Cross country sweeps UAA championships

For the first time in school history, the men’s and women’s cross country teams won the University Athletic Association (UAA) team championships in the same year Nov. 1 in Chicago. Led by conference Athlete of the Year Maggie Grabow’s first-place finish in the 6K run, the women tallied 43 points, which was 20 less than second-place University of Chicago.

Bears senior forward Scott Siebers, here working against a defender earlier this season, tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win over Case Western Reserve University Nov. 2 at Francis Field.
Bears senior forward Scott Siebers, here working against a defender earlier this season, tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win over Case Western Reserve University Nov. 2 at Francis Field.

The men also posted 43 points, putting them 26 ahead of runner-up Chicago. Grabow, a junior, was one of five Bears to place in the top 15, leading the pack in a time of 22:31. Senior Matt Hoelle, who was competing in his first event of the year, paced the men with his third-place finish in the 8K course. Hoelle, who missed much of the season due to mononucleosis, clocked a 25:35 — just five seconds shy of first. Coach Jeff Stiles and his staff was honored as the Coaching Staff of the Year for both the men and women.

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The football team is one step closer to clinching its third straight UAA championship after defeating the University of Rochester 16-14 Nov. 1 at Francis Field. Sophomore Brad Duesing posted two touchdown receptions to lead the Bears, continuing his ascent up the school career wide receiving charts. He is second in school history in career receptions (133), fourth in receiving yards (1,984) and ninth in scoring (124 points).

After junior Jeff Buening fumbled on the first play of the game for Washington U., Rochester capitalized with a 10-play, 34-yard drive when freshman Pat O’Brien scored from two yards out to make it 7-0. Neither team scored in the second quarter as the wet field conditions helped force three punts, an interception and one fumble. Matt Alley finished 11 of 17 for 131 yards and one touchdown. Senior Blake Westra tallied a game-high five receptions for 72 yards, while Kevin McCarthy totaled 56 yards on 16 rushes.

The No. 2 volleyball team won the WU Classic Nov. 1 at the Field House after defeating Webster University and Westminster College by the same 3-0 margin. With the wins, the Bears ran their winning streak to 18 matches and their overall record to 28-3. Junior outside hitter Colleen Winter moved into fifth place on the career digs list after recording seven against Westminster. Winter has 1,382 digs during her two-plus seasons at Washington U. Winter and senior Amy Brand were named to the All-Tournament Team for their strong performance throughout the weekend.

The men’s soccer team earned a weekend conference split against the University of Rochester and Case Western Reserve. The Bears shut out Case Western 3-0 Nov. 2 at Francis Field. Scott Siebers and James Ward — both of who were playing their last home game at Washington U. — provided the game-winning goal and assist on Senior Day. Despite outshooting Rochester 11-6, WUSTL fell 1-0 Oct. 31 at Francis Field.

The No. 16 women’s soccer team moved into sole possession of second place in the UAA with two key conference wins at home. On Oct. 31, sophomore Kelly Jung scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute as the Bears escaped with a 3-2 win over the University of Rochester. Two days later, the Bears im-proved to 12-2-3 with a 2-0 win over Case Western Reserve. Freshman Jenny Southworth gave the Bears the 1-0 lead in the 49th minute as she headed home her third goal of the year off of a corner kick my senior Kim Raess.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving team combined to win 17 of 26 events en route to a sweep of DePauw University Nov. 1 at Millstone Pool. On the women’s side, sophomore Tracey Hendrickson and junior Brianna Krull each won two events as the Bears won 165-78. Senior captain James Prescott and sophomore Eric Triebe also won a pair of events as the men posted a 135-101 win.

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