BY NATALIE HEAVREN SPORTS EDITOR
The 2018 Atlantic 10 (A-10) Rookie of the Year Nicole Cardaño-Hillary was named to the A-10 Preseason All-Conference First Team as well as the All-Defensive Team.
She’s the first Patriot to be named to the team since Taylor Brown in 2015.
After finishing fourth in the A-10 last year, Mason was picked to finish eighth in this season’s preseason poll.
Women’s volleyball improved to 6-4 in conference play, and 8-12 overall, after defeating George Washington 3-1 on Thursday night.
Junior Bailey Williams, sophomore Emily Konchan and freshman ShaLi Niu all recorded double-doubles. For Williams and Konchan, it was their sixth double-double of the season.
For the first time since 2012, Mason recorded at least 90 digs in a match, with 94 Thursday night.
Men’s cross country finished fifth Saturday at the A-10 Championships, their fifth top-five finish in six years. Women’s cross country finished sixth, their best finish since joining the conference.
Jonathan Schloth and Trent Lancaster finished ninth and 12th, the first time in four years that Mason has had multiple Atlantic 10 All-Conference (top 15) performers.
Siobhra O’Flaherty finished 15th, also earning all-conference honors.
Men’s soccer clinched a spot in the A-10 Men’s Soccer Championship for the first time in four years with their 1-0 win over Davidson College Saturday Night.
Junior Daniel Damiani scored the lone goal of the night while senior goalkeeper Clark Gronek made five saves while recording his fourth career shutout.
The team improved to 6-7 and 4-3 in conference play and will find out their seeding and opponent after they play Oct. 31.
Women’s soccer defeated the University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2-1 in a double-overtime thriller Saturday night to move on to the semifinals of the A-10 Women’s Soccer Championship.
Emily Bradshaw scored her first goal of the season in the 39th minute to go up 1-0 and Emma van der Vorst scored her 14th goal halfway through the second overtime to secure the win for the Patriots.