By Chris Allen
Everyone knows that feeling, when it is time to say goodbye. It is a difficult time because it signals the end of a time period. For the senior student athletes at Union, this was the last year for most to play on a team for their respective sports, so we would like to take some time to acknowledge the hard work all of them put in to help better their teams.
The baseball team showed a sign of improvement, as they were lead by seniors Dylan Katz-Wicks, Matt Barretto, Phil Kemp, Tyler Heck, Jason Cohen, Quinn Rhoda and Seth Roberts. Heck was awarded to the ABCA/Rawlings All-New York Region Team, Liberty League Player of the year and a CoSIDA Academic All-District.
The men’s basketball team put up a very impressive 20-6 record. Kevin Donohue ‘13 was awarded to the 2013 NACB Coaches’ Division III All-East District Second Team, D3Hoops.com All-East Region Team, ECAC Division III Upstate Men’s Basketball All-Star First Team and Liberty League First Team.
The crew team will be saying farewell to James Harris ‘13, Jason Klusky ‘13 and Matt Wetzel ‘13. The cross-country team will say goodbye to leaders Ethan Loew ‘13, Brian Solinsky ‘13 and Gabe Sturges ‘13.
Among the seniors that the football team will be losing Noah Joseph and Greg Skjold. Joseph certainly proved leadership, since he was awarded to the 2012 D3Football.com All-America Team, Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American, All-District First Team, Top 10 Finalist for 2012 Gagliardi Trophy (player of the year in NCAA Division III) and Liberty League All-Star First Team.
Offensive lineman Skjold was awarded First Team Offensive Line and D3Football.com All-East Region Third Team.
The men’s ice hockey team had another great year, making it to the NCAA tournament with the help from seniors Ryan Forgaard, Kyle Bodie, Greg Coburn, Wayne Simpson and Shawn Stuart.
The lacrosse team will certainly miss the explosive play from Kyle Christine ‘13, who was a 2013 USILA Scholar All-American, 2013 USILA Short Stick Midfielder Honorable Mention All-American, 2013 USILA North/South Game and Capital One Academic All-America All-District Team.
Men’s soccer will be losing senior Sebastiaan Jansen who was a NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men’s All-America Third Team, d3soccer.com All-America First Team, Division III Metro/Upstate Offensive Player of the Year and First Team 2012 NCAA Division III All-East Region.
The swimming and diving team will lose seniors Kevin Barker, David Sorenson, Matt Wahl and Ben Weiner. The men’s tennis team will lose seniors Xing Lin and Andrew Schwartz. The men’s track and field team had an impressive year and will say goodbye to seniors Connor Gagliardi and Gabe Sturges.
Many of the women’s sports had stellar seasons; the women’s basketball team will be losing one senior, Captain Shayla Madden.
The crew team will be short of seniors Kate Foley and Lauren Wainman.
The field hockey team was lead by senior Caroline Moran who was named to the All-Star Team and Honor Roll for Liberty League.
The women’s hockey team will see the departure of seniors Nicole Bartlett, Rhianna Kurio, Emma Rambo, Jeannie Sabrouin and Alana Marcinko.
The women’s lacrosse team will be losing both the senior Fraser twins, Brittany and Heather as well as Tory Cameron ‘13. Heather was named a Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star.
The women’s soccer team will be losing a lot of senior leadership; Michaela Katz and Kayla Marti were Liberty League Honorable Mention Midfielder and Liberty League Second Team respectively. Jen Mansfield went above and beyond being awarded as a 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women’s All-America Third Team, ECAC Metro/Upstate Women’s Soccer Player of the Year, Liberty League Honor Roll and Liberty League Player of the Year First Team Forward.
Seniors Sarah Logan and Samantha Chevalier, a Liberty League All-Star First Team, will hand over the reins to a successful team.
Dee Dee Gaudian ‘13 says goodbye to the women’s tennis team.
Bethany Crowe ‘13 finished her year with a strong performance on women’s track and field team.
Seniors Carissa Vazzana, Ariana Abrams, Nora Wood and Kim Armstrong helped cultivate a growing women’s volleyball team.
It has been a pleasure to watch these dedicated athletes during their time as Dutchmen and Dutchwomen and they will surely be missed by each of their teams and the campus community at large. Best of luck to all the graduating seniors!