Sports update Oct. 31: Football wins conference opener

The football team opened conference play with a 14-7 win at Carnegie Mellon Oct. 28.

Senior wide receiver Easton Knott hauled in a 77-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Dan Burkett midway through the third quarter for the game-winning score. Knott’s reception from broke a 7-7 tie midway through the third quarter and propelled WUSTL to its third-straight victory. Junior running back Chris Castelluccio ran for a career-best 126 yards on 25 carries.

The Bears (5-3, 1-0 UAA) continue conference play at home at noon Saturday, Nov. 5, against Case Western Reserve University.

Cross country teams sweep UAA titles

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the team titles for the second straight year at the 2011 UAA Championships Oct. 29 in Chicago. The men’s team totaled 46 points and captured the UAA Championship for the second year in a row and sixth time in school history. The women’s team picked up its third-straight UAA title, and a conference-best 12th in school history.

Senior Michael Burnstein won the men’s individual championship for the second-straight year, becoming the second WUSTL male student athlete to win back-to-back titles, and just the fourth in school history to place first at the conference championship meet. Burnstein completed the 8K course in a time of 25:29.80. Senior Erica Jackey won the women’s individual championship after completing the 6K course in a time of 22:09, which is the sixth fastest time in UAA history. Jackey edged out Emily Wobb of Carnegie Mellon by eight seconds to capture the school’s 10th UAA individual title.

In addition, head coach Jeff Stiles and assistant coaches Lane Lohr, Jaime Kootz, Zach Griffen and John Laughlin swept UAA Coaching Staff of the Years honors on the men’s and women’s side.

Both teams have a week off before returning to action at the 2011 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championships Saturday, Nov. 13, in Rock Island, Ill.

Volleyball improves to 29-1

The No. 3 volleyball team improved its overall record to 29-1 with five sweeps last week, including the team championship at Washington University Halloween Classic, Oct. 28-29, at the WU Field House.

WUSTL defeated Webster University Oct. 26 in a dual match, before posting wins over Concordia University, No. 4 Eastern University, Hanover College and College of Mount St. Joseph.

Senior Tricia Brandt and sophomores Meghan Byrne and Kaia Schwartz were named to the All-Tournament Team. Senior Lauren Budde recorded a team-best 48 kills and hit .363 for the weekend, while Byrne had 41 kills and hit a team-best .412. Junior Marilee Fisher recorded 143 assists (11.92/set) in the four tournament wins and directed the offense, which hit .352 as a team. Junior Kelly Pang led the defensive effort with a tournament-best 70 digs (5.83/set).

WUSTL (29-1) returns to action Nov. 4 and 5 at the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship at New York University. The Bears open up play at noon (ET) Friday, Nov. 4 in the first round against Carnegie Mellon University.

Women’s soccer wins two at home

The No. 17 women’s soccer team moved into a second-place tie in the UAA standing with a pair of home victories last weekend.

Freshman Lillie Toaspern recorded a hat trick in a 5-1 over the University of Rochester Oct, 28, and then scored the game-winner in the 26th minute in a 1-0 win over No. 18 Case Western Reserve University Oct. 30.

Prior to Sunday’s contest, WUSTL honored its eight senior members of the women’s soccer team who played their final regular season game at Francis Field: Emma Brown, Natalie Callaghan, Lee Ann Felder, Mari Greenberg, Rachel Haas, Alyssa Marulli, Ashley Nault and Michelle Peterson. The Bears (14-4) play their final regular season contest Saturday, Nov. 5, at No. 23 University of Chicago.

Men’s soccer drops two at home

The No. 7 men’s soccer team dropped its overall record 13-3 with a pair of losses to the University of Rochester (2-0) Oct. 28, and Case Western Reserve University (2-1, OT) Oct. 30.

Prior to Sunday’s contest, WUSTL honored its six senior members of the men’s soccer team who played their final regular season game at Francis Field: Michael Chamberlin, Zach Hendrickson, Peter Jebson, Patrick McClean, Kevin Privalle and Dylan Roman. The team plays its final regular season contest Saturday, Nov. 5, at the University of Chicago.

Swimming and diving splits meet with DePauw

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted DePauw University Oct. 28 at Millstone Pool, and the women’s team came away with a 168-126 victory while the men lost 173-120.

Sophomore Chi Pham won two events in leading the women’s side to 11 event victories. Pham finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.98) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.94). The WUSTL men were led by sophomore Jason Wan and senior Mike Rao, who each captured two event wins. Wan finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (54.88) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.34), and Rao earned titles in the one and three meter diving events.

The team will travel to Chicago Saturday, Nov. 5, for a meet with University Athletic Association-rival University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Women’s golf achieves highest ranking in school history

The women’s golf team is ranked No. 2 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division III Top 25 Poll.

The No. 2 ranking is the highest in school history. Fourth-year head coach Sean Curtis also has guided WUSTL to a No. 2 ranking by Golfstat, with an average team score of 307.60.

The Bears claimed team titles at the NCAA Preview Tournament, IWU Fall Classic, Millikin Fall Classic and the Pat Clouse Invitational.

WUSTL fired a school record 291 on day one of the Millikin Fall Classic on Sept. 24. Freshman Olivia Lugar leads a group of five golfers that average an 80 or lower per 18 holes. Lugar has won four of five tournaments in her rookie campaign, and ranks No. 1 in Division III with a 74.00 scoring average.

Women’s basketball No. 7 in preseason poll

The 2011 national runner-up women’s basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the 2011-12 Preseason Top 25 Poll.

Head coach Nancy Fahey returns two starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s team that posted a 25-6 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Division III national championship game for the third straight season and the ninth time in school history.

WUSTL opens its 2011-12 season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Fontbonne University.