Opening Weekend For Wolverine Athletics

Sydney Kahan
Sydney Kahan

DOVER, Del. – Virtually all of Wesley's Fall sports open their 2012 seasons this weekend with the women's soccer team holding the first home event of the year on August 31 against Cedar Crest. 

Women's Soccer

Head Coach Ed Muntz and the Wolverines will host three games in three-consecutive days to open the season, starting with the Falcons on Friday at 7:00 pm.  Wesley will then host DeSales and St. Elizabeth on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2, respectively.  Both games are scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Wesley returns most of its roster from last year's 7-10 squad, including sophomore Kelly Edmunds, who was one of the top rookies in the CAC in 2011.  Goalkeeper Sydney Kahan is also back after starting nearly every game between the pipes since she stepped onto campus four years ago.

Live stats from all three women's soccer games can be viewed on www.GoWesleyAthletics.com.

Field Hockey

After advancing to the Capital Athletic Conference Championship Game the last two seasons, head coach Tracey Short and the Wesley College field hockey team have one goal for this year: Winning a conference title.  The journey to that goal will commence on Friday, August 31, when they travel to face McDaniel in a 6 o'clock start.

"Our team success is going to be based on the leadership of each and every player on the team," said Short.  "We have a great nucleus in all three areas of the field and with so many returners and their expectations of each other are also high.  I am excited to get things started!"

With seven seniors and eight returning starters from last year's ECAC Tournament qualifying team, a conference crown might be in reach. Among the returners are All-CAC performers Madison Leone, who has led the Wolverines in scoring each of her first two seasons, and senior goalkeeper Liz Groom. 

Live stats from McDaniel can be viewed on www.GoWesleyAthletics.com.

Volleyball

Wesley's volleyball team will also compete at a neutral site tournament to open the year, making the trek to Moravian for the Greyhound Premiere Invitational on August 31-September 1.  The Wolverines will open with Ursinus and Centenary (N.J.) on Friday night, followed by Kings (Pa.) and Muhlenberg on Saturday.

In 2011, under now second-year head coach Juli Greep, the Navy & White finished 5-26.  Showing off a very different look in 2012, Wesley returns just six players from last year, but back is middle hitter Lindsay DiMuzio, who missed the 2011 season with an injury.  This year's 15-person roster includes eight freshman.

Football

After advancing to the NCAA Semifinals three-straight years, and five of the last seven, the third-ranked Wolverines open the 2012 season at East Texas Baptist on Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 pm Eastern.  Live stats from the game can be found on www.GoWesleyAthletics.com and live audio, brought to you by play-by-play commentator Sean Greene, can be listened to on WDEL 1150 AM.

Head Coach Mike Drass is now in his 20th season as head coach and is expecting big things from the Wolverines in 2012.  Obviously, the goal is a National title, and with returners like preseason All-Americans Justin Sottilare at quarterback and Leon Jones at cornerback, the goal could be within reach. Also back with the team is senior defensive end Devin Hardy, who is expected to be among the best pass rushers in the Nation this year, after leading the Wolverines with 8.5 sacks in 2011.

Men's Soccer

The Wolverines open the 2012 season in Baltimore, Md., at the Johns Hopkins University Tournament on Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2, but will not take on the host Blue Jays. Instead, Wesley will take on Rutgers-Camden to start the year on Saturday night, followed by a clash with William Paterson on Sunday afternoon.

Head Coach Steve Clark, who is the longest tenured head coach at Wesley with 22 years under his belt, has 225 victories. He returns a veteran-laden squad this season, led by senior co-captains Josh Chelleh and Pat Slinka.  Chelleh is one of the best players in the CAC and led the conference with 11 assists in 2011.  He also finished second in the league with 27 points and third with eight goals.  Slinka started every game at center back last year and should be a vocal presence in the Wolverine backfield.

Following the trip to the Charm City, Wesley returns to Dover for its home opener on Tuesday, September 4 against Penn St.-York at 7 pm.