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Week 4 News and Notes: McDaniel looks to wrap up September strong

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

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This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 21
Men's Soccer at St. Vincent, 4:00

Wednesday, Sept. 22
Men's Golf – McDaniel Individual Tournament at South Hills, 11:30
Field Hockey vs. Shenandoah, 6:00
Volleyball vs. Susquehanna, 7:30
Women's Soccer at Gettysburg, 7:00

Thursday, Sept. 23
Men's Soccer vs. Immaculata, 4:00

Saturday, Sept. 25
Football vs. Muhlenberg, 2:00
Cross Country at Dickinson Long/Short Invitational, 10:30
Women's Golf at Dickinson Fall Invitational, 12:00
Volleyball at Haverford w/ Stevens, 12:00
Women's Soccer at Bryn Mawr, 1:00
Field Hockey at Haverford, 1:00
Men's Soccer at Franklin & Marshall, 6:00

Sunday, Sept. 26
Men's Golf at Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational

Monday, Sept. 27
Men's Golf at Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational

Tuesday, Sept. 28
Women's Soccer vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 4:00

MEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: Muhlenberg converted a penalty kick in the 34th minute for a 1-0 win over McDaniel in the Centennial Conference opener on Saturday.

• Nick Starr recorded his first two goals of the season in a 2-0 win over Goucher on Tuesday. It was the senior's first points of the season after a six-goal, seven-assist campaign in 2019. The 19 points were second on the team two years ago.

• The Green Terror defense, backstopped by Jonathan Mangione, ranks fourth in the Centennial Conference in goals-against average at 1.00. McDaniel has allowed more than one goal in a game just once in its first four contests.

FIELD HOCKEY

LAST TIME OUT: Salisbury, ranked ninth, scored twice in the second quarter to key a 3-0 win over McDaniel on Saturday.

• Mikayla Smith is currently third in the Centennial Conference in total saves with 22 through six games – 13 of which have come in the last two games. The sophomore goalie recorded shutouts in her first two collegiate starts. Smith has gotten a little help from her defense in the last two games with defensive saves recorded by Amy Richenderfer and Morgan Collins.

• Wednesday's home game against Shenandoah is the final non-conference tune-up before conference play opens on Saturday. The Green Terror is on a four-game skid since opening the year 2-0 and has been shut out in its last two games.

• McDaniel opens Centennial Conference play on Saturday with a road trip to Haverford. The Green Terror was chosen 11th in the preseason balloting with 10 points after a winless conference slate in 2019. Haverford was ninth in the poll but has started the 2021 season with a 7-0 mark. Johns Hopkins was picked to repeat as champions with 97 points while Franklin & Marshall was second (92) and Ursinus was third (84).

VOLLEYBALL

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel had a 2-1 start to its home schedule, sweeping Notre Dame (Md.) on Friday night and Hood on Saturday morning before falling to Misericordia 3-1 in the final match of the weekend.

• Anna Jezerski leads the conference at 4.65 kills per set. The senior hitter has recorded double-digit knockdowns in each of the last eight matches this season and eight or more in all 10 outings. She also has four matches with 20 or more kills, including 24 against Misericordia on Saturday afternoon.

• The Green Terror has four players with 71 or more digs this season. Kathy Taveras leads the way with 107 digs while Anna Jezerski has 99 and Regan Gefroh has 91. Brenna Campbell rounds out the quartet with 71 digs.

• The Centennial Conference schedule opens this weekend for McDaniel with a road trip to Haverford that includes a tri-match with Stevens. The Green Terror was tabbed sixth in the preseason poll with 54 points, just outside of the predicted playoff field of five. The Fords were picked fourth with 72 points. Johns Hopkins, the defending conference and national champs, were the unanimous pick to repeat.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel opened conference play with a 2-0 win over Muhlenberg on Saturday.

• McDaniel has not only extended its season-opening winning streak to six games but also its shutout streak to six games this season and 10 overall, dating back to the end of 2019. Dating back to the 2019 Centennial Conference (CC) first-round matchup at Gettysburg, the Green Terror has gone 952 minutes, 21 seconds without allowing a goal. The McDaniel defense has been recognized each of the last two weeks for its efforts with CC Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Katherine Carstensen earned the honor last week before Jules Dotterweich was tabbed as the honoree this week.

• Hannah Schepers earned her second CC Offensive Player of the Week honors after a two-goal week. She tallied the lone goal of a 1-0 win over No. 1 Messiah on Wednesday before getting a first-half marker on Saturday to open conference play against Muhlenberg. Schepers is currently tied for the CC lead with six goals and 13 points.

• McDaniel did something last Wednesday that had not been done in any of the previous 586 Green Terror women's soccer games – defeat a No. 1-ranked team. With its 1-0 win over Messiah, the Green Terror notched its first win over the Falcons since 1998, snapping a 12-game losing streak. It was just the third time a CC team has knocked off a top-ranked team and the first time in shutout fashion.

MEN'S GOLF

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel had another record-setting performance to win the Dickinson Fall Invitational on Saturday.

• Just four days after matching the Centennial Conference (CC) 18-hole record to earn conference Golfer of the Week, Ryan McGarry did everything in his power to make it back-to-back honors. He bettered that mark by three strokes and posted an eight-under par 64 to not only break the Green Terror and CC record but also establish a new Carlisle Barracks course record.

• As a team, the A-Team lowered its four-day-old team scoring record with a combined round of 276 to win a second straight tournament. McDaniel had four players shoot an under-par round. In addition to McGarry's 64, Chuck Csejka fired a 68 and Dell Grieser posted a 70. Joe Graceffa, captaining the B-Team to a 305, posted a 71.

• With six team rounds in the books this fall, including a round from the B-Team on Saturday, the Green Terror is averaging 293.83 as a team this fall. The A-Team has fired three straight sub-300 rounds, heading into what is traditionally a star-studded field at the Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational in Flowery Branch, Ga. next weekend. In six rounds at Royal Lakes, the McDaniel has carded rounds of 300 or better four times.

CROSS COUNTRY

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel won the Lancaster Bible Charger Invitational on Friday.

• Wyatt Farace notched his third straight individual race win, capturing his first 8K of the season. He won at Lancaster Bible in a time of 28:49.9, outpacing the field by 34 seconds. The Green Terror captured the team title for the second straight time after also winning in 2019. On Friday, McDaniel won with 38 points behind four runners in the top 12.

• Bailey Mullen led the Green Terror in the team's first 6K of the season. She posted a time of 28:28.4 to place third at Lancaster Bible. McDaniel had the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth place finishers to capture the Charger Invitational for the second straight year with 33 points.

• This weekend's trip to Big Spring High School is the second postseason course preview in the month of September for the Green Terror. Big Spring will host the NCAA Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region race on Nov. 13 for the fifth time and first time since 2017. It will be the first time any McDaniel harrier sees the course.

WOMEN'S GOLF

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel had its first official stroke-play round of the season at The Bridges Golf Club.

• Zoey Nichols led the Green Terror in the opener with a round of 92. Kat Pensabene turned in a career-low round by 11 strokes while Vaishali Bhatt made her official collegiate debut in the tournament.

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