Sports update Nov. 14: Women’s soccer advances in NCAA tournament

Freshmen Lillie Toaspern and Anna Zambricki each scored a goal to lead the No. 12 women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship Nov. 13.

WUSTL tied a school record with its 17th win of the season and takes on the College of St. Benedict in the sectional semifinal Friday, Nov. 18, at a site to be determined.

Junior Clara Jaques made two saves and picked up her 43rd-career victory. Jaques and the Bears defense have recorded four-straight shutouts and have not allowed a goal in 448 minutes played, a span of nearly five games. In a 2-0 win over Thomas More College Nov. 12, sophomore Lauren Steimle and Toaspern found the back of the net for the Bears.

Cross country teams earn trip to NCAA championship meet

The No. 2 women’s cross country team won the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, while the No. 3 men’s team finished as the runner-up Nov. 12.

By finishing in the top two in the regionals, both teams earned automatic bids to the 2011 NCAA Championships Saturday, Nov. 19, in Winneconne, Wis.

All seven runners for the WUSTL women finished in the top 19 to earn all-region honors. Seniors Erica Jackey and Elizabeth Phillips finished second and third in the women’s race, and were two of WUSTL’s five top-10 finishers. Senior Michael Burnstein and junior David Hamm finished second and 10th, respectively, to earn All-Region honors for the men.

Football defeats U. of Chicago; wins Founders Cup

The football team piled up a season-high 490 yards of total offense in the a 38-20 victory over the University of Chicago in the season finale for both teams Nov. 12.

With the win, WUSTL regained possession of the Founders Cup, which commemorates the first football game played between two University Athletic Association (UAA) schools. WUSTL and the University of Chicago were meeting for the 30th time in school history, with the Bears holding a 19-11 edge. WUSTL also leads the all-time series in the Founders Cup, 18-7.

Junior quarterback Dan Burkett threw for a career-high 316 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-31 passing, while his favorite target was senior Easton Knott, who hauled in five catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Knott closes out his career with 63 catches for 1,023 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Junior Chris Castelluccio was the other bright spot on offense for the Bears, rushing for a career-best 137 yards on 23 carries. Senior linebackers Nick Hillard and Ed Ferguson led the defensive unit with 10 tackles apiece. Ferguson added 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and pass break-up.

Prior to the contest, the team honored its 25 seniors who played their final game at Francis Field. The Class of 2012 recorded an overall record of 22-18 (.550), including a 7-3 mark in 2010.

Volleyball upset in regional final

After leading 2-0, the No. 2 volleyball team lost three straight sets to No. 9 Carthage College as the Bears ended their season with their only home loss in 2011.

Senior Lauren Budde and junior Marilee Fisher were named to the regional all-tournament team. Budde tallied 38 kills in the three regional matches and her match-high 18 kills in the championship match moved her past Katie Quinn on WUSTL’s all-time career kills list with 1,312. Budde also had 31 digs on the weekend to finish with 1,153 in her career. Fisher recorded 136 assists for the Bears at the regional, including a season-best 58 in the loss to Carthage.

The Bears advanced to the regional title match for the 25th straight year before ending their season with a 34-2 record.

Even with the loss, WUSTL will host host of the 2011 NCAA Division III Volleyball championship Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, at the WU Field House. California Lutheran University, Carthage College, Christopher Newport University, Eastern University, University of St. Thomas, Springfield College, State University of New York College at Cortland and Wittenberg University have all advanced to the finals.

Men’s soccer loses in second round

The No. 15 men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 1-0 loss at No. 5 Ohio Wesleyan University in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III championship Nov. 13.

The Bears earned a 2-1 win over University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the opening round Nov 10. Sophomore Jeremy Kirkwood gave WUSTL a 1-0 lead early in the second half. After the Warhawks evened the score, senior Peter Jebson notched his second goal of the season to push the Bears into the second round.

The team finished its season with a 15-4-1 overall record.

Men’s and women’s tennis ranked in national poll

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will begin the 2011 season ranked in the top 15 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Top-30 polls.

The men’s team checks in at No. 3, while the women are ranked No. 14.

Junior Adam Putterman opens the spring season ranked No. 3 nationally in singles after placing second at the USTA/ITA Division III Championship Oct. 15.

The men’s team opens the 2012 season against Division II McKendree University Feb. 3, 2012, in Belleville, Ill. The women begin their season at the ITA National Indoor Championship March 2-4, 2012, in Greencastle, Ind.