All-Semester Athletic Team: Fall 2015

By Will Edwards
Sports Editor

This article was originally published in Issue 7, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (December 10, 2015). Click here to view the entire issue.

Gabby Savite goes up for a spike. Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Gabby Savite goes up for a spike. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Looking back on the fall athletic season, there’s no doubt that this was a semester for the ladies. The women’s soccer team clinched their first- ever Freedom Conference Championship and competed in the national tournament. Women’s cross country runner Veronica Wheeler led her team to a program-best sixth place at the NCAA Mid-East Regional meet, and she herself qualified for the national championship race. Volleyball found their way to the Freedom Conference title game again and had two Honorable Mention All-Americans. That said, this list was difficult to narrow down, and our editorial staff debated at length who the final selectees would be. Here are the results of that extended voting process, the athletic department’s most- deserving standouts.

All-Semester Team Fall 2015

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Veronica Wheeler

Sophomore, Cross Country
Major: Biology

This is Wheeler’s third-straight appearance on our All-Semester team, and she’s never earned it more. The sophomore was second at the Middle Atlantic Conference championship, and fifth at the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional meet, which earned her an automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Division III National Championships in Winneconne, Wis., where she finished 57th. Her performances made her first team All-Conference and All-Region selections. A reflection of her character, Wheeler was also selected to the MAC All- Sportsmanship Team.

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Lisa Wallitsch

Junior, Volleyball
Position: Setter
Major: Sport and Exercise Science

The junior raked in accolades this season, being named an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and earning spots on the AVCA Mid-Atlantic Region and Freedom Conference rst teams. Wallitsch led the team in hitting percentage, assists and service aces, helping the team to the Freedom Conference championship game again this year. For the week of Oct. 4, she was named both the Freedom Conference and the ECAC South Region Player of the Week after facilitating 199 assists in a five-game span.

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Gabby Savite’

Freshman, Volleyball
Position: Outside hitter
Major: Undeclared

Savite’ had among the best freshman campaigns in program history, finishing alongside Wallitsch in being named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, and to the AVCA Mid-Atlantic Region and Freedom Conference first teams. She also earned Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year honors and was selected as Freedom Conference Player of the Week twice. The outside hitter from Hackettstown, N.J., led the team in points (477), kills (429), kills per set (3.61) and total attempts (1206).

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Gabe Lamm

Freshman, Cross Country
Major: Sport and Exercise Science

The Whitehall High School product broke the freshman record on the DeSales home course this year, one of many highlights in a banner season. He finished fourth at the Middle Atlantic Conference championships on Halloween to earn Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the conference’s First-Team, and he was 40th at the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional meet, good enough for a selection to the All- Region Freshman Team. During the regular season, Lamm was named ECAC DIII South Region Rookie of the Week for his Oct. 17 performance at the Gettysburg College Invitational, where he was 12th overall.

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Rachel Shive

Junior, Soccer
Position: Forward
Major: Sport and Exercise Science

Shive was an integral part of the team’s Freedom Conference championship season, leading the team in goals (18), shots (63), points (39) and shot percentage (.286). For her season’s play, Shive was named First-Team All-Freedom Conference and Third-Team Mid-Atlantic All-Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The junior was named the Freedom Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice and ECAC DIII South Region Offensive Player of the Week once in October, when she broke the school record for goals in a game (4), scored hat tricks in two other games and scored a game-winner in another.

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Jess Wetherhold

Junior, Soccer
Position: Midfielder
Major: Finance and Marketing

Wetherhold, known for her tough style of play (she led the team in yellow cards), tied the school record for all-time career assists (17), collecting eight this season alone. Alongside Shive, she was named First-Team All-Freedom Conference and Third-Team Mid-Atlantic All-Region by the NSCAA. The Parkland High School graduate’s best games came against Keystone College, when she fired four shots-on-goal, scored twice and had an assist, and against Delaware Valley College, when she assisted three goals.

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Angelina Biondo

Freshman, Cross Country
Major: Nursing

Biondo finished the season as the Middle Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year, and was a First-Team All-Conference selection, an All-Region selection and a member of the All-Region Freshman Team. She became the fastest runner on the DeSales course in program history at Oct. 10’s home invitational (22:40.12). Biondo was named the MAC Runner of the Week and ECAC DIII South Region Rookie of the Week for the performance. In five of the team’s seven meets this season, the freshman placed in the top three in the overall results.

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Dan Sulpizio

Sophomore, Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper
Major: Undeclared

Sulpizio was a sealed-off wall in goal for the Bulldogs this season, posting four shutouts, 86 saves and a .860 save percentage. The sophomore’s most impressive performances came against the team’s best opponents: He held Franklin and Marshall College, then the number one-ranked team in Division III, and Eastern University, eighth at the time, to a goal apiece. Sulpizio’s play earned him the title of Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year and landed him on the conference’s Second-Team. He was named both the ECAC DIII South Region and Freedom Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice this season.

Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Angelica Bertola

Sophomore, Soccer
Position: Forward
Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice

Bertola was the team’s most dynamic player this season, showcasing an explosiveness that allowed her to score two goals in the Freedom Conference playoffs, which earned her tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Her best games came against Hood College and Cairn University, both of which she scored hat tricks in. For the season, she was tops on the team in game-winning goals (6) and shots-on-goal (40), and was second on the team in goals (13), points (31) and shots (61), efforts earned her an All-Freedom Conference Second-Team spot. Ever-versatile, Bertola will now turn her attention to the basketball court.

Dan Sulpizio makes a save. Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Dan Sulpizio makes a save. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Honorable Mentions:

Meryah Harding
Field Hockey, Junior

Abby Labar
Cross Country, Senior

Chelsea DeFrancisco
Field Hockey, Freshman

Beth Dauer
Cross Country, Junior

Eve Barna
Soccer, Junior

Logan Wieziolowski
Volleyball, Sophomore

Rachel Logue
Soccer, Sophomore

Natalie Gray
Volleyball, Freshman

Dan McDonald
Golf, Junior

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