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Week 7 News and Notes: McDaniel celebrates Homecoming Week

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

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This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Men's Soccer at Hood, 7:00

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Women's Soccer vs. Johns Hopkins, 3:30
Field Hockey at Johns Hopkins, 7:00
Volleyball at Johns Hopkins, 7:00

Saturday, Oct. 9
Football vs. Ursinus, 1:00
Volleyball vs. Bryn Mawr, 1:00
Men's Soccer vs. Haverford, 1:00
Women's Soccer vs. Haverford, 3:30
Field Hockey vs. Bryn Mawr, 6:00
Cross Country at Hood College Open (Othello Park), 10:00

Tuesday, Oct. 19
Volleyball vs. Stevenson, 7:00
Women's Soccer at Elizabethtown, 7:00

MEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored 2:41 into overtime to secure a 2-1 win at Dickinson on Saturday.

• The Green Terror has played three one-goal games over the last two weeks. The stretch started with a 2-1 loss to No. 8 Johns Hopkins before falling 1-0 at Swarthmore three days later. After a 3-1 win at Christendom in an out-of-conference contest, McDaniel notched its first one-goal win of the season with an overtime victory at Dickinson. It was the first time the Green Terror had defeated the Red Devils since 2006.

• Four different players have found the back of the net in the last four games, including a two-goal game from Joel Afata Molete at Christendom last Wednesday. Justin Winborne-Freeman and Luke Mason also each scored their first college goals. While the goal-scoring has been condensed this season, the feeds have not. Nine different McDaniel players have an assist this year. Only Allan Rivera-Benitez has multiple helpers with two this year.

• The Green Terror improved to 3-2 in non-conference games with the victory over Christendom last week. McDaniel still has two non-conference tilts on the schedule with a Tuesday night trip to Hood and a game at Juniata on Oct. 26.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel blasted home the game's lone goal in the 63rd minute for a 1-0 victory at Dickinson.

• McDaniel moved into the ninth spot in last week's United Soccer Coaches' poll and will now be part of a top-10 showdown for the first time in program history when No. 2 Johns Hopkins comes to town on Wednesday. Both teams enter the game without a loss on their records. The game will likely go a long way in determining the top seed and hosting rights for the Centennial Conference tournament in November.

• The Green Terror enters the week with statistically the best defense in Division III. McDaniel has a scant 0.083 goals-against average, allowing just one goal in 1,080 minutes this season. The next best defense is Puget Sound at a 0.162 goals-against average. The Green Terror went the entire month of September without allowing a goal and has not surrendered a goal at home since Muhlenberg scored in the 52nd minute on Oct. 26, 2019.

• Eleven different Green Terror players have registered a goal this season. Nine of those 11 have scored in just one game. Two additional players – Allison Storm and goalkeeper Katherine Carstensen – have registered assists this season without scoring goals of their own. Storm has four helpers while two Carstensen punts have resulted directly in goals at the other end.

• Katherine Carstensen and Maddie Schwartz made it six weekly conference honors for McDaniel this season. Carstensen picked up her second Defensive Player of the Week accolade of 2021 and third of her career while Schwartz nabbed second career Offensive Player of the Week honor.

FIELD HOCKEY

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored in the 13th minute and the defense made the lone goal stand for a 1-0 win over Swarthmore on Saturday.

• McDaniel has played three straight one-goal games and have had six games decided by a skinny tally in 2021. The streak started with a 1-0 loss at Muhlenberg last Saturday before continuing in both home games last week. The Green Terror played Dickinson even through 80 minutes before the Red Devils prevailed in a shootout 3-0 to officially be awarded the 2-1 victory. On Saturday, McDaniel won its second 1-0 game of the year, topping Swarthmore for its first conference victory since defeating Haverford 1-0 on Oct. 14, 2018. The schedule is much harder down the stretch for the Green Terror, however, with three of its final five opponents currently ranked in the top 20.

• Mikayla Smith leads the conference with 72 saves this season. However, it hasn't been just the sophomore keeper doing work on the defensive end. She has two defenders alongside her who are in the top four in the CC in defensive saves. Amy Richenderfer is currently third with four d-saves while Morgan Collins is fourth with three stops.

VOLLEYBALL

LAST TIME OUT: Swarthmore had the final say in a back-and-forth, tightly contested five-set match with a 3-2 victory over McDaniel on Saturday.

• Anna Jezerski registered her fifth 20-kill match of the season on Saturday in the five-set loss to Swarthmore. The senior is currently second in the conference at 4.17 kills per set. She has recorded double-digit kills in 14 of the last 16 matches.

• Out of the 60 sets played to 25 this season, the Green Terror has had 35 of those sets in which both teams have scored no fewer than 20 points. Unfortunately for McDaniel, 22 of those sets have not finished in their favor. That includes nine of the 10 that have been within five points over the last four matches.

CROSS COUNTRY

LAST TIME OUT: The McDaniel men placed second at the John Caslin Classic hosted by Goucher on Saturday. The women sent two competitors and did not post a team score.

• No fewer than eight Green Terror runners turned in personal-best marks last weekend at Goucher. Six of those eight knocked more than a minute off their best times at the championship distance. Tyler Richardson knocked nearly two-and-a-half minutes off his previous best 8,000-meter time and became the fourth member of the team to break 30 minutes this fall. Wyatt Farace broke 28 minutes for the first time this season with his time of 27:47.5. On the women's side, both Green Terror competitors knocked significant time off their previous 6K bests. Bailey Mullen dropped two minutes off her last 6,000-meter run with a time of 26:29.4 while Ashley Siebenhaar dropped nearly eight minutes off her previous 6K with a mark of 28:30.9.

• The trip to second new course this season will be the final tune-up for the Green Terror before the conference championship on Oct. 30. The Hood College Open moves from its traditional Utica Park location in Frederick to Jefferson, Md., and Othello Park. McDaniel will then have two weeks off before returning to the first new venue of the year – the Baltimore County Agricultural Center – for the conference championship. It will be a new-look for the men, however, when they will take on an 8K layout instead of the 6K they ran on the opening weekend.

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