The Post Eagles sports teams have gotten off to a tremendous start this year as they’ve earned NCAA tournament bids, conference championships, and numerous individual accolades. Congratulations on all your hard work. Go Eagles!
The Post University volleyball team (26-6, 17-2 CACC) earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, earning its first-ever at-large bid and the No. 7 seed. The Eagles gave No. 2 seed Daemen all it could handle in the first round but fell 3-2. Senior Skylar German was named CACC Player of the Year for the third year in a row and was also named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American, DII CCA Third Team All-American, and AVCA First Team All East Region. The Eagles had three others named All-CACC as sophomore Brianna Root was named to the First Team for the second straight year. Senior Hailey Griffin earned a spot on the second team and her sister Morgan Griffin received third team accolades. German and Morgan Griffin each recorded their 1,000th kill this season, becoming just the sixth and seventh players all-time to reach the milestone at Post. Head coach Mike Brienza was named CACC Coach of the Year as the Eagles finished undefeated (13-0) at home and will ride the region’s longest home win streak (21 games) into next year.
Post men’s soccer (7-8-5, 4-4-4 CACC) had a down year by its standards, but the Eagles caught fire in the CACC Tournament and advanced to their fourth championship game in the last six years. The Eagles, as the #8 seed, broke a scoreless tie as Gabriel Aguilar scored in the 83rd minute of the title game, but Georgian Court answered back in the 88th minute to send the game into overtime. After two scoreless extra periods, the Lions defeated Post 4-3 on penalty kicks to take home the championship. Four Eagles earned All-CACC honors as Abdallah Bah, Mikail Ellis, Jon Hanlon, and Matteo Moro all earned a spot on the Second Team. Hanlon moved into second place all-time at Post with 15 career shutouts and recorded a career-best seven clean sheets this season.
The young Post women’s soccer (4-10-1, 4-7-1 CACC) struggled this season and missed the CACC Tournament for the first time since 2013. Senior captain Sylvia Yanez led the Eagles with six goals. Freshman Fitore Kllobocista finished second on the team with five goals and 11 points and fellow freshman Bryanna D’Arcangelo led all field players with 1,209 minutes played. Sophomore goalkeeper Cailah Baranowski had five games in which she allowed one goal or less and two shutouts.
Freshman Kendall Fitzgerald burst onto the scene for Post women’s cross country. She won four of the six races on the year, including the CACC Championship. Fitzgerald finished the conference championship race in a time of 19:12.4, over 30 seconds faster than second place. She was named CACC Runner and Rookie of the Year for her accomplishments. Fitzgerald placed sixth at the NCAA East Regional, the top freshman finisher, narrowly missing a spot in the NCAA National Championship.
Seniors John Ducham and Ryan Acey led the way for the men’s cross country team. Both finished in the top-20 twice during the year. Ducham placed fourth at the York College Invite while Acey was just behind him in seventh. Acey finished 23rd at the CACC Championship, the top finisher for the Eagles.
The Post women’s tennis team (9-8, 5-2 CACC) advanced to its first CACC Championship match in team history this fall. The Eagles were defeated by top-seed Goldey-Beacom 5-1 in the title match. In the first ITA East Region rankings of the year, the Eagles are currently ranked #8 in the region. Liza Dubrovskaya is also ranked #11 in singles. Post will continue its season in the spring.
The men’s tennis team played just two matches during the fall and went 1-1. The Eagles earned a victory at home over West Chester 6-3. In the ITA East Region rankings, Post is #7 heading into the spring season. Nikola Crvelin is #8 in singles, the highest-ever ranking for an Eagle.
After a tough 0-7 season, the Post sprint football had 10 players named to the All-CSFL Team. Senior linebacker Chris Leggio was named to the first team for the second year in a row after leading the league with 77 tackles. He finishes his career with 246 tackles, 100 more than any other player in Post history. Jarrick Sharp earned a spot on the second team as both a wide receiver and kick returner. He was second in the conference with 743 all-purpose years. Buddy Enriquez, Robert Sherry III, Shane Celone, Brad Grasso, Fabian Santa Cruz, Greg Volpe, Eleodoro Perez, and Bernard Peterson were all received honorable mention. Peterson became the Eagles’ all-time interceptions leader with his fifth this year.
The Post men’s golf team finished in the top-five in three of its five tournaments during the fall season. The best outing came at the Franklin Pierce Invitational as Post finished fourth and Fredrik Rollve (E) and Michael Erickson (+1), placed eighth and ninth respectively. Rollve had a stellar start to his Eagles career as he was named CACC Freshman Golfer of the Month in September as he placed in the top-10 twice including a sixth-place finish at the Charger Challenge. Post hosted its first tournament since 2012 at Watertown Golf Club on Oct. 10-11.
On the women’s side, Amber Thompson-Newth led the Eagles in each of their four fall tournaments. Her top finish was 9th at the Quechee Ladies DII Challenge as she carded a season-low 164 over 36 holes.
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams will return to action in the spring.