Sports updates Oct. 11

Football shocks Wabash College

The football team upset No. 19 and previously unbeaten Wabash College, 24-20, Oct. 9 at Francis Field.

Senior quarterback Stephen Sherman found junior wide receiver Easton Knott for a game-winning 18-yard touchdown. Sherman had a career day as he completed 18-of-28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

Freshman Drew Sexton had four catches for a career-high 81 yards, while senior running back Jim O’Brien ran for 73 yards on 18 carries. O’Brien surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for his career, and moved into fifth place on the WUSTL all-time list with 2,040 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Nick Hillard made a career-high 15 stops. WUSTL had a 363-361 advantage in total offense, as the Bears won their fourth-straight home game dating back to last season.

Junior punter Austin Morman had a tremendous day on special teams for the Bears, with five punts for an average of 45.6, including a career-long 59-yard boot in the second quarter.

WUSTL (3-2) begins the second half of its season at the College of Wooster Saturday, Oct. 16.

Men’s soccer off to best start since 1979

Senior midfielder Cody Costakis scored in overtime to lead the No. 12 men’s soccer team to its biggest victory of the year, a 1-0 win over University Athletic Association (UAA) rival No. 11 Carnegie Mellon University Oct. 10, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Still unbeaten in 2010 with a 9-0-3 record, WUSTL is off to its best start to a season since 1979, when the Red and Green began the year with a 12-0-2 mark en route to a 16-3-3 final record and a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship.

Costakis’ game-winning strike came fewer than four minutes into the first overtime period. He cleaned up a deflection from 10-yards out for the score, where junior Patrick McLean and sophomore Zachary Query received assists. Costakis is now tied for second on the team in goals scored with three and points with nine.

Earlier in the week, McLean converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute to lift the Bears to a 1-0 win at Westminster College Oct. 6. WUSTL (9-0-3, 2-0 UAA) returns to action for a crucial UAA road trip next week. The Bears face Case Western Reserve University Oct. 15, in Cleveland.

Volleyball wins Bears Classic, improves to 21-0

The top-ranked volleyball team preserved is unbeaten record by posting a 4-0 record to win the Washington University Bears Classic Oct. 8-9.

The Bears had three student-athletes named to the all-tournament team: freshman outside hitter Meghan Byrne, junior middle hitter Lauren Budde and sophomore outside hitter Drew Hargrave.

Hargrave posted a hitting percentage of .397 over four matches, tallying 38 kills for an average of 3.17 per set. Budde was just ahead of that pace, with a team-high 39 kills, an average of 3.25 per set, while hitting .318 with five aces, 35 digs and a team-best 13 total blocks, 1.08 per set. Byrne hit .342 with 32 kills, saving her best performance for the win over Webster in the tournament finale, where she finished with 13 kills and hit a blistering .550.

Washington University (21-0) will compete in the second University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin of the year this weekend on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. The Bears face third-ranked Emory University on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m. (ET), and Carnegie Mellon University at 2:30 p.m.

Women’s soccer improves to 6-5-1

The women’s soccer team posted victories at Webster University and Carnegie Mellon University to improve its overall record to 6-5-1.

Freshman Jessica Johnson scored the first two goals of her career in the 3-2 victory over Webster Oct. 7, including the-game winner at the 88:46 mark. Sophomore Lee Ann Felder also scored for the Bears. On Oct. 10, WUSTL broke open a 1-0 halftime lead with three goals in the second half en route to 4-0 win at Carnegie Mellon University.

WUSTL, which vaulted into second place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings at 1-0-1, continues its three-game conference road swing on Friday, Oct. 15, at Case Western Reserve University.

Cross country competes at Rose-Hulman

The women’s cross country team turned in a third-place performance while the men’s team finished fifth overall at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Gibson Family Invitational Oct. 9, in Terre Haute, Ind.

Bellarmine University finished first in the women’s 6K race in a field of 12 schools, while DePauw University placed first out of 13 squads in the men’s 8K run.

Freshman Alyssa Tutterow paced the WUSTL women’s unit on Saturday afternoon, turning in a time of 24:17.6 to finish 12th overall out of 112 competitors. On the men’s side, freshman Tarek Elhage turned in a time of 27:40.1 to finish in 22nd place, with 170 competitors comprising the men’s field.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Saturday, Oct. 16, for what is traditionally one of their most challenging regular season meets of the year, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis.

Swimming & Diving edged by SLU

Competing in their first dual meets of the 2010-11 season, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to NCAA Division I Saint Louis University Oct. 9 at the Millstone Pool in St. Louis, Mo.

Both contests were very close, with the SLU men edging out WUSTL 128-120, and the Billiken women’s team picking up a 127-117 victory.

Both squads captured first place in six of the 13 events and swept the top spot in four races. Senior David Chao highlighted action for the WUSTL men’s team, winning the 50-yard freestyle (21.72) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.10), and joining freshman Jason Wan, freshman Brian Carpenter and senior Michael Flanagan for the 400-medley relay victory (3:34.77).

The Washington University women’s team also picked up a first-place finish in the 400-medley relay, where junior Karina Stridh, freshman Chi Pham, sophomore Meghan Powers and freshman Allison Siegel turned in a time of 4:03.13, edging SLU’s top unit by 0.67 seconds. Pham added a second victory in the 100-yard freestyle, with a time of 54.35.

Both teams return to action Saturday, Oct. 30, when they face Centre College, DePauw University and Washington & Lee University in a quad meet in Louisville, Ky.

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