Year In Review: Starting Strong

Shane McCracken (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Shane McCracken (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

This is the first in our eight-part Summer Year-In-Review Series. Each Monday, we will recap one of the top stories from the 2013-14 year. In Part One, we return to the opening weekend of the year.

Shane McCracken, a junior on the men's soccer team, opened the 2013 season with a bang. 

Under a new head coach, the Green Terror opened the season with a pair of home games.

On Friday, Aug. 30, McDaniel hosted Southern Vermont and walked away with a 10-1 victory. In that game, McCracken led the way with four goals, including scoring twice in the game's first 12:52.

A day later, the Green Terror welcomed La Roche to town. McCracken added another four goals in that game but also added his first career assist. 

It marked the first time in program history a player had recorded four or more goals in back-to-back games.

At the time, his eight goals and 17 points led the Centennial Conference and wass the highest known total in all of Division III.

For his weekend, McCracken was tabbed the conference's Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

A day later, he was honored on the national level and was named the Division III Men's Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week.

McCracken finished the season ranked second in the conference in goals scored and third in points.