W Club: Welcome to Fall 2011 Seasons

News Release Date:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Greetings from Whitman College Athletics!

Athletics Director Dean Snider
Looks Ahead to Fall Sports,
Hall of Fame Ceremony

Dear W Club Members - Fall 2011 is here. How quickly the season changes! It seems only a short time ago that we completed most successful season ever for Whitman Athletics. Well, here we go again. One beautiful thing about sport is that there is always another opportunity to improve ourselves.

      Dean Snider

Our fall sports teams -- soccer, cross country and women's volleyball -- are off and running with the start of the new academic year.

Our tennis and golf teams will also see some action this fall, although most of their competition dates come during the spring semester.

One of our fall semester highlights, of course, is the annual induction of a new Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame class. Ceremonies are set for Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Sherwood Center Hall of Fame foyer.

Please check the Whitman Athletics website in the weeks and months ahead for all the Whitman athletic news fit to print, including previews of games, matches and tournaments as well as all the results.

For now, most of our fall teams are headed into their second week of competition. Here is a closer look at each team:


Cross Country: Turnout Tops 40; Emilie Gilbert Wins Whitman Invite

Emilie Gilbert

Second-year coach Scott Shields has welcomed more than 40 runners to the men's and women's cross country teams.

The season got off to an early start with the annual Whitman Invitational at Fort Walla Walla Park.

Junior Emilie Gilbert won the women's 6,000 meters while twin sister Katri Gilbert placed a strong second.

Junior Oliver Wood, running his first-ever collegiate cross country race, placed eighth in the men's 8,000 meters while sophomore teammate Michael Jorgensen was right behind in ninth.

For a preseason look at the men's and women's cross country teams, please click here.

Men's Soccer: Whits Picked
for Third in NWC Preseason Poll

Michael Bathurst

With coach Mike Washington starting his 14th season at the helm, the men's soccer team has high hopes for another strong showing this fall.

After finishing second in the NWC standings in two of the past three years, the Missionary men are among the title favorites this fall, according to a preseason poll of conference coaches.

Junior goalkeeper Michael Bathurst got the shutout as Whitman opened it season last week with a 0-0 stalemate against Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash.

Sophomore Cooper Schumacher played all 90 minutes for a defensive back line that allowed Northwest just one shot on goal.

Whitman outshot the Eagles 13-8 but was unable to get a ball into the back of the net.

Juniors Leland Mattheaus and Jed Jacobson, along with sophomore Junpei Tsuji, paced the Missionary offensive effort with two shots apiece.

For a preseason look at the men's soccer team, please click here.


Women's Soccer: Hasson's Hat Trick Triggers Quick Start

Amy Hasson

Fresh from a late summer tour of England, where they played eight games, the Whitman women's team and second-year coach Heather Cato got their soccer season off to a rousing start last week with a 3-0 triumph over Eastern Oregon University.

Senior Amy Hasson booted her first collegiate hat trick (three goals in one game) to spark the shutout victory.

Assists on her goals went to senior Kate Potter and sophomores Hallie Swan and Pamela London.

Potter also paced a defensive back line that smothered Eastern Oregon's offense, which was unable to generate its first shot until nearly 18 minutes had elapsed in the second half.

For her efforts, Potter picked up one of the NWC's Student Athlete of the Week awards.

Whitman's two goalkeepers, senior Lauren Brougham and sophomore Emily Davis, each played half the game to share the shutout.

For a preseason look at the women's team, please click here.

Women's Volleyball: Maturing Roster Swells to Sweet 16

Jillian Davis

A maturing women's volleyball team under fifth-year coach Carolyn Papineau has seen its roster grow to 16 players with a strong first-year class led by skilled libero Annie Sing.

Whitman came within one victory last year of placing fourth in the Northwest Conference -- an admirable accomplishment given the fact the Missionary roster did not have single junior or senior.

Led this fall by juniors Corie Brewer, Olivia Nielson, Carrie Cecil and Rachel Shober, and sophomore phenom Jillian Davis, Whitman looks to move up the NWC ladder during its 2011 campaign.

Whitman opened its season last week with a 3-0 victory over cross-town rival Walla Walla University, even though Davis and Cecil were on the sidelines nursing injuries.

For a preseason look at the volleyball team, please click here.


Tennis & Golf: Fall Events Serve as Spring Prelude

The Whitman tennis and golf teams are gearing up for a limited fall schedule that serves as a prelude to the bulk of their competitive dates in the spring.

Andrew La Cava
Alyssa Roberg

The men's tennis team, which veteran coach Jeff Northam has developed into an NWC dynasty, will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's regional championship tournament over the weekend of Sept. 24-26.

Sophomore Andrew La Cava is the defending regional singles champion. He and senior Conor Holton-Burke also won the doubles crown a year ago.

Meanwhile, the women's tennis team and coach John Hein will travel to Salem, Ore., on the weekend of Oct. 1-3 for the women's ITA tournament. Junior Alyssa Roberg won the doubles title a year ago with now graduated Elise Otto.

The Whitman golf teams, coached by Peter McClure (men) and Skip Molitor (women), play a handful of events this fall, the most important of which is the NWC Fall Classic in late October at Portland's Heron Lakes golf course.

Results from the Fall Classic account for one-third of the team totals that determine the final NWC champions.

Thank you for your generous support of our outstanding student-athletes. See you at the games!


Dean Snider
Athletic Director
Whitman College
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