Aerial assault leads McMurry
Conference milestones, team records among top stats last week
McMurry passes for more than 600 yards while scoring 56 unanswered points
What looked to be a devastating start ended up being a record-setting victory for McMurry as the War Hawks throttled East Texas Baptist 63-31 at Wilford Moore Stadium for the team's first American Southwest Conference victory. McMurry spotted the Tigers' 17 points before the War Hawks responded with 56 consecutive.
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The War Hawks broke their own ASC and school record for team passing yards as Jake Mullin, Stephen Warren and Landry Gunter combined for 617 yards through the air and five touchdowns. Mullin had 448 yards on 28 of 46 passing, Warren threw for 167 yards on 7 of 11 passing and Gunter completed one pass for two yards in the rout.
McMurry also set a school record for all-purpose yards with 823 while Stephen Warren set the NCAA-era school mark for most yards gained per attempt at 15.2. The War Hawks also set the total offense mark with 753 yards gained -- just five shy of the ASC record -- and tied a school record with nine touchdowns.
McMurry had three rushing touchdowns for the first time since Oct. 11, 2008, as Chris Simpson, Justin Johnson and Mullin all scored on the ground.
On McMurry's first offensive play, Mullin threw an interception to ETBU's Addison McGee who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, the Tigers blocked a McMurry punt and returned it 20 yards for a score. Brett Peddicord added a 31-yard field goal with 6:26 to play in the first quarter to give the Tigers a demanding 17-0 lead.
However, the War Hawks ended ETBU's surge by scoring eight consecutive touchdowns spanning from the end of the first quarter until 11:09 left in the game. The streak was snapped when the Tigers' Elias Kawesa scored on a 29-yard touchdown catch against McMurry's reserves.
Lebanon Valley's Novak scores 111th career goal to tie league mark
In another chapter of the heated field hockey rivalry between third-ranked Messiah and Lebanon Valley, the Falcons came away with a thrilling 5-1 victory. The contest was the annual regular-season meeting between the rivals which last year matched the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the country.
“LVC is always a big game,” Messiah head coach Jan Trapp said. “The winner of this game often has home-field advantage for the [conference] championship, and that is the difference between grass and turf. We’ll always prefer our home field, and turf.”
LVC tallied the first score as Dutchmen senior Jocelyn Novak posted one in the 11th minute of action. It was a milestone for Novak as it was the 111th goal of her career. The goal tied Novak for first all-time in career goals scored in the Middle Atlantic Conference and Commonwealth Conference. Ironically, Novak tied a former Messiah player Danae Chambers.
From that point, however, the Falcons took over. Sophomore Brook Sands found junior Juliana Hershey for the game-tying goal in the 24th minute. The game-winner by Ehly proved to be momentous, as the Falcons went on to score three more goals in the second half before claiming the 5-1 win. Two of the three goals were assisted by Ehly, contributing to her team-leading five assists this season. Sands, senior Kilee Rosenberry and senior Dara Downs scored off Ehly's helpers.
Gouveia's stellar 11-under 204 pushes UCF to second team title
After claiming medalist honors and helping UCF take the team title at the Adams Cup of Newport, UCF’s Ricardo Gouveia earned Conference USA Men’s Golfer of the Week honors. In only his second event as a Knight, Gouveia posted an impressive performance in Rhode Island to earn the award.
The sophomore, who spent his freshman campaign at Lynn, finished the 19-team event at 11-under 204. He fired a 6-under 66 during the final round, helping the Knights, who are ranked 25th in Golfweek’s preseason poll, finish first with a nine-shot lead ahead of 16th-ranked and second-place Georgia. Gouveia opened the tournament with a 70 (-2), and then carded a 4-under 68 during the second round.
Gouveia has helped the Knights claim team titles in both of their tournaments this fall. He started the season, and his UCF career, by tying for ninth at the Northern Intercollegiate in Illinois. He is the second Knight in as many weeks to receive the conference golfer of the week award as Brad Schneider was honored previously.
Grotti's six goals and 13 points lead Scarlet Raptors to perfect week
Rutgers-Camden sophomore Mitch Grotti had a sensational three-game stretch and was rewarded with his second honor as the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Grotti led the Scarlet Raptors to a 3-0 week by collecting six goals and one assist for 13 points. He notched the game-winning goal in all three contests, including a 3-2 overtime victory at Catholic, a 3-0 shutout against Rowan and a 3-1 triumph at Kean.
In the Kean game, he scored all three goals to notch the first hat trick for the Scarlet Raptors since C.J. Finley accomplished the feat against William Paterson a year ago. He also had one goal at Catholic and notched two goals and one assist against Rowan.
Grotti has 12 goals and three assists for 27 points in the Raptors’ first 10 games. He has scored in every game except one and his hat trick against Kean gave him five game-winning goals this season, setting a program record.
In his brief 32-game collegiate career, Grotti owns 22 goals, tying Sarkis Euksuzian (1968-71) for seventh place on the program’s all-time list. He also owns nine game-winning goals, tying Rodney Guishard (2004-07) for second place on the career list.
Montana ties largest comeback in school history
Montana junior Erin Craig scored three times and freshman Allie Simon scored her first collegiate goal in the 87th minute to forge a 4-4 double-overtime draw with Southern Utah.
The Grizzlies fell behind 4-1 in the match’s first 38 minutes but outscored the Thunderbirds 3-0 in the second half to earn a tie that snapped Montana’s five-match losing streak. The three-goal rally is the largest deficit overcome to earn at least a draw in program history.
Craig scored on a penalty kick in the 13th minute, then added second-half goals in the 63rd and 76th minutes off assists from sophomores India Watne and Maddey Frey.
Simon completed the comeback, putting back a rebound on a shot from Craig, who earned an assist on the play.
UC San Diego ties the program record for best start to a season
No. 10 UC San Diego equaled its best start to a season as it defeated Cal State Stanislaus in straight sets 25-22, 25-23 and 25-20 in a California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) match.
The win kept the Tritons' perfect record intact at nine consecutive to open the year, a feat accomplished just three other times in the program's history. UCSD also went 9-0 to start the 2009 and 2004 seasons as a Division II member as well as the 1990 season when it played at the Division III level.
Roxanne Brunsting had a solid all-around match for the Tritons, nearly recording a triple-double with seven kills, 21 assists and 12 digs to go with three blocks. For the eighth time this season, Hillary Williamson led all players in kills, collecting 18. She added three aces and eight digs while being perfect on 17 receptions.
Cal State Stanislaus got a strong performance out of Lianne Vicchio, who had 16 kills on .382 hitting (16-3-34). She also had 13 digs to complete the double-double.
Jackson leads Midwestern State to upset with record second four-TD game
Midwestern State's Keidrick Jackson accounted for 228 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead Midwestern State to a 44-38 Lone Star Conference win against No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville.
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The Mustangs rolled up 512 yards of total offense and constructed a 23-0 lead in the opening half before Texas A&M-Kingsville roared back to make a game of it.
Jackson garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors as the 5-9, 207-pounder piled up 160 rushing yards on 18 carries and three rushing touchdowns. He led MSU to 292 rushing yards against the nation's fourth-best rushing defense.
His 160 yards were the most allowed by the Hoggies since 2007 and his 77-yard touchdown run was the longest against TAMUK since a 68-yarder on Sep. 4, 2004.
Jackson also led the Mustangs' receiving chart with four receptions for 68 yards including MSU's longest pass play of the season taking a 45-yard swing pass in for a touchdown in the first quarter.
He became the first MSU player to score four touchdowns in consecutive games and leads the LSC in rushing (101.3 yards per game) and scoring (18.0 points per game).
Ramirez's hat trick makes first night game memorable for Lewis
Lewis University played under the lights for the first time at its new athletic complex, but forward Cristhian Ramirez shined the brightest as he collected a first-half hat trick to propel the Flyers to the 8-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference win against Maryville.
The eight goals are the most by a Flyer team since an 8-0 win against Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 5, 2007. Ramirez's hat trick is the first by a Flyer since Armin Vrebac managed one in a 3-2 win against UW-Parkside on Oct. 8, 2010.
Along with Ramirez's hat trick, the Flyers received first-half scores from Aloisio Barros and Eduardo Acxer Way. Barros also paired up with David Pyle to assist on Ramirez's second goal in the period.
George Thomson posted a goal and two assists on the evening for the Flyers, while teammates Robert McGowan and Ryan Turner each chipped in a score.
Late goal completes hat trick, hands Saint Michael's a second consecutive win
Freshman Cassaundra Davis finished off a hat trick by depositing the game-winner with 4:54 remaining, sending Saint Michael's past Franklin Pierce 3-2. All of the scoring came in the second half.
The Purple Knights won their second consecutive contest after dropping seven in a row to open the season. Davis became the first Saint Michael's player to tally three goals since Kaitlin Koffink on Sept. 2, 2009. She now has four goals in the last two games, and played a role in all five of her team's markers in that time.
Senior Jackie Stacey made 10 saves, while freshman Hannah Beardsley made a critical defensive save for the visitors, who were outshot 20-15 and watched as the hosts held a 12-10 edge in penalty corners. Senior Tia Levins scored both goals for Franklin Pierce, while two keepers combined to make three saves.
Game information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.