UCCS athletics semester in review: Outcomes

7 May 2019

Travis Boren

tboren@uccs.edu

[Editor’s note: Kiera Lowe is the new business manager for the Scribe.]

As a Division II school, athletics can often fall by the wayside at UCCS, but regardless of the amount of community attention, our athletes perform year round.

Some stars manage to stand out, including leading scorer for men’s basketball, junior Padient Wang.

Most teams have finished their seasons and post-season tournaments are underway for the rest. Highlights from the teams down below.

Baseball

The team’s overall record at the time of print is 27-18. The highest runs batted in (RBIs) for the year came from redshirt junior Jake Anderson with 48, followed by junior Richard Evans with 41. The team as a whole earned 330 RBIs. On the pitching side, redshirt senior Cam Aufderheide lead the team with a 0.63 earned run average (ERA), and the most putouts (PO) came from redshirt junior John Mallon.

Their most offensive game was against Cal Poly Pomona on Feb 2, where the team scored 20 runs, and their most defensive game was against Point Loma on Feb. 16 with 13 strikeouts.

Softball

Softball’s overall record at the time of print is 27-24.

Senior Melissa Martinek lead with RBIs at 46, and the team’s overall RBI was 307. Their senior pitcher, Taylor Reidhead had the lowest ERA at 4.32. On the defensive side, freshman Peyton Reisman had the highest number of PO at 247.

The team earned the most runs at 21 against Adams State on April 26, and had the most strikeouts with 9 against West Texas A&M on Feb. 11.

Men’s Basketball

The basketball team finished their season with an overall record of 17-12. Lead scorer was the previously mentioned player, Wang with 375 points, followed closely by redshirt junior Blend Avdili at 352 points. Wang leads in defensive rebounds as well with 139, but redshirt senior Ian MacDonald leads the team with 37 offensive rebounds.

In their highest scoring game, the Mountain Lions recorded 106 points against Colorado College on Nov. 26, 2018.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s team overall record finished at 13-15. Their point leader, junior Madi Gaibler, leads the team with 212 points followed by junior Chelsea Pearson at 204 points. Just like Wang, Gaibler also leads the team in defensive rebounds with 92, and graduate student Jae Ferrin’s 45 offensive rebounds are unmatched by the rest of the squad.

Their highest scoring game recorded the team 84 points against MSU Denver on Feb. 8.

Women’s Golf

Golf, being an individual tournament sport, does not feature an overall season record, but the team placed No. 2, No. 3, No. 5, No. 6, No. 8, No. 10,

No. 11, and No. 14 across nine tournaments that had happened at the time of print.

During their season so far, sophomore Julia Baroth had the lowest average score at 75.39 points. Her performance earned her the title of RMAC Golfer of the Year, announced on May 2.

Men’s Golf

The men’s team had less consistent placement ranging from No. 4 to No. 26, placing No. 4 in both of their most recent tournaments including the RMAC Men’s Golf Tournament at the time of print.

Senior Jack Guguid averaged 72.46 across the season, the lowest on the team.

Lacrosse

The lacrosse team record at the time of print was 6-8. Their leading goal scorer was sophomore Kiera Lowe with 36 goals, and the leading point total (goals plus assists) belonged to freshman Angela Naughton at 49 points.

Freshman goalkeeper Kennedy Travis had 92 saves and a 41.1 save percentage.

The team’s highest goals were 28 against Adams State on April 5.

Men’s Soccer

Men’s soccer had an overall seasonal record of 12-7, lead by top goal scorer junior Alex VonHolle at 14 goals and 37 points. Their top goalkeeper was junior Scott Jensen, who earned 68 saves at a 75.6 save percentage.

The team averaged 2 goals per game with 13.3 shots per game, and managed the end the season with 0 red cards called against them, while their opponents’ numbered 5 and a season total of 35 yellow cards.

Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer had an overall record of 16-5 with a 76 percent win rate, the highest of any team sport at UCCS. Their top scorer was senior Anna Greg, who earned 15 goals and 35 points. Graduate student Kaylyn Smith had 62 saves with a 76.5 save percentage.

The team averaged 2.82 goals per game and 19.1 shots per game, and earned a total of 15 yellow cards across the season and 1 red card.

Men’s Track and Field

The men wrapped up their season with a No. 3 team finish in the RMAC indoor championships in February and a No. 21 finish in the NCAA Championships in March.

The outdoor season has a similar story to tell, with the men coming from behind and claiming the No. 2 spot in the RMAC at the end of April. At press time, the team was ranked No. 41 in the NCAA by the USATFCCCA, having climbed 33 spots in the April 23 release before falling back one notch.

Deshon Elcock, a junior, earned two medals on the second day of the RMAC outdoor championships, including an individual victory in the 100m dash. His wins earned him the title of Athlete of the Meet.

Women’s Track and Field

This year has been a historic one for the women of UCCS track and field, claiming their first ever outdoor RMAC championship win on April2 8. The team accomplished this feat by scoring 161 team points, leading the second place Colorado School of Mines by 33.5 points.

This comes after the women took second in the RMAC indoor championships back in February, and finished ranked No. 8 in the NCAA indoor championship.

Sophomore Kayla Zink aided the Mountain Lions with a second place finish in the 100m dash and first in the 200m dash. Freshman Brittany Fuchs also contributed with fifth place finishes in both the 100m and 200m.

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