liberty League playoff spot a year ago. The Yellowjackets begin their second year of play on an all-artificial-surface field with lights to permit evening play.

Women’s rowing won the Dad Vail National Championship “A” Division Race as well as the “B” Division race last fall. All members of the victorious “A” boat are back.

With two All-Liberty League honorees back in the lineup, women’s lacrosse looks to continue its improvement. Four of the first five games are at home before the team embarks on its nine-game Liberty League schedule.

Golf and the men’s and women’s tennis teams play some competitions in the fall, then in the spring. The golf team goes to Florida for the UAA championships in early March, then stays in upstate NY for the Liberty League championships. Both tennis teams will look for individual success at the ITA regional championships in September, then turn their thoughts to dual matches when spring arrives