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November 12, 2001

Fall teams await NCAA playoff berths

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director


Cross country (women)
For the first time since 1988, Emory won the UAA team title. Senior Sarah Byrd added to the laurels by claiming the individual championship with a school-record time of 17:56 for the 5,000m course. She made the all-conference team, as did three Emory freshmen: Angela Davie, Lauren Kretz and Dorothy Boone. The 22nd-ranked Eagles seek their 11th consecutive regional championship and a subsequent berth in nationals.

Cross country (men)
Emory is aiming for its third consecutive NCAA regional championship, which would earn the Eagles, a top 25 team for most of the season, a spot in the NCAA national meet. The Eagles were third at the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, the second-best finish in school history. Sophomore Phil Hagedorn made first-team all-conference after finishing sixth among all runners.

Soccer (women)
The Eagles were ranked sixth in the nation in the final coaches’ poll, ending the season with a record of 17-1-1, but failed to earn a bid to the NCAA Div. III national tournament. Emory’s sole loss was to UAA champion Rochester (N.Y.) on a last-second goal. The Eagles set a school record with the 17 wins, which included a 1-0 victory over Trinity (Texas), then the No. 2 in the nation.
Emory was one of four top 25 teams not selected for the 45-team field. In the Oct. 11 issue of USA Today, Emory was picked as a Final Four candidate. Ten of Emory’s starting 11 players also started on the team that advanced to last year’s NCAA regional finals (round of 16) before being eliminated on penalty kicks. Over their four years, the Class of 2002 finished with a 57-6-15 record.

Soccer (men)
With 10 freshmen and three sophomores, Emory anticipated some growing pains, but the Eagles surpassed expectations and finished 9-7-1, only one point behind UAA co-champions Chicago and Carnegie-Mellon. The Eagles scored 41 goals, compared to 28 last season, with sophomores Andy Goldberg and Matthew Levine leading the way with 12 goals apiece, tying for 19th place in school history.

For the eighth consecutive year, Emory topped 25 wins. The Eagles were ranked in the top 25 the entire season, peaking at No. 4, and await a berth in the NCAA national tournament for the sixth year in a row. The Eagles’ depth was tested after losing one starter (Katie Wildermuth) to injuries in the preseason and three more players in the regular season’s final month. Junior setter Caitlin Crafts was 15th in the nation in assists.

Oxford College
The Oxford women’s soccer team finished the year 10-7 and sent one player to the Georgia Junior College Athletics Association (GJCAA) Region XVII first team. Tricia Hicks is the first Oxford athlete named all-region in any sport since 1985. Her 12 goals led the team. Megan Ference (seven goals) and Jessica Woods (six goals) were named second-team all-region. Oxford is the only school in Region XVII, which covers all of Georgia, not to offer athletic scholarships.

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