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SU finished with a 7-4 record, marking the first time SU had six straight winning seasons since 1950-57. Head coach Mark Maciejewski is the only SU coach to begin his tenure with six straight winning seasons. SU’s first win of the year, a 16-9 triumph over American International, was No. 500 in Red Raider Football history. Eight players earned All-PSAC East honors, with senior Allen Holman named the 2016 PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year. Holman, a First Team linebacker, is the second Red Raider in history to be named a PSAC Defensive Player of the Year. Junior Cole Chiappialle (first team, RS and second team RB), junior Kevin Taylor II (first team DB), senior Justin Pyle (second team RB), junior Oscar Ghasab (second team OL), junior Jeff Gulyas (second team TE), sophomore Richard Nase (second team DE), and junior Billy Deane (second team PK) rounded out the All-PSAC performers. Holman was named to the 2016 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-Super Region 1 Team and recognized as one of the top 30 defensive players in Division II per the Cliff Harris Award committee. He led the Red Raiders in tackles with 89. SU’s defense finished the year allowing just 187 points (17.0 points per game).
Shippensburg finished with a 10-7-1 overall record and 8-7-1 PSAC record this season to mark the first time under current head coach Rob Fulton that SU had 10 consecutive winning seasons. Senior Stephanie Allshouse, senior Ashley Weaver, and freshman Paige Harris were named to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Atlantic Region Third Team. Allshouse also was named to the 2016 Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) Women’s Soccer All-Atlantic Region Second Team. All three Raiders received All-PSAC recognition with Allshouse (first team), Weaver (second team), and Harris (third team) all being honored.
Shippensburg posted a 6-12 overall record and 2-9 conference record to finish 11th in the conference. Nine of SU’s 12 losses came by just one goal. The Raiders were outscored by a total of only two goals for the season. Senior forward Colten Arnold (top) tied with junior defender Jan Striewe (bottom) for the team lead with eight goals. Arnold also led SU with eight assists and finished tenth in the conference with 20 total points.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Shippensburg qualified for its third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships race and its 19th overall after winning both the 2016 NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the 2016 PSAC Championships. SU finished 16th overall at nationals. SU’s conference championship is its second in school history. Steve Spence (right) was named the PSAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. SU had eight men achieve All-PSAC honors at the conference championships and was the only school to put three runners among the top seven finishers. Senior Kieran Sutton (left) earned All-America honors with a 25th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Sutton also posted top three finishes at the regional and conference championship races. The 2016 season marked the first time that the SU men’s and women’s teams swept the conference and regional championships in the same year.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
SU qualified for its ninth consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships race and its 14th overall after winning both the 2016 NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the 2016 PSAC Championships. SU finished 24th overall at nationals. Six women achieved All-PSAC honors at the conference championships. SU was the only school to put all five of its scoring runners among the top 20 finishers. Steve Spence was named the 2016 PSAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. SU again put all of its scorers among the top 20 finishers at the regional championships as it did at the conference championships. Spence also was named the 2016 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Cross Country Head Coach of the Year. Senior Casey Norton (right) was named the PSAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning the individual conference title as well as the Atlantic Region Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning the individual regional title. She also earned All-America honors after a 28th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, as she was the only All-America finisher from the PSAC.
SU won its second NCAA national championship in school history, defeating LIU Post in the title game 2-1 after a 1-0 semifinal win over Millersville and a 2-1 quarterfinal win at East Stroudsburg. Shippensburg (20-3) led NCAA Division II in four major statistical categories this season, including winning percentage (.870), goals-against average (0.46), save percentage (.900), and shutouts (14). Head Coach Bertie Landes was named the 2016 Front Rush/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Field Hockey Coach of the Year after guiding SU to the national title. SU finished No. 1 in the final NFHCA national poll. Senior defender Taylor Fisher, redshirtsophomore goalkeeper Ally Mooney, and junior midfielder Brooke Sheibley were named to the 2016 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II All-America teams. Fisher ranked third in NCAA Division II with seven defensive saves. Mooney finished as the NCAA Division II leader in both individual goals-against average (0.43) and save percentage (.894) and broke the SU singles eason record for individual shutouts (13). SU had seven players named to the All- PSAC squads: Fisher and Mooney are first team picks, senior defender Suzanne Muller, junior forward Emily Barnard, and Sheibley are second team picks, and senior forward Katelyn Grazan and junior midfielder Kylie Huffman are third team picks. Junior Maddie Scarr was the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2016 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships.
Shippensburg went 26-8 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history, including its fourth appearance in the last five years. SU also reached the PSAC Quarterfinals. Senior setter Maura Nolan was selected to multiple All-Region volleyball teams, as she was named to the All-Atlantic Second Team by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) in addition to earning an All-Atlantic honorable mention from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Nolan is the ninth player in PSAC history to surpass 5,000 career assists. SU had three of its players named to the All-PSAC teams, while Samantha Webber was named PSAC’s Freshman of the Year. Senior Maura Nolan was selected to the All-PSAC first team, senior Annie Goerl was named to the All-PSAC second team, and sophomore Morgan DeFloria was named to the All-PSAC third team. Goerl is the sixth SU volleyball player in history to join the prestigious 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club. She finished her career eighth in school history for kills (1,056), 10th in digs (1,281), and 11th in aces (143). Nolan, in addition to finishing as SU’s all-time assists leader, finished fifth all-time in block assists (258), ninth all-time in digs (1,356), and ninth in total blocks (282). Senior Maria Peluso finished her career ranked fifth all-time at SU in digs (1,536) and seventh all-time in service aces (165).