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Broncs Home for the Weekend
Six Home Events Saturday, Sunday
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—There are plenty of reasons to stay on campus this weekend.
Following the big party in Alumni Gym Friday night there will be six home athletic events on Saturday and Sunday.
The swimming & diving teams begin the 2013-14 season with a splash in the Coppola Pool, hosting America East power UMBC. The Broncs have only beaten UMBC once in the last dozen years, and will try to make it twice on Saturday at 1pm in the Maurer Center.
Coach Steve Fletcher’s young group will be led this year by senior diver Trevor Hiller, the MAAC Diver of the Year last year and an NCAA zone qualifier, and senior Melanie Leonhard, the Rider record holder in the 1000 and 1650.
The women’s soccer team (5-6, 2-3 MAAC) will attempt to stay undefeated at home (4-0) this year when the Broncs host Iona in a MAAC match beginning at 1pm. The Broncs have been led by senior Jennifer Meier, who ranks among the MAAC leaders with six goals and 15 points.
The volleyball team (10-5, 2-3 MAAC) looks to snap a two-match losing streak when the Broncs host Marist Saturday and Siena Sunday in a pair of 1pm MAAC matches. The volleyball team has been led by freshman middle hitter Kaitlyn Griffin, who has twice earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors.
On Sunday the field hockey team (8-4) hosts Robert Morris at 12 noon in the first ever MAAC field hockey game. The Broncs have won eight of the last nine times they’ve played the Colonials, including an overtime contest last year. The field hockey team is led by its all-time leading scorer, senior Sandra Penas, along with freshman Nicole Hareau. The pair has combined for 20 goals and 10 assists in 12 games.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams are home Saturday against new conference rival Quinnipiac. The Broncs have been led by junior Alison Noll, who has a team-high five victories playing first singles.
Rider's SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Council) will be collecting canned goods for HomeFront at the women's soccer and volleyball matches. HomeFront's mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community. HomeFront continues to be a organization that SAAC works with due to their commitment and involvment in the local community.
If there was ever a weekend to stay on campus, this is it. But if you cannot stay, the soccer, field hockey and volleyball matches will be streamed on BroncVision, the pay per view video stream of Rider Athletics. GameWatcher (LiveStats) will also be available for free on the GoBroncs.com website.