The University of Rochester usually rules the roost known as local Division III women’s basketball. Nine NCAA Tournament appearances and three Final Fours speak to that. UR figures to be improved, but so do St. John Fisher and Geneseo in what figures to be a highly competitive race to be the top team in the Rochester area. Here’s a look at local college women’s basketball for 2014-15.
In 1975, when Jane Possee signed on to coach the University of Rochester’s women’s basketball and field hockey teams, the state of women’s sports was quite different than it is today. From the outset, Possee was determined to effect change. “When I started, there were very few (athletic) opportunities for women in the spring, other than tennis,” says Possee, now an athletic administrator. “So I started a women’s lacrosse team, which meant that I was coaching three different team sports.”
Adam Pacheck has been elected to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team for Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field in Division III. To qualify for the team, athletes must be of sophomore standing or higher and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
Thirteenth-ranked St. Thomas scored four runs apiece in the first and second innings and went on to defeat the University of Rochester, 9-1, in an elimination game of the NCAA Division III Softball Championships on Friday afternoon. With the loss, Rochester was knocked out of the double-elimination tournament. The Yellowjackets finished the season at 32-14.
Freshmen Eleni Wechsler and David Strandberg both pitched no-hitters on Sunday. Wechsler’s outing extended the softball team’s winning streak to eight in a row, and Strandberg’s was the first no-hitter in University of Rochester baseball history.