Fall sports recap

Cross country
The cross country teams had probably the greatest success out of CNU’s fall sports. In addition to the women winning their third consecutive Capital Athletic Conference championship, the men broke a two-year runner-up streak by topping Salisbury.

A second place team performance led by Grayson Reid at the NCAA Regionals qualified the men for their third ever trip to Nationals, while Lydia Cromwell’s 11th place finish was good enough to send her to her second consecutive Nationals meet.

At Nationals, the men’s team came in 32nd and Cromwell finished 213th.

Field hockey
The field hockey team started to show signs of its past dominance as it finished 13-4 this season, a vast improvement from the Captains’ 12-7 record from last season.

The team greatly benefitted from the return of senior Lauren Cheatham, who was injured most of last season. Cheatham led the team with 22 points.

A pair of sophomores were not too far behind the senior in terms of scoring, as Alexa Weaver had seven goals and three assists and Carol Thompson led the team with eight goals.

Another key standout for the Captains was junior goalie Bailey Lien, who set the career win record in the first half of the season.

Once again, the Captains’ admirable season came to a close in a 2-1 loss to Salisbury in the CAC playoffs.

Football
A slow 1-6 start to the season guaranteed that the Captains would have their first losing season in program history.

That disappointing losing streak was snapped in style when the Captains pulled a massive 51-39 upset victory over 18th-ranked Salisbury. The momentum from this stylish 100th win carried the Captains through the rest of the season for a 4-6 final record.

Initial concerns at the quarterback position headed into season were alleviated with the emergence of senior Tyler Quigley, who had 18 total touchdowns and 2,146 passing yards.

Quigley’s favorite target was senior Taylor Loudan who had 1,153 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Men’s soccer
One of the most hyped teams heading into the season had a great first half of the year but ultimately could not pull through in the end.

The team started the year with a 14 game unbeaten streak that was aided by the incredible play of junior Patrick Burns and senior Ryan Balfour, who finished the year with 21 and 12 points, respectively.

That streak was broken by Wesley, and following that loss, the Captains—who finished the year at a still respectable 11-2-6—managed to squeak into the CAC playoffs with the fifth seed.

Any chance for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament was lost when the Captains lost to Mary Washington in PKs in the CAC quarterfinals.

Women’s soccer
Selected to win the CAC championship in preseason polls, the Captains appeared to be in perfect position to do that as they entered the playoffs as the top seed with a record of 8-1.

Although a loss to Mary Washington in the semifinals prevented that prediction from becoming a reality, the team had plenty of reason to celebrate over the course of the season.

Perhaps the biggest moment for the team was a 3-2 overtime victory over the defending national champion Lynchburg on Oct. 18.

The clear standout for the team was junior forward Victoria Perry, who finished the season with 13 goals and six assists. In fact, she scored more than a quarter of the entire team’s points.

Volleyball
The Captains once again were spectacular in CAC play, as they finished their ninth consecutive undefeated conference season with as many titles.

The team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling in five sets to Lynchburg.

The Captains had several key players including junior Briana Sutton, who led the team with 391 kills, and senior Rachel Conway, who led the team with 1,225 assists.