What’s New with RU Athletics

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What’s New with RU Athletics

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With fall sports powering into post-conference play, winter sports gearing up for their conference seasons, and spring sports grinding it out in the off season, there’s certainly a lot going on in the Rockhurst Athletic Department throughout all the various teams. With this in mind, you might have missed some of the top stories in RU Athletics news, so here’s a look at what RU teams are doing:

Men’s Soccer 

The Men’s Soccer team spent a portion of their season at No. 1 in the NCAA Div. II Top 25 Poll, but after a series of losses to McKendree and Missouri S&T, fell to No. 6. However, the Hawks picked up their fifth GLVC Championship since 2008, ending with a GLVC record of 12-2-1 and 14-2-1 overall. Senior midfielder Gianluca Bottoni, senior defender Evan Craig, junior goalkeeper Logan Feldmann, and junior forward Kaleb Jackson also have been named to the 2016 Academic All-District Team, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their performance in the classroom and on the field. The Men’s Soccer team continues its season when it hosts Maryville University on Sunday, October 30 at Bourke Field at 2:30 PM.

Women’s Soccer 

The Women’s Soccer team captured their first ever GLVC Championship by defeating William Jewell 2-0, tying them in first place with Truman State with a GLVC record of 12-1-2. The Hawks, ranked No. 15 in the NCAA Div. II Top 25 Poll, goes into post-conference play with a 15-1-2 overall record. Two senior midfielders, Courtney Silberberg and Kristin Wolff, also have been named to the 2016 Academic All-District Team, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their performance in the classroom and on the field. The Women’s Soccer team, second seed in the GLVC Tournament, continues its season when it hosts Quincy University on Sunday, October 30 at Bourke Field at 12:00 PM.

Women’s Volleyball

The Women’s Volleyball team is currently riding a 12 game win-streak, posting a GLVC record of 9-1 and an overall record of 20-4. Senior outside hitter Morgan Rietzke has earned GLVC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice this season and four times overall, while junior libero Anne Hellwege earned GLVC Defensive Player of the Week, making it her fourth career Defensive Player of the Week award. The Women’s Volleyball team continues its season when it hosts University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday, October 28 at Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse at 7:00 PM.

Women’s Cross Country 

The Women’s Cross Country team started off their season with a first-place win at the Cardinal Cross Country Invitational and earned a 12th place finish at the GLVC Championships held in Rolla, Missouri. Other results include 17th place at the Southern Stampede, 8th at the Rim Rock Classic, and 6th at the Jackling Jocks Invitational.

Men’s Golf 

The Men’s Golf team began their fall season with a 5th place finish at the Arch Cup, posting several solid results along the way, including a 3rd place finish at the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate Invitational and a 4th place finish at The Dominic. The team wrapped up the fall season with a 13thplace finish at the Midwest Regional in Eureka, MO. They kick off spring action at the Washburn Spring Invitational on March 13.

Women’s Golf 

The Women’s Golf team began their fall season with a 4th place finish at the William Jewell Fall Tune-Up, posting several solid results along the way, including a 5th place finish at the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate Invitational and a 9th place finish at Maryville Fall Invitational. The team wrapped up the fall season with a 1st place finish at the Park University Fall Classic. They kick off spring action at the Ottowa Invitational on March 13.

Men’s Tennis 

The Men’s Tennis team captured two singles titles at the Wheat State Tournament in their short offseason competition period. Sophomore Joe Ibarra and senior Antonio Mizuno both won their flights in the singles draw, while senior Luke Salisbury and junior Nicolas Riveros finished second in their doubles flight. Salisbury also finished second in his flight of the singles draw. The Men’s Tennis team kicks off its season when it hosts William Jewell College on Saturday, March 25 at the Loyola Park Tennis Courts at 10:00 AM.

Men’s Basketball

The Men’s Basketball team has been slotted to finish fourth in the 2016-17 Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll, behind Quincy (1), Drury (2), and Truman State (3). The Men’s Basketball team kicks off its season when it hosts Nebraska Wesleyan University on Saturday, November 12 at Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse at 8:00 PM.

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s Basketball team has been slotted to finish fourth in the 2016-17 Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll, behind Drury (1), Quincy (2), and Truman State (3). The Women’s Basketball team kicks off its season when it hosts Lincoln University of Missouri on Saturday, November 12 at Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse at 6:00 PM.

Many other teams are hard at work in their off-seasons, gearing up for the conference competitions in the spring. The Men’s Lacrosse team kicks off its season when it hosts Missouri Valley College on Saturday, February 4 at Bourke Field at 1:00 PM. The Women’s Lacrosse team kicks off its season when it travels to Ottawa University on Wednesday, February 22. The Women’s Tennis team kicks off its season when it hosts William Jewell College on Saturday, March 25 at the Loyola Park Tennis Courts at 10:00 AM. The Women’s Softball schedule is still TBA.

By: Senator Jansen Rouillard


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