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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.