Spring Sport Shorts 2019

field hockey

Winning its third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship and its fourth in the last six years, SU defeated East Stroudsburg in the title game 1-0. SU won its ninth consecutive NCAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament game and is the first team to win three consecutive NCAA Division II titles since Bloomsburg won four-in-a-row from 2006-09.

Sophomore Jazmin Petrantonio was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Player of the Year to highlight a season that included a conference-best twenty-eight goals and sixty-two points. She ranked fourth in the nation in goals per game (1.22) and scored at least one goal in fourteen games, including five of SU’s six postseason games. Petrantonio earned six postseason awards, including NFHCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year, PSAC Athlete of the Year, NFHCA First Team All-American, All-PSAC First Team midfielder, and 2018 NCAA Division II All-Tournament Team member.

Shippensburg’s field hockey coaching staff was named the 2018 Spiideo/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year. Head Coach Tara Zollinger, along with assistants Jordan Page, Brittney Randolph and Madison Scarr, directed the Raiders to three victories in the NCAA Tournament en route to their national title, defeating Merrimack 4-1 in the quarterfinals and West Chester 4-0 in the semifinals. 

Three players were named NFHCA All-Americans: Petrantonio and junior defender Mikayla Cheney were First Team selections, while freshman forward Jenna Sluymer was a Second Team selection. Petrantonio and Cheney also were All-PSAC First Team honorees, while Sluymer and junior midfielder Rosalia Cappadora were All-PSAC Second Team picks.

Four players were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team: Petrantonio, Cappadora, senior goalkeeper Ally Mooney, and sophomore Emily Stauffer.

(Top row, from left) Jazmin Petrantonio, Mikayla Cheney, and Jenna Sluymer. (Bottom row, from left) Rosalia Cappadora, Ally Mooney, and Emily Stauffer.

(Top row, from left) Jazmin Petrantonio, Mikayla Cheney, and Jenna Sluymer. (Bottom row, from left) Rosalia Cappadora, Ally Mooney, and Emily Stauffer.


Volleyball

The Raiders went 25-8 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven seasons under head coach Leanne Piscotty. They qualified for the PSAC Tournament for the twelfth consecutive season, reaching the semifinals before falling to eventual league champion Seton Hill. The season included a school-record winning streak of fifteen consecutive matches.

Three players were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Atlantic Region Teams as well as receiving All-PSAC honors: senior Morgan DeFloria, sophomore Emily Hangen, and junior Samantha Webber. 

SU’s graduating class (DeFloria, Courtney Malott, Grace Ramacciotti, Angela Tarabrella, and Bridget Terrel) compiled a 102-37 career record—marking the most successful four-year run in program history. DeFloria finishes her career second in school history with 1,503 kills. 

(From left) Morgan DeFloria, Emily Hangen, and Samantha Webber.

(From left) Morgan DeFloria, Emily Hangen, and Samantha Webber.


Football

Josh Gontarek

Josh Gontarek

Shippensburg finished with a 6-5 record, securing its eighth consecutive winning season after defeating IUP in the season finale to mark SU’s first victory over the Crimson Hawks since 1988. SU has equaled its longest streak of consecutive winning seasons in school history (1950-57 under head coaches Vinton Rambo (1950-54) and Jack Roddick (1955-57)).

Junior wide receiver Josh Gontarek was named PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Athlete of the Year after ranking second in the conference in receptions (74) and tenth in the nation in receiving yards (1,097) and catching nine touchdowns. 

Brycen Mussina

Brycen Mussina

Quarterback Brycen Mussina was named the PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year. Mussina led the PSAC in five major passing categories, including touchdowns (32), yards (3,376), completions (254), attempts (421), and yards-per-game average (306.9). He was the only conference quarterback to eclipse both 3,000 passing yards and thirty touchdowns this season.

SU had three players earn Google Cloud Academic All-District honors: senior defensive lineman Josh Lister (3.53 GPA, mathematics), junior linebacker Tig Spinelli (3.83 GPA, supply chain management) and senior quarterback Chase Yocum (3.67 GPA, management).

Eight players earned All-PSAC East honors. Four players earned First Team accolades: Gontarek, sophomore wide receiver Winston Eubanks, senior defensive lineman Dakota Thompson, and senior linebacker Tyler Emge. Four players earned Second Team honors: junior offensive lineman Zach Warren, senior defensive linemen John Durkin and Richard Nase, and Gontarek as a return specialist. 

(Top row, from left) Josh Gontarek, Brycen Mussina, Josh Lister, and Tig Spinelli. (Bottom row, from left) Chase Yocum, Winston Eubanks, Dakota Thompson, and Tyler Emge.

(Top row, from left) Josh Gontarek, Brycen Mussina, Josh Lister, and Tig Spinelli. (Bottom row, from left) Chase Yocum, Winston Eubanks, Dakota Thompson, and Tyler Emge.


Men’s Soccer

Patrick Luebben

Patrick Luebben

This season, soccer finished with a 10-3-4 record. SU hosted its first conference playoff match in eight years. The team recorded eight shutouts while allowing only fourteen goals on the season. 

Senior Patrick Luebben, a double-major in marketing and management with a 3.92 GPA entering his final semester, was named to the PSAC Fall Top 10 team for success both on the field and in the classroom. Luebben, an All-PSAC and consensus All-Region honoree, ranked second on the team in goals (five) and points (thirteen) while tying for second in assists (three).

Senior Cole Kropnick also earned All-PSAC honors and was a consensus All-Region selection. Kropnick led the PSAC in points (twenty-six) and was tied for the league lead in goals (eleven). He finished his SU career with twenty-three goals and seven assists. 

Senior goalkeeper Garret Watson led the PSAC in save percentage (.833), ranked second in goals-against average (0.83 GAA), and was fifth in saves (70). 

Luebben and senior defender Logan Koch earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors. Koch, a double major in accounting and management, had a 3.74 cumulative GPA at the time of his award.

(From left) Patrick Luebben, Cole Kropnick, and Garret Watson.

(From left) Patrick Luebben, Cole Kropnick, and Garret Watson.


Women’s Soccer

Shippensburg finished with a 7-10-1 overall record and a 5-10-1 conference record this season. Six of SU’s ten losses came by just one goal.

Izzy Weigel (left), and Delaney Shifflett.

Izzy Weigel (left), and Delaney Shifflett.

Junior Izzy Weigel paced the Raiders with six goals on the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Shifflett finished second in the PSAC in saves (126), fourth in save percentage (.863), and ninth in goals-against average (1.22). 


Men’s Cross Country

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Shippensburg qualified for its sixth consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships race and twenty-first overall after finishing second at both the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the PSAC Championships. SU finished twenty-seventh at nationals.

Nate Kaplon was named the 2018 PSAC Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year. He was the top freshman finisher at the 2018 NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the No. 2 freshman in the field at the 2018 PSAC Championships. 

SU had four runners achieve USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region honors: senior Dominic Stroh (ninth), senior Sean Weidner (thirteenth), Kaplon (sixteenth), and graduate Albert Schrimp (eighteenth). 

At the PSAC Championships, four men earned All-PSAC First Team honors: Schrimp (ninth), Stroh (tenth), Weidner (twelfth), and Kaplon (fifteenth). Three men earned All-PSAC Second Team honors: freshman Cade Rush (sixteenth), junior Rob Moser (twenty-second), and senior Connor Holm (thirtieth).

(From left) Nate Kaplon, Dominic Stroh, Sean Weidner, and Albert Schrimp.

(From left) Nate Kaplon, Dominic Stroh, Sean Weidner, and Albert Schrimp.


women’s cross country

The women’s team made its eleventh consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship appearance after winning the 2018 PSAC Championship and finishing third at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships. SU finished twenty-eighth at nationals. 

SU’s conference championship is its ninth in school history. The Raiders have finished among the top three teams at the PSAC Championships for eleven consecutive seasons.

Kaylee Mowery was named the 2018 PSAC Women’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year. She was the top freshman finisher at the 2018 PSAC Championships and the No. 3 freshman in the field at the 2018 Atlantic Region Championships.

SU had four runners achieve USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region: sophomore Bella Marchini (sixth), sophomore Natalee Serwatka (ninth), senior Jackie Kinkead (twenty-fourth), and Mowery (twenty-fifth).

Three women earned All-PSAC First Team honors: Serwatka (sixth), Marchini (ninth), and Mowery (twelfth). Two women earned All-PSAC Second Team honors: Kinkead (twenty-first) and senior Lindsey Gerlach (twenty-third). 

(From left) Kaylee Mowery, Bella Marchini, Natalee Serwatka, and Jackie Kinkead.

(From left) Kaylee Mowery, Bella Marchini, Natalee Serwatka, and Jackie Kinkead.

Fall Sports Shorts 2018

2018 Women Leaders in College Sports

Carrie Michaels

Carrie Michaels

Carrie Michaels, associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, received the 2018 Women Leaders in College Sports NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year Award in October. Michaels was one of nine award recipients.

Michaels’ is in her eleventh year with Raider athletics and her thirteenth overall at Shippensburg University. She has served as associate director of athletics for nine years.

She is a member of the senior management team on behalf of athletics. Her intercollegiate experience includes the overall development and management of NCAA Division II athletics. 

Michaels also serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator on behalf of the Athletics Department and as a member of the university’s Title IX Team. She is proficient in gender equity evaluation and plan development and has worked specifically with university legal counsel and the Office for Civil Rights to address compliance issues.


MAKE-A-WISH REVEAL

Shippensburg University’s Athletics Department and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted a memorable Make-A-Wish® reveal in October for local seven-year-old Liam Kepner through Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware, and Susquehanna Valley.

Liam is the son of Kristen Kepner, a student at Shippensburg University, and Josh Kepner. He is the grandson of Karen Reath, secretary for the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.

In 2016, Liam was diagnosed with medulloblastoma just two weeks after his fifth birthday. Medulloblastoma is relatively rare, accounting for less than 2 percent of all primary brain tumors and 18 percent of all pediatric brain tumors. He completed his chemotherapy treatments and has undergone a stem cell transplant at the Children’s Hospital at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Throughout his diagnosis, Liam embraced life and had a smile on his face. After being home-schooled for two years, he started public school this fall.

SAAC made the wish reveal possible through fundraising during the 2016-17 academic year. Make-a-Wish® is an official partner of NCAA Division II.


wise will rise

Julia Wise ’17 was an integral member of the lacrosse team, serving as a captain when she was a senior. Recently, Wise was diagnosed with metastatic stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her bones and liver. She is currently seeking treatment at the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The SU Student-Advisory Committee (SAAC), SU Lacrosse, and other organizations on campus have collected donations in an effort to help Wise fight the battle against breast cancer. These groups have promoted their efforts using the hashtag #WiseWillRise in support of Julia.


Strength and Conditioning

Jordan Jacobs

Jordan Jacobs

Jordan Jacobs was hired as SU’s head strength and conditioning coach in early October.

Jacobs previously worked at the University of Massachusetts where he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for multiple sports—specifically men’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s track and field.

He is licensed through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach®. Jacobs also holds a USA Weightlifting Level 2 certification as an Advanced Sports Performance Coach.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Kent State in 2007 and his Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Western Michigan in 2010.


Lacrosse

Nicole Hinkle

Nicole Hinkle

Nicole Hinkle is assistant coach for the Shippensburg University lacrosse team. Hinkle joined the team in September and has been with the team throughout fall practice. As a collegiate athlete, she competed from 2015-18 at Wingate University, working primarily as a goalie and defender. In her first three seasons, she was a goalkeeper and twice received SAC Defensive Player of the Week awards during her freshman season. In her senior season, Hinkle became a starting defender and earned All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Honorable Mention.


SOFTBALL

Danielle Thacker

Danielle Thacker

Danielle Thacker joined the coaching staff as a full-time assistant. Thacker replaces Jessica Strong, who was named the head coach at Seton Hill in July. Thacker most recently was at Richard Bland College of William & Mary in Virginia, a junior college where she served as the head softball coach and an assistant to the athletics department. She began as an assistant coach at Richard Bland for the 2018 season before becoming the head coach earlier this year. Prior to Richard Bland, Thacker spent 2017 as the pitching coach at Shepherd University.


Revisiting the 1988 Red Raiders

During Homecoming Weekend, Shippensburg celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of its 1988 football team. In that season, the Red Raiders won the PSAC Western Division with a 5-1 league record and a victory over IUP. More than fifteen members of the team reunited for Homecoming at the Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg.

Spring Sports Shorts 2018

IN THE Spring 2018 EDITION OF SPORTS SHORTS, LEARN MORE ABOUT Men's Cross Country Athlete, Rob Moser, and his first place finish at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championship meet. ALSO, READ MORE ABOUT the season-long efforts of head football coach, Mark ‘Mac’ Maciejewski, that qualified him for two coach of the year awards. FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE SPORTS, VISIT SHIPRAIDERS.COM.

FIELD HOCKEY

Shippensburg won its second consecutive NCAA national championship and third in school history, defeating LIU Post 4-1 in the title game after a 2-1 semifinal win over East Stroudsburg and a 6-1 quarterfinal win over Stonehill. Freshman Jazmin Petrantonio was named the 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year and the 2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Freshman of the Year. She led the PSAC with twelve assists and set the NCAA Division II single-game assists record by assisting on all six of Shippensburg’s goals in a 6-1 win over Millersville on September 12. Senior Emily Barnard was named the 2017 PSAC Field Hockey Athlete of the Year after leading the PSAC and finishing fifth in the nation with twenty goals. Barnard, Petrantonio, and senior midfielder Brooke Sheibley were named to the 2017 Longstreth/NFHCA Division II All-American Team. SU had five All-PSAC players. Barnard and Petrantonio were named to the All-PSAC First Team, while Sheibley, senior forward Mary Spisak, and sophomore defender Mikayla Cheney earned All-PSAC Second Team honors. Head Coach Tara Zollinger, along with assistants Jordan Page and Brittney Randolph, were named the 2017 NFHCA Division II Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year and Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year. 


VOLLEYBALL

Shippensburg went 21-12 and made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six years. Sophomore middle hitter Samantha Webber was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region Team, the D2CCA All-Region Second Team, and the All-PSAC First Team after leading the team (ninth in the PSAC) in hitting percentage (.293) while ranking second in kills (377) and blocks (82). Setter Emily Hangen was named the 2017 PSAC Freshman of the Year and earned All-PSAC Second Team and AVCA Honorable mention recognition after ranking second in the PSAC in assists per set (10.5). Junior outside hitter Morgan DeFloria was named to the All-PSAC Second Team and the NCAA Atlantic Region All-Tournament Team. She became the ninth player in school history to record 1,000 kills in a career during the season. 


MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Shippensburg won the 2017 NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the 2017 PSAC Championships before finishing tenth at the NCAA National Championships. Steve Spence was named the 2017 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and the PSAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. He instructed a talented group of Raiders that includes two different Athletes of the Year: senior Alex Balla (2017 All-American and PSAC Athlete of the Year) and sophomore Rob Moser (2017 Atlantic Region Champion and USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year). At the PSAC Championships, four Raiders earned All-PSAC First Team honors: Balla (second), senior Calvin Conrad-Kline (fifth), sophomore Rob Moser (seventh), and junior Sean Weidner (eighth). Senior Harrison Schettler (sixteenth) earned All-PSAC Second Team honors. At the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships, five men earned All-Atlantic Region honors: Moser (first), Balla (third), Conrad-Kline (fifth), junior Dominic Stroh (tenth), and Weidner (sixteenth). Moser became the first Raider in thirty-seven years to win a regional championship. Balla, the only men’s cross country runner from the PSAC to earn All-America honors this season, also was named to the PSAC Fall Top Ten squad. He is a dual major in marketing and entrepreneurship and holds a cumulative GPA of 3.77. 


WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Shippensburg qualified for its tenth consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships race after placing second at both the 2017 NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the 2017 PSAC Championships. SU finished twenty-ninth overall at nationals. SU had five women achieve All-PSAC honors: senior Bryanna Dissinger (ninth), sophomore Lydia Cagle (twelfth), junior Jackie Kinkead (nineteenth), senior Lizzie Manickas (twentieth), and senior Emily Kachik (twenty-ninth). At the Regional Championships, SU had three All-Region runners: Kinkead (tenth), Dissinger (thirteenth), and Manickas (twenty-third). 


MEN’S SOCCER

Shippensburg posted a 7-8-2 overall record and 5-6 conference record to finish seventh in the PSAC, just shy of a postseason berth. Junior forward Cole Kropnick was named to the All-PSAC Second Team, D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team, and the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Atlantic Region Third Team after finishing the regular season as one of just five players in the conference to score double-digit goals. Senior defender Jan Striewe was named to the All-PSAC Second Team and D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team after scoring five goals and helping anchor a defense that held opponents to one goal or less in seven matches.


WOMEN’S SOCCER 

Shippensburg finished with a 6-11-1 overall record and 5-10 conference record this season under head coach Rob Fulton. On October 15, Fulton earned his 100th career victory as the Raider head coach with a 3-0 win at Millersville. He has totaled 101 victories in his twelve SU seasons. Sophomore Izzy Weigel was named to the All-PSAC Third Team after finishing the season as one of just six players in the conference to score nine or more goals. Her nine goals were the most by a Raider since 2009. 


FOOTBALL

Shippensburg finished with 10-2 record and made its sixth NCAA postseason appearance in school history. Head Coach Mark ‘Mac’ Maciejewski was named the 2017 AFCA Division II Region 1 Coach of the Year and the 2017 PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year for leading SU to its fifth ten-win season in school history and first NCAA playoff berth in five years. Ten players earned All-PSAC East honors, with redshirt freshman wide receiver Winston Eubanks
being named the 2017 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year. Eubanks is one of seven
Raiders named to the All-PSAC East First Team along with senior quarterback Ryan Zapoticky, senior defensive back Kevin Taylor II, junior safety Richard Sheler, junior linebacker Tyler Emge, and junior defensive ends Richard Nase and Dakota Thompson. SU had three All-PSAC Second Team honorees: senior running back Cole Chiappialle, junior center Alec Petrillo, and sophomore guard Zach Warren. Zapoticky and graduate running back Colin McDermott were named Academic All-Americans. McDermott, a First Team selection, is studying toward his MBA after graduating with a 3.71 cumulative GPA. Zapoticky, a Second Team selection, graduated magna cum laude in December with a cumulative GPA of 3.69 and a degree in biology (pre-med concentration). He also was named to the PSAC Fall Top Ten squad. Chiappialle earned Academic All-District honors.

Fall Sports Shorts 2017

IN THE FALL 2017 EDITION OF SPORTS SHORTS, learn more about the field hockey team's #HARTSTRONG motto and how you can helP its cause. Also, read More about SHip's inaugural LACROSSE coach Kathy Heinze, who RECEIVED recognition from The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE SPORTS, VISIT SHIPRAIDERS.COM.

FIELD HOCKEY

SU’s field hockey team is collecting donations for Four Diamonds in honor of junior Megan Hart, a forward from Thompsontown who was diagnosed this September with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Four Diamonds is an organization that supports those affected by childhood cancer by providing critical medical expenses toward treatments at the Penn State University Medical Centers. SU field hockey wore orange t-shirts during the pregame warmups of its remaining games in support of Hart, as orange is the universal color for leukemia awareness. SU field hockey adopted the motto #HARTSTRONG in support of their teammate as she undergoes chemotherapy treatments and works toward her recovery.


TENNIS

The tennis team earned an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team award for possessing a cumulative team GPA above the required 3.2 minimum. In the fall, the Raiders posted a strong mark with a 3.289 team GPA. SU tennis responded in the spring by posting its highest cumulative team GPA since 2009 at 3.531. Five members of the team were certified with ITA All-Academic individual honors: sophomore Hannah Coath, senior Emilie Luttman, freshman Alison Miller, sophomore Megan Moorhead and freshman Kelsey Olsen. Each satisfied the award’s criteria by being a varsity letter-winner with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the 2016-17 academic year.


SOFTBALL

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named seven members of the softball team scholar-athletes for achieving a minimum GPA of 3.5 during the 2016-17 academic year: junior Tara Bicko, freshman Kayla Bonawitz, freshman Kendall Geis, freshman Micaela Ghanayem, freshman Meghan Klee, sophomore Nicole Smith, and junior Anna Warfield. SU has had 28 NFCA scholar-athletes over the last four years. Shippensburg also was named a 2016-17 Easton All-Academic Team by the NFCA as one of 86 nationally recognized
Division II teams with a cumulative team GPA above of 3.0.


LACROSSE

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) recognized Kathy Heinze, the inaugural head coach of Shippensburg University lacrosse, as a trailblazer of the game. Heinze is one of 11 former collegiate coaches recognized Oct. 21 with a plaque along the new Chris Sailer Trail located at the United States Lacrosse headquarters. She was selected “for exceptional work advancing women’s lacrosse and the coaching profession during the Title IX era.”

Already a renowned international coach upon her arrival at Shippensburg, Heinze only coached the Raiders for two seasons but left an indelible impact. Her knowledge and expertise established the foundation for success in SU’s program. Shippensburg started out with a 2-2-1 record in 1977 before improving to 7-0 in 1978. She was head coach of the national US Lacrosse team from 1973-77, posting an undefeated record that included the first-ever US victory over England in 1975. She started the lacrosse program at Dickinson in 1976 before doing the same at Shippensburg one year later.

SU’s lacrosse team was one of 63 NCAA Division II programs named as a 2017 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, while senior Ali Harclerode and juniors Jordan Kengor and Makenzie Magnotta were named to the 2017 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll. Shippensburg received the Academic Honor Squad distinction for posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.34—a mark well above the required 3.0 minimum. Harclerode, Kengor, and Magnotta earned the Academic Honor Roll distinction for being a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.


TRACK AND FIELD

Seven members of the SU women’s indoor and outdoor track and field team and three members of the SU men’s indoor and outdoor track and field team made the 2017 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team. Each student-athlete compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and obtained a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships during the indoor or outdoor season. SU’s individual All-Academic honorees included (women) junior Bryanna Dissinger, sophomore Morgan DeFloria, junior Kali Hepner, senior Sarah Hunt, senior Casey Norton, redshirt-junior Danielle Sciremammano, and redshirt-sophomore Abby Wagner; (men) senior Caleb Bartlett, sophomore Chris Craig, and freshman Alec Stimson.

 

 

Summer Sports Shorts 2017

Shippensburg University once again has claimed the Dixon Trophy! Read more about all of the athletic accomplishments from the winter and spring seasons that made it happen. For the most up-to-date sports, visit shipraiders.com.

SPORTS SHORTS: Winter

MEN’S BASKETBALL

SU had its best season in school history, setting a new single-season record for wins (27) en route to its second PSAC Championship and its first NCAA Tournament victory in school history. Head Coach Chris Fite was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year. He is the first SU head coach to win 20 games in back-to-back seasons and the first with multiple 20-win seasons. The Raiders were voted No. 9 in the last NABC national poll, setting a school record with 18 consecutive victories to open the season. SU reached as high as No. 5 in the poll. Junior Dustin Sleva became the first NABC First-Team All- American in school history and was named the PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year. He set a new SU record for points in a season with 674, an average of 21.7 per game with a PSAC-best 11.0 rebounds per game.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SU notched its fifth 20-win season under 18th-year head coach Kristy Trn, including its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2002. The Raiders posted a 24-7 record, the team’s highest win total in the last 17 years. SU won its first PSAC Eastern Division title. Trn (right) was named the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year, the fourth divisional coaching honor of her career, while graduate forward Stephanie Knauer received honorable mention to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II All-America team after being named the PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year. The Raiders also became the first team in PSAC history to have five career 1,000-point scorers on the floor at the same time (Knauer, seniors Morgan Griffith, Colleen Young, Lauren Gold, and Logan Snyder).


MEN’S SWIMMING

SU finished sixth at the PSAC Championships with a total 222 points. The Raiders finished the weekend with 16 individual scoring performances, including four championship finals appearances. Freshman Jeff Beyer had SU’s highest individual finish (fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle), while junior Kristian Voulopos became the first Raider in seven years to crack SU’s all time Top 10 in the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Shaun Smith was named to the Academic All-District At-Large squad as a public administration major with a 3.76 cumulative GPA at the time of the award.


WOMEN’S SWIMMING

Stephanie O’Toole

Stephanie O’Toole

SU finished third at the PSAC Championships, totaling 796 points and marking the third straight year the Raiders have climbed the league standings. SU had a total of 36 scoring performances over the four-day meet: nine championship finals, 16 consolation finals, and 11 scorers from the new C group finals. Newcomer Stephanie O’Toole (right) completed an outstanding debut PSAC Championships meet as the conference champion in the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM while placing seventh in the 100-yard backstroke and 12th in the 200-yard backstroke. O’Toole set school records individually in the 100 Freestyle (51.21), 100 Backstroke (57.72), 200 Breaststroke (2:17.83), 100 Butterfly (55.74), 200 IM (2:01.61), and 400 IM (4:24.25) and also with one relay (400 Medley – 3:52.17).


WRESTLING

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SU finished 10th at the 2017 Super Region I Championships and 10th at the PSAC Championships, highlighted by All-American 197-pound wrestler Evan Ramos (27-4 record). Ramos finished fifth at 197 pounds at the NCAA Championships. He also won the 197-pound title at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super Region One Championships to become SU’s first regional champion since 2013. He became SU’s first PSAC wrestling champion since 2007.


MEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

SU won the 2017 PSAC Indoor Championships by a slim 1.5-point margin over rival Slippery Rock to claim its seventh straight league title. SU scored in 17 of the 18 events, winning four: junior Tra-C Davis (high jump), junior Alec Rideout (shot put), senior Caleb Bartlett (weight throw), and the distance medley relay. Rideout was named the PSAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Glenn Thompson ’85 was named the 2017 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year, and Dave Osanitsch ’96 was named the 2017 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year.


WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

SU won the 2017 PSAC Indoor Championships by a four-point margin over Bloomsburg to claim its seventh overall league title. SU scored in 14 of the 18 events, winning four: senior Sarah Hunt (long jump and triple jump), senior Tamara Ovejera (shot put), and senior Casey Norton (5K). Hunt was named the PSAC Indoor Championships Most Valuable Field Athlete for winning both horizontal jumping events and also the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and PSAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after breaking school records in both events (long jump—20 feet, 0 ½ inches (6.11 meters); triple jump—39 feet, 11 ½ inches (12.18 meters)).


SPORTS SHORTS: Spring

SOFTBALL

SU finished with a 29-23 overall record under first-year head coach Alison Van Scyoc. The Raiders finished fourth at the PSAC Championships, posting a 3-2 record, and were just shy of the NCAA Tournament (No. 9 in the final Atlantic Regional rankings). Three players achieved All-PSAC honors: junior outfielder Tara Bicko, junior utility/pitcher Chloe Collins, and sophomore at-large pitcher Taryn Wilson.


BASEBALL

Jake Kennedy

Jake Kennedy

SU earned a 31-24-1 record, finishing second in the PSAC Eastern Division with a 19-9 mark in conference play that is the best divisional mark under 11th-year head coach Matt Jones. The Raiders finished as PSAC Championships semifinalists and NCAA Atlantic Region semifinalists. Senior Jake Kennedy graduates as the PSAC all-time home run king with 45 career homers. His 22 home runs and 71 RBIs as a senior are single-season school records that resulted in All-Atlantic Region First Team and All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team honors. Seven Raiders were named to the All- PSAC Eastern Division Teams: Kennedy (first base), sophomore Cash Gladfelter (shortstop), senior Ryan McMillen (third base), and junior Gabe Mosser (starting pitcher) are First Team honorees, while junior Grant Hoover (utility), junior Dalton Hoiles (outfield), and sophomore Michael Hope (relief pitcher) are Second Team honorees. Sophomore designated hitter Jack Goertzen was named to CoSIDA Academic All District 2 Team for holding a 3.9 GPA as a double major in biology and management at the time of the award.


TENNIS

Emilie Luttman

Emilie Luttman

SU posted steady improvement under first-year head coach Emily Maerz, posting a 4-9 overall record that included conference wins over Kutztown and East Stroudsburg. Senior Emilie Luttman (right) was named the PSAC East Tennis Athlete of the Week in early April, marking SU’s first winner of the award in more than 10 years. Luttman finished her SU career with 20 singles and 16 doubles victories.


LACROSSE

SU finished with a 7-9 overall record and a 3-9 mark in conference play, tying for 10th place in the PSAC. The Raiders got off to a 4-0 start under first-year head coach Nicole Miller, marking the best beginning to a season since 2004. SU had three players named to the All-PSAC Teams: sophomore defender Valerie Hertz (First Team) (left), senior defender Annemarie Cericola (Third Team) and senior midfielder Max Barkley (Third Team). Cericola graduates as the school record holder for career groundballs (230), while Barkley graduates as the school record holder for career draw controls (265).


MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Shippensburg won the 2017 PSAC Outdoor Championships held at Bloomsburg by 56.5 points, marking a PSAC-record ninth straight year the Raiders have finished at the top of the conference. SU has now surpassed West Chester for the most PSAC outdoor track and field championships in league history with 25. SU had six PSAC event champions: sophomore Chris Craig (100 and 200 meters), junior Bryan Pearson (shot put and discus), senior Jalen Ramsey (high jump) and graduate Derek Nothstein (javelin). SU swept the PSAC Championships major awards: Craig was named the Most Valuable Track Athlete, Pearson was named the Mostaluable Field Athlete for the second consecutive year, and redshirt-sophomore Austin Shupp was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Athlete.


WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

SU won the 2017 PSAC Outdoor Championships held at Bloomsburg by 57 points, marking the eighth straight year the Raiders have won a conference championship. Shippensburg captured a PSAC cross country/track and field Women’s Triple Crown for the first time since 2012 and its fourth time in history. SU had three athletes win PSAC titles: senior Sarah Hunt (triple jump), junior Bryanna Dissinger (3,000-meter steeplechase), and sophomore Morgan DeFloria (javelin). Hunt was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Athlete and the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year. She contributed 32 points toward SU’s team score (first in the triple jump, second in the long jump, third in the 100-meter dash, second with the 4x100-meter relay).


STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Caleb Bartlett (men’s track and field) and Casey Norton (women’s track and field/cross country) were named the SU 2016-17 Student-Athletes of the Year. Bartlett, a Greencastle native, is a criminal justice major and coaching minor with a 3.8 cumulative quality-point average (QPA). He is the 2017 indoor conference champion in the weight throw and earned All-America Second Team honors in the 2016 outdoor season for a Top 10 finish in the hammer throw. Bartlett also earned Academic All-America Second Team honors. Norton, a Troy native, is a human communication studies major and business minor with a 3.84 cumulative QPA. She is a cross country All-American (28th place) who won the 2016 conference and regional championships. In indoor track, Norton is the 2017 indoor conference champion at 5,000 meters. Diana Worden, office manager for APSCUF-SU, was unanimously selected as the 2016-17 Raider of the Year, earning commendation for her commitment and support of SU Athletics.