Cross country and tennis teams ready to go

Junior captain TJ Bocchino. (Courtesy of Sports information Desk)
Junior captain TJ Bocchino. (Courtesy of Sports information Desk)

Cross Country

Both the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams will look to improve upon last year as they embark on another arduous season.
Last year, the men’s team ran at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championship in St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. The College had two runners, then-sophomore TJ Bocchino and then-senior Chris Guerriero, earn All-Atlantic Region honors. This year, the team will look for its leadership from new captain, Bocchino, along with returning captain senior Brandon Rodkewitz. Returning sophomore Nick Bond expects the team to have a huge breakout season.

“This year, we’d like to show ourselves to be strong contenders at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in October to all the Division 3 teams competing there that day. At the end of October we hope to win ourselves another NJAC Title,” Bond said.

Coach Phil Jennings looks for the women’s team to have another strong year after having six of their runners compete at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships. With three of those runners graduating, the team will look to their two new captains, seniors Nicole Ullmeyer and Michelle Wallace to carry the team.

— Josh Caulfield

Tennis

Senior Jackie Shtemberg returns to the court to lead the Lions. (Chris Gifford / Staff Photographer)
Senior Jackie Shtemberg returns to the court to lead the Lions. (Chris Gifford / Staff Photographer)

For the College, this upcoming tennis seasons expectations are high following NCAA tournament appearances from both the men’s and women’s team last season. The men’s tennis team finished with an impressive record of 11-3 overall, and maintained an intimidating undefeated record at home. The men’s team will be returning almost every starter, including its top eight overall performers.

“They’ve brought in four very talented freshmen whose impact could potentially make an immediate positive impact on the team,” head coach Scott Dicheck said.

The women’s tennis team had an equally impressive season, tallying 16 total wins and only four losses in the regular season.

The women’s team earned an NJAC Championship with an undefeated record of 5-0 in conference play. This conference title was the Lions’ 26th consecutive NJAC win. The College remains unbeaten in conference play with 126 straight victories dating back to the 1982 season.

Both teams are expecting to have a very strong year and improve on last season’s performances.

— Robert Morris