ANNANDALE – The Northern Virginia Community College hockey team opens up its 2019-20 schedule Saturday, while cross country, soccer and volleyball are all on the road this week as those squads head down the home stretch.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
3 p.m. – Soccer at Richard Bland
6 p.m. – Volleyball at Southern Maryland
Friday, Oct. 4
10 a.m. – Volleyball versus Pasco Hernando
2 p.m. – Volleyball versus Wallace State
Saturday, Oct. 5
9 a.m. – Volleyball versus Spartanburg
9:30 a.m. – Cross Country at Mary Washington
11 a.m. – Volleyball versus Owens
1 p.m. – Soccer at Allegany
9:50 p.m. – Hockey versus Old Dominion
Sunday, Oct. 6
10:40 a.m. – Hockey versus Old Dominion
The Nighthawks, who last week participated in the Hornet Harrier return to action Saturday at the Mary Washington Invitational. Last season just three teams ran in the 6-kilometer event with host UMW taking home the team title.
Last week Tyler Means set a new personal-best time in the 5K, as she finished 46th with a time of 22:02.03.
It's the season opener for the Nighthawks Saturday, as ODU comes to Woodbridge for a pair of games. This will be the first of nine home games inside Prince William Ice Center during the fall semester for NOVA.
Ismael Ayala, who has played in two matches for the Nighthawks has scored three goals to lead the team. Four other NOVA student-athletes have a goal each, while goalie Emmanuel Vargas has the only assist.
Tuesday's match against Richard Bland will be the first meeting between the two programs, while the contest against Allegany is the first since the 2017 campaign when the Nighthawks were a winner 5-0.
NOVA is looking to get back into the win column Tuesday at NJCAA Region 20 Division II foe Southern Maryland. The Nighthawks are in third place behind Montgomery and Hagerstown, who tied for first. CSM, meanwhile, is 1-5 in D-II play and 3-6 overall with its only win coming over Beaver County.
With 26 more kills, Brittany Connatser becomes just the third Nighthawk to amass over 500 kills in a career at NOVA. She will join Arianna Gore and Somya Leskanich, who have 676 and 555 kills respectively.