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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
- Sat, Oct. 20: UChicago at Augustana, 4P CT
NEWS & NOTES
- 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.
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).
- 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).
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- Sat., Oct. 13: UChicago at UW-Oshkosh Invite, 10:30A
- Sat., Oct. 28: UChicago at UAA Championships (at Somers, Wis.), 12P CT
NEWS & NOTES
- Five of UChicago's women placed in the Top 15 at Benedictine, led by Taylor Campos (5th), Annika Hildebrandt (9th), Hannah Zheng (11th), Catherine Skubiz (13th) and Sophia Smith (15th).
- On the men's side, four UChicago student-athletes placed in the Top 20 at Benedictine: Gavin Fujimori (5th), William Shine (12th), Jonah Estabrook (19th) and Jack Barbour (20th).
- At the NCAA Division I-loaded Loyola Lakefront Invitational Sept. 29, the UChicago men placed 10th overall and the women were 16th. Ryan Cutter (32nd) and Henry Myers (38th) led the way for the men and Emma Dyer (78th) and Maggie Boudreau (91st) were the leaders for the women.
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.
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.
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.