Holly Denfeld, Women's BasketballDenfeld became Women’s Basketball’s all-time leading scorer last week, leading the Raiders to a pair of road wins to close out the season. She averaged 28.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game while shooting 67.5 percent from the field. Wednesday at Marian, she surpassed Catherine Chappell’s program record of 1,790 career points with 28. She also pulled down 10 boards in the game and shot 14-of-18 from the field. She followed that up with another 28-point outing Saturday at Rockford, grabbing another 14 rebounds.
Austin Bellile, WrestlingBellile made a splash at Wrestling’s first conference championship as a member of the CCIW, winning at 285 pounds and being named CCIW Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler. It took him just 1:01 to score a fall in his first match of the day, then posted an 8-0 shutout in the semifinals to set up a showdown with Augustana's Adarios Jones, who had entered the match with a 32-1 record and ranked sixth in the country. He had handed Bellile his last loss, just one of two this season, in the first-place match of the North Central Open Dec. 10. This day, it was Bellile prevailing by a score of 7-4.
Holly Denfeld, Women's BasketballDenfeld led Women’s Basketball to three wins, averaging 23.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. She shot 61.9 percent (26-for-42) from the field and 85.7 percent (18-for-21) at the free throw line. In addition to her dominance on the court, she also surpassed 1,000 career rebounds on Wednesday, becoming the third NACC player to 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds.
Devin Mahnke, WrestlingMahnke defeated two nationally-ranked wrestlers on his way to second place at the Pete Willson Invitational. His meet opened with a quick fall in just 1:34, followed by a 7-2 win. The bracket's No. 2 seed, Mikey Swider from Wheaton, is also the No. 7-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds by D3wrestle.com. Mahnke ground out a 3-1 win over him, followed by a 5-2 win over No. 3 seed and No. 8-ranked Luke Fernandez from Elizabethtown. He would then fall short in the first-place match against Messiah's Kyle Kozer, 6-1. Kozer was seeded fourth and is listed as a "contender" at D3wrestle.com.
Eric Tien, HockeyTein paced the Hockey offense to a weekend sweep of Finlandia at the Kern Center. He tallied a goal and assist in each game, a 4-3 win Friday and 5-1 victory Saturday. His Saturday goal was the game-winner. Tien has scored points in six of his last eight games, tallying four goals and five assists in that time.
Devin Mahnke, WrestlingMahnke won the 197-pound bracket for the Wrestling team at the Al Hanke Invitational this past Saturday at Elmurst. He had a tough path to the top in his bracket, taking down each of the top two seeds on his way to first place. He opened his day with a pin in 4:33 and then won his next match 9-2. He then shut out the No. 2 seeded wrestler in the bracket, 5-0. In the first-place bout, he emerged victorious with a 7-3 decision.
Austin Bellile, WrestlingBellile stood out for Wrestling at the Chicago Duels, winning all three of his bouts by fall. He made short work of his foes at 285 pounds, registering his falls in a combined 6:22. He opened the day against Manchester with his fall coming in just 1:40. It was his quickest pin of the afternoon and was followed by his longest, a bout that lasted 2:46 against St. John's. He rounded out the day in 1:56 against Trine.
Collin Seubert, Men's BasketballSeubert had a career day on Saturday, scoring a career-high 35 points to lead Men’s Basketball to an 83-74 victory at Concordia Chicago. He strong well across the board—10-for-17 from the field, 5-of-9 from three-point range, and 10-for-11 at the free throw line. He also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists. It was his second career 30-point game.
Collin Seubert, Men's BasketballSeubert repeats as Raider of the week after leading Men’s Basketball to a 68-58 win over Wisconsin Lutheran last Thursday with 25 points and 11 rebounds. It was his second 20/10 double-double in the last three games.
Collin SeubertSeubert propelled Men's Basketball to a 61-49 win at Maranatha last Tuesday with 22 points and 12 rebounds. He was the team's lone double-digit scorer as the Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak.
Zach Woodman, HockeyWoodman allowed just one goal in nearly 105 minutes over the weekend, posting a 1-0-1 record for Hockey in a weekend series with UW-Superior. He played the final 39:39 on Friday and allowed just one goal to get the win, 6-4. He then got the start Saturday and made 32 saves over 65 minutes to post his first shutout of the season in a 0-0 tie.
Austin Bellile, WrestlingBellile led Wrestling as it hosted the 12th Annual MSOE Invitational Saturday, taking first place at 285 pounds. He’s now taken first place twice in three tournaments this season, adding a second-place finish in the other. He got his day off to a dominating start, pinning each of his first two opponents. His first came in just 25 seconds, while his second took 1:14. He then advanced to the first-place bout with an 18-1 technical fall victory. Bellile closed out top honors with a 5-3 decision.
Gage Christianson, HockeyChristianson sparked the Hockey team to a 5-2 victory over St. Mary’s last Tuesday. He scored two goals and assisted on a third as the Raiders overcame a 2-0 deficit with five unanswered goals. He started the comeback with an unassisted goal in the first period, assisted on the game-winner in the second and tallied an insurance goal in the final frame.
Holly Denfeld, Women's BasketballDenfeld led the Women’s Basketball team to a 63-53 victory over Lake Forest Saturday in its season-opener. She scored 21 points to go with 15 rebounds on the day. She grabbed two key rebounds and hit four-straight free throws in the closing seconds to close out the victory.
Austin Bellile, WrestlingRepresenting the Wrestling team, Bellile dominated the competition in the 285 pound bracket at the Dan Gable Open last weekend. He won all four of his bouts without dropping a point to take first place. His day consisted of three falls, all coming in less than a minute each time, and a 7-0 decision. In the first-place match, he faced an opponent which is ranked No. 8 in the nation at that weight and was a national qualifier last season. Bellile won by fall in just 56 seconds.
Aly Loepfe, Women's SoccerLoepfe scored the game-winning goal in the NACC Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship match vs. Dominican. The Raiders won their second-straight league tournament title and now advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season. She had also scored two goals in the 2015 championship game, as well.
Zach Woodman, HockeyWoodman led the Hockey team to a victory over No. 3/4 Adrian on Friday, making 40 saves. He helped the Raiders open the season with win over a highly-ranked Bulldogs team for the second-straight season. His night included 22 saves in the first period alone.
Sara Travia, Women's SoccerTravia led Women’s Soccer to three wins last week to clinch the team its first NACC regular season championship. The Raiders moved to 9-0 in league play with a 3-0 win at Marian, 6-0 win against Lakeland and 9-1 rout of Wisconsin Lutheran. Travia scored six goals on the week, including two game-winners, and added three assists. She scored one goal vs. MU, netted a hat trick vs. LU and chipped in two more goals against WLC, while tallying an assist in each game.
Caitlin Liddiard, Women's SoccerLiddiard led the Women?s Soccer to a pair of key NACC wins last week, scoring a goal in each game. On Wednesday, she notched the team?s second goal in a 3-0 win at Edgewood in a showdown of the conference?s final two unbeaten teams. Liddiard then opened the scoring at Benedictine Saturday just 1:50 into a 3-1 MSOE win.
Austin Wright, Men's Cross CountryWright led Men’s Cross Country to second place at the Gene Davis Invitational Saturday. He was the individual runner-up by just nine seconds, posting a season-best time of 25:57. It was his first sub-26:00 time of the season and lowered his season-best time by 1:01.
Braden Andryk, Men's SoccerAndryk led Men’s Soccer to three wins last week, scoring five goals with three assists. He scored the game-winner twice and assisted on the decisive goal in the third match. Mid-week, he netted two goals and assisted on the third in a 3-0 win at Marian. He repeated the feat in a 4-0 rout of Rockford Saturday then scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on the winner the next day in a 3-2 victory at UW-Platteville.
Austin Wright, Men's Cross CountryWright led Men’s Cross Country to second place at the Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday in the Twin Cities. He placed fifth place in the race as the Raiders finished behind only UW-Oshkosh, which is receiving votes in the national poll, and 27 points ahead of UW-River Falls. Wright ran a time of 27:53.1 on the day.
Sara Travia, Women's SoccerTravia led the Women’s Soccer team to a rousing start in NACC play, tallying three goals and assisting on a fourth in a 7-0 rout of Dominican Saturday. She did all of her damage in just 30 minutes. It was the fourth hat trick of her career.
Braden Andryk, Men's SoccerAndryk and the Men’s Soccer team won three games last week, culminating in a 2-0 win over No. 18 Rose-Hulman on Sunday. For his part, Andryk scored five goals and assisted on another in three games, scoring the game-winner in all three Raider wins. He scored two goals and assisted on the third in a 3-0 win at Lawrence Wednesday, then notched the winner against Illinois Tech Friday. In Sunday’s match, he found the back of the net twice in the first 25 minutes.
Mary McFee, Women's SoccerMary played all 180 minutes in goal last weekend as the Women’s Soccer team went 2-0 and took first place at the Belles Invitational hoisted by St. Mary’s College. She stopped 11-of-12 shots faced for the weekend, conceding just one goal. That score came Friday when she made seven saves in a 3-1 win. Then, Saturday, she came back to make save all four shots in a 1-0 shutout of host SMC.
Varsity 4, RowingThe Raiders’ crew finished fifth in the 4th Final of the IRA National Championship Regatta last weekend in New Jersey. The crew of Cameron St. Clair (coxswain), Caleb Vredenbregt, Finn Finucane, Wes Wolfram and Robert Lancaster represented MSOE in its fifth-straight appearance at the IRA regatta. The Red & White crew finished fifth in its final in 7:02.760, just over a second back of Yale and almost two full seconds ahead of Drexel.
Jerica Kotarak, Women's Track & FieldKotarak competed for the Women's Track & Field team in two events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last week. She competed in both the long jump and triple jump events. On Thursday, she placed 14th in the long jump with a leap of 18-2 1/2. She then came back Saturday to break her own school record in the triple jump at 38-4 1/4 and take 11th.
Jerica Kotarak, Women's Track & FieldKotarak was one of two members of the Women's Track & Field team in action last week at the Gregory Invitational. She was runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 36-9 1/2. She also took fourth in the long jump by jumping 17-8 3/4.
Brandon McCumber, BaseballMcCumber played a key role in the Baseball team advancing to the NACC Championship game this past weekend. He played in five games, going 7-for-14 with six RBIs at the plate and was 1-0 with a save and 1.23 ERA in three appearances on the mound. He went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in an elimination game against Aurora, which saw the Raiders overcome a 6-2 deficit to advance to the title game. He drove in game-tying runs in the first and fifth innings, then started the decisive eighth inning rally with a base hit. He came around to score, then batted again in the inning with the score tied and lace a two-run single.
Jerica Kotarak, Women's Track & FieldKotarak won two league titles to lead the Women’s Track & Field team to a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s NACC Championships. The team finish and point total was the program’s best since 2010. She broke two school/league/meet records, while tying a third school mark at the meet.
Jerica Kotarak, Women's Track & FieldKotarak had another outstanding meet for the Women’s Track & Field team. She won two events at Beloit Relays, taking top honors in both the long jump and the 100m. In the long jump, she equaled the school record she set last week with a leap of 17-11 3/4. That is a meet record by 6.5 inches. In the event, she won handily by over 19 inches over second place. She also ran 13.08 for top honors in the 100m.
Shannon Curtis, SoftballCurtis went 3-0 in the circle last week for the Softball team, posting a 1.11 ERA over 19.0 innings. The highlight of the week was a one-hit shutout of Edgewood Sunday. She struck out seven and did not walk a batter, using just 65 pitches (50 strikes) to get through seven innings. She had six 1-2-3 frames in the win.
Doyle & Carrington, BaseballDoyle and Carrington went a combined 34-for-73 (.466) with 21 RBIs in eight games this week for the Baseball team. The Raiders went 6-2 this week with NACC sweeps of Lakeland and Marian.
Jacob Roley, BaseballRoley hurdled a three-hit shutout for Baseball at Benedictine on Tuesday. He threw just 105 pitches in nine innings, striking out four and walking just one. He did not allow more than one base runner in any inning and did not allow a runner past second base. At one point, he retired 13-straight batters from the third to seventh innings.
Garrett Willems, BaseballWillems led the Baseball team to a doubleheader split with three-time defending conference champion Concordia Chicago on Sunday. At the plate, he finished with two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs in an 11-4 win. He also got the start on the mound, allowing three earned runs over 4.2 innings. In the second game, he added another hit and RBI.
Pat Collins, LacrosseCollins played a pair of strong games in goal for the Lacrosse team last week. He finished with 21 saves and a 6.50 goals against average for the week. Wednesday, he stopped 10 shots and allowed just five goals in the game. Then, he posted a season-best 11 saves Saturday, allowing just eight goals.
Ryan Newman, BaseballNewman starred for the Baseball team on Sunday, firing a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Finlandia. He struck out eight over nine innings and threw just 98 pitches. It was the first complete game of his career and he allowed just one runner to reach second base.
Jerica Kotarak, Women's Track & FieldKotarak became the Women's Track & Field Team's first All-American since 2008 when she took seventh in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships Saturday. In the event, she extended her own school and conference record by five inches, finishing with a final jump of 38-7 3/4. By finishing seventh, she also netted MSOE two team points in the standings, putting the team in a tie for 61st place at the meet.
Scott Boyk, Men's VolleyballBoyk led the Men's Volleyball team to two more wins last week, including a four-match win at No. 7 Dominican Tuesday. The Raiders have won 11 of their last 12 matches and improved to 8-0 in MCVL play. On the road against the Stars, he posted his second-straight double-double with 17 kills and 14 digs. Then, Sunday at Benedictine, he notched 13 kills with a .524 attack percentage and six blocks in a three-set sweep.
Austin Stueck, Men's BasketballStueck led the Men's Basketball team to the NACC Championship game with some dominating basketball. He averaged 29.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists in three games. The highlight of his week was a 42-point performance at second-seeded Aurora in the semifinals. He hit a school, league and tournament record 10 three-pointers in the game on just 12 attempts. His 42 points set a conference tournament record and was the most by a Raider in just over 25 years.