09/02/2010 – The Saints are looking to improve on last season’s second place finish in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and their 12-6-2 record. Head Coach Mark Fales enters his seventh year at the helm and he feels this could be the strongest team top to bottom that he returns. He comments, “I don’t like to make too many predictions, but if we stay healthy and continue to gel the way we have in the early workouts, we could be a very tough team to contend with.”
The Saints advanced to the WHAC championship game with a trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National tournament at stake. The WHAC regular season champions, Siena Heights proved to have too much fire power as they defeated Aquinas College.
Coach Fales says, “We learned a lot last year. We made it to the WHAC championship game and I think our players know what it takes to get to the national tournament. We always strive to win the WHAC, the WHAC tournament and eventually to compete in the national tournament. We are getting closer and I think the preseason schedule that we have put together will prepare us for the toughness of the WHAC teams we face.”
Leading the way for the Saints will be sophomore Jaime Tomaszewski and senior Teresa Buiocchi. After a standout freshman season earning 1st team WHAC All-Conference honors, sophomore Jaime Tomaszewski is ready to lead the Saints. Tomaszewski made her presence known on the field immediately and with a year of experience under her belt she should be stronger. Also returning for the Saints is senior Teresa Buiocchi, who was a 2nd team All-Conference performer a year ago.
The Saints have focused their recent recruiting efforts on quality student-athletes that have a strong work ethic. With the addition of ten newcomers to the team, the Saints will have plenty of depth on the roster. Coach Fales comments, “This team is very quick with the ball and we have some great team speed. We have a strong group of returning players that are doing a great job leading our new players. I’m sensing a strong chemistry with this group. Time will tell how good this team will be. I am optimistic and having a great time working with this group. We play on one of the nicest fields around and the way it is situated on campus is amazing. There are so many positive things happening at Aquinas College.”
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