For the second time in school history and the first time since 1996, both UChicago men's and women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four. Despite fine performances, the Maroon women fell in the title match and the men lost in the semifinals to conclude both teams' 2017 campaigns.
After one of the most incredible seasons in UChicago soccer history, the Maroon women's soccer team saw its season come to a close in a tough 1-0 loss to Williams in the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship game in Greensboro, N.C.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - WILLIAMS 1, UCHICAGO 0
NCAA SEMIFINAL RECAP - UCHICAGO 1, TCNJ 0
The UChicago men's soccer team outplayed North Park for 110 minutes but were unable to break through with a goal in a 0-0 draw in the national semifinal. North Park would go on to advance to the title match with a 7-6 advantage in the penalty kick round.
NCAA SEMIFINAL RECAP: North Park 0, UChicago 0, 2OT
PEISKER LEADS WAY
Maroons' sophomore Kyle Peisker blasted through the field at the MSOE Invite, going 5-0 en route to a 174-pound championship.
- Steve Bonsall finished runner-up at 157 pounds at MSOE.
- Nick Carola was third in the 174-pound class at MSOE.
- First-year Alec Gleason placed fourth at 133 pounds, going 4-2.
- Senior Nick Ferraro went 3-2 to take fifth in the 184-pound bracket.
- The Maroons also sent wrestlers to the Wisconsin-Parkside Open and were led by first-year Jason Crary (fifth at 157) and junior Jason Lynch (sixth at 184).
CHICAGO DUALS (at Henry Crown Fieldhouse)
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30
MIDLANDS CHAMPIONSHIPS at Hoffman Estates, Ill.
When: 9 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 29-30.
HOME SWEET HOME
Senior Jake Fenlon drained six 3s -- 10 in total -- in the second half to push the Maroons to a a big 75-56 win over Kalamazoo Dec. 2. UChicago fell earlier in the week at Wheaton, 77-74.
Sunday, Dec. 10: UChicago at Illinois Tech, 3 PM CT
DEC. 2 RECAP: UCHICAGO 75, KALAMAZOO 56
DEC. 2 RECAP: WHEATON 77, UCHICAGO 74
ALWAYS A MAROON
The UChicago Athletics & Recreation family lost a great one in longtime baseball head coach and administrator Brian Baldea, who passed away Dec. 5, 2017, at the age of 62. He was in his 28th year with the Maroons, 24 of those spent as head baseball coach, where he became the all-time leader in wins (411).
- Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4:00 to 9:00 PM at Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home (5570 West 95th Street / Oak Lawn, IL 60453).