Who's Making News in Owl Sports
Bridgewater and DMR Team: All-America
The long and impressive list of Keene State track All-Americans continues to grow. Competing at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at Illinois Wesleyan University, Dave Bridgewater raced to a third-place finish in the mile (4:17.89) and anchored the Owls' distance medley relay team, which placed sixth (10:09.14), to earn All-America honors in both events. It was the best 1,500-meter finish at the nationals for the senior from Unionville, Conn.
In the first day of competition, Bridgewater ran the final leg on KSC's distance medley relay team, which also included Ryan Gough (Billerica, Mass.), Kevin Kelleher (Rocky Hill, Conn.), and Mike Burleson (Portland, Maine). The sixth-place performance enabled Gough, Kelleher, and Burleson to claim their first All-America honors. With his sixth All-America award (two cross country, four track) Bridgewater joins an elite group of Owl runners. Only Mark Miller '04 (10), Scott Hatch '89 (8), Wilson Perez '03 (8), and Rod Ellsworth '89 (7) have earned more All-America awards at the College.
Men's Basketball Competes in ECACs
The Keene State men's basketball team completed its 2004-05 season with a 15-11 (8-6, LEC) record. A squad including several veterans who helped the Owls reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament the previous year, and talented freshmen, KSC came together as the season progressed. Posting wins in eight of its last 10 regular-season games, KSC notched victories over NCAA Tournament teams Springfield and Western Conn. The fourth seed in the LEC tournament, the Owls lost to fifth-seed UMass-Dartmouth (89-82). Despite being upset victims, KSC qualified for post-season tournament play for the seventh time in the past eight years. Seeded eighth in the ECAC Tournament, the Owls dropped a quarterfinal game to top-seed Colby-Sawyer College (83-66). In that game, Sean Sullivan became the 25th player to reach the 1,000-point career milestone. Sullivan, who averaged a team-high 16.8 ppg., was selected to the All-LEC first team.
Women's Basketball Reaches LEC Finals
The 2004-05 Keene State women's basketball team took a major step forward. Completing their season with a 17-11 (9-5 LEC) record, the Owls not only finished a program-best third in the standings, but also made a first-ever appearance in the LEC Tournament Championship game.The Owls opened their season by presenting Coach Keith Boucher with his 200th career win with their Tip-Off Tournament victory over Curry College.
Moving on to the LEC Tournament, KSC won its opening-round game (68-57) against Plymouth State and upset Eastern Conn. (64-53) in the semifinals. KSC's season came to an end with a 68-29 loss to perennial power Southern Maine in the title game. Sophomores Sarah Begnoche and Bri Barnes were named to the All-LEC second team.
Owl Swimmers Splash at New Englands
Under the direction of first-year Coach Al Rozzi, the Keene State swim team continued to demonstrate why it is an up-and-coming programs in the region.
Swimming their way to a fine 7-2 dual-meet record, the KSC women finished second at the Little East Championships with Katlin Pryor winning 200-yard freestyle and 200 butterfly races. Sophomore Pryor and newcomer Kelly Yankowski also led the Owls to a third-place finish at the New England Division II-III Championships. Pryor won the 200 individual medley while Yankowski was victorious in the 50 freestyle. Pryor finished with five All-New England honors at the meet while Yankowski was right behind with four certificates.
A young squad with just three seniors, the Owls posted a 5-3 dual-meet record on the way to a strong fourth-place finish at the New England Championships. KSC saved its best for last. Competing at the New Englands, the Owls had seven men earn All-New England honors. Scott Seligman, who won the 100-yard breaststroke individual title, finished the meet with six All-New England honors. Charlie Garrigan and Adam Van Brandenburg tied for team-high honors with seven All-New England certificates.
Mason Sets KSC Lacrosse Records
Back on the field after setting a program record for wins (13) and capturing its first-ever ECAC championship last spring, the Keene State women's lacrosse team is in the hunt for the Little East Championship. Led by senior sensation Michelle Mason, the Owls christened their new turf field with an 8-6 victory over New England College. Entering the final week of the season, Mason, from Fairport, N.Y., has rewritten the KSC record book with 164 career goals, 73 assists, and 237 points. She set the marks despite missing her sophomore season studying abroad in Australia.
Men's Lacrosse Posts Biggest Program Win
The Keene State men's lacrosse team won the biggest game of its eight-year history by stunning perennial LEC power Eastern Conn. 14-5. Not only was it the Owls' first win in 10 tries over the four-time LEC champs, but the victory put to an end of the Warriors' 35-game LEC unbeaten streak. As top seed, KSC is in the driver's seat for its first LEC championship. Two seniors are completing their Owl careers in fine fashion. Eric Momnie has become the team's all-time leader in points and goals while Meade McKay has established a new career assists mark.
Pitchers Shine for Softball Owls
Despite the addition of nine new players, the 2005 Keene State softball team has chalked up its eighth straight 20-win or better season since joining the Little East. The Owls, who captured last year's LEC regular season title, is led by the pitching duo of Meghan McLoughlin and freshman Ashlee Nicholson. Heading into the post-season tournament, McLoughlin has three shutouts and a minuscule 0.32 ERA, while Nicholson has five shutouts, including a perfect game against UMass-Dartmouth.
Baseball Team Passes Twenty Wins
At Keene State Today press time, a revamped 2005 Keene State baseball team had just notched its first 20-win season since 2002, with a 7-6 victory over Southern Maine, its first win over the Huskies in 22 games. While veterans Mike Masseur, Jeremy Schilling, and pitcher Rick Stromgren have had fine seasons, newcomers have added their talent and enthusiasm. The two biggest additions have been Nashua natives Ryan Jones and Greg Ford. Jones has solidified the shortstop position, while Ford not only adds a solid bat to the lineup, but he has also taken over as the team's closer, with a school-record seven saves.
Cheerleaders Earn Third Straight Bid to NCA Championship
Keene State cheerleading received its third consecutive bid to the NCA National Championships, where they placed 10th in the April event. The 2005 season began with an outstanding performance at Midnight Madness. Success continues as the team has competed regionally and placed either first or second each time, building its reputation as a true force in cheerleading.
Weiner Named New Volleyball Coach
Keene State College has a new women's volleyball coach. Bob Weiner takes over the KSC team from Matora Fiorey, who posted a 19-30 record during her two-year tenure.Weiner joins the Keene State athletic department after serving as the volleyball coach and sports information director at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., last year.
"It was a no-brainer as far as taking the job," Weiner said. "Keene State has so much to offer. I have no doubt about turning around the program. It might take a little time, but we're going to get there.
"I feel I know the community and the College," said Weiner, who worked as an instructor of communications at Keene State (1999-00). "It's like coming home."