Alumni eNewsletter: 2007 Fall Sports Wrap Up (Archives)
By Oscar Ocuto, Sports Information Director
The Buff and Blue put together a 24-12 overall record and a 7-1 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) mark. While the Bison did not advance to the CAC championship match or earn a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament bid this season, they gave Head Coach Lynn Ray Boren his 75th career win.
Two Bison ranked in the top 50 nationwide: junior defensive specialist Shana Lehmann earned the #33 spot in digs, with 828 over 132 games played, and a 6.27 average. Senior setter Krystle Berrigan was ranked #47 for assists. Her 1,495 assists over 132 games netted an 11.33 average. Both players also served as co-captains for the 2007 season. Within the conference, both players earned top rankings in their categories. Overall, Lehmann remained at the top, while Berrigan finished second, with six-tenths of a point difference between first and second.
In conference statistics, the Buff and Blue led in four out of eight categories. Gallaudet also did not rank lower than fourth in any category. Firsts were in team hitting percentage, amassing 454 kills and a 27% rating. For assists, 416 were amassed over 32 matches, with a 13.00 average. The Bison had 454 kills, averaging 14.19. The team posted a total of 647 digs, and a 20.22 average. In match won/lost percentages, the Bison tied for first with Salisbury University, both schools going 7-1, or .875. The only second-place ranking was in service aces, with a 2.38 average from 76 total. Gallaudet finished third best in blocking, with a 2.03 average from 65.0 total, and a fourth best finish in opponent hitting percentage, where the Bison allowed 47 kills out of 228 attempts.
Juniors Justine Jeter and Ludmila Mounty-Weinstock went 1-2 in conference-wide hitting percentage, posting 35 and 34 percent, respectively. Freshman Nukeitra Hayes and junior Katelyn Reese were in the top 10 for kills, averaging 2.92 and 2.78 per game (Overall, Hayes and Mounty-Weinstock ranked in the top 10). Micaela Paulone posted 17 service aces, good for a top 10 conference finish and a 0.53 average, .08 shy of earning top billing. Katelyn Reese also finished in the top six for blocks, with a 1.00 average (32 total blocks).
The 2007 season saw the Bison set a new school record, with 18 consecutive home matches won—a streak that started in 2004 and ended in a 3-2 loss to St. Mary’s College on September 27.
The Bison return all of their players in 2008, with the exception of Krystle Berrigan who has completed her four-year tenure. "I’m looking forward to 2008 and building on what we saw this season," Coach Boren commented. With 77 wins in three seasons, 2008 could very well see Boren break the 100-win barrier. Next season will also mark the final year for "Boren’s Bunch," the players who started with him in his first year. Expect big things from Ursa Rewolinski, Brittany Ellenbecker, Ludmila Mounty-Weinstock, and Shana Lehmann as the Bison hit the gym in the off-season, working towards a winning 2008 season!
Gallaudet ended 2007’s slate on a 4-6 note, giving Head Coach Ed Hottle a 19-8 career record over three seasons at the helm of the football program. This season was also the first since the early 1990s that Gallaudet has returned to official NCAA Division-III competition. The Bison won games against NCAA opponents St. Vincent College (32-13) and SUNY-Maritime 28-13). The other wins were against Walter Reed Army Medical Center (44-0) and Williamson Trade School (40-26).
Individuals who notched impressive statistics were safety Rantz Teeters and defensive back Robin Shannon, who both ranked in the top 10 nationally for interceptions and tackles for loss/sacks. Teeters finished tied for sixth with six interceptions in eight NCAA-sanctioned games (match-ups against other four-year varsity institutions). The senior also picked up 81 yards off returns after the pick-offs. Teammate Robin Shannon ranked ninth in tackles for losses with 14 total (12 solo, four assisted). Those tackles netted Shannon 68 tackle yards and a 2.0 per game average. The Iowa native also took the 10th spot for pass sacks, with eight solo sacks in seven games, for a total of 53 sack yards, or a 1.1 per-game average.
The senior duo’s accomplishments mark the first time in Gallaudet history that two Bison have been nationally ranked in defensive statistics. On offense, quarterback Jimmy Segala was rated the seventh best passer in 1987 and 11th in 1988. Darnell Woods ranked 10th as a punter, amassing a 38.8 average.
Senior quarterback Jason Coleman wrapped up his storied career as a Bison, completing 86 out of 164 passes with six interceptions, and 1,150 yards with seven touchdown passes. Coleman also saw time as a scrambler on the ground and caught passes from backup Fletch Kuehne (38-79-4, 635 yards, eight touchdowns). On the ground effort, the Maryland native picked up 419 yards and four touchdowns, the longest being a 62-yard gain in the final home game against SUNY-Maritime. As a receiver, number 5 caught 10 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. He led the Bison in scoring with seven touchdowns and 44 points.
Junior wide receiver Kevin Alley headed the receiving corps with 715 yards off 38 receptions and seven touchdowns in 10 games. Sophomore Cole Johnson (eight games) took the number-two spot with 302 yards off 18 catches, his longest being a team-high 55 yards. Junior Chester Kuschmider rounded out the top three with 103 yards from 12 catches and a touchdown (nine games).
On the ground, five Bison hit triple-digit yardages. Junior Fletch Kuehne picked up a team high 541 yards off 79 touches in 10 games, along with three touchdowns. While Jason Coleman picked up the number two spot, sophomore Dan Alexander ran for 249 yards off 58 carries and four touchdowns. Sophomore Dmitry Rossoshansky and freshman Pierre Price picked up 291 and 210 yards, respectively. Rossoshansky also added a touchdown.
On defense, senior safety Rantz Teeters led the team in interceptions, with junior linebacker Calvin Doudt picking up three. Junior defensive back Marty Blomquist and linebacker Joshua Doudt each picked off two passes. Of the top three, Blomquist and Joshua Doudt both ran in their pick-offs for touchdowns.
Calvin Doudt racked up 70 tackles--55 solos, 30 assists to lead the team. Joshua Doudt had 66.5 tackles (44 solo, 45 assists) and Robin Shannon rounded out the top three with 57 stops, 44 solos and 26 assists. Joshua Doudt and Shannon each had a forced fumble. Safety Rantz Teeters and senior linebacker Adam Tygart collected 50 and 48 tackles, respectively.
The Bison beat out their opponents with 567.5 total tackles to 513 over the 2007 slate. On offense, the Buff and Blue averaged 22 points and scored in nine out of 10 games.
In another historic first, the entire offensive line earned top billing as athletes of the month for October—a statement to their hard work for the Buff and Blue’s total offensive output.
The 2007 season (0-17) was a learning experience for a young Gallaudet soccer team in Head Coach Larry Musa’s return to the coaching scene. Chin Chang is the team’s only senior, with Sylvain Angouono, Bader Alomary, and Kristopher Kubiak rounding out the juniors. The remaining 11 are either freshmen or sophomores.
For the freshmen, forward Zane Noschese and goalkeeper David Owens stood out—Noschese led the team with five goals out of the team’s total (7). Owens, before being injured, had racked up 125 saves in 10 games, averaging 11.36 per game. Owens also ranked third best out of all conference goalkeepers, with 109 saves and a 10.90 average. However, in the saves-per-game category, Owens earned top billing.
Dean Muszynski, who filled in for the injured Owens, posted 74 saves in five games, averaging 6.17 per game.
Freshman Justin Arrigo and sophomore Matt Bujak each contributed a goal to round out the offensive output for Gallaudet.
Perhaps the highest point of the season was limiting Shepherd College, a Division-II team, to only four goals in a road trip on October 3.
Head Coach Larry Musa plans to continue working on soccer fundamentals, in line with his A-FIT philosophy. The Bison are expected to improve in 2008 with an expected return of all players and the addition of incoming freshmen.
The 0-14-1 season saw a change in coaching and an early-season ending from the loss of players due to injuries. The women who played until the very end deserve recognition.
Senior defender and captain Katie Romano led the offense with seven goals and a hat trick. In the double-overtime tie to Lincoln University, the speedster notched three goals. Teammate Virginia Keeler (freshman) scored one of her three season goals in that game.
Keeler has received accolades from opposing coaches on numerous accounts, according to Head Coach Lena Dunning. "They commented on her ball handling skills and game-time intensity," the Division-II veteran commented.
Dunning assumed the head coaching duties with Nora Torres, Romano, Tyler Bayarsky, Amanda Aillon, Bregitt Jimenez, Keeler, Ellen Romano, Lana Farnum, Amanda Amati, and Melissa Montgomery. The team was able to play until injuries took over, and the season was brought to an end after a 4-2 loss at Trinity University.
Coach Dunning has her hands full in preparing for 2008’s slate with the goal of fielding a team much like the remaining players on this year’s squad—players with heart, determination, and a never-say-die attitude.
Posted: 18 Dec 2007