Athletic Shorts

How Sweet It Is
Men’s soccer capped an incredible 2017 season by clinching a Sweet Sixteen spot in the NCAA Tournament. Going into the game undefeated and ranked 12th in the nation, the Rangers fell in a 1–0 heartbreaker to Brandeis in the 52nd minute. It was the Rangers’ third Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history and the first since 2003.

Chris Pedota

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HALL OF FAME > Five Ranger standouts—including a five-time Coach of the Year—have joined the Drew Athletic Hall of Fame. Men’s lacrosse coach Tom Leanos was honored for a 30-year run that includes 255 wins—putting him among the Top 20 winningest NCAA coaches. Inducted alongside him were Courtney Cunningham C’07 (women’s basketball/lacrosse), Rick Freedman C’80 (men’s basketball), Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft C’07 (women’s basketball/softball) and Michael Woessner C’04 (men’s soccer).

GOLF > Drew’s newest varsity sport—golf— teed up an auspicious start to its inaugural year. Both the men’s and women’s teams had won a tournament and six athletes had earned Landmark Conference Golfer of the Week titles at the close of the fall schedule.

WOMEN’S SOCCER > Prior to its October 7 game against Juniata, the women’s soccer team held a cancer awareness fundraiser, #RainbowForCeleste. The event, which included a number of soccerthemed contests, was held in honor of Celeste Bonura C’05, a former Drew soccer player who is currently battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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