2011-12 Tribe Moments: #22 Hurricane Irene Hits, Volleyball Opens Season on School-Record Road Trip
Updated: Friday 06/29/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG - TribeAthletics.com counts down the top 25 moments of the 2011-12 William and Mary Athletics Season. Starting with moment No. 25 on Tuesday, June 26, the Web site will work its way to the top spot, concluding on Thursday, July 26.

Fans are offered the opportunity to discuss the Tribe's Top 25 Moments countdown on the Tribe Athletics Facebook page. On Twitter, fans are asked to use the hashtag #TribeMoments. Follow TribeAthletics on Twitter and discuss the top 25 by using the hashtag.


Due to Hurricane Irene, Volleyball opened the season on a school-record road trip.

Thanks to a quirk in Mother Nature, the Tribe volleyball team embarked on its longest season-opening road trip ever in 2011, and also the longest road trip in all of college volleyball last year. After Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of the W&M Invitational in August, the Tribe didn't return to Kaplan Arena for 41 days and 15 matches, until hosting VCU on Oct. 6.  That match came 11 months to the day since W&M last played in Williamsburg, for Senior Night in 2010.

Before last fall, the longest that the College had spent on the road before playing at home was nine matches and 18 days, in 1986.  On the road trip, which included wins over Kent State, Southern Illinois, and Penn, three of the Tribe's first four matches all went to a full five sets.  Another five-set match produced one of the signature wins of the year, as the Tribe downed Villanova 3-2 in Williamsburg on Oct. 11.


Men's Soccer won its final two home games in overtime to clinch a CAA Tournament berth.

The Tribe used a pair of thrilling 3-2 overtime home victories in the final two matches of the regular season to clinch its fifth straight bid to the CAA Tournament. The College rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second half against Hofstra on Oct. 29 as Nicolas Abrigo scored a pair of goals and looped a shot over the goalkeeper from 15 yards out in the 97th minute to clinch the victory. A week later, W&M notched a 3-2 win over Northeastern at the Warhill Sports Complex in a match moved due to weather in the Williamsburg area. Freshman Chris Albiston scored his first career goal in the 99th minute to clinch the No. 3 seed in the league tourney.

Abrigo earned First-Team All-CAA honors, while sophomore Will Smith earned second team accolades. Freshmen Marcus Luster and Michael Teiman earned CAA All-Rookie Team honors. Abrigo led the Tribe with 20 points on nine goals and two assists on the way to earning Third-Team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region honors. 

Freshman Lucy Ferguson set a single-game school record for saves in W&M's overtime win at Hofstra. 

Freshman goalie Lucy Ferguson totaled a single-game school record with 23 saves in the William and Mary lacrosse team's 8-7 overtime victory at Hofstra. The impressive effort marked the most saves by any player in the nation during the 2012 season.

One of the country's top goalies last spring, Ferguson ranked fourth nationally in total saves (172) and fifth in saves per game (10.12). She led the conference in both categories.

A starter in all 17 games, Ferguson was a second-team all-conference selection and garnered CAA All-Rookie Team accolades.  

Tribe Football garnered the preseason No. 1 national ranking.

For the second consecutive year, the William and Mary football team garnered a preseason No. 1 national ranking by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

Led by preseason All-Americans Jonathan Grimes, B.W. Webb, Dante Cook and Alex Gottlieb, the Tribe returned 13 starters from the 2011 squad that captured the Colonial Athletic Association title and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Playoffs.

Although W&M was unable to earn a bid to the NCAA Playoffs for the third consecutive season, the Tribe's 2011 campaign included a win against sixth-ranked New Hampshire and retained the Capital Cup with a triumph at Richmond


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