Captain Gabby Sedares ’19 battling against Wesley College defense.
For the third time in three seasons, the women’s soccer team earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Coach Rick Brownell, who has been at the helm for the last 16 seasons, picked up his 200th career win as Arcadia defeated Albright 3-0 in the semifinals of the MAC Commonwealth Championship.
Brownell’s career record now stands at 200-91-33 (.668), and he is the Knights’ all-time leader in wins and winning percentage. Brianna Crowley ’22 was named Rookie of the Year and earned First Team All-MAC Commonwealth honors. Veronica Pontis ’19 joined her on the first team, and Veronica Garcia ’20, Erin Vander Plaat ’21, Stephanie Maggio ’19, and Jules Oswald ’21 were named to the second team. Bridget Sway ’20 was an honorable mention selection.
Pontis, Oswald, and Maggio were also named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III Mid Atlantic All-Region Team. Crowley joined Pontis on the All-ECAC Second Team, and Pontis was named to the USC Scholar All-East Region team.
Coming off a school-record 23-win season in 2017, the Knights appeared in the NCAA’s Regional Rankings for the first time in program history.
Arcadia set new program standards in kills (1,582), assists (1,451) and attack attempts (4,565). Emily Eng ’20, who surpassed 1,000 digs for her career, stands as the program’s all-time leader in digs with 1,555. Julia Paliwodzinski ’21 moved into second place all-time in assists with 1,857. Eng and Paliwodzinski were each named to the All-MAC Commonwealth First Team, and for the second year in a row Head Coach Eli Porr was tabbed as the league’s top coach.
Maddie Sehrt ’21, Lauren Enfield ’21, and Shannon Ryan ’20 were named to the all-conference second team as the Knights advanced to the MAC Commonwealth Championship Finals for the second time in as many years. Eng capped her season by becoming the first Knight to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region honors, then added the program’s first-ever AVCA All-America nod as a defensive specialist.
The Knights established a program record with 16 wins en route to the MAC Commonwealth Championship and ECAC Championship finals. Head Coach Erin Livingston jumped to second place in program history with 104 career wins.
Isabelle Houser ’20 was named First Team All-MAC Commonwealth and was joined on the all-conference team by Gabby Sedares ’19 and Sydney Cyr ’20, who were each named to the second team. Houser added National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region accolades and was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.
The men’s soccer team experienced a transitional year under first-year Head Coach Joe Clementi ’11. A number of narrow losses and near misses were the story of the season as Arcadia finished 5-11-1. Eight of the Knights’ 11 losses were by one goal, with two coming in overtime. Ryan Hammer ’19 proved to be one of the more consistent players in the MAC Commonwealth, leading the team with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points en route to a First Team All-MAC Commonwealth nod.
In just its third season, men’s volleyball was ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III top 15 poll, coming in at No. 12 in the first poll of the season. As of March 1, the team was ranked 13th. In its second season last year, the team advanced to the MAC Championship game. Men’s volleyball is also led by Porr.