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Week 6 News and Notes: McDaniel hits heart of conference play

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

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This Week's Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Women's Soccer vs. Franklin & Marshall, 4:00
Field Hockey vs. Dickinson, 6:00
Volleyball vs. Dickinson, 7:00
Men's Soccer at Christendom, 4:00

Saturday, Oct. 9
Men's Golf at Mason-Dixon Collegiate Classic, 8:30
Field Hockey vs. Swarthmore, 1:00
Volleyball vs. Swarthmore, 1:00
Women's Soccer at Dickinson, 1:00
Men's Soccer at Dickinson, 3:30

Sunday, Oct. 10
Men's Golf at Mason-Dixon Collegiate Classic, 8:30

Monday, Oct. 11
Men's Golf at Lebanon Valley Fall Invitational, 12:00

Tuesday, Oct. 5
Men's Soccer at Hood, 4:00

WOMEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored twice in the final 5:04 to come from behind and defeat Swarthmore 2-1 on Saturday.

• McDaniel found itself ranked in the top 10 for the first time in program history when the United Soccer Coaches poll came out on Tuesday and the Green Terror was slotted 10th. That same day, McDaniel posted its program- and conference-record-tying ninth straight game with a shutout to go the entire month of September without allowing a goal.

• The Green Terror's shutout streak came to a close 13:23 into Saturday's game at Swarthmore. Dating back to the end of the 2019 season, it was 1235 minutes, 44 seconds between goals scored against the McDaniel defense. With the goal on Saturday, the Green Terror was the last women's soccer team in Division III to allow a goal this season and the only team to make it the entire first month with nothing but clean sheets. The team's 0.10 goals-against average is still best in the nation.

• Elaina Kluttz capped Saturday's comeback win with her first collegiate goal with 4:45 to play. She became the 10th different McDaniel player to score a goal this season. Seven of those players have just one tally.

FIELD HOCKEY

LAST TIME OUT: Muhlenberg scored in the 10th minute and held on for a 1-0 win over McDaniel on Saturday.

• Mikayla Smith enters the week as the conference leader in saves with 57 this season. The sophomore has made nine or more stops in each of the first three conference games this year. She has also been aided by her defense with five defensive saves, including three from Amy Richenderfer – a total which is currently second in the conference.

• Saturday's 1-0 loss at Muhlenberg was fourth one-goal game that the Green Terror has played this season. McDaniel is 1-3 in such games this year but this was the first 1-0 loss since falling 1-0 to Wilson on Sept. 17, 2019.

VOLLEYBALL

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel dropped both ends of a tri-match at Muhlenberg, falling 3-0 in the conference match to the Mules before dropping a 3-1 decision to DeSales.

• Saturday tri-matches have not been kind to the Green Terror this season. McDaniel is 2-6 on Saturdays this season with both wins coming in the first match of the day. The Green Terror has just one such day remaining on the schedule on Oct. 23 at home against Ursinus and Goucher. McDaniel is, however, 3-2 at home this season with six of its final nine matches at The Gill Center.

• Anna Jezerski is currently second in the conference at 4.29 kills per set. The senior hitter has recorded double-digit knockdowns in 13 of the last 14 matches and eight or more in all 16 outings. She also has four matches with 20 or more kills. The rest of the Green Terror team has four combined double-digit kill outings.

MEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: Swarthmore scored in the fifth minute for a 1-0 win over McDaniel on Saturday.

• Justin Winborne-Freeman tallied his first career goal in the 81st minute against No. 8 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. That 2-1 decision is the only game that McDaniel has been a part of this season in which both teams have scored a goal. It was also the eighth time in the last 11 meetings between the Green Terror and Blue Jays decided by one goal. McDaniel has played four one-goal games this season.

• The Green Terror has not scored in the first half this season. Furthermore, Saturday's early goal from Swarthmore was the first tally before the 28th minute by either team in any McDaniel game this season. Eight of the 15 goals tallied in the eight Green Terror games this season have been scored in the 73rd minute or later.

CROSS COUNTRY

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel finished ninth at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational on Sept. 25.

• The last time out at Dickinson two weeks ago was the second time this season that the Green Terror was part of a two-race format meet. Wyatt Farace pulled off the double both times. After running both a total of 8,000 meters the first time on the home course with wins in both the 5K and 3K, Farace legged out 12,000 meters of racing on Sept. 25 at Big Spring High School. He was 29th in the 8K and 43rd in the 4K, keeping his streak alive of being McDaniel's top finisher in all six races this year. The 4,000-meter race at Dickinson was the last chance any runner had to toe the line for a course that is shorter than the championship distance. The final two regular-season races over the next will be 8,000-meter distances in preparation for the championship meets.

MEN'S GOLF

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel finished 15th of 18 teams at the Royal Lakes Invitational hosted by Oglethorpe on Sept. 26-27.

• After firing four straight team rounds of better than 300, the Green Terror posted it highest two rounds of the fall on the Bermuda at Royal Lakes last time out with scores of 310 and 311. McDaniel still has a team stroke average of 297.0 this season with two more A-Team rounds this fall. The B-Team, in addition to playing in the Green Terror's own Mason-Dixon Collegiate Classic, will close out the fall at the Lebanon Valley College Fall Invitational on Monday.

• Chuck Csejka matched his career-low round on Monday at Royal Lakes with a four-under par 68. It was the eighth sub-par round fired by a Green Terror golfer this fall. Csejka and Ryan McGarry have each carded three rounds of par or better. McGarry has a 64, 67, and 68 to his credit while Csejka has two 68s and a 72. Freshman Dell Grieser has also posted two rounds under par (69 and 70) while Joe Graceffa has one (71).

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