Winter sports season is here, but recognition for Claremont
McKenna College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps fall sports
student-athletes have continued to roll in after a season in which
four sports – women's and men's cross country, men's water
polo and men's soccer – have earned SCIAC regular season or
tournament championships. In seven fall sports, CMS totaled 27
All-SCIAC selections -11 women, 16 men - and three Athlete of the
Also, in the season's first fall Learfield Sports Director's Cup Standings released on November 21, CMS ranked 8th nationally and first in the SCIAC. The final fall standings are scheduled to be released on Dec. 19. The Director's Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Below is a review of each fall season.
Women's and Men's Cross Country
Both the women's and men's cross country teams had their best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships with the Athenas finishing in third place and the Stags earning an 11th place finish. Both teams also captured SCIAC and regional titles.
For the Athenas, seven were named All-SCIAC including five on the first team. Junior Allison Barnwell (CMC), freshman Bridget Blum (CMC), sophomore Sara Mostatabi (CMC), senior Marnie Hogue (Scripps) and senior Aubrey Zimmerling (CMC) were tabbed for the first team while junior Lisa Beem (Scripps) and senior Kate Crawford (HMC) earned second team honors. Both Barnwell and Blum were also selected as All-Americans this season.
On the men's side the Stags had eight runners earn All-SCIAC including five first-teamers. Senior Rafer Dannenhauer (HMC) earned SCIAC Runner of the Year honors and was also named to the first team along with freshman Zorg Loustalet (HMC), senior Brian Sutter (CMC), sophomore Justin Jones (HMC) and senior Bennett Naden (HMC) while freshman Jacob Higle-Ralbovsky (HMC), sophomore Sam Pitcavage (CMC) and junior Colin Briskman were named second team. For more information on the cross country teams success in 2012, please read the CMC Currents piece titled "Cross country has program-best showings at NCAA Championships."
For the fourth-straight season the Stags played in the NCAA Division III Championships by way of winning the SCIAC Conference Tournament. CMS won the conference tournament with a double overtime 1-0 win at Redlands in which senior F Harrison Doyle (CMC) scored the game-winner. Then in the SCIAC Championship Game, the men defeated Whittier 2-0 to capture the tournament championship and a trip to NCAA postseason play. In the first round of the playoffs, CMS lost to then No. 3 Trinity (Texas) 3-1 to end its season with a 13-7-2 record and the team's fourth-straight winning season.
After leading the SCIAC this season in points (35) and assists (9) and being second in goals (13), senior David Taylor (CMC) was named SCIAC men's soccer Student-Athlete of the Year. Doyle along with sophomore D Jaison Kimura (CMC) earned first-team honors while senior F Jared Bernstein (CMC) made second team for the second-straight season. Also senior D Zach Doran (CMC) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII team with a 3.74 grade-point average in government and economics as selected by the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA).
Men's Water Polo
After finishing regular season play in second place with a 9-2 SCIAC record, the Stags went on to sweep its way through the conference tournament with wins over La Verne, Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer. In the championship game, CMS defeated Pomona-Pitzer 16-8 and were led by freshman driver Tanner Cullen (CMC) who had six scores in the game. CMS then went on to finish in seventh in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships with a win over Whittier College.
Senior utility Brian Baier (CMC) was chosen as Athlete of the Year. Three other water polo players were named All-SCIAC with Cullen and junior driver John Holland (CMC) earning first team and senior driver Huston Middlesworth (CMC) being named second team.
After an 8-8-4 season in 2011, the Athenas added three games to the win column in 2012 to finish with an 11-8-1 record and earn a SCIAC Tournament berth yet again. The team's season came to an end with a tough loss on penalty kicks in the tournament semifinals on the road to Chapman University in what was a 0-0 tie after two overtimes.
Three women's soccer players were named All-SCIAC with junior D Sara Tweedy (HMC), junior M Shaundra Ullman (CMC) and senior F Madi Shove (Scripps) all earning first team. Shove led the team in goals (11) and finished second in the conference while also adding a team-high 24 points.
Volleyball captured its third-straight winning season with a 17-10 overall record, 9-7 in SCIAC play which placed CMS in a tie for fourth place under first-year head coach Kurt Vlasich. The Athenas ended the season on a high note, winning five of its last seven matches. Senior MB Courtney Searls earned second team All-SCIAC for the second-straight season. Searls led the team in hitting percentage (.246) for those with over 100 kills and was first in blocks/set (0.69) and second in total blocks (41).
Football ended its season without a win at 0-9. A pair of Stags in sophomore OL Peter Clancy and senior LB Jackie Coburn (CMC) were named second team All-SCIAC. In addition, Coburn was selected to the Academic All-District football team.