By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
So this morning I got to thinking about how the Sidelines Blog hasn’t been updated in some time and I should at least give our followers something. Granted it’s summer and the happenings around an athletic department become quite sparse during the latter half of May through the early part of August, but with the last post occurring on April 26, I figured why not?
As the summer continues to wind down way too quickly, I figured I would offer some perspective on what I will be looking forward to for the 2013-14 edition of Generals’ athletics. So, without further ado:
10. The women’s swimming team is one win away from 200 all-time victories, claiming a 199-152 record across 28 seasons. With a roster chocked full of impressive young talent, they should achieve that feat early as they attempt to qualify several swimmers for the NCAA National Championships.
9. With it’s first win of the 2013 season, the women’s soccer team will record its 300th win in program history. The Generals are 299-128-33 across 26 seasons of play.
8. I’m very interested to see the continued development of the women’s golf program. Last year was their first year as a varsity program and a lack of depth and youth showed. They are still going to lack depth, but I believe that we’ll see great progress from the young women who return for their second year.
7. How will the men’s and women’s cross country programs both fare with new leadership. The men’s program has its first new coach in 24 years after the phased retirement of John Tucker. The women’s team also features a new interim coach after Kris Hoey’s departure following 10 seasons and seven ODAC titles.
6. How good will women’s lacrosse be? The 2013 season should have been a rebuilding year and for much of the season, that’s what it was. But, Head Coach Brooke O’Brien got them playing tremendous lacrosse by the end of the season and I’m interested to see how that carries over into the 2014 campaign.
5. Will senior outside hitter M.A. Boles break the W&L and ODAC records for career kills. The three-time First Team All-ODAC selection has 1,299 kills over her first three seasons, just 220 kills from the school record and 357 kills away from the ODAC all-time mark. The 2011 ODAC Player of the Year, Boles has averaged 433 kills per season over her first three years.
4. Seeing what the men’s soccer team can accomplish in 2013 after posting an 11-4-3 mark last fall. The Generals return 80 percent of their goal-scoring, along with goalkeeper Albert Civitarese, who posted a 0.66 goals-against average.
3. How will the W&L football team fare after the graduation of all-time greats like Brett Murray, Jake Pelton and Luke Heinsohn. Who will carry the ball as the Generals try for their third ODAC title in four years.
2. How will men’s basketball perform without the services of graduated forward J.D. Ey. An all-around asset, Ey is the only player in program history to total at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, 150 blocks and 100 steals. I’m also excited to see Ey continue his leadership role as a member of the coaching staff in 2013-14.
1. Can women’s tennis contend for the national title? The Generals had the talent last spring under new Head Coach Erin Ness. However, injuries took their toll on a still young roster. Some rest and another year of experience should have them challenging the nation’s top programs once again.