Sports Updates – Spring 2022
Baseball – The Pilots look to bounce back from a disappointing 15-39 campaign a season ago. They will rely heavily on the services of Sullivan Swingley (SR) at the top of the rotation and be anchored in the lineup by Dominic Deisler (SO), Eli MacDonald (SO) and Alex Stout (JR) in the heart of the lineup. The team will lean on a bevy of newcomers to ease the roster turnover transition from last season’s large senior class.
Softball – Natalie Newell ’15 takes the reigns for her inaugural season at the helm of the program she graduated from as the Pilots’ strikeout queen. The team will look to fill the holes left by NCCAA All-Americans Mahri Younger ’21 and Yadi Gomez ’21, but All-Crossroads League honoree Quinn Slattman (SR) will look to build upon her .322 average, seven home runs, and team-leading 27 stolen bases from a season ago.
Women’s Lacrosse – Jeremy Brown earned WHAC Coach of the Year honors a season ago and returns First Team All-Conference player Becca Broadwick (SR) to a team that recorded six wins and set program records for most goals scored and fewest goals allowed in a single match last season. Primed to take the next step up in the WHAC standings, the Pilots will need to find a way to replace the 40 goals and 23 assists left by Sarah Konecny’s graduation in 2021.
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field – The Pilots return five of the eight NAIA National Championship qualifiers from a season ago and have added to their number in this year’s Indoor season. Looking to improve on their third-place finish in the Crossroads League and runner-up status in the NCCAA Championship, the Pilots will need big performances from seniors Thomas Jackson, Ryan Trick, Richard Parker and Corey Jones.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field – The Pilots return six of the nine NAIA National Championship qualifiers from a season ago and are the defending NCCAA National Champions in the Outdoor season. After a third-place finish in the Crossroads League Indoor Championship, the Pilots are ready to improve upon last year’s fourth-place Outdoor finish. Jada Parzygnot (JR), Kayla Kunkel (SR), Michelle Moraitis (SR) and more will be looking to repeat as NCCAA Outdoor champs for the second time in program history (2010-11).
Men’s Golf – A bevy of newcomers has bolstered the lineup for Head Coach John Fischer in his second season, led by the fall’s NCCAA All-American third-place performance of Jonah Kumfer (FR) at the top. With the Crossroads League Championship on the schedule in the spring, the Pilots are primed to rise in the standings from last year’s ninth-place finish.
Women’s Golf – Coming off the program’s first NCCAA National Championship in the fall, individual medalist Jessica Shurety (SR), along with fellow NCCAA All-Americans Taeyon Kwon (SO), Katie Blauw (JR), and Maria Pardo Victori (SO) are ready to return to the NAIA National Championship for a second straight year and compete for a Crossroads League Championship, coming up just shy in third place a season ago.
Esports – The Pilots brought home their first league championships in program history in the fall in GLEC Overwatch and NECC Overwatch and will have their sights set on the Triple Crown with an ECAC trophy in play during the spring. Fall’s GLEC Overwatch Player of the Year Zak Shaffer (FR) has the Pilots in top form early on. The Pilots will also look to compete in Rocket League in the NECC and GLEC, League of Legends in ECAC, and Super Smash Bros. in GLEC.
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