By Robert Mohr
December 6, 2012
The fall athletics teams have been winding down lately, but Lock Haven fans have plenty to be proud and excited about from their team’s performances this season.
This fall has been highlighted by men’s cross country’s Alex Monroe who has been very much in the spotlight all season. Not only did the junior place 5th overall the NCAA National Championships, he earned his third consecutive All-American honor, the first Lock Haven cross country team member to do so. He will surely be looking emulate similar performances next season.
Women’s cross country ended their season with a 15th place finish in the NCAA DII Atlantic Region Championships hosted at home. Their top finisher was junior, Jessica McDonald.
Lady Eagles volleyball has captured the attention of many this fall. For the second year in a row, they went on to play in PSAC final. Senior Erin Walsh went forth to set a new school record for career digs while the sensational Gao Xuan was named AVCA All-American for the fourth time in her career.
The Bald Eagles football team managed to accomplish what seemed the impossible at times, break the infamous 52 game losing streak. The curse was lifted November 10th, when the home team triumphed over visitors Cheyney 15-7. Euphoric scenes were on show as masses of delighted students charged the turf at Hubert Jack Stadium. Coach John Allen will be looking to take this momentum and improve the team’s now 1 game winning streak next season.
It was very much a reloading year for men’s soccer. After losing eight important senior players from last season, under classman have big shoes to fill. Freshman, Jacob Oldaker, has frequently been compared to last season’s senior All-American striker Greg Shertzer. Oldaker was named All-Region and PSAC Freshman of Year this season. He also led the Bald Eagles in goals and points.
Lock Haven’s women’s soccer team played some of the most entertaining matches fans have seen for a long time this semester. These results include the scalp of at the time #2 ranked PSAC rivals Westchester. In that result, sophomore Jamie Hunter pitched in with two goals, while local freshman Haylea Myers chipped in with one of her own. It is promising to many to see such young players playing important roles on the squad.
Women’s field hockey closed out the season with a final record of 11-9. Three of Lock Haven’s own were named in All-Atlantic 10 Conference teams. A sophomore, Nakira Downes, was named to the A-10 Second Team. The All-Rookie Team included freshman, Stephanie Ebersole. Nikki Weaknecht was named a member of the Academic All-Conference.