As predicted the Mercyhurst wrestling team has gotten off to a comfortable start by increasing its undefeated record so far to 4-0.
In the men’s last dual match on Saturday, Nov. 23, the team surpassed Wheeling Jesuit and Ohio Valley. The first match was won, 41-3, and the second match, 42-3.
Even though fans and other teams expected the Lakers to do well this season, the team has taken it upon itself to continue the tradition of hard work and earning success by what it does in practice.
“We came in with a goal in mind this year: knowing our team had the potential to be really good, but needed to put in the time and work in order to do that. So far we’ve been doing everything we need through practices, extra workouts, and just good team focus in order to start out 4-0,” said redshirt sophomore Kody Young.
Although the Mercyhurst women’s basketball team has started their season so far with a record of 1-4, their focus is on the next few games to get some big wins before the Christmas break.
The women are also concentrating on their goals for the season that they think cane prove a lot for themselves despite the young age of the team.
“Our team is trying to compete with every team we play this year. Our conference is one of the best in the country, so every day our goal is to prove that even though we are young, we can still compete with every team,” said sophomore Adrienne Kloecker.
The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team captured its third straight win after a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon on Nov. 27, which improved its season to 10-5-2.
This is the team’s first series sweep since it played University of Maine. The Lakers also improved to 5-1-1 on their home ice. St. Lawrence, a member of the ECAC conference, dropped to 6-9-1 overall this season.
“The team so far is doing well. We have a young group and it took a little more time to get everyone on the same page and rolling, but I think we are starting to hit our peak and are working at our full potential,” senior Christie Cicero said.
Junior Amanda Makela was named the College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week for her performances against St. Lawrence University over the mid-week series. Makela has captured her fourth Goaltender of the Week award this season.
With a record of 3-6-1, the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team has gotten off to a rough start, facing challenging teams and pushing forward to make this season one to remember.
One player who has been making a name for himself this season is junior goaltender Jimmy Sarjeant, who was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Goaltender of the Week for the second consecutive week on Nov. 12.
“It’s a pretty big honor to be recognized by our conference for any award, especially considering the talent that we play against every day in our conference. But winning this award as a goaltender is more of a team award because it takes a lot of help from my teammates to enable me to do my job as a goalie,” Sarjeant said.
“They have done a tremendous job clearing lanes and rebounds for me so I can see pucks well and feel comfortable back there. A lot of credit goes out to the guys I play behind.”
On Friday Nov. 8, Sarjeant stopped 37 shots in the Lakers’ 3-2 victory over visiting Rochester Institute of Technology. After allowing two goals in the opening period, Sarjeant turned aside all 24 shots he faced over the final two periods as Mercyhurst.
“We got off to a slow start this year losing a few games at the beginning of the year but we seem to be clicking a little better now and it’s showing in the win column. We’ve earned some pretty important wins but having said that I know we have a lot left to show everyone.
“I really think that we can play better and it’s showing now of late, we seem to be getting stronger each day so hopefully that trend can continue so we can make a push for a league championship,” Sarjeant said.
Sarjeant has seemingly become the number-one goaltender for the Lakers (3-6-1, 2-1-0 AHA) after just a month in the season. He has been the starter for all of Mercyhurst’s wins and the team’s only tie through 10 games as he sports an overall mark of 3-2-1 and is a perfect 2-0-0 in conference action.
Sarjeant has a 2.68 goals against average and a .923 save percentage thus far.
After finishing a great season last year, the Mercyhurst wrestling team is hoping to carry that into this season with strong veterans and newcomers.
Although performing well last year, there are new people and it’s collectively a different group of guys, something that has to be put into consideration when preparing every day.
“The guys are working hard. The focus is to get better each day so that they are the best they can be when the post season comes around,” said Mercyhurst Head Coach Mike Wehler.
For the upcoming season, the team wants to use last year as momentum while continuing to get even better with more potential top place NCAA finishers.
“Our expectations are to build on the successes we had last year. This is a new season and a new team and we have to earn all of our successes this season.”
“We had four guys at the NCAA tournament with one All-American. The goal is to get more of our team to NCAA’s and on the podium,” said Wehler.
Ending their season with a 18-14 record including a 12-10 PSAC placement, the Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team had another rememberable season to add to their program.
With sophomore Lexi Stefanov leading the team with 273 kills, and junior Rachel Crittle with 269, the Lakers were a powerhouse this season full of young players looking to work strong for their team.
“Overall as a team we had a pretty successful year. We won some really big matches against some top-ranked teams. We played aggressive in every match and competed at our highest level,” senior Nicole Texido said.
With another successful win of 23-20 against California University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 9, it has given the Lakers a 6-4 season.
With this great win, three players received the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Weekly Awards.
Senior running back Allen Jones II, redshirt junior linebacker Pat Behm, and senior placekicker Steven Wakefield.
The team defeated conference rival, Edinboro University at Tullio Field 19-6 on Nov. 2.
The Lakers did not produce their best offense game in the season but they were able to gain 266 yards on the ground against the Edinboro defense. Mercyhurst quarterbacks completed just seven of 16 passes, the second straight game Mercyhurst has not thrown for at least 100 yards.
The Mercyhurst University women's soccer team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with a 5-0 setback to seventh-ranked California University of Pennsylvania in the opening round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament.
The Lakers finished their season with a 9-9-1 record and 8-7-1 in the PSAC. It was Mercyhurst's first appearance in the PSAC Tournament since dropping a 1-0 decision to Indiana University of Pennsylvania back in the opening round in 2009.
With a record of 6-4-1 and being ranked no. 10 in the latest USCHO.com Division I Women’s Hockey Poll announced Monday, the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team is fighting to make this season one to remember.
The recent drop in the poll was due to the split with Robert Morris University (2-0; 2-3) last weekend. But that is not stopping some significant players who have made it a point to step up for the team.
Junior goaltender Amanda Makela was recently selected for the CHA goaltender of the month award.
“It’s a great feeling to be recognized by the league. It’s also a compliment to the team as a whole. I have to give them a lot of the credit, they played very well in front of me blocking shots, lifting sticks and getting clears,” Makela said.
Makela has been a great resource for the team, playing in every game thus far, and having a total of 258 saves, and average 1.73 per game.
“After a rocky start, we have been able to grow and improve. As a young team, I think we have done well but we also have room for improvement. Every game provides us with more experience in which we are able to learn from,” Makela said.
The Mercyhurst men’s basketball team was voted to finish sixth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division for the 2013-14 season.
These rankings are based on their division’s preseason coaches poll. Last season the men finished fifth in the division after earning 16 wins.
This is a middle ranking and the Lakers look to prove they’re worthy of a higher seed.
“We expect to finish higher than sixth and to show everyone how good we are. Our goal is to win a PSAC Championship,” said senior center Paul Bildo. The expectations for the winter are to surpass last year’s and continuing the winning record.