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FOOTBALL: 8-2, 6-2 MWC (t-3rd) The Foresters won their last six games and set program records for total points and yards. Joey Valdivia ’17 led the nation in touchdowns and finished fourth in the country in rushing with 1,535 yards in 10 games. Alex Pasiewicz ’17 scored 11 times as a receiver and tied for the national lead with three touchdowns on kickoff returns, and two bringing back punts. D3football.com named Pasiewicz a First Team All-American as a returner while Valdivia (running back) and R.J. Pompey ’18 (special teams) earned Third Team honors.
VOLLEYBALL: 7-17, 3-6 MWC (t-7th) Grace Larson ’19 was a Second Team All-MWC selection for the second straight season after leading the league in aces and ranking fourth in kills. Brittany Avonts ’17 finished her career ranked third in program history with 339 career blocks and ninth with 878 kills.
MEN’S SOCCER: 11-8-0, 8-1-0 MWC (1st, MWC Champions) The Foresters clinched the program’s 17th MWC championship with a victory over Ripon College on the final day of the regular season. John Cappuccitti ’18 finished with 29 points on 11 goals and seven assists and was named MWC Offensive Player of the Year. Elyas Ingram ’18 was the league leader in assists per game and joined Cappuccitti and Ellis Rutili ’17 as First Team All-MWC and Third Team All-North Region selections.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: 10-7-2, 6-2-1 MWC (t-2nd) Lake Forest won its final three conference games to clinch a spot in the four-team MWC Tournament for the 13th time in the last 14 years. Shari Jacobson ’18 was named MWC Defensive Player of the Year and was joined on the league’s first team by Amy Sherman ’17 and Katelyn Hronek ’17. Jacobson and Hronek were also Third Team All-North Region selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
CROSS COUNTRY: Women 4th, Men 5th at MWC Championships The Forester women placed fourth at the conference championship meet to match the best finish in program history. The Lake Forest men were fifth. Cassie Lira ’18 placed sixth in the women’s race while Jorge Villanueva ’19 and Phillip Wilson ’20 earned All-MWC honors on the men’s side by finishing 15th and 20th, respectively. Lira posted six of the top 25 6-kilometer times in team history and accounted for the best individual finish in program history at the NCAA Regional Meet.
WOMEN’S TENNIS: 8-4, 6-3 MWC (4th) Lake Forest qualified for the four-team MWC Tournament for the eighth year in a row, despite having just two players back from last year’s team. First-year head coach Raquel Allen’s roster included MWC Newcomer of the Year Leeza Bodnar ’20 and the league’s runner-up at #3 singles, Lucia Stumbras ’17. The team will continue play in the spring and will compete in the MWC Tournament on April 28.
MEN’S TENNIS: The only event on the docket for the fall was the ITA Regional Championships in St. Louis in late September. Dan Pivonka ’18 reached the event’s round of 32 while Nick Zazove ’20 rattled off three consecutive victories in the consolation bracket. The team will begin competing again in February and will start Midwest Conference play in April.
MEN’S GOLF: The Foresters played five events in the fall, including a best-ball match play victory over Wisconsin Lutheran College on September 24. Jacob Krugman ’20 became the first Forester since 1970 to break 70 when he fired a 69 in his first round as a collegiate player. The team’s 296 that day is the best round in recorded program history.
WOMEN’S GOLF: 3rd at MWC Championships After placing fifth at the 2014 MWC Championships in their first year as a varsity sport and fourth last season, the Foresters climbed another spot in the standings to third this fall. Allie Girard ’17 earned All-MWC honors for the second time in her career after finishing third in the league with a score of 246 at the three-day championship meet. The team averaged nearly 10 strokes better per round this fall than during the 2015–16 season.