2018 Fall Season Previews - The Vikings are Back

2018 Fall Season Previews - The Vikings are Back

ROME, Ga. — In just over a week, the 2018 fall season will open for the Berry College Vikings after one of the most successful seasons in Berry Athletics history. 

Brief season outlooks for the sports of football, volleyball, soccer and cross country can be found below. For more information, be sure to follow Berry Athletics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Men's & Women's Cross Country

The Vikings cross country teams are both coming off third place finishes at last year's Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships. On the men's side, head coach Paul Deaton will return All-Conference runner Brayden Fulton for his junior year. The group will also be led by seniors Juan Chavez, Jon Gogal, Will Knowlton and Silas Stocks. 

For the women, the Vikings return All-Conference runners Abby Carroll and Meredith Herman. Carroll will also enter this season with nationals experience under her belt, earning a spot at the NCAA DIII National Championship last season. The women's roster is loaded with seniors including Elise Barron, Alexa Bilsky, Morgan Grace, Molly Horton, Ellen LaHatte and Bethany Terpin who look to put up strong times this year. 

Berry will open the season with the annual Watermelon Run on August 31. 

 

Football

For the first time, the Vikings will open the year ranked in the D3football.com Top 25 and will welcome a total of 44 freshmen to the roster. The two-time SAA champions return All-Conference selections Mason Kinsey, Nick McGee, Trey Gregory, Brandon Palmer, Kevin Grier, Jacob Bishop, David Haithcock and Bryson Lamboy. 

Now in year six, head coach Tony Kucnzewski, a two-time SAA Coach of the Year and 2017 AFCA Regional Coach of the year, looks to build on a 20-2 record over the last two seasons. The Vikings are also 15-1 at Valhalla Stadium and will open with an out-of-conference tilt against Maryville on Sept. 1. 

Berry climbed as high as No. 15 in the D3football.com poll last season after falling to national powerhouse St. Thomas in the second round of the playoffs. The bar has been raised once again for Berry football. With over 100 program records falling last year, Berry will once again look to take another step. 

 

Men's Soccer

The Vikings are coming off an 8-8-1 season in 2017 that earned the team a fourth place finish in the SAA standings. Berry advanced to the SAA semifinals, just falling to a strong Oglethorpe team in a 2-1 overtime decision. 

With eight freshmen and a total of 11 seniors, Berry will lean heavily on their veterans. The Vikings will also return each All-Conference selection from last year in Alec Jones, Caleb Ford, Jake Williamson, Steven Moore and Carson Oakes. 

Berry was right in the middle of the SAA in goals (26) and goals against (21) last season. The team opens the year on the road on Aug. 31, with their home opener set for Sept. 8. 

 

Women's Soccer

The Vikings are coming off a 4-9-1 season, finishing fifth in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) standings. Last season came to an end in the SAA quarterfinals with a 2-1 loss to Sewanee. 

Five seniors will lead a total of 10 freshmen to kick off the 2018 season. Megan Radosta and Samantha Schoppy return as All-SAA nods from a season ago and eye improved scoring moving forward. 

Berry opens the year on Aug. 31 against Huntingdon and will open at home on Sept. 16 against Life University. 

 

Volleyball

Berry enters the season with high expectations for 2018 after claiming the SAA title a season ago and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The team's 30-7 record last year marks the most wins since 2006.

The Vikings are led by seven seniors and will welcome five dynamic freshmen to the mix for 2018. Berry returns All-Conference nods Emily Hancock, Carson VanCampen, Hannah Billiard and Micayla Bedoian. Hancock and VanCampen were selected to the AVCA All-Region team while head coach Caitlyn Moriarty was named AVCA Regional Coach of the Year. 

Berry opens play in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 31 before their home opener on Sept. 12.