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Week 1 News and Notes: McDaniel gears up to open fall

Week 1 News and Notes: McDaniel gears up to open fall

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This Week's Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 1
Field Hockey vs. Notre Dame (Md.), 5:30

Thursday, Sept. 2
Cross Country at Johns Hopkins Kickoff Classic, 4:30
Women's Soccer at Catholic, 7:00

Friday, Sept. 3
Volleyball at Salisbury, 600

Saturday, Sept. 4
Women's Soccer vs. Lebanon Valley, 1:00
Men's Soccer vs. Wilkes, 4:00
Volleyball vs. Neumann (at Salisbury Sea Gull Classic), 10:00
Volleyball vs. Eastern (at Salisbury Sea Gull Classic), 2:00
Football at Catholic, 1:00
Field Hockey at Randolph-Macon, 6:30

Sunday, Sept. 5
Men's Golf at St. John Fisher Collegiate Invitational

Monday, Sept. 6
Men's Golf at St. John Fisher Collegiate Invitational

MEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel closed the 2019 season with a 3-all draw against New Jersey City in the ECAC tournament first round. The Gothic Knights advanced to the quarterfinals on penalty kicks, 3-2.

• With the opener now scheduled for Sept. 4, McDaniel will have waited 658 days to play a game, dating back to the ECAC first-round game on Nov. 16, 2019. It has been 676 days since the Green Terror has played at home, dating back to a 1-0 win over Muhlenberg on Oct. 26, 2019.

• Nick Starr is back to anchor the offense after recording 19 points in 2019 on six goals and a team-best seven assists. His six goals ranked second on the team. Liam Ireland is the only other player on the 2021 roster with multiple goals in 2019, scoring three times.

• Matt Hays saw action in six games, including four starts, in goal during his rookie campaign. He posted a 0.97 goals-against average and .722 save percentage in 464 minutes of action. He posted a 4-1 record with two individual shutouts.

• McDaniel plays its first five games at home this season up through and including the conference opener against Muhlenberg on Sept. 18. All four of the Green Terror's home non-conference games are in the opening stretch while the four road non-conference games are intermixed within the conference slate.

FIELD HOCKEY

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel closed the 2019 season with a 6-0 loss at Dickinson. Paige Ford led the Green Terror with 21 saves.

• With a Sept. 1 scheduled opener, McDaniel will have waited 672 days to play a game, dating back to the 2019 regular-season finale on Oct. 30, 2019. It has been 676 days since the Green Terror has played at home, dating back to a 2-0 loss to Muhlenberg on Oct. 26, 2019.

• McDaniel has a virtually all new roster since last time the squad stepped on the field for a competitive game. Cayleigh Ireland and Abby Doff are the only players who have worn a Green Terror uniform in a game. McDaniel does have some additional collegiate experience in a pair of transfers. Amanda Sponaugle did play 17 games as a freshman at Newberry in 2019 while Lizzie West played in eight games at Washington as a rookie two years ago.

• The Green Terror does not have a senior on the 2021 roster but enters the year with 10 freshmen and 17 players who are in their rookie season of college. That group will be key for a team that struggled offensively in 2019.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel closed the 2019 season with a 2-0 win over Springfield to capture its second straight ECAC title.

• With a Sept. 2 scheduled opener, McDaniel will have waited 648 days to play a game, dating back to the 2019 ECAC final on Nov. 24, 2019. The Green Terror will have to wait another three days to return to the home pitch, opening the home portion of the schedule against Lebanon Valley on Saturday.

• Despite missing all of the last year, McDaniel brings back its top two goal scorers from 2019. Maddie Schwartz returns for a grad year after a 14-goal, 6-assist junior campaign. Hannah Schepers contributed 12 goals and five helpers two years ago. However, the Green Terror only have two other players with a collegiate goal and four who have registered a point in a McDaniel uniform. The duo keyed an attack that was second in the conference at 2.00 goals per game.

• Katherine Carstensen returns to backstop the defense. She enters her senior season with a 0.96 career goals-against average, including posting a 0.76 GAA in 2019 with 10 individual shutouts. She has the added benefit of the return of Jules Dotterweich and Kiersten Crowley to anchor the backline in front of her. Dotterweich has started every game in which she's played since stepping on campus while Crowley started 19 of 23 contests during her rookie season.

• Despite the key returners, McDaniel does enter 2021 with 19 of its 30 players having not registered a minute of collegiate soccer. With approximately half of the 2019 starting lineup departed, it's expected that at least some of those 19 will be called upon to contribute right away.

CROSS COUNTRY

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel closed the 2019 season at the NCAA Div. III Mideast Regional at Lehigh. The men placed 28th as a team while the women did not compete as a full team.

• With a Sept. 2 scheduled opener, McDaniel will have waited 656 days between college races, dating back to the Mideast Regional on Nov. 16, 2019.

• The Green Terror men return four individuals who ran at the regional meet in 2019. Wyatt Farace returns to lead that group and is expected to be at the top of the pack as a junior in 2021. His rookie campaign saw him turn in sub-28 times in five of his six 8,000-meter races. He also posted a pair of top-10 finishes in those six races, including an eighth-place finish at the ECAC Championship.

• The McDaniel women will be looking to retool in 2021. Maria Kropkowski and Renee Dupre are the only members of this year's squad who ran the Centennial Conference championship in 2019 and provide the extent of the squad's cross country championship race experience. Anna Persick does add cross country experience to the mix and Megan O'Neill joins the fray after two years of just being a pair of the track and field team. Bailey Mullen, Abby Gonzalez, and Kate Guensler are upperclassmen who look to be in the mix for a top-seven spot by season's end.

VOLLEYBALL

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel closed the 2019 season in the title game of the ECAC tournament, falling to NYU for the second straight season.

• With a Sept. 1 scheduled opener, McDaniel will have waited 656 days between matches, dating back to the ECAC semifinal and final on Nov. 17, 2019. With another two weeks until a home match, it will be 685 days since the Green Terror last stepped on the Gill Center floor for a competitive match.

• McDaniel will have a much different look to its attack in 2021. Anna Jezerski is the only returning hitter with a significant number of collegiate swings. She ranked second on the team with 252 kills in 2019, earning a spot on the all-conference team as an honorable mention nod. It will also be a new setter putting the balls up for the hitters with the graduation of Gayle Edelstein and her 1,890 career assists.

• Defensively, Regan Gefroh and Taylor Lindsey return to vie for the starting libero spot. Gefroh had 85 digs as a sophomore in 2019 while Lindsey recorded 65 in her rookie season. Anna Jezerski will add to the defense, not only with her ability to dig the ball but also at the net. In 2019, she contributed 175 digs and 43 total blocks. The block total was third while her dig total ranked fourth.

MEN'S GOLF

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel closed the spring with a fourth-place at the Centennial Conference Championship on Apr. 25-26. The Green Terror carded a two-day score of 656.

• Ryan McGarry returns at the top of the lineup after a team-best 77.3 stroke average over seven rounds in the spring. Chuck Csejka also returns to the lineup after missing all of last year. Csejka and McGarry both had a stroke average of better than 75 in 2019-20. Csejka averaged 74.0 over 13 rounds while McGarry was at 74.5 in his 13 rounds. Csejka has a career scoring average of 76.07 with six top 10 over 23 events (46 rounds). McGarry is at 76.14 with 14 top 10s in 22 events (36 rounds).

• Joe Graceffa and Mike Mandel, who were both part of the conference championship fivesome last spring, will look to work their way back into the lineup while a couple of the five freshmen on the 2021-22 squad will try to have something to say about that and take a starting spot.

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