University of Rochester

Sports: Fall Preview

Outlook 2006
MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY The harriers will be led by Mark Stevens ’08, who qualified for the NCAA championships as an individual last year and placed in the top 25 percent of the field. Also returning are Joe Lust ’07, Dan Muller ’08, Thomas Brekke ’09, and Dan Chebot ’07. As a team, the Yellowjackets will be looking to improve on their fifth-place finish at the UAA championships in 2005 when the 2006 edition of the event rolls around on October 28.
WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY Like the men, the women harriers enter the tough part of their schedule October 28 at the UAA meet, where they placed sixth in 2005, followed by the state championships November 4 and the NCAA regional meet November 11. The team’s core includes returning veterans Kellie Hasselwander ’08, Stacie Allen ’07, Rebecca Hayes ’07, Louisa Slocum ’08 and Stacie Woods ’08.
FIELD HOCKEY The Yellowjackets are looking to improve on an encouraging 2005 season, when they finished 10–9 and earned their first berth in the Liberty League tourney. With 10 of 11 starters returning, the team will be anchored by goaltender Rachael Cahan ’08, who allowed just 1.66 goals per game and made 129 saves in 1,184 minutes last year. She’ll get offensive help from Krista Butler ’07, who notched 19 points in 2005, and Revay Wilson ’07, who tallied 16 points a year ago.
MEN’S SOCCER It’ll be tough for the ’Jackets to top last year’s results—a 16–1 record (including 7–0 in the UAA), a UAA title, a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a single-season record for wins—and they’ll have to do it without star scorer Nate Micklos ’06. Rochester returns a group of talented veterans led by Nick Mikolenko ’07, who earned First-Team All-UAA honors in 2005. Other dangerous scorers include Jeremy Mann ’07, Patrick Ripp ’08, and Tyler Green ’07. The Yellowjacket defense will be led by goalie Paco Corbalan ’07, who earned First-Team All-UAA accolades last season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER The Rochester women also found success on the pitch last year, posting a 16–2–3 record, winning the UAA at 6–0–1, and advancing to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. Those achievements were powered by a stingy defense that gave up a mere seven goals in 21 matches and enjoyed a string of seven straight shutouts. That defense should again be strong with the presence of 2005 First-Team All-American Ashley VanVechten ’08 and goalkeeper Molly Leitch ’08, who allowed four goals in 1,028 minutes for a 0.35 GAA last season. The team also returns 2005 UAA Player of the Year Mary Walsh ’07.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL After winning the ECAC Upstate New York championships and posting a 26–14 record overall in 2005, the Yellowjackets are hoping for another big year. They’ll be led by Sam Carr ’07, who notched 1,255 assists and 529 digs and was named MVP of the ECAC playoffs. Rochester also will be boosted by the return of Susan Johnson ’07, who earned Honorable Mention All-American honors after recording 656 kills and 689 digs in 2005. The ’Jackets will get help from Jessica Sorrentino ’08, who in 2005 was third on the team in kills (175) and blocks (50).