Fall 2008: It's a wrap
When you combine the efforts of the fall athletic teams at Geneva, it is easy to see why this season will be remembered as an incredibly successful campaign. With a combined winning percentage just shy of .600, the Golden Tornadoes certainly made their mark within the Presidents' Athletic Conference and around the region.
A quick look at Geneva's 5-5 overall record on the football field will not tell the whole story. After starting the season with a record of 1-5, the GTs won their last four games, including an impressive upset over PAC champion Thomas More. Geneva became the only college football team in the country to start 1-5 and finish with at least a .500 record having defeated the conference champion along the way.
The coaches in the Presidents' Athletic Conference certainly took note of the turnaround when they named 11 Geneva players as recipients of Coaching Honors, which is the equivalent of All-Conference recognition. Perhaps the biggest honor was bestowed upon senior linebacker Dan Terracciano, who received Academic All-District honors through ESPN The Magazine.
The Geneva volleyball team also put together a memorable season. Finishing with an overall record of 22-12, the Golden Tornadoes reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in five years. The team finished third at the NCCAA Eastern Regional tournament and fell just shy of qualifying for the NCCAA national tournament. In the end, three players were named All-PAC honorees: Adriane Blake, Brandi Snavely and Rachel Kuegler.
In women's tennis, the season started with Maura McLaughlin receiving national player of the week honors from the NCCAA in just the second week of the season. The Golden Tornadoes competed well throughout the PAC all year and finished with an overall record of 6-7 on the season. The highlight of the season may have come in the season finale when Jill Grabski, Geneva's lone senior, walked off the court victoriously in her final collegiate match.
Geneva's cross country teams performed exceptionally throughout the season. The men's team was led by the combination of Josh Falk and Josh Gunnett, as both runners qualified for the NCCAA national meet and performed very well. Falk placed 22nd overall and Gunnett finished 35th on the national stage. The women's team qualified as a group for the NCCAA national meet and finished 11th out of 19 competing schools. Seniors Rebecca VanRegenmorter and Nicole Okerlund led the charge all season with both athletes turning in top performances at nationals.
The soccer season at Geneva was also one to remember. The men reeled off a streak of 10 consecutive victories on their way to a 12-7 overall finish. The Golden Tornadoes dropped a 3-2 decision to Roberts Wesleyan at the NCCAA regional tournament. Despite the loss, Geneva was still well represented on the All-PAC team with three players receiving coaching honors. Mark Zurbrick, Kenton Burckhart and Bruce Fox were all recipients.
The women's soccer team enjoyed one of the most impressive turnarounds in school history. Head Coach Linda Sumner was named co-NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year for her efforts in turning around a 2-15-1 season from 2007. In 2008, Geneva finished with an overall record of 8-5-5, including a trip to the NCCAA Eastern Regional tournament. Like the men, the women's team saw its season cut short at Roberts Wesleyan in the regional semi-finals, but that could not sour what was an incredible story. Lauren Londino posted a school record ten shut-outs on her way to receiving All-PAC honors. She was joined on that team by Amanda Caler and Kelsey Anderson.
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