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2012-13 Tribe Moments: #21 First-Year Coaching Success, Present and Future
Updated: Saturday 07/26/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG - counts down the top 25 moments of the 2012-13 William and Mary Athletics Season.  Today, we highlight the success of first-year head coaches Tyler Thomson of women's tennis and Jamie Pinzino of baseball, while looking also looking ahead to the addition of new head coaches Ed Swanson (women's basketball) and Hillary Fratzke (lacrosse).  This is moment No. 21 on our countdown.

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First-Year Coaching Success and the New Tribe Coaches.

The spring of 2013 saw a pair of first-year W&M head coaches enjoy a significant amount of success. Jamie Pinzino led the Tribe baseball program back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, while Tyler Thomson took the women’s tennis team back to the top of the CAA, claiming the program’s 22nd league championship. Both garnered CAA Coach of the Year honors in pushing the Green and Gold into the national headlines in their respective sports. Pinzino guided W&M baseball to its first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament along with its first two tournament victories over No. 21 Ole Miss in advancing to the Raleigh Regional final. The Tribe posted a school-record 39 victories on the diamond and won a program-best 17 games in CAA play before advancing to the CAA Championship game. W&M capped the year ranked No. 28 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the first time it has finished the season in the national top 30 in the 56-year history of the rankings. Thomson’s team posted a 17-6 record on the season, including impressive victories over No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 30 South Carolina. Women’s tennis earned a season-high national ranking of No. 25, before finishing the season at No. 44. Following the success of Pinzino and Thomson, W&M will welcome a pair of distinguished coaches to Williamsburg for the 2013-14 to lead the women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse programs. A 23-year head coaching veteran, Ed Swanson takes the reigns of the women’s basketball program after posting a 406-264 (.606) career record at Sacred Heart. He enters his Green and Gold career ranked No. 40 among active Division I head coaches in career wins. Swanson led Sacred Heart’s transition from Division II to Division I and over the last 14 years posted a 280-145(.664) record in Division I. During those 14 seasons, Swanson earned NEC Coach of the Year honors on four occasions and guided the Pioneers to three NCAA Tournament appearances and three NEC Championships. Hillary Fratzke became the eighth W&M head women’s lacrosse coach in school history in July. Prior to taking over at W&M, she served as an assistant at Northwestern last three seasons, helping the Wildcats to back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012. Fratzke is no stranger to the CAA, having earned three All-America honors at Towson along with being at two-time CAA Player of the Year.


Tribe Lax’s Ellen Shaffrey Honored as Yeardley Reynolds
Love Unsung Hero Award Finalist

William and Mary lacrosse sophomore attacker Ellen Shaffrey was selected as one of five finalists for the 2013 Yeardley Reynolds Love (“YRL”) Unsung Hero Award in May. Established in 2011, the YRL Unsung Hero Award celebrates the selfless acts of initiative and commitment performed by Division I lacrosse players. These outstanding student-athletes are recognized based on the following criteria: dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship. Shaffrey has dedicated her life to making a difference on and off of the field by her relentless hard work. An outstanding student, Shaffrey maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is an exceptionally well-rounded student-athlete. In addition to establishing herself as one of the Tribe’s top players, she volunteers her time at the University of Virginia conducting research and working on analyzing data to improve clinical care of patients post surgery. She is pursuing an opportunity next semester to work at a health clinic to get an up-close and personal experience with medicine and patients. Shaffrey had demonstrated leadership not only by example, but also with her words of encouragement and competitiveness. In the game of lacrosse, she is always striving for excellence by training outside of practice to work on her stick skills, shooting, body language and vocal strengths as a leader.


 Field Hockey Garners National Ranking with Hot Start, Including a Win Over No. 11 Boston University.

The Tribe field hockey team got back on point in the fall of 2012, earning double-digit wins and reaching the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.  Key to the team’s success was a strong opening run, in which W&M won the first five matches and seven of its first eight to vault into the national rankings.  The Tribe was ranked in the national top-25 for four consecutive weeks in the middle of the season, reaching a peak of 19th in the final week of September. The season began with five straight wins, including back-to-back shutouts of Liberty and Radford, the former marking the 300th career win for head coach Peel Hawthorne ’80.  After a narrow loss to No. 9-ranked Virginia, W&M pulled off its biggest upset of the year with a 1-0 triumph over No. 11 Boston University to move into the national rankings. W&M’s potent offense broke the 24-year-old school record for assists in a season, dishing out 44 helpers on 47 goals. Post-season honorees included senior captain Maria Caro, who was named first-team All-CAA and honorable-mention All-Region. Fellow captain Christine Johnson was named second-team All-CAA, and ranked second on the team with eight goals and five assists.  In the first match of the year, Johnson tied the school record with four goals to lead the Tribe to victory over Davidson.  Senior Leah Zamesnik joined her on the all-conference second-team, and Australian import Pippin Saunders, who produced the most post for a W&M rookie since 1980 with eight goals and six assists, was selected to the all-rookie team. 


Men's Soccer Trumps No. 8 Old Dominion in Norfolk. 

The Tribe scored two second-half goals in rallying past No. 8 Old Dominion, 2-1, in Norfolk on Oct. 17. After ODU jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 16th minute, the Green and Gold pulled even on a marker from Marcus Luster in the 65th minute. Off a break, junior Chris Perez placed a through ball to a streaking Luster, who blasted home the equalizer. With the match seemingly headed for overtime, freshman Ryan Flesch put to rest any assumption of the sort with his second career goal in the 87th minute.  After corralling possession, the Manassas, Va., native cranked a shot from the left side of the box that lashed the top right netting of goal, giving the Tribe a 2-1 edge and the eventual win. The Monarchs went on to earn an NCAA Tournament bid and finished the year with an 11-3-2 record. It marked the second straight season in which the Green and Gold downed a top-10 foe on the road after upending No. 5-ranked SMU, 3-2, in the 2011 season opener.


Men's Basketball Sweeps Old Dominion.

For just the third time in school history and the first since 1998, the Tribe swept the season series with Old Dominion. The Green and Gold used a 14-2 run midway through the second half in taking a double-digit lead on the way to a 71-62 win over the Monarchs in Williamsburg on Dec. 1. Sophomore Marcus Thornton, who went on to earn CAA Player of the Week honors, led all scorers with 23 points, including a 5-of-9 from 3-point range, while juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven added 15 apiece as the Tribe downed ODU for the first time since 2008. In the rematch in Norfolk, it was again Thornton who led the way, scoring a career-high 32 points in propelling the Tribe to a 74-62 victory on Feb. 16. He canned seven 3-pointers, the fourth most in W&M history, to go along with an 11-of-12 effort from the free throw line. Britt turned in an 18-point, four-assist effort against the Monarchs as well as the Green and Gold never trailed in the contest. The win in Norfolk also marked head coach Tony Shaver’s 114th at W&M, which established him as the winningest coach in Green and Gold history.

Men's Golf Achieves the Double-Win at Towson.

Just a few short weeks after being snowed out at Kingmill, the Tribe men’s golf team headed up to Towson looking to make an impression in the run-up to the CAA Championships. That mission was accomplished in remarkable fashion, with W&M taking home both the individual and team trophies for the first time since 2005.  In the team race, the Tribe was clear of the field by 9 strokes after the first round, and extended that to a 25-stroke lead by the third round as the squad shot 24-over 888.  Individually, Jeremy Wells ’13 finished at even-par to win by three strokes, his first tournament victory.

Janine Aldridge Becomes the Tribe's All-Time Leader in Steals.

Senior Janine Aldridge cemented herself as one of the top defenders in W&M history as she became the Tribe’s all-time leader in steals (260). She eclipsed the old standard after registering five thefts in her final game at Kaplan Arena against George Mason on March 6. The awards streamed in for Aldridge who was named to the CAA All-Defensive Team as well as the Hampton Roads Sports Commission Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. She was a Third-Team All-CAA honoree after averaging 13 points and a CAA-best 2.7 steals per game. The Massapequa, N.Y., also ranks as W&M’s all-time leader games played (128) and career 3-pointers made (304).  The latter stands fifth all-time in the CAA record books.

Emily Correal Etches Name in the Tribe Record Books.

Emily Correal capped her collegiate career by earning Second-Team All-CAA and VaSID All-State honors along with placing her named among the best to done the Green and Gold for the Tribe women’s basketball program. As a senior, Correal ranked among the top 10 in the CAA in scoring (fourth at 16.2 ppg) and rebounding (ninth at 7.9 rpg). The Venetia, Pa., native, who started a school-record 114 times, became just the third player in program history to record a 20-point and 20-rebound game as she netted 24 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the season opener against East Carolina on Nov. 9.  On Dec. 8, she became the ninth fastest player in program history to record 1,000 career points. Her 1,349 career points ranked sixth in school history, while her 839 career rebounds are fifth.  She also became only the fourth Tribe player to register 100 blocked shots (104).  

Brandon Britt Becomes 34th 1,000-Point Scorer in Men's Basketball History. 

As part of his standout junior campaign, guard Brandon Britt became the 34th player in W&M men’s basketball history to score better than 1,000 points for his career. The dynamic guard reached the milestone with a 17-point effort in the Tribe’s CAA Quarterfinal contest with James Madison. Britt canned a 3-pointer at the 6:54 mark of the opening half for his 1,000th point. For the year, Britt ranked 13th in the CAA and second on the Tribe in scoring at 13.9 points per game. In scored in doubles figures in 22 of the Green and Gold’s 30 contests, including a career-high 26 in a win over Howard. Britt is the eighth player under head coach Tony Shaver to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Dessi Koleva Wins CAA Rookie of the Year.

One of the brightest spots of the volleyball season was the play of freshman Dessi Koleva, who became the first W&M player since 2005 to be named CAA Rookie of the Year. Koleva was selected as the conference Rookie of the Week four times over the course of the year, and was also honored as the ECAC Player of the Week once.  She was also named second-team All-CAA, to the CAA all-rookie team, and second-team all-state.

Men's Tennis Advances to CAA Championship.

Hosting the Colonial Athletic Association Championship for the first time since 2004, the Tribe men’s tennis team bounced rival James Madison and advanced to the league championship match for the first time since 2010. W&M, which was the No. 2 seed in the event, downed the Dukes, 4-2, as junior John Banks clinched the Tribe victory with a three-set win at the No. 5 singles position. Fellow juniors Ben Guthrie and Ben Hoogland won in singles competition, while the Green and Gold claimed the doubles point in rounding out the 4-2 win. In the title match, W&M fell to nationally-ranked UNCW. The Tribe finished the year with 12 victories and placed five players on the league’s all-conference team. Senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee garnered First-Team All-CAA honors in doubles, while Hoogland (second team), Banks (third team) and senior Adrian Vodislav (third team) garnered singles accolades. Hoogalnd and Vodislav were named to the All-CAA second team in doubles.

Women's Golf Places Four on the WGCA All-American Scholar Team

The Tribe women’s golf team made history in 2012-13, placing multiple athletes on the WGCA All-American Scholar Team for the first time ever.  Not only did more than one golfer make the team, one of the hardest to qualify for in all of college sports, but an astonishing four out of seven athletes on the roster were chosen.  Seniors Betsy Birchall and Katy Hutcherson were joined on the squad by sophomore Anna McMullen and freshman Alessandra Liu, after all four had both played in at least half of the Tribe’s rounds and earned a GPA over 3.5.  For Birchall, it was her third consecutive year as an All-American Scholar.

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