Zero. That was the operative word this past fall for the Logger women’s soccer team. Zero losses in the regular season. Zero ties. And 13 games in which the opposing team scored zero goals. All those zeros resulted in two superlatives: The women were the first team in Northwest Conference history to go 16-0-0 in conference play, and they won their seventh-straight Northwest Conference title. Led by Second-Team All-American Janece Levien ’09, the Loggers earned one of just three first-round byes in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament before losing 1-0 to a tough squad from Carleton College. Eight players were named to the All-NWC team.
The top individual honor of the fall would have to go to cross country runner Francis Reynolds ’10, who blew away the competition at the Northwest Conference Championship and then ran a strong race at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship to earn All-America honors with a finish of 21st overall. Reynolds’ winning time of 24:35:24 at the NWC championship was the third-fastest 8K time in Logger history, trailing only Dave Davis ’00 and Dan McLean B.A.’04, M.A.T.’08.
The Logger volleyball team also earned a spot in post-season competition but lost to Cal Lutheran in the first round of the NCAA championship, finishing with a record of 17-8 on the year. The highlight of the season came in a 3-1 win over Willamette on Oct. 24, as coach Mark Massey earned his 500th career victory.
For the Logger football team, the 2008 was a year of many near-misses. Puget Sound lost three games by eight points or fewer, finishing with a record of 3-6. Defensive tackle Alverno Middleton ’09 was named First-Team All-Northwest Conference, as was wide receiver Darrell Stewart ’09. Middleton also earned regional honors, representing the Loggers on the D3football.com All-West Region Third Team.
The men’s soccer team went 10-2-6, making it the 10th straight season the team has won 10 games or more. Cole Peterson ’10 and Taylor Hyde ’09 represented the Loggers on the First-Team All-NWC, as Puget Sound finished third in conference standings.
The Loggers accomplishments didn’t come solely on the field of play. Senior women’s soccer player Fiona Gornick and senior football player Boone Freeman were named ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Gornick was a third-team selection, while Freeman earned second-team honors. — Chris Thompson
Puget Sound will be inducting four new members to the Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 7, 2009: Swimmers Bob Kabacy ’90 and Marc Kincaid ’97, longtime athletic trainer James “Zeke” Schuldt ’68, and the 1993 NAIA National Championship Volleyball Team.
Complete bios of Hall of Fame inductees, basketball play-by-play broadcasts, live stats, and all things Loggers can be found at www.pugetsound.edu/athletics.