Playoff season is upon us. The Field Hockey postseason got underway on November 1st with Women’s Soccer and Volleyball to follow on the 2nd. Field Hockey earned the #2 seed in the Freedom Conference and hosted #3 FDU at 3:00 p.m on the 1st. The team has blazed into the postseason, winning 5 consecutive games. Forward Jess Jaindl has been a huge part of the team’s success, picking up a MAC Player of the Week award in mid-October. Coach Azzarano’s team has broken into the national rankings at #19…#3 seeded
Women’s Soccer is traveling to Wilkes for their semifinal match-up at 2:30 p.m. on November 2nd. Coach Dan Mouw is confident in his team’s ability: “We don’t go into a tournament not to win it,” says Mouw. The Eagles have shown a propensity for winning lately. They have only lost once since September 18th, compiling an 8-1-2 record in that time frame. The women will have a chance to avenge that lone loss if they face #1 seed Misericordia in the November 4th championship. “It will be a challenge,” says Mouw, “but we’ve grown a lot and overcome a lot this year. We’ll be ready to play our best soccer.”…Volleyball has once again earned a #1 seed in the Freedom Conference. The #21 team in the country hosts Wilkes at 7 p.m. on the 2nd.
And here’s a stat that might catch your attention: Middle blocker Katrina Pisch recorded the 2nd highest hitting percentage of any DIII player this year, at .426. Also of note, outside hitter Kearby Benak picked up a MAC Player of the Week award on October 20… Men’s Soccer missed the playoffs this year, but they did finish strong with victories over PSU-Abington and Delaware Valley. Junior forward Mitch Osterhouse is optimistic about the future of the team: “We were hurt by injuries this year, but we return our full starting lineup for next season.” The team only loses two seniors to graduation this year, and can also look forward to the return of freshman forward Eric Giovagnoli from injury next year… In a tune up to the all important Regional Meet on November 10, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country placed 10th and 7th, respectively, in the MAC Conference meet on October 27.