The men’s soccer team fell short of its own expectations, but still had a respectable season this year with a 7-8-1 record. Senior forward Matt Luber led the Lions in scoring with eight goals and 18 points with five game-winning goals. Luber was then named to the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America adidas All-Metro Region Second Team.
After only one month of play, the men’s tennis team stirred up plenty of excitement in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Championships. Freshman Jeremy Eckardt arrived on the scene and made his presence known at the College as he reached the singles semifinals of the tournament, where he fell to the defending champion. Eckardt faced his teammate, junior Eric Ferriere, to earn his ticket to the semifinals. Junior Mike Klimchak, senior Corey Ball and freshman Roger Mosteller also took part in the ITA Tournament. The Lions will resume their full season in the Spring and look to compete in their National tournament.
The Lions made it to the NCAA Regional Championships before falling to the Messiah College Falcons 2-1 to finish with a 17-3 record. All was not lost, however, as three Lions were named to the All-America team and two were honored by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC). Seniors Jess Berkowitz, Meg Hess and Allison Greene were named All-Americans while Berkowitz and Hess received ECAC First Team honors.
The women’s soccer team made an impressive run at the National Championship before losing to Wheaton College 2-0 in the NCAA Final in Walt Disney World. With a 18-2-3 record, Wheaton was responsible for both losses. After winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship, junior defender Courtney Krol and junior forward Dana DiBruno were named to the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America adidas Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team, while senior Christine Mullin was named to the Second Team and junior Kristen Cubiciotti was named to the Third Team. Krol was also named the 2006 NJAC Defensive Player of the Year. Losing only one player to graduation this year, Mullin, the Lions expect to come back stronger than ever next season.
The Lions showed how strong they can be this season as they won their 24th straight NJAC Championship. They are 116-0 all-time in NJAC play. Freshman Jackie Shtemberg made headlines all season as she was named the NJAC Player and Rookie of the Year. After placing sixth in the ITA Singles Championship, she paired with junior Christina Contrafatto to finish fifth in the doubles bracket of the tournament. Contrafatto placed seventh in the same tournament last year. Shtemberg was the ITA Regional Singles Champion while she and Contrafatto were the ITA Regional Doubles Champions. Head coach Scott Dicheck was named NJAC Coach of the Year for the team’s perfect record.
Though the Lions finished with a 4-6 overall record, the football team added plenty of excitement for Lions fans this season. With a thrilling overtime Homecoming win over William Paterson University and an upset win over Kean University to end the season, the Lions have much to be proud of. Junior defensive lineman Joe King headlined the NJAC All-Star team as he was named to the First Team after having 11.5 sacks on the year, ranking seventh in the NCAA.
After a successful season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The men’s team finished in eighth place overall while the women came in 22nd place. Junior Brian Kopnicki was the top finisher as he came in 21st with a time of 27:31 and received All-America status for his finish. Senior Jenna Fasulo was the top finisher for the women’s team, coming in 73rd place in a time of 24:50.