November 10, 2003

Fall sports teams ready for postseason

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.

November is when the fall sports teams find out if their postseason ambitions materialize. All five fall teams were in position at the start of the month to receive a bid to their respective NCAA Div. III national tournaments.

Soccer (men)
It took 14 games before someone beat Emory this season; the Eagles set a school record with a 12-0-1 unbeaten start to the season. Entering November, Emory had spent six consecutive weeks in the top four nationally. Two offensive standouts were senior Matthew Levine, who was 14th in the nation in goals, and sophomore Karl Dix, who was 23rd nationally in assists. This is the ninth time in school history that the Eagles have racked up 14 or more wins in a season. Six of the previous eight resulted in NCAA tournament berths.

Emory was ranked No. 15 in the nation heading into the University Athletic Association tournament, Nov. 7-8 in New York. The Eagles were the No. 3 seed for the tournament, which awards an automatic berth for the NCAA national tournament. If Emory misses out on the conference title, it still could get into the tournament with one of five at-large berths. The Eagles, who graduated three All-Americans last year, posted a 26-8 record during the regular season.

Cross Country (women)
Emory's depth boosted the Eagles to a No. 17 national ranking. All-American Angela Davie continued to be a pacesetter by averaging 18:48 for 5,000-meter races. Freshman Amy DiBianca stole the spotlight at the Georgia Collegiate Championships where she became the second Emory runner ever to win the individual title. In that race, nine Eagle runners bettered 20 minutes, a team first.

Cross Country (men)
Emory was ranked No. 20 in the nation and poised to win its first conference championship. In its last meet before the UAA championship, Emory runners fared extremely well at the Southeastern Classic. Five of the team's top six runners recorded season-best times, and four of those had career-best times. Senior Phil Hagedorn was the team's No. 1 runner in four consecutive races leading up to the UAA meet. He was one of four Eagles to make the all-state team at the Georgia Collegiate Championships, a feat never before accomplished by Emory.

Soccer (women)
Emory had a 12-4 record overall entering November with an outside shot to win the conference title and its automatic postseason berth. If not, Emory has to hope for one of the three at-large berths awarded nationally. Emory was ranked 10th in the country for team defense, thanks in part to sophomore goalie Amy Franciscovich, who already has broken the school record for shutouts in a season and career.

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