By Bridget Walsh
This season saw four teams make post-season runs, two national contenders, and one MAC Conference champion. Through countless hours of practices, games and meets and travel, all of our student-athletes have survived and, better yet, thrived this semester. Several records have been shattered across all of the fall sports teams this season, which is why selecting just a few student-athletes to honor on the fall All-Semester Athletic Team was extremely difficult. The following student-athletes have far exceeded expectations and truly represented DeSales beyond just their athletic accomplishments.
Senior Women’s Soccer Position: Forward Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice
This season was one for the record books for Bertola, literally. In her senior season, Bertola led the team and MAC Freedom in scoring with 25 goals and six assists for 56 points. She finished her season ranked fifth in the country in goals scored and seventh in total points scored this season. For post-season honors, Bertola was named to the MAC Freedom FirstTeam as Offensive Player of the Year, as well as CoSida Academic All-District FirstTeam, ECAC All-Region First-Team and United Soccer Coaches Third-Team All-Region honors. Bertola now holds the records for single season (56) and career (130) points as well as the single season (25) and career (55) goals.
Senior Men’s Soccer Position: Goalkeeper Major: Pharmaceutical Marketing
Recording 11 shutouts in his senior season en route to claiming the MAC Freedom Championship title, Sulpizio broke the previous single season shutout record of 10. He also finished the season with a 0.64 goals against average and a .880 save percentage with 103 saves. He was named to the All-MAC First-Team for the second year in a row and was honored as the MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Week four times. Additionally, he was honored on the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Third-Team.
Junior Volleyball Position: Outside Hitter Major: Sport and Exercise Physiology
As just the second player in DeSales history, Savite` was named MAC Freedom Player of the Year. She also earned spots on the MAC Freedom FirstTeam, AVCA All-Region First-Team, Honorable Mention All-American and All-ECAC Second-Team this season. This was also the third straight season in which she totaled over 400 kills (407) and digs (492), the only player in Bulldogs history to do so. Savite` also hit .232 and recorded 24 service aces and 36 blocks.
Senior Women’s Cross Country Major: Biology
For the second time in her career, Wheeler was crowned the MAC Individual Champion with a time of 21:54.2 and helped lead her team to a second place finish. At the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship, she turned in her best career performance, placing third with a time of 21:51.6 and earning AllRegion honors. With a time of 21:10.8, Wheeler placed 18th at the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Championship to earn All-American honors for the first time in her career. Additionally, she was named to the Fall MAC Sportsmanship Team where student-athletes are honored for their conduct both on and off their respective playing fields.
Sophomore Field Hockey Position: Forward Major: Medical Studies
Honnick-Payne helped lead the Bulldogs to their first ever conference playoff win and appearance in a conference championship game. She led the team in scoring this season with 18 goals and eight assists for 44 total points. She broke the single-season record in both goals and points scored, and she ranked among the top 50 in the country in points per game (41st) and goals per game (39th). For the first time in team history, Honnick-Payne has received regional honors on both the All-ECAC First-Team and NFHCA All-Region SecondTeam as well as All-MAC Freedom First-Team.
Sophomore Field Hockey Position: Goalkeeper Major: Undecided
Honored by Sports Illustrated in the “Faces in the Crowd” section, Polyviou had a successful sophomore season in the goal for the Bulldogs. She ranked in the top 50 in the nation in goals against average (34th) and save percentage (44th). For the season, Polyviou posted a 1.31 goals against average with 107 saves, a .787 save percentage. She also recorded six shutouts, tying the record for most shutouts in a season, as well as breaking the singleseason mark for goals against average. Her postseason honors include AllMAC Freedom First-Team and NFHCA All-Region Second-team.
Freshman Women’s Soccer Position: Midfielder Major: Medical Studies
In her first season as a Bulldog, Medlar received MAC Freedom Rookie of the Year honors. She was also named to the MAC Freedom First-Team and ECAC All-Region FirstTeam. She completed her freshman season with five goals and a school-record 15 assists for 25 points and ranked seventh in the country in total assists.
Graduate Student Women’s Cross Country Major: Medical Studies
Alongside her teammate, Dauer competed at the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Championship and placed 50th of 279 runners with a time of 21:47.10. This strong performance follows an 11th place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship with a time of 22:25.3 to earn All-Region honors and advance to the National Championship for the first time in her career as an individual. She also helped pace the Bulldogs to their second-place finish at the MAC Championship, placing third with a time of 22:56.9 and earning All MAC First-Team honors.
Freshman Men’s Soccer Position: Defender Major: Sport and Exercise Physiology
Anchoring the Bulldogs defense and contributing on the offensive end, Tunney was named to the AllMAC Second-Team and the United Soccer Coaches AllRegion Third-Team in his first season in a Bulldogs uniform. As a member of the MAC Freedom Championship team, he and the defense allowed just 15 goals across 21 games while recording 12 shutouts this season. Offensively, Tunney ranked third on the team in scoring with four goals for a total of eight points.
Julia Bradford: Volleyball, Freshman
Madison Brader: Field Hockey, Sophomore
Gabe Lamm: Men’s Cross Country, Junior
Meghan Driscoll: Women’s Cross Country, Junior
Morghan Shoemaker: Volleyball, Sophomore
Justin Habbick: Men’s Soccer, Junior