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Westminster's Spring Athletics Takeover

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Dalton Anderson

     The spring semester brought countless success to Westminster College’s sports teams. The spring athletic season saw six of its athletic teams win the PAC Championship. Men’s Basketball, Football, Volleyball, men’s, and women’s golf along with women’s track and field all raising the PAC championship banner this year. 

     This spring season Westminster also gained three all-American athletes in diving as well as two in track and field. The Volleyball team, Westminster had six players named on the All-PAC Teams, led by junior outside hitter Team MVP Maya Steward who was named the PAC Player of the Year and All-PAC First Team. Joining Steward on the All-PAC First Team were classmate’s middle blocker Becky Adelman and setter Samantha Kelly. Titan sophomore middle blocker Kaylee Sciubba was named to the All-PAC Second Team, while first-years libero Malia Duffy and outside hitter Lauren Lampus earned All-PAC Honorable Mention. Steward was named the PAC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

     The Westminster College football team won its first PAC Championship with a long list of achieving players including, e First Team honorees (17 total), led by junior linebacker Team MVP Ian Barr who was named the PAC Defensive Player of the Year. Barr led all of NCAA Division III with six forced fumbles, while his three fumble recoveries were tied for the most in the country. juniors quarterback Cole Konieczka, defensive lineman Brayden Thimons, defensive back Bryce Thomas and returner Vincent Giles, and sophomores tight end Chevy Dawson and running back Ryan Gomes. Garnering second team honors were senior’s offensive lineman Jake Rocco, defensive lineman Dana Logue and kicker Dylan Kidder, junior offensive lineman Gabriel Cleveland, and first-year wide receiver Tylon Eilam. Earning All-PAC Honorable Mention were sophomore’s offensive lineman Devin Little, linebacker Jarred Kohl, and defensive back Luca Botti. Konieczka tied for first in the conference in total offense touchdowns with 11, while his total offense yards of 995 ranked second in the PAC.

     For soccer The Titans finished runner-up in the PAC Tournament, their third Championship trip in the past six seasons, under the guidance of 23rd-year Head Coach Girish Thakar. Westminster was led by senior forward Nick Iregui and junior defender Team MVP Sam Accordino who each earned All-PAC First Team honors. Earning All-PAC Honorable Mention were junior forward Tyler Caterino, sophomore goalkeeper Jad Jadallah, along with first-years forward Kai Haseyama and defender Antonio Ulizzi. Iregui became Westminster’s all-time career leader in points (already had the goals record), while he led the team in both goals (6 – tied for second in the PAC) and points (16 – second most in the conference). 

     The spring time was a good time for Westminster athletics now will the Titans be back in fall, I have a feeling they will be!

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