NOVA Nighthawks Athletics is having a record-shattering fall season. The women’s cross country program won its fourth consecutive NJCAA Region 20 Division I Championship and competed in the National Championship race on Saturday, November 11 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
The men’s soccer team was the top seed in the NJCAA Region 20 championship. The Nighthawks lost 2-1 in the championship game to Howard Community College (Maryland). It was NOVA’s first appearance in the championship game. The NOVA volleyball team was also the top seed in its respective region tournament at Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland, where the Nighthawks fell in the championship match.
NOVA Athletics fall highlights include:
The NOVA Nighthawks success began August 29, when the volleyball team defeated Allegany to give head coach Marcus Robinson his 100th victory at NOVA.
The volleyball team started the 2017 season 7-1 and finished the regular season by winning six straight to earn the top seed at the NJCAA Region 20 Division II Tournament at Garrett College. The Nighthawks fell in straight sets to Potomac State (West Virginia).
Following their second straight weekend playing in North Carolina, Star Mebane-Uriarte and Sarah Halverson were named to the all-tournament team in early October.
The cross country team won its fourth consecutive NJCAA Region 20 Division I championship in October.
The Nighthawks were also first at the Hagan Stone Classic in the non-scholarship division portion of the race. NOVA was second overall. It was the first time the Nighthawks have won a race outside the Region 20 championship.
Kmaljeet Athwal broke the school record in both 5-kilometer and 6-kilometer races this season. The previous 6k record stood for three seasons, while the 5k mark was broken after two years.
The Nighthawks soccer team won a school record 11 matches and advanced to the NJCAA Region 20 Division III Tournament finals for the first time in program history.
NOVA won a school-record five straight games and shattered the program mark with six shutouts during the season. The Nighthawks also went 310 minutes without allowing a goal, which is 66 minutes shy of all three original Star Wars combined.
Gaberiel Rickmann broke the school record for assists in a career with 15. Everton Bailey and Cristian Fuentes are now second and third all-time in most goals scored in a season with 11 and 10 respectively.