Weekend preview: No match, but soccer team plays the waiting game anyway
Because it is final exam week, this weekend's athlete activity is limited to only the cross country team being active. But that doesn't mean the soccer team will be doing some scoreboard watching as the Landmark Conference winds down in its final weekend of the regular season.
With a berth in the conference semifinals already secured, the Mariners (9-6-1, 4-2-1) will wait to see who they will play in the semifinals next week.
First-place Catholic University (13-3, 6-0) hosts second-place Drew University (15-2, 5-1) in Washington, D.C. at noon on Saturday.
If Catholic wins or plays to a draw, the Mariners will travel to Drew. If Drew prevails, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will visit Catholic.
The semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, the conference final on Saturday, Nov. 12. The highest seeded teams will host semifinal and final matches.
Men's and women's cross country
The men's and women's cross country teams will compete at the Landmark Championship in Bethlehem, Pa. The event is hosted by Moravian College.
The conference championship is just the start of three key meets over a two-week span. The Mariners also will compete at the ECAC Championships at Mt. Greylock in Williamstown, Mass. on Nov. 5 and at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional qualifying meet at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. on Nov. 12.
After a 42-14 loss at Hobart, the gridders have a bye this week, but will return to action in their final home game of the season, which is also Senior Day, against Union College at Tomb Field on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. The Mariners will play their season finale at RPI on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.
The Mariners (0-6, 9-18) finished their season last week. They did not reach the Landmark quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Wednesday.
Photo: Kevin Pfeil (23) battles for the ball in a win against Coast Guard earlier this season. Photo by Shawn Antonelli