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#MaroonMade Vol. 2, Issue 3 Recapping the last two weeks of the 2018 Fall Athletic Season

Plenty of good news to go around for UChicago Athletics as we recap September and head into October. Scroll for all the good news!

A few highlights so far:

  • Men's Soccer has continued its dominance to start the year, as the #1 Maroons still haven't lost a game. In most recent news, UChicago defeated #4 Rochester 1-0 at home and then went on the road to top #12 Emory to open UAA play.
  • Volleyball has continued to rise in the national rankings, as the 21-2 Maroons now stand at #8 after finishing the first UAA Round Robin with a perfect 3-0 record.
  • Women's Soccer has maintained one of the best records in the country despite a close loss at ranked Wheaton, but the #13 Maroons have responded with three-straight wins and remain perfect in UAA play.
  • Football did something it hasn't done since 1969 -- shut out two straight opponents. The Maroons cruised past both Cornell and Lawrence with identical 49-0 scores.
  • Men's and Women's Cross Country stand #15 and #26 in the country, with the women most recently winning the team title at the Benedictine Invitational.
  • Men's Tennis followed a strong women's performance at their respective ITA Central Region Championships by winning the doubles' title and adding a singles' runner-up.

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

MEN'S SOCCER

11-0-1 overall, ranked #1 in United Soccer Coaches Poll & #1 in D3Soccer.com Poll

Max Lopez continues to be one of the top forwards in the nation, as the senior leads the team in points (25) with 10 goals and five assists.

THE NEW #1

The Maroons haven't faltered and have risen to the top of both national polls despite a tough opening University Athletic Association schedule. First, UChicago beat #4 Rochester on Kyle Ruark's goal in the 89' at home and then followed that by shutting out #12 Emory on the road behind an own goal and a score from senior Max Lopez.

NEXT UP:

  • Friday, Oct. 12: UChicago at Carnegie Mellon, 4P CT
  • Sunday, Oct. 14: UChicago at Case Western Reserve, 10 CT
  • Wed., Oct. 17: Carthage at UChicago, 7p CT

NEWS & NOTES

Rookie Kyle Ruark earned his first UAA Athlete of the Week honor after his last-minute goal gave the Maroons a 1-0 win over #4 Rochester in regulation.
  • In the Maroons' last eight games, SEVEN of them have been shutouts. Sophomore keeper Aaron Katsimpalis currently has a 0.60 goals against average.
  • Senior Matthew Koh and Max Lopez are neck-in-neck in terms of statistics. Through 12 games, Koh has 27 points with 10 goals and seven assists and Lopez adds 25 points with 10 goals and five assists.
  • Lopez's career marks continue to make waves: he's now tied the career record for points (120) and is one goal away from tying the career goals record of 49.
Aaron Katsimpalis earned his third UAA Weekly honor after recording his seventh shutout of the season.

VOLLEYBALL

21-2 overall, Ranked #8 in the AVCA Top 25 Poll

UChicago's senior class -- Sarah Muisenga and Audrey Scrafford -- are now both members of the 1,000 kill club. Muisenga also adds over 1,000 digs at 1,043.

WINNERS OF 9 STRAIGHT

The Maroons steam-rolled through the competition at the first UAA Round Robin, capped by a 3-1 win over rival and then-#8 ranked Washington-St. Louis. The Maroons would later defeat #15 UW-Eau Claire and Millikin to win their 20th and 21st wins of the year.

NEXT UP

UAA Round Robin #2 (at Pittsburgh, Pa.)

  • Saturday, Oct. 13: UChicago vs Emory, 1:30P CT; UChicago vs. NYU, 3:30P CT
  • Sunday, Sept. 30: UChicago vs. Rochester, 11A CT; UChicago vs. Carnegie Mellon, 1P CT
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  • Sat, Oct. 20: UChicago at Augustana, 4P CT

NEWS & NOTES

Sophomore Emma Griffith has now claimed FOUR University Athletic Association weekly honors. She leads the UAA in assists per set at 10.76.
  • The Maroons stand as only two teams to stand undefeated at 3-0 in UAA play through the first round, the other being Carnegie Mellon, who hosts the second league Round Robin Oct. 13-14.
  • Senior Sarah Muisenga officially joined the 1,000 kill and 1,000 dig club with her 12-kill performance at Wheaton. Through 23 games, Muisenga and classmate Audrey Scrafford (who joined the 1,000 kill club Sept. 1) total 2,152 kills between them.
  • What a match: The Maroons found themselves down by a two sets to none margin Oct. 6 against #15 UW-Eau Claire, but didn't fold. UChicago would go on to win the next three sets -- the final by a 15-11 score -- to pull off their biggest comeback of the season.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

10-1-1 overall, ranked #13 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll

Junior Hanna Watkins was clutch in the Maroons' 4-2 win at Carthage College Oct. 2, scoring the game-winner in the 78'. She's currently second on the squad with six goals on the year.

LEAGUE LEADERS

A tough loss on the road at ranked Wheaton didn't stall the Maroons heading into University Athletic Association play, as UChicago defeated then-No. 18 ranked Rochester by a convincing 3-0 score at home Sept. 29. The Maroons followed that with wins at Carthage (4-2) and Emory (3-2).

NEXT UP:

  • Fri., Oct. 12: UChicago at Carnegie Mellon, 6:30P CT
  • Sun., Oct. 14: UChicago at Case Western Reserve, 12:30P CT
  • Thurs., Oct. 18: Illinois Tech at UChicago. 7P CT

NEWS & NOTES

  • Offensive barrage: The Maroons have scored six goals through their first two UAA contests, defeating Rochester 3-0 and then netting three goals before host Emory got on the board in a 3-2 win over the Eagles.
  • Strongest league in D3? Every team in the UAA has a winning record at this point in the season, led by overall #1 Washington-St. Louis (11-0, 3-0), #10 Brandeis (9-1, 2-0), #18 UChicago (10-1-1, 2-0), and #12 Carnegie Mellon (7-3-1, 0-2).
  • Senior Jenna McKinney currently stands first in the UAA standings in goals (8) while junior teammate Hanna Watkins (6) is second. Sophomore Katie Jasminski also ranks in the conference in assists with four (tied-third).

FOOTBALL

3-2 overall, 1-0 in Midwest Conference North Division

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Rookie Jeffrey Jackson has found his rhythm as the Maroons' starting quarterback. He's averaging 221 passing yards per game and has thrown for nine TDs with 3 interceptions.

SHUTOUTS ON SHUTOUTS

UChicago's offensive is rolling -- it's scored 154 points in three games -- and the defense is simply stingy, allowing only nine points in three wins. Two straight, identical 49-0 shutout wins over Cornell College and Lawrence have the Maroons riding plenty of momentum heading onto this Saturday's showdown with MWC North foe St. Norbert.

Rookie running back Nicolas D'Ambrose has found a nose for the endzone, as he's totaled six rushing TDs on the season, including two at UChicago's most recent win at Lawrence.

NEXT UP:

  • Sat., Oct. 13: St. Norbert at UChicago, 1P
  • Sat., Oct. 20: UChicago at Beloit, 1P
  • Sat. Oct. 27: Ripon at UChicago, 2P (Homecoming)

NEWS & NOTES

Ben Christensen totaled six tackles and two tackles for loss at Lawrence.

UChicago 49, Lawrence 0

  • UChicago scored 21 points in both the first and second quarters to lead the game 42-0 at the half.
  • The Maroons offense out-gained the Vikings by a 454-129 margin.
  • Rookie quarterback Jeffrey Jackson threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 40-yard score in his third start.
  • Freshman receiver Jacob Jackson had another big offensive day in the Maroons' win at Lawrence, catching six balls for 99 yards. Teammates Elliott Grays (3-43), Caden Kalinowski (1-36), and Will Seelman (1-9) each tallied reception TDs.
  • Freshman Nicolas D'Ambrose rushed for two scores on nine carries, recording 68 yards, and senior Henry Imburgia added 50 yards on 14 carries.
  • Sophomore Jackson Ross totaled eight tackles and Josh Godosky, Mike McGinley (sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery) and Ben Christensen (two tackles for loss) each had six tackles apiece.
Mike McGinley had a big defensive game at Lawrence, totaling six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.

UChicago 49, Cornell College 0

  • Jeffrey Jackson threw for 346 yards and completed 20-24 passes for three TDs. He hit nine different receivers in the game, including Jacob Jackson (5 catches, 185 yards and 2 TDs) and Matt Quaglia (six catches, 46 yards, TD).
  • Vittorio Tricase rushed for two TDs, carrying the ball eight times for 33 yards.
  • Jeffrey Jackson and Nicolas D'Ambrose also contributed rushing TDs.
  • Jackson Ross led the defense with 13 total tackles, two forced fumbles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Josh Godosky (sack, two tackles for loss) added nine tackles and Zach Atiyeh (1.5 tackles for loss) had seven.

CROSS COUNTRY

Men's Ranking: #15 / Women's Ranking: T-#26

Led by junior Taylor Campos' fifth-place finish, the UChicago women captured the team title at the Benedictine Invitational Oct. 5 for the Maroons' second win of the season.

STRONG SHOWING AT BENEDICTINE

After a solid finish at a NCAA Division I-loaded Loyola Invitational Sept. 29, the nationally-ranked UChicago cross country teams turned out an even stronger showing at Benedictine Oct. 6, as the women's squad won the title and the men placed second to only perennial national champion North Central.

NEXT UP:

  • Sat., Oct. 13: UChicago at UW-Oshkosh Invite, 10:30A
  • Sat., Oct. 28: UChicago at UAA Championships (at Somers, Wis.), 12P CT
Junior Gavin Fujimori paced the UChicago men's squad at Benedictine with his highest-ever placing, taking fifth with an 8K time of 26:04.

NEWS & NOTES

First-year Hannah Zheng cracked the Top 15 at the Benedictine Invitational with her 11th-place finish.
Sophomore Will Shine was the second-place finisher for the men at Benedictine, taking 12th overall.
ITA Central Region Doubles ITA Winners Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan (right pair) pose with runner-ups Jonathan Xu and Charlie Pie.

REPEAT CHAMPS

Last year's ITA Oracle Cup doubles champions Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan picked up where they left off a year ago, defeating the ITA Central regional field and qualifying for the 2019 national field with a trip to Rome, Ga., on their horizon.

NEXT UP:

Thursday-Sun, Oct. 11-14: UChicago at ITA Cup (at Rome, Ga.), TBA

NEWS & NOTES

  • Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan lived up to their top-seeded billing by repeating as the ITA Central Region doubles champions in the 64-team field. They had to take down UChicago teammates Charlie Pei and Joshua Xu to do so, defeating the pair in a 6-3, 6-1 final at Stagg Courts.
  • Yuan reached the finals in the ITA Central Region singles bracket, but would fall to eventual champion Ethan Hillis of Washington-St. Louis in a three-set loss.
  • Day 1 of the ITA Central Region Championships was a UChicago success story: the Maroons finished a combined 30-1 in singles and doubles play in the opening round and won all 10 doubles matches.
  • The Maroons have won five straight ITA Central Region doubles titles.
Joshua Xu and Charlie Pei finished as runner-ups in the ITA Central Region doubles bracket.

NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

UChicago track & field alumni Ade Ayoola recently was named a Top 9 finalist for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

AND THEN THERE WERE 9...

Former UChicago track & field standout Ade Ayoola -- currently studying medicine at Stanford University -- was recently named a Top 9 finalist out of 581 nominees across all three NCAA divisions for the organization's annual Woman of the Year award.

She'll find out if she won the whole thing Oct. 28 at a special ceremony celebrating the Top 30 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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