Christendom College earned the USCAA’s 2019 President’s Cup for Academics this past weekend, as announced by the collegiate sports organization. The award, which is given to the school with the most Academic All-Americans and whose athletes have the best GPA, is Christendom’s first and a testament to the college’s strength in balancing sports success with academic excellence.
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.
The Lady Crusaders basketball team battled a tough Trinity University of DC team last night, 71-31, increasing their win streak to 2. Both teams competed hard in the first half, but in the second half, the Lady Crusaders were able to keep their pressure on Trinity University to come away with the victory.
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.
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.
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.
The Lady Crusaders fell to Trinity University of DC, 48-47 after a hard fought battle. The two teams were neck and neck the entire game, with neither team leading by more than 4 points at the end of each quarter. Grace Nyman dominated on the court for Christendom with 22 points and 8 rebounds, shooting 10-18 from the field.
The Lady Crusaders celebrated Senior Day today with a win over Patrick Henry College. The three seniors, Bryn Burgess, Sylvia Messing, and Libby Peterson all played important roles in the game. Bryn led the team with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 6 steals.
On a tough shooting night, the Lady Crusaders fall to a tough Washington Adventist Shock team 63-40. The Lady Crusaders shot only 28.3% from the field, while Washington Adventist shot 37.9% from the field and with 9 made 3-pointers
Christendom’s Lady Crusaders fell to USCAA opponent Mid-Atlantic Christian today after a hard-fought battle. The Crusaders outscored MACU the first 3 quarters and started the 4th quarter with a 49-38 lead. In the 4th quarter, Mid-Atlantic Christian
The Lady Crusaders faced off against Appalachian Bible College Friday night, gaining their second win at home this season and their third win in a row. The Crusaders went on a 17-0 run early in the first quarter and tallied a total of 31 points off of turnovers
The Lady Crusaders won their first home game of the season Wednesday evening, topping the Trinity Tigers 50-32. Coming into the second quarter the Lady Crusaders led only by 4, but over the remaining 3 quarters would expand their lead continually, outscoring the Tigers 41-27.
The Lady Crusaders defeated Patrick Henry on the road bringing home their first win of the season. The Crusaders gained a big lead right from the start of the game with help from sophomore Grace Nyman and senior Bryn Burgess. Grace had 6 steals within the first quarter of the game and led the team in points. Gemma McMahon helped direct the offense and overall the entire team played very well offensively and defensively. The game ended with the final score of 57-20 in favor of the Lady Crusaders.
It was a tough game offensively for the Lady Crusaders last night as they fell to Central Penn’s
women’s team with a final score of 58-36. The leading scorers of the game for the Christendom
were Dylan and Bryn Burgess, putting in 11 points each, followed by Gemma McMahon with 8
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.
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 Lady Crusaders finished their fall semester season in grand fashion last night as they beat USCAA opponent Penn State Mont Alto in a dominating fashion. The Christendom team took the court for the 3rd time against Mont Alto having lost the previous 2 matches by an average of 17 points. The women had just come off a close loss at Mid-Atlantic Christian this past Saturday. Playing in their last game before the long Christmas break the women made the most of it playing a tough 40 minutes of basketball. Right from the start the Lady Crusaders took control of the game as they raced to an early 10-4 lead behind early points from Bryn Burgess.
The Lady Crusaders got back in action this past weekend after a long Thanksgiving break. The women traveled to Elizabeth City, NC to take on USCAA opponent Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The women hadn’t played since the 19th of November when they had defeated Central Penn at home. With the gym closed for Christmas formal the team was limited in practice time which unfortunately showed the first 4 minutes of the game as MACU raced out to an early 16-4 lead.
The Lady Crusaders had their home opener last Thursday when they played host to USCAA opponent Central Penn College. After playing a grueling first couple of weeks which included 6 games the women got to play in front of their own Christendom Crazies. The Lady Crusaders started 3 freshmen including Kate Willson who started who first game for the Crusaders. The Knights of Central Penn opened the game with a strong push and took an early lead early in the first quart.
The Lady Crusaders were back in action playing their 3rd game in 4 days after the long trip this past weekend at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC. The team traveled to Washington, DC to take on NCAA III opponent Trinity College. Christendom and Trinity have enjoyed a good spirited rivalry over the years especially after Christendom’s first ever victory over Trinity came 2 years ago. The young Lady Crusaders who this semester only have 1 upperclassmen on the team that being Junior captain Elizabeth Ford played the game without starting point guard Bryn Burgess who up until this point has been the team’s most consistent scorer. With 3 freshmen in the starting lineup Monday night the Lady Crusaders were immediately overwhelmed by the Tigers of Trinity. Trinity raced out to an early 23-4 lead due to their pressure defense and up tempo style.
The Lady Crusaders travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend to participate in a Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Johnson and Wales University. The weekend was made up of 8 teams in all, 4 men and 4 women from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, Penn State Fayette, Johnson and Wales and Christendom. The first game featured Christendom matched up against the host Johnson and Wales Wildcats.
Saturday the women's basketball team was back in action playing the 3rd place game at the Davis College tip-off tournament in Johnson City, NY. The Lady Crusaders took on Word of Life Institute who lost a close game the night before to tournament host Davis. The Lady Crusaders came out to a quick start and never looked back on their way to the first win of the season.
The Lady Crusaders started their season Friday night playing against Penn State Mont Alto at Davis College in Johnson City, New York. It is a young team this year with only one upperclassmen on the team this semester, junior Elizabeth Ford. The team welcomes eight new freshman including Gemma McMahon and Helena Briggs who both made their starting debut Friday night. The women started off very well and had a solid first half which included a strong defensive effort by sophomore point guard Danielle Corcoran who was tasked with defending the best player on the Lady Nittany Lions' team. Bryn Burgess who returns for her sophomore year after a tremendous freshman season, got the Crusaders off to a good start especially offensively. Despite all the new faces the Lady Crusaders showed little signs of nerves as they played Penn State to a near tie with the halftime score of 29-32. The second-half saw Penn State come out and hit some 3's and tighten up their defensive pressure. "We decided to take away their inside game and in the first half they were not hitting their outside shots, but they start hitting them in the second half and that is what allowed them to pull away" said first year women's coach Chris Vander Woude. The fourth quarter, as is the new structure in college women's basketball, saw the lady Crusaders make a come back and cut the lead to six with just over five minutes to play with made shots by Gemma McMahon and Bryn Burgess. Unfortunately Penn State kept hitting their outside shots and pulled away in the final minutes. In the end the lady Crusaders lost 42-59. Bryn burgess led all scorers with 23 points and 14 rebounds. "It was a good first game, after such a long trip and so many new faces to play a tough team like Penn State even for most of the game I thought it was a big success for her team. I was really proud with how hard we played especially defensively, and how well the freshman adjusted. I know as the season goes on we will only improve as we get more comfortable to playing with each other" said Coach Vander Woude.
Crusader basketball came to a close this past week, with both the men's and women's teams finishing their seasons with a strong second half. With another season of Christendom basketball now complete, the hard work and dedication shown by both teams throughout the year bodes well for the future of the sport at Christendom.
The Crusaders finished their basketball seasons at home this past week, with the fans at Crusader Gymnasium showing enormous appreciation for the players, and particularly the four seniors who were playing in their last home games.