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Tori Redding ’13, Ruby Hernandez ’11 Named All-Americans

Field hockey goalie Tori Redding ’13 was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) second-team All-American on Monday, adding to her already impressive list of postseason accomplishments. She is the second Wes fall athlete to be named All-America so far, as volleyball libero (and WesCelebRuby Hernandez ’11 was earlier named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable-Mention All-American.

Tori had been named first-team all-NESCAC this season and was also an NFHCA New England West Region First-Team All-Star. She ranked second in the NESCAC with an .826 save percentage and had four 10-save games, including 15 in a 2-1 loss at eventual national champion Bowdoin. She finished the season with a 1.51 goals-against average and averaged 7.27 saves per game as Wesleyan went 10-5 and 5-4 in NESCAC play, its best showings in both departments since 2005 (11-5, 5-4). Tori now has six career shutouts to her credit–including 1-0 wins over Williams and Trinity this past season–and has started all 30 games over her two years here, playing all but 35 minutes in net overt those two seasons.

Ruby, who holds the school records for digs in a match (43), season (580), and career (1,933), earned her second straight AVCA Honorable-Mention All-America honor. She was named second-team all-NESCAC this fall and also received all-NESCAC honors in 2009, having been named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year following both seasons. She repeated as an AVCA all-New England selection and was chosen for the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) all-senior team. Ruby had 30 digs in a 3-1 win over Eastern Connecticut, a victory that gave head coach Gale Lackey her 450th career win.

Tori photo courtesy Brian Katten.
Ruby photo courtesy SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com.

Two more NESCAC honorees for football

While most of campus was enjoying fall break in warmer, sunnier locales, the Cardinal football team was busy doing what it does best, improving to 3-1 with a 27-20 win at Bates. While Shea Dwyer ’10 is conspicuously absent from this week’s list of NESCAC honorees, having rushed for a pedestrian 169 yards on Saturday, two other Cardinals picked up the slack: Linebacker Cyprian Oyomba ’12 was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Kyle Weiss ’12 received Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Cyprian, who ranks as the best tackler in the NESCAC (12.5 per game), had a game-high 16 tackles (10 solo) against Bates. He also recovered a fumble at the Bates 29 with 1:52 left in the game and the score tied 20-20, setting up Wesleyan’s game-winning drive. Kyle Weiss, whom you may know as the baseball team’s standout center fielder (i.e., this guy), punted five times for a 42.8-yard average, including a 60-yarder, and twice pinned Bates inside the 20. Oh, and he also threw an 80-yard TD pass in the second quarter that put Wes up 14-7.

And in other Wesleyan athletics news, the field hockey team improved to 9-3 today with a 12-0 win over Salve Regina, setting a program record for goals in a game. Alex Bean ’11 and Amy Blum ’14 each netted hat tricks, and Wesleyan had a 40-0 advantage in shots on the night. That’s called domination.

Field Hockey Cardinals Soaring

As at least one other person reading this blog knows (thanks, Shoutbox commenter!), Wes field hockey is having a pretty darn good season: 6-1 overall, with the one loss coming at Tufts (ranked #2 in the country) in OT. Wes is ranked #16 nationally in the latest NFHCA poll, one of five NESCAC teams ranked (along with Tufts, Bowdoin (#6), Middlebury (#17), and Amherst (#18)), plus soon-to-be-NESCAC-member Hamilton (#19).

Wes opened the season with a 1-0 win over Williams, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Ephs, and started out 5-0 for the first time since 1978. Wes shut out Trinity (which came into the game ranked #17 nationally) on Saturday to improve to 6-1 and post its third shutout of the season. Tori Redding ’13 (left), who had 13 saves in the game, was named NESCAC Player of the Week, the first Wesleyan player to be so honored since the week of Sept. 15, 2008.

What’s next for Wesleyan? A visit to Eastern Connecticut–a team Wesleyan has never lost to–Thursday night, followed by a trip to undefeated Bowdoin–a team Wesleyan beat 3-2 in penalty strokes last season–on Saturday. Wesleyan would almost certainly lock up a NESCAC Tournament spot with a win; the Cards are currently in third place in the NESCAC at 3-1, one game behind Bowdoin and Tufts (both 4-0). Keep it up, ladies!

Cards Win All Home Games

So while many at Wes (myself included) are not avid followers of Wesleyan sports, congrats to all the Wesleyan teams today who trounced Bates.  Field hockey won 3-1, football 28-20, women’s soccer 2-1, and men’s soccer 2-0 – continuing their undefeated season which has placed them as New England’s top team (their second best run so far in Wesleyan history).  Go Wes!

[Edit 10/19, Sheek]

Vicious Circles, the women’s ultimate team, also won the Smith tournament this weekend, beating Smith, RPI, Mt. Holyoke,  Fordham and Smith Alumni. Go Wes again!