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Swimmers, Divers Top
he winter season was a spectacular one for
the women’s swimming and diving team,
which captured the MAAC and Eastern College
Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships.
At the MAAC Championships, the Red
Foxes totaled 921 points, an incredible 324.5
points more than second-place Rider. It was
the team’s largest margin of victory since its
frst MAAC championship in 1997, and it was
the 11th MAAC crown in program history.
Kate Conard ’13 was named Women’s Most
Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet after setting
conference records in the 500-yard freestyle,
1,000-yard freestyle, and 1,650-yard freestyle.
Marist then went on to capture the ECAC
Championships for the second time in program
history and frst time since 2006. The Red
Foxes totaled 503.5 points to hold off second-
place Harvard by 11.5 points. Head Coach
Larry VanWagner was named ECAC Coach
of the Meet.
The story of the men’s swimming and
diving season was Brian Bolstad ’11. A diver,
Bolstad won MAAC Diver of the Week honors
seven times, established school records in the
1- and 3-meter dives, won the 3-meter dive at
the MAAC and ECAC Championships, and was
named ECAC Diver of the Meet.
Football Team Tastes Success
in Inaugural PFL Season
he Red Foxes joined the Pioneer Football
League in 2009, becoming the 10th
member of a league that extends from coast
to coast. After competing as an independent
in the 2008 season, the Red Foxes joined the
likes of Butler, Campbell, Davidson, Dayton,
Drake, Jacksonville, Morehead State, San Diego,
and Valparaiso in their new league.
After a highly competitive training camp
in August, the Red Foxes entered the season
After volleyball teammember Raeanna Gutkowski ’11 was diagnosedwith osteosarcoma, the team
played a benefit match that, through donations and a raffle, raisedmore than $4,000 for research
and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center pediatric unit.
Wide receiver James LaMacchia ’11 became
the first player to top 1,000 yards receiving in a
season, finishingwith 1,075. He also set a single-
season program record with 62 receptions and
a single-game record with 195 receiving yards.
One of the most anticipated seasons in Marist football history
also turned out to be one of the most successful.
with a new attitude, one that was on display as
the season opened on Sept. 5 at Sacred Heart.
Buoyed by two interception returns for touch-
downs by Jaquan Bryant ’12, Marist rolled to
a 31-12 triumph.
However, the remainder of September
would not be as kind to the Red Foxes. After
falling to Drake 34-6 in the league opener a
week later, the Red Foxes suffered two heart-
breaking losses to close out the month—a
17-10 defeat at San Diego, and a 17-16 loss at
How did the team respond? By going
on a program-record six-game winning
streak, defeating Campbell, PFL champi-
on Jacksonville, Morehead State, Valparaiso,
Davidson, and Georgetown. Although the
season ended with a 27-16 loss at Dayton, the
Red Foxes tied a program record for victories
in a season with seven.
The season was also one for the history
books from an individual standpoint. Wide
receiver James LaMacchia ’11 became the
frst player to top 1,000 yards receiving in a
season, fnishing with 1,075 yards. LaMacchia
also set a single-season program record with
62 receptions and set a single-game record
with 195 receiving yards in the triumph over
Jacksonville. He was named a unanimous First
Team All-PFL selection.
Linebacker Nick Andre ’10 was also named
First Team All-PFL. Andre was one of the
premier playmakers in the league, fnishing
with team-high totals of 95 tackles, 16 tack-
les for losses, and three-and-a-half sacks. He
concluded his career with 265 tackles, good
for the second-best total in program history.
Additionally, four Red Foxes—the afore-
mentioned Bryant, running back O’Neil
Anderson ’10, offensive lineman Kevin Ulrich
’10, and linebacker Kevin Foley ’10—were
named All-PFL Second Team. A total of 12
Marist players were named All-PFL Honorable
Mention. Additionally, cornerback Kwame
Carlor ’10 was selected to play in the East
Coast Bowl.
Volleyball Marks Best Season
nder the guidance of third-year Head
Coach Tom Hanna ’91, the Marist volley-
ball team enjoyed its most successful season
in program history. The Red Foxes compiled
a record of 18-13 and advanced to the cham-
pionship match of the MAAC Tournament for
the frst time in school history. The match gave
the team exposure on the national stage, as it
was televised by ESPNU.
 This past fall also saw the student body
step up to help one of its own. In March 2009,
Raeanna Gutkowski ’11 of the volleyball team
was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of
bone cancer. This past fall, a group of four
Marist students—Christopher Barnes ’10,
Alicia Mattiello ’10, Cody Lahl ’10, and volley-
ball captain Dawn Jan ’10—started “A Rae of
Hope,” a class project that consisted of three
events designed to raise awareness of osteosar-
coma. The events included “Dining to Donate”
at Applebee’s, an information session on osteo-
sarcoma, and a beneft match that raised money
through donations and a raffe. In all, the proj-
ect raised approximately $5,000 for research
and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center pediatric unit.
Victor Van Carpels