The 2012 calendar year
was a special one for the Wesley College athletic program. Below is a
list of the Top 5 Moments From the Year, 2012.
5. Golf Wins CAC Championship
For the third time since joining the CAC in the 2007-08 season, the golf team, led by CAC Coach of the Year Rick McCall, took home the CAC title by eight strokes over Stevenson. Playing at their home course of Wild Quail Golf Club in Wyoming, Del., the Wolverines were paced by junior Robert Ehrhardt, who won the individual title with a one-over 145 over two rounds. Ehrhardt (71-74-145) defeated the next closest competitor by seven strokes while freshman Cody Pestun tied for third with a 153. Teammate Clayton Bunting also earned All-Conference honors, placing sixth by carding a 73-82-155. Rounding out the lineup for Wesley was Erik Shellenhamer and Mike Robinson, who finished 14th and 23rd, respectively.
4. Baseball Records Best Season In Its History
In their first season under then-interim head coach Bret Underwood, the Wolverines recorded a program-record 31 wins, including three wins over nationally-ranked opponents and a top-seed in the ECAC South Region Tournament. Wesley had a league-high five players earn All-Conference honors, four of which went on to earn D3baseball.com or ABCA All-Region honors. Senior shortstop Rob Benedict became the first Wolverine to be named the CAC Player of the Year, while senior first baseman Geoff Kimmel had one of the best single-season in school-history with a .425 batting average to go with 74 base hits and 15 doubles, both of which are Wesley single-season records. Senior pitcher DJ Keckler set single-season records for complete games (9), innings pitched (94.2) and strikeouts (84) to finish 8-3 on the year. After the memorable season, Underwood's interim tag was removed and he remains as the Wolverines skipper.
3. Men's Hoops Defeats No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan
Playing shorthanded, head coach Jerry Kobasa and the Wolverines hung on to defeat Virginia Wesleyan, 72-70, at Wentworth Gymnasium on December 20. After just defeating longtime rival Washington College just two days earlier, Wesley came out hyped to take on Division III's top-ranked team. Led by junior David Langan, who scored 19 points to go with ten rebounds, the Wolverines led virtually the entire game, but a baseline jumper by Quincy Pettiford with 53 seconds left gave Wesley the lead for good. All-America candidate Paul Reynolds, and freshman Wayne Lennon, who scored a career-high 12 points in his first-ever collegiate start, both made a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. The win was the basketball program's first over a No. 1 ranked team, and the second in Wesley College history for any sport.
2. Field Hockey Ousts No. 2 Salisbury in CAC Semifinals
After defeating Frostburg at home in the first round of the CAC Tournament, head coach Tracey Short took the Wolverines to her alma mater and No. 2 Salisbury for the Conference Semifinals. CAC Co-Player of the Year Madison Leone put the Wolverines on top with an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute, and just over a minute later, Lauren Mears gave Wesley a two-goal lead. The five-time National Champion Sea Gulls did not go down without a fight as they cut the deficit in half just before halftime. A minute and 19 seconds into the second half, Salisbury tied the match at 2, but Tristin Burris scored her first goal of the season at the most opportune time to give Wesley a one-goal lead at 49:14. The Sea Gulls managed to tie the score just before regulation and held a 7-5 shot advantage in the two overtime periods. All-Conference defender Brooke Gannon came up huge in the extra periods with her 17th defensive save of the season, which tied a CAC-record, but more importantly kept the game going into penalty strokes. It took three full rounds of five players from each team to decide the game, but Rachel Joyner came up with the game-winner as All-Conference goalkeeper Elizabeth Groom stymied Salisbury's Erica Henderson. With the win, Wesley advanced to its third-straight CAC Championship Game.
1. Bundy Finishes Fourth at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
After qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the winter, sophomore Matt Bundy picked up right where he left off and got in gear for the spring outdoor track season. Twice during the outdoor season, the native of Media, Pa., earned CAC weekly honors and at the CAC Championships, Bundy won the 110m hurdles (14.93) and 200m Dash (21.61) while finishing second in the 100m Dash (10.97). His two golds and a silver earned him CAC Track Athlete of the Year honors, the first Wolverine to do so. Two weeks later at RPI for the ECAC Championships in Troy, N.Y., Bundy won the 110m hurdles in a school-record 14.52 and advanced him to the NCAA Division III Championships in Claremont, Calif., just miles outside of Los Angeles. Running against the best talent in the Nation, Bundy improved his school-record time by two-tenths of a second (14.32) in the preliminaries to qualify for the Finals the next day, where he finished fourth overall to earn All-America recognition. Bundy is the first track athlete at Wesley to earn All-America honors, and the second in the history of the track & field program.