Underdogs Again

UU surprised opponents last year, finishing 4th in the MEC despite a #9 preseason rank. Underdogs again in 2015, Kennedy Boggs, Kate Francisco & crew hope to prove their #10 preseason rank wrong again.

UU Women's Basketball News

Moving Mountains

The mountains of the MEC offered Urbana a tough welcome into the conference last year, but an infusion of exciting youth may help UU surprise some of the perennial powerhouses this season.

UU Men's Basketball News

Climbing the Podium

The men's swim team returns 6 of 7 swimmers from a squad that vaulted into 3rd place in the ASC last year. Is this the year that senior trio Matt Stover, Kim Helander & Alex Espinoza help UU win a team title?

UU Swimming News

Title Chasers

Fresh off individual ASC titles by UU rookies Jennifer Schwartz & Aerika Wieser, the women's swim team looks to climb the conference ranks in 2014-15. Check the schedule for dates to cheer on your Blue Knights!

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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

Men's Basketball Team Ends Nation's Longest Losing Streak

That didn’t take long. In just the second game of the 2014-15 season, the Urbana University men’s basketball team snapped the nation’s longest losing streak. The Blue Knights entered Saturday night’s contest against California University of Pennsylvania having lost 33 straight games, dating back to Valentine’s Day 2013. Urbana endured another nailbiter but triumphed over the Vulcans 86-85.

After five losses to end the 2012-13 season and an 0-27 record last season, rookie Head Coach Rob Summers turned the tide for the Blue Knights in just his second game at the helm. The win comes against a quality regional opponent coming off an 11-win season. Rodney Clark Jr. (pictured) was fantastic off the bench for the Blue Knights. In just his second game, he poured in a game-high 27 points in 25 minutes. The senior transfer shot 7 of 12 from the field, 13 of 15 from the charity stripe, and he managed to hand out five assists and grab four rebounds. Read More

 

Blue Knights Crush Cavs 103-68 in Home Opener

Nov. 22nd, 2014

Less than a week after ending the nation’s longest losing streak, the Urbana University men’s basketball team is now in the midst of their first winning streak in over 22 months. The Blue Knights blew out the University of Virginia-Wise 103-68 in Saturday night’s home opener for the team’s second straight win. It’s the program’s first back-to-back wins since January of 2013, a streak of 40 straight games without back-to-back victories. The Blue Knights were 1-39 over that stretch.

Saturday’s win is also Urbana’s first in two seasons of Mountain East Conference basketball. Urbana had fallen in its first 23 MEC contests. Now, the Blue Knights sit at 1-0 in the conference with a 35-point statement win over a squad that beat Urbana by a 28 and 12 points in last year’s meetings. Five Blue Knights reached double figures including a true freshman playing in his first game in the Grimes Center. Carlas Jackson scored a game-high 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting. The Roger Bacon High School product poured in 16 points in the first half, and he only needed 28 minutes of floor time to lead all scorers. Read More

Men's Basketball Team Ends Nation's Longest Losing Streak

Nov. 15th, 2014

That didn’t take long. In just the second game of the 2014-15 season, the Urbana University men’s basketball team snapped the nation’s longest losing streak. The Blue Knights entered Saturday night’s contest against California University of Pennsylvania having lost 33 straight games, dating back to Valentine’s Day 2013. Urbana endured another nailbiter but triumphed over the Vulcans 86-85.

After five losses to end the 2012-13 season and an 0-27 record last season, rookie Head Coach Rob Summers turned the tide for the Blue Knights in just his second game at the helm. The win comes against a quality regional opponent coming off an 11-win season. Rodney Clark Jr. (pictured) was fantastic off the bench for the Blue Knights. In just his second game, he poured in a game-high 27 points in 25 minutes. The senior transfer shot 7 of 12 from the field, 13 of 15 from the charity stripe, and he managed to hand out five assists and grab four rebounds. Read More

#15 IUP Too Much for UU in Opener

Nov. 14th, 2014

New Head Coach Rob Summers and his young Urbana University men’s basketball team drew a tough opponent in the season opener on Friday night. The 15th ranked Crimson Hawks from Indiana University of Pennsylvania were already in championship form in front of their home crowd, coasting past the Blue Knights 96-62 in IUP’s Atlantic Region Conference Challenge.

Senior Ben Merritt came off the bench to lead the Blue Knights with 13 points and 4 rebounds in the loss. Read More

Cavs Outlast UU 51-39 in MEC Opener

Nov. 22nd, 2014

Poor shooting and too many turnovers doomed the Urbana University women’s basketball team in their home and conference opener on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Knights couldn’t break a prolonged shooting funk against the Cavaliers from the University of Virginia-Wise, falling 51-39 in the Grimes Center.

Urbana shot just 25% from the field in the first half, and it got worse from there. The Blue Knights made just 6 of 26 attempts in the second half and shot under 24% for the game. Urbana also turned the ball over 8 more times than their counterparts, resulting in 10 more points off turnovers for the Cavs. New Blue Knight Tori Purk (Mechanicsburg, Ohio) led the way in the losing effort, pouring in 12 points to go with 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Read More

UU Slips to 0-2 in North Carolina

Nov. 16th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s basketball team will return from their season-opening trip to Winston Salem, North Carolina with an 0-2 record after dropping their second game in a 24-hour span. The Blue Knights fell to the Falcons from Saint Augustine’s University 66-46 on Sunday afternoon on Day 2 of the CIAA/MEC Challenge hosted by Winston Salem State University.

Kate Francisco was the lone Blue Knight in double figures, knocking down 8 of 16 shots from the field to finish with 17 points, 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Tori Purk (pictured) made the All-Tournament team after another strong performance off the bench for Urbana. Purk poured in 9 points to go with 5 rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes of floor time. Ebany Brumfield added 6 points, 9 boards and a couple of assists in 16 minutes off the bench. Read More

UU Edged Late at WSSU in Season Opener

Nov. 15th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s basketball team faltered late on the road on Saturday night, falling 57-52 in a tight battle with the Rams from Winston Salem State University. The matchup was the first of the season for both squads, who are competing in the MEC/CIAA Challenge hosted by WSSU.

With three minutes remaining, Blue Knight senior Katy Barkley hit a jumper to pull the visitors within two at 53-51. On the next possession, Barkley missed a three-pointer to give Urbana its first lead of the second half. The Rams capitalized on the miss by making a lay-up on the ensuing possession, extending their lead to four with 1:20 remaining. The final 80 seconds saw Urbana make one of two free throws and turn the ball over twice. The Rams sank a pair of free throws to improve to 1-0 on the season. Read More

Wallace, Spivey & Chapple Named All-MEC

Nov. 18th, 2014

Concord University's Calvinaugh Jones has been voted as the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate T.J. Smith is the league's Freshman of the Year. The University of Charleston's linebacker Justin Avery is the MEC Defensive Player of the Year, and Shepherd linebacker James Gupton is the conference's Defensive Freshman of the Year. Concord head coach Garin Justice has been selected as the MEC Coach of the Year.

Three Blue Knights were named All-MEC. Junior linebacker D'Gary Wallace landed on the First Team Defense. Senior tight end La'Velle Spivey earned Second Team honors and sophomore linebacker Kevin Chapple was named Honorable Mention. Read More

UC Outlasts UU in Football Finale

Nov. 15th, 2014

The 8-3 football team from the University of Charleston won a battle between conference foes fighting to end their regular season on a three-game winning streak. On UC’s Senior Day, the Golden Eagles soared past Urbana University 69-34 to finish third in the final Mountain East Conference standings.

Despite the loss, Urbana ended its season on a high note, winning two of the final three contests after a 1-7 start. The Blue Knights went toe-to-toe on the road with the conference’s third best squad on a frigid Saturday afternoon. A week after throwing for 275 yards and 4 TDs in the first half of a win, UU’s true freshman QB Colby Speice aired it out for 284 yards and 3 TDs in the first half against the Golden Eagles. He finished with his second straight 300-yard passing game in just his third career start. Speice was 16 for 26 for 356 yards and 4 TD passes. Read More

Football Preview: Urbana @ Charleston

Nov. 13th, 2014

A suddenly hot Urbana University football team (3-7, 2-7 MEC) expect to finish the season strong this Saturday as they travel to the University of Charleston (7-3, 6-3 MEC), the MEC’s third-ranked team entering the final week of the regular season. Saturday’s kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at UC Stadium.

Check in here for a full game preview as well as links to LIVE COVERAGE on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Read More

Urbana Edges OWU 101-100 in the Pool

Nov. 14th, 2014

Friday night’s dual meets at Urbana University came down to the final relay between the Blue Knight swimmers and the Battling Bishops from Ohio Wesleyan University. Urbana’s men just barely had enough points to hold off the Bishops 101-100, while the UU women weren’t able to match the men’s feat in a 97-93 loss.

Matt Stover and Kim Helander won all four of their events. The difference between Urbana’s men’s win and the women’s loss was 5 more runner-up finishes. Coleston Pope’s (pictured) runner-up finishes in the 500 and 1000 free were instrumental in the one-point win.

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Saturday's Home Swim Meet Moved up to Friday Night

Nov. 10th, 2014

Urbana University's home swim meet vs. Ohio Wesleyan University has been moved to Friday night, November 14th, at 6:00 p.m. The Blue Knights and Battling Bishops were originally scheduled to meet Saturday, November 15th, at 1:00 p.m., but OWU had a scheduling conflict. Friday night's meet will be the first home meet of the season for the UU men's team. Urbana's women already hosted its home opener a couple weeks ago. Read More

Swimmers Leave NDC with 2 Wins

Nov. 8th, 2014

The Urbana University swim teams enjoyed a successful Saturday afternoon at a double dual meet hosted by Appalachian Swimming Conference foe Notre Dame College. The Blue Knight men edged their hosts at the wire in the final relay to earn wins over both NDC and Lake Erie College, while the women split their decisions. The host Falcons defeated Urbana’s women 104-81, but the Blue Knights picked up a 79-73 win over LEC.

The men’s meet came down to the final relay race, the 200 yard freestyle. Urbana’s men opened Saturday’s meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay by just 5 one-thousandths of a second over the host Falcons, so another close race was expected. The race and the meet fell in Urbana’s favor after anchor Carl Henriksson swam a final 50-yard leg of 23.41 to edge the Falcons again by less than a second. This time, the final margin of victory was 23 one-hundredths of a second, which was just enough for the Blue Knights to edge the Falcons 93-86. Urbana beat LEC by a much more decisive score of 93-63. Henriksson was joined by teammates Alex Espinoza, Coleston Pope and Cody Hall in the crucial 200 medley relay win. Hall (pictured) also swam on the victorious 200 free relay team, along with Blue Knights Matt Stover, Eric Eaton and Kim Helander. Read More

OWU Eclipses Urbana 97-93 in the Pool

Nov. 14th, 2014

Friday night’s dual meets at Urbana University came down to the final relay between the Blue Knight swimmers and the Battling Bishops from Ohio Wesleyan University. Urbana’s men just barely had enough points to hold off the Bishops 101-100, while the UU women weren’t able to match the men’s feat in a 97-93 loss.

OWU’s women earned 11 points in the final relay of the night, the 400 yard freestyle, despite being out-touched by the Blue Knights. Urbana’s foursome of Tiffany Howard, Jennifer Schwartz, Jacqueline Rex and Aerika Wieser finished the 400 in 3:55.87, which was about a half a second faster than the Bishops, but the Blue Knights had already exhausted their maximum number of countable races, so the foursome were swimming the final relay for pride, not points. Earlier in the meet, the same foursome took down OWU in the 200 medley relay. Howard, Schwartz and Wieser picked up victories in all four of their swims on Friday night. In addition to the two relay wins, Schwartz (pictured) also won the 200 IM and 100 back. Read More

UU Leaves NDC with a Win & a Loss

Nov. 8th, 2014

The Urbana University swim teams enjoyed a successful Saturday afternoon at a double dual meet hosted by Appalachian Swimming Conference foe Notre Dame College. The Blue Knight men edged their hosts at the wire in the final relay to earn wins over both NDC and Lake Erie College, while the women split their decisions. The host Falcons defeated Urbana’s women 104-81, but the Blue Knights picked up a 79-73 win over LEC.

Jacqueline Rex, who was swimming in her first meet of the season after battling through injuries, earned a win in the women’s 200 breast stroke, while also swimming for the women's winning 200 medley relay team. Read More

Four Undefeated Swimmers Pace UU to Wins at D&E

Nov. 1st, 2014

Four Urbana University swimmers finished a perfect 4-0 in their events on Saturday afternoon in a dual meet with the Senators from Davis & Elkins College. The points from the 16 victories helped propel the Blue Knights to a sweep of the Senators. The UU women won 108-87 while the men held off their hosts by a score of 127-115.

Tiffany Howard, Aerika Wieser (pictured), Kim Helander, and Matt Stover all ended their days with unblemished records. Howard also took down a school record in the 200-yard back by 7 seconds, touching in at 2:17.88. Her other wins came in the 200 IM, 100 back and 400 free relay. Wieser was on the winning relay, along with Blue Knights Jennifer Schwartz and Siara Chupp, and Wieser swept the freestyle sprints, as she has several times in her young career. Helander took home titles in the 100 free, 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 medley relay. He was joined on that winning relay by Eric Eaton, Cody Hall and Stover. Stover also won the 100 and 200 back, as well as the 200 IM. 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

Softball Adds Clinics on Jan. 24, Feb. 22

Nov. 13th, 2014

The Urbana University softball team has added a pair of preseason offensive 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 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The second will take place on Sunday, February 22nd from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. Read More

Softball to Host Clinics in the Fall

Aug. 25th, 2014

Urbana University Head Softball Coach Dani Lowe announced the addition of more fall clinics to the schedule for aspiring collegiate softball players. The clinics will focus primarily on defensive skills and pitching. They will take place on Sunday, October 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, October 26th from 2:00-4:30 p.m. The clinics are $35 per player.

Click 'Read More' for more information, including a registration form. For more information on the clinics, please contact Coach Lowe at dlowe@urbana.edu or (937) 772-9308. 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

#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

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.
Freshmen Alyssa Strickland (22:47.97) and Ally Ulery (23:23.65) finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Blue Knights. Strickland was 27 seconds behind her best 5K time at UU, but Ulery (pictured) trimmed over three minutes off her previous best in the distance. 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

Fitzpatrick Headlines 5 UU All-MEC Selections

Nov. 5th, 2014

The University of Charleston, the 2014 Mountain East Conference regular season champions and the No. 1 team in the country, claimed top individual honors and placed seven on the All-MEC first team, the league announced on Wednesday. Augusto Maciel is the league's Offensive Player of the Year, Conor Branson is the Defensive Player of the Year, Will Roberts is the Freshman of the Year and Chris Grassie is the Coach of the Year.

Urbana's lone First Team representative was sophomore midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick (pictured top left). Fitzpatrick was the 2013 MEC Freshman of the Year as well as a Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region selection. Playing through a couple of separate injuries and broken bones this season, Fitzpatrick finished with 4 goals while leading the squad in shots. The Blue Knights landed 1 player on Second Team (Aaron Burt), 2 on Honorable Mention (Ashton Winkler and Callum Kerswell-Reid) and 1 on the All-Freshman squad (Ebeneezer Agyeman). Read More

SAAC Names Hendricks, Fitzpatrick October Scholar Athletes of the Month

Nov. 4th, 2014

Volleyball player Mary Hendricks (Urbana, Ohio/Urbana HS) and men’s soccer player Ben Fitzpatrick (Hilliard, Ohio//Bradley HS) have been named the October 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 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

Fitzpatrick, Jones Named MEC Players of the Week

Nov. 3th, 2014

Urbana's Ben Fitzpatrick is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, and teammate Nathan Jones is the league's Defensive Player of the Week. The duo played key roles in Urbana's 2-0 upset of No. 17 Notre Dame College on Wednesday.

Fitzpatrick, a sophomore from Hilliard, Ohio, sported a cast on one arm and a face mask to protect a broken nose, but he still found a way to score the only 2 goals of the contest. Jones, a sophomore from Flintshire, Wales, recorded his fourth shutout of the season in Urbana's 2-0 win over No. 17 Notre Dame. Jones now has 10 shutouts for his career, establishing a school record. 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

Tavone Jr. Inks Deal with Atlanta Braves

Aug. 4th, 2014

Urbana University baseball standout Robert Tavone Jr. realized a lifelong dream today, signing a professional contract to play for the Atlanta Braves organization. Tavone Jr. will report immediately to the Gulf Coast Braves, Atlanta’s Rookie League affiliate located in Kissimmee, Florida.

A four-year starter behind the plate for the Blue Knights, Tavone Jr. (Whitby, Ontario) was the 2013 G-MAC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. He hit .387 that season with 3 home runs, a school-record 19 doubles, and 30 RBIs. His on-base percentage was .451 and he slugged a team-high .606. He finished fifth in NCAA Division II in doubles per game (0.49). Over the final 27 games that season, Tavone Jr. hit .463 with 17 doubles, 20 RBIs, and 25 runs, collecting at least one hit in 26 of the final 27 games. Amazingly, he struck out just twice over the final 23 contests of 2013. Read More

Chalfant Chosen as 38th Member of UU Hall of Fame

Jul. 14th, 2014

Urbana University announced plans today to induct former Blue Knight baseball standout Matt Chalfant into its Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Chalfant will become the first Blue Knight baseball player enshrined since 1995, and the first Hall of Famer that made his athletic mark exclusively on the baseball field at UU. Overall, Chalfant will become the 38th member enshrined since the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987.

Dave Ross, a 1976 graduate of Urbana and current University Trustee and Hall of Fame Chairman, administered the nomination and selection process. “Baseball has been an ongoing cornerstone of our athletic program. Matt was both an excellent player and leader in his four years while excelling in a difficult academic major. His coach and teammates were very supportive of his candidacy which attests to his fine character.” Read More

Baseball Announces Team Award Winners

May. 22nd, 2014

Following a 24-win season and a school-record 20 conference wins in the inaugural season competing in the Mountain East Conference, the Urbana University baseball team and Head Coach Mike Goldschmidt announced the 2014 team award winners. In addition to the team's quality season on the field, the Blue Knights also enjoyed a stellar year in the classroom. The baseball team finished the spring term with a 3.07 team GPA, bringing their 2013-14 team GPA up to 3.068! Twenty-four out of 33 student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or higher, 20 of which will make the Athletic Director's Spring Honor Roll with a 3.25 or higher! Brad Hall, Bronson Marlett, Matt Paculan, Cody Ridinger, and Matt Watson all posted perfect 4.0 GPA's for the spring. Hall & Paculan earned perfect 4.0's for the entire school year! Read More

Corsmeier, Stein Earn GLIAC Academic All-Conference Honors

Jun. 30th, 2014

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced the 2014 Spring All-Academic & All-Academic Excellence Teams. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0.

The Urbana University lacrosse team landed a pair of players on the academic squads. Senior Chiara Corsmeier earned Academic Excellence distinction and sophomore Tabitha Stein landed on the Academic All-Conference Team. Read More

Arrows Bring Down Blue Knights in Finale

Apr. 27th, 2014

The Urbana University women's lacrosse team dropped its season finale and Senior Day contest 13-8 to the Ursuline Arrows.

Junior Hannah Walters led Urbana's offense with four goals, including three after the half to briefly cut Ursuline's lead to 11-8 with 16:46 left to play. The Arrows slowed the pace of the game by holding the ball before scoring the game's final two goals to arrive at the 5-goal margin of victory.

Taylor Anderson, Maria Garcia, and Tabitha Stein also contributed to Urbana's total with a combined four goals. Andersen scored twice in the first half. Garcia led UU with 4 ground balls. Jessica McHenry caused a career-high 4 turnovers to go with her 3 ground balls. Senior Courtney Hockenbery had 2 draw controls in her final game. Sophomore goalkeeper Paige Waqa finished with a school record 26 saves in the loss. Read More

Lakers Blank Blue Knights

Apr. 25th, 2014

The GLIAC's top ranked squad handed Urbana University its first shutout loss in the program's 4-year history on Friday night. Grand Valley State University blanked the Blue Knights 18-0 to officially elminate Urbana from the GLIAC post-season tournament.

The Lakers led 11-0 at the half before tacking on 7 more goals over the final 30 minutes. Urbana managed just 1 shot on goal on the night against the stout Laker defense. Hannah Walters had the lone shot. Paige Waqa recorded 9 saves in goal for the visitors. The loss was Urbana's 7th straight. The Blue Knights put the finishing touches on the 2014 season on Sunday at home. Urbana welcomes Ursuline College to UU Stadium for the finale. Prior to the game, Urbana will honor seniors Chiara Corsmeier and Courtney Hockenbery. 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