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

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

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

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

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

 

Ashland Hands UU Loss in 2014 Finale

Dec. 20th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s basketball team was unable to end 2014 on a high note, falling for the ninth time in ten tries this season at Ashland University on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles followed Laina Snyder’s lead to a 79-53 victory in the final game of Ashland’s Holiday Inn Express Classic.

Tori Purk led UU in defeat. Purk registered team-highs of 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kate Francisco was the only other Blue Knight in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Read More

Nationally Ranked Chargers Overcome Urbana

Dec. 19th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s basketball team raced out to a 42-36 first half lead against a nationally ranked opponent in the opening game of Ashland University’s Holiday Invitational, but the Blue Knights couldn’t hold off Hillsdale College in a 82-65 Friday afternoon loss.

The Chargers, who improved to 6-1 with the win and are receiving votes in the most recent NCAA D-II Coaches Poll, overcame a deficit that grew to as many as 14 points late in the first half. The Chargers turned up the heat defensively in the second half to complete their comeback. Hillsdale held Urbana to 23 second half points, turning a double-digit deficit into a double digit lead by the time the final buzzer sounded.

Only two Blue Knights reached double figures in the loss, and no Blue Knight pulled down more than 5 rebounds. Freshman Stefanie Davis led the Blue Knights in both categories, recording 14 points and 5 boards. Read More

Short-Handed UU Unable to Hold Off Cedarville in OT

Dec. 13th, 2014

Limited to just eight players on Saturday afternoon at home, the Urbana University women’s basketball team couldn’t hold off their longtime rivals from Cedarville University. Yellow Jacket Raegen Ryan stung the Blue Knights at the end of regulation, draining a half court prayer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame, Ryan and her game-high 43 points finished off Urbana 98-91.

Before fouling out in OT, Jordan led Urbana with 25 points, 7 steals and 5 assists. She scored a career-high 26 in last Saturday’s OT win vs. #24 West Liberty. Read More

UU Scores 100 in Win over Lakers

Dec. 18th, 2014

The Urbana University men’s basketball team enters its annual holiday break on a roll after routing its second straight non-conference opponent. The Blue Knights blew out the Lakers from Wright State University-Lake Campus 100-52 on Thursday night in the Warren G. Grimes Center.

In the win, the NCAA Division II’s tenth ranked scoring offense topped triple digits for the third straight game. The Blue Knights average over 92 points per game and sit at 4-6 on the season. Urbana’s frontcourt benefited from a clear size advantage. Starting power forward Ognjen Rebic (pictured) recorded 8 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in just 9 minutes of action in the first half. John Summers spelled Rebic and led all Blue Knights with 10 first half points in just 11 minutes. Both Rebic and Summers finished with double-doubles. Rebic totaled 12 points and 19 rebounds in just 21 minutes. Read More

UU Ends Skid with 38-Point Blowout

Dec. 13th, 2014

A tough-luck five-game losing streak ended abruptly on Saturday afternoon in the Warren G. Grimes Center. The Urbana University men’s basketball team erupted for triple digits for the third time this season, defeating the visiting Lions from Penn State-New Kensington 105-67.

Urbana entered Saturday’s contest losers of their last five, including four by single digits and a fifth by 12 points. At times, the Blue Knights took out pent up frustrations on the Lions. Urbana led for all but 43 seconds. The Blue Knights recorded 22 steals, forcing 31 turnovers. Urbana owned a 44-13 advantage on points off turnovers, and the Blue Knights scored 20 more points than their counterparts on fast breaks. The lead grew to as many as 46 in the second half. Seven Blue Knights reached double figures scoring in the blowout, led by freshman Matt Csuhran’s season-high 29. Csuhran shot 11 of 20 from the field, including 6 of 10 from downtown. He did his damage in just 21 minutes of floor time, and he grabbed four of the squad’s 22 steals. Read More

D-I Wright State Overpowers UU 81-58 in Exhibition

Dec. 7th, 2014

JT Yoho and Joe Thomasson scored 23 and 20 points, respectively, as Wright State placed four starters in double figures defeating Division II Urbana 81-58 on Sunday night. Yoho finished two points shy of his career scoring best, 25 last month. Thomasson's scored 20 points, his career high, in back-to-back games. He also dished a career-best eight assists.

Matt Csuhran (pictured) led Urbana with 20 points. Carlas Jackson scored 12 and Isaiah Phillips added 10. Urbana's trio of true freshmen combined for 42 points, 17 rebounds. Read More

MEC Announces 2015 Football Slate

Dec. 18th, 2014

The Mountain East Conference today released the 2015 football schedule, highlighted by a 10-game, Thursday night “Game of the Week” package. The 2015 slate features an 11-team, 10-game, round-robin schedule for the third-consecutive season.

“We are excited about the 2015 football schedule, and particularly pleased about the opportunities a Thursday night package provides for our members,” said MEC Commissioner Reid Amos. “We strongly believe that having a consistent presence on Thursday night will greatly enhance our league’s profile while creating excitement on our campuses.” Read More

Spivey Named 3rd Team All-American by USACollegeFootball.com & BSN

Dec. 15th, 2014

Urbana University tight end La'Velle Spivey (Newark, Ohio) nailed down All-American honors from USACollegeFootball.com and Beyond Sports Network following a stellar senior season in the Royal Blue and White. Both organizations named Spivey to the Third Team Offense. Spivey's recognition comes a couple weeks after he became the first Blue Knight offensive player in program history to earn NCAA D2 All-Region honors after landing on the Second Team. Spivey also earned Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region honors from Beyond Sports Network.

Spivey finished fourth amongst all Mountain East Conference receivers in TD receptions (9). He also finished top 10 in the MEC in receiving yards per game (56.5), scoring (54 points), and yards per catch (15.5). His 9 touchdown receptions are 3rd in the country amongst tight ends, and he ranked 7th in the country at his position in receiving yards (621). Spivey has more TD receptions (13) than any other tight end in program history. Read More

Wallace, Spivey Named All-Region

Dec. 3th, 2014

For the first time in program history, the Urbana University football team landed both an offensive and defensive standout on the All-Region teams. Senior tight end La'Velle Spivey (Newark, Ohio) earned Second Team All-Super Region 1 honors, and junior linebacker D'Gary Wallace (Dayton, Ohio) became the third Blue Knight defensive player to earn a First Team All-Region nod in the past five years.

A preseason Third Team All-American pick by Beyond Sports Network, Wallace is now eligible for the NCAA DivisioN II All-American ballot. Voting for the 2014 All-American teams takes place over the next two weeks with the winners expected to be announced on Wednesday, December 17th. 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

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

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

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

Women's Swim Team Breaks 10 School Records at D-I Miami Meet

Dec. 6th, 2014

Urbana University put the finishing touches on the 2014 portion of the swim season this weekend at NCAA Division I Miami University. In a field consisting of mostly D-I programs or D-III powerhouses, the Blue Knights were the lone representative from D-II, and they carried the torch proudly for the division. The Blue Knight men broke 3 school records and scored 272 points. The UU women smashed an incredible 11 school records and finished with 162 points, a new high for the program in three years of attending the D-I meet.

Sophomore Aerika Wieser broke her own school record in the 50 free twice. First, she swam a 23.88 in the prelims to qualify 12th for the finals. Then, she trimmed 7 more thousandths off the school record with a 23.81 in the finals, finishing 13th overall in a field of 88 swimmers. The second-year Blue Knight broke her school mark in the 100 free as well. Her prelim time of 52.31 was good enough to qualify 21st. She swam a 52.80 on Saturday to finish 18th. Wieser failed to qualify for the finals of the 200 free, but for the second year in a row, she broke her own school record in the prelims, finishing 45th in the field of 70 with a time of 1:56.61. Read More

Women's Swim Team Takes 3rd of 6 at OWU

Nov. 24th, 2014

After four straight dual or double dual meets, the Urbana University swim teams returned to major invitational competition this past weekend at Ohio Wesleyan University. The Blue Knight women finished third of six squads at OWU’s annual Corbiere/Marion Invitational. Urbana’s men took fourth place in the same field. The hosts from OWU won both the men’s and the women’s titles.

Just a week ago, Urbana’s men edged OWU by a single point in a home dual meet and Urbana’s women dropped a 97-93 decision to the Battling Bishops.

Capturing wins for the Blue Knights in the two-day invitational were Carl Henriksson (100 & 200 breast stroke), Aerika Wieser (50 and 100 free), Tiffany Howard (200 IM), Matt Stover (200 IM), and Kim Helander (200 fly). 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

Men's Swim Team Breaks 3 School Records at D-I Miami Meet

Dec. 6th, 2014

Urbana University put the finishing touches on the 2014 portion of the swim season this weekend at NCAA Division I Miami University. In a field consisting of mostly D-I programs or D-III powerhouses, the Blue Knights were the lone representative from D-II, and they carried the torch proudly for the division. The Blue Knight men broke 3 school records and scored 272 points. The UU women smashed an incredible 11 school records and finished with 162 points, a new high for the program in three years of attending the D-I meet.

On the men’s side, senior Kim Helander qualified 14th and finished 15th in a field of 72 in the 50 free with a time of 21.20. He did much better in Friday’s 100 fly finals, qualifying and finishing 3rd in a race packed with some of the fastest flyers in the region in D-I and D-III. His time of 49.13 was just 12-thousandths off his own school record pace. The third place finish was the highest by a Blue Knight at the meet. In the finals of the 200 fly, Helander school-record time of 1:52.50 was bested by just 6 other competitors, but he had to settle for winning the “C” finals after qualifying 19th. Read More

Men's Swim Finishes 4th of 6 at OWU

Nov. 24th, 2014

After four straight dual or double dual meets, the Urbana University swim teams returned to major invitational competition this past weekend at Ohio Wesleyan University. The Blue Knight women finished third of six squads at OWU’s annual Corbiere/Marion Invitational. Urbana’s men took fourth place in the same field. The hosts from OWU won both the men’s and the women’s titles.

Just a week ago, Urbana’s men edged OWU by a single point in a home dual meet and Urbana’s women dropped a 97-93 decision to the Battling Bishops.

Capturing wins for the Blue Knights in the two-day invitational were Carl Henriksson (100 & 200 breast stroke), Aerika Wieser (50 and 100 free), Tiffany Howard (200 IM), Matt Stover (200 IM), and Kim Helander (200 fly). 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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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

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