With winter beginning to settle in, we’ve spent this week looking back on the fall sports season. Women’s teams were reviewed earlier this week, and now it’s time to look at how the men’s teams stacked up.
Unfortunately this season proved to be a slow one for the soccer team. They finished the season with an overall record of 6-12 and a 1-6 record in the University Athletic Association. The team was outscored 17-34 on the season and attempted only 205 shots compared to their opponents’ 312. Freshman midfielder Ricardo Mitrano led the team in goals with four on the year, while sophomore forward Malcolm Montilus led the team with nine points. Despite having trouble on the offensive side of the ball, goalkeeper Lucas Doucette and his backups edged their opponents in saves, 108 to 66.
Player to watch: Junior midfielder Bryan Walsh
Walsh will not want to simply rebuild in his senior year, but to make a lasting impact on the program. He led all Violets in shots on goal this year with 16, and had a 47.1 percent shots on goal mark. With any luck, more than just three of his shots will find the back of the net next season.
The golf team’s young roster had a solid fall. They never placed lower than sixth overall at each of their five outings, earning fifth place three times and finishing in the top three once. As a four-player team, they averaged 314.5 strokes a round and a score of 629 per showing. If they want to compete for a UAA Championship, they’ll need to bring their A-game and return even more polished in the spring.
Golfer to watch in the spring: Sophomore Paul Park
After a breakout freshman campaign in which he garnered First Team UAA honors, Park kept up the pace in the fall of his sophomore year. He led the team in strokes with a 77.4 on average. And last season he saved his best performances for the spring, shooting an even par-72 second round at the UAA championships to tie him for third place.
The cross country team is one of the few fall sports still competing. The Violets have had a strong year, only falling out of the top six once. In their other six competitions, the team has finished in the top four twice, including second overall two times. Head Coach Will Boylan-Pett decided to sit the top eight runners as the team prepares for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship next Nov. 14 in Geneseo, New York.
Runner to watch next season: Sophomore Karn Setya
After being plagued with injuries his freshman year, Setya returned to the team his sophomore year as a consistent top-five finisher for the Violets. Setya showed flashes of brilliance, particularly in the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational, where he would have won if not for a wrong turn that led him to take fourth place. The sophomore is a hard worker who pushes himself to nearly 80 miles of running a week in the offseason, and he looks to again keep pace in 2016 with Jorge Maldonado, who will be the team’s senior leader.
This September, the tennis team competed in two separate events. They kicked off the year at the The College of New Jersey Invitational, posting an 8-6 record in singles play and 3-5 in doubles. In their second bout, the team competed in the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships. In singles play, junior Umberto Setter lost in the round of 16. In doubles, setter and freshman Benedict Teoh lost in the second round to Skidmore College’s Lucas Pickering and Steven Koulouris 8-4.
Player to watch in the spring: Freshman Benedict Teoh
Teoh played competitively in all his singles matches over the fall, despite losing most in close contests. With some collegiate experience under his belt, the freshman will be able to come back in the spring knowing what it takes to win at this level.
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