Sports in Brief

Photos of Francine Kofinas ’13, Lee Russo ’13 and Michelle Savuto ’15
From left: Francine Kofinas ’13, Lee Russo ’13, Michelle Savuto ’15

Fast Start for Men’s, Women’s Soccer

The men’s and women’s soccer teams kicked off their 2012 season in spectacular fashion. The men opened with a 13-1-1 record and reached No. 9 in the NCAA Division III rankings. Lee Russo ’13 led the way with 11 goals and five assists. The women’s team went 10-3-1, ranking as high as 20th in Division III. Goalkeepers Francine Kofinas ’13 and Michelle Savuto ’15 allowed just 11 goals through 15 games and compiled 10 shutouts.

Tennis Ace Named All-American

Carley Cooke ’15 became the first women’s tennis All-American in school history when she was selected to the NCAA Division III All-American team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Cooke finished the 2012 season ranked 17th in the division, posting a 16-6 record, including a 3-3 mark against other All-Americans. She was also named Rookie of the Year in the University Athletic Association.

Grand Tour of Croatia for Cagers

The men’s basketball team finished 2-1 on its 10-day trip to Croatia in August. Coach Brian Meehan is hoping the international experience will translate into another NCAA Elite Eight appearance; after Meehan took his team to Italy in summer 2007, the Judges went on to reach the national quarterfinals.

Morehouse Reaches Olympic Quarterfinals

Although fencer Tim Morehouse ’00 was unable to repeat his 2008 silver-medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics, he had a fantastic showing nonetheless. Competing on his 34th birthday, Morehouse, the 27th seed, upset the sixth seed from Russia and the 11th seed from Belarus before falling to the eventual silver medalist from Italy in the quarterfinals. Morehouse has since made a return visit to the White House and had his own line of Morehouse USA Elite fencing shoes released by Absolute Fencing.

PawSox Lifted by Figueroa

Nelson Figueroa ’98 helped pitch the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first International League title since 1984. Figueroa, who began the season with the Houston Astros before being released, signed with Boston’s top minor-league team during the summer. He got the PawSox to the title with a 4-1 victory over the Charlotte (N.C.) Knights, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

Photos by Adam Levin