Three Richard Stockton teams will compete in postseason play this week, highlighted by the Ospreys’ volleyball team making its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Stockton (27-6) earned an automatic NCAA bid by winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship for the fifth straight year. The Ospreys will be part of an eight-team regional at Salisbury University in Maryland, and they will face Johns Hopkins (29-3) in a first-round match on Friday at 5:30 pm.
Stockton is the No. 1 seed for the six-team ECAC Metro women’s soccer tournament. The Ospreys (16-3-3) received a first-round bye and they will host the tournament semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. as well as the final match on Sunday at 2 p.m. Stockton’s semifinal opponent will be the winner of No. 4 William Paterson vs. No. 5 Drew University.
The Stockton men’s soccer team (10-7-2), seeeded No. 2 seed in the eight-team ECAC Metro tournament, will host No. 7 Mount St. Mary of New York (11-8-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Weekly awards: Two Stockton volleyball teammates received NJAC awards after leading the Ospreys to their fifth consecutive league championship. Senior middle hitter Stephanie Warner was named NJAC Player of the Week for the second time this season and fifth occasion in her career.
Freshman setter Shannon Clark was chosen NJAC Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season.
Postseason honors: Stockton junior Leah Braidi (Vineland/Sacred Heart) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 2 Women’s Soccer Team for the second consecutive year. Braidi was an NCAA Division III First Team selection for the second straight season.
She currently holds a 3.94 grade point average as a speech pathology major at Stockton.