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      Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer Make MAC Championships

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      Field Hockey

      Widener Field Hockey went 11-5 in the regular season, helping lead the team to qualify for the Middle Atlantic Commonwealth Conference Championships.

      The Widener University field hockey and women's soccer teams have experienced unprecedented success during their 2017 seasons. For their efforts, both teams qualified for the Middle Atlantic Commonwealth Conference Championships in each sport, something that hasn't happened for either team in nearly a decade.

      Field hockey went 11-5 in the regular season, its most wins since the last time it made the playoffs in 2009. Led by seniors Kayla Herr, studying biology and pre-physical therapy, and Eliza Newlin, studying anthropology and physical therapy, both of whom were named First Team All-Conference, the Pride will continue its season after being selected to compete in the ECAC Division III Field Hockey Championships. The No. 2 seed in its pod, Widener opens play with a home quarterfinal on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. on Edith R. Dixon Field against No. 3 seed DeSales. The winner of Wednesday's game advances to the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 11. Joining Herr and Newlin on All-MAC Commonwealth teams were First Team Lexie Eberly, a nursing major, and Second Team Sabrina Roberto, a finance major.

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      Women's Soccer

      Widener Women's Soccer won 12 matches this year, leading to its first conference tournament appearance since 2008.

      For women's soccer, the turnaround has been even more profound. Following a four-win season in 2016, Widener has won 12 matches this year, leading to the first conference tournament appearance since the 2008 season. Three players received All-Conference accolades. Shea Scannell, a nursing major, was named a First Team performer, while Alyssa Dionisio, a biology/pre-physical therapy major, and Gabby Campbell, a nursing major, were voted Honorable Mention. Head Coach Kelly Wakeman was rewarded for her and the team's effort as she was selected as the Coach of the Year.

      The women's soccer team was selected to compete in the ECAC Division III Women's Soccer Championships. As the No. 2 seed, Widener opens play with a First Round match on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at FDU-Florham. The winner of Saturday's game advances to the quarterfinals where it will take on the winner between No. 1 seed NYU and No. 4 seed William Paterson on Nov. 12.

      Overall it has been a successful year for the Pride in its fall sports. Looking ahead, football has a showdown in the Keystone Cup at Delaware Valley.


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