Five CCAC teams will compete at Tuesday’s St. Francis Fall Invitational. The Cougars previously teed off with St. Francis, Governors State, and Trinity Christian at the CCAC Cup, and will face Roosevelt for the first time this season.
Joliet Country Club has a par of 72, and Tuesday will be the first time anyone on the current roster will have played the course for Saint Xavier.
Three Cougars have shot season-low rounds of 74 or better (Martinez, Matt Clark, & Jeremiah Guernsey). Martinez leads the team with a scoring average of 74.0 through two rounds.
Rory Manion ranks 2nd in the CCAC, averaging 3.62 kills per set. Manion tallied a season-high 19 kills in just three sets, in the Cougars sweep over Waldorf (Iowa) last Friday.
Freshman setter Cassidy Wyman ranks 2nd in the CCAC, with 8.91 assists per set. Wyman has five double-doubles this season, and set season highs with 47 assists and 16 digs in the five-set win over William Woods (Mo.) on Friday.
Two Cougars are in the top five among conference leaders in hitting percentage. Helena Atton is 2nd in the league, hitting .300, and Alex Lambros ranks 5th with a .271 average.
The Cougars host Robert Morris on Tuesday night; SXU holds a 23-2 record against RMU dating back to 2000. Friday will match two teams receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll, when Saint Xavier hosts Trinity Christian.
Senior goalkeeper Carly Bledsoe ranks 18th in the NAIA, averaging 9.0 saves per match. Bledsoe set a new career high Saturday night at Cornerstone (Mich.), collecting 14 saves.
Diana Lang scored her first career game-winning goal at Aquinas, and the first of her SXU career. Lang has eight career goals, after scoring seven times in two seasons at Moraine Valley CC.
Freshman Kimberly Marquez scored her second goal of the season, tying the game in the 53rd minute at Cornerstone (Mich.). Marquez is tied for the team lead in goals with senior Alyssa Gilman.
The Cougars start a three-match homestand on Wednesday night, when they host St. Francis (Ind.). The two sides have meet each of the past five seasons, but SXU has not gotten a win in the series since 2013.
Danny Lopez scored his second game-winning goal of the season against the Golden Eagles on Wednesday night, scoring in the 78th minute. The senior ranks 5th in the NAIA in game-winners.
Freshman goalkeeper Shane Badertscher is one of seven CCAC keepers to record a shutout this season. Badertscher holds a 1.60 goals-against average, but has surrendered just two goals in his last three matches.
Three Cougars – Badertscher, Daniel Weinhandl, and Orlando Tapia – have played all 450 minutes so far this season.
SXU will complete a home-and-home series with Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday night. Ranked No. 7 at the time, the Racers defeated SXU 1-0 last season with a goal in the second overtime period.
The Cougar men placed three runners in the top five at Purdue-Northwest, earning a 2nd-place team finish. Esparza won the race by 0.2 seconds, beating out the host Pride’s top runner in the finish chute.
Maletich became the 18th runner since 2000 to finish as the Cougars’ top runner, and was the lone runner in the top ten for SXU.
Mario Scarcelli set a new personal record, posting a time of 26:21.9 to place 5th overall.
The Cougars will take on the largest field of the season, at the National Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. Last season, SXU finished 2nd (women) and 5th (men) in the 14-team race.
Wideout Harold Davis ranks 5th in the NAIA, with 19 receptions on the season, and 10th in receiving yards, with 278. On Saturday, Davis set career highs with 11 catches and 179 yards, scoring a late TD to put the game out of reach.
Freshman lineman Jaleel Holloway ranks 6th in the NAIA with 3.5 sacks, all collected during last weekend’s victory. Holloway was named MSFA Midwest League Defensive Player of the Week, and was one of three Cougar freshmen to sweep the conference awards, along with Vance McShane (offense) and Mike Iturbe (special teams)
The Cougars slid to No. 21 in the first NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll of the regular season, the 190th time that Saint Xavier has been included in the NAIA’s national rankings.
SXU will hit the road for the third time in four games, when the team travels to Lindenwood-Belleville. The Cougars defeated the Lynx 45-0 last season, in the only previous meeting between the two sides.