Spring athletes at Stevenson

The Stevenson Mustangs had a phenomenal spring, with five teams capturing their respective conference championships. The men’s tennis team won the MAC Commonwealth championship for the first time in program history by besting Messiah 5-1, and then posted a 5-0 win over Clarks Summit in its NCAA debut. Evan Clifton was selected as Coach of the Year.

Both golf teams captured their respective conference championships. The Mustang women won their first MAC title since 2016 and third overall, defeating second-place Alvernia by 19 strokes. Junior Julia Kline and freshman Amanda Perez tied for the top spot, with Kline winning conference Player of the Year honors in a playoff. The Mustang men edged Lebanon Valley by one stroke in a nail-biting finish to win their fourth straight MAC Commonwealth crown.

In lacrosse, the Mustang men overcame a slow start to win their seventh consecutive MAC Commonwealth title with a convincing 23-4 win against Lycoming, then rallied for a 12-9 win against Franklin & Marshall in their NCAA opener. They made it to the third round of the NCAA tourney, falling to Tufts. The Mustang women won their first conference regular season title since 2013, going 8-0 with a group comprised mostly of freshmen. They won 12 in a row before being stopped in the MAC Commonwealth championship game by Lebanon Valley.

The men’s track and field program captured both the MAC indoor and outdoor championships for the second straight season. Dave Berdan was named Coach of the Year in both seasons, and during the indoor season, three student-athletes— sophomores Ritchie Case and Dereck Davis for the men and junior Kimberly Hammond for the women—qualified for NCAA nationals.

Men’s volleyball won a program-record 30 matches and ranked as high as No. 3 in the country while capturing a share of the MAC regular season title. Landon Shorts, senior Business Administration major, became the all-time leader across all NCAA divisions in career service aces (see page 11). The Mustangs were edged 3-2 in the conference championship match and based on other results around the country, missed out on a second straight trip to the NCAAs.

The women’s tennis team qualified for conference tournament play for the first time since 2013, posting an overall record of 8-7 and a 4-2 MAC Commonwealth record.

Men’s basketball pulled out to a 7-1 start and qualified for the MAC Commonwealth Championship for the first time since 2016. Both the Mustang men and women’s basketball teams qualified for the ECAC Championship, with the women making their sixth straight postseason trip, while the men were in it for the first time since 2015.

John Stuhltrager was named the MAC Coach of the Year in women’s swimming for the second time in three seasons after guiding the Mustangs to a sixth-place finish.

Baseball and both the men and women’s ice hockey teams were in contention for conference playoff spots until the final weekend of regular season play. In women’s ice hockey, Kellen Wittman ’20M was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year, while freshman Nikki Kendrick earned Rookie of the Year accolades.

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