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.
- 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
- 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).
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Sat., Sept. 29: UChicago at Cornell, 2P
- Sat., Oct. 6: UChicago at Lawrence, 1P
- Sat., Oct. 13: St. Norbert at UChicago, 1P
NEWS & NOTES
- Jackson Ross had another big game Saturday, totaling 10 tackles, a half sack, an interception, and a fumble recovery to earn a spot on the D3Football.com Team of the Week.
- In his first career start, UChicago rookie quarterback Jeffrey Jackson threw for four touchdowns and 234 yards against Illinois College, later earning the Midwest Conference's Offensive Player of the Week honor.
- Sophomore Vittorio Tricase led the rushing corp with 92 yards on 15 carries while first-year RB Nicolas D'Ambrose found the end zone three times. Senior Henry Imburgia scored the longest run of the day, a 69-yard touchdown romp in the fourth quarter.
- Four Maroons caught touchdown passes: Dante Nepa, Trevor Anderson, Elliott Grays, and Jacob Jackson.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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.
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."
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.
Fri., Sept. 28-Sun., Sept. 30: UChicago at ITA Central Region Championships at St. Louis, Mo.
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.