|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XIX NUMBER 2 Winter 2004|
Four Keene State Athletes Enter Ranks of All-Americas
Midfielder Ortisi (Allenstown, N.H.) capped her four-year career by being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-America Second Team. "I was very surprised," said Ortisi, a three-time LEC and regional all-star. "It's a nice way to end my career."
Ortisi led the Owls in scoring with 11 goals, four assists, and 26 points. She completes her career fourth on KSC's all-time scoring list, with 41 goals, 24 assists, and 106 points. Ortisi is the ninth women's soccer player at Keene State to earn All-America accolades.
Strong (Hatfield, Mass.) was selected to the womensfieldhockey.com All-America Second Team. The senior forward rewrote the Owl field hockey record book, chalking up 30 goals, 10 assists, and 70 points. She finished her career second on the KSC all-time scoring list, with 148 points. "It was a great season," said Strong, who is the eighth field hockey player at KSC to win All-America honors. "I couldn't have asked to go out in a better way."
Bridgewater and Ferenc raced to All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Hanover, Indiana. Bridgewater (Unionville, Conn.), a junior, finished 23rd, with a time of 25:39 on the 8K course at the L.S. Ayers Athletic Complex, and Ferenc (Westmoreland, N.H.), a senior, came in 33rd, clocking in at 25:45.
"I was in a good position after 6K but didn't have a kick at the end," said Bridgewater. "But it's a nice feeling to earn All-America."
"This was my last chance to earn All-America in cross country, so I'm happy about that," added Ferenc.
It was the second All-America award for both runners, who respectively became the Owls' 37th and 38th cross country All-Americas.
Timson Joins the Thousand Point Club
Owls Defeat PSU at New Hampshire Hoops Classic
"This was a unique experience for our kids, getting to play in a large arena in a central location where alumni, friends, and family came to watch us play," said KSC coach Rob Colbert.
"It was awesome," senior guard Bennett Pawlusiak told the Union Leader. "From the moment we walked in here, it felt like we were playing at a big college, like North Carolina."
"It was first-class the whole time," added senior guard Alphonse Michalski, who contributed 16 points to KSC's victory under the bright lights.
At KST press time, the Owls were preparing for the NCAA Tournament. As always, go to www.keene.edu/athletics for the latest news.
New Swimming/Diving Records Set
Strong was also named LEC Offensive Player of the Year and was joined by Nichole Dallas and Kate Barnowski on the All-LEC First Team. Kaitlin Henley, Carly Sweeney, and Michelle McInerney were All-LEC Second Team selections. For the third time in six years, Coach Amy Watson was named LEC Coach of the Year.
At the ECAC Tournament the Owls kicked their way to the finals with a 6-1 win over Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a team coached by KSC alum Malcolm McPherson '75, and a 3-2 overtime victory over Plymouth State. In the championship game the Owls came up short once again with a 1-0 loss to top seed Roger Williams University.
In addition to being named to the NSCAA All-Region First Team, junior forward Jason Lombardo was the LEC Offensive Player of the Year. Junior forward Casey Banks, senior back Steve Curry, junior midfielder Joey Amaio, and Lombardo were All-LEC First Team picks. Junior midfielder John Harke and senior midfielder Justin Hickman were named to the All-LEC Second Team.
With a win over Nichols College (5-1), the Owls advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC tournament, where they lost to Salem State (2-0).
Keene State was well represented in postseason honors: All-America senior Jennifer Ortisi joined junior back Beth Vachon and senior forward Erin Lester on the All-LEC First Team, and freshman midfielder Tara Wagner, senior midfielder Katie Parkinson, junior back Kerri Paquette, and junior goalkeeper Michelle Mason were named to the All-LEC Second Team.
The women's team finished second at the Dartmouth and Tufts meets and won their first ever KSC Invitational title. The Owls also outdistanced the field to win their fourth consecutive LEC/Alliance Championship. They finished a respectable eighth at the New England Regional meet, with senior Karen Jordan (16th place) qualifying for her second straight individual NCAA berth.