Bellile took seventh place at the NCAA Wrestling Championships last weekend, earning All-American honors. It was the highest-ever finish for a Raider as he became the program's third All-American. He scored three wins at the meet, including a dramatic last-minute pin to overcome an 8-4 deficit and advance to the second day. The win clinched his place on the podium.
Pondo pitched in 9-of-10 games for the Softball team last week, going 5-3 with a save and five complete games. She posted a 1.62 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 43.2 innings of work. Pondo hurled a no-hitter against Houghton in her second collegiate start, striking out 10 and walking just one. She added a three-hit shutout of Capital with five strikeouts and no walks.
Bellile won an NCAA Regional Championship last weekend at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional Championships. He put on a dominant performance, posting three wins by fall among his four wins at the tournament. He opened with a pin in 1:00, then 0:39 on Friday. Saturday he opened with a 9-3 decision win and capped his title run with a fall in just 0:49 in the first-place match. He qualified for the NCAA Championship for the second-straight season.
Bilskie is peaking at the right time for the Women’s Track & Field Team as she broke her own school 400m record last Saturday at the UWM Panther Tune-Up. It was the team’s last meet before the NACC Championships this Sunday. Bilskie ran 1:02.09 to take fourth in the event and eclipse the time of 1:02.86 she ran last season.
Bellile and Vandenbush both earned CCIW Championships at their respective weights for the Wrestling team, which placed fifth. Bellile repeated as 285-pound champion, despite entering the tournament with just five matches wrestled in. He’s now 7-0 this season. Meanwhile, Vandebush extended a run of 15 wins in 16 matches to lock down his title at 174 pounds.
Kotarak won two events handily at the Red Hawk Invitational to lead the Women’s Track & Field Team to second place in the team standings. She topped the field in the long jump by 19.5 inches with her leap of 18-4 1/2 and followed that up with a triple jump of 37-5 to take top honors. Her triple jump was a winner by 13.5 inches over second place.
The Hockey team took three out of four points over the weekend, skating to a 1-1 draw at Lake Forest Friday before handling Aurora 4-1 Saturday on home ice. Woodman played all 125 minutes in goal, making 51 saves and allowing just two goals (0.96 GAA). The games were his seventh and eighth games of allowing one goal or fewer this season. He also added an assist on the first goal Saturday, notching his first collegiate point.
Spanbauer paced the Women's Basketball team in a comeback win over Aurora Saturday with 23 points. She also scored the go-ahead bucket with 19.3 seconds to play and blocked the ensuing go-ahead shot attempt on the other end of the floor. She added five rebound, four assists, and two steals in the game. The Oshkosh, Wisconsin, native also tallied 14 points at Concordia Wisconsin mid-week.
Kotarak picked up where she left off last season, dominating in the horizontal jumps for the Women’s Track & Field team. She topped the field in the long jump by nine inches with a leap of 17-9 and won the triple jump by 9.5 inches at 36-4 3/4. She also competed in the 55m, taking fifth in 7.91. The Raiders finished third as a team in the seven-team field, just 3.5 points out of second place.
Kirmse led Men’s Basketball to a pair of key road victories last week to ascend into first place in the NACC standings at 7-2. He averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.5 three-pointers while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc over the two games. After a 16-point outing at Aurora mid-week, he went off for 28 points and six 3-pointers at two-time defending league champion Benedictine on Saturday.
Kirmse led Men's Basketball team to a split of two games at the Cru Classic hosted by Mary Hardin-Baylor. In a tight victory over Louisiana College, he scored 19 points with five 3-pointers. He followed that up with a double-double of 22 points, 13 rebounds, and another six 3's as the Raiders pushed UMHB down to the wire on its home court.
Reardon led the Women’s Basketball team to a 1-1 record last week, averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. In a road win over Mount Mary on Monday, she scored 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists, a block, and a steal. She then scored 15 points against Loras on Wednesday.
Snyder scored the decisive victory Thursday for Wrestling as the Raiders defeated Concordia Wisconsin in a dual meet at the Kern Center. Wresting up a weight class at 184 pounds, he trailed 16-15 with 1:14 remaining in the third period. He then rattled off six-straight points to win the bout 21-16. His victory gave MSOE a 27-11 lead in what finished a 27-23 Red & White team win.
Matticks earns the award for the second-straight week after taking second place at the North Central Invitational. He won his first four matches of the day to work his way into the first-place match, falling on riding time, 5-4. He had battled to tie the score at 4-4 with an escape with just two seconds remaining before the deciding point. His day started with an 8-4 win, then a fall in 3:55. He edged his next opponent 7-5 and then shut out a foe 7-0 in the semifinals.
The runner-up finish comes after another second-place finish at the Dan Gable Open and a third-place showing at the MSOE Invitational last weekend. He won his final four matches at the home tournament to carry an eight-bout winning streak into the first-place contest Saturday. He improved to 11-3 on the season.
Matticks placed third at 165 pounds for the Wrestling team at the 13th Annual MSOE Invitational last Saturday at the Kern Center. He has now placed at each of his first two collegiate meets. Saturday, he rebounded from an opening loss to win four-straight matches and emerge victorious out of the consolation bracket. His lineup included four-straight decision victories and improved his record to 7-2 on the season.
Miles led the Men’s Basketball team to a 2-0 start in NACC play with a pair of wins last week, averaging 19.0 points on 80 percent shooting from the field. In a 20-point win over Lakeland Tuesday, he went 11-for-13 from the field for 24 points. He also pulled down five rebounds to go with three assists. He then shot a tidy 5-of-7 on his way to 14 points Saturday against Dominican, dishing out four assists, as well.
Reardon returned to the floor for her first collegiate action since 2014-15 in the Women's Basketball season-opener against Elmhurst. She led the Raiders with 16 points on 7-20 shooting, hitting on a pair of three-pointers and grabbing four rebounds in the game. After a rough first half for MSOE, the team tied the Bluejays in the second half and outscored the visitors in the fourth quarter.
Perez helped power Men’s Soccer to the NACC Championship for the third time in four seasons. He scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory on the road at No. 1-seed Concordia Wisconsin to propel the Raiders into their third NACC title match in four seasons.
Woodman allowed just one goal in two games for Hockey last weekend, shutting out No. 11-ranked UW-Eau Claire Friday and beating UW-River Falls Saturday. He conceded just one goal on 58 shots faced, including 31 saves against UWEC. Woodman stopped 26 more shots on Friday. He has the best save percentage and fewest goals allowed of any Division III goalie that played in two games last weekend and posted one of three shutouts in Division III.
Schultz led Women’s Soccer to a pair of league wins last week with three goals, scoring the game-winners at Concordia Wisconsin and Aurora. She converted the decisive 86th-minute penalty kick at CUW. Then, at AU, she tied the game at 2-2 with a 30-yard free kick and then converted another game-winning PK to run the team’s winning streak to eight-straight games.
Bath led the Men's Cross Country team to first place at the Wisconsin Private College Championships Saturday, the Raiders' third team title in the last four times it has competed at the meet. Bath ran a personal-best time of 26:03.6 as the individual runner-up, shaving 48.4 seconds off his previous best 8,000m time. He is also tantalizingly close to becoming the sixth runner in team history to crack the 26-minute mark at that distance.
Bruce posted two shutouts for Men’s Soccer last week, stopping all 13 shots he faced. He made four saves on the road at Marian on Wednesday. He then faced nine shots against Wisconsin Lutheran and kept the Raiders in the game until a late winner for their 1-0 victory.
Schrandt won the WLC Fall Invitational last weekend, shooting up the leaderboard with a -4 (68) on day two to finish the event at E (144). The surge moved him up from a tie for 14th place after Friday's round of +4 (76) and was the second-best round in program history, both by score and vs. par. He also became the 11th different Raider to win a tournament since 1999-00 and the first since Jacob Phelps won this event in 2016, also with an even 144.
The Raiders defeated Dominican and Aurora, each by 9-0 scores, to pushing their season-opening winning streak to four matches. Seniors Carly Grant (#1) and Riya Chaudhari (#5), sophomores Sammy Soeder (#2) and Olivia Boden (#6), and freshmen Cierra Smith (#3) and Katie Clements (#6) all played both matches and went 2-0. Grant and Soeder won both #1 doubles matches, as did Smith and Clements at #2. Juniors Kim Baffin and Cali Bonie formed the team's #3 doubles pairing and added two more wins.
Horbinski was runner-up at the Ken Weidt Classic last Saturday. He edged third place by just over four seconds to claim second place, posting a time of 27:35.4. It was the team's first meet this season at 8000m. He led the men's cross country team to third place at the event with 74 points. The Raiders were just five points back of second place in the 12-team field. It was a three-team race for the top as first, second, and third places were separated by 19 points while fourth place was 64 points back.
Novakovich got his collegiate career off to an auspicious start last Friday, netting a pair of goals in Men's Soccer's 3-2 overtime win at UC-Santa Cruz. He became the first Raider freshman to score two goals in a season-opener in the program's NACC era (since 2007). His first goal tied the game and second put MSOE ahead.
Kotarak competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend and placed 10th in the long jump. She finished with a final leap of 18-1 to miss out on advancing to the finals by just 1.5 inches.
Kotarak posted a pair of top-three finishes at the Gregory Invitational last Thursday at North Central College. She was runner-up in the long jump, leaping 18-4 1/2. She also went 37-5 in the triple jump to take third.