As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, Eastern University Sports have given us moments to remember as the athletes represented us in the sports that they participated in. Here are some of the top moments from the year gone by:
Men’s Soccer Winning Big in the Battle of Eagle Rd (9/23): A 3-0 win over rival Cabrini made that Saturday night even sweeter for the home team. “I thought we did a great job early in the game connecting and forcing tempo,” Head Coach Jeremy Payne said after the match. “We were interesting and we created chances through the first half. Jacob and Jadon [Ramsing] were really good in that and I thought Jake Cahill did a nice job getting into the attack as well.”Quentin Keibler played the first 83 minutes in goal before Ben Lochstampfor came on to finish the match. Keibler made several plays to manage his box, but did not have to make a save as Ramsing, Myers, Cahill, and Zach Harley kept the Cavaliers away from goal.
Cross Country Teams have great showing at MAC Championships (10/28): The Men’s and Women’s cross country teams had impressive races this day in Doylestown finishing 3rd and 5th respectively out of 17 runners from each of the races. On the men’s side, Doug Kramer, a freshman, finished in seventh place to lead the Eastern pack. Jon Thomas, crossed the line right after Kramer to finish eighth. The course, according to Head Coach Mike Wilson, did not set up to be super fast, but Thomas and Kramer held their positions in the top pack throughout the run. Kenny Deloff was the third Eastern finisher. Wilson said that the freshman had the run of the day for the team. Deloff has been the fourth or fifth finisher for the Eagles for much of the year. He finished in 21st overall to earn Third-Team All-MAC recognition. Bryton Henry joined Deloff in that honor with a 28th place finish. Rusty Batykefer finished five spots behind him to close out the Eastern scoring. In the Women’s race, Megan Bernotas led the way for the Eagles with a sixth place finish. The finish was up a spot from the program’s sixth-place finish in 2016, and Head Coach Mike Wilson was pleased with the progress his team has shown. “Megan had a strong run,” Wilson said. “She is learning to be a lead runner for us and she committed to running with the front pack today. This was her best run this season, and it bodes well for future seasons.”
Men’s Basketball Plays Division 1 Lehigh in Exhibition (11/19): Eastern University Men’s Basketball played in a rare mid-season exhibition game at Division I Lehigh University. Darius Washington scored a game-high 22 points, but the host Mountain Hawks shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away to a 95-70 win. The Eagles scored the opening basket on a sharp pass from Victor Peña to Gabe Perez and were tied 10-10 at the first media timeout. Lehigh took advantage of a couple transition opportunities to put together a 12-1 run and pull away to an 11-point lead before Washington connected on his first of five 3-pointers on the afternoon.Lehigh built the lead to 45-29 at half and that differential remained for most of the second half as the Eagles used an inside-out approach to get good shots and score but could put together defensive stops against the sharp-shooting Division I opponent.
Price Makes Eastern history (12/16): Taylor Price became the fifteenth player in Eastern Women’s Basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career. She joins a small group of athletes including Emily Lavin who joined last school year. Even though it was in a losing effort to Kean, the moment getting 1000 points will be cherished with her forever for sure.