Laurence Messler ’17
As the calendar turns to December, the fall season has reached its conclusion and the winter sports season is beginning to heat up as CSAC play gets underway. The Men’s soccer team finished their season in the CSAC Semifinals with a tough 1-0 loss to the Cabrini Cavaliers, who would ultimately fall in the CSAC championship to the Centenary University Cyclones. With a historic fall sports season in the books, the attention quickly turned to the winter sports season. On November 15th, both basketball teams opened their 2016-2017 campaigns at home with a doubleheader in Alumnae Hall.
The women’s basketball team opened play on November 15th against a strong opponent – the nationally ranked DeSales Bulldogs women’s basketball team. The Macs would play the Bulldogs very tight throughout the first half, but the game would slip away in the final 20 minutes which ultimately led to the Macs falling to the Bulldogs. The Macs then took to the road that weekend to participate in the Scotty Wood tournament where they fell to Muhlenberg and Bryn Athyn. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break the Macs took to the road to take on the Arcadia University Knights, and once again they kept the game tight throughout the first half into the 3rd quarter before the Knights got on a run in the 4th to ultimately pull away and collect the win. Still in search of their first win, the Macs travel to Eastern on Wednesday, November 30th and then come home for four straight games when they open up CSAC play on December 3rd against Centenary before playing host to non-conference opponents Moravian, Goucher, and Washington College (Md.).
The men’s team got a new head coach over the offseason in former Immaculata men’s basketball standout Jay Hyman. Hyman was an assistant for the women’s team up until last season when he was a GA with the DII West Chester Men’s Basketball team. When Coach Stewart departed from his position as head coach over the offseason for DII Georgian Court, Hyman returned to IU and was named his successor. Hyman’s career also got rolling on the 15th when the men hosted Delaware Valley University. In a story similar to what was seen in the women’s game earlier that night, the men came up against a very strong team and hung in for the first 20 minutes before falling away in the second half. The Macs also took to the road that weekend to play in the Messiah Tournament where they fell to the host Messiah before rallying to beat Mount St. Vincent by a score of 83-70 in the consolation game. The Macs were led offensively in this game by Sophomore James Willis who had a breakout game scoring 22 points to lead the Macs to victory. On Tuesday the 22nd the Macs welcomed the perennial power – the Widener University Pride – to Alumnae Hall. This game was an extremely tight back and forth game until the end when the Pride would finally pull away to beat the Macs 84-77. On Wednesday, November 30th the Macs opened up CSAC play on the road at Keystone before returning home to take on the Centenary University Cyclones in game two of a doubleheader on December 3rd. After this game the Macs travel to visit their bitter rivals in the Cabrini Cavaliers before returning home to take on game two of a double header against McDaniel on December 10th. The first win of the year could be just the spark the Macs needed to get their season rolling in the right direction. In the final two weeks before the holidays, they will look to get rolling in some pivotal CSAC matchups to get their season on track entering 2017.
The men’s and women’s winter track teams began practice on November 28th, and will compete in their first races of the year when they compete in the Bowtie Classic hosted by Ursinus on December 3rd. This is their only race in fall 2016 as their next race is not until January 13th, when they head to the Golden Bear Invitational hosted by Kutztown. The Macs will be looking to build off some of the success they had last year and have another solid year.
The schedule with dates and times of every event is posted on Gomightymacs.com. If you cannot make it out to the game, tune into the live broadcast of every home game on Gomightymacs.com with Dave Molinaro and myself who are on the call for all home basketball and baseball games. Go Macs!