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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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).