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Messiah College field hockey wins first-ever national title

November 23rd, 2016

fieldhockey_webOn Nov. 20, No. 1 Messiah College played through freezing temperatures, wind and snow against No. 3 Tufts University in the NCAA Division III National Championship, and they came away with a 1-0 decision in a penalty shootout that will go down as one of the best games in Division III field hockey history. The win for Messiah secured their first-ever field hockey championship after they previously finished as National Runner-Up on eight separate occasions.

Read more about the historic win here and here.

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Messiah College Falcons to add NCAA Men’s Volleyball in 2017-18

November 18th, 2016

volleyballA new era for Messiah College men’s volleyball is about to begin.

Messiah Executive Director of Athletics Jack Cole announced this week the promotion of the Falcons’ men’s club volleyball team to NCAA Division III status starting in the 2017-18 academic year.

“Messiah College and the Athletics Department are both looking forward to elevating men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate sport,” Cole said on the decision to bring the team to the NCAA level. “The addition of men’s volleyball to our varsity sport lineup will only enhance the opportunities and experiences of our student-athletes, and it will be another way in which we ‘Pursue Athletic Excellence’ and ‘Develop Christian Character.'”

The elevation of the program will increase Messiah’s NCAA sport offering to 23 total teams, and it coincides with the recent growth of men’s volleyball across both NCAA Division III and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Messiah will join Alvernia, Arcadia, Misericordia, Stevenson, and Wilkes as MAC institutions offering men’s volleyball.

Read more here.

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Messiah ranks #8 in Top 50 Colleges for Female Athletes

June 25th, 2015

3_editStack recently named Messiah College #8 in the Top 50 Colleges for Female Athletes. Over 2,000 schools were analyzed and the list includes all divisions. Messiah is the first Division III school on the list.

See the full list.

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Messiah’s Judi Tobias to Enter Final Season on the Sideline

April 27th, 2015

Judi Tobias_homepageJudi Tobias, Messiah College’s women’s volleyball coach for the past 19 years, announced over the weekend that 2015 would be her final season on the sideline. Tobias has an overall record of 341-232 with the Falcons, and has led the program to seven straight Commonwealth Tournaments.

Tobias started as the Falcons’ head coach in 1996, and in 19 seasons the Falcons have finished above .500 in 13 different years. Her teams have won at least 15 games in 13 seasons, and they’ve reached the 20-win plateau seven times. Her 341 wins are a program record for a coach, ahead of the 319 wins of Joan Chamberlain, Tobias’ former coach.

Read the full story, “Messiah’s Judi Tobias to Enter Final Season on the Sideline.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Earns 100th Win

April 14th, 2015

Heather greer_homepageMessiah College used a quick start and a full-field effort to defeat rival Lebanon Valley College 11-6 on Saturday, April 11. The win pushed the Falcons into sole possession of first place of the Commonwealth Conference, and it also gave head coach Heather Greer her 100th career win.
Read “Falcons Reach First Place, Greer Earns No. 100.”

Read “Women’s lacrosse hands Greer 100th career victory.”

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Women’s Lacross Team Christens New Turf Field with a Big Win

February 27th, 2015

WomensLAXfirstgame_webMessiah women’s lacrosse christened their new turf field on Tuesday in dominant fashion, winning 16-1 over Scranton.

Read “Falcons Dominate Royals in Season-Opener.”

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Messiah College Women’s Soccer Featured in ESPN Story

November 10th, 2014

“We may be doing a lot of the same things that other programs are doing, and it may look very similar from the outside, but just the motivation behind all of the things we’re doing is rooted in our faith. The reason we practice hard and the reason we invest in our teammates and the reason we listen to our coach is not just because everyone else does it, but we are really just trying to honor God in our play and our actions.”- Kayla Deckert

Read the full story “How Faith Has Formed Foundation for Messiah College’s Success” on ESPN.

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Kaleb Loht wins national championship; wrestlers earn third in Division III

March 16th, 2014

Kaleb Loht earned the National Championship in the 141 lb. weight class to lead Messiah to third place in Division III. The Falcons finished third with 60 points–the highest team finish ever to Messiah.

Read the summary at http://gomessiah.com/news/2014/3/14/WREST_0314145607.aspx?path=wrestling.

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Athletics announces 2014 Hall of Honor inductees

December 13th, 2013

Messiah College Athletics and the Falcon Athletic Network (FAN) are pleased to announce the 2014 induction class for the Hall of Honor: Jessica (Regan) Cotton, Sam Lenhart, Coach Jan Trapp and Hayden Woodworth. The ceremony will take place Jan. 10, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Women’s volleyball and men’s soccer coaches achieve significant milestones

October 30th, 2013

Recently both women’s volleyball coach Judi Tobias ’80 and men’s soccer coach Brad McCarty ’93 have reached milestones in their coaching careers.

In a match against St. Mary’s College of Md. Sept. 21, the Falcons gave Coach Judi Tobias her 300th career win in her 18 seasons as head coach.

In his fifth season as head coach of the men’s soccer team, Coach Brad McCarty racked up his 100th career win when the Falcons beat Elizabethtown College Oct. 12.

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