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Rochester Review
September-October 2009
Vol. 72, No. 1

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Scouting Report Fall Sports Preview As the Yellowjackets line up for their fall 2009 seasons, here’s a look at what’s in store.

Field Hockey The Yellowjackets return nine starters from a 2008 team that went 12–8 and scored 49 goals in 20 matches. Look for Christi Bottcher ’10, Amanda Case ’10, and Allison Beardley ’12 to lead the offense, while Shayna McKie ’12, Liz Fletcher ’10, and goalie Danielle Pearson ’10 (1.72 goals against average and a .799 save percentage in 2008) anchor the defense.

Women’s Soccer The Yellowjackets return a high-powered offense: Five of the top six scorers are back for a team that tallied 47 goals in 19 matches last season. Leading the way are Bridgette Varin ’11, who had 11 goals and four assists in 2008, and Ellen Coleman ’12, the UAA Rookie of the Year with nine goals and eight assists. Rochester’s first three wins will give legendary coach Terry Gurnett ’77 his 400th career victory.

Women’s Volleyball Returning frontliners Katie Kao ’12, Sarah Kauper ’11, Emily Hunter ’10, and Allyson Blair ’11 combined for 691 kills in 2008, while top setter Rachel Bender ’11 is back after suffering a season-ending knee injury last season. Filling out the squad will be Tayler Schweigel ’11, who paced the club in digs (713) and service aces (35) a year ago.

Golf After a stellar freshman year that included UAA Rookie of the Year honors in April after finishing second overall at the association championships, David Wien ’12 leads a team that placed third at UAAs. Also returning this fall is fellow sophomore Michael Chudacoff ’12, who joined Wien on the all–UAA first team by finishing fifth at the championships.

Football With 15 starters returning, the Yellowjackets are eager to rebound from last year’s 3–7 record. Quarterback Braezen Subick ’12, running back Clarence Onyiriuka ’11, offensive tackle Matt Cohen ’11, and a talented linebacking corps will lead Rochester this year.

Men’s Soccer After going 14–3–2, sharing the UAA crown, and earning their fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance last year, the Yellowjackets will look to third-team all-American forward J. J. Dennstedt ’10 (11 goals, four assists, 26 points in 2008) to guide the squad. Also playing key roles will be goalkeeper Michael Peacock ’10, who allowed just nine goals in 1,600 minutes played last season, and midfielder Steve Welles ’11, who was a second team all–UAA pick.

Women’s Cross Country Fall 2009 could be a very promising season for the Yellowjackets, with NCAA championship participants Sarah Gollub ’10 and Lauren Norton ’12 returning this year. Both runners also picked up first-team all-state accolades to guide Rochester to a fourth-place team finish at states.

Men’s Cross Country Five all-state runners return from a squad that won the state championship and placed 13th out of 30 at the NCAA regionals in 2008. The quintet includes Brian Lang ’11, James Vavra ’12, Craig Baumgartner ’12, Dan Lane ’12, and Jon Pinto ’11. Vavra also earned state Rookie of the Year honors.

Women’s Tennis Lia Weiner ’11 picked up spring all-America honors after posting a record of 23–5 in 2008–09 and winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s northeast regionals. She also guided her squad to a seventh-place finish at the spring UAA championships.

Men’s Tennis Rochester was 11–11 last year and finished seventh at UAAs. Brian Bowman ’10 heads into his third straight season as the No. 1 singles player. He’s joined by a cast of veterans.

—Ryan Whirty