Tartan sports 2004-2005 recap
Carnegie Mellon had one of its best years in athletics in 2004?2005. From playoff runs to conference superiority, national recognition was consistently earned by CMU students for their athletic exploits this year. Below are summaries of individual teams? achievements for the year.
In the last season of nine-year coach Julie Bigger, the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team took another ECAC regional title ? their third consecutive ? with a victory over Lebanon Valley College (Pa.). The team co-hosted the UAA?s round robin tournament in October, which was a decided success for the team: They went undefeated in the second half of the tournament. A fourth place finish in the UAA championship tournament three weeks later earned them an ECAC bid.
Six CMU players and the team?s coaching staff were given special UAA honors for their work this year that led to their 12?1?3 record. This gave the team a first-place finish in the UAA and sent the team to another NCAA playoff. The team, which earned a bye in the NCAA tournament, fell on penalty kicks after holding Allegheny College (Pa.) 1?1 through two overtimes. Sophomores Jonathan Browne and Sean Filipovitz and senior James Steidel were named all-UAA by the conference. The three were respectively the top scorers on the team. Browne, who broke the team?s season scoring record, is on track to become the team?s all-time top scorer, needing five more goals over two seasons.
It was a second-straight ECAC tournament victory for CMU?s women?s soccer team this year, finishing fourth in the tough UAA with a conference record of 3?3?1. They earned a bye in the ECAC Southern region and used this position to become tournament champions. Two game-winning goals from junior Hallie Dumont pushed them to back-to-back 1?0 victories over Penn State-Behrend and Johns Hopkins for the title. Senior keeper Megan Monroe became the Tartans? career leader in shut-outs with 29 total after 12 this year. Losing only Monroe as a starter places the team high in contention for 2005?s UAA title.
The 2004 Carnegie Mellon team finished 6?4 (1?2 UAA), good enough for third place in the conference. Among the achievements of the team were a pair of dominating wins in non-conference play: first against Hiram College (Ohio) in the season opener (44?0) and later over Bethany College (W.Va.)
(63?7) alongside three close games in the UAA. The year marked their 30th consecutive non-losing season. Among the highlights was first-year fullback Travis Sivek who ? with 745 yards and 78 points ? was named both UAA and ECAC Southwest Rookie of the Year. Sivek was joined in postseason awards by five of his teammates, including senior cornerback Adam Lovrovich who was also named to the first team by both organizations.
Despite a third appearance on the all-UAA list by senior forward Carissa Sain and team statistic leads in six categories by senior guard Lisa Seacat, the women?s basketball team finished with only a 4?21 record (0?14 UAA). Seacat earned an honorable mention with five top-ten finishes statistically in the UAA, her second in two years. Though losing both of these stellar players, the team hopes to gain in the standings with maturation of the young team and return of some players from injuries. The highlight of the team was a strict defense that could force weak shots by opponents. Though strong, it could not propel them to a conference victory. The team?s best victory of the season was a comeback victory over Otterbein College (Ohio) early in the season.
The men?s basketball team completed one of its best seasons ever, competing in the postseason play for only the second time ever and the first in almost 30 years. This run included their first-ever playoff victory, a come-from-behind win over Gettysburg in the ECAC Southern tournament. The 19?7 record (10?4 UAA) represented the most wins ever by the team and its first winning conference record since joining the UAA. Three players were named all-UAA: Junior Nate Maurer and senior Michael Divens led the team all year and each scored their 1000th career point this season, while Clayton Barlow-Wilcox shone in the regular season but especially in the playoffs.
Senior Chris Pearson took first nationally in the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle to lead the CMU men?s swimming team to a sixth-place finish in the NCAA. Pearson?s third national championship in two years came as the swimming teams continued their national dominance, finishing eighth or better for the last five years. Six other men?s swimmers represented the school at the NCAA Division III tournament with several other top-ten finishes. The teams, having taken several top finishes and school records at the conference championship a month earlier, particularly in women?s relay events, earned two coaching staff awards and individual honors for Pearson. On the women?s side of nationals, divers Julie Pavia and Mindy Finnegan pulled in a 25th-ranked finish for the women?s diving program.
Carnegie Mellon?s strong showing in most of its athletics in 2004?2005 bodes well for next year. This exciting period in CMU athletic history comes also with the addition of a new athletic director and continued rise in profile within the University Athletic Association and also nationally. Though it?s far from guaranteed what new players and coaches will bring next year, small turnover in some of the more dominant teams ensures that 2005?2006 will be a productive and successful campaign.