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 UU!

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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

UU to Host Roundball Reunion on Feb. 7

Basketball has been a popular sport at Urbana University for much of its recent history. To celebrate this legacy, on Saturday, Feb. 7, the university is hosting the Round Ball Reunion, inviting former Urbana University basketball players, cheerleaders, coaches, athletic directors, faculty, staff and friends to return to campus to relive their memories and renew relationships.

Recognizing alumni participants from all years, the event will include lunch at noon in the Student Center, as well as gifts for former players, historical photos and displays and special recognition of the 50th reunion of the 1965-1966 men’s team.

Guests can also enjoy watching the current men’s and women’s Blue Knights take on Shepherd University at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. The men’s game will also include halftime recognition of all former players in attendance, including the 50th reunion team. Luncheon tickets are $25 per guest with all proceeds to benefit the Urbana University Basketball Programs. For additional information or reservations, call Advancement at (937) 772-9351 or RSVP here. Read More

 

UU Ends Skid with 76-64 Win at Wise

Jan. 31st, 2015

On the final day of the first month, the Urbana University men’s basketball team secured its first victory of 2015. The Blue Knights entered Saturday’s contest 0 for 9 in January, but a 76-64 win at the University of Virginia-Wise helped Urbana end its month-long skid. The road win also snaps Urbana’s 28-game losing streak in true road games. That mark was the second highest in the country in NCAA Division II. Virginia-Wise currently owns the country’s longest losing streak, regardless of location. Saturday’s loss to the Blue Knights was the Cavaliers’ 18th straight.

With about seven minutes remaining, Myles Busby scored seven straight points for the Blue Knights to push the lead to double digits for the first time. That’s where it stayed until the final horn sounded. Busby recorded his second double-double of the season. His seven-point spurt late in the second half helped him finish the game with 10 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Read More

Cards Complete Season Sweep of UU

Jan. 29th, 2015

The scoring was a bit down from their first meeting, but the result was the same as visiting Wheeling Jesuit University completed a season sweep of Urbana University on Thursday night in the Warren G. Grimes Center. Back in December, the Cardinals outgunned Urbana 109-97. Thursday night’s contest fell in the Cardinals’ favor 87-77.

Urbana overcame a 15-point deficit in the first half. The Cardinals scored 23 of the game’s first 31 points, but it was the Blue Knights who held a 45-43 lead at the break thanks to a last-second lay-in from freshman Matt Csuhran (pictured). Read More

#5 Hilltoppers Roll Over Urbana 132-95

Jan. 24th, 2015

The Urbana University men's basketball team strolled into fifth ranked West Liberty University’s gym on Saturday afternoon looking for payback after a tough 138-133 overtime loss in Urbana in December. Both squads entered the contest in the midst of their longest losing streaks of the season. Urbana remains winless in 2015 after a 4-6 start to their year, while the Hilltoppers slipped out of the #1 spot in the polls after suffering its first two-game home losing streak since 2006. After the opening tip, it was all West Liberty as the Toppers stopped their skid and extended Urbana's in a 132-95 win.

Urbana freshman Matt Csuhran outscored everyone, finishing with 26 points and 6 boards. Sophomore Doug Hilson (pictured) dropped a career-high 19 points and 8 rebounds in extended minutes. Junior Myles Busby added 17 points and 3 assists, and freshman Carlas Jackson chipped in 13 points off the bench. 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 Swept by ASC Powerhouse WJU

Jan. 24th, 2015

The Urbana University men's and women's swim teams both suffered losses on Saturday afternoon in a home meet against Appalachian Swimming Conference foe Wheeling Jesuit University. The Cardinal men defeated Urbana 113-72, while the UU women were defeated 135-58.

The Blue Knight men won one more race than the women. Senior Kim Helander led the squad with a pair of victories. He won the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 51.59, and he claimed another victory in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 21.80. Read More

Swimmers Sweep ABU

Jan. 17th, 2015

Both the Blue Knight men’s and women’s swim teams got back on the winning track on Saturday afternoon. Urbana University swept Alderson-Broaddus University in the Battlers’ home pool. The Blue Knight men won 108-83, while the women ran away with a 106-61 victory.

Seniors Alex Espinoza, Kim Helander, Matt Stover and sophomore Coleston Pope (pictured) finished their days undefeated in the pool. Each captured two individual titles and a relay win. Espinoza won the 100 and 200 free. Helander won the 50 free and 100 fly. Stover touched in first in the 200 IM and 100 back. Pope won both the 500 and 1,000 yard distance freestyles. The winning 200 medley relay team featured Stover and Helander, along with teammates Eric Eaton and Cody Hall. The winning 400 free relay team included Espinoza, Pope, Hall, and sophomore Carl Henriksson. Read More

Asbury Upends UU in Regular Season Finale

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 senior-less Blue Knight women won six races on Saturday. The afternoon started off with the women winning the 200 medley relay with a final time of 2:00.10. Members of the 200 medley relay include Jennier Schwartz, Mary Carney, Jacqueline Rex, and Aerika Wieser. In addition to her relay victory, Wieser won her three individual events as well. The sophomore touched first in the 200 yard freestyle (2:01.52), the 50 yard freestyle (25.06) and the 100 yard freestyle (56.01). Read More

Swimmers Swept by ASC Powerhouse WJU

Jan. 24th, 2015

The Urbana University men's and women's swim teams both suffered losses on Saturday afternoon in a home meet against Appalachian Swimming Conference foe Wheeling Jesuit University. The Cardinal men defeated Urbana 113-72, while the UU women were defeated 135-58.

The Blue Knight women won three races on the afternoon. Sophomore Aerika Wieser placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.43, receiving 9 points for her team. Wieser received another 9 points when she stole the victory in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.92 seconds. Read More

Swimmers Sweep ABU

Jan. 17th, 2015

Both the Blue Knight men’s and women’s swim teams got back on the winning track on Saturday afternoon. Urbana University swept Alderson-Broaddus University in the Battlers’ home pool. The Blue Knight men won 108-83, while the women ran away with a 106-61 victory.

Urbana’s women won ten events, led by sophomore Jennifer Schwartz, who claimed three individual titles. Schwartz won the 100 fly, 100 back and 1,000 free, a grueling three-event task in a quick dual meet. Despite the tough slate of swims, Schwartz managed to break a school record in the 1,000 free. She touched in at 11 minutes and 53 seconds, besting Breanne Schroeder’s old UU mark by two seconds. Read More

Late Run Dooms Women's Basketball at Wise

Jan. 31st, 2015

The Urbana University women’s basketball team dropped their 13th straight game on Saturday afternoon, falling on the road 75-58 at The University of Virginia-Wise.

Urbana kept the contest close for most of the afternoon until the Cavaliers sprang an 11-0 run on their guests just before the final five-minute media timeout. Before the run, Wise clung to a 56-48 advantage. Three minutes and three three-point possessions later and the Cavs led by an insurmountable 19 points. Three Blue Knights reached double figures in defeat. Tori Purk and Kennedy Boggs each poured in a team-high 15. Boggs also had 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block. Read More

UU Can't Keep Up with Cards

Jan. 29th, 2015

The Urbana University women’s basketball started Thursday night’s home affair on fire, but the Blue Knights couldn’t keep up with the visiting Cardinals from Wheeling Jesuit University. The Cards took the Mountain East Conference matchup by a score of 71-61.

Urbana needed just 12 minutes to open a quick 12-point advantage over the Cardinals. The Blue Knights knocked down 12 of their first 17 attempts. Unfortunately, a 1 for 10 shooting spell allowed the Cardinals to storm all the way back and grab an 8-point lead just before the half. Kennedy Boggs banked home a half court heave at the halftime horn to get the home team back within 36-31 heading into the break. Read More

WLU Avenges Earlier Loss at UU

Jan. 24th, 2015

On Saturday afternoon, the Blue Knight women's basketball team met the Hilltoppers from Mountain East Conference foe West Liberty University for the second time this season. After pulling off an upset at home over the 24th ranked Toppers back in December, Urbana fell in the rematch 83-62.

Tori Purk led the Blue Knights with 16 Points. Kate Francisco cashed in 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jeni Jordan added 13 points and a couple of steals, and Kennedy Boggs ended the game with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Read More

Baseball Picked 6th in MEC Preseason Poll

Jan. 30th, 2015

The Shepherd Rams have been picked by the baseball coaches in the Mountain East Conference to repeat as conference champions in 2015. The Rams, the MEC regular season champions in 2014, finished with 116 points and were picked to finish first on eight ballots.

Urbana landed in 6th place in the preseason poll. In the inaugural season of the MEC last spring, Urbana finished 4th in both the regular season standings and the post-season tournament. On Day 2 of the MEC tournament, Urbana eliminated top-seed and 19th ranked Shepherd University 12-7. The Blue Knights racked up a program-record 20 conference wins en route to a 24-21 season, Urbana's most since Head Coach Mike Goldschmidt's first season. Goldschmidt returns for his eighth season in 2015. One Blue Knight, senior outfielder Matt Paculan, landed on the All-Atlantic Region Second Team earlier this month. Read More

Paculan Named to Preseason All-Region Team

Jan. 23th, 2015

Below are the 2015 National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association Preseason All-Atlantic Region 1st and 2nd teams. A total of 19 schools are represented. Eleven players were also selected to the 2014 NCBWA All-Region teams, including 4 returners from the 1st team. NCBWA Preseason teams are voted upon by sports information directors in the region.

For the second straight season, Urbana University landed a Blue Knight on the All-Atlantic Region 2nd Team. Senior center fielder Matt Paculan (Mississauga, Canada/St. Francis Xavier) picked up his first preseason all-region nod after earning 1st Team All-Mountain East Conference honors in his first season at UU in 2014. Paculan maintained a batting average over .500 twenty games into the 2014 season, while committing just one error all season long. He was named Team MVP while sharing the Blue Knight Impact Award. 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

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

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

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

Wallace, Spivey Pick Up More All-Region Nods

Jan. 17th, 2015

The Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Committee has released the 2013 NCAA Division II All-Super Region One squad today (Jan. 16). 2014 Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Sean McCartney (QB- West Chester) was named the Super Region One "Offensive Player of the Year", while linebacker Justin Shirk (Bloomsburg) was selected as the Region "Defensive Player of the Year." Charleston defensive back and returner Torie Wagner was also chosen as the "Special Teams Player of the Year", Slippery Rock defensive end Marcus Martin earned "Freshman of the Year" and Concord head coach Garin Justice was tabbed the Super Region One Coach of the Year.

Urbana University landed two Blue Knights on the All-Region Teams. Junior linebacker D'Gary Wallace (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar HS) earned 1st Team recognition, while senior tight end La'Velle Spivey (Newark, Ohio/Newark HS) landed on the Third Team Offense. 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

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

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