By Meghan Creane
The 2013 fall athletics season has had its typical highs and lows but what seems to stand out most is the passionate play that came from each team. Whether it was the hard fought men’s soccer game against Vassar to decide their post-season fate or the continued dominance of the women’s volleyball team, every Dutchman and Dutchwoman made the campus proud this term.
Two of the major highlights of the fall season were from the men’s and women’s cross country teams. They can be seen running across and around campus at all hours, eyes focused forward on, what their performance proves, is success.
The Dutchmen have been lead all season by the powerful performances of sophmores Jesse Coull and Mitchell Finitz. Coull and Finitz cooly paced the pack in meets and kicked into high gear to earn points for the Dutchmen.
On the other side Elizabeth Nailling ‘14 and Jen Ventrella ‘16 have ceaselessly performed for the Dutchwomen. The consistency that is so valued in a cross country runner is something seen clearly in both these young women.
For yet another season, the exciting play of the men’s soccer team captivated much of the student body. The Dutchmen held an overall record of 12-3-2, going undefeated both at home and in all their non-conference games. Perhaps one of the more exciting aspects about this particular team was the solid play from across all four classes. There was not only senior leadership on this team, but also excellent communication and performances from many underclassmen, including Mike Kaye ‘17, Carl Faber ‘16 and Sam Hunter ‘16. Despite not receiving a post-season bid the Dutchmen certainly put on a show for the campus and should be looking forward to big things next year.
One of the biggest underdogs on campus is the women’s volleyball team. They are a group of skilled athletes whose training and long hours on the court have paid off with their most dominant season yet. Currently the Dutchwomen stand with an overall record of 21-10, however if you ask any of the team members, they will assure you that their season is far from over. This coming weekend, the Dutchwomen will be making their way to the Liberty League Championships, which will hopefully result in them getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team has been lead by the example of captains Marissa Vollmer ‘14 and Raj Dhaliwal ‘15, who have both been putting up impressive numbers for the Dutchwomen and are planning on continuing this in the upcoming tournament.
The women’s field hockey team had a slow start this season, but by the second half, and especially during their final game, the Dutchwomen were able to show what they were really about. Lead by goal scorer Nicole Merigliano ‘14, the Dutchwomen ended their season on a major high, shutting out Morrisville State 9-0. Molly McCune ‘14 was also a solid force on the team playing admirably in goal, logging 1190 minutes in net and playing in all 17 games this season.
As usual, men’s ice hockey has created a major buzz around campus. Starting the season with an impressive 2-0 conference record, defeating the powerhouses Harvard and Dartmouth, the Dutchmen have a lot to look forward to this season. With a large first year class and the recent return of a previously injured Colin Stevens ‘15, the Dutchmen appear to be a promising group. Strong play is needed from everyone, from seniors to first-years, in order for the season to be a success, but it seems the Dutchmen know what they’re up against and are ready for the challenge.
This fall was an exciting season for sports at Union. Every single team put up excellent numbers and made the entire campus proud.