ANNANDALE – With fall break completed, the Northern Virginia Community College cross country, hockey, soccer and volleyball teams return to action Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. inside Ernst Gymnasium.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
7 p.m. – Montgomery at Volleyball
Thursday, Oct. 17
3 p.m. – Southern Maryland at Soccer
7 p.m. – Volleyball at CCBC Essex
Saturday, Oct. 19
10:30 a.m. – Cross country at Hood College Open
11 a.m. – CCBC Catonsville at Soccer
9:45 p.m. – Hockey at Liberty
Sunday, Oct. 20
11 a.m. – Hockey at Liberty
Saturday is the final regular season race for the Nighthawks, as they begin preparation for the NJCAA Region 20 meet coming up Oct. 26. A season ago at Hood College, NOVA finished ninth out of a 11 teams and was led by Kmaljeet Athwal just missed the top 10 by 5 seconds.
This season, freshman Tyler Means has placed herself in the NOVA record books in both the 5 and 6 kilometer events. The Sterling, Va., native is sixth all-time in the 5k and fifth in the 6k.
Following a pair of losses to open the season, the Nighthawks return to action Saturday and Sunday at Liberty. The Nighthawks and Flames go toe-to-toe four times over the next two weeks beginning Saturday evening.
In the first weekend, Elliott Root led NOVA with a pair of goals, while Luke Borostovik and Elyas Abdul Azim each added an assist.
Only three matches remain in the regular season, and due to a pair of cancellations earlier this season the Nighthawks are going to be no higher than the fifth seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region 20 Division III Tournament.
NOVA has scored 10 goals over the last three contests, and have been led by Jack Carroll and Ismael Ayala, who have combined to tally nine goals. Also during the stretch of games, Emmanuel Vargas has made 21 saves.
It is a tight race for seeding, as four teams are bottled up for the third seed and the sixth spot in the upcoming postseason tournament. The 5-2 Nighthawks sit in fourth and a half game behind third place Potomac State, who is 6-2.
The final four matches for NOVA are all NJCAA Region 20 Division II contests with Montgomery coming to town Wednesday and Cecil visiting Ernst Gymnasium Tuesday, Oct. 22. The Nighthawks travel to CCBC Essex Thursday and Allegany the following week.