Sports update Oct. 15: Women’s soccer wins pair of conference games at home

The No. 5 women’s soccer team improved its overall record to 11-1-1 with a pair of home victories over New York University Oct. 12 and No. 20 Brandeis University Oct. 14. The Bears have a 3-0-1 mark in the University Athletic Association (UAA), and sit in a tie for first place with No. 1 Emory University with three games remaining.

In the 2-1 victory over NYU Friday, sophomores Lillie Toaspern and Anna Zambricki scored in the second half to break a scoreless tie. Junior Lauren Steimle scored the game-winner against Brandeis Sunday in the 71st minute on an assist from senior Allie Betley.

Senior Emily Gosché scored the first goal for WUSTL against Brandeis. WUSTL closes out non-conference play with a pair of home games against Principia College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Millikin University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Volleyball wins three of four matches at second UAA Round Robin
The No. 1 volleyball team finished the regular-season University Athletic Association (UAA) schedule by posting a 3-1 record at the second UAA Round Robin Saturday and Sunday in Pittsburgh.

The Bears suffered a disappointing five-set loss to No. 12 University of Chicago (22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 26-28, 12-15) in the opening match of the weekend, before bouncing back with sweeps of New York University (25-20, 25-12, 25-14) and Carnegie Mellon University (25-14, 25-18, 25-20) and a five-set win over No. 6 Emory University (28-26, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 15-12).

During the Chicago match, senior libero Kelly Pang recorded 47 digs, breaking her own single-match school record of 36 set against Emory on Oct. 14, 2011.

WUSTL finished in a three-way tie for first with Emory and Chicago in the UAA standings, all posting 6-1 records in conference play. Emory earned the No. 1 seed in the UAA Championship tournament with the tiebreaker, while WUSTL will be No. 2 and Chicago will be No. 3. The UAA Championship is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, in Atlanta.

WUSTL (24-2, 6-1 UAA) has this week off before hosting its final three matches of the regular season during the Halloween Invitational Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at the WUSTL Field House.

The Bears are scheduled to play Alverno College at 3 p.m. and No. 21 Juniata College at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, before finishing their home schedule with a 3:30 p.m. match against St. Ambrose University Oct. 27.

Prior to the match against Juniata, WUSTL will recognize its four seniors for senior night – Pang, defensive specialist Meg Buker, setter Marilee Fisher and outside hitter Drew Hargrave.

Men’s soccer tops No. 20 New York, falls to No. 9 Brandeis
The men’s soccer team split a pair of weekend matches against a pair of ranked opponents.

Sophomore Chris Haeberle scored off an assist from junior Jeremy Kirkwood in the 80th minute to propel WUSTL to a 1-0 win over No. 20 New York University in UAA action Friday night.

On Sunday, the Bears were unable to rally from a 2-0 deficit against No. 9 Brandeis University as they dropped to 7-4-1 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

Kirkwood scored his second goal of the season on a header off a free kick from sophomore Nik Patel to make the score 2-1, but the Bears were unable to score the equalizer as they lost to Brandeis, 2-1.

WUSTL closes out its four-match homestand with a non-conference contest against Principia College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Francis Field.

Cross country races well at UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational
The men’s cross country team raced to a fourth-place finish out of 38 teams, and the women finished sixth in the 37-team field at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Saturday.

Junior Kevin Sparks led five WUSTL men’s runners placing in the top 50 in the field of 506 with a ninth-place finish. Sophomore Lucy Cheadle was the top finisher for the WUSTL women, placing third out of 500 runners.

On the men’s side, sophomore Drew Padgett (16th), senior David Hamm (26th), and sophomores Ryan Senci (38th) and Garrett Patrick (43rd) joined Sparks in the top 50.

In addition to Cheadle, freshman Ellen Toennies (41st), junior Lizzy Handschy (56th), freshman Bri Tiffany (60th) and sophomore Beatrice Gantzer (70th) were the top-five finishers for the WUSTL women.

The cross country teams have the week off before returning to action at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Rochester, N.Y. Washington University swept the men’s and women’s team titles at the 2011 UAA Championships.

Football falls at home to No. 15 Wabash 34-14
The football team could not overcome a 20-point second-quarter deficit as the Bears suffered a 34-14 loss to No. 15 Wabash College Oct. 13 at Francis Field.

WUSTL drops its second-straight game and falls to 1-5, while Wabash wins its third-straight contest to improve to 5-1. WUSTL trailed 20-0 with 3:03 left in the second quarter before scoring 14 straight points to cut the lead to 20-14 with 3:03 left in the third.

Wabash answered back with a 12-play, 78-yard drive as Tyler Holmes scored from three yards out to make it 27-14. CP Porter added a four-yard TD run with 3:28 left in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring for Wabash.

WUSTL’s defense allowed a season-high 479 yards (134 passing, 345 rushing) of total offense in the loss. Wabash had a 479-232 advantage in total offense, and limited WUSTL to 84 yards rushing.

Junior quarterback Eric Daginella finished the day 15-of-28 for 148 yards and one touchdown in his second career start. Senior running back Chris Castelluccio led the ground attack with 78 yards on 22 carries. Senior punter Eric Chalifour had a career day for WUSTL on special teams, with nine punts for a 43.8 average, including a career-long 65-yard punt in the third quarter.

Freshman linebacker Jonathan Way (six solo tackles), junior defensive lineman Jeff Stoecker (six tackles) and junior defensive back Tate Byers (six tackles, fumble return) highlighted the defense effort for WUSTL. Junior Seth Wight added five solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in the loss.

WUSTL returns to action at Denison University Saturday, Oct. 20. Game time is set for 1 p.m. (ET) in Granville, Ohio. Head coach Larry Kindbom will celebrate his 60th birthday Saturday against Denison.

Adam Putterman finishes fifth at USTA/ITA National Championship
Senior Adam Putterman posted a 2-1 record in singles to finish fifth at the 2012 USTA/ITA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship held Oct. 11-13 in Mobile, Ala.

Putterman, the No. 1 seed in the eight-man draw, rebounded from an opening round loss Thursday to post a pair of straight-set victories in the back draw. He lost just five games in the final two matches.

Putterman defeated Neal Kotrappa of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 6-1, 6-0 in the fifth-place match Saturday. He is 11-1 this season in singles and 77-25 for his four-year career, sixth-most singles wins in school history.