Hobart and William Smith Colleges have set in motion plans to expand varsity sport offerings with the addition of women’s ice hockey and women’s volleyball during the next six years. The two additions will bolster the William Smith athletics lineup to 13 intercollegiate teams. The Colleges anticipate competing as members of the ECAC West for women’s ice hockey and the Liberty League for volleyball.
“The addition of these two varsity sports allows us to respond to a growing desire on the part of our students for greater offerings in women’s athletics,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Robb Flowers. “By adding these sports, we are expanding the Colleges’ ability to draw top students who are seeking an academically rigorous education that includes a strong athletic program with a diversity of offerings.”
Women’s ice hockey has become a collegiate draw over the past decade as more youth leagues have made the sport available to young women. William Smith students have been playing ice hockey since the early 1980s when an ice hockey club was formed on campus. Since 2004, the club has become very strong, maintaining a roster of more than 20 women who place well among a competitive schedule of teams from Cornell, Oswego, Geneseo, Syracuse, St. Lawrence, and others. The Herons anticipate joining the competitive ECAC West, which includes schools such as Elmira, Plattsburgh State, Neumann and Buffalo State.
Since the first NCAA women’s volleyball championships were played in 1981, volleyball has become increasingly popular with an estimated 46 million Americans playing the sport. From 1962 through 1974, volleyball was a varsity sport at William Smith. Today, it is one of the highest participation intramural sports with approximately 90 William Smith participants each year. In the Liberty League, the Herons will compete against a slate of highly competitive teams, including Skidmore, Clarkson, Vassar and RIT.
“We have long known that student-athletes are among the most academically accomplished and civically engaged on our campus,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “As we prepare to launch these two new sports, we are also launching new opportunities for our students to take on leadership roles and to learn the lessons of teamwork and time management that are inherent in athletic competition.”
The average grade point average of William Smith student-athletes is 3.4. During the 2011-12 academic year, Hobart and William Smith athletes earned 154 all-academic awards at the conference, regional and national levels.
“This is an incredible time to be a Heron,” says William Smith Athletic Director Deb Steward. “With such a long history of participation in ice hockey and volleyball at the club and intramural levels, we are eager to see our two new teams achieve varsity status and to join the culture of success that defines William Smith athletics.”
The search for an ice hockey head coach is underway. This marks the Colleges’ first addition to its intercollegiate athletic programs since the Herons added golf during the 2003- 04 academic year. Ice hockey and volleyball will join William Smith’s basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, soccer, squash, swimming and diving, and tennis teams.
Since William Smith teams began competing in the early 1970s, the Herons have enjoyed notable intercollegiate success. The Herons’ 11 varsity teams have received 133 invitations to NCAA or other postseason competition that have resulted in six national championships, 13 second place finishes and 18 third place finishes as well as six ECAC Championships and 44 Liberty League championships. William Smith boasts some of the finest student-athletes in the nation. Collectively they have earned 235 All-America awards and 340 All-Region Awards. Since 2000, 17 student-athletes have been named to the prestigious Capital One Academic All- American Teams, several more have earned Academic All-District honors while dozens have been listed on their conference’s academic honor roll.
For the first time in Hobart hockey history, three Statesmen earned a spot on the American Hockey Coaches Association All-America teams. Goalie Nick Broadwater ’13 garnered first team honors, defenseman Brad Richard ’13 second team, and forward Frank Salituro ’13 third team. Broadwater is just the third Statesman to earn first team honors on the ice, joining Keith Longo ’09 and Matt Wallace ’11. Overall eight Statesmen have earned nine All-America awards.
Broadwater finished his collegiate career with a record-breaking senior campaign. He eclipsed the Hobart season marks for goals against average (1.66), save percentage (.939), and shutouts (4). Broadwater’s 15 wins in net this year rank second in Hobart history. He led the league and was second in the nation in GAA and second in both the league and the nation in save percentage. A three-time All-ECAC West selection, Broadwater sits first on the Hobart career lists for shutouts (11) and GAA (2.25) and ranks second in wins (45), saves (2,275) and save percentage (.927).
A two-year captain, and four-time All-ECAC West honoree, Richard was named the 2012-13 ECAC West Defensive Player of the Year. He anchored a defense that ranked first in the conference and fifth in the nation, allowing an average of just 1.85 goals per game. Richard played in 20 games, and recorded four goals and seven assists. He logged game-winning goals against Geneseo and Elmira. In 97 career games, Richard registered 22 goals and 42 assists for 64 points. He garnered ECAC West All-USCHO.com honors twice and was named to the ECAC West All-Tournament team after helping the Statesmen to their second ever ECAC West Tournament title in 2012.
A co-captain and All-ECAC West first team selection, Salituro played in all 26 games and led Hobart with 31 points (14g,17a). He tied for first in the nation with nine power-play goals. Salituro was second in the league in points and goals. He notched the game- winning goals against Cortland and Nazareth. Salituro garnered All-ECAC West honorable mention and was named to the ECAC West All-USCHO.com second team in 2011-12. He completed his career with 36 goals and 38 assists for 74 points.
Nationally ranked throughout the season, Hobart finished the year with a 19-5-2 overall record and an 11-3-1 mark in the ECAC West, sharing the conference regular season title. Only two teams in Statesmen history recorded more wins than this year’s team.
It was another banner year for the Hobart basketball team. The Statesmen recorded their fourth straight winning season, third straight 20-win season, and captured both the Liberty League’s regular season and tournament championships. Between Jan. 22 and Feb. 23, Hobart won a school record 13 consecutive games. The Statesmen will also carry a 12- game home court win streak into the 2013-14 season.
Leading the charge was the highly decorated duo of guard Stefan Thompson ’13 and forward Richie Bonney '14.
Thompson’s impressive resume includes the first National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America award in Hobart history (second team) and the first appearance by a Statesman in the Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game. A two- time All-East pick by both the NABC and D3hoops.com and a four-time All-Liberty League selection, he is just the third Hobart player to capture the Liberty League Player of the Year award.
Bonney netted second team All-East praise from both the NABC and D3hoops.com. He also became the first Hobart basketball student-athlete voted to the Capital One Academic All-America first team. Derek Dominici ’87 is the only other Hobart cager to receive Academic All-America recognition, earning honorable mention in 1986.
Thompson was second on the team in scoring this season, averaging 15.6 ppg. He led the Liberty League in assists (150), assists per game (5.4), and assist-to-turnover (2.3). Thompson reached double digits in the scoring column in 21 of 28 games, netting a career-high 30 points in a double overtime win against Union.
Thompson is the only player in Hobart history to score more than 1,000 points and record more than 400 assists. He’s second in career assists with 492 and fourth in career points with 1,643.
Like Thompson, Bonney was a unanimous first team All-Liberty League selection. He averaged 19.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg, second in the league in both categories. Bonney›s .624 field goal percentage broke the Hobart season record, led the Liberty League and ranks 12th in the nation. He scored a career-high 40 points in a win at Rensselaer, the most points scored by any player in the conference this year. Bonney produced 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds at 13th-ranked Rhode Island College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, a 62-59 overtime loss for the Statesmen.
In 85 career games, Bonney has accumulated 1,147 points (14th on the all-time list) and 633 rebounds.
William Smith Heron Emily D’Addario ’13 was one of just 29 female fall sport student- athletes across all three NCAA divisions to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. D’Addario is just the 10th Heron student- athlete to receive the prestigious scholarship.
A soccer player in her first two years at William Smith, D’Addario switched to cross country in her junior year due to an injury. Despite having never run cross country, she became one of the most outstanding runners in Heron history. D’Addario won her first three races and finished her career with a total of nine victories. She set course records on five different occasions. D’Addario garnered All-Liberty League cross country honors twice and was named the 2011 Liberty League Cross Country Rookie of the Year. She earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region honors and became just the second Heron ever to run in the NCAA Division III National Championship.
“This scholarship is a wonderful way to be recognized for my hard work in both academics and athletics,” said D’Addario, who will receive a grant of $7,500 to continue her education by pursing a master’s degree in speech language pathology. The health sciences major has also received numerous academic honors. She was a three- time Liberty League All-Academic selection and earned a spot on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District team. D’Addario was also named a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree in 2011 and 2012.