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#MaroonMade Vol. 2, Issue 2 Recapping the last two weeks of the 2018 Fall Athletic Season

September has been a busy month for the UChicago fall squads, and the Maroons have had plenty to celebrate early. Of the six teams competing in their championship seasons, five are ranked in the nation's Top 25.

A few highlights so far:

  • Men's Soccer hasn't lost a game this season and has showed up so far when it's counted, recently downing #5 Calvin in a 1-0 road match. The #2 Maroons are 8-0-1 1 with two big matches this week.
  • Volleyball has been on fire, as the Maroons nearly pulled off the upset at #1 Calvin and then bounced back to defeat #6 Trinity (Texas). UChicago is 15-2 overall and emerged in the Top 25 poll last week at #19 and have moved up to #14 this week.
  • Women's Soccer has continued to keep its winning streak intact despite a few close matches, as the #3 Maroons have improved to 7-0-1, with the most recent result a come-from-behind win at Calvin.
  • Football picked up its first win of the year in a big way Sept. 22 at home, dismantling Illinois College by a score of 56-9.
  • Men's and Women's Cross Country stand #19 and #23 in the country after another strong performance at the Wheaton Gil Dodd Invitational, where both teams took third.
  • Both Tennis squads opened their fall seasons, with the UChicago Women dominating play at the ITA Central Region Championships & the men starting strong against NCAA Division I opponents at the Western Michigan Invitational.

Keep scrolling to check out mini-pages on each squad!

MEN'S SOCCER

8-0-1 overall, ranked #2 in United Soccer Coaches Poll & #1 in D3Soccer.com Poll

Senior forward Matthew Koh has been unstoppable offensively for the Maroons in their first nine games, scoring at least one point in every match. He already set the new career record for assists and has earned UAA Player of the Week three times this season.

TEAM TO BEAT

After a grueling road schedule to start the year, the UChicago Men's Soccer team returned home to Stagg Field for five-straight home games -- and won them all. The Maroons have outscored their opponents by a margin of 27-6 and have their biggest victory under their belts with last weekend's 1-0 decision at #5 Calvin. The Knights hadn't lost on their home field since Aug. 30, 2014.

NEXT UP:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25: UChicago at Elmhurst, 7P
  • Saturday, Sept. 29: #4 Rochester at UChicago, 11A CT
  • Sat. Oct. 6: UChicago at Emory, 11 AM CT

NEWS & NOTES

Sophomore keeper Aaron Katsimpalis nabbed his second-straight UAA Defensive Player of the Week honor after picking up the 1-0 shutout win at Calvin with eight saves.
  • Senior Max Lopez is making quick work of creating some new program records. The forward scored the hat trick in a 7-0 win over Carroll and now has nine goals and 22 points on the season. With 117 career points, Lopez stands at #2 in the record books and is just three points away from tying Dennis Ball's (1971-73) all-time record of 120.
  • Fellow senior Matthew Koh already broke the career assist record with his hot start, as he now has five assists on the year and 30 for his career, eclipsing Pat Barry's (1998-01) mark of 27.
  • While Koh & Lopez have the majority of the team's offensive points (23 & 22), junior Dayo Adeosun has netted two goals and three assists (seven points) and rookie Kyle Ruark has two goals and two assists (six points).

VOLLEYBALL

15-2 overall, Ranked #14 in the AVCA Top 25 Poll

Fifth-year Head Coach Sharon Dingman need 11 wins to reach 500 for her 28-year career. The Maroons responded by winning their first 11 games of the 2018.
After entering the season unranked, UChicago started the year 12-2 to hit the third AVCA poll at #19. This week, UChicago moved up to #14.

COMPETING WITH THE BEST OF THEM

UChicago stretched its season-opening win streak to 11 before sustaining a loss to Concordia-Wisconsin, but not before earning Head Coach Sharon Dingman her 500th career victory. Perhaps even more impressive is what UChicago after that -- by taking #1 Calvin to the brink in a five-set road loss, and by following that setback with a 3-1 win over #6 Trinity (Texas). UChicago appears primed for their first UAA Round Robin, set for this weekend at Brandeis.

NEXT UP

  • UAA Round Robin #1
  • Saturday, Sept. 29: UChicago at Brandeis, 11A ET; UChicago vs. Case Western Reserve, 1P ET
  • Sunday, Sept. 30: UChicago vs. Washington-St. Louis, 11A ET
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2: UChicago at Wheaton, 7P CT
  • Sat., Oct. 6: UChicago vs. UW-Eau Claire/at Millikin, 10A/12P CT

NEWS & NOTES

Sophomore Emma Griffith has been directing a balanced Maroon offense to a T -- and she's earned three UAA Athlete of the Week honors in the process.
  • UChicago holds a 3-1 record against ranked opponents, with victories over Illinois Wesleyan, Carthage, and Trinity (Texas). The Maroons defeated a then-ranked #11 Illinois Wesleyan squad Sept. 11 by a 3-1 margin, avenging a loss to the Titans in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
  • After going 3-0 in the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament (including that 3-1 win over #6 Trinity), senior Sarah Muisenga and junior Madison Pearson were both named to the All-Tournament team.
  • Second-year setter Emma Griffith broke the 50-assist threshold for the fourth time this season with 51 in UChicago's latest contest, a 3-1 win over Williams.
Junior Madison Pearson was named UAA Athlete of the Week for the first time this season after averaging 2.5 kills per set with a .500 hitting percentage in four matches.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

7-0-1 overall, ranked #3 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll

Senior midfielder Jenna McKinney earned the Maroons' first UAA Athlete of the Week honor in 2018. She currently leads the team with six goals and adds an assist.

WINNING THE CLOSE ONES

The 2017 NCAA Division III runners-up feature a different look with 12 rookies but the experience that returns has melded with the new to keep #3 UChicago unbeaten at 7-0-1. Unlike 2017, though, many of the victories have been close, including a tight 2-1 come-from-behind win at Calvin. UChicago's offense did stretch its legs against North Central, scoring the most goals of the year (6-1). Two ranked opponents coming up will test UChicago, including the UAA home opener Sept. 29.

NEXT UP:

  • Tues., Sept. 25: UChicago at #22 Wheaton, 7P CT
  • Sat., Sept. 29: #18 Rochester at UChicago, 1:30P CT
  • Tues., Oct. 2: UChicago at Carthage, 7P CT
  • Sat., Oct. 6: UChicago at Emory, 12:30 CT

NEWS & NOTES

  • Two matches have been tests so far for the Maroons, the first a battle at home against a quality Hope team, now ranked #13 at 6-0-1. Hope scored the game's opening goal, but Jenna McKinney's equalizer in the 16' didn't allow for the upset in the 1-1 draw Sept. 12.
  • In a tough place to play at Calvin, UChicago again found itself down, 1-0. But junior Hanna Watkins' netted the equalizer and first-year Nicole Willing proved to be the game's hero, scoring the game-winner in the 89' to seal a thrilling victory on the road.

FOOTBALL

1-2 overall, 0-0 in Midwest Conference North Division

UChicago's Dante Nepa was one of four receivers to catch a touchdown pass in the Maroons' 56-9 win over Illinois College.

BREAKING THE OFFENSIVE SPELL

After struggling to score in UChicago's home-opening loss, the offense found its stride with 56 points and the defense was again strong to give the Maroons their first win of the year, a 56-9 decision over Illinois College.

NEXT UP:

  • Sat., Sept. 29: UChicago at Cornell, 2P
  • Sat., Oct. 6: UChicago at Lawrence, 1P
  • Sat., Oct. 13: St. Norbert at UChicago, 1P

NEWS & NOTES

Sophomore defensive tackle Jackson Ross was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after a stellar effort in the win over Illinois College.
Jeffrey Jackson

CROSS COUNTRY

Men's Ranking: #19 / Women's Ranking: #23

First-year Henry Myers was again the top finisher for the UChicago men at the Wheaton Gil Dodds Invitational, taking 10th place in his first collegiate 10K.

TOP 3 EFFORTS FROM THE MAROONS

In Wheaton Gil Dodds Invitational held Sept. 15, both UChicago men's and women's cross country squads finished with identical third-place finishes to cap another strong week before taking a bye week to train.

NEXT UP:

  • Sat. Sept. 29: UChicago at Loyola Invite, 11:15A
  • Fri., Oct. 5: UChicago at Benedictine Invite, 4P
  • Sat., Oct. 13: UChicago at UW-Oshkosh Invite, 10:30A
Junior Maggie Boudreau crossed the finish line first for the Maroon women with a time of 22:55 in the 6K to take 11th place.

NEWS & NOTES

  • Both Henry Myers and Sophie Elgamal earned the University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honor for their performances at the USF Twilight Meet Aug. 31.
  • After entering the season ranked #22 (men) & #30 (women), both squads have moved up to #19 and #23 in the USTFCCCA rankings after two races.
  • Ryan Cutter (12th), Chase Gardner (12th), Andrew Kates (20th) and Ansel Richards (23rd) earned Top 25 finishes in the 245-runner race at Wheaton.
Sofia Natividad
The UChicago women's tennis team opened its fall season at the Tennis Hall of Fame Grass Court Invitational Sept. 14-16 in Newport, R.I.

STRONG START

After a solid performance at the Tennis Hall of Fame Grass Court Invitational, the University of Chicago women's team put together a dominating performance at the ITA Central Region Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., where the Maroons were represented in both the singles and doubles final.

NEXT UP:

  • UChicago concluded its fall season at ITAs and will resume varsity competition after the New Year, with a home match against Lewis set for Jan. 26.
Junior Marjorie Antohi reached the ITA Central Region Singles final for the second-straight year, falling in a hard-fought three-set battle to earn runner-up honors.

NEWS & NOTES

  • First-years Eugenia Lee and Lauren Park made a surprise run to the ITA doubles final, where the duo made Case Western's eventual victory anything but easy, falling in a 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-10 battle to earn runner-up honors.
  • Marjorie Antohi and Claire Handa also reached the ITA doubles semifinals, but had to concede to Park and Lee due to injury.
  • Sophomore Catherine Xu also reached the ITA semifinals in singles play, but ran into teammate Antohi. Claire Handa also reached the singles semifinal round.
"The team overall had an outstanding weekend, culminating in finalists in both singles and doubles," said Head Coach Jay Tee. "While I'm sure that there's some disappointment among the players for not winning their last matches, it certainly wasn't for a lack of effort. The entire team should be proud of the way they competed and represented themselves and their university. This was a great way to start our year and build momentum as we finish the fall and head towards the dual match portion of our season."
Lauren Park and Eugenia Lee.
Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan teamed up to win two doubles matches against NCAA Division I competition at the Western Michigan Invitational last weekend.

COMPETING WITH THE BEST

The University of Chicago men's tennis team, last season's NCAA Division III semifinalists, traveled to the Western Michigan Invitational and held its home against NCAA Division I competition, recording several victories to start the year.

NEXT UP:

Fri., Sept. 28-Sun., Sept. 30: UChicago at ITA Central Region Championships at St. Louis, Mo.

Senior Charlie Pei

NEWS & NOTES

  • Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan rebounded from a loss early in the WMU Invite to win their next two matches -- defeating teams from Detroit-Mercy and Notre Dame -- to win the Consolation Flight A title.
  • In Flight B, it came down to a UChicago-vs-UChicago matchup in the third-place match, with Maroons Alejandro Rodriguez & Alex Guzhva defeating teammates Charlie Pei and Joshua Xu.
  • UChicago had eight singles wins on the first day of individual play, led by first-year Joshua Xu, who won two matches, defeating Butler and DePaul.

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