Kirsten Miller is an elite Division I athlete at Mercyhurst University with an amazing story of bravery, grit and determination behind her equally impressive talents on the ice.
Division I athletes are considered the crème de la crème of young sports played by men and women from across the globe, Miller is no exception to this as the Ontario, Canada, native settles at the Hurst for her freshman year.
The competition in Miller’s homeland between young women for places in Division I ice hockey programs is usually the largest obstacle for athletes at such a level to overcome.
“We’ve showed signs of success and have been very close in a few games. I feel that this week we are going to figure it out and knock off a good IUP team,” Novak said.
The team is ready to put the loss behind them and focus on next week’s game against rival IUP on Saturday, Sept. 27. The game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. at Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Saoia Gomez de Segura became the first Mercyhurst women’s tennis player to win the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) Women’s Singles Championship since Mercyhurst entered the conference in 2008.
She took the title after going unbeaten Sunday, Sept. 14, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Although Gomez made Mercyhurst history, she still remains humble.
“I can’t believe it,” Gomez said about winning the championship. “At first I wanted to go to PSAC. I was just happy because Coach chose me. And then winning it was awesome.”
Rain cut the matches short, only giving the players the opportunity to play one set per match. Each point scored quickly became more crucial than in regular matches. Along with stiff competition, nothing about this tournament was easy.
Mercyhurst’s football team is scheduled to play Slippery Rock at the famous Big House stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 18, 2014.
University of Michigan began announcing the scores of Slippery Rock football games at half time during Michigan games. The announcer, who picked the school because of its unique name, started announcing the scores in the late 1970s and this tradition continues today.
Former Michigan director of athletics, Don Canham, invited Slippery Rock to play during the University of Michigan’s Band Day event on Sept. 29, 1979.
On Saturday, September 6, Men’s water polo began the season at the Navy Open.
The tournament consisted of four games. On Saturday, during their first game, the Lakers struggled offensively in the first half, but ended strong with a three-point fourth quarter. Four of the Lakers scored one point during the match, and Joe Yamamoto scored two points. Kevin Doyle had six saves in the first half, and Gene Bilbao made five in the second.