The John Carroll University men’s soccer team entered the 2009 season with high expectations. They returned many of their starters from last season and were looking to improve on their record of 9-6-3 last season.
The boys got off to a hot start and found themselves ranked no. 24 in the nation eight games into the season.
The team suffered many key injuries throughout the season including losing their two senior captains. Jeff Kosek and Matt DeMarchi both suffered season-ending injuries which played a key role in the disappointing finish.
The team entered the conference tournament with the six seed, and then suffered a disappointing loss to Baldwin-Wallace in the quarterfinals.
The team finished with an overall record of 9-7-5 and went 3-3-3 in the OAC.
JCU will be graduating five seniors, while Kosak and DeMarchi have the opportunity to return next season by using a medical redshirt.
“Overall it was a pretty disappointing season. Early on, we faced injuries but our bench players played great and we fought through them,” said senior Sam Stoll. “Once we were healthy, we didn’t play up to our full potential. After a not -so-good season, teams come back hungry. Next year keep an eye on the John Carroll men’s soccer team as they look to make some noise in the OAC.”
The women’s soccer team returned many of their key players looking to make a charge for the conference title this year.
They lost eight of their first 11 games, but turned it around halfway through the season.
They won six of their final eight games.
The third-seeded Blue Streaks faced a tough Heidelberg University team in the first round.
Senior Caitlyn Walton found the back of the net to lead them past Heidelberg by the score of 1-0.
They bowed out in the semifinals of the OAC tournament to second-seeded Ohio Northern University. The team finished with an overall record of 9-10-2 and a conference record of 6-2-1.
The women’s volleyball team finished with an overall record of 12-17 and a conference record of 4-5, which earned them the seventh seed in the conference tournament.
Unfortunately, that put them up against the no. six team in the country: Ohio Northern. The Polar Bears swept JCU and ended their season.
The team was led by three standout seniors in MaryEileen Dalton, Laura Isbell and Celia Mastroine, all of whom were major contributors this season. That trio will move on after graduation, but next year’s team could return as many as ten players.
“I had a lot of fun being a part of this team. I am so proud of these girls and how we fought so hard each game,” said Laura Isabell.
The women’s cross country team finished the season by placing second at the conference championship – their best mark since a second place finish in 2005.
Freshman Ashley Aberl, who finished seventh, and senior Tricia Doherty earned All-OAC accolades for finishing in the top ten individually.
The men’s cross country team with its young cast of runners placed eighth out of ten teams in the OAC Conference Championships. Sophomore Jeff Sigmund was the top Blue Streak in the race, finishing in 42nd with a time of 27:04.22.