Sports Shorts


By Bill Sodoma

Men's Alpine Skiing
Senior Warner Nickerson made his case for a position on the 2006 U.S Olympic team with silver medals in the giant slalom and combined events at the FIS-Winter World University Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Nickerson, who also finished 4th in the Super G, 6th in the slalom, and 9th in the downhill, is the first alpine double-medalist for the U.S. at the World University Games since 1993. Nickerson also won three Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races, including the Eastern slalom title. Nickerson, Robert Saunders, and Charlie Reed will represent Colby at the NCAA Division I Championships in Stowe, Vermont. Reed, and Jacob Colognesi were named to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.

Women's Alpine Skiing
Abbi Lathrop, Siri Ashton, and Nicole Wessen will represent Colby at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships, the first time Colby has qualified a full three-woman team. Lathrop, a consistent top-10 finisher during the course of the season, placed 6th in giant slalom and 8th in slalom at the Eastern meet. Ashton took 8th in the giant slalom and 19th in the slalom, and Wessen took 13th in the slalom and 22nd in the giant slalom. Ashton also made the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.

Men's Hockey
The men's hockey team fell to eventual champion Middlebury in the semifinal round of the NESCAC playoffs, ending the season with a 15-8-2 record. With 11 goals, 14 assists, and a league-best 9 power play goals, Senior defensemen Patrick Walsh earned NESCAC first-team honors for the second straight season. Senior forward Nick Bayley, a two-time National Academic All-American, earned second-team honors while leading the Mules in scoring with 16 goals and 19 assists. Bayley's 148 career points (61 goals, 87 assists) place him 3rd on Colby's all-time list behind Ron Ryan '62 (245 points) and Dan Lavergne '97 (179). Senior forward Cory Ernst's 97 career points (43 goals, 54 assists) leave him just shy of joining the Colby Century Club (100 points). First-year forward Josh Reber tied for 3rd on the team in scoring with 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists). First-years Arthur Fritch (4 goals, team-best 22 assists) and Joe Rothwell (5 goals, 18 assists) also had big rookie campaigns. Head coach Jim Tortorella earned his 150th career win and ended his 10th season with a career mark of 157-76-20. Bayley, Ernst, Joel Morash, Ryan O'Flanagan, Ken Pitter, Chris Ries, and Patrick Slipp eaned NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Women's Hockey
Under first-year head coach David Venditti the Colby women made it back to the NESCAC playoffs, but the Mules' season ended with a 3-1 loss to Williams College in the quarterfinal round. Senior forward Heather DeVito led the Mules in with 16 goals and 7 assists while earning conference second-team honors. She finishes her career with 57 goals and 41 assists for 98 points. With 565 saves in 21 games, a 2.87 goals against average, and a .904 save percentage, first-year goalie Genevieve Triganne's solid play kept Colby in most games. With 5 goals and 5 assists each, Jennifer McAleer and Michele Barmash were other top scorers.
Kristin Putnam and Lindsay Barada earned NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Men's Basketball
Head coach Dick Whitmore's 34th season at the helm included his 550th career win, a 14-8 record, and a tie for fifth place in NESCAC. Senior guard Patrick McGowan earned NESCAC second-team honors, leading Colby in scoring (16.3), steals (53), and shooting. Sophomore center Drew Cohen led the Mules in rebounding (7.4) and field goal percentage (.612), and led the conference in blocked shots (48). Tom Nale and Mike Rutherford earned NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Women's Basketball
Most of the Mules' 6-18 season saw 4 first-years starting along-side leading scorer (13.1) and rebounder (9.0), senior Wendy Bonner. Beginning the season 5-7, the Mules won their first league game against Tufts University before 3 of the top 6 players suffered season-ending knee injuries. By earning second team NESCAC honors, Bonner became the only NESCAC athlete in the past year to earn all-conference honors in softball, field hockey, and basketball. Katie McCabe, Regina Wohl, Tanya Rosbash, and Kathleen Nicholson all had promising first seasons.

Women's Indoor Track
Junior Jess Minty, who won Maine State titles at the 400- and 1,000-meter distances, headed to the NCAA Division III Championship meet ranked third in the 800-meters with a top time of 2:13.45. She also placed fifth in the mile (4:55.46) at the Open New England meet for Division I, II and III athletes. After winning titles in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter races and placing ninth in the mile at the Open New England meet, first-year Anna King's top mile time of 5:00:31 was also good enough to qualify for the NCAA meet. Karina Johnson won the Maine State 5,000-meter title and placed 9th at the Open New England meet. Nora Gouge and Maggie Johnson won Maine State titles in the 55-meter dash and high jump, respectively. Gouge, Karina Johnson, Maggie Johnson, and Minty each earned NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Men's Indoor Track
Xavier Garcia won the 400-meter dash (48.84) and triple jump (46-6) at the Maine State Championships, and has qualified to run the 400-meter race at the NCAA Division III Championships. Patrick Harner won the Maine State title in the 55-meter dash (6.54) and the long jump (21-9.5). Despite winning the weight throw at the Trinity Last Chance Meet with a throw of 57-7.75, more than 7 feet further than his 4th-place throw at the Maine State meet, Jason Foster just missed qualifying for nationals. James Falk, Foster, and Josh Montague all earned NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Women's Swimming
The women's swim team had their best finish ever, taking 4th-place at the NESCAC meet and sending a record 7 women to the NCAA Division III Championships. Head coach Tom Burton was named NESCAC Women's Swim Coach of the Year. First-year Kelly Norsworthy qualified for 5 events at the NCAA meet. Senior Laura Miller qualified for the 100 fly and freestyle races at nationals, and won the 50 fly at the NESCAC meet to complete a four-year sweep of the event. Meg Vallaly (200 freestyle), Beth Foxwell (relays), Lilli Higgins (relays), Annie Muir (breaststroke), and Melissa Plante (relays) also qualified for the national meet. Norsworthy, Miller, Foxwell, Higgins, Plante, and Vallaly all earned NESCAC All-Conference honors for top-three finishes in individual events and relays. Kristi Eck, Sharon McMonagle, and Plante all earned NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team honors.

Men's Swimming
In helping Colby to a 7th-place finish at the NESCAC meet, Jabez Dewey earned All-Conference honors for finishing 3rd in the 50- and 100-meter backstrokes and is headed to the NCAA Division III Championships in late March. Tom Ireland earned NESCAC league honors after winning the 50 freestyle and placing 4th in the 100 freestyle. First-year swimmer Evan Mullin earned conference honors in the 200 freestyle. Justin Dubois, Ireland, and Dan Seifert each earned NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Women's Squash
The Colby women finished the season ranked 14th in the country with a 7-10 record. Julia Benedict and Rachel Luskin lead the Mules with 10 victories each. Nina Delano, Jenny Abramson, Emilie Slack, and Nikki Patel each added 9. Stacy Petro played the entire season at the difficult 1st position. The Mules played in the second division at nationals, for teams ranked 9 through 16. Colby lost to Amherst, and then beat William Smith to earn the right to play Bowdoin in the 13th/14th-place match. Despite a big 5-4 win over Bowdoin early in the season, Colby suffered a hard-fought loss to finish 14th. Kathryn Lynch and Gillian Nadel both made the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.

Men's Squash
Colby went 12-10 overall, and earned wins over Wesleyan, Hamilton and Tufts during the team nationals at Harvard to finish the season ranked 17th in the nation. Ryan Phelan at the 1st position and Trevor McWilliams at the 2nd position each competed in singles play at nationals. Nate Stone led the team with 14 wins from the 8th position. Todd Basnight, Stone and Sam Weeks all had NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Men's Nordic Skiing
The men's Nordic ski team took fourth overall in the 15K freestyle at the opening meet of the season, one of their best finishes in years. Fred Bailey, 11th that day at Bates, went on to have the most top finishes for the Mules this season, finishing in the top 20 at Dartmouth and taking 19th place in the 10K free technique at Williams. Kris Dobie had a top-20 finish in the 10K pursuit at St. Michael's. Brandon Smithwood, Jeff Alden, and Austin Ross were other top finishers during the season. Smithwood earned NESCAC Winter All-Academic honors.

Women's Nordic Skiing
Hillary Easter led the Colby women's Nordic team in top finishes. Her best result, 23rd at the Williams College ski carnival, was accompanied by two top-25 finishes at the Vermont ski carnival. Easter (23rd - 15K free) and Alex Jospe (28th - 5K classic) both had top-30 finishes at the Eastern Championships.