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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.