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Week 3 News and Notes: McDaniel gears up for conference play

(c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
(c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

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This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 14
Men's Golf at Kinder-Williams Tournament (Bridgewater)
Men's Soccer vs. Goucher, 4:00
Field Hockey at Wilson, 5:00
Volleyball at Mary Washington, 6:00

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Women's Soccer vs. #1 Messiah, 4:00

Friday, Sept. 10
Volleyball vs. Notre Dame (Md.), 7:30
Cross Country at Lancaster Bible Charger Invitational, 5:00

Saturday, Sept. 11
Volleyball vs. Hood, 11:00
Volleyball vs. Misericordia, 3:00
Field Hockey vs. Salisbury, 1:00
Women's Soccer vs. Muhlenberg, 1:00
Men's Soccer vs. Muhlenberg, 4:00
Men's Golf at Dickinson Fall Invitational
Women's Golf – McDaniel Fall Invitational (Bridges GC), 12:00
Football at Franklin & Marshall, 1:00

Tuesday, Sept. 14
Men's Soccer at St. Vincent, 4:00

MEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: Two Marymount goals just 4:15 apart catapulted the visitors to a 2-0 win over McDaniel last Wednesday.

• The Green Terror has yet to find the back of the net this season. McDaniel has only been able to muster six shots in its first two games and is the only conference team without a goal. However, seven of the 10 conference teams have played three or more games.

Centennial Conference plays opens on Saturday and McDaniel hosts Muhlenberg in the lidlifter. The Green Terror was slotted ninth in the preseason poll (21 points) while the Mules were seventh (38). Johns Hopkins was chosen to defend its title. McDaniel is 3-0-1 in its last four conference openers.

FIELD HOCKEY

LAST TIME OUT: Elizabethtown scored twice in the final 7:21 to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat McDaniel 3-2 on Saturday.

• Emma Legacy has scored in three of the four games this season. The sophomore has also recorded a pair of assists on the year to lead the team with eight points. She is currently third in the conference in scoring. Three other Green Terror players have also scored multiple goals. Emily Paulson (3) and Madge Myers (2), however, have not tallied since the opener. Amy Richenderfer has scored two goals to go with one assist.

• McDaniel has played three straight one-goal games after a 9-0 shutout win to start the season. The Green Terror defeated Randolph-Macon 1-0 in overtime before Stevenson scored twice in a 4-minute, 18-second stretch for a 2-1 victory. Elizabethtown also tallied twice in a 5-minute, 25-second span for a 3-2 win.

• McDaniel has its final three non-conference games before conference play opens next Saturday. Those three opponents are a combined 9-3 with preseason No. 5 Salisbury taking two of those three losses in its first two games of the season.

VOLLEYBALL

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel used a late run on Saturday to win the deciding set 15-11 and top St. Mary's (Md.), 3-2.

• Anna Jezerski has recorded back-to-back 22-kill performances in the last two Green Terror matches. At Lancaster Bible on Thursday, she completed her first career 20-20 performance with a career-high 28 digs. On Saturday at St. Mary's, she fell one dig shy of doing it in back-to-back matches, finishing with 19. Jezerski leads the team with 87 kills. Her 4.35 kills per set is second in the conference while her 3.50 digs per set is ninth.

• In each of the last two matches, McDaniel has had four players with double-digit digs. Anna Jezerski (28), Kathy Taveras (21), Regan Gefroh (11), and Brenna Campbell (11) keyed a 99-dig effort at Lancaster Bible on Thursday. The same quartet also reached double figures on Saturday. Jezerski (19), Gefroh (13), Taveras (12), and Campbell (10) were part of the 67-dig team outing.

• McDaniel finally opens the home schedule this weekend. The Green Terror hosts Notre Dame (Md.) on Friday night for its first match in the Gill Center in 685 days. McDaniel won three of its final four home matches in 2019. On Saturday, the Green Terror hosts Hood and Misericordia for a tri-match. Sept. 17 is the latest home opener for McDaniel since 1998 when the home slate did not start until Sept. 26.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes of the first half to defeat Randolph-Macon, 2-0.

• McDaniel has won its first four games by shutout – the first time that has happened for the Green Terror since 2000. Dating back to last year, McDaniel has actually shut out its last eight opponents and has a streak of 772 minutes, 21 seconds without allowing a goal, dating back to the first half of the 2019 Centennial Conference (CC) first-round matchup at Gettysburg (Nov. 6). Katherine Carstensen has been a key part of that streak, including recording a pair of individual shutouts last week to earn CC Defensive Player of the Week.

• Elena Hincapie became the fifth different player to find the back of the net in the first four games of 2021. The sophomore notched her first two career goals in quick succession to account for the entirety of the Green Terror scoring on Saturday. She was the fifth different player to record her first collegiate points this season.

• McDaniel opens the conference slate at home against Muhlenberg on Saturday. The Green Terror was slotted sixth in the preseason poll with 61 points. The Mules were ranked eighth (35 points). Johns Hopkins was the coaches' favorite to repeat with 99 points. McDaniel has won its last five conference lidlifters.

• Wednesday's matchup against No. 1 Messiah is the first time the Green Terror has played the top-ranked team in the country since 2005. That game was also against Messiah with the Falcons winning 8-0 on Oct. 11 in Grantham, Pa.

CROSS COUNTRY

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel hosted its lone meet of the fall with the Green Terror Challenge, hosting 3,000- and 5,000-meter races.

• Wyatt Farace notched wins in both races last Friday. He crossed first in the 5K with a time of 17:50.49 before also winning the 3K with a time of 10:26.06. Both of his times made the Green Terror's all-time top-20 list on the home course. His 5K time ranks 18th all-time while his 3K was 19th.

• Megan O'Neill also turned in a program all-time top-25 time on the home course last week. She made her debut on the course with a time of 14:57.80 to finish second in the 3,000-meter race and earn the No. 24 time on the all-time list.

• This week's trip to Lancaster Bible will be the first races at the full championship distances for both genders. The men will toe the line for their first 8,000-meter run of the season while the women lace it up for their first 6,000-meter race. Both teams are the defending team champions at the Charger Invitational, taking the team crowns in 2019.

WOMEN'S GOLF

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel closed the spring with at the Centennial Conference championship hosted at Conestoga Country Club.

• Last Saturday's opener at Gettysburg did not finish because of darkness so Saturday will be the Green Terror's first official competiion of the season.

• Zoey Nichols returns to lead McDaniel this season. Kat Pensabene and Daniela Babich also got experience for the Green Terror last spring. Nichols competed in all three events last spring while Pensabene and Babich each had just one round under their belts before the 36-hole conference championship.

MEN'S GOLF

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel had a record-setting performance at the Kinder-Williams Invitational hosted by Bridgewater. The Green Terror posted a two-round score of 574 to win.

• Ryan McGarry earned Centennial Conference (CC) Golfer of the Week honors after averaging a 71.0 over his first four rounds of the season. That included posting rounds of 68 and 67 to win the Kinder-Williams Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. His 67 established a new program record and matched the best round in CC history.

• The Green Terror had a record setting couple of days in Harrisonburg. McDaniel posted the lowest round in program history on Tuesday with a score of 282, which also matched the conference record. That was on the heels of a 292 on Monday for a 36-hole score of 574, which is the best two-round total in program history. Ryan McGarry matched the low round in program history on Monday before one bettering that total on Tuesday with a 5-under score for a program-record 36-hole total of 135.

• Four of the five other McDaniel golfers in the field also established new career-low rounds. 67, Dell Grieser carded a round of 69 on Tuesday while Matt Messenger and Joe Graceffa both had rounds of 73 over the second 18. Mike Mandel also carded a career-low round on Tuesday with a 74.