The Maroons had an exciting weekend with four fall season teams competing in NCAA Regional Championships and football competing for the UAA Championship. Here is a quick summary of what took place and what is yet ahead for some of our talented student-athletes:
· The No. 16-ranked UChicago women’s soccer team hosted a four-team Regional over the weekend. On Saturday, the Maroons beat Webster University 1-0 to advance to the second round and then defeated Augsburg College on Sunday 3-0. Sunday’s win marked Head Coach Amy Reifert’s 300th with the Maroons. The team record improved to 15-4-1, and will host Illinois Wesleyan University in the NCAA Round of 16 on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11:00. This is the 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament by the women’s soccer team under Reifert.
· After No.19-ranked UChicago men’s soccer beat the College of St. Scholastica 3-1 on Saturday, they lost 0-2 to No. 16-ranked Wartburg College on Sunday in the second round of the tournament. The Maroons finished the season with an overall record of 12-6-2. The team’s last appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2009 and this is the first under second-year Head Coach Mike Babst.
· The women’s cross country team earned an at-large selection to the championship field on Sunday after taking third at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday. This is the fifth straight year that UChicago has qualified for NCAA nationals. In 2013, the team finished in fourth place, its highest finish in program history. The championship will be run on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Mason, Ohio.
· Men’s cross-country finished ninth at the NCAA Midwest Regional and will be represented in the NCAA Championship by junior Michael Frasco, who was picked as an individual to compete. He placed 21st at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a career-best time.
· Football beat Case Western Reserve University 20-10 on Saturday to win the UAA Championship. This marks the fifth UAA Championship in program history and first under second-year Head Coach Chris Wilkerson. The team finished with a record of 8-1.
· The No. 25-ranked Maroon volleyball team qualified for its fifth-straight NCAA Division III Championship and lost in the first round 3-0 to DePauw University last Thursday. UChicago wrapped up its season with a 26-13 overall record and a second-place finish in the University Athletic Association (UAA) under first-year Head Coach Sharon Dingman. Additionally, junior outside hitter Maren Loe was named UAA MVP, First Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-America.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our varsity athletes. If you’re interested in attending upcoming contests or simply tracking the teams, athletics.uchicago.edu is regularly updated with schedules and scores. Our winter season teams are now competing as well.