From Christendom’s volleyball team reaching its first National Championship to the rugby team earning trips to two separate National Championships, the 2018-19 academic year was full of defining moments for Christendom Athletics. At the center of these moments were 37 senior student-athletes who earned numerous honors during their four years, leaving behind a legacy of sportsmanship and perseverance that the college will remember for years to come.
Christendom College is pleased to announce the signing of Claire Mense, a senior Volleyball setter at Sante Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland, FL. Claire is excited to head to Christendom and help lead the Lady Crusaders on their quest for another National Championship run.
Sports seasons can be a grind, as athletes give their all to try and help their teams succeed day in and day out. At Christendom, the athletic department is seeking to make these seasons as easy as possible on students’ bodies, resulting in a new partnership with Performance Sport and Spine — a team of sports physicians committed to helping Christendom athletes avoid injuries as much as possible, making them that much more of a force on the field, the court, and in the classroom.
Christendom's student-athletes were awarded top honors by the USCAA at their annual awards banquet on November 8, with two athletes awarded the organization's prestigious Student-Athlete of the Year awards, while numerous others named to the organization's All-American teams. In addition, the Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference named six Crusaders to their All-Conference teams, making this fall one of the most awards-decorated in school history.
HEADED TO NATIONALS!!! Congratulations to all of our Fall Sports Teams on their success this season. A special congratulations to our Volleyball team and our Women’s and Men’s Cross Country team for getting invited to the USCAA National Tournament in Virginia Beach
Christendom’s Lady Crusader volleyball team is heading to the USCAA DII National Championship in Virginia Beach from November 8-10. Earning a berth for the first time in school history, the Lady Crusaders will compete as the #3 seed in the championship after a stellar 2018 season.
A roaring crowd and an offensive onslaught helped lead the Christendom Crusaders rugby team to its second straight win over the Homecoming weekend, defeating Washington and Lee University 53-38. The Crusader soccer team followed that game with its own victory, thrashing Valley Forge 7-0, while the Lady Crusaders volleyball team won its 11th straight and the Lady Crusaders soccer team fell 7-0 to Howard Community College.
Senior Gemma McMahon has been named one of the USCAA’s Players of the Week, the sports organization announced October 3, 2018. McMahon is the Volleyball Division 2 Setter of the Week, adding another accomplishment to a stellar season from the Lady Crusader volleyball team.
The USCAA #3 ranked Lady Crusader volleyball team added another accomplishment to its sterling season this weekend: a 1st place finish at the CCBC Essex Volleyball tournament, bringing home another trophy for Christendom athletics. Elsewhere, the Crusader rugby team picked up its second win of the season with a 24-5 win over Virginia Commonwealth University. The Lady Crusader soccer team shutout Trinity University 9-0, and the Crusader Cross-Country team placed 3rd at the Frostburg State Invitational.
Three of Christendom’s USCAA athletic teams scored top rankings in the first Coaches’ Poll of the fall, with women’s volleyball ranking #3, men’s soccer #5, and women’s soccer #11. The Coaches’ Poll is decided by every coach in the USCAA, making it the definitive ranking system and making this accomplishment for Christendom that much more notable.
Pete Day led the way for Crusader soccer, with his heroics lifting the team over D-III Marymount University 4-3 this past week. The Crusaders capped off their perfect week with an 11-0 win over Southern State, while rugby fell to the Northern Virginia Griffins, Lady Crusader Soccer lost to Hagerstown Community College, and Lady Crusader Volleyball defeated Penn State Mont Alto.
The Crusader athletic teams are back in season, with each of Christendom’s fall sports competing over Labor Day weekend. Both men’s and women’s soccer teams emerged victorious from their opening games, while volleyball competed in the USCAA Tip-Off Invitational and cross-country made a strong showing at the Bridgewater Invitational.
On May 2nd, the athletics department held its annual end-of-year sports banquet. At the banquet, the athletics department honored our graduating seniors with personal plaques commemorating their years of participation in Christendom varsity sports, as well as honoring Sophomore Ian Heisler with his USCAA Player of the Week Award for his no-hitter thrown on March 3rd.
Calling all Christendom Crusaders! T-minus 2 days to Giving Day! We hope you can join us for one of the social events in Front Royal, Manassas, Dallas or Denver on the 24th of April. Our first challenge has been announced: Once we receive 200 monthly gifts a group of generous alumni will give $75K to The Carroll Fund! Wow, $75K just for 200 of you giving a monthly gift no matter the amount. This is absolutely attainable with your help, especially considering the fact that alumni couples that give count as two gifts. We can do this!
Junior Helena Briggs has been named the National Student-Athlete of the Year by the USCAA. Briggs, who plays both volleyball and basketball at Christendom, was recognized due to her outstanding performance both on the court and off.
For athletes, there is no greater rush than playing a game well. It makes the early morning practices, the hill sprints, and the sore muscles all have a purpose. There is something about playing on a team that really brings out the best in people. When you look at the scoreboard and know?whatever the end result is?that you have played your hardest, it all makes sense. This is everything you have worked for?it?s the reason you pushed through all those tough practices.
Crusader’s Volleyball drove 4 hours on Friday night and another couple hours on Saturday morning to compete in a USCAA quad-match in New York. The Lady Crusaders first faced the host, The Culinary Institute of America, and then SUNY-Delhi, also from New York, and finished the day with Dean College out of Massachusetts. This was the Lady Crusaders second quad-match of the season.
The Lady Crusaders traveled to Mont Alto, PA on Thursday, September 22nd to take on the Penn State-Mont Alto Nittany Lions volleyball team. The Lady Crusaders played an intense few games against the Lady Lions, who had a 7-1 record coming into the match.
Christendom’s athletic department is celebrating one of its finest years in sports, due in a large part to the efforts of the college’s senior student-athletes, both this season and over the course of their four years at Christendom. Of the sixteen senior athletes, each played key roles on their teams, leading the Crusaders to great success this year, and leaving a legacy of sportsmanship and perseverance that the college will remember for years to come.
The Crusaders Volleyball team headed out to Berkeley, West Virginia to play in a tri-match versus Appalachian Bible College and Rio Grande. The took on the impressive Rio Grande first, and despite a valiant effort, were unable to pull off even a set, and lost the game 0-3.
Coming off this tough loss, the Crusaders began a grueling game versus Appalachian Bible. Appalachian Bible began strong, and took the first set. The Lady Crusaders were able to return from this, pulling off a tight 25-23 win. Finally hitting a groove, the team settled in to their game and were able to take the next two sets and match, scores 25-15 and 25-22. Key performances from freshmen Mary Heisler and Johna Fackler carried the Crusaders through the long day.
Christendom's Volleyball Team continued their impressive six game winning streak last night against the Washington Adventist Shock, dominating the game and taking all three sets scored 25-8, 25-9, and 25-14.
Last weekend the Crusaders played another two shutouts, taking both the MACU Mustangs and the Central Penn Knights 3-0. The Crusaders are 18-1 in their last 19 sets.