The Northwestern field hockey may not have the easiest road remaining to qualify for one of the four Colonial League playoff spots. But at least the roadblock isn’t up quite yet.
Northwestern (7-6-1 in Colonial League) defeated Salisbury on Saturday afternoon, 4-1, in a league matchup delayed from earlier in the week. The Tigers faced a 1-0 deficit with just six minutes into last Tuesday’s contest, but scored four goals when the game resumed on Saturday afternoon to snap a two-game losing skid in league play and keep those league playoff aspirations alive.
The past two weeks have been rough for the Northwestern volleyball team. Head coach Lexi Ashburne lost two of her senior starters in the past 14 days, and it’s had a clear impact on the Tigers on the court.
Tuesday’s match against one of the Colonial League’s top teams was the first time Northwestern suited up without both of those starters. And their voids were felt against Notre Dame (Green Pond).
Notre Dame’s serving game was on point, and the Crusaders defeated Northwestern in straight sets (25-13, 25-5, 25-7) on Tuesday night at the Tigers’ home gymnasium.
Northwestern head coach Kelly Bleam made a few defensive adjustments late in the first half of Tuesday’s match against Salisbury. It very well might have kept the Tigers unbeaten on the young season and got Northwestern off to a solid start in league play.
Senior forward Sara Hathaway played an important role in the win. Hathaway notched her second hat trick in as many games, scoring three goals as Northwestern (2-0 overall, 1-0 in Colonial League) downed Salisbury, 4-2.
The irony is a bit chilling. Perhaps unsettling and alarming even.
On a Sunday back in 1988, Ted Brennan’s father suffered a heart attack in church when he was 51 years old. He didn’t survive.
Nearly 30 years later to the day, and at the same age as his father, Ted suffered one as well.
The Limeport Bulls kept getting knocked down. But they always found a way to get back up.
After facing a 1-0 deficit to top seeded Northampton in the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Bulls fought back to even things up. The Giants took Game 3, and Northampton led for much of the next game, which would have clinched a title for the Giants.
Heading up to the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Northampton Giants had coasted throughout the playoffs. The Giants took Game 1 of the finals against the Limeport Bulls last week to continue that hot streak.
And while Game 2 wouldn’t decide the series, Limeport took it as a must-win situation. Then, the Bulls did what no other team could do in the postseason thus far: they beat the Giants.
Postseason play has become a norm for both the Northwestern girls soccer and basketball teams over the past few years. Last season was no different, with both qualifying for the league and district playoffs, and the Lady Tigers’ soccer team earning a spot in the state tournament.
Right at the center of both teams was senior leader Abby Chisdak. She played vital roles in both team’s success in the fall and winter seasons to continue the Lady Tigers’ rich tradition of playoff contention. For her efforts, Chisdak was named the Northwestern Press Female Athlete of the Year.
Caleb Clymer had one more goal to check off his list in his final high school wrestling season. It would be the toughest to ink a line through, however.
Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Caleb sought that elusive PIAA gold medal that both Scott and Ben Clymer were able to hang around their necks. Like Ben did in 2008, Caleb accomplished that coveted feat in his final high school season.
The Northwestern girls basketball team has spent the summer at a team camp at Penn State, while also competing in summer league play. But the entire group of Lady Tigers had not taken the court together all summer.
That changed over this past weekend, as head coach Chris Deutsch got to see how his team would look at full strength at the A-Town Showdown Divaz basketball tournament.
Billy Hallman has high hopes for the 2018-19 varsity boys basketball season. He expects to have the most talented group of Tigers yet in his career as head coach at Northwestern.
The season is about five months away, but Hallman is got an early look at how special this group is during last weekend’s summer tournament.
Northwestern went 2-1 over the weekend at the A-Town Throwdown at Cedar Beach. The Tigers just missed out on an at-large bid for earning one of the final 16 spots in the single-elimination tournament that began on Sunday.