Fall sports wrap up

By Nina Scimenes
October 23, 2003

Jenna Lewandowski

Women’s Tennis : Individuals succeed

Cabrini’s Women’s tennis team is ending off the season with a guaranteed second place in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. Individual players still have a chance at winning individual titles. The PAC tournament, being held at Immaculata University, will determine the placement of Cabrini’s players individualy.

With only four returning players this season, freshmen have been fulfilling a big role. Jenna Kane, a freshman, was selected as one of the PAC players of the week Thursday, Oct. 16. Junior captain Jennifer Keller was also announced a PAC player of the week. Keller went 2-0 at first singles and 1-1 at first doubles.

A pivotal victory against Eastern University pushed Cabrini up to second place. Cabrini was still third in the PAC at the beginning of the match. Cabrini’s match against Eastern University started Tuesday, Oct 14, and was not able to be completed until Thursday, Oct. 16, due to officials ending the match early because of darkness. Defeating Eastern 5-4 was a goal that the team had been preparing for all season. “It was a huge win. They are our biggest rival,” Keller said.

Sophomore Tracey Stabler won her match that continued from Tuesday, Oct. 14 as a tie. Stabler’s victory contributed to Cabrini’s win. Without winning the matches that were left unfinished Cabrini would have had no chance at increasing its PAC title.

Another successful win for the end of the season was against Villa Julie College. After Saturday, Oct. 19, conquest over Villa Julie College, Cabrini has a current record of 7-1.

Women’s soccer: Pumping up for PACs

Fighting for a spot at PAC at third place, Cabrini’s women’s soccer team is preparing for the end of their season. Gwynedd-Mercy College defeated Cabrini 2-1 Saturday, Oct. 18. There is still a chance at improving its final PAC placement at its final conference game against Misericordia.

The Lady Cavs have been practicing more intense to stay focused throughout the 90 minute game. Carly Ober, a freshman, said, “We need to be motivated to become a better second half team. The first halves of our games are usually stranger than the second half.”

Men’s soccer: Playing with passion

Cabrini’s men soccer team has been putting a lot of hard work into this season. Cabrini beat Gwynedd-Mercy on Cabrini’s home field on Saturday, Oct. 18. Defeating Gwynedd-Mercy College may not be enough to be placed in the PAC.

Sean Dugan has been contributing to his team on offence. Recently Dugan was announced PAC player of the week for his goals and assist for Cabrini.

Volleyball: Dedication pays off

The Women’s volleyball team is approaching the end of the season with determination.

“We are in the hunt for a playoff spot and the team is determined to achieve that goal,” coach Trish Arnold said.

End of the season practices have been designed to prepare the team for vital games against Arcadia and Cedar Crest. A night game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., on Cabrini’s home court. This game against Arcadia will be the determiner of the team’s final placement in the PAC.

Field Hockey:

Focused on the goal

The Lady Cavs have been preparing for the end of the season all year long. Making it to PAC playoffs is the field hockey’s team long term goal. “I know in their heads, and their hearts every girl wants to be playing hockey in November,” coach Jackie Neary said.

A loss to Wesley in overtime was a turning point for Cabrini’s team. The team bounced back from this loss Saturday, Oct. 19 and beat Cedar Crest College in overtime.

As the season comes to an end every game counts. Neary said, “It will take a tremendous amount of sacrifice, and hard work to be one of the two teams left standing at the end.”

Men’s cross country: Finishing strong

Cabrini’s cross country team is headed to the finish line of the season. Improving from last year’s fourth place in the PAC, Cabrini has a shot at second place.

The season has been nothing but frustrating for Cabrini’s team. Being short on runners has been a setback for the whole team. Illness and injuries have interfered with the team’s performance. “We have not had the entire team in one race,” coach Tom O’Hora said. Scoring becomes complicated when there are not five strong runners on a team.

Cabrini’s freshmen include: Zack Flurlong, Jason White, and Andy Madonia. They have all been important runners this season. All three freshmen were honorably mentioned in the PAC as runners of the week.

Cabrini must step up to Miseircordia, defending champ, to improve its range in the PAC.

Women’s Cross Country: Plagued roster

This season’s Cabrini women’s cross country team is not capable of winning any team title. “You can’t even score with three runners, let alone win a PAC championship,” O’Hora said.

At the beginning of the season, expectations were set high for recruiting new runners. Junior Jaclyn McGuckin is a returning member of the team that just recovered from mononucleosis. Her illness is not the only one that has contributed to the downfall of the women’s team runners.

O’Hora was planning of having two runners from the N.J. State Champion high school team join Cabrini’s women. Unfortunately, the team failed to have any more committed runners added to the team during the season.

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