Bears Look Back on a Successful Winter Season

Bears Look Back on a Successful Winter Season

It was another successful winter season for all of the Coast Guard programs that saw regular season and post season success. The season was highlighted by a 5-2 edge in the chase for the Superintendents trophy the Bears a commanding lead over archrival Merchant Marine 8-5 going into the spring season.

Men's Basketball

The Coast Guard men's basketball team had the most wins since the 2010-11 season and came one game away from qualifying for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).  

Coast Guard has seen their win total increase each season over the last four years. The Bears won four conference games total the last two years before winning four this year and missing the NEWMAC tournament by a single game on the final say of the season.

Senior Kevin Alvarez led the Bears this season by earning All-conference honors for the first time in his career, led the Bears and was third in the NEWMAC with 18.8 points per game.  He had eight games this season with 20 or more points including three times when he scored 30 or more including a school record tying 39 points in a 78-77 win over Wheaton on January 30th.

Coast Guard graduates three seniors, Alvarez, Mark Krebs and Ricky Rodriguez, and return seven players led by sophomores Ethan Boose and Micah Baldez as the Bears look to be competitive in both the NEWMAC and the region. Boose averaged a team high 7.4 rebounds a game and was second on the team in scoring 13.9 per game. Baldez led the team with 78 assists and was third with 11.8 per game.

Women's Basketball

For the second consecutive season the Coast Guard women's basketball program made it to the NEWMAC semifinals and had a winning record for the third season in a row.

The Bears won at least ten conference games for the third in year in a row for the first time in program history. They had key wins over Springfield (twice), MIT and beat Wheaton in the Conference quarterfinals using an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to put the Lyons away 68-61.

The 2015-16 earned the most win over a four year stretch with 64 win, the most by any class breaking the record of 63 win by the Class of 2008.

The Bears were led by seniors Meghan Fornaro and Torie Sutherland. Fornaro was the NEWMAC Player of the Year and was also named D3Hoops.com First Team All Region. Fornaro is only the second player to be named NEWMAC POY as Natalie Moyer was picked in 2008. Sutherland was second team all NEWMAC for the third straight year as she led the Bears and was fourth in the conference with 8.7 rebounds per game and was second in scoring with 10.8 points per game. She recorded eight double-doubles this season.

Coast Guard returns 10 girls from this year's team including sophomore Gill Gerton who in just her second season is fifth all time with 63 blocks.

Swimming and Diving

Both the men's and women's swimming and diving program earned top five finished at the NEWMAC championships this past season as the women were fourth and the men were third for the fourth straight year.

The men's season was highlighted by freshman Taylor Rowe who competed at the National Championships in his first year of eligibility and earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 1,650 freestyle with a 16th place finish.

Rowe placed second at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships in both the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:33.49 and the 1,650 freestyle touching the wall in 15:48.11 to earn All-conference honors in both events. He also broke the school record in the 1,000 freestyle over the first 1,000 yards of the 1,650 with a mark of 9:30.12 breaking the record of All-American Bobby Brown.

Freshman Dan Moreno also earned two school records and two All-NEWMAC selections finishing in second place in both the 200 breast (2:03.17) and 200 IM (1:52.60).

Freshman Chase Sodemann was the Bears only NEWMAC champion with the 100 breast in a school record 56.41.

Other records to fall for Coast Guard was 400 IM (Colin Fenster 4:03.83), 200 medley relay (1:32.05) and the 400 medley relay (3:23.73) as well as Patrick Jackson broke both the 100 butterfly and backstroke records, with 49.80 (fly) and 50.98 (back). And the 800 free relay of Ross Garrett, Dan Moreno, Mike Franco and Tim Dion broke the record with 6:50.86.

On the women's side, the Bear's earned a fourth place finish at the NEWMAC championships and also grabbed a valuable point from Merchant Marine in the race for the Superintendents Trophy beating the Mariners 193-106.

Coast Guard saw four records drop at the NEWMAC Championships as senior Patti Eidenire freshman Kristen Young, freshman Christine McCulla and sophomore Jackie Kokomoor broke the 200 free relay (1:37.43). Young and Eidenire teamed up with freshmen Samantha Kenis and Addy Rutkoske to break the 400 medley relay (3:58.01). The 200 medley relay record also fell (1:49.30) as senior Megan Toomey joined Rutkoske, Kenis and Eidenire for that mark.

Kenis broke the only individual record at the swimming and diving championships swimming 2:07.96 in the 200 backstroke.

Both teams look primed for a strong year next year returning as the underclass from both teams had valuable experience this season.

Track & Field

Numerous records fell and postseason accolades were earned for both the men's and women's track & field teams.

For the second year in a row Coast Guard earned a top ten finish at the Division III New England Championships finishing in ninth place with 26 points.

The men's 4x400 team came just a few spots short of qualifying for the national championships as they ran 3:16.45 to break the school record and run one of the top times in the nation. The team consisted of freshmen Jacob Pawlina, Nicholas Frystack, sophomores Andrew Ireland and Raeford Penny rather to a fifth place finish at the Open New England Championships earning All-New England status.

The 4x800 of freshman Benjamin Taminger, sophomore Brett Foster, juniors Andrew Scheffey and Caleb Teachout ran 7:40.45 to break the school record set last year at the same meet by Ben Chapman, Scheffey, Ireland and Foster who ran 7:42.07. Their time put them in sixth place in the race.

The team of freshmen Jacob Pawlina and Michael Bishop combined with sophomores Tyler Templeton and Raeford Penny to run 1:29.74 for second place and an All-ECAC finish. The team just missed first place by less than a second as Rowan took the race in 1:29.05.

Coast Guard has a lot of upside for next season as the members of each one of these relays are all underclassmen.

The women's 4x400 record also fell this season Sarah Cummings, Alexandra Cobb, Caroline Jenkins and Madison Ahlers posted a time of 4:11.59 breaking the mark they set earlier in the season of 4:12.07.

Senior Monet Masters performed well in the pole vault once again this season setting the facility record in the Bear's first meet of the season clearing 11'1.75". She also earned All-New England honors finishing in fourth place at the Division III meet.

Other Division III All-New England honorees were the distance medley relay team of freshmen Anita Green, Callie Guzenhauser, Morgan Garrett and junior Bonny Turnage placing eighth in 13:01.90 and sophomore Gabrielle Troise was also eighth in the weight throw with a distance of 49'2.5".

The women look to have a similar road as the men with the majority of their roster coming back next season who gained crucial experience this year.

Wrestling

At 6-5 the Bears earned their second winning season in a row in over 15 years and also scored back to back wins over rival Merchant Marine for the first time in nine years.

Junior Matt McAllister's sudden victory in overtime at 141 pounds proved to be a key win for Coast Guard as the Bears won six of the nine matches to beat archrival Merchant Marine 19-18.

The program also had a phenomenal opportunity to wrestle elite competition as they competed at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals, a prestigious national tournament which consists of 24 Division III teams and featuresd 18 teams ranked in the Top 25 including nine of the top ten teams in the nation.

In postseason competition sophomore Chris Sullivan was the top Coast Guard finisher as he placed fourth and three Coast Guard wrestlers earned All-region honors at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional at Springfield College and was named the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Year.

Marc Wagner placed fifth at 184 pounds while Dan Fiorvanti took sixth at 174 pounds earning All-Northeast honors with a top six finish.

Coast Guard returns 19 athletes from this year's roster including Sullivan and Fiorvanti, as the Bears will look to have a number of wrestlers chasing the National Championships.

Shooting Sports

Freshmen Helen Oh and Brian Kim both won national championships as Coast Guard had its best team performance in over a decade.

Kim won a gold medal and a National Championship on the last day of the competition in Men's Sport Pistol, firing a 557.

Oh started with a win and the National Championship in Women's Air Pistol, firing a 374.. For her regular season performance, she was named First Team All-American in Open Air Pistol, Women's Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol, and Honorable Mention All American in Open Free Pistol.

Kim was named First Team All-American in Open Standard Pistol and Honorable Mention in Open Free Pistol.

In rifle, after having won the conference team title in air rifle competition, team captain junior Nick Paisker, ranked fourth, was named to the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference first team, while fifth ranked freshman Alexandria Harrington earned second team honors. Sophomore Lindsey Critser rounded out the Bears All-conference Air Rifle awardees as an honorable mention, standing tenth over all in a field of 92 athletes.

Smallbore saw Paisker on the first team as his average was second in the conference along with Harrington who had the fourth highest average, was also on the first team. Critser, who studies Marine and Environmental Science, placed on the second team as the eighth best shot in the conference. Paisker and Critser were also designated as Conference All-Academic Team members, an honor which does not include freshman.

Five Bear freshmen made up half of the conference All Rookie Team, Skye Ambrose, Melissa Brizzi, Jacob Dupree, Harrington, and Randall Ford