It’s becoming something of a routine for the Williams women’s golf team to appear in the NCAA Tournament.
For the fourth time in the last seven years, the Ephs will make an appearance in the Division III championships, this time as an at-large in the field of 19. The five-member team will play May 10-13 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howley-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Head coach Erika DeSanty, a former Drury athlete, views the selection as a reward for the team’s work ethic.
"This has been a special season," she said. "This is a special group and they deserve a special season. Our preparation this week is critical. We need to use each practice day as a way to build our confidence."
DePauw University and Methodist University are the No. 1 and 2-seeded teams, while Williams checked in at No. 5. DeSanty is in her second year as head coach, and the Ephs have made it to the championships both seasons. Last year, the Ephs finished in seventh place, their best-ever finish.
Becky Miller and Victoria Student participated last year, and join Dale Markey, Georgi Salant and Emily Wickstrom as selections this year.
Both the men’s and women’s teams won the NESCAC title for the 11th consecutive season, so it’s no surprise there were a combined 33 Ephs to earn all-conference honors. To be selected, the participant must finish in the top three of his or her event.
Sophomore Jabulani Blyden earned the Sabasteanski Award as the top male performer at the meet, which is decided by a vote from the coaches.
Women selected are as follows: Jenna Adams, Amina Avril, Julia Cohan, Elizabeth Danhaki, Chiara Del Piccolo, Olivia Delia, Rebecca Fine, Jennifer Gossels, Maya Harakawa, Hillary Higgs, Tanasia Hoffler, Brooke Johnson, Marissa Lowe, Annie Lynch, Tina Meade, Brianne Mirecki, Fiona Moriarty, Karyn Moss, Amanda Murashige, Julia Paschal and Marissa Repka.
The men selected were: Blyden, Brandon Abasolo, Rusty Cowher, Richard Fusco, Tomas Kearney, Nehemiah Paramore, Steve Rubin, Stephen Simalchik, Matt Sullivan, Nathanial Sutton, Daniel Waters and Peter Young.
Frank Deford Award
On Monday night, the Frank Deford Award, as well as the Aaron Pinsky ‘06 Award, was handed out on the campus of Williams College.
The Deford Award was created in 1990 by Williams Sports Information Director Dick Quinn, who wanted to recognize the hard work put in by students who helped the spread of information on the school’s 30 varsity teams. The Pinsky Award was established two years ago by Mike Needham and Zach Ulman. They wanted to remember Pinsky, who was dying of brain cancer, by recognizing the passion and dedication of the sports broadcasters at the school.
James Allison of Amherst and Lorenzo Patrick of Chicago won the Deford Award. Pittsfield’s Tim Goggins, as well as Will Slack of Decatur, Ga., shared the Pinsky Award.
Joe Parillo and Paul Procopio were selected to the All-MASCAC second team on Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches.
It’s the second year in a row Parillo has earned the honor. The senior batted .313 on the year with a team-leading 14 runs batted in. He also had two home runs and five doubles.
Procopio, who was a first-team selection as a sophomore, paced the Trailblazers with a .337 average, adding a homer and 12 RBI.