Young and Restless

UU Softball set a school record for wins in 2014. There are no seniors on the squad this spring, but the MEC Freshman of the Year has a young & talented squad hoping to take the program to new heights in 2015.

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Climbing the Mountain

Behind 2014 Preseason All-Region senior OF Matt Paculan and senior ace Nick Bozman, the UU baseball team is out to improve upon its 4th place showing in the MEC last spring.

2015 Baseball Schedule

MEC Bound

Senior Hannah Walters & the Blue Knights want to make waves in the inaugural season of Mountain East Conference women's lacrosse. Click on the 2015 schedule link and come out to a game to cheer on UU.

2015 Women's Lacrosse Schedule

#UUMGOLF

Watch for falling records on the golf course this spring as senior Adam Mitchley and a host of talented freshmen compete in the tough Mountain East Conference.

Men's Golf Spring Schedule

#UUWGOLF

UU women's golf trio Lindsey Phillips, Kasey Caudill & Courtney Tierney already own 7 of the best 10 rounds in school history. This spring, Phillips & Caudill hope to cap their careers with some titles.

2015 Schedule/Results
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Student-Athletes Shine at Urbana U

On behalf of the entire Urbana University family, I would like to welcome you to our website and the home of Blue Knight athletics. Urbana University is proud to sponsor 15 athletic programs in one of the most beautiful geographic locations in the nation.

Although athletics is an integral part of our campus environment, it is the pride that we take in the development of the total person that we find most rewarding. Read More

Swimmers Helander & Schwartz Earn SAAC Scholar Athletes of February

Urbana University swimmers Kim Helander (Tyreso, Sweden/Tyreso Gymnasium) and Jennifer Schwartz (Strangnas, Sweden/JB Gymnasiet) have been named the February Scholar Athletes of the Month by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. It's the second straight month 2 Blue Knight swimmers have won the award.

Scholar Athletes of the Month will be awarded from September to May by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committee includes at least one leader from each intercollegiate sports team on campus. It serves as a bridge between Urbana University's student-athletes and the NCAA. The Scholar Athletes of the Month are selected and voted on by each member of the SAAC. In order to qualify to be nominated for the award, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in the classroom. Nominees also must have made the Dean’s List in the previous semester with a minimum GPA of 3.60 for the semester. Winners must be in-season, and they must have made a significant athletic contribution during the month of their selection. Read More

 

Weekend Baseball Series Moved to Sunday-Monday

Mar. 4th, 2015

Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on the spring baseball schedule at Urbana University. After losing the first 7 contests to snow, this weekend's Mountain East Conference showdown at Concord University has been pushed back one day to allow more time for Concord's field to dry out from more snow and rain. The Blue Knights and Mountain Lions will now attempt to start the 4-game set on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. A doubleheader will be played Sunday and Monday, also at 1:00 p.m.

Another round of storms is pushing through the region on Wednesday and Thursday, so check back regular for any more updates, which will be posted here, as well as on the @UUSports Twitter page. Read More

Weekend Weather Forces Cancellation of Baseball Series vs. GSC [UPDATE]

Feb. 26th, 2015

The Urbana University baseball team was supposed to open Mountain East Conference play with a 4-game series this weekend at Glenville State College. Prolonged inclement weather has left Glenville State's home field unplayable for this weekend. The teams explored other neutral site options for the series, but another southern snow storm and below freezing temperatures have forced the cancellation of the second straight weekend of Blue Knight baseball. In all, Urbana has lost its first 7 games of the 2015 schedule to snow. The Blue Knights' next scheduled contest is the following weekend (Mar. 7-8) at MEC foe Concord University. If the weather stays cold and snowy, check back here or follow the Blue Knights on Twitter @UUSports for the most up-to-date information. Read More

Weekend Baseball vs. Marian Snowed Out

Feb. 18th, 2015

Urbana University's season-opening baseball series with Marian University has been canceled due to inclement weather. The 3-game series was supposed to be played at a neutral site in Louisville, Kentucky, but the recent snow storm that hit the region has forced the cancellation of the entire series. There is no make-up date for the series. Next, Urbana hopes the weather clears enough for the Blue Knights to begin Mountain East Conference play next weekend (Feb. 28 & Mar. 1) at Glenville State College. Read More

Swimmers Helander & Schwartz Earn SAAC Scholar Athletes of February

Mar. 4th, 2015

Urbana University swimmers Kim Helander (Tyreso, Sweden/Tyreso Gymnasium) and Jennifer Schwartz (Strangnas, Sweden/JB Gymnasiet) have been named the February Scholar Athletes of the Month by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. It's the second straight month 2 Blue Knight swimmers have won the award.

Scholar Athletes of the Month will be awarded from September to May by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committee includes at least one leader from each intercollegiate sports team on campus. It serves as a bridge between Urbana University's student-athletes and the NCAA. The Scholar Athletes of the Month are selected and voted on by each member of the SAAC. In order to qualify to be nominated for the award, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in the classroom. Nominees also must have made the Dean’s List in the previous semester with a minimum GPA of 3.60 for the semester. Winners must be in-season, and they must have made a significant athletic contribution during the month of their selection. Read More

Helander's 4-Peat Highlights Swim Team's Showing at ASC Championships

Feb. 14th, 2015

The Urbana University swim teams put the finishing touches on the 2014-15 season at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christiansburg, Virginia this weekend. The Blue Knight men landed in 7th place out of 14 squads, while the women finished 5th of 15. The women’s 5th place showing is a program best. The squad has now improved their standing in the ASC in each of the last six seasons. The highlight of the meet was Blue Knight Kim Helander’s fourth career ASC title in the men’s 100 fly. The senior became the first swimmer in UU history to finish a four-time conference champ in an event.

The Blue Knight women broke also managed to break five school records, only to be topped by the men’s six new school records. Read More

Espinoza, Helander & Stover Help UU to Senior Day Win

Jan. 31st, 2015

he Urbana University men’s and women’s swim teams hosted their final home swim meet of the season on Saturday afternoon. The men’s team pulled out a 145-82 victory against visiting Asbury University, but the Blue Knight women suffered a 119-92 defeat against the Eagles.

The Blue Knight men won 13 of 14 races on Senior Day for trio Kim Helander, Matt Stover and Alex Espinoza. Stover started off his victories with a win in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 53.37. He also took first in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.99. His final individual victory came in the 200 yard IM with a time of 1:59.24. He also led off the winning 200 medley relay team. Read More

Swimmers Helander & Schwartz Earn SAAC Scholar Athletes of February

Mar. 4th, 2015

Urbana University swimmers Kim Helander (Tyreso, Sweden/Tyreso Gymnasium) and Jennifer Schwartz (Strangnas, Sweden/JB Gymnasiet) have been named the February Scholar Athletes of the Month by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. It's the second straight month 2 Blue Knight swimmers have won the award.

Scholar Athletes of the Month will be awarded from September to May by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committee includes at least one leader from each intercollegiate sports team on campus. It serves as a bridge between Urbana University's student-athletes and the NCAA. The Scholar Athletes of the Month are selected and voted on by each member of the SAAC. In order to qualify to be nominated for the award, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in the classroom. Nominees also must have made the Dean’s List in the previous semester with a minimum GPA of 3.60 for the semester. Winners must be in-season, and they must have made a significant athletic contribution during the month of their selection. Read More

Men's Swim Team Posts 2nd Best GPA in D2

Feb. 24th, 2015

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2014 Fall CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams. The CSCAA Scholar All-America program is supported by Nike Swim. The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

After two straight semesters with the top GPA in the country in NCAA Division II, the Urbana University men's swim team finished second behind Catawba College in the fall of 2014. Last fall semester, the Urbana men led the entire country, male or female in all divisions, with a 3.82 team GPA. The Blue Knights posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.44 this fall. Urbana's women remained in the top 30 of D2's national rankings after posting a pair of top 10 finishes a year ago. Last fall, the Blue Knight women climbed as high as 6th in D2 with a 3.53 team GPA. This fall, Urbana finished 30th in the division with a solid GPA of 3.25. Read More

Women's Swim Team Polishes Off Best Season in Program History

Feb. 14th, 2015

The Urbana University swim teams put the finishing touches on the 2014-15 season at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christiansburg, Virginia this weekend. The Blue Knight men landed in 7th place out of 14 squads, while the women finished 5th of 15. The women’s 5th place showing is a program best. The squad has now improved their standing in the ASC in each of the last six seasons. The highlight of the meet was Blue Knight Kim Helander’s fourth career ASC title in the men’s 100 fly. The senior became the first swimmer in UU history to finish a four-time conference champ in an event.

The Blue Knight women broke also managed to break five school records, only to be topped by the men’s six new school records. Read More

Csuhran's Career Night Not Enough to Stave Off Elimination

Mar. 3th, 2015

The sixth-seeded Cardinals from Wheeling Jesuit University led wire-to-wire on their home court, eliminating the eleventh-seeded Urbana University men’s basketball team in the first round of the Mountain East Conference tournament on Tuesday night. The Cardinals held off the Blue Knights 100-84, despite UU freshman Matt Csuhran’s career-high 31 points, to advance to the conference quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center on Friday.

Csuhran caught fire and scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with an equally hot Cardinal offense. Csuhran hit on 9 of 16 shots, including 5 of 8 from downtown and 8 of 9 at the foul line. He also tied for the team-lead with 4 rebounds. Read More

Falcons Finish Off UU in OT in Regular Season Finale

Feb. 28th, 2015

On Senior Day in South Euclid, the Notre Dame College men’s basketball team fought off a feisty Urbana University squad 109-98 in overtime. The Falcons forced the extra frame with a buzzer beating three at the end of regulation. Riding the wave of momentum, NDC outscored Urbana 17-6 in OT to secure a winning season on the final day. The Falcons finish the regular season 15-13, earning the #7 seed in next week’s Mountain East Conference tournament. Urbana settles into the #11 seed after a 6-22 campaign.

NDC dominated the extra frame. After a Busby dunk on Urbana’s opening possession, the Falcons scored the next 11 points to run away with the victory. Busby led all scorers in the loss, finishing with a career-high 31 points on 11 of 20 shooting. Busby also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Read More

Yellow Jackets Sting Late, Steal Win from UU

Feb. 24th, 2015

The Urbana University men’s basketball team controlled three-quarters of their contest at West Virginia State University on Tuesday night, but the Yellow Jackets stormed back to steal an 85-76 win from the Blue Knights on WVSU’s Senior Night in the Walker Convocation Center.

Urbana led by as many as 13 in the first half and carried a 48-37 advantage into the break. The Yellow Jackets spent most of the second half closing the gap. The home team finally grabbed its first lead of the night on a lay-up with 7:26 remaining and never looked back. The Yellow Jackets ended the game on a 22-10 run. West Virginia State wore down the Blue Knights. The Yellow Jacket bench outscored Urbana’s bench 29-5. All five Urbana starters reached double figures in the loss, led by freshman Isaiah Phillips’ first career double-double. Phillips recorded a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Read More

Women's Basketball Eliminated at FSU

Mar. 3th, 2015

The twelfth-seeded Blue Knight women’s basketball team couldn’t pull off an opening round upset over fifth-seeded Fairmont State University on Tuesday night in the first round of the Mountain East Conference tournament. Playing in FSU’s Joe Retton Arena, Urbana University faltered down the stretch of a season-ending 110-80 defeat. The Falcons advance to the MEC quarterfinals on Thursday, where they’ll meet fourth-seeded Wheeling Jesuit University.

FSU’s Hailey Garrett led all players with 30 points and 12 rebounds. The Blue Knights were led by junior guard Kennedy Boggs, who made 7 of 10 shots from the field to reach 20 points for the fifth time in the last nine games. Boggs also had a game-high 6 assists. Read More

Boggs Brings Home All-Conference Honors

Mar. 2nd, 2015

Notre Dame College's Martha Nagbe is the 2015 Mountain East Conference Player of the Year, West Virginia Wesleyan's Mari Stewart is the Freshman of the Year, and Shepherd's Jenna Eckleberry is the league's Coach of the Year.

Urbana University's lone representative on the All-Conference squad was junior guard Kennedy Boggs (Delphos, Ohio/Delphos Jefferson HS). Boggs earned Honorable Mention All-MEC after averaging 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block per game. She finished in the top 12 in the MEC in all of those statistical categories besides rebounding and scoring. She ranked 17th in scoring. Her assist to turnover ratio was sixth best in the MEC. Over the final 10 games of the season, Boggs stepped her scoring average up to nearly 18 points per game. Read More

UU Upended in Regular Season Finale at NDC

Feb. 28th, 2015

Saturday afternoon’s regular season finale followed a pattern familiar to the Urbana University women’s basketball team. The Blue Knights raced out to an early lead before fading away late in an 88-77 loss on the road at Notre Dame College. The loss was Urbana’s 21st straight to end their regular season. Notre Dame’s win clinched the six seed for the Falcons (17-11, 13-9 MEC) in next week’s Mountain East Conference Tournament.

The Blue Knights were led by junior guard Kennedy Boggs. Boggs had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Read More

Former Banker Begins 2nd Career as Lacrosse Coach

Feb. 26th, 2015

Note: This article recently appeared in the Towson University Alumni Magazine.]

Mike Hilton ’74 BUAD is proving that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Last year, the 62-year-old became head coach for the women’s lacrosse team at Urbana University in Ohio— after spending 27 years in mortgage banking.

“To be able to live out a dream that was something I thought I could only do as a hobby has just been exciting,” Hilton says. Read More

Lacrosse Picked 6th in Preseason MEC Poll

Feb. 10th, 2015

The Shepherd Rams have been tabbed by the coaches in the Mountain East Conference to win the league's inaugural women's lacrosse championship.

Wheeling Jesuit was tabbed to finish second with 19 points, finishing just ahead of Notre Dame with 18 points. The Falcons received the lone first-place vote. UVa-Wise was predicted to finish third with 13 points, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (10) and Urbana (5). The MEC began conducting a conference championship for women's lacrosse after UVa-Wise became the sixth team in the league to sponsor the sport this spring. The University of Charleston recently added women's lacrosse and will begin competing in the MEC in 2016. Read More

UU Lacrosse to Host 2 Preseason Jump Start Clinics

Jan. 20th, 2015

Urbana University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Mike Hilton announced plans to host a pair of 2015 Season "Jump Start" Clinics for area girls' lacrosse players. The clinic is designed for beginner and advanced players.

The first clinic is for newer players, grade 6 up to high school JV players. The first clinic is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31st. An advanced player clinic for grades 8 to 12 will be held at Urbana University on Saturday, February 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The advanced clinic also includes Brett Yenger, Head Lacrosse Coach at Wilmington College, working with goalies in the morning session. Cost is $45 per player and includes a lunch provided by Subway of Urbana. Spot are limited, so sign up as soon as possible. For questions or to register, contact Urbana University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Mike Hilton at mhilton@urbana.edu or (937) 772-9356. Read More

Wallace Named Honorable Mention All-American by Hansen's Gazette

Feb. 11th, 2015

Harlon Hill Trophy winning quarterback Jason Vander Laan of Ferris State and Gene Upshaw Award winning defensive end Darius Allen of NCAA Division II national champion Colorado State-Pueblo headline a talented 2014 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team. Vander Laan, who captured the Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II National Player of the Year honors, garnered Don Hansen Offensive Player of the Year accolades.

Urbana University junior linebacker D'Gary Wallace (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar HS) was the lone Blue Knight named to the All-American teams. He picked up an Honorable Mention nod. Wallace previously earned First Team All-Super Region One honors from Don Hansen. This past fall, Wallace led the MEC in tackles, finishing with 115 in 11 games. His 68 solo stops were also a league-best and Wallace finished 2nd in tackles for a loss (18.5) and 6th in sacks (6.5). It's the second straight season Wallace has earned First Team All-MEC honors. His 40.5 tackles for loss through three seasons at UU already place him 5th all-time amongst Blue Knights. Read More

Football Welcomes 2015 Recruiting Class on National Signing Day

Feb. 4th, 2015

The Urbana University football team began its climb back to the top on Wednesday's 2015 National Signing Day. The 2015 recruiting class is Head Coach Dave Taynor's eighth at his alma mater. It features 20 prep standouts and 1 transfer, all from the great state of Ohio, a football talent hot spot for the Mountain East Conference.

The 2015 Urbana University signees are listed here, along with some of their prep accomplishments and links to highlight videos. A few more may arrive over the next few days, so check back regularly for updates. Coach Taynor and the Blue Knight football staff would like to thank everyone who made the 2015 signing day a success, and remind Blue Knight Nation that the 2015 UU Football Home Opener vs. Glenville State is 212 days away! Read More

2015 Signing Day Updates @Coach_Taynor_UU

Feb. 3th, 2015

Another National Signing Day is upon us. On Wednesday, February 4th, follow @Coach_Taynor_UU on Twitter all day long to get the latest updates on signees as the best of the best send in their National Letters of Intent to become Blue Knights in 2015.

Later in the day on Wednesday, a full list of new Blue Knight signees will be posted here as well. Read More

Men's Soccer Team Donates Equipment to League in Kenya

Feb. 9th, 2015

The Urbana University men's soccer team recently donated a shipment of equipment to the Likoni Community Football League in Likoni, Kenya. Blue Knight Head Coach Nick Roberts coached one of the the league's founders in Columbus, Ohio many years ago.

The LCFL operates largely thanks to generous donations like the Blue Knight men's soccer team's. The LCFL is always collecting jerseys, bibs, cones, balls and more. If you have soccer equipment that you would like to donate, please write to ben@likoni-football.org. To learn more about the LCFL, visit www.lcfl.org. Read More

Fitzpatrick, Burt Earn All-Region Nods

Dec. 12th, 2014

Two Urbana University men's soccer players landed on the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region Team. Sophomore midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick (Hilliard, Ohio) earned Second Team honors for the second straight season.

Junior defender Aaron Burt (Mundford, England) picked up his first career All-Region honor after making the Third Team. Burt is a 3-time All-Conference selection. He has started all 53 games in the back row during his career at UU. He notched his second career goal this fall. Burt won Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2012. Fitzpatrick followed Burt and won Conference Freshman of the Year in 2013. Read More

Fitzpatrick Named 2nd Team All-Region

Nov. 24th, 2014

Charleston junior back Conor Branson, who helped the Golden Eagles to the Atlantic Region championship and a spot in the NCAA Division II Final Four, was named the region’s Player of the Year on the 2014 Daktronics All-Atlantic Region men’s soccer team released Monday.

Urbana’s Ben Fitzpatrick was named to the Region's Second Team in the midfield. Two weeks ago, Fitzpatrick also earned First Team All-MEC honors after his sophomore campaign. Fitzpatrick was the 2013 MEC Freshman of the Year as well as a 2nd Team All-MEC and 2nd Team All-Region (NSCAA) selection. Playing through a broken hand and a broken nose this season, Fitzpatrick finished with 4 goals, including 2 game-winners, while leading the squad in shots. His 2 goals against #17 Notre Dame College were the only 2 goals of the game in UU's biggest win of the season. He was named MEC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort in the win. Read More

Softball Selected 7th in MEC Preseason Poll

Jan. 29th, 2015

West Virginia Wesleyan has been picked by the coaches in the Mountain East Conference to win the 2015 softball conference title. The Bobcats finished with 116 points and were picked to finish first on six ballots. West Virginia Wesleyan won the MEC regular season title last year and advanced to the NCAA Atlantic Region finals.

Urbana University was selected 7th in the preseason poll. In the inaugural season for MEC softball last spring, the Blue Knights jockeyed for position in the conference's top 3 spots with WVWC and UVa.-Wise all season long. Urbana eventually bowed out of the MEC Tournament in 3rd place, but not before posting a school-record 28 wins, including a 16-11-1 mark in the MEC. The Blue Knights posted back-to-back winning seasons under fourth year Head Coach Danielle Lowe for the first time since 1998-99 seasons. Read More

Softball Adds Clinics on Jan. 24, Feb. 22

Dec. 11th, 2014

The Urbana University softball team has added a pair of preseason clinics in preparation for the 2015 season. Both clinics will focus on offensive skills, and both clinics are open to area softball players interested in advancing their game before the 2015 spring season begins. The first clinic will take place on Saturday, January 24th from 1:00 - 3:30pm. The second will take place on Sunday, February 22nd from 1:00 - 3:30pm.

The cost for each clinic is $35 per person, or $55 per person for both clinics. Click 'Read More' for a Registration Form and a Medical Consent Form, If you have any further questions, please contact Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe at (937) 772-9308 or danielle.lowe@urbana.edu. Read More

3 Softball Players Commit Early to UU

Nov. 14th, 2014

Urbana University Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe announced the early signing of three future Blue Knights this week. High school all-stars Learic Kinser, Jenna VanHoose, and Savannah Sturgill signed letters of intent to play softball at Urbana University, starting in the fall of 2015.

“We are looking forward to the variety of skills these players will bring to our team,” said Coach Lowe upon the announcement. “All three are terrific hitters, tremendous defenders, and all three will increase our team speed, which is already one of our strongest assets. Two are also lefties, which is exciting for our lineup. Above all else, I’m most excited about their passion for the sport of softball. These three players love the sport and all three have played softball for the majority of their lives.” Read More

Cross Country's Hooks & Dail Deemed SAAC Scholar Athletes of November

Dec. 1st, 2014

Urbana University cross country runners Jenna Hooks (Sidney, Ohio/Houston HS) and Mason Dail (St. Paris, Ohio/Graham HS) have been named the November Scholar Athletes of the Month by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Scholar Athletes of the Month will be awarded from September to May by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committee includes at least one leader from each intercollegiate sports team on campus. It serves as a bridge between Urbana University's student-athletes and the NCAA. The Scholar Athletes of the Month are selected and voted on by each member of the SAAC. In order to qualify to be nominated for the award, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in the classroom. Nominees also must have made the Dean’s List in the previous semester with a minimum GPA of 3.60 for the semester. Winners must be in-season, and they must have made a significant athletic contribution during the month of their selection. Read More

#UUWCC 7th at MEC's, Strickland Earns All-Conference Honors

Nov. 8th, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan men’s and women’s cross country teams claimed 2014 Mountain East Conference titles on a brisk Saturday morning at Pipestem State Park in West Virginia. The Bobcat women placed six runners in the top 10 on its way to defending the team’s 2013 title. The Bobcat men edged defending champ Wheeling Jesuit 43 to 47.

Urbana’s women took 7th place in the field of 11 teams, averaging about 27 minutes to complete the 6K course. Freshman Alyssa Strickland (West Liberty-Salem HS) led the Blue Knight pack with a time of 25:36.95, earning Second Team All-Conference honors for finishing 19th overall. It’s the second straight year Urbana has landed a freshman runner on the All-MEC Second Team. Read More

5 Runners Rewrite Record Books at Walsh

Nov. 1st, 2014

In a final tune-up before next week’s conference championship race, the Urbana University cross country teams competed in the Walsh 5K on Friday night. Five Blue Knights set school records in the race despite the wintery conditions.

In the women’s race, sophomore Jenna Hooks turned in the second fastest 5K of her career (20:48.47) and the second fastest 5K in school history, but for the first time in 11 career races as a Blue Knight, Hooks was unseated from the top position on the team. Freshman Alyssa Strickland edged Hooks by 6 seconds to lead the Blue Knights for the first time in her career. Strickland’s time of 20:42.14 was good for 19th place in the field of 38 runners. It was her first Top 10 time at UU as she trimmed over a minute and a half off her previous best 5K. She needs to cut another 41 seconds to catch Hooks’ school record of 20:01.02, set last year at Ohio University. Read More

Bobcats Eliminate UU from MEC Tourney

Nov. 13th, 2014

Playing as the home team after earning the #4 seed in Thursday night's Mountain East Conference tournament, the Urbana University volleyball team fell to the #5 seed, West Virginia Wesleyan College 3-1 at top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit University.

Katlin Kremer was Urbana's most effective hitter, finishing with 14 kills against just 2 errors in 23 attempts for a match-high .522 hitting percentage in her final contest as a Blue Knight. Kremer and Mariyetta King led the team in blocks, sharing 2 each. Read More

Dunlap Named All-MEC, Freshman of the Year

Nov. 12th, 2014

Wheeling Jesuit setter Andrea Thobe is the Mountain East Conference Player of the Year, Urbana outside hitter Katylnn Dunlap is the Freshman of the Year, and WJU's Christy Benner is the league's Coach of the Year.

Dunlap, a freshman from Zoarville, Ohio, ranked second in the league in kills per set with 3.73 -- an average that is fourth in the country among all freshmen. She was also second on the squad in digs per set (2.43), earning Second Team All-MEC and All-Freshman Team honors as well. Dunlap's addition to the squad helped the Blue Knights climb from 8th place a season ago to 4th place in 2014. Urbana's 4-spot improvement was the biggest in the MEC this fall. Read More

Volleyball's Regular Season Ends on Sour Note at WVSU

Nov. 7th, 2014

The Urbana University volleyball team ended their promising 2014 regular season on a sour note on Friday night, falling in five sets on the road at West Virginia State University. Urbana overcame a 2 sets to none deficit only to fall in the fifth set tiebreaker on the Yellow Jackets’ Senior Night. WVSU took the fifth set by a score of 15-11.

The loss is the Blue Knights’ third straight and fifth in their last six matches. Four of the five losses came against teams that were either tied or below the Blue Knights in the Mountain East Conference standings at the time of the match. In defeat, Alyssa Kennedy enjoyed one of her best matches of her rookie season, finishing with 9 kills, 4 digs and 2 blocks. Read More

Men's Cross Country Finishes 9th at MEC's

Nov. 8th, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan men’s and women’s cross country teams claimed 2014 Mountain East Conference titles on a brisk Saturday morning at Pipestem State Park in West Virginia. The Bobcat women placed six runners in the top 10 on its way to defending the team’s 2013 title. The Bobcat men edged defending champ Wheeling Jesuit 43 to 47.

On the men’s side, Urbana was once again paced by sophomore Mason Dail (Graham HS). Dail finished 42nd in the field of 72 with a time of 31:00.19. He was followed closely behind by teammate Josh Brown (pictured) who finished 44th in 31:05.62. It was the final race of Brown’s collegiate career. Read More

5 Runners Rewrite Record Books at Walsh

Nov. 1st, 2014

In a final tune-up before next week’s conference championship race, the Urbana University cross country teams competed in the Walsh 5K on Friday night. Five Blue Knights set school records in the race despite the wintery conditions.

On the men’s side, two more Blue Knights cracked the all-time Top 10 fastest 5K’s at UU. Sophomore Mason Dail owns the school record in the race at 17:02.90. He finished 25 seconds off that pace on Friday night, running a 17:27.94 to finish 33rd in the field of 47. That is the 3rd fastest 5K in program history. Senior Josh Brown (pictured) trimmed over two minutes off his previous career best at this distance, crossing the finish line in 17:49.23 and posting the 6th fastest 5K in school history. Sophomores Zachary Johnson (20:47.36) and Matt Wilt (21:45.96) just narrowly missed out on Top 10 times, but each made great strides of improvement before next week’s big race. Read More

8 Runners Compete at #JennaStrong Classic

Oct. 17th, 2014

Four men and four women’s cross country runners from Urbana University competed in the #JennaStrong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College on Friday night. Leading the Blue Knights in the men’s 8K was sophomore Mason Dail. The women were led by sophomore Jenna Hooks. Each squad fell one runner shy of logging a team score. Ashland University took home both the men’s and women’s championships in a field of about 40 area schools.

Senior Josh Brown (pictured) broke through the 30-minute barrier for the first time in his career on Friday night. Brown crossed the finish line in 29:35.16, shaving nearly a full minute off his previous best. Brown is now just one of 4 Blue Knights to break through the 30-minute barrier (Erion, Dail, and Andy Stephan). Read More

Kawabe, Gianangeli Earn MEC Honorable Mention

Nov. 4th, 2014

Notre Dame College's Alexis Manoa has been named Mountain East Conference Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year, West Virginia Wesleyan's Rachel Ritchey is the league's Defensive Player of the year, and NDC's Mike Shiels is the Coach of the Year.

Urbana had two players earn Honorable Mention accolades after a 2-11-3 season. Freshman midfielder Anne Kawabe (São Paulo, Brazil/Colégio Harmonia) and junior goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli (Weirton, W.V./Weir) represented the Blue Knight offense and defense on the squad. Kawabe (pictured left) tied for the team lead in goals and points as a collegiate rookie, while Gianangeli (pictured right) turned in another strong season between the pipes. The second-year Blue Knight recorded 5 shutouts, including 3 in double-overtime draws. Her 153 saves, or 9.6 saves per game, led the MEC and placed her 8th in NCAA Division II. She was also third in the MEC in shutouts despite playing on the 8th place squad. Read More

Urbana Undone by MEC Champs in Season Finale

Oct. 29th, 2014

The 2014 Mountain East Conference regular season champs from Notre Dame College handed Urbana University a 2-0 loss in the Blue Knights’ 2014 finale on Wednesday afternoon. Notre Dame wrapped up the regular season title in their last contest. The Falcons improve to 12-1-2 on the year, including a 10-1-2 mark in the MEC. One of those wins was a 5-1 decision over the Blue Knights in South Euclid, Ohio earlier in the fall.

On Wednesday, the visitors started the scoring on a 30-yard blast by Alexis Manoa in the 7th minute. Manoa’s shot careened off the post into the back of the net to put NDC out in front early. Urbana actually had more shots on goal than the MEC’s top team until the 71st minute when NDC’s 7th shot on goal found the back of the net to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Megan O’Connor redirected a pass from Katherine Beattie past UU goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli. Urbana’s offense finished with 6 shots on goal, 3 by Hannah Rembach, but the Blue Knights couldn’t get one past NDC keeper Sam Shoemaker. Read More

Rams Edge Women's Soccer 1-0

Oct. 25th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s soccer team is experiencing a little déjà vu at the tail end of the 2014 season. Like last year, Urbana got out to a promising start, but the Blue Knights are faltering down the stretch. Urbana ended 2013 on a six-game losing streak, and on Saturday afternoon at Shepherd University, the Blue Knights suffered their fifth straight loss with one match remaining. Shepherd edged Urbana 1-0 on a late goal.

The Blue Knights and keeper Taylor Gianangeli were able to keep the Rams at bay until the 73rd minute. An Urbana foul granted the home team a free kick which was promptly deposited into the back of the net by Kesley N. Smith to give Shepherd a 1-0 lead. Urbana’s offense wasn’t able to muster another shot attempt over the final 17 minutes. Gianangeli made 8 stops in 90 minutes in goal. Read More

Men's Golf 5th in Final Fall Tourney

Oct. 21st, 2014

In the final tournament of the fall season for the Urbana University men's golf team, the Blue Knights finished fifth of seven squads at the Sixth Annual Yellow Jacket Fall Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. Host Cedarville University won the event, which was held during two very cold and rainy afternoons at Country Club of the North in Beavercreek, Ohio. Urbana posted team scores of 328 and 321 to edge Cedarville's second squad and Kentucky State University.

The Blue Knights were led by senior Adam Mitchley, who carded the low round of the fall by any Blue Knight with a Tuesday 2-over 74. That round matched teammate Brandon Weiss' 74 at the Fall MEC Invitational three weeks ago. Mitchley's 74 was made even more remarkable considering he was fifth on the team after shooting an 86 on Monday. His 12-stroke improvement helped him edge freshman teammate Cody Lyons who shot 79-82 to finish a single stroke behind Mitchley. Read More

Men's Golf 9th Again at MEC Fall Championships

Oct. 15th, 2014

Concord University led wire-to-wire to win the 2014 Mountain East Conference Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday at Longaberger Golf Club. The Mountain Lions successfully defended the title they claimed a year ago after shooting 310 on the final day. West Liberty finished second with a score of 951, followed by Shepherd (955) and Charleston (956). The Golden Eagles had the lowest score of the tournament on the final day shooting 298. Notre Dame finished fifth (969), Fairmont State was sixth (971), West Virginia Wesleyan was seventh (977) and Wheeling Jesuit was eighth (983). Urbana (993), UVa-Wise (1,013), Glenville State (1,058) and West Virginia State (1,152) rounded out the field.

A pair of freshmen paced Urbana, who finished in 9th place for the second consecutive year in Nashport. Cody Lyons (pictured) and Brandon Weiss were separated by a single stroke after 54 holes. Lyons shot 79-85-78 to finish tied for 21st in the field of 59. Weiss posted rounds of 78-81-84. Either Lyons or Weiss has led the Blue Knights at all four tournaments this fall. Weiss leads the squad with six rounds in the 70’s. Lyons has four rounds in the 70’s after four collegiate tournaments. Read More

Runner-Up Weiss Leads UU to 4th Place Showing

Sep. 30th, 2014

The Urbana University men's golf team enjoyed their most successful conference tournament to date on Monday and Tuesday at the Fall Mountain East Conference Invitational hosted by Notre Dame College. Thanks to true freshman Brandon Weiss' runner-up finish, the Blue Knights claimed 4th place in the 11-team field. Urbana leaped three spots from Day 1 to Day 2 after trimming 10 strokes off their first round score. Their 2-day total of 636 was just 4 strokes behind tournament hosts Notre Dame College and 21 strokes off the winning pace set by West Liberty University.

Collectively, Urbana shot a 313 on Tuesday. Only West Liberty and 8th place Shepherd fared better than the Blue Knights on the tournament's final day. The 313 is a top 30 team score all-time for Urbana. Three Blue Knights carded rounds in the 70's on Urbana's moving day. Weiss' 74 was the third lowest round of the day. After shooting 76 on Monday, he climbed 4 spots into second place overall. West Liberty's Matthew Iceton won medalist honors with rounds of 72 and 75. Weiss was three strokes behind at +8 overall for the tournament. Read More

Women's Golf Places 6th at MEC Fall Championships

Oct. 14th, 2014

Notre Dame College shot the lowest round of the tournament on the final day to secure the 2014 Mountain East Conference Women's Golf Championship. The Falcons entered the final day with a two-shot lead over Wheeling Jesuit, and closed out the tournament with a team score of 330. Notre Dame won the championship with a three-day total of 1,006.

Wheeling Jesuit finished runner-up with a score of 1,023, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (1,042), Charleston (1,050) and West Liberty (1,077). Urbana finished sixth (1,089), and Glenville State (1,145), UVa-Wise (1,171) and Fairmont State (1,229) rounded out the field. The Blue Knights’ sixth place showing is one spot higher than the squad finished at last year’s MEC Fall Championships. Urbana’s clubhouse leader on Day 3 was senior Lindsey Phillips (pictured), who shot 90, 86, 88 to earn a top 15 finish in the field of 44. Read More

Trio of Top 20 Finishes Leads UU Women's Golf to 5th Place Finish

Sep. 29th, 2014

A trio of Blue Knights earned Top 20 finishes at the Ohio Valley University Invitational over the weekend. Courtney Tierney, Lindsey Phillips and Kasey Caudill all finished between 11th and 19th at the two-day tournament that featured 10 teams, including 6 from the Mountain East Conference. Urbana finished 5th as a team in the Blue Knights' final tune-up before the MEC Fall Championships in October. Their Sunday team total of 336 was just 2 strokes off the school record, set last fall.

Tierney (pictured) shot 83-80 to tie for 11th overall and lead the Blue Knights. Her Sunday 80 was a personal best and the 4th best single round score in UU history, and her two-day total of 163 has only been bested by one other Blue Knight in the program's 10-year history. Read More

Caudill, Phillips Lead UU at Gannon

Sep. 15th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s golf team competed in the Michael Corbett Fall Classic on Sunday and Monday. The tournament was played at the Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, Pennsylvania, where the Blue Knights finished 15th in the 18-team tournament. Trevecca Nazarene University, Urbana's old conference rivals in the G-MAC, won the event with a 2-day total of 636, edging their hosts from Gannon by a single stroke.

Urbana was led by seniors Kasey Caudill and Lindsey Phillips (pictured). Caudill and Phillips both recorded 167's, tying for the team low. Caudill and Phillips shot identical 85's on Sunday, followed by identical 82's on Monday, which left them tied for 30th out of 102 competitors. The 167's tied them for the 5th lowest 2-day tournament scores in school history, and Monday's 82's are tied for the 8th lowest single round score at UU. Read More

Bowlers Edged by Lindenwood in National Title Match

Apr. 18th, 2014

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. The Urbana University men’s bowlers were the Cinderella darlings of the 2014 Intercollegiate Team Championships. The week started with Blue Knight Graham Fach bowling the first 300 game and 800 series of the 2014 Open Championships. Then, smallest school in the draw got hot and took down bowling Goliaths from Robert Morris University and Wichita State University.

Destiny seemed to be smiling on Urbana until a couple of tenth frames didn’t go the Blue Knights’ way in Friday night’s National Championship match with Lindenwood University. After losing the first two games by a total of seven pins, Lindenwood completed the three-game sweep in the best of five series with a 201-167 victory in the decisive game. Read More

Blue Knight Bowlers Advance to National Championship Match

Apr. 17th, 2014

On the brink of elimation and needing 3 strikes in the tenth frame to knock off top-seeded Wichita State University, lefty anchor Graham Fach rolled three perfect balls to send the Urbana University men's bowling team to the National Championship match on Friday. Fourth-seeded Urbana advances after a marathon day to meet the third-seeded Lindenwood Lions for the Men's Team Championship on Friday at 5:00 p.m. local time, 8:00 p.m. Eastern. The match will be a best 3 out of 5 format. There is no live video coverage of the Championship, but it will air on Tuesday nights throughout the month of May on CBS Sports Network. Follow @UUSports on Twitter or "Blue Knight" on Facebook for live updates on Friday night. Read More

Fach Rolls Perfect Game, 800 Series at 2014 USBC Open

Apr. 16th, 2014

From the time his flight landed in Reno on Tuesday morning, Graham Fach of Urbana, Ohio, was on the move, and that included a quick stop at his hotel, a to-go order at Denny's, a quick march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium and a record-performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

The 22-year-old left-hander barely had time to look around and admire the grandeur of the NBS before hitting the lanes at the one-of-a-kind venue for the first time, and three hours later, he polished off the ninth perfect game and first 800 series of the 2014 event. Read More