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By Zach Freeman
year after their seasons were cut short due
to COVID-19, spring sports were back in action
at Lancaster Bible College. The baseball, softball,
women's lacrosse, and men's and women's tennis
teams were all in the hunt for NEAC Championships,
while the men's and women's track & field teams were also
in action for the first time in program history.
The baseball team began the year 4-0 for the first time
since the 1980 season and had back-to-back NEAC Player
of the Week honorees to begin the year, as senior Josh
Saufley and junior Ethan Varricchione earned honors. The
Chargers earned a trip to the NEAC Playoffs and battled
top-seed Penn State Harrisburg before losing in the final
game of a three-game series to the Nittany Lions and
finishing the year with an 8-13 overall record.
The softball team began its year 2-0 for the first time since
the 1993 campaign and played hard all season long, despite
a fluctuating schedule with cancellations and re-scheduling.
Senior Nicole DeKok and freshman Phoebe Clemens starred
for the Chargers, as both hit over .400 this season.
The women's lacrosse team enjoyed its finest season in
program history, as the Chargers went 6-4 and advanced
to the NEAC Final for the first time. Lancaster Bible defeated
Wells 21-3 in the NEAC Semifinals for its first-ever NEAC
postseason win and scored 20 or more goals in a game
four times in 10 games. Junior Kendal Ream was named
NEAC Offensive Player of the Year while Head Coach Cheri
Horst was named NEAC Coach of the Year.
The men's tennis team also saw its best season in program
history, as the Chargers appeared in the NCAA Division III
National Tournament for the first time. Lancaster Bible won
the NEAC Championship for the second straight season and
then earned its first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Men's
Tennis Championships by defeating Northern VermontLyndon
9-0 in the NEAC-NAC Crossover Match. LBC lost
to Drew University in the opening round of the NCAA
Tournament, but the Chargers finished the year 11-2, with
the 11 victories the most in program history. Head Coach
Rod Baughman was named NEAC Coach of the Year, and
several student-athletes earned NEAC All-Conference
honors.
The women's tennis team advanced to the NEAC Final as
well before falling to top-seed Penn State Harrisburg 7-2 in
the conference championship. Sophomore Cara DiCiano
was named NEAC Rookie of the Year and finished the year
with a singles record of 9-1.
The men's golf team also had a solid spring, as the Chargers
finished fifth at the NEAC Championships in late April.
Junior Brett Bechler and freshman Austin Gerber, who will
both be back on the course in the fall, had strong seasons
for the Chargers.
The men's and women's track & field teams participated
in an indoor season in 2020 but never got the chance to
compete prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chargers
were, however, able to compete outdoors for the first time
on March 27 at the Millersville University Little Meet. The
Chargers saw big days from sophomore Eric Zimmerman,
who won the 100-meter and 200-meter events, as
well as freshman Leah Bergey, who won the 100-meter
and 400-meter hurdle events as well as the high jump.
Lancaster Bible capped off its season at the NCCAA Division
I Championships in Greenville, Ill., in mid-May. Junior
Trey Baughman (400 hurdles), Bergey (400 hurdles) and
Zimmerman (200-meters) all earned third-place finishes
and became LBC's first-ever NCCAA All-Americans.
A pair of fall teams also returned to play this spring, as the
men's soccer and women's volleyball squads took part in
exhibition contests. The women's volleyball team played
twice, including its first match at Horst Athletic Center in 18
months, while the men's soccer team hosted three games
on the old grass field on campus, as construction on the
Willis & Martha Herr Stadium and the women's lacrosse
season forced them to the grass field.
(See how the Chargers finished the spring seasons and keep
up with the action all year long at lbcchargers.com or on
social media @lbcathletics.)
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