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Penn State Harrisburg Athletics 2019-20 SEASON IN REVIEW

UNFORGETTABLE HIGHS UNPRECEDENTED RESOLVE

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Although the most-recent spring season came to an unexpected, early end due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 athletic campaign was one of the most successful in Penn State Harrisburg history. Teams soared to heights never before reached, as the season included an unforgettable NCAA Tournament win, a pair of thrilling conference championship victories, two NCAA Tournament berths, and numerous postseason appearances. As individuals, student-athletes compiled an academic all-America honor, preseason all-America recognition, a trio of all-region honors, a conference championship and seven conference major awards. Filled with incredible highs, record-breaking performances, and historic resolve in the wake of unprecedented circumstances, the 2019-20 athletic season will be remembered for years to come.

Women's cross country's Abagail Marquardt came on strong as one of the program's most-consistent performers during her freshman campaign in 2019.

CROSS COUNTRY

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in six races in the fall, concluding with the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship events in November. The Lions hosted the annual Bud Smitley Invitational on campus in October and competed locally at schools including Lebanon Valley, Messiah, and Gettysburg. Freshmen Abagail Marquardt and Camilo Ruiz emerged during their rookie campaigns, with the pair earning women’s and men’s team MVP honors, respectively.

Men's soccer's Joey Aman netted the game-winning goal in overtime of the NEAC Championship Game in November, clinching the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in the process.

MEN'S SOCCER

The men’s soccer team had an historic 2019 season. It was a campaign that resulted in the program’s first-ever NEAC Championship and its first NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament berth. The Lions won 15 games, clinched the 2019 regular season conference title, and secured home-field advantage for the NEAC Playoff Tournament. In the tournament championship game, the Blue & White defeated Keuka 3-2 in overtime before giving No. 4 Franklin & Marshall all it could handle in a 1-0 loss in NCAA Tournament action. Shammah Gahomera became the first player in program history to earn all-region recognition after he was named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Head coach Daniel J. Krzyzanowicz was voted the NEAC Coach of the Year by his peers, while Gahomera was joined by Joey Aman, Nick Guglielmetti, Jared Brewer, Luke Myers, Jacob Krantweiss and Mason Jones as all-conference honorees. Gahomera, Aman and Guglielmetti also earned ECAC All-Conference recognition, while Guglielmetti earned a share of the NCAA Statistical Championship for goalkeeper shutouts.

Women's soccer's Rhyan Socash had a breakout sophomore season, leading the team in scoring en route to earning first-team all-conference recognition.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The women’s soccer team won 11 games, made a deep run in the NEAC Championship Tournament before falling in the title game, and ended the most-recent campaign in the ECAC Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament. Five players in Mackenzie Haladay, Rhyan Socash, Haley Vavrek, Elizabeth Clippinger and Sydney Hemler earned all-conference accolades, while Haladay picked up ECAC All-Conference recognition as well. Kristen Stark also made history this season, as she became the program’s all-time leader in both goals scored and total points.

Women's volleyball's Brittany Ebaugh (right) won an NCAA Statistical Championship and was named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year during her senior campaign.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

The women’s volleyball team had an impressive turnaround in 2019 and finished the year with a winning record for just the second time in program history. The Lions tallied 15 wins and earned the No. 2 seed in the NEAC Playoff Tournament before falling in the semifinal round. Three players in Brittany Ebaugh, Alexis Imler and Katelyn Kreider earned all-conference honors for their efforts this fall, with Ebaugh being named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Ebaugh also received ECAC All-Conference recognition, became the first player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career, and won the NCAA Statistical Championship in the category of block solos.

Men's basketball's Donyae Baylor-Carroll scored a single-game program-record 45 points in a double-overtime win over No. 6 Johns Hopkins in NCAA Tournament action in March.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team turned in the most historic season in program history in 2019-20. The Lions racked up a program-record 21 victories, won their first-ever NEAC Championship, and knocked off No. 6 Johns Hopkins in a memorable double-overtime thriller in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament in March. Donyae Baylor-Carroll became the first player in program history to earn all-region honors after being named the NEAC Player of the Year and securing ECAC and NEAC All-Conference recognition. Nate Curry earned Rookie of the Year accolades from both the ECAC and NEAC to go along with all-conference honors, while head coach Don Friday was named both the ECAC and NEAC Coach of the Year. Dylan Daniels and Zegary Scott III also picked up all-conference accolades, with Daniels winning NCAA Statistical Championships in the categories of blocks per game and total blocks. As a team, the Blue & White received votes in the final D3hoops.com Top 25 poll of the season.

Women's basketball's Kendis Butler set several program records during her sophomore season en route to earning first-team all-conference honors.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The women’s basketball team had a solid season that included 12 victories and an appearance in the NEAC Playoff Tournament. The Lions were victorious in their annual Pride Spirit Honor Tournament in November and the squad set the single-game program record for 3-pointers made in January. Kendis Butler had a record-breaking campaign that saw her set new marks for points in a season and points in a single game. For her efforts, she earned NEAC All-Conference First Team honors. Thanks to the strong play of Butler, Anna Mahan, Laurel Amey, and Jayla Galbreath, the squad continued to rank among the nation’s best from beyond the arc, finishing top 10 in both total 3-pointers made and 3-pointers made per game.

Men's track & field's Alex White was named the NJAC Men's Indoor Outstanding Field Athlete of the Year after winning the conference championship in the long jump and taking bronze in the high jump.

TRACK & FIELD

The men's and women's track & field program’s recent success continued during the 2019-20 campaign. Men’s jumper Alex White had a particularly strong season, as he was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Men’s Indoor Outstanding Field Athlete of the Year after winning the NJAC Championship in the long jump and capturing bronze in the high jump. He also won the ECAC Championship in the long jump and set a new program record in the event. Andrew Bomberger also set a new program mark in the pole vault, while Alexandria Morrison turned in a promising freshman campaign en route to earning women’s team MVP honors this year. The program’s outdoor season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Men's golf's Andrew Fink turned in the best individual performance of the season when he finished fifth at the Mountain Valley Collegiate Classic in September.

MEN'S GOLF

The men's golf team got its full slate of fall events in before COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the program’s spring season. As a group, the Lions’ top team effort came when they earned a share of fourth place at the Mountain Valley Collegiate Classic hosted in Cresson, Pa. by Mount Aloysius in September, while Andrew Fink’s fifth-place finish on day one of the event was the best individual performance of the season. Under the guidance of first-year head coach Jason Badekci, Fink, Josh Swartz, Luke Ehler, and Montana Gleason were consistent as members of the team’s scoring contingency throughout the fall.

Men's tennis' Austin Stehman helped lead the team to five victories in 2019-20 and was named the program's MVP for his efforts

MEN'S TENNIS

After a promising start, the men’s tennis team was set to enter the meat of its spring schedule when COVID-19 cut the program’s season short. The Lions won five matches, including two in a row to end the year, and looked poised to make noise in NEAC competition in the final months of the campaign. Sachin Venkatesh and Nick Rohn were strong in the fall and both earned NEAC Player of the Week recognition for their efforts, while Austin Stehman was named the team’s MVP thanks to his impressive overall performance.

Women's tennis' Sydney Nye (left) and Rachael Lim (right) had strong 2019-20 campaigns, with Nye tying the program's career record for singles victories.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

The women’s tennis team was off to a strong start, winning seven matches this season before COVID-19 cut short the program’s spring campaign. Sydney Nye matched the program's all-time singles victories mark with 25 solo wins for her career; a number she was on pace to surpass. Her 47 total wins rank her second all-time in program history. Freshman Rachael Lim twice earned NEAC Player of the Week honors, while Nye added a conference player of the week award of her own. The Lions were well on their way to earning a NEAC Tournament berth and contending for both a regular season title and a conference championship this spring.

Softball's Sarah Coolbaugh got off to a hot start during spring break competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

SOFTBALL

A new era had just begun for the softball program this spring before COVID-19 ended the team’s season in early March. Mandi Baer, just the second softball head coach in school history, took the reins of the program in the fall of 2019 and led the Lions to a pair of victories during the team’s spring break slate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Sarah Coolbaugh, Samantha Weaver, and Madelyn Pyle were off to tremendous starts, with the rest of the squad trending in the right direction before the most-recent campaign came to an abrupt conclusion.

BASEBALL

After making a memorable run to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in 2019, the baseball team looked poised to repeat its tremendous success from a year ago before the 2020 campaign was cut short due to COVID-19. The Lions entered the season ranked No. 24 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Preseason Poll and Bret Williams was named a Preseason First-Team All-American by D3baseball.com. Williams, along with Travis Van Houten, Zak Koroneos, Chase Smith, and Tyler Jackson were named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division III Players to Watch List and the Blue & White won seven games before the season came to an unexpected end in March. Williams capped things off by becoming the first student-athlete in school history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades.

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