Sports Updates – Spring 2019
The Pilots will have an uphill battle ahead in Spring 2019, losing three key seniors to last season’s squad. Junior Mason Love returns as the leading hitter, going for .342 with three home runs and 34 runs batted in a season ago. Senior Josh King leads a group of returners on the mound, recording 76 strikeouts and four wins, both best on the team last season.
The Pilots return 14 players (just two upperclassmen) this season. Crossroads League Honorable Mention All-Conference player sophomore Mahri Younger leads the Pilots with a .337 batting average, while the team will be bolstered by the return of senior Danica Mast to the pitching circle, after a year lost last year recovering from injury.
Men’s Tennis (2)
The Pilots finished the fall season at 5-8 and 2-7 in the Crossroads League and will look to make a push for the NCCAA National Championship in May. Senior Jacob Macri continues his climb up the career record books and will finish in the top 10 in career singles wins.
Women’s Tennis (3)
After finishing the fall season at 8-6 overall and 4-5 in the Crossroads League, the Pilots will be in contention for an NCCAA National Championship bid in May. Senior Caroline Boger and junior Taylor Freedline continue to impress at the top of the lineup, as Boger recorded 10 wins at No. 2 singles and Freedline had eight wins at No. 1 singles.
Seniors Kennedy Lower and Allison Coffeen return for the Pilots after leading them with 11 of the team’s 18 goals combined. The Pilots will compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in 2019, a hotbed for NAIA women’s lacrosse, featuring five teams ranked or receiving votes in the first edition of the NAIA Top 10 Coaches’ Poll.
The Pilots struggled through the fall season with a 3-31 record in five matches, but will look to turn things around in the spring. Junior Roman Ojala leads the Pilots into four matches in the spring, culminating with the Crossroads League Championship on their home turf, the Blackthorn Golf Club.
NCCAA All-American senior Katie Brooks and NCCAA North Central Region Player of the Year junior Brooke Thomas helped the Pilots to a fourth-place finish at the NCCAA National Championship in the fall and will lead the Pilots in five matches in the spring, including the Crossroads League Championship at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field (6)
The Pilots are defending the NCCAA Outdoor National Championship and return 10 All-American performances from last season’s squad, including NCCAA Long Jump champion senior Jordan Downs. The Pilots will compete in six regular season meets and finish off the season with Crossroads League, NCCAA National, and NAIA National Championship meets in May.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
The Pilots finished seventh at last year’s NCCAA Outdoor National Championship and return six All-American performances from last season’s squad. Senior Danielle Wojciechowski will look to cap off her impressive career with another All-American performance in the pole vault. The Pilots will compete in six regular season meets and finish off the season with Crossroads League, NCCAA National, and NAIA National Championship meets in May.
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