The Road to Playoffs: Who, When and Where to Watch

Malena Malka Goldman ’26, Guest Writer

With the regular season coming to an end, three out of the five Dickinson teams that competed this fall have advanced to the postseason. Some teams’ hard work and dedication seem to have paid off. Three out of five Dickinson teams that compete in the fall have made it to the centennial Conference Championship this year. Here’s all the information you need to know going into playoff week.

The Dickinson Volleyball team secured the 4th seed after beating Washington College this past weekend. With a 9-4 record at home, their regular season finished on a very high note. This is the first time in over 15 years the program has made it to the postseason, showcasing the team’s growth over the past few years. They lost to the Gettysburg Bullets at the Kline Center on November 2.

Middle Hitter Alexa Barowski ’25 reflected on the regular season and described it as “exhilarating.” Of the win against Gettysburg College, a team they had not been able to beat since 1990, she said,  saying “When we scored the game-winning point, everyone rushed the court, hugged each other, and cheered.”

She also mentioned how family-oriented and close together the team is, having very close relationships between coaches and teammates, something she values. When discussing players to watch, she highlighted her teammates, Emma Popham ’24 and Emma Lange ’23, who she described as dedicated and consistent players and great friends and role models off the field.

The Dickinson Men’s Soccer team faced countless challenges this season but were able to make every single point count. The team secured the 6th seed and faced the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays, ranked 15 in the nation, losing in penalty kicks. 

Midfielder Luke Finkielstein ’26 described the season as “thrilling.” When asked about his favorite moment of the season, Finkielstein mentioned the game-winning goal he scored against Ursinus, which earned him the nod for SAAC’s student-athlete of the week. He described that moment as “extremely rewarding,” saying that “it was a huge moment for me as a player that I won’t soon forget.”

When asked about the coaching staff Finkielstein commented on the work he does on and off the field with Assistant Coach Toan Ngo, and how much that has helped him improve. Finally, he highlighted how important Andrew Kempe ’23 was for this season, as he said that the goalkeeper had some impressive saves that kept them in the run for the championship. 

The Dickinson Women’s Soccer team had a spectacular fall season. With a 9-6-2 record, they made it to the playoffs as the number 2 seed. The last time the team made it to playoffs was in 2019 after winning the Centennial Conference regular season and making it to the sweet sixteen of the NCAA tournament. They will face either Swarthmore College or Gettysburg College on Friday home at Miller Memorial Field. Game time is to be determined.

Lexie Greene ’25, a defender, described the Women’s Soccer season as “rewarding” and is excited to see what will happen at the playoffs. One of her favorite moments of the season was the senior night game against Swarthmore, who now holds the 3-seed in the playoffs. She said the team played with such intensity that night, that it was like something clicked for them. She said “It felt more rewarding to know that I’m a part of a team that does not back down when faced with a challenge.”

When reflecting on teammates and the coaching staff, she named defender Lauren Bracken ’23 as an important player when it came to making it to the playoffs. “Her versatility and consistency make her such an impactful player on the field,” Greene said. She also mentioned how the coaching staff helps to create an environment of hard work, but also confidence. She commented on how each coach brings something unique to the table but remarked on the importance of having Mallory Johnson as an Assistant Coach, saying “As women, it’s always nice to have a female role model that we can look up to talk to.”