This Week in NOVA Athletics: Oct. 20 – Oct. 27

This Week in NOVA Athletics: Oct. 20 – Oct. 27

ANNANDALE – The fall championship season begins this week for the Northern Virginia Community College cross country team, while soccer and volleyball teams wrap up the regular season this week.

Monday, Oct. 21
4 p.m. – Soccer at Chesapeake

Tuesday, Oct. 22
7 p.m. – Cecil at Volleyball (Sophomore Day)

Thursday, Oct. 24
7 p.m. – Volleyball at Allegany

Friday, Oct. 25
9:10 p.m. – Rowan at Hockey

Saturday, Oct. 26
10 a.m. – Cross country at Region 20 Championship (Hagerstown, Md.)

Cross Country
The regular season came to a close last weekend at Hood College for the Nighthawks as Tyler Means led the squad in the 6-kilometer event. Her time of 24 minutes, 58.70 seconds was the third fastest all-time at NOVA.

Means is trying to become the second Nighthawks runner in the last two seasons to win the NJCAA Region 20 Division I individual title.

Following a weekend road trip to Liberty, where NOVA dropped both games against the Flames, the Nighthawks return home for five straight inside Prince William Ice Center. Liberty outscored NOVA over the weekend by 29 goals.

After dropping five straight, NOVA has been a winner in three of its last four contests and looks to make it 4-of-5 Monday afternoon at Chesapeake.

The Skipjacks are 1-11-0 this season with their only victory coming over Allegany back on Sept. 10. Bradley King leads Chesapeake with three goals, while Alek Riedel has made a team-high 92 saves, but has allowed 58 goals.

The Nighthawks have a pair of NJCAA Region 20 Division II matches this week to complete the regular season. With two victories this week, NOVA can lock up the second seed in the upcoming postseason tournament in Hagerstown.

Last week Brittany Connatser passed Somya Leskanich for second all-time in kills and she is third all-time in points. Elena Swale, meanwhile, is has the seventh most assists in Nighthawks history, and with 43 more she becomes just the seventh NOVA student-athlete with 400 or more assists in a season.