A look back at the week of Nov. 1-7
Nov. 8, 2010
By Katherine Coats-Thomas, WakeForestSports.com
Women's Soccer (12-7-3, 5-4-1 ACC)
Wake Forest claimed its first-ever ACC Championship this past Sunday with a shootout win over Maryland at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The Deacons won 3-1 on penalty kicks to claim the crown. Wake beat No. 9 Florida State 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday and No. 4 North Carolina on Friday in penalty kicks to secure their spot in the championship game.
Katie Stengel broke the Wake Forest single-season points record against the Seminoles, earning her 33rd point of the season with an assist on McSally's first goal. Stengel had previously been in a four-way tie for the record with Jill Hutchinson (2009), Kaley Fountain (2009) and Anne Shropshire (1998).
McSally netted her third goal in two games against the Tar Heels off an assist from Marisa Park in the 50th minute to give Wake a 1-0 lead. UNC tied the match with a goal in the 88th minute.
After two scoreless overtime periods, Wake went a perfect 5-for-5 in the shootout, with Alisha Woodson, Katie Stengel, Bianca D'Agostino, India Winford and Amanda Howell all converting their attempts. North Carolina's second attempt went off the right post, sending the Demon Deacons to the ACC final for the second time in program history.
Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe saved three Maryland penalty kicks to give Wake the ACC Championship over Maryland. Bledsoe was named the 2010 ACC Championship MVP for her performance, and Deacons McSally, Park and Stengel also made the All-Tournament Team.
Field Hockey (10-9-0, 1-4-0 ACC)
No. 14 Wake Forest lost 5-4 in overtime to No. 1 Maryland in the ACC Tournament semifinals this past Friday, following a 2-1 victory over Boston College in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Kentner Stadium.
Wake Forest's Kari Walkley scored in the first overtime period to lift the Deacons to victory over the Eagles. The win was the 300th in the career of head coach Jennifer Averill, whose career record is now 300-148-6, while her record with the Deacons is 280-116-3.
Wake Forest junior back Kaitlin Piosa scored the game-tying goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime against Maryland. Maryland's Jemma Buckley scored in the 87th minute to give the Terrapins the win.
Men's Basketball (1-0)
Wake Forest beat Guilford College 84-44 in an exhibition game this past Friday evening at the Joel Coliseum.
As a team, Wake held Guilford scoreless in for the first 5:38 of the game, building an 11-0 lead in the process, putting the game out of reach early.
Freshman forward Travis McKie turned in an impressive debut scoring 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting. McKie was also 3-for-3 from three-point range and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also pulled down seven rebounds, had two steals and an assist and did not commit a turnover.
Fellow freshman J.T. Terrell scored 16 points on the night and led the Deacons with seven assists and four steals.
Wake's lone returning starter, C.J. Harris chipped in 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and dished out four assists.
Freshman Carson Desrosiers led the Deacons with a game-high 11 rebounds. Desrosiers also added four blocks off the bench.
Men's Soccer (8-8-2, 4-3-1 ACC)
Wake Forest went 1-1 this past week with a 2-0 win at Davidson on Tuesday and a 2-1 loss to No. 21 Duke in Durham on Friday.
Ben Newnam and Andy Lubahn each scored a goal against Davidson. Newnam scored his first collegiate goal in the 23rd minute and Lubahn doubled the lead with his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 49th minute. Lubahn scored his fourth goal over the last two games to increase his point total on the year to a team-best 16.
Akira Fitzgerald recorded his fourth shutout of the season against the Wildcats, improving to 8-7-2 on the year. Fitzgerald made three saves in the win to bring his season total to an ACC-best 74 saves. He ranks in a tie for fourth in school history with Sean Connor (1996-99).
Freshman Luca Gimenez scored his fifth goal of the season against Duke in the 48th minute on a penalty kick. Gimenez's goal was his fifth of the season and gave him 12 points on the season, placing him second on the team.
Wake Forest competed well at the Wake Forest Invitational this past weekend at the Indoor Tennis Center in Winston-Salem with a combined 10-1 record in doubles play and 12-1 in singles action.
On the first day of play, the Deacon players went a perfect 6-0 in singles and 4-1 in doubles, sweeping Furman in singles, Tennessee in doubles and taking two of three doubles matches from NC State. Doubles team Katherine Talbert and No. 79-ranked Kayla Duncan earned wins over Volunteer and Wolfpack opponents, while the duos of No. 34-ranked Martina Pavelec and Ryann Cutillo, and Cutillo and Emilee Malvehy, also picked up victories.
Wake won all six of their doubles matches in the second day of tournament play and as a team they went a combined 16-1 in singles and doubles in the event.
Duncan outlasted the Paladin's Katherine Oudin 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Duncan ranked first in the overall tournament standings at the end of the second day, with 12 points.
Talbert held second place in the overall tournament standings with 11 points. She finished as the top performer with 16 total points. In the final day of play Talbert claimed at 6-0, 6-1 victory over Tennessee's Whitney Wofford, followed by a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kaitlin Burns of LSU. En route to winning the tournament title, Talbert was undefeated in singles play, and she dropped only six games in six sets of singles throughout the entire weekend.
Volleyball (15-10-0, 8-7-0 ACC)
Wake Forest went 1-1 this past week with a 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-23, 25-17) over NC State on Thursday in Raleigh and a 3-1 loss (25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23) to North Carolina on Friday in Chapel Hill.
Senior setter Kelsey Jones had 31 assists, seven digs and tied a career-high with seven kills to lead the Deacons against the Wolfpack. Jones has 1,001 digs for her career and is the eighth person in school history to eclipse the 1,000-dig mark. Jones is also the first person in school history to have more than 4,000 assists and 1,000 digs.
Junior middle Carlin Salmon led all players with 12 kills, adding three blocks and hitting at a .346 clip against NC State.
As a team, Wake's offense was very effective with 45 kills and just 10 errors on 102 attempts against the Wolfpack. Senior Kristen White contributed six kills and no errors on 15 swings (.400), while Jones was also error free.
Against the Tar Heels, Jones had 48 assists and 19 digs. Junior Kadija Fornah had 14 kills and 14 digs. Jones' double-double was her sixth of the season and her 19 digs are a season high, while Fornah now has a team-high seven double-doubles on the year.
Football (2-7-0, 1-5-0 ACC)
Wake Forest lost 23-13 to Boston College this past Saturday at BB&T Field.
The Deacons held Boston College to 298 yards, which is the fewest yards Wake has allowed to an FBS team since the 2008 EagleBank Bowl.
With a tremendous trick play at the 9:20 mark in the fourth quarter, Price handed the ball to Josh Adams, who pitched to Marshall Williams, who hit Chris Givens with a 41-yard scoring pass to bring the score to 20-13. Williams is now 5-for-5 for 174 yards and two touchdowns in his career, giving him a passing-efficiency rating of 524, four times the national average.
Two offensive starters, right guard Michael Hoag and tailback Josh Harris left the game with concussions. Linebacker Tristan Dorty went out with a lower back ailment and associate head coach Billy Mitchell sustained a black eye when two players ran over him on the sideline.
Tanner Price threw four first-half interceptions, after only tossing two in the four previous games.