BENNINGTON, Vt.- As the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams gear up to play their first games of the 2012 year, the Southern Vermont College Athletic Department took a look back on the top ten moments of 2011.
10) Women’s Volleyball Beats Williams-On September 21st the SVC Women’s Volleyball team traveled to Williams College and pulled off a 3-1 victory. The win over Williams was only the second time in Southern Vermont history that a team beat the Ephs.
9) Nick Haggerty scores 100th point- Senior captain Nick Haggerty scored his 100th point for the Men’s Soccer team on September 25th at Mitchell College. Haggerty finished his career with 118 points, second best in SVC history.
8) Women’s Soccer Makes Playoffs for First Time Since 1999- In just his first season as Head Coach, Michael Zauzig returned the Women’s Soccer program to the playoffs. Zauzig took over a program in March of 2011 that hadn’t won in seven years. In 2011 the team won three times including two New England Collegiate Conference games, earning the seventh seed in the NECC playoffs.
7) Women’s Soccer Wins First Game in Seven Years- In order to make the playoffs a team must win games. The Women’s soccer program won its first game of the 2011 season, 2-0, at Pine Manor on September 1st. The win was the first time the program had won since 2004.
6) Jessica Alvarez Named National Player of the Week- Junior outside hitter Jessica Alvarez was named the AVCA national player of the week on October 12th. The award was the first for any athlete to earn a national honor for player of the week at SVC.
T4) Dave Gage Sets NCAA Record for 82 Hit By Pitches- On April 14th, senior second baseman Dave Gage set a Division III record for hit by pitches in a career. The captain ended his career with 82 hit by pitches and 32 in his senior season, a NCAA best for 2011.
T4) Baseball Makes NECC Championship Game- Needing to win four of its final five regular season games the SVC baseball team did just that. Then it made another run in the NECC tournament to make the championship game. In the final game the Mountaineers left the tying run on third base five times, and lost 3-2 against host Mitchell College.
3) Women’s Volleyball Wins 51 consecutive sets, 3rd Longest Streak in NCAA History- When the Women’s Volleyball team beat Williams College on September 21st, they could only imagine where the season was headed. For the next 51 consecutive sets, the Mountaineers went undefeated. The streak stands as the third longest in Division III history.
2) Men’s Soccer Makes NECC Championship for Second Straight Year; Plays in ECAC Tournament- After a NECC regular season championship the Men’s Soccer team hosted the NECC Championship game at Everett field in 2011. After a devastating defeat to Lesley University the Mountaineers were invited to the ECAC tournament. In the ECAC’s SVC lost to eventual champion Brandeis 2-0.
1) Women’s Volleyball Wins NECC Championship; Plays in NCAA Tournament- It was arguably the most memorable run in SVC history, and one of the greatest turnarounds in NCAA history. Two short years ago Head Coach Josh Stokes took over a program that was 1-21. In 2011 Stokes and the Women’s Volleyball team went 31-3, won a NECC regular season championship, a NECC Tournament Championship, and advanced to the NCAA tournament. It was only the second time in SVC history that a team moved on to the National tournament and the first for a SVC Women’s program.