Three Named ‘Players to Watch’
The Top Drawer Soccer website has included three Vanderbilt players in its “Top 20 Women’s College Players to Watch” list for the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference: seniors Molly and Megan Kinsella and sophomore Chelsea Stewart. Molly Kinsella led the Commodores in scoring each of the past three seasons, and Megan started the 2010 season with two assists and a goal in the first two games. Stewart is on hiatus this season to play for the Canadian national team in preparation for the 2011 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Two on Academic Honor Roll
In September, midfielders Megan Gibson and Laura Keenan, both of whom graduated in May, were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s 2010 Academic Honor Roll. During their Vanderbilt careers the team made four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Recipients are nominated for the honor roll by their schools and must have achieved at least junior status academically.
The Commodores got preseason recognition in singles and doubles rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Sophomore Ryan Lipman enters the season ranked No. 20. He posted a 23–14 overall record last year and was 6–5 against SEC opponents. He advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and was named Co-SEC Freshman of the Year and first-team All-SEC. He and senior Adam Baker are ranked No. 48 in doubles play, and seniors Alex Zotov and Bryant Salcedo rank No. 50.
Haselden Makes All-America Scholar Squad
Senior Ryan Haselden was named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar team last July for his work in the classroom during 2009–2010, according to the Golf Coaches Association of America. He is an economics major who has been a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll all three of his years at Vanderbilt. Last season he had Vanderbilt’s second-best stroke average (73.07) and finished in a tie for second at Vanderbilt’s own Mason Rudolph Championship.
Early Honors for Fall Season
Juniors Chelsea Preeg and Jackie Wu were ranked No. 13 in the Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association college tennis rankings for doubles—the fourth-highest-ranked pair in the SEC. At the SEC Fall Coaches Classic, held in Auburn, Ala., in September, freshmen Alex Leatu and Lauren Mira and junior Erica Robertson won their flights to help the Commodores tally 16 wins in singles play.