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Week 9 News and Notes: McDaniel closes regular season for fall sports

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

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This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 26
Men's Soccer at Juniata, 5:30

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Field Hockey at Gettysburg, 3:30
Women's Soccer at Washington (Md.), 4:00
Volleyball at Gettysburg, 7:00

Saturday, Oct. 30
Women's Soccer vs. Ursinus, 12:00
Football vs. Moravian, 1:00
Men's Soccer vs. Ursinus, 3:00
Cross Country at Centennial Conference Championship (Baltimore County Ag Center), 11:00
Volleyball at Franklin & Marshall, 1:00
Swimming at Dickinson, 4:00
Field Hockey at Franklin & Marshall, 6:00

Tuesday, Oct. 26
Men's Soccer at Juniata, 5:30

MEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: Washington scored twice in the final nine minutes for a 3-1 win over McDaniel on Saturday.

• Six of the Green Terror's last eight games have been decided by one goal or fewer. McDaniel has dropped three 1-0 games in that stretch and had another scoreless deadlock.

• Jason Bruder recorded his first collegiate goal at Washington on Saturday. He became the 11th different McDaniel player to register a point this season.

• The Green Terror may be happy to see a Tuesday road game on this final week of the season. McDaniel is 2-0-1 in Tuesday games this season and 3-3-1 in road games overall. Conversely, Saturday's finale might not be as kind if history is any indication. Of the five 1-0 games the Green Terror has lost this season, four have come on Saturdays.

FIELD HOCKEY

LAST TIME OUT: Ursinus scored late in the second and fourth quarters for a 2-0 win over McDaniel on Saturday.

• The Green Terror is staring at two teams in the final week of the season who will be playing for their playoff lives. Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall are both 3-5 on the year and sit one game out of the fifth and final playoff spot. The final week starts with five teams alive for one remaining spot.

• Mikayla Smith leads the conference with 92 saves this season. No other goalie has had to make more than 70 this season. Smith's .736 save percentage is currently 81st in Division III while her 2.13 goals-against average ranks 91st. As a team, the Green Terror ranks in the top half of Division III in both saves (64th, 6.53 spg) and save percentage (73rd, .748)

WOMEN'S SOCCER

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored twice in a five-minute span to top Elizabethtown 3-1 last Tuesday.

• The initial listing of regionally-ranked teams was released by the NCAA last Wednesday and – as expected – McDaniel was among the nine teams ranked in Region V. The rankings were released as an alphabetical listing to give the committee additional data points for the second rankings, which will come out this Wednesday afternoon.

• The Green Terror snapped its stretch of 13 straight goals after halftime with a goal in the 11th minute at Elizabethtown last Tuesday. However, 15 of the last 16 tallies have come after halftime in games.

• Jessica Weinoldt became the third different McDaniel player with a multiple-goal game with her two second-half markers at Elizabethtown last Tuesday. Hannah Schepers has found the back of the net twice in the same game twice this year and Elena Hincapie also had a multi-goal game to her credit. Allison Storm dished out two assists for the second time this year last Tuesday. She currently leads the team and is second in the CC with six helpers.

VOLLEYBALL

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel split a home tri-match on Saturday, falling 3-2 to Ursinus before sweeping Goucher.

• Anna Jezerski has led the Green Terror in kills in all 22 matches this season. The senior has had seven or more knockdowns in each match and her 18 double-digit outings are nearly three times the rest of the team.

• Allyson Burgee has recorded at least one block in each of the last 21 matches this season. The only match all year without a block was the opener at Salisbury. She has 44 total blocks, which is more than half of the team's total for the year.

CROSS COUNTRY

LAST TIME OUT: The McDaniel men finished fifth and the women placed eighth in the final tune-up of the season at Hood two weeks ago.

• Wyatt Farace ran the 16th fastest all-time 8K time for the Green Terror in the final tune-up for the postseason at Hood two weeks ago. Farace has led McDaniel in every race this season and is poised to be in the same place, leading the Green Terror at the conference championship. Farace posted a time of 20:39.6 when McDaniel ran a 6,000-meter race at the same course to open the season but will see a different configuration at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center when the men toe the line for the 8,000-meter championship distance.

• Bailey Mullen has become the leader on the women's side over the course of the year. She posted a personal-best time of 22:38.2 in the 5K at Hood two weeks ago that she and the other competitors thought was going to be a 6K course. The next fastest 5,000-meter by a Green Terror runner this season was rookie Shannon Short in the opening 5K at the same course the team returns to for this weekend's championship. Short posted a time of 23:06.8 at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center in the opener but an extra 1,000 meters will be added to that course for this weekend.

SWIMMING

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel dropped three duals in a Centennial Conference quad to open the season last Saturday.

• In total, 20 first-time college individual swims took place in last week's opener for the Green Terror. Nine McDaniel swimmers jumped in the pool competitively for the first time as collegiate athletes. Christian Walker came within 1.26 seconds of swimming a top-10 all-time mark in his first collegiate outing. He posted a time of 56.16 seconds in the 100 fly.

• This Saturday's trip to Dickinson is the one of just two true dual meets for the Green Terror through early January. After last weekend's opening quad, McDaniel still had a November trimatch at St. Mary's with Stevenson, a December tri at Gallaudet with Hollins and a January tri at Hood with Immaculata.

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