The Briar Cliff football, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams will all open fall camp a week from today, August 3. All four teams will be prepping for their regular season openers with volleyball the first team to get their season underway, competing in the Red Raider Classic on August 24 and 25 with its first game being against John Brown University on the 24th at 12:30 p.m. Football will be the first team to entertain Charger fans at home with a season-opening home game against Waldorf at 1 p.m. on August 25. Both soccer teams also open on the 25th but will be on the road, heading to York to face the Panthers in a doubleheader with the women at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30 p.m.
Dennis Wagner enters his second season as head coach of the Charger football program and the Cliff brings back half of their starting lineup from last year with six starters returning on offense and five are welcomed back on defense. BC also has one kicker back from last season. Noah Ylagan will look to build on his record-setting 2017 season after he became the first 1,000-yard back in Cliff history with 1,334 yards and eight TDs on 260 carries. BC also returns its top three tacklers from last year with Markel Roby leading the squad with 71 tackles, followed by Jarod Eastes and LaDarrien Bowman with 70 takedowns apiece. The top camp battle to watch will be at quarterback as transfer Brad Cagle and true freshman Cole Hanafan will battle it out to be the day one starter for the Chargers.
Trevor Schirman will begin his sixth season as head coach of the women’s volleyball team and his Chargers will look to build on last season. BC began last year’s campaign a perfect 11-0 before finishing 18-9 overall and 8-8 in the GPAC. The 11-game winning streak to begin the season included a 3-2 victory over No. 18 MidAmerica Nazarene. The team’s season came to an end in the GPAC Tournament Quarterfinals with a 3-1 loss at No. 4 Northwestern. Outside hitter Courtney Schaffer returns for her senior season after leading the Chargers in kills in 2017 with 281. BC also returns its top setter from last year with Delaney Meyer heading into her junior season after handing out a team-high 552 assists a year ago.
Lewis Wilcox has a season under his belt with the Chargers and returns plenty of experience for his second year at the helm of the men’s soccer team. The Cliff went 11-6-1 overall and were 4-4-1 in conference play in 2017. The Chargers saw their season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion with a 1-0 loss at Concordia in the GPAC Tournament Quarterfinals. BC returns the explosive Prichard Sibanda for another year in the Blue & Gold after he set a school record for goals in a season last year with 26. He also led the entire NAIA in goals per game (1.7) and points per game (3.7), while being second in total goals (26). Playmaking sophomore Rodrigo Oliveira is also back after a record setting freshman campaign that saw him set the school record for assists in a season with 15. That total ranked third in the nation and he was also third in assists per game (0.8).
Paul Cox will make his debut as head coach of the women’s soccer team this year and will look to make his mark on a team that went 10-8-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the GPAC a season ago. The Chargers experiences an agonizing loss to end the season last year with a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 24 Midland in the GPAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Taylor Beaulieu will return for her senior season after she paced BC in goals in 2017 with 23. Cox will be looking for plenty of new contributors on his roster as he signed 23 players in the offseason to pair with his returners and will certainly create plenty of competition in camp.