Shippensburg field hockey won its second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship title after defeating No. 1 seed LIU Post 4-1 from Trager Stadium at the University of Louisville on Sunday. Shippensburg scored three times in the second half, beginning with a penalty stroke by freshman Jazmin Petrantonio to make it 2-0. Madison Scarr, Brooke Sheibley and Rosalia Cappadora all had goals in the contest, making it a commanding 4-0 lead before LIU Post had a chance to score.
“This is surreal,” head coach Tara Zollinger said. “It’s amazing and I am so proud of our senior leadership and our young ones that came on. We had a vision and we had a goal and every single day at practice we knew what our vision was. We knew what our goal was and today we got it done and it’s an amazing feeling.”
Messiah men's soccer moves on to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the first time since 2013, and 15th time in program history, after getting a 2-0 win over Rochester on Sunday afternoon. Justin Brautigam and Nick West each scored a goal in the second half to punch the Falcons' ticket.
No. 10 Messiah women's soccer scored the first goal, but No. 1 TCNJ took it all the way to penalty kicks for the win 2-1 (4-1 in PKs). Lydia Eichorn tallied the lone goal for the Falcons, who end the season at 17-2-4.
Shippensburg's men's cross country team finished 10th, the women 29th in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on Saturday. It's the second Top 10 finish on the men's side in three years. The Raiders were paced by freshly crowned All-American Alex Balla, who finished 37th in 31:50. He's the 13th Raider to be garner All-America status. Joining him in the Top 100 on the men's side were Calvin Conrad-Kline (32:19.1, 59th) and Dominic Stroh (32:30.5, 78th). Jackie Kinkead's 22:42.7 was good for 119th in the women's race.
Dickinson's women's cross country sqaud finished 28th in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The Red Devils were led by Tessa Cassidy (22:01), who finished 73rd. Sofia Canning crossed 20 seconds later in 117th. Messiah's Benjamin Schott finished 73rd (25:19.1) in the men's Division III championship, nine spots better than his performance last year.
Shippensburg football allowed 300 first-half yards, succumbing to visiting West Chester in the first round of the NCAA Division II championships 27-6. The Red Raiders' (10-2) only other loss this season came to these same Rams. Quarterback Ryan Zapoticky struggled in the pouring rain, finishing 16-of-42 for 162 yards, leading the team with 78 stripes on the ground. Cumberland Valley product Tig Spinelli had 11 tackles (2 for loss). The Rams built a 21-0 halftime lead, with two passing scores covering more than 35 yards. Zapoticky gave Ship its only TD midway through the fourth quarter on a 21-yard scamper. Carlisle product Nate Barnes, a freshman at WCU, tied for second on the team with six tackles.
Ship's men's basketball team beat Slippery Rock 90-87 behind 32 points (9-of-16 shooting) from senior Dustin Sleva. Justin McCarthur, Antonio Kellem and John Castello also had double digit points.
Messiah wrestling went 2-2 at the Mount Union Duals, with Hunter Harris (4-0) recording three pins. Northern grad Kyle Koser (197 pounds) went 3-0.
Messiah women's basketball got 16 points from Camp Hill grad Leah Springer to beat SUNY Geneseo 63-51. Maci Thornton paced the Falcons with 23 points.
Messiah men's basketball beat Eastern Mennonite 74-70 at home thanks to 21 points from Collin Sareyka. Matt Glogowski chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Justus Melton scored 22 points to lead Dickinson men's basketball to an 80-64 win over Mount St. Joseph's at the Great Lakes Invitational. Melton was named all-tournament team.
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