Falcons Compete in USCAA National Championships
All five fall intercollegiate athletic teams at Florida College competed in the 2016 USCAA National Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia!
The women’s soccer team entered pool play in the national championship tournament as the sixth seed with an outstanding season record of 11-3-1, a program best. The Lady Falcons lost their first game of pool play 3-4 in penalty kicks after a double overtime against Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the third seed in the tournament. The team won their second pool play match 2-0 against Washington Adventist, but they fell behind Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the ranking and did not advance to the semifinals.
The undefeated men’s soccer team entered pool play in the national championship tournament as the second seed. The team easily won their pool play games against Suny Delhi with a score of 8-1 and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a score of 3-0. Ranked first in their pool, the Falcons advanced to the semifinal match and endured their first loss of the season against Bryant & Stratton-Syracuse ending their nationals run.
The men’s and women’s cross-country teams had an excellent showing at the national championship races. The women’s team was led by Julie Johnson, Florida College’s first-ever individual national champion, with a 6K time of 22:07. The men’s cross-country team placed fourth out of 22 teams and were led by Josh Keenan, the national runner up, with an 8K time of 25:21. The men missed the third-place team trophy by a margin of just seven points.
The volleyball team entered the national championship tournament as the second seed, following the top-ranked Florida National University. As the reigning national champions, the Lady Falcons moved easily through pool play with victories against Carlow, Illinois Tech, NHTI and Alfred State College. They advanced to the semifinals and defeated top-ranked Florida National University in five sets. The Lady Falcons met St. Mary of the Woods College in the final match for the second year in a row and won in five sets, earning their third straight USCAA national championship and 11th championship in the last 15 years!
Congratulations to the Florida College Falcons on an outstanding performance at the 2016 USCAA National Championships! Follow @falconbeat on Instagram and Twitter and like the Florida College Falcons Facebook page to keep up with the Falcons throughout the year!