A Year of Milestones for JWU Athletics

JWU Athletics

Johnson & Wales University is a college that is continuously pushing the boundaries in academics and career success. The athletic department is having no shortage of achievements themselves. This year there is much to celebrate and many moments accomplished.

First off, there are a lot of milestones to discuss. JWU baseball coach John LaRose won his 400th game. Men’s basketball coach, Jamie Benton won his 200th game. Softball coach Kim Camara-Harvey won her 200th game as well. The Wrestling coach Lonnie Morris won his 300th match. Women’s basketball stars Ashley Thomson & Raquel Pederzani scored their respective 1,000th points.

There were also some notable firsts. Max Stone became the first JWU men’s lacrosse player to score 100 goals. Lydia Knapp became the first women’s lacrosse player to score 200 goals and 300 points. Softball player Emily Gorecki set the JWU career record for hits, batting average, home runs, RBIs, runs scored and doubles.

The Wrestling team finished 4th at the NCAA with five All-Americans. Both of these achievements were firsts for the program. The women’s volleyball team started the year 33-0. Women’s tennis won the GNAC Championship for the first time since 2002. Adam Sachs was named the GNAC Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning the GNAC Championship for the second time in his career. Softball player Jennifer Corona pitched a perfect game this year. Not only did the teams soar, but individual athletes accomplished some amazing feats.

Teams are still making noise this spring. The women’s lacrosse went undefeated in GNAC play to earn them the number one seed in the conference tournament. The softball team won the GNAC regular season championship. With their win this weekend, they continue to the finals of the tournament.


Hayley Mignacca

News and Sports Editor