LEADERSHIP ON AND OFF THE FIELD
The women’s water
polo team, in their second season, won
their first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference game. Celine Lazzaro
set multiple records to help the team,
including the program’s single-season
goals record. Lazzaro also holds the
record for consecutive games with a
goal, and the single-season goals per
between the women’s swimming and
water polo teams continued to benefit
the swim program last season, as 10
new school records were set. All but
one of the record-setting swimmers
returns for next season including
Justina Dunne, who set school records
in the 100 back and 200 IM.
Shaner, Connor McMahon, and Jared
Redding all have at least two years of
eligibility remaining; all three broke
records at last year’s Coastal Collegiate
Swimming Association championships.
The Keydets will return
seven starters on each side of the
ball, including quarterback Eric
Kordenbrock. Defensively, the Keydets
will be led by defensive lineman Justin
Smith and outside linebacker Logan
Staib. VMI will play 6 home games
this fall. The first three will be non-
conference games in September before
conference home games begin Oct.
12 with a game against Charleston
Southern University. Road contests
include a season opener
at state rival University of
Richmond Aug. 31 and
games at the University of
Virginia Sept. 21 and the
Citadel Nov. 16.
VMI has high
hopes for the conference
crown this year, with three
key players returning: point
guard Rodney Glasgow,
center D.J. Covington, and forward
Jordan Weethee, who sat out last
season recovering from knee surgery.
VMI will open the season by hosting
the Military Classic Tournament
Nov. 8-9, with the games televised by
ESPNU and ESPN3.
This year VMI baseball
will return Jordan Tarsovich, who
ranked among the national leaders
in walks, and Second Team All-Big
South catcher Matt Winn. All told,
the team is expected to return eight
of nine offensive starters and will
have the entire weekend rotation
back in the fold as well, including
left-hander Connor Bach, who was
among the conference leaders in ERA
and opponent batting average as the
Keydet Friday night starter.
This year’s team will look to
surpass last year’s accomplishments
– three MAC championships, three
second-place finishes, and three most
improved citations. Justin Vietinghoff,
Jeremy Bolden, Connor Sullivan,
and Jacob Freeman will return to the
For the first time in more
than 25 years, John “Rocky” Trudgeon
will not be in the coaches’ corner.
Having lost only two members of last
year’s starting lineup to graduation,
the team will return strong under the
direction of interim head coach Chris
Skretkowicz, who served as Trudgeon’s
assistant for seven years.
Celine Lazzaro '15 set a number of
team records for a best-ever season.
Eric Kordenbrock '14 returns to lead
men’s cross country, will
look to defend his clean
sweep of the Big South
having won the cross
country, indoor track
and outdoor track Big
of the Year honors this
Quincy Murphy '15 was all-
conference in the decathlon.
Mike DeBlasio '15 will co-captain
the 2013-14 lacrosse team.