By Julie Schneider

With all the things going on currently this semester our student athletes have been busy practicing and working hard to accomplish the numerous goals athletes set for themselves during this fall season. With the help of Lisa Augustine, interim dean for HPER, we have been able to compile all the athletic events and information for our students.

Club Soccer
Starting with the sports updates for our students let’s congratulate Coach Roseanne Kuncel and the women’s soccer team who have experienced their first win last week, the first win for the entire women’s soccer program. They were able to defeat Mercyhurst College with a score of 3-2, despite playing one person down for much of the second half after our goalie was injured and had to be transported to the hospital.  The women’s soccer team finished their season with an overall record of 1-8. The men’s soccer team concluded their season unfortunately losing their last game against Mercyhurst College and settling with an overall record of 0-12.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
The LCCC Cross Country team competed on a flat and fast course at the Oberlin College Interregional Rumble on Oct. 13. LCCC was the only junior college competing, making it difficult going against the other larger schools that participated. The men’s team placed 14th of out of 20 teams. All six of our male runners ran their most successful times this season. There were 191 men in the open race running an 8k race. Our women’s team was able to accomplish the 6k race, against 155 other women runners included in the open race. The men’s team is currently ranked 9th in the NJCAA Division III Cross Country Poll. LCCC’s Cross Country men’s and women’s teams will compete next at the NJCAA Region XII Meet in Lansing, Michigan on Oct. 27. Both teams have worked hard to get to this point.

Our volleyball team went 1-1 for the week of Oct. 1, defeating Tri-C, but falling after a great effort to Edison Community College.  The Commodores also were successful in the game against Walsh College, winning the first three sets played. Congrats go out to Teresa Trucco of LCCC for being voted week five OCCAC Conference Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 1. Trucco said, “We mesh really well together. We help one another keep our attitudes up when feeling down. And we try and not let ourselves let our mistakes hold us back. We want to place first this year!”
Augustine and the rest of the crew at HPER welcome the campus community to take the time to come out and support all of our teams and athletes this season.  All of our athletes work very hard being an athlete full time and a student as well. Good luck to all of our teams.
And for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Diana Jancura is organizing a Party in Pink Zumbathon for Oct. 27. The event will be held from 11-1 p.m. in the gym. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.