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Nicole Burlinson Reflects on Earning All-American Honor

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By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows

Ursuline College cross country/track and field coach Ralph White can be a very convincing person. On a recent trip to the NCAA Indoor National Championships with sophomore Nicole Burlinson, White talked a cleaning lady at a hotel into allowing Burlinson to use the pool so she could get loose between her running workouts.

Burlinson, White and assistant coach Maddy Outman were in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in mid-March because from the moment Burlinson stepped foot on campus in August of 2012, White convinced her she could become an All-American.

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Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson named Division II All-American

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By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows

Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson (Darlington, Great Britain) ran a school record time of 2:10.67 in the 800 meter finals at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday (March 15) evening, good for a fifth place finish. By virtue of scoring four team points, she earned NCAA Division II All-American honors.

There are nearly 1,500 student-athletes who compete in the 800 meter run during the course of the year and only 17 qualified for this weekend’s National Championships. To see the results from the 800 meter final, click here.

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Lacrosse team wins debut at Wilmington College, 21-2

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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.

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Ursuline trio honored by the Great Midwest Athletic Conference

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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.

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Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson Named G-MAC Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for Third Time

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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.

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Freshman Erica Huber Wins Conference Award for Second Time This Season

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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.

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Ursuline Wins Conference Award of Excellence from NCAA

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

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Emma Ricketts Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week for Second Time

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.

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