Northern Kentucky nets best start in program history, extends streak to 41 consecutive wins vs. KWU
No. 14 Northern Kentucky improved to 9-0 by sweeping past Kentucky Wesleyan in three sets 26-24, 25-6, 25-14. Kim Nemcek pounded down 15 kills and attacked at a sizzling .750 clip for NKU, which established the program’s best start to a season with its ninth consecutive win. The Norse’s previous best start of 8-0 had stood since 1994.
Noelle Peterson recorded seven kills and hit .462 for the Norse, who moved to 41-0 all-time against Kentucky Wesleyan. NKU has not dropped a set to Kentucky Wesleyan since Oct. 23, 1993.
Kentucky Wesleyan nearly snapped the set streak during the opening stanza, but NKU hit .342 to edge out a 26-24 win. The Norse attacked at a .636 clip in the second set and rolled to a 25-6 victory and closed out the sweep with a 25-14 triumph.
Kentucky Wesleyan has now lost 145 consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference matches. The Panthers’ last conference victory came against Bellarmine on Oct. 31, 2001.
Northern Kentucky then increased its season record and best start in program history to 10-0 with a straight set victory (25-21, 25-18, 25-16) at Southern Indiana.
Westminster’s Krueger crushes 23-year-old team record
Senior Jennifer Krueger broke a 23-year-old team record in the 5-kilometer run as she led Westminster to a second-place finish among 11 teams at the Penn State-Behrend Invitational.
Krueger placed second overall with a time of 19:02. Her stellar start broke Amy Kepple’s previous school-record time of 19:48 originally set in 1988.
Westminster freshman Jenny Jones also placed fourth overall with a time of 19:28, while junior Olivia Miller crossed 20th overall to join Krueger near the top of the scoring chart for Westminster.
Behrend’s Catie Bertges won the race Saturday with a time of 18:40. Behrend won the meet with 45 points followed by Westminster with 75.
Shippensburg rolls by Clarion behind 34 unanswered points
Shippensburg overcame a sluggish start in its home opener with 34 unanswered points and 563 yards of offense in a 54-24 rout of visiting Clarion.
After entering Saturday’s game without a rushing touchdown in two games, Shippensburg answered with six scores on the ground against the Golden Eagles while totaling 356 rushing yards – its most in one game since totaling 380 against Lock Haven on Oct. 27, 2007. Junior Mike Frenette paced the unit with a career-high 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yard scamper to paydirt in the third quarter.
The Red Raiders set a school record with 33 first downs — 15 by rushing, 13 by passing and five by penalty. Shippensburg ran the ball on 34 of its 44 first-down plays and totaled 272 yards on first-down runs. Only four first-down rushes ended with negative yards.
Shippensburg’s defense applied consistent pressure all day on Clarion quarterbacks. The Red Raiders had seven sacks — their most in one contest since recording eight against Lock Haven on Sept. 30, 2000. SU also registered six pass breakups. The teams also combined for 20 penalties and almost 250 penalty yards.
SU has now scored 122 points in the first three games of the season, its most ever through three games, topping the 1991 team that had 118 points in the same span.
Thornton’s record-setting performance not enough for Lasell
Christine Thornton recorded 28 saves between the pipes for Lasell in non-conference field hockey action against Drew, which won 6-1 despite the goalkeeper’s record-setting performance.
It wasn’t Thornton’s only strong showing this fall. The effort broke Thornton’s school single-game record of 23 saves previously set earlier in the week.
Thornton faced a barrage of shots from the visitors who commanded the field with 56 total attempts. Forward Meghan Howlett produced a game-best six points for Drew, scoring twice and adding two assists while sophomore forward Brooke Gagliano added five points on two goals and one assist.
Lasell’s first tally of the year was recorded by junior midfielder Katelyn Fabri midway through the first half. Freshman middie Meaghan Collier was credited with the assist.
Lasell leveled the score at 1-1 on Fabri’s goal when it was awarded a penalty corner in the Rangers’ back field. Collier began the play, passing off to Fabri at the top of the circle to cross one by Christiana Carlini in the Rangers’ net. The rest of the game belonged to Drew despite Thornton’s effort.
Cowell gets win No. 300 as No. 4 St. Edward’s continues roll
Then-fourth-ranked St. Edward’s used an early goal from Rachel Murray and held off Texas A&M-Commerce down the stretch for a 1-0 victory to give head coach Nick Cowell his 300th career victory. Cowell’s overall record now stands at 300-102-29 for a .730 winning percentage. As the Hilltoppers coach, he sports an 84-15-8 record for an .822 winning percentage.
Murray scored for the fourth time in as many matches as she found the back of the net in the 32nd minute for a 1-0 Hilltopper lead. The goal stood up as the eventual game-winner, giving her two this season.
In the second half, things got a little dicey for St. Edward’s as Jordan Ynostrosa picked up a red card in the 76th minute. The Hilltoppers had to play a player short for the final 14 minutes. The St. Edward’s defense responded by holding Texas A&M-Commerce at bay to collect its third consecutive shutout. Claire Tilton tallied six saves on the afternoon.
Texas A&M-Commerce outshot the Hilltoppers 11-9 but could not capitalize.
UC Santa Barbara gives coach milestone victory with record-setting offensive outburst
Head coach Wolf Wigo earned his 100th win at UC Santa Barbara on Sunday as the Gauchos posted a pair of wins at the Inland Empire Classic.
UCSB toppled host Redlands 20-6 before grabbing Wigo’s 100th win and setting a school record for goals in a game with a 32-6 victory against Chapman. Wigo now holds a 100-85 record as the Gaucho men’s water polo coach.
UCSB capped the weekend with a huge offensive onslaught against Chapman. In Wigo’s 100th win, 15 different Gauchos scored as UCSB posted 32 goals, breaking the previous school record of 30 goals in a game. That record was set in a 30-8 win against St. Mary’s in 1967.
Jesse Gillespie and Chase Racich each had five goals in the record-setting victory while Matt Gronow chipped in a hat trick.
Freshman Watkins sets record in Clemson win
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught 10 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson’s 38-24 victory against defending national champion Auburn to establish Tiger freshman records for receptions, yards and touchdowns. He helped the Tigers to 624 yards of total offense, the school’s third-best total ever, and best against an ACC opponent.
Watkins also added seven rushes for 44 yards, giving him 199 yards from scrimmage, the most by a Clemson player since C.J. Spiller had 238 against Georgia Tech in the 2009 ACC Championship Game. Watkins was the first Clemson player to make 10 catches in a game since 2008 when Aaron Kelly had 10 against Duke and he was the first Tiger to get at least 150 yards receiving since 2007 when Kelly had 174 against Virginia Tech.
For the season Watkins has 21 receptions for 292 yards and four touchdowns. He has already tied the Clemson freshman record for touchdown catches in a season as he has averaged seven receptions for 97 yards per game.
Seton Hall’s Warren sets single-game mark
Sophmore Alyssa Warren broke the Seton Hall single-match dig record by racking up 45 digs in a 3-2 win against Boston College. Also on the weekend, Warren averaged 6.93 digs per set as the Pirates went 2-1 at the Seton Hall Invitational.
Warren’s mark broke a 21-year-old record previously held by Laura Romeika, who posted 41 digs against Connecticut on Oct. 30, 1990.
Warren’s mark came during a crucial stretch as the Pirates had to hold on in the fifth after previously holding a 2-0 start. Her efort helped set up senior Meghan Matusiak, who posted a double-double with 23 kills and 11 digs of her own, while freshman Shelbey Manthorpe handed out a career-best 46 assists to go with 17 digs.
Wiltjer comes up all aces in MVP performance
Junior Kristina Wiltjer was the Northeast-10 Setter of the Week last week after guiding UMass-Lowell to a 4-0 stretch that included winning the River Hawk Classic.
Piloting the offense, Wiltjer’s perfect week included being named the tournament’s most valuable player. The California native averaged 10.07 assists per set, while also totaling 28 digs and 17 service aces.
Wiltjer dished out 38 assists, 14 digs, six kills and five aces in a four-set win against Franklin Pierce. Prior to that, she had a season-high 39 assists, 10 digs and four aces in a 3-1 win at Bentley.
In total, she had four double-doubles (assists-digs) in her first six matches this fall.
Game information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.