Looking back at FDU athletics in fall 2018

By Julie Kayzerman

Our student-athletes have made a mark in their respective conferences and on a national level. Here’s a look back at some of the best moments from the fall 2018 season:

Division I Knights

Knights mascot
Knightro gets fans excited for basketball season at Tip-Off Knight. (Photo by Justin Solleder)

Tip-Off Knight

Men’s and women’s basketball hosted the first-ever “Tip-Off Knight” rally to ring in the new 2018-19 season.

The FDU bowling team
The FDU bowling team is ranked No. 7 in the nation. (Photo by Larry Levanti)

No. 7 in the nation

Bowling entered the season as No. 9 in the nation on the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll and improved to No. 7. The team went undefeated at the Virginia Union Invitational, going 11-0 in the tournament and defeating NEC rival Saint Francis University in the championship match on November 4.

Men’s soccer head coach Seth Roland talks to his team.
Men’s soccer head coach Seth Roland talks to his team. (Photo by Larry Levanti)

200 wins

Men’s soccer head coach Seth Roland earned his 200th career victory in a 2-1 overtime win at the University of Alabama on September 1.

Ahu Obhakhan
Ahu Obhakhan. (Photo by Larry Levanti)

Academic All-American

For the second-straight season, Ahu Obhakhan was named a CoSida Academic All-American. Obhakhan concluded his career with the Knights with one of the most impressive and successful tenures in program history, and will finish the semester with a 3.92 GPA as a Business Management and Leadership major.

Division III Devils

Field hockey team
Field hockey wins its 2nd MAC Freedom Championship. (Photo courtesy of Devils athletics)

MAC Freedom champs

Field hockey won its second-ever Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Championship with a 1-0 win over DeSales University on November 3.

Senior wide receiver Mike Panzarino makes a catch.
Senior wide receiver Mike Panzarino makes a catch. (Photo by Larry Levanti).

No. 1 in the nation

Football wide receiver Mike Panzarino finished the season No. 1 in the nation in receptions per game with 10.2. He also set program records in receptions (261) and receiving yards (3,039) and became the first Devils receiver in school-history to record 100 catches in a season against Widener on November 2.

Isaiah Turner (left) and Mikayla Pak (right).
Isaiah Turner (left) and Mikayla Pak (right). (Photos by Sherry Saccoliti and Larry Levanti)

All-American honors

• Isaiah Turner was named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
• Makayla Pak was named a second team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

Program records smashed

The Devils athletic department had a massively successful fall season as several school records were tied or broken.

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