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2nd in the nation, number one this side of the Rockies

November 12, 2010

 The Monmouth College Crab People took second in the nation at the national tournament last weekend.

The Crab People started only four years ago but have won three Heartland Division conference championships. They are the first team to win their conference three years in a row.

This past weekend the Crab People competed in their fourth national championship and received second place. At the national tournament, they previously received two seventh place titles, and two second place titles. They had high hopes for first but came out short against a previous Division I school, University of California at Santa Cruz.

“After a successful season as the one we just had, the only thing you can do is credit each other with good hard work and good team chemistry. Placing second again is a big accomplishment for our team and we definitely earned it,” said junior, Ken Collins. “Losing to a great team as UCSC we need to only work harder and train harder during the offseason and prepare ourselves to play at a higher level for next season. As for now, we are going to celebrate our season as a team and enjoy the team’s accomplishments.”

The Crab People won their first two games at the tournament. The first game they played was against Washington University, which they beat 7 to 6. Monmouth was led by team effort, two goals by Joe Testolin and eleven saves by Frank Wasielewski.

Their second game was played against New York University and routed them 11 to 5 to advance to the championship game. Jeff Skalon scored four goals and led the team along with Tom Pedersen. Skalon received second team all-Amercian award and Pederson received first team all-tournament.

Monmouth lost to UCSC 18 to 2 in the championship game. UCSC was a Division I NCAA team two years ago but lost school funding so then became a Division III club team.

With only losing one of seven starters, the Crab People have high hopes for next season.

“If you look at our team, we are still young and have work to do before next season. We will observe film and see our mistakes as a way to work on things. Losing the championship game two years in a row is heart-breaking, but there is no doubt in my mind we will be the team to beat in DIII nationals next year,” said Wasielewski.

“I will never forget these moments. There were plenty of teams that didn’t make it to this tournament but we were good enough. We made it to the title game and it UC-Santa Cruz to beat us. I know that the team did everything they could and played their hardest, that’s all that matters,” said Skalon.

Co-Sports Editor

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