Last season, the Lycoming College Warriors impressed many Division III fans at the Commonwealth Conference Tournament. After a 1-0 victory over Lebanon Valley, they played a scoreless contest against defending national champions Messiah. After defeating Messiah in penalty kicks, they repeated the feat against Elizabethtown, which earned the Warriors the conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was a big season for their first year head coach, Nate Gibboney.
This year, Lycoming has started the season on fire. In their first six matches they have not been beaten and they have not conceded a single goal. The six game shutout streak has earned the Warriors a 5-0-1 record, with their only setback coming in a 0-0 away draw against Susquehanna. They have been boosted by the performances of senior goalkeeper Connor Keenan and freshman midfielder Abdullahi Abdi.
In their clash against Penn College, in the Battle for the Lumber, Lycoming was lifted to victory by two goals from Abdullahi Abdi. Abdi then followed it up with an assist against Westminster, which gave them the 1-0 win against the Titans. Abdi was recruited to Lycoming from across the country in Seattle, WA, but has settled in fantastically in Williamsport. He has been an impact player whose five points last week earned him the Commonwealth Conference Offensive Player of the Week award on September 15. He is the first Lycoming player to earn the offensive award since 2011.
Senior goalkeeper Connor Keenan has been stellar this season, racking up 15 saves over his 470 scoreless minutes played. The Warriors shutout streak now stands at six full games and they have not conceded a goal in 560 minutes, both are school records. Both records have come in large part because of the contributions of sophomore center back Bill Kerr.
Bill Kerr has played every single minute this season for Lycoming as the backbone of their defense. He was awarded Commonwealth Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on September 8. Last season, he earned First Team Commonwealth Conference honors and was named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team, the first Lycoming freshman to earn the honor since 1991. Kerr’s continued success is vital to the Warriors outlook.
Tonight, they face the struggling Juniata College before a big weekend clash with 4-1-1 Geneva College. Despite being undefeated, the Lycoming Warriors are still not receiving the recognition they deserve. If they can continue their shutout and undefeated streak a little longer, they should be able to garner the attention they have rightfully earned.