Christendom College earned the USCAA’s 2019 President’s Cup for Academics this past weekend, as announced by the collegiate sports organization. The award, which is given to the school with the most Academic All-Americans and whose athletes have the best GPA, is Christendom’s first and a testament to the college’s strength in balancing sports success with academic excellence.
From Christendom’s volleyball team reaching its first National Championship to the rugby team earning trips to two separate National Championships, the 2018-19 academic year was full of defining moments for Christendom Athletics. At the center of these moments were 37 senior student-athletes who earned numerous honors during their four years, leaving behind a legacy of sportsmanship and perseverance that the college will remember for years to come.
The Christendom Crusaders traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to take on NCAA DII Belmont Abbey College for the first time in college hoops history. While the Crusaders ultimately fell to Abbey 105-41, the game marked an important moment of union between the two Catholic schools, and hopefully the first of many meetings in the future.
Sports seasons can be a grind, as athletes give their all to try and help their teams succeed day in and day out. At Christendom, the athletic department is seeking to make these seasons as easy as possible on students’ bodies, resulting in a new partnership with Performance Sport and Spine — a team of sports physicians committed to helping Christendom athletes avoid injuries as much as possible, making them that much more of a force on the field, the court, and in the classroom.
Christendom freshman Owen Kennedy, at 6-foot-8, towers over most people on campus. His height, athletic talent, drive, and character power him to success both on and off the basketball court – facts that led him to earning the college’s Thomas S. Vander Woude Athletic Scholarship to attend Christendom this year.
On May 2nd, the athletics department held its annual end-of-year sports banquet. At the banquet, the athletics department honored our graduating seniors with personal plaques commemorating their years of participation in Christendom varsity sports, as well as honoring Sophomore Ian Heisler with his USCAA Player of the Week Award for his no-hitter thrown on March 3rd.
Calling all Christendom Crusaders! T-minus 2 days to Giving Day! We hope you can join us for one of the social events in Front Royal, Manassas, Dallas or Denver on the 24th of April. Our first challenge has been announced: Once we receive 200 monthly gifts a group of generous alumni will give $75K to The Carroll Fund! Wow, $75K just for 200 of you giving a monthly gift no matter the amount. This is absolutely attainable with your help, especially considering the fact that alumni couples that give count as two gifts. We can do this!
The Crusader men battled through injuries on the road, delivering a strong effort that fell short at Washington Adventist University, losing 85-73. Junior Patrick Pennefather led the charge with a career-high 29 points (including 5-9 from 3-point territory) and 14 rebounds.
The Crusaders completed a season sweep of the Patrick Henry College Sentinels with a 95-43 win at home on Senior Day. Christendom started the game with a 21-0 run and never looked back. Freshman Luke Schultz led the way with a dominating performance,
The Christendom men's basketball team delivered their most prolific offensive performance of the season on February 7th, in a 102-52 road win over the Patrick Henry College Sentinels. The Crusaders were effective both in the paint and from beyond the 3-point arc as they cruised to their third win of the season
It was a tough day for the Crusaders who fell 49-69 to Mid-Atlantic Christian. Junior Patrick Pennefather was all over the court until he fouled out with a few minutes left to play. Pennefather double-doubled with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists.
The Crusaders brought their record to 2-9 on the season with a victory over Appalachian Bible College. The Crusaders took the lead early and never looked back. They shot 47.3% from the field with the help of freshman Luke Schultz who nearly double-doubled with 22 points
The Crusaders lost a close game to Williamson College of the Trades this past Saturday at home, 55-48. The two teams were evenly matched, Christendom shooting 40.0% from the field while Williamson shot 38.8%. The Crusaders out-rebounded Williamson with a total of 32 rebounds for the game.
It was a tough game offensively and defensively last night as the Crusaders fell 85-43 to #6 Central Penn in an extremely physical game. In a cold shooting night, the leading scorers for the Crusaders were Tommy Vander Woude with 10 points, followed by Michael Urankar with 8 points.
Despite a tough start to the basketball game last night, the Crusaders managed to reduce #8 Warren Wilson’s lead to 15 points, leaving the final score at 88-103. A warm Christendom welcome was also given to Freshman transfer Luke Schultz. Schultz, along with being the lead scorer—putting in 27 points— also lead the team in rebounds, followed by Johnny Echaniz with 16 points, Patrick Pennefather with 14 points and Pete Day with 11 points. Ian Heisler, Michael Urankar, and Day all chipped in 5 assists each.
For athletes, there is no greater rush than playing a game well. It makes the early morning practices, the hill sprints, and the sore muscles all have a purpose. There is something about playing on a team that really brings out the best in people. When you look at the scoreboard and know?whatever the end result is?that you have played your hardest, it all makes sense. This is everything you have worked for?it?s the reason you pushed through all those tough practices.
The Christendom Crusaders dropped their second game of the season, losing to the Randolph College Wildcats to even their record at 1-1. The Crusaders struggled in the first half to score the basketball, putting up only 11 points and being repeatedly beat in the lane and in transition.
Christendom’s athletic department is celebrating one of its finest years in sports, due in a large part to the efforts of the college’s senior student-athletes, both this season and over the course of their four years at Christendom. Of the sixteen senior athletes, each played key roles on their teams, leading the Crusaders to great success this year, and leaving a legacy of sportsmanship and perseverance that the college will remember for years to come.
The men’s basketball team played Southern Virginia University’s JV on Tuesday night in their final home contest of the semester. The Crusaders came out flat and allowed Southern Virginia to build a lead to nearly 20 points in the beginning of the game. With about 4 minutes left to play in the first half, Christendom’s defensive energy and team pressure sparked some quick lay-ups and transition jump shots to give the team some life. Offensively, drives and finishes at the rim by Johnny Echaniz and three-point jumpers by Pete Day, Jerome Norton, and Stephen Foeckler brought the team to pull within 13 points at halftime.
The Crusaders took their first home loss of the season against the Wildcats of Randolph College to bring their home record to 2-1 at home and their overall record to 2-4. The Crusaders often struggled to produce offensively against Randolph’s tenacious defense, but there were times that the young Crusaders team moved the ball quite well, broke down their smothering defense and got quality shots.
The Crusaders won what became a rather one sided game on Tuesday night, defeating the Warriors of Appalachian Bible college with a score of 91-63. Junior Stephen Foeckler led the charge with 24 points. The Crusaders moved the ball well, and as a result there was a spike in the amount of assists this category being led by Foeckler and fellow junior Joseph Pennefather, both with 4.
In their second game of the Invitational, the Christendom men’s basketball team played Warren Wilson from Asheville, North Carolina. Saturday afternoon’s game for the Crusaders started well with Stephen Foeckler getting a pass from Nick Santschi and hitting a three pointer to go up 3-0. They battled back and forth but found themselves unable to break Warren Wilson’s full court press consistently and their half court pressure and trapping defense got the best of Christendom’s young team in the first half and they found themselves in another tough situation.
The Christendom men’s basketball team travelled south to Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend to Johnson & Wales University for the Johnson & Wales Invitational. On Friday night, November 13, they had the tough task of playing the host team, which were defending semi-finalists the season before in the USCAA tournament.
Your Christendom Crusaders won a scrappy game against the Keydets of VMI to improve to a 1-1 overall record. The Crusaders were led by freshman Patrick Pennefather’s 24 points. While there are still many things that the young team has to work on, as displayed by a messy first half, they showed a certain mental toughness in closing out the last several minutes of the game that is not often found in a team as young as they are.