Sports Wrap 11-12-13
Volleyball coach Jessica Cortese is named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year as Green Terror women’s soccer and volleyball teams prepare to compete in 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournaments this week. The football team defeated Susquehanna 43-42 Nov. 9 on a two-point conversion with 17 seconds left in the game.
McDaniel will host Arcadia the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South women's soccer tournament on Nov. 13. Game time is 2 p.m. Green Terror advanced to the Centennial Conference (CC) tournament for the first time in program history, battling Muhlenberg to a scoreless draw in the first-round game before failing to advance in penalty kicks, 4-3.
The second-seeded Green Terror (13-5-1) will take on the seventh-seeded Knights (11-4-5) Nov. 13 in one of four first-round games. The winner of that game will face the winner of another first-round game between No. 3 seed Lebanon Valley (11-8-2) and No. 6 seed Swarthmore (9-5-2). No. 4 seed Grove City (11-9-1) and No. 5 Juniata (14-5) will play in another first-round game on Wednesday, meeting the winner of the game between No. 1 Stevenson (13-8-1) and No. 8 Alvernia (11-7-2).
The four winners will advance to the highest remaining seed for Nov. 16 semifinals and Nov. 17 championship game. Game times will be determined once the host is set. The Green Terror advanced to the Centennial Conference (CC) tournament for the first time since 2007, dropping a 3-1 decision to Muhlenberg Nov. 9 in the semifinals.
McDaniel volleyball will travel to Bethany (W.Va.) Nov. 16 for the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest volleyball tournament. Match time is yet to be determined. The Green Terror (19-7) will play the host Bison (28-10) in one of the semifinals. Grove City (15-15) and Marymount (19-14) will play in the day's other semifinal. The two winners will meet the championship while the other teams will meet in the third-place match.
Second-year head coach Jessica Cortese was also named the conference's Coach of the Year and two members of the McDaniel volleyball team are named to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) team. Kloe Martin of Littleton, Colo., was named to the first-team while Madeline Rose of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., was tabbed honorable mention.
Martin, a sophomore outside hitter, leads the team with 329 kills. She is also second on the team with 267 digs. She is also tied for the team lead with 31 aces and fourth on the team with 29 total blocks. Rose, a freshman middle hitter, leads the squad with 77 total blocks and ranks second with 240 kills. She is tied for third with 29 aces. Cortese led the team from an 0-10 conference season to a 7-3 mark and the squad's first CC tournament appearance since 2007.
In Green Terror gridiron action, senior Nick O'Melia of Taneytown, Md., caught his third touchdown catch with 17 seconds left in the Nov. 9 game against Susquehanna. At that point, McDaniel trailed 42-41 and a simple extra-point would tie the game and send the team to almost a sure overtime at Susquehanna in Centennial Conference (CC) football action.
Instead, second-year head coach Mike Hoyt opted to leave his offense on the field and go for the win. The offense stepped to the ball and the Crusaders called a timeout to ensure their defense was set. Out of the timeout, quarterback Seth McFall of Dover, Del., took the snap, faded left and looked to freshman Britton Hastings of Shippensburg, Pa. As the junior rifled the ball, it was tipped up. Hastings adjusted back into the field of play, caught the tipped pass and spun to his right and into the end zone for a 43-42 advantage.
The Green Terror concludes the season at home at noon Nov. 16 against Johns Hopkins.