On a beautiful Homecoming weekend, the mood can either be swayed positively by the outcome of Eastern’s athletic contests or leave the whole crowd with a sour taste for the day.Come mid-afternoon on Oct. 14, everyone attending Homecoming had a seen a much better day, thanks to victories from all but one of Eastern’s athletic teams.Here’s a rundown of the action from a very memorable Homecoming.
Eastern’s women’s volleyball had a successful Homecoming, with a 3-0 win against PAC rival Gwynedd Mercy College. Eastern led with the first point in all three games, made it a 12-8 lead in the first game and won 30-20.Game 2 began with a 3-1 lead for Eastern. Gwynedd-Mercy took the lead briefly, and the game was close thereafter. An out-of-bounds serve by Gwynedd-Mercy gave Eastern the 30-26 win.In Game 3, Eastern came back from a 3-6 deficit, and Emma Klein got the last kill to take the game 30-20.Kara Hildebrand and Klein led the team with the most kills overall, at 14 and 12 respectively, and Klein led the team with 23 digs. Chelsea Lyon made 47 assists.
Starting early in the morning and finishing near the middle of the day’s sporting action, the women’s tennis team fought hard enroute to a 5-4 win over PAC rival Rosemont College.Marie Schrefler won at singles and doubles to improve the Eagles to a 4-7 PAC record for the year.
An onslaught of shots from EU led to a 3-0 win over Philadelphia University.Scoring first for EU was Christy Miller off an assist from Lauren Latsha. Latsha scored the next goal for Eastern on an assist from Elya Troup, and Steph Moyer finished the scoring with a goal assisted by Olivia Derr.The field hockey team added to their record with the win that put them at 13-2 overall for the year.
A game of missed opportunities ended 1-2 in favor of Eastern’s opponent, Rhodes College. Rhodes traveled all the way from Tennessee to take part in Eastern’s Homecoming game, and they were not about to be disapointed with a loss.Heidi Peachey scored Eastern’s lone goal of the afternoon on an assist from Ashley Hackman.
Lance Burris and Brian Raffle scored Eastern’s two goals in a hard-earned win against MacDaniel College.MacDaniel had their opportunities to score but found the task impossible thanks to the stellar play of Eastern’s defense, which helped earn goalkeeper Noah Bartelt a 2-0 a shutout.The match capped off an exciting afternoon that drew one of Eastern’s largest crowds in memory.
Information compiled by Alex Long, Ruth Robinson and Rebekah Davis.