The leaves are falling once again, and you know what that means - the NBA season is upon us. The biggest stories of the off-season were Kobe Bryant's impending rape trial, the arrival of 18-year-old NBA savior LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers' signing of Karl Malone and Gary Payton.
Wrestling head coach Mark Cody has reason to be excited as his team prepares to improve upon last year's two win season. "We've brought in a good recruiting class, but we are going to redshirt all of our new kids," Cody said. "We're hoping to see some improvement from last year's team.
And they're off. The Swimming and Diving team season has officially begun, and AU's teams are ready than ever to leave the Patriot League and the NCAA in their wake. Head coach Mark Davin wholeheartedly believes in his teams and knows the results of their hard work will pay off soon.
Opportunity. With every new era comes an abundance of opportunity. Here at AU, we are about to embark upon a new era, under a new athletic director. Tom George's successful tenure is history and AU prepares for a new AD to take over the Patriot League program.
The weather wasn't the only thing hot this weekend, as the Men's Soccer team defeated the Army Black Knights, 2-0 Saturday on Reeves Field. Junior Andrew Herman, who scored a goal and registered an assist on 12 shots, led AU offensively.
In the last regular season game for seniors on Reeves Field, midfielder Anabel Jimenez, defender Jillian Savani and 'keeper Lauren Wohl were honored for their contributions Sunday. But it was sophomore midfielder Simone Konig who led the Eagles to a 2-1 title-clinching win over Army.
Apparently, nobody told Army it was supposed to go down easily to AU in Saturday's volleyball match in Bender Arena. The Black Knights had hit only .131 in Patriot League matches before this weekend, but they defied that statistic Saturday, firing on all cylinders to hit .235.
Add two more Patriot League titles to AU's growing list of championships. The Men's and Women's Cross Country teams captured their second-consecutive PL championship at Lafayette, defeating Army and Navy on an abnormally hot Saturday.
Two years in the Patriot League, two Men's Basketball title games, two losses to Holy Cross and two missed NCAA tournament bids. Three years ago, AU would have been thrilled to be in a conference title game. But now, they are looking for more.