From the opening kickoff, the game was not one that would be decided because of defense. Albion combined for 682 yards, of which 386 of those were rushing. Pinckney, Mich. senior quarterback Dominic Bona passed for all of Albion’s 296 passing yards. Trenton, Mich. senior MIke Czarnecki rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns. While Stevens Point had combined for 540 yards, the Brits were able to hold on for a 65-52 victory, but not with a little help in the fourth quarter.
Czarnecki was able to get his third touchdown of the night on a six yard run after Stevens Point took a costly 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. With 1:08 left to play in the game, Southfield, Mich. senior Jeremy Shepard sealed the deal for the Brits with an interception.
Including last night, Bona has thrown for 6,144 yards, more than any quarterback in school history. The previous record was held by ’05 graduate Steve Wasil, who threw for 6,018 yards.
On Friday, Sept. 18, the Brits took on the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in their first match in the Wooster invitational and gained a 3-1 victory. Albion picked up its second victory against the College of Wooster in a 3-1 victory. As for Saturday, Sept. 19, the Brits completed the four game sweep of the weekend with a 3-1 win over Capital University and 3-0 win against Oberlin College.
The Brits looked to get their MIAA record back up to 4-4 as they hosted Adrian College on Saturday, Oct. 3. Canton, Mich. junior Domenique Sarnecky stole the show with her three goals in all three of her shot attempts. The Brits won 3-0 thanks to Sarnecky’s hat trick. Traverse City, Mich. sophomore Maggie Troost picked up four saves and her fourth shutout of the season.
The two freshmen helped lead Albion to a 155-26 victory over the Scots. Along with taking first place in 3-meter diving, Burris was just shy of the school record in 1-meter diving but achieved a NCAA regional qualifying score of 302.4 points. Huidobro set a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke, which he completed in 2:09.20. Albion had a number of event winners, Livonia, Mich., sophomore Parker Belmore in the 500 freestyle; Wyandotte, Mich., junior Sean Pearce in the 1,000 freestyle and Holland, Mich., junior Derek Bosko in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Women’s Cross Country
As a team, the Brits finished 17th at the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Nov. 14. However, Allegan, Mich., junior Jessica Shaw finished the race in 22:04, for fifth place overall. With her top five finish, Shaw paved her way to the NCAA DIII Championship for the second time in her career.
After a big conference win against St. Mary’s, the Brits were on the road once again to take on Illinois Institute of Technology. The Brits were ready this past Saturday, and the scoreboard showed that. By outscoring the Hawks in every quarter, the Brits amassed a 101-32 victory. This was the first time that the Brits have scored triple digits since a 106-100 victory over Tri-State University on Jan. 28, 2005. Wyandotte, Mich. junior Emily Zgoda led the way with 17 points, but it was a team effort that led them to victory, as the Brits had 14 different players score in the win.
The men’s basketball team traveled to Holland, Mich., for the MIAA tournament where they would take on Alma College in a semi-final game. Although Holt, Mich., senior Jordan Herron would post a double-double, the MIAA MVP Scott Nikodemski had eight assists that helped lift the Scots to a 77-64 victory.
Herron posted 25 points, a career high and 13 rebounds for his eleventh double-double of the season. He also finished his career with 813 rebounds, which is second-most in Albion College history.
Muskegon, Mich., senior Travell Oakes had 16 points and nine rebounds, just one shy of a double-double. In his final game as a Brit, he ranked tenth on Albion’s all-time rebound list with 535.
Men’s Track and Field
In a third-place finish at the MIAA Indoor Championships, Detroit, Mich., senior Justin Meredith earned two first-place finishes in the 60 meter sprint and the 200 meter sprint. Meredith ran the 60 in 6.96 seconds and the 200 in 22.34 seconds.
Naples, Fla., first-year Richard Annorat took first-place in the high jump at 6’4”. Traverse City, Mich., first-year Jephte Jean-Claude also had a first-place finish in the triple jump, as well as a sixth place finish in the 60 hurdles.
Plymouth, Mich., senior Mitch Clinton finished third in the 3,000 meter, only 13-hundredths shy of second place.
Down in Winter Haven and Auburndale, Fla., the Brits played five more games. In those five games, the team was able to achieve a 4-1 record, with their only loss being their final game against Muskingum College (14-8). Albion was able to defeat Central College (Iowa) 8-5, Waynesburg University 9-5, Juniata College 17-2 and Wittenberg University 5-3.