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.

 

 

Spring Sports Shorts

Spring Sports Shorts

In the spring 2016 edition of Sports Shorts, we cover SU's selection as a finalist for the Division II Award of Excellence, volleyball's best season in school history, the wrap-up of another successful football season, and impressive finishes by both men's and women's cross country at the end of their seasons. Several Ship coaches have made school history and have received honors as well.

Fall Sports Shorts

Fall Sports Shorts

In the fall 2015 edition of Sports Shorts, we take a look at numerous academic achievements by our athletic teams, including NFCA Scholar-Athlete awards in softball and NSCAA Team accolades in women’s soccer. Other highlights include a distinguished alumni award for Wes Mallicone, director of sports medicine, and the signing of a men’s basketball alumnus to a professional contract in Canada. Get the complete rundown of fall Sports Shorts.

Summer Sports Shorts

Summer Sports Shorts

In the summer 2015 edition of Sports Shorts, we chronicle the achievements of our spring athletic teams—in particular the tremendous success of SU’s PSAC champion track and field teams. Information is available on SU’s Student-Athletes of the Year and Raider of the Year, along with the unveiling of SAAC’s Don’t Say campaign and an academic honor for women’s swimmer Rikki Sargent. Get the full list of sports shorts here.