Fall 2013 Highlander Update

Sports

Women’s Tennis (2-12; 1-9 CSAC) – Junior Rebecca Hardman was Cairn’s most effective singles player, with two wins to her name playing in the #1 and #2 spots. First-year player Sara Keating is started to show some real promise for the team, boasting a 2-1 record in the #6 spot. For doubles play, junior Rebecca Hardman and sophomore Liana Jensen held a perfect 2-0 record, 1-0 in both the #1 and #2 spots. The only wins of the season were against long-time rivals Baptist Bible.

Women’s Soccer (7-10-2; 2-6-2 CSAC) – The women’s soccer team is heading back to Florida for the NCCAA National Tournament! The Lady Highlanders earned the 2nd seed in the NCCAA East Region Tournament and defeated Baptist Bible 4-1 in the semifinal game. Facing a Lancaster Bible team that previously beat Cairn 6-0, the ladies reversed their fortunes with a 4-0 at LBC in the title game to claim the East Region banner. Seniors Amara Mills and Kathleen Meacham, as well as sophomore Laurisa Wager, have led the way this season, with Meacham reaching the 20-goal and 50-point milestones for her career. Meacham, Wager, and freshman Alicia Curry were named to the All-East Region team. Another key moment in the season for the ladies was when they defeated Bryn Mawr College 1-0 on September 13, 2013, ending an 11-year, 11-game losing streak to the Owls. The game was won in Double OT by a Kathleen Meacham goal.

Men’s Soccer (8-9-1; 2-6 CSAC – as of October 31)–  The Highlanders were knocked out of the playoff hunt. The season has included a five-game winning streak, with wins against Lancaster Bible, Shenandoah, Wesley, Immaculata, and Rosemont, that was followed by a series of season-altering injuries that resulted in a losing streak of six games. The men, however, did rebound to earn a berth in the East Region championship game, where they nearly outshouted Lancaster Bible by two-to-one, but eventually fell in penalty kicks. Senior forward Cody Mosely leads the team in points (15) and goals (7). Senior goalkeeper David Shaffer has put up career-best numbers this season, especially during Cairn’s five-game winning streak, earning a number of regional and national accolades. He was named Player of the Week for the NCCAA, Colonial States Athletic Conference, and all of NCAA Division III. He was also named Co-Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the NCCAA East Region. Mosely and Shaffer were joined by Jeremy McAlack and Craig Kikendall on the All-East Region team.

Cross Country – Cairn’s cross country team, under the guidance of Eric Bofinger with help from his assistant and wife Katy Bofinger, have continued to make strides in the NCAA and Colonial States Athletic Conference. This season has been back and forth for the cross country team, but at the Penn State Abington Invitational, both the men’s and women’s teams swept the team prizes, claiming first place. Senior Michael Caston has placed himself in the record books for Cairn this season with an 8K run time of 28:29, which is good enough to place him 2nd all time. Nate Seidle turned in a 30:20 at Cairn’s own Highlander Invitational, putting him 7th all-time on the Cairn charts. The Highlanders are set for the CSAC Championship after repeating as winners of the Immaculata Invitational, where the men and women swept the team categories.

Women’s Volleyball (22-5; 9-1 CSAC) – Women’s volleyball is in the midst of a serious campaign. The ladies are currently on an 11-game winning streak that has seen them lose only two sets in more than a month’s time. The Highlanders not only swept their way through the NCCAA East Region on their way to their third consecutive East Region title, but the ladies also secured the 2nd seed in the CSAC playoffs by knocking off Neumann University. During the current run, senior setter Erin Greenwood broke the school record for most assists in a single match with 63. She was named CSAC Player of the Week. Greenwood ranks 2nd all-time in Cairn history with 2,761 assists. Senior Ashleigh Colomina has hit a milestone in her career this season as well, with her 243 digs this season putting her over 1,000 for her career. Brigid Shehan is just 24 digs shy of 1,000, which she can expect to reach before seasons’ end. Shehan, Greenwood, Colomina, and Rachael Johnson earned All-Region recognition.