2011-12 Tribe Moments: #6 Brandon Heroux Earns First-Team All-America Honors
Updated: Monday 07/23/2012 (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 Monday, July 30.

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#6 Senior Brandon Heroux earned First-Team All-America honors in the javelin. 

One year ago, Brandon Heroux was already one of the greatest throwers in school history, but his future career appeared in jeopardy after a serious elbow injury required surgery. Fast forward one year to the day, and the javelin thrower from Westfield, N.J., took eighth at the NCAA Championships with a career-best and school-record throw of 73.55 meters (241-4) to become the first thrower ever named All-American for the men's track and field program.

Heroux' season began in late April at the Penn Relays, where he finished second on the very last throw. Two weeks later, he won his fourth-straight Colonial Athletic Association title in the javelin with a conference-record throw of 71.34m (234-1), and he was third in the NCAA East semifinals to advance to the national finals. All four of his collegiate performances in 2012 rank among W&M's all-time top six, and Heroux finished his career with 18 of the top-20 throws ever at the College.

After NCAAs, the season continued for Heroux on the international circuit, and he also picked up two huge academic honors. At the Canadian Olympic Trials, he took sixth overall, and in early July, finished fourth at the NCAC U-23 Championships in Mexico, throwing 70.02m (229-8) for his fifth 70+ meter performance of the year. Heroux was also selected as the CAA's Men's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second time (also in 2010), and was voted by the league schools as the CAA's overall Male Scholar-Athlete of Year as well. He is the fifth Tribe athlete to be selected as the conference's best academic athlete. 
#7   Men's Cross Country claimed its 12th straight CAA Championship.
  William and Mary has long been known as a place of great tradition, and one of the greatest in Tribe Athletics is the men's cross country team's winning the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.  The 2011 team continued that stretch of remarkable success, winning its 12th-straight conference title with a 27-62 victory over George Mason and the field.

The Tribe had six athletes make the all-conference team including runner-up Zach Gates, with Tom Burke and Rad Gunzenhauser also finished among the top-five.  The 12 wins in a row is the fourth-longest active championship streak in the nation, and the eighth-longest ever in Division I.  W&M has 34 conference championships in total (19 in the CAA, 15 from the Southern Conference), which is the third-most ever in NCAA history behind only Wisconsin (45) and Arkansas (41).

After the CAA Championships, Alex McGrath led the way at the Southeast Regional with his 10th-place individual showing, and the Tribe finished third for its 13th-consecutive top-three showing.  As the highest-finishing freshman, Gunzenhauser was named the CAA's Rookie of the Year.  Head coach Steve Walsh was named Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. 
#8 Junior Jamie Whiteford won the program's first Atlantic Region Singles Championship. 
  Junior Jamie Whiteford upset the two-time defending champion Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia on his way to the Tribe's first ITA Atlantic Regional Singles Championship. He defeated his third straight nationally ranked opponent in Jenkins, who was No. 18 nationally. By virtue of claiming the regional crown, Whiteford earned a spot in the exclusive USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, becoming just the fourth men's tennis athlete to compete at the prestigious event.

In claiming the regional championship, Whiteford ascended to No. 34 in the national rankings, the highest for a W&M player since 2004. He finished the season ranked No. 5 in the Atlantic Region and No. 83 nationally. Whiteford garnered First-Team All-CAA honors in singles for the second time in his career. 
#9 Senior Matt Davenport drafted in the 34th round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. 
  After a standout senior campaign on the mount for the Green and Gold, senior Matt Davenport was selected in the 34th round (1054th overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He became the 21st Tribe player since 1999 to be selected in the MLB Draft.

He capped his senior campaign by earning CAA Pitcher of the Year honors, becoming the second straight W&M player to accomplish the feat. He topped the CAA in ERA (1.73), opponent battering average (.210), innings pitched (109.1) and strikeouts (90). He was a First-Team All-CAA honoree on the mount for the second time in his career and ranks among the College's all-time leaders in a number of categories. Davenport also garnered First-Team All-East accolades.
#10   Tribe announced its 10-member 2012 Hall of Fame Class.

The William and Mary Athletics Department inducted 10 individuals and one team into its Hall of Fame before a crowd of more than 350 friends, fans and family on April 14 at Williamsburg's Crown Plaza Hotel. Click HERE for the photo gallery of the event.

The College's Class of 2012 included: Brendan Harris (Baseball), Will Harvie (Men's Tennis), Stephanie Loehr (Soccer), John McHenry (Golf), Karen van der Merwe (Women's Tennis), Margie Vaughan (Snead) (Soccer/Lacrosse), Mike Tomlin (Football) and Raheem Walker (Football) and one entire squad, the 1982 women's tennis team.  Additionally, two Tribe men soccer greats, Wade Barrett and Adin Brown, will also be formally inducted on the evening, as well.  The pair had each been selected in previous years (Barrett in 2010, Brown in 2011), but both had deferred their induction due to scheduling conflicts with their professional playing careers.
#11 Men's Soccer upsets No. 5 SMU, 3-2, in an NCAA Tournament rematch on Aug. 27. 
  While Hurricane Irene battered the East Coast, the Tribe men's soccer team did some damage of its own, upsetting No. 5 SMU, 3-2, in Dallas. It was a rematch of the NCAA Third Round matchup from 2010 where the Mustangs downed the Green and Gold, 1-0. The Tribe season opening victory snapped SMU's 20-match home unbeaten streak.

Senior Nicolas Abrigo, who earned First-Team All-CAA and third-team all-region honors during the season, scored a pair of goals in the Tribe victory, including the game-winner in the 60th minute of play. For his efforts, Abrigo was named the Soccer America National Player of the Week. As a team, the Tribe ascended to the No. 8 spots in the NSCAA Coaches poll
#12 Senior Kristin Milardo honored as 2012 USAG Collegiate Senior Gymnast of the Year.

After posting an outstanding senior season, Kristin Milardo was honored as the 2012 USAG Collegiate Senior Gymnast of the Year.

In addition to garnering USAG Collegiate All-America honors in all-around and on vault and bars this spring, Milardo placed 12 in all-around at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. En route to earning USAG Collegiate All-America distinction, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native posted a 9.875 on vault, which tied for the second-best score in the event in school history.

A two-time ECAC Gymnast of the Week honoree in 2012, Milardo earned the third-best all-around score in school history (39.000) versus Rutgers and N.C. State, while she posted the program's fourth-best score with a 38.975 earlier in the season at N.C. State.

Note: In addition to Milardo, W&M was also represented at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional by sophomore Jessica Pritchard, who placed 10th in all-around at the competition. Assistant Coach Tim Rivera was also recognized for his outstanding work this season, as he was selected as the ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year.

#13 Sophomore Elaina Balouris earned All-America honors in the 10K at the NCAA Championships.
  Sophomore Elaina Balouris enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2011-12, culminating in her first All-American honor at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  She became the third sophomore in the history of the Tribe women's track program to be named All-American, and the eighth athlete overall.

Balouris was the runner-up at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in cross country in the fall, and took ninth at the Southeast Regional and was the first alternate to the NCAA Championships, foreshadowing her run in May.  Indoors, she was equally impressive, earning a provisional qualifier at 5,000m and an All-East turn at the ECAC Championships.

Outdoors, she ran her first-ever 10,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays in mid-April, and was just a second off the school record in 33:56.26.  That time also qualified her provisionally for the Olympic Trials, and earned her entry into the NCAA Championships.  Three weeks later Balouris won her first CAA title with an easy 35:57.92 win at 10,000m, and advanced to the NCAA finals by finishing eighth in the East semifinals.  In the finals at Des Moines, she ran 34:41.97, the sixth-fastest time in school history, and finished 19th overall. 
#14 Men's Swimming wrapped up a historic season with third-place showing at the CAA Championships.
When graduation rolled around, Tribe fans thought the final script of an astonishingly successful men's swimming season had been written, but in a surprise turn, arguably one of the greatest achievements came early in June. At a last chance meet in Richmond, Andrew Strait and Sidney Glass earned a spot at the U.S. Olympic Trials, becoming the first two men in school history to compete for a chance to represent Team USA in the Olympics. Strait qualified in three events, both breaststrokes and the 200m IM, while Glass took his turn in the 100m backstroke alongside Tribe recruit Will Manion.

The collegiate season was also wildly successful, with a historic showing at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. In the run up to championship season, the Tribe posted a 5-4 overall record and 3-1 ledger in CAA meets, and broke numerous school and freshman records.  Included in those record performances was an unfathomable season-long excellence in the 200 medley relay, which saw four of the top nine performances ever at the College swum including a school-record 1:30.10 at the CAA Championships.

At CAAs, the Tribe finished third overall for the first time since 2001, and just the third time ever. Several athletes earned all-conference and NCAA-qualifying times, including the 800 free relay that won gold in a record-setting time for the second year in a row. The relay included Kemp Pettyjohn, Hunter Perrot, Luke Robbins, and Stephen Fay.  Pettyjohn enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history, taking second in both the 500 free and the 1650 free in addition to his relay gold, and individually broke four school and five freshman records over the course of the championship meet. He would later become the first W&M swimmer ever to win a major award from the CAA when he was named Rookie of the Year, and was one of three named to the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America team along with K.J. Shaw and Andrew Strait. Strait, who set seven school records himself and finished second in both the 400 IM and the 200 breaststroke, was also recognized for his outstanding academic achievements, and was selected as the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in another historic first for the Tribe program.

Men's Gymnastics earned the SAAC CHAMPS Trophy.

The Tribe men's gymnastics team was awarded the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) CHAMPS Trophy for the second consecutive year at the William and Mary Athletics Department's annual awards banquet. The trophy is awarded annually to the team that excels the most in community service, academic excellence and support of other W&M athletic teams.

W&M's season was highlighted with a second-place finish at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships, as Tribe gymnasts combined to win 13 All-America honors at the national event. Additionally, nine Tribe gymnasts qualified for the NCAA Championships, while graduating junior Futa Ikeda was selected as the ECAC Most Improved Gymnast and freshman J.J. Jindra was honored as the ECAC Rookie of the Year. Click HERE to view the men's gymnastics season review.

This year's team also continued the program's long tradition of service in the local community, as it collected 2,716 pounds of food for FISH, a local non-denominational food bank, during its annual winter canned food drive.  

Tribe first baseman Michael Katz earned Freshman All-America honors.

After a successful freshman campaign culminated in a .316 batting average to go along with a team-high 58 RBIs and 10 home runs, W&M's freshman first baseman Michael Katz was selected to multiple 2012 Freshman All-America Teams.  The Falls Church, Va., native earned distinctions from Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA), as he became just the fourth Tribe baseball player to take home Freshman All-America honors.

In his first season in a Green and Gold uniform, Katz exploded onto the scene as he ranked second in the CAA in RBIs and fifth in home runs en route to being named to the CAA All-Rookie Team.  On April 9, he was named the CAA Rookie of the Week, which included a grand slam and four RBI outing against Delaware on April 7.  On Feb. 26, he tallied three RBIs and belted his fist collegiate home run at No. 1-ranked Florida. For the year, he made 55 appearances and saw the start 55 times. 

Senior Kristen Hamel registered a hole-in-one
during the second round at C&F Bank Intercollegiate.

When the Tribe women's golf team hosted the C&F Bank Intercollegiate at Kingsmill for the first time, few could have predicted that the tournament would include two holes-in-one. One of those came off the club of W&M senior Kristen Hamel, who aced the 177-yard No. 2 hole on the famed River Course. It was just the second hole-in-one in school history, and the first in 27 years.

Hamel entered the second round tied for 19th overall after shooting a respectable 78 on the first day of the tournament, and came through the turn off the back nine four strokes over par. The first four holes of the front nine were astonishing, as the Nerinx Hall product carded birdie, ace, par, and birdie to get back to even. She finished the round with a 74, and shot up to a tie for eighth overall.

Playing in all five of the team's spring tournaments, Hamel finished the year ranked fourth on the team with a 79.67 average and 232 victories in tournament play. At the season-ending CAA Championships, she finished in a tie for 22nd and helped the Tribe to a sixth-place team finish.

Sophomores Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans selected for NCAA Doubles Championship. 

On the strength of four wins over nationally ranked competition and an impressive national ranking, sophomores Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Doubles Championships. The Green and Gold pair became the 19th W&M team to compete at the NCAA Doubles Championship.

The pair won 13 straight matches before falling in the NCAA Championship. Belaya and Loomans, who won five CAA Doubles Team of the Week honors, finished the year ranked No. 34 nationally and was 20-6 overall. The duo was ranked as high as No. 20 nationally on March 27 and garnered First-Team All-CAA accolades in doubles

Senior Hailey Hewitt won the CAA title in the 200-yard backstroke.

Senior Hailey Hewitt brought her four years in the College pool to a close in 2012 with a series of championship- and record-winning performances.  Persevering through a leg injury that limited her during the regular season, Hewitt turned up the pressure during the Colonial Athletic Association Championships and in the weeks after, qualifying for the Olympic Trials and winning the conference title in the 200y backstroke.

At the CAA Championships, Hewitt broke three school records over the course of the three-day meet, including twice in the 200y backstroke on the final day as she earned her second conference championship. Never before in the history of Tribe swimming had an athlete broke the 2-minute barrier in the event, but Hewitt and freshman Liz Glenn each did it twice on the final Saturday in February. In the finals, Hewitt was in third as the race approached its final turn, but gaining a big push off the wall, overtook both women ahead of her in the final 25 yards to win the gold. She finished in an NCAA-qualifying and school-record time of 1:58.22, and was named to the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America team.

In the weeks following the conference meet, Hewitt continued to train and work towards reaching the Olympic Trials, a goal she accomplished at the Columbus Grand Prix in early March. Swimming against All-Americans and national champions, Hewitt finished the 200m backstroke in 2:17.97 to come in under the qualifying standard and become the second Tribe athlete in school history to qualify for the trials.  She finished the summer in Omaha, improving nearly 50 spots from her initial seed at the Olympic Trials to take 143rd in 2:20.

Junior Janine Aldridge set a trio of school records for 3-point shooting against Northeastern.

All at once, in a single-game at Northeastern on Jan. 29, Tribe junior guard Janine Aldridge became the school's all-time leader in three-pointer's made in a single-game, season and career. Her nine triples not only set a new single-game standard but in the process the Massapequa, N.Y., native shattered the school mark for three-pointer's made in a season and career.  Aldridge finished the contest with a career-high 27 points on 9-19 shooting from three-point range.

Through the first 20-games of the 2011-12 season, Aldridge pushed her season three-pointer total to 75, after connecting from deep nine times against the Huskies, which eclipsed the old single-season standard of 72.  She finished the 2011-12 season with 92 three's.  The nine triples at Northeastern pushed Aldridge's career total to 204 as she surpassed Jen Sobota's ('03) career-mark of 201.  Standing as just a junior, Aldridge is on pace to put distance between herself and the previous records.  

Field Hockey upset No. 20 Northeastern, 4-3, for its sixth win in the first seven matches of the year.

The 2011 Tribe field hockey team got off to a hot start last fall, winning three in a row to start the season and six of its first seven matches.  The sixth win that stretch came in the conference-opener against No. 20-ranked Northeastern, a 4-3 thriller that went down to the final minute of play.

After Northeastern jumped on the board first with a pair of goals in the first half, W&M turned up the pressure in the second and began clawing its way back into the match.  Ashley Kyle scored early in the 54th minute, taking a crossing pass from Brittany Hopkins deep in the zone and deflecting it back across the goal to the far side.  Just three minutes later, Allison Moran found the back of the net, getting her stick onto another shot from Hopkins and deflecting it around the goalie to knot the score at 2-2.

Northeastern regained the lead temporarily after gaining a penalty stroke opportunity, but Emma Clifton re-tied the score in the 63rd minute.  Off a penalty corner, Maria Caro deftly faked a shot and passed the ball around the circle to find Clifton on the weak side of the defense.  With overtime looming, the W&M gained a final penalty corner with just over a minute remaining.  Having found a solution to the Huskies defense, the Tribe tried for the weak side again, and once again found the boards at the back of the goal.  Clifton passed the ball around the top of the circle to find a charging Jeltje Loomans on the back side of the play, and the tennis/field hockey dual-sport athlete connected for her first collegiate goal to give the College the victory. 

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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