By D’Ante Smith
Labor Day weekend is one of the best national holiday’s that doesn’t include receiving gifts. It comes with great weather, great outdoor activities, great food, and last but not least, the start of college athletics.
Lincoln University was no different, as all of their fall sports participated during the Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, the Lions didn’t get the results they were looking for, as all the teams went winless for the weekend.
The Women’s Volleyball team was the first of the Fall sports to compete this year. At the East Stroudsburg University Tournament they were swept on Friday, Sept. 2 by Chestnut Hill. The Lady Lions went on to get swept Saturday against East Stroudsburg and again on Sunday by Caldwell University. “We couldn’t stop the serves all weekend. It was a total lack of communication,” said sophomore Cynthia Johnson.
The Men’s Soccer team hit the field on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the West Chester Invitational. They suffered a brutal defeat to the hands of West Chester University Rams 13-0 on Sept. 3. “We played really well, but the other team had about twenty players and we only have nine, so they could make subs while we were exhausted,” says Domonic Wright. They team went on to lose the next day to California of PA., concluding their weekend with the record 0-2.
The Women’s Soccer team opened the season against Concordia University of N.Y. They suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of the Clippers. Although they lost, they had a few bright spots in the game. Freshman Tara O’Brien from England scored both of the team’s goals in the game.
The most anticipated Lincoln sporting event of the weekend, the football game, although exciting, ended in heart break. The Battle of The Firsts, as the game is called, ended with the Cheyney Wolves on top 21-19. At one point the Wolves were up 20-6, before the Lions kicked it up into high gear. The game featured a new freshman quarterback, Doug Cook, who threw for 317 yards completing 30 passes for two touchdowns. Phillip Jean-Juste caught a career high 13 passes, for 146 yards on the day. Anthony Wilson contributed with catching two touchdown passes on the day, one from Cook, and another from Ivan Mitchell, a wide receiver from Baltimore, Md. on a trick play. Although exciting, the players feel they let one slip away. “We came out real dead. It’s like we waited to late to turn it on and play,” said Jean-Juste.
It turned out to be a rough Labor Day weekend for Lincoln sports, but hopefully, weekends like this won’t happen again.