As the 2014-2015 academic year begins at Seton Hill University (SHU) the fall sports teams have been back on campus a few weeks in advance preparing for their seasons.
Men’s football, women’s field hockey, volleyball, golf and equestrian, and both men and women soccer are looking forward to improving on last year’s seasons.
With the Griffins men’s soccer team losing six seniors on their team, they will be leaning toward their leading scorer from 2013, senior Joe Tchimou from Gaithersburg, MD. In addition sophomores Jack Wardale and Joe Smith will provide an attack on offense while Harry Jawanda and Tyler Breth will carry some of the workload on defense.
For the Griffins women’s soccer, nine seniors graduated from their 2013-2014 team, and will be leaning on their young talent to guide them this year throughout the season. Look out for sophomores Stephanie Mizla, Bri Kostan and Allison Mello to continue their gameplay on the offensive end.
Hoping to improve on their season-ending win against Cheyney University last year, the Griffins football team has been practicing hard and rebuilding their team for this season. “” said Head Coach Isaac Collins of the Griffins football team. The Griffins will rely heavily on Senior Captains Andrew Jackson, Tyler Zimmer, Christian Carter and Arthur Tsapdong to guide them towards a winning season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Another very young team for the Griffins is field hockey. Graduating six key seniors from last season and introducing 11 new freshmen recruits on the team will look to bring out competition. The Griffins field hockey finished the 2013-2014 season with a record of 5-12, but look forward to improving this year.
The Griffins women’s volleyball team expects to bounce back this year after losing last season in SHU’s first ever NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. With four rising seniors and freshman recruits the team’s balance of maturity and young talent looks to be promising. The Griffins travel for their first regular season tournament Sept. 5th at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Although with only five members apart of the Griffins women’s golf team the SHU pride is still strong. Head coach Ryan Sikora and assistant coach Paul Cornelius will continue to strategize their players this season with their first invitational on Sept. 12 at Mercyhurst University.
Last but not least are two year long sports that begin in the fall and end in the spring, this includes men’s wrestling and women’s equestrian. The Griffins men’s wrestling team will have their first open on Nov. 2 at Clarion University. After having a downside season last year going 4-14, the Griffins will look to start the season off with an early bang.
For the Griffins women’s equestrian team new head coach Rebecca Bloom will bring in experience and distinct coaching methods to the table. “,” said Bloom.
So be sure to support our Griffins this year in the fall sports category!