Sports in Brief
December 8, 2006
p. Following a season that saw the Tribe finish 16-1-4, including a 10-0-1 conference mark en route to the CAA championship, Head Coach John Daly (right) was honored as the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It is Daly’s fifth time earning the award, but his first since 1997. Daly’s team played its last 17 games without a loss and finished the season with the seventh-best power ranking in the nation. For his career, Daly has 278 wins, placing him in the top 10 all-time at the Division I level. His tenure has also seen the Tribe advance to the NCAA tournament 18 times and capture nine CAA championships.
p. Men’s Cross Country
p. The Tribe men arrived at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., ranked 21st in the nation and looking to make a mark on the tournament. They did just that, as the College put together its best race in over 30 years, finishing eighth in a field that consisted of the top 31 cross country programs in the nation. While the University of Colorado may have won the title, the real story of the day was the Tribe. The team’s eighth place finish marked a triumphant return to Terre Haute for the College, which had placed 15th at the Brooks Pre-National Invitational held at the Indiana State University campus earlier in the season. Led by junior Christo Landry (left), the men put together one of the top performances in the College’s history, bested only by the 1973 team that placed fourth at the NCAAs. For the second consecutive year, Landry earned All-American honors, as he finished the race with a time of 31:40.8, vaulting him into 34th place. The top 35 finishers were named to the All-American team. In his final race for the Tribe, senior Keith Bechtol turned in a time of 32:07.0 for a 60th place finish, while fellow senior Sean Anastasia-Murphy closed out his career with a time of 33:06.0 in 156th position. Junior Ian Fitzgerald was the only other runner for the Tribe to place in the top 100, as he finished 98th.
p. Women’s Cross Country
p. The Tribe women concluded their season with a second place finish at the ECAC Championships, the College’s best ever finish in the race. Led by senior Meghan Bishop, who placed fourth overall in her final race for the Tribe, the College finished just four points behind Cornell University for the championship. Three other runners also earned All-East team recognition by placing in the top 25. Juniors Emily Gousen and Kaitlin Hurley finished ninth and 10th, respectively, while freshman Anna Brousell took 15th. Senior Anna Parker closed the book on her career at the College with a 31st place finish.