Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 19, December 14, 2012

Fall Sports Teams

Rensselaer’s fall sports team members earn season honors

Rensselaer’s fall athletic teams turned in another stellar season, and a number of those teams' student-athletes were honored with year-end awards by the Liberty League. Thirty-nine players from the Engineers’ football, men’s soccer and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross-country teams, and men’s golf team earned all-league honors, including 18 First Team selections.

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Football saw 11 players help fill the all-league teams including Offensive Performer of the Year Mike Hermann—who was recognized with the prestigious award for the second straight year. Senior Austin Caswell was selected as the Special Teams Performer of the Year.

Hermann, a senior quarterback from Hardeeville, S.C., completed 178 of 296 passes (60.1 percent) for 2,366 yards and 23 touchdowns. The senior captain was intercepted eight times and had an efficiency rating of 147.51. He threw for 250+ yards in five games, including one for 331 yards and another for 355, and had at least one touchdown pass in every game.

He and Caswell joined Jay Yaskanich, Ted Abriel, and Andrew Franks on the First Team, while Wade Hansen, Matthew Day, Dustin Schuld, and Caswell were Second Team selections. Nick Weber, Nick Borkowski, and Corey White were Honorable Mention.

Men’s soccer placed five players on the all-league squad, including Rob Dewald, who was named to the First Team. Matt Koziol, Adam Updegrove, and Michael Birk were selected to the Second Team, and Zach Fane earned Honorable Mention. The Engineers finished in a first-place tie, won the league tournament, and played in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Academically, Updegrove and Tyler Iosue were named National Academic All-Americans, garnering Second and First Team recognition, respectively.

Senior defender Kirsten Bombardier was named the Liberty League’s Defensive Performer of the Year to highlight a banner year for the women’s soccer team. Joining classmates Nikki Goodsell and Shannon Maguire on the First Team, Bombardier led the Engineers to a first-place finish in the Liberty League’s regular season, going 7-1 in conference games.

Brittany Van Grouw, Taylor Korytko, and Alex Shaw earned Second Team honors.

A senior captain and centerback from Colchester, Vt., Bombardier has contributed at both ends of the field in 2012, scoring three goals (all game-winners) and assisting on two more for eight points. She led a defense that surrendered just 15 goals in 17 games. The Engineers allowed only 109 shot attempts (6.4) per contest, while amassing seven shutouts.

The field hockey team had five players named to the all-league teams, including First Teamers Alissa Peterson and Sarah Krolus. Chloe Hutchinson was on the Second Team, while Jen Piselli and Liana Viaggio were Honorable Mention selections.

Men’s and women’s cross country combined to place seven players on the All-League teams, including First Team selections Patrick Condon from the men’s team and Grace Tilton from the women’s. Also making the teams were junior Sean Quinn, sophomore Jacob Andrews, junior Aldous Strother, and freshman Bobby Parker.

And in golf, Brandon Mader and Craig Bokenfohr were All-League First Team choices, while Jamie Jackson and Grant Rosener were Second Teamers.

Photos by Tom Killips

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