By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows
The Ursuline College lacrosse program won its debut on Sunday (March 9) afternoon, defeating host Wilmington College by a score of 21-2.
The Quakers slipped to 0-3 on the young year after losses to Beloit (21-7) and Alma (21-3) earlier this week.
Freshman Natalie Pachinger led the Arrows with six goals and an assist while her classmate Anika Aberegg added four goals and a helper.
By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows
Three members of the Ursuline College basketball program were honored by the Great Midwest Athletic Conference on Tuesday (March 4) afternoon. Point guard Erica Huber was named the conference’s ‘Freshman of the Year,’ while junior forward Emma Ricketts and freshman wing Tajanee Wells were each named second team all-conference.
Huber also earned honorable mention status after a vote of the conference’s nine head coaches.
Kentucky Wesleyan senior guard Karly Rhoads took home the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Player of the Year’ Award and Gary Van Atta, the head coach of regular season champion Trevecca Nazarene University, earned the ‘Coach of the Year’ honor.
Ursuline College Athletic Director Cindy McKnight has been chosen to serve as a mentor in the 2014-15 NCAA & Division II Athletics Directors Association Mentor Program for Women & Minorities.
In July of 2011, Division II took the initiative to prepare women and minorities for future director of athletics positions by sponsoring a mentorship program. Partnering with the Division II Athletics Directors Association, this mentoring program matches promising women and minority administrators who hope to become athletics directors with proven athletics directors.
Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season, the conference office announced Tuesday (Feb. 11) afternoon.
Burlinson received the honor for her performance at the Division II Challenge Meet, hosted by the SPIRE Institute on Saturday (Feb. 8).
She beat the other 26 participants in the mile with a school record time of 5:07.50. She was previously the record holder with her 5:09.31 at Youngstown State two weeks ago. Saturday’s time was just 2.5 seconds shy of the NCAA Division II provisional qualification standard.
Ursuline College sophomore Bea Indurain has been named the Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday (Feb. 4) morning. She is the second different Arrow to win the award this year after classmate Nicole Burlinson received the honor twice (Dec. 10, 2013 and Jan. 21, 2014).
Indurain was recognized for her performance at the Midwest Open, hosted Saturday (Feb. 1) at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
In the 60 meter hurdles prelims, she took eighth of 43 participants to qualify for the finals with her time of 9.23. In the finals, her 9.21 was good for seventh.
Ursuline College freshman point guard Erica Huber has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday (Jan. 20) afternoon.
Huber was the first recipient of the weekly conference award on Nov. 11, 2013. The award has been distributed 10 times this season and an Ursuline student-athlete has been elected five times. Junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ three times and Huber twice with no other player in the conference winning the award more than once.
Ursuline College was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Division II Award of Excellence winner for its work with the A.R.R.O.W.S. (Academic Readiness Requires Outstanding Work and Support) Mentoring Program, the NCAA announced.
The A.R.R.O.W.S. Mentoring Program intends to provide Ursuline College students, many of whom are student-athletes, an opportunity to mentor Warrensville Heights High School students while offering them support through the completion of high school and encouragement to pursue postsecondary education. It is the aim of the program to engage both students at Ursuline and Warrensville Heights High School in a partnership that promotes academic success and fosters ambition for further education.
From the spring semester of their freshman year to the completion of their senior year, each high school student participates in one goal setting workshop per year facilitated by the A.R.R.O.W.S. coordinator and student mentors. During each goal setting workshop, students explore career interests, college readiness and study skills.
Ursuline College believes these workshops serve as important resources for the students at Warrensville Heights High School as it provides them with foundational knowledge and sets forth expectations of what a student can expect in college and in their chosen career. The program works to ensure that the students at Warrensville Heights High School are provided with the tools and resources so as to be proficient academic achievers.
The top three finalists for the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence and overall winner will be announced during the business session at the 2014 NCAA Convention.
Division II 2013 Award of Excellence Conference Winners
CACC – Concordia College
CCAA – University of California, San Diego
CIAA – Virginia Union University
ECC – Dowling College
GAC – Arkansas Tech University
GLIAC – Michigan Technological University
G-MAC – Ursuline College
GNAC – University of Mary
GSC – Christian Brothers University
Heartland – Texas A & M International University
Independents – Palm Beach Atlantic University
LSC – Lone Star Conference
MEC – Notre Dame College
MIAA – Lindenwood University
NE-10 – Adelphi University
NSIC – Northern State University
PBC – University of Montevallo
PSAC – Kutztown University
PWC – Chaminade University of Honolulu
RMAC – Adams State University
SAC – Wingate University
SIAC – Benedict College
SSC – Lynn University
Ursuline College junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday (Dec. 16) afternoon.
Ricketts also won the award on Dec. 2 and freshman point guard Erica Huber took home the honor on Nov. 11. Prior to this season, 2013 graduate Laura Campbell was the only Ursuline women’s basketball player to receive the award.
The Arrows lost their only game last week, coming up short to Davis & Elkins College, 76-72, on Saturday (Dec. 14) afternoon but Ricketts scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down a career-high 13 boards.
Her third 20-point effort of the season improved her scoring average to 15.6 points per game and lifted her to the top of the list in the conference. She also moved into the top-20 in rebounding as her 5.3 rebounds per game rank her 17th in the G-MAC.
Ricketts also finds herself slotted third in the conference in shooting (57.3 percent) and 13th in steals (1.5 per game).
Since entering the starting lineup five games ago, Ricketts is averaging team-highs of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Ricketts and the rest of the Arrows will take a break from conference play when they host Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) on Tuesday (Dec. 17) at 6:00 p.m. at John Carroll University’s Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center.
Max Radigan will call the action live on the Ursuline College Sports Network and the Pizzazz on the Circle Live Stats will be offered free of charge.
Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson has been named the first-ever Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday (Dec. 10) morning.
She was the only Arrow to compete at Friday (Dec. 6) night’s Youngstown State University Icebreaker Meet and she shattered school records in both of her events, the 1,000 meter run and the mile.
Burlinson ran a 3:03.98 in the 1,000 to top the school record of 3:13.81 that was set by Jennette Goans in 2009. The only runner to beat Burlinson was UC assistant coach Maddy Outman (3:01.68) who was running unattached. The next closest student-athlete finished in 3:18.78.
In the mile, Burlinson ran a 5:15.59 to win the race and break her own school record, a 5:29.75 that was achieved at the same meet last year. The second finisher, Janine Powis of Slippery Rock University, finished in 5:20.29.
She now holds the indoor school records in the 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1,000 and the mile.
As they have done in the past, the Ursuline College basketball team put on a hoops clinic for people with disabilities, an experience that was beneficial to all who were involved.
The Mayfield Community Adaptive Recreation Program brought a group with disabilities (ranging from teenagers to guys in their 40s) to Orange High School on Sunday (Dec. 8). The group did warm-up drills and played a half with the Arrows before concluding the day with shooting contests.
At the end of the day, the group also presented Ursuline with donations to help with the re-building of a new gymnasium after a July 20th tornado destroyed the Matthew J. O’Brien Athletic Center, the site of the clinics in previous years.
“In 2004, we had two programs for people with disabilities,” said Bill Thomas, Mayfield Village’s Recreation Director. “Now we have over 60 programs each year, and one of the most popular things we do is take our group to basketball clinics with teams from John Carroll University, Notre Dame College and Ursuline College.”
“I think it was good for our team to be reminded how much fun it is to play basketball,” head coach Shannon Sword said. “A lot of times we might get caught up in wins and losses, but our coaches and student-athletes are here because they truly love the game. To see the smiles that we were able to bring to those faces through a game we love made it a very rewarding day for our girls.”
Ursuline is the only women’s team to get involved with the organization as the men’s teams from John Carroll and Notre Dame conduct clinics each year.
“We have a wonderful relationship with all the schools,” Thomas said. “We couldn’t do it without the local colleges and universities. The guys in the program really look forward to these clinics and they have so much fun.”
Click here to see a photo gallery from the clinic.