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Fall sports recap

Brittany Willwerth and Patrick Dempsey, Sports Co-Editors

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Women’s Soccer – During the 2018 campaign, the two-time defending Patriot League champion women’s soccer team concluded its season with a 7-11-1 record, led by co-captains Ali Russo ’20 and Maddie Dano ’19. The team finished fourth among 10 teams to secure a spot in the Patriot League tournament, falling short to Lehigh in the quarterfinal game by a score of 2-1. Collecting All-League honors for their impressive season performances were Dano (Second Team) and Jenna Marek ’21 (Third Team). Having recently named the seven players joining the team next year, the team will look to incorporate them with the experienced players and seek their third league title in four seasons.

 

Men’s Soccer – The 2018 season proved to be one requiring grit, resilience, and determination. After battling through 17 games, seven of which went into at least one overtime period, the team finished with a 6-8-3 record. Tyler Peterson ’19 served as the team’s sole captain. In search of a spot in postseason play, the team ultimately dropped its final game of the year to Navy, 4-1. Matt Thorsheim ’21 earned All-League honors on the Second Team, the second such accolade of his career. Losing only four seniors, the team will enter next season with an experienced roster.

 

Volleyball – In a difficult season, the women’s volleyball team battled injuries en route to finishing the season with a record of 8-19 overall and 3-13 in the Patriot League. Led by co-captains Brooke Stark ’20 and Selby Schnobrich ’20, the team fought until their very last match where they earned a victory against Loyola, all the while honoring their three seniors. The team will look to rebound in the 2019 season after utilizing the spring season for improvement.

 

Football- The football team was unsuccessful on building on the 5-6 season they had last year as the team struggled  in their 2018 season, finishing with a record of 1-10. The Bison were outscored by their six Patriot League opponents by a combined margin of 148-83. Plagued with offensive struggles, the Bison’s lone win came against Holy Cross on the road on Sept. 29. Three quarterbacks saw action this year including Tarring Earle ’22 who threw for two touchdowns and 174 yards in their game against Lehigh. Running back Jared Cooper ’22 made a name for himself in his rookie campaign, scoring two touchdowns and running the ball 161 times. The defense was led by a core group of seniors with safety Joe Lauro ’19 leading the team with 86 tackles and cornerback Bryan Marine ’19 leading the team with three interceptions. Linebackers Matt Robinson ’19 and Sam Chitty ’20 were impressive all year long. Despite numerous positive contributions, the team will look to build on this tough year and grow as a unit.

 

Field Hockey- The field hockey team displayed yet another consistent season performance in 2018, finishing with a 10-8 record overall and 4-2 in Patriot League. Led by a strong group of seniors including Lexi Quick ’19, Nicole Rupnik ’19, Katie Mannino ’19, Sally Olson ’19, M.C. Evans ’19, Claire Lesher ’19 and Mackenzie Haney ’19, the Bison picked up impressive out-of-conference wins. These victories included games against Richmond in double overtime, against VCU, the highest scoring team in the country at the time and a 5-0 win against Cornell in which five different players found the back of the net. Collecting All-League honors were Quick, goalkeeper Olivia Harris ’20 and Brittany Willwerth ’20 on the First Team and Olson and Sarah Dimock ’21 on the Second Team. Quick, Harris, and Willwerth were all voted by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) to the All-Mideast Region Second Team. After losing many veterans, the team will look to develop key players to field a high-caliber team next year.

 

Men’s Water Polo- The men’s water polo program has turned into one of the most elite programs on the East coast. The team finished the year with a record of 22-7. Rade Joksimovic ’20, who was featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of “Sports Illustrated” this fall, was the opponents’ worst nightmare this year, setting the tempo with team highs in goals (128) and assists (80). The Bison picked up a number of victories over top ranked teams including Brown, St. Francis Brooklyn, Wagner,  George Washington, and Harvard. The Bison rank No. 17 in the country in the final NCAA poll.

 

Cross Country- Both men’s and women’s cross country teams had success with multiple standout individual performances. The women’s team won its fourth straight Patriot League Championship.  Colleen Buckley ’19 was spectacular this year and she finished first in the 6k event at leagues. Ashley Blair ’21 and Margaret Thomson ’19 finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively, at the event. The men’s team earned third place in the League Championship, an improvement from finishing fifth last year. Brian Dengler ’20 and Jake Stupak ’20 paved the way for the men’s team, finishing 12th and 13th, respectively. Dengler and Stupak are runners to watch for next year.

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