The boat of seniors Robert Lancaster, Seth LiaBraaten, Chris Gloeckle, coxswain Francis Sena, and junior Jonah Meffert competed at the IRA Championships this past weekend, rowing into the 4th Final of the Varsity 4 before the regatta came to an abrupt end due to inclement weather. The Raiders took fourth in their opening heat and their reps heat Friday and the semifinals Saturday.
Kotarak competed at the NCAA Championships last week in both the long jump and triple jump events. Competing at the national meet for the sixth-straight season, she placed 12th in the long jump with a leap of 18-4 1/2 on Thursday. She then jumped 37-8 1/2 in the triple jump Saturday to place 19th.
Kotarak punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in the long jump at the NCAA Final Qualifier, leaping 19-0 in her final attempt. She won the event by 13 and vaulted into a tie for seventh in the nation. She qualified for the national meet for the sixth-straight season (indoor/outdoor) and will compete in both the long jump and triple jump for the fourth time.
The Varsity 4 posted the program's best-ever showing at last weekend's Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. The Raiders got off to a strong start Friday with a fourth-place finish in the opening heats out of 30 boats. The crew posted its fastest-ever 2000-meter time of 6:18.756 and was within three seconds of the top spot. After taking second in a tight semifinals heat, finishing 1.256 seconds out of first and 0.175 seconds ahead of third, the team qualified for the Thomas A. Curran Cup Grand Finals Saturday. In the finals, the Red & White posted its best-ever finish at the regatta, taking fourth in 6:32.096.
Bilskie led Women's Track & Field to fourth place with the team's highest point total since 2010. She was a part of three record-breaking efforts, finished second in three events, and scored in a fourth. She broke a pair of MSOE hurdling records, finishing second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.17 and running 1:05.65 for second in the 400m hurdles. She was also a part of the runner-up 4x100m relay, which posted a time of 50.43. Each of those times was just off the championship pace, missing out by fractions of a second each time. She added a sixth-place showing in the pole vault, clearing a final height of 9-6 1/4.
Gross led the Baseball team to a 5-2 record, hitting .517 (15-for-29) in six games with three home runs, 12 RBIs, and 12 runs scored. He posted two seven hits against Maranatha in a doubleheader Wednesday, hitting for the cycle in game two. He scored eight runs on the day, hitting a home run and driving in four runs in each game. At the weekend, he posted three multi-hit games in a pair of NACC doubleheaders, finishing with three hits and a pair of runs scored against Wisconsin Lutheran Sunday.
Reid led the Lacrosse team to a 12-4 victory over Cornell College Saturday on Senior Day. He scored three goals and assisted on three more to pace the offense. He also picked up a pair of ground balls and caused a turnover.
Willert struck out nine and allowed just one unearned run in a complete-game victory Baseball last Tuesday as it downed Aurora 9-1 in game two to earn a doubleheader split. The rookie hurler scattered three hits and two walks over 9.0 innings. The lone run came on a pair of first-inning errors while his three hits were distributed evenly through the game in the third, sixth, and ninth innings. He is now 2-2 on the year with one save, a 3.33 ERA, and 27 strikeouts in 27.0 innings of work.
Nelson led the Men’s Tennis team to a 2-0 record, highlighted by a 5-4 win at Edgewood. The Raiders and Eagles shared the league’s regular season championship last season.
Nelson has been perfect since joining the lineup at No. 2 singles and doubles, scoring a pair of wins in both on Saturday. He won his singles match 6-3, 6-2 against the Eagles and was a 6-1, 6-2 winner against Marian. He teamed with sophomore Curt Norton to take doubles points in both matches with a pair of 8-2 wins.
Erdmann led the Lacrosse team to a pair of wins last week, most notably a 10-7 thriller at Trine. He scored three goals in that game as the Raiders tied a program record with their eighth win of the season. He added a goal and an assist against Carroll Wednesday and now has scored a goal in each of the last eight games.
Pondo went 2-0 with a save, two shutouts, and 30 strikeouts over 16.0 innings last weekend as the Softball team posted a pair of sweeps to extend its winning streak to five-straight games. She struck out 11 in game one at Carthage Saturday, allowing just five hits in a 4-0 shutout. She then struck out three more in a two-inning relief appearance in game two to pick up the save. Saturday, she struck out 16 in another 4-0 shutout, this time a three-hitter against Beloit. Her 16 strikeouts are a school record for a seven-inning game.
Gustafson notched 11 points in two games last week as the lacrosse team started MLC play with a 1-1 record. In a tough 13-12 loss at Beloit on Wednesday, he tallied a goal and assisted on three others as the Raiders nearly overcame a late four-goal deficit. Then, Saturday, he struck for three goals and added four assists to lead the team to a school-record 26 goals for the second time this season in a 26-4 win over Fontbonne.
Already the program’s all-time leader in career goals (116), assists (79), and points (195), Gustafson is five points away from 200 points for his career.
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.