Best Club Team
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 02:05
1. Men’s Ice Hockey
The Delaware men’s club ice hockey team capped off its 40th season by winning the team’s first American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championship. The team defeated Oakland University from Michigan, 5-1, in the final in Strongsville, Ohio on March 7.
In only his second season, Head coach M.F. Schurman guided the team to a 29-2-1 record and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) regular-season title. They finished No. 2 in the national rankings for club teams. They won 15 of their last 16 games and beat No. 1 ranked Penn State in November.
Junior goaltender S.J. Broadt is one of the team’s top players. Broadt won the MVP at the National Championships, while he was playing with an injured foot. Broadt broke a bone in his toe during a regular-season practice, and was supposed to be out for six weeks. However, he only missed the ESCHL playoffs, where Delaware lost to Rhode Island, 7-2 in the semifinals and came back in two weeks.
Four sophomore forwards have also made waves this season. Christian Tasker finished second in the team’s scoring race with 44 points, 14 of them goals. Michael Piet scored 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points and Chris Volonnino scored 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points, including the goal that kept the team’s championship hopes alive. In the national championship quarterfinal game against Ohio University, the Hens were down 4-3 with seven minutes left in the third when Volonnino scored the tying goal. Finally, Mark Zeszut scored the winning goal after 29 minutes of overtime. Zeszut had 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points.
2. Field Hockey
The Delaware club field hockey team won their first National Field Hockey League Championship, in Virginia Beach, Va. The team was ranked No. 3 in the nation with a regular season record of 14-1.
On the first day of the tournament, the team beat Old Dominion, 4-3, Penn State, 3-0, and Maryland, 4-0. In Sunday’s quarterfinal, the Hens beat Connecticut, 2-1 in overtime.
In the semifinals against Duke, Delaware won, 4-0. Their opponent in the finals was No. 1 ranked Virginia. The game was tied at two at the end of regulation when JaJa Kentwell, one of only two men on the team, scored the winning goal. Kentwell comes from a field hockey background, with both of his parents playing for their national teams.
Including playoffs, Delaware’s overall record was 20-1, the best in the nation among club field hockey teams.
3. Women’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Lacrosse