November’s community college sports roundup!

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The month of October has seen most of Region XV’s sports teams cement their postseason positioning. Teams are gearing up to not only take down the Region XV crown but to make a deep run at their respective NJCAA National Tournaments. Below we take a look through all current fall sports to see how our teams are faring.

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Soccer
The region’s top ranked team and defending NJCAA National Champion, the Suffolk Sharks, dominated the Region XV tournament once again and are one step closer to defending their title. They knocked off their Long Island rival Nassau Community College in a scoreless double-overtime tie that ended in penalty kicks.

In Division I, Monroe College’s women have had themselves a near perfect season with a 9-0-2 record as of October 26th. In the month of October, the Mustangs outscored opponents by a wide margin of 65-6 and have only allowed 5 goals since September 17th. The Mustangs were ranked 6th in the nation in the most recent poll while ASA was ranked 9th with an equally impressive 8-0-1 record.

The men’s side has been much more competitive in Division III as both #4 nationally ranked Suffolk and #5 nationally ranked Nassau sat in the top two spots in the Region respectively heading into the postseason. As of October 27, the Sharks were 17-1-2 and in position to face Nassau in the Regional title game.

On the DI side, Monroe appears poised to make another run at a national championship. The 2nd ranked team in the country completed a 13-0 regular season record in 2016, but 8-3-1 ASA hopes to ruin their chances at a title when the teams battle for the right to move on to the District tournament.

Tennis
FIT dominated the Region XV tournament with a perfect 9-0 record at the Championships, which were held at Suffolk Community College on October 7-8. FIT won the tournament with the maximum number of points (18), followed by second place Suffolk who scored 7 points. With their success, FIT’s Lynn Cabot was named Coach of the Year while Nicole Druzhinsky was named the Region XV Player of the Year. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Oxford-Emory demonstrated the same type of dominance at Nationals on October 22nd, sweeping all events en route to their second national title. FIT did however finish second in the nation with 19 total points.

Volleyball
Queensborough Community College has been at the top of the Region XV standings all season long with a dominating 21-1 overall regular season record and a perfect 17-0 record in regional play. Suffolk trailed right behind the Tigers at #2 in the rankings with a 12-3 record through October 26th. Last year’s regional champion Nassau Lions struggled in 2016 but managed to clinch the 8th seed in the Region, which set up a rematch from last year’s title match in the opening round of the Region XV Tournament. NJCAA Nationals start on November 11th and the Tigers figure to be the favorites to come out of Region XV this year.

2016 Region XV Fall Championship Schedule
A number of Region XV Championship dates as well as NJCAA national dates are scheduled for the month of November. In most sports, teams that advance out of regional play will earn a bid to their respective NJCAA National Tournament where they’ll compete for a National Championship. Below is a list of upcoming events.

DI Men’s Soccer – District Tournaments 11/5-11/6, Nationals @ Tyler, TX 11/14-11/19
DI Women’s Soccer – District Tournaments 11/5-11/6, Nationals @ Melbourne, FL 11/14-11/19
DIII Men’s Soccer – Nationals @ Herkimer, NY 11/10-11/13
DIII Women’s Soccer – Nationals @ Toms River, NJ 11/10-11/13
DI Women’s Volleyball – District Tournament 11/5, Nationals @ Casper, WY 11/17-11/19
DIII Women’s Volleyball – Nationals @ Rochester, MN 11/11-11/12
DI Men’s & Women’s Cross Country – Nationals @ El Dorado, KS – 11/12
DIII Men’s & Women’s Cross Country – Nationals @ Canandaigua, NY – 11/12