SLIAC Championships Now Video Broadcasts

WE are pleased to announce that we will be adding the video aspect to the Championships covered on www.collegecasts.com

Schedule:

Men’s Soccer Tournament Nov. 1 & 3 Higher Seed Hosts
Women’s Soccer Tournament Nov. 2 & 4 Higher Seed Hosts
Volleyball Tournament Nov. 4 Highest Seed Hosts
Women’s Basketball Tournament Feb. 23 & 24 Highest Seed Hosts
Men’s Basketball Tournament Feb. 22 & 24 Highest Seed Hosts
Softball Tournament May 3-5 St. Ann, Mo.
(ABC Park)
Baseball Tournament May 10-12 Greenville, Ill.
(Greenville College)

2017 SLIAC Baseball Tournament Preview

[taken from SLIAC.org] The 2016-17 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference sports season will come to a close this weekend with the 2017 SLIAC Baseball Tournament. Greenville College, Spalding University, Webster University, and Westminster College will take the field looking to capture the final conference championship of the year.

Tournament Tidbits

  • Greenville’s Travis Ralls leads the SLIAC in batting average and is second in home runs and stolen bases while also ranking fourth in runs batted in.
  • Spalding pitcher Jimi Keating leads NCAA Division III with 119 strikeouts, while teammate Kyle Olliges is 5th with 101.
  • Josh Fleming, from Webster, leads all of NCAA Division III players with a 0.46 earned-run average this season and also ranks 7th in strikeouts.
  • Westminster’s Tanner Branneky became the Blue Jays career leader in home runs last week, hitting his 26th, and surpassing the previous mark which was held by his brother.

Fontbonne Head Softball Coach Danni Glixman Announces Resignation

[taken from fontbonnegriffins.com]

St. Louis, Mo. – Fontbonne University softball head coach Danni Glixman has announced her resignation.

Glixman had these words to say on her decision, “This season has been a wonderful learning experience for me. I have decided to take a different direction with my career but I am still 100% a Griffin. I am really thankful for this last year and want to thank the Fontbonne administration for letting Fontbonne be home these last six years.”

The first-year coach took the Griffins to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament for the ninth straight year. Fontbonne finished the year 13-23 overall and 11-7 in SLIAC play.

“Despite Coach Glixman wanting to go a different direction with her career she will always be a huge part of our program and will always be a Griffin,” stated Director of Athletics Maria Eftink. “I would like to thank Danni for all of her efforts as a student-athlete, assistant coach, and head coach. Though she will not be in the dugout, I know she will be a constant supporter of Fontbonne Softball for the rest of her life. I wish Danni nothing but success in her future endeavors.”

2017 SLIAC Softball Tournament Preview

[taken from SLIAC.org] … This weekend’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament will be all about newness. For the first time since 2012, the tournament will be played somewhere other than Elsah, Illinois. The tournament field will also include several “new” programs looking to leave their mark. Greenville, the reigning SLIAC Tournament Champion, still has memories of becoming the new champion last spring, ending a six-year reign by Fontbonne. Meanwhile, Fontbonne begins the tournament as something new to them, not being the top seed. That right goes to Westminster, who won the program’s first-ever outright regular season title this year. Webster also returns to the tournament for the first time since 2012.

Tournament Tidbits

  • Fontbonne first-year head coach Danni Glixman is the program’s career leader in batting average, hits, and runs batted in and ranks 3rd all-time in NCAA Division III in doubles.
  • Greenville’s Kate Joliff is just one home run away from holding the SLIAC Triple Crown. She leads the conference in batting average (.462) and runs batted in (43) while ranking second in home runs (7).
  • Webster has put together two separate winning streaks of at least eight games this season, including 10 straight to start the year; the program’s best start since 2000.
  • Westminster features a remarkable 14 freshmen on their roster, the youngest team in the tournament this year.

Fontbonne University ‘GRIFFINS’

The Griffins biggest game of the year came in the regular season’s final doubleheader. Needing a sweep to return to the tournament, the Griffins got it, snapping a ten game losing streak in the process. Fontbonne is hitting .288 as a team, averaging 4.9 runs per game this season. Despite ranking just sixth in the conference in team batting average the Griffins feature two of the top ten batting average leaders in the conference in Emelia Modglin (.402) and Courtney Kedroski (.391). That duo has combined for five of the team’s 14 home runs this year. Sam Brown and Maddie Cooksey are tied with Kedroski for the team lead in home runs with three. The graduation of last year’s SLIAC Pitcher of the Year, Madison Leonard, has left the Griffins with three young pitchers. Maddy Strickland, a sophomore, leads the team with over 100 innings pitched while sophomore Diamond Thomas has logged over 70 innings.

Greenville College ‘PANTHERS’

Greenville brings one of the league’s top offenses into the tournaments, hitting .320 as a team and tying for the league lead with 24 home runs. The Panthers average 6.1 runs per game while their pitching staff holds a 3.51 earned-run average. New head coach Buddy Foster has a strong middle of the order with three players hitting above .400 this season. The Panthers trio includes Kate Joliff who leads the team with a .462 batting average and 43 runs batted in while hitting seven home runs. Becca Oldham is hitting .417 with a team-high eight home runs, driving in 39 while Tiffany Samsoe is hitting .413 with four home runs and 38 runs batted in. Jordyn Wieland benefits from hitting in the two hole, surrounded by the trio, and is hitting .348 with 29 runs scored and a team-high 26 stolen bases. In the circle, the Panthers rely on Brianna Anderson. Anderson has worked almost half of the innings this spring, totaling 103 innings pitched, and holds a 2.51 earned-run average with 142 strikeouts.

Webster University ‘GORLOKS’

Webster has arguably the most explosive offense in the SLIAC, having scored double-digit runs in 11 games this season. The Gorloks averaged a conference-high 6.5 runs this season, hitting .320 as a team while tying for a league high 24 home runs. The Gorlok pitching staff has also shown the ability to limit opponents, recording six shutouts this year. The Gorlok lineup features six players that have driven in at least 20 runs this year, led by Kayla Day’s 34. Day is also leading the team with a .394 average and has hit five home runs. Abby Burroughs leads the team with six home runs, driving in 33 while hitting .382. Katlyn Garza adds to the team’s power, hitting .387 with five home runs and 25 RBI. The Gorloks abide by pitching staff by committee, with three pitchers totaling between 77 and 91 innings pitched this season. Alexis Spriggs has made the most starts, 17, and holds a 4.93 earned-run average. Morgan Mansur has been key out of the pen, leading the team with 10 wins and a 2.99 earned-run average. Chelsea Thornley completes the trio, recording nine wins this springs.

Westminster College ‘BLUE JAYS’

Westminster has won ten straight games as they enter the SLIAC Tournament, the longest active winning streak in the conference. The Blue Jays are hitting a conference-high .341 as a team, averaging 7.1 runs per game. Westminster rolls out a deep lineup that knows how to put runners on, holding a .412 team on-base percentage. Last year’s SLIAC Player of the Year Erica Burney is in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup. Burney is hitting .429 with three home runs and 26 runs batted in. A pair of freshman, Josie Cotter and Aubrie Vaughn, have made immediate impacts with their bats. Cotter is hitting .382 with five home runs and 39 runs batted while Vaughn is hitting .368 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in. Amber Tepen adds to the depth, hitting .367 with 29 runs batted in, and is the program’s career leader in doubles and RBI. Senior infielder Brittany Hodge, who missed time recently due to an injury, anchors a Blue Jay defense that ranks fourth in the conference in team fielding percentage. The Blue Jays will turn the ball over to the duo of Alyson Hahn and Katie Price. Hahn, a senior, provides the leadership in the circle and has a team-best 2.34 earned-run average while Price, a freshman, has thrown a team-high 87 innings this season.

Overall Record: 13-21

SLIAC Record: 11-7

Tournament Trips: 18

Tournament Titles: 9

Last Champ.: 2015

Overall Record: 21-15

SLIAC Record: 14-4

Tournament Trips: 13

Tournament Titles: 2

Last Champ.: 2016

Overall Record: 26-13

SLIAC Record: 13-5

Tournament Trips: 12

Tournament Titles: 4

Last Champ.: 2009

Overall Record: 23-11

SLIAC Record: 16-2

Tournament Trips: 14

Tournament Titles: 3

Last Champ.: 1998

SLIAC Softball Tournament Schedule is Set

BRACKET

 

New Faces Look To Make History

[taken from SLIAC.org]

The Tournament
After back to back tournaments with the same four teams the 2017 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament field welcomes in two new teams along with last year’s defending champion, and a first time tournament host.

Eureka College secured the program’s first ever SLIAC regular season title and the tournament’s #1 seed this season by going 14-2 in conference play. As host the Red Devils will face #4 seed Fontbonne University, who is making their first tournament appearance since 2012, in the second semi-final game on Thursday at 8 p.m. Defending SLIAC Tournament Champion, Greenville College secured the #2 seed in the field and will face #3 seed Webster University, making their first trip since 2013, in the tournament’s opening game at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The SLIAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship game will be played on Saturday, February 25 at 1 p.m.

Broadcast Information
The Championship Game of this year’s SLIAC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be broadcast live on College Casts by the crew of Buzz Swanston and Eric Callison. You can listen to the Championship Game HERE You can also watch all three games of the tournament on Video HERE

EUREKA COLLEGE ‘RED DEVILS’
Eureka College rolled to the program’s first ever SLIAC regular season title this season going 14-2 in conference play and out scoring their opponents by 18.4 points per game. The Red Devils were 18-7 overall this season and finished the year 10-2 at home.The Red Devils offense was dangerous all year long, averaging 73.8 points per game while connecting on over eight three-pointers per game. Eureka is led by junior guard and newcomer Hayley Reneau. Reneau is averaging 13.8 points per game while connecting on 58 three’s this season. She is just as impressive on the defensive end where she led the conference in blocks with 34 and was second in steals with 69. Senior forward Michaela Balducci is averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while junior guard Kerrigan Dura is a threat to score (9.8 points per game) and set up her teammates (4.9 assists per game).

Overall Record: 18-7
SLIAC Record: 14-2
Tourn. Appearances: 6
Tourn. Titles: 0
Last Championship: n/a
Coaches Corner with Steve Thompson

What does it mean for you to be hosting the tournament this year in front of your home crowd where you are 10-2 this season?
“It is a great privilege and honor to host the conference tournament. It is one of the reasons why then President Arnold was behind the investment of renovating our arena. Playing at home has been a tremendous asset for our team this year and I hope it continues to be throughout the conference tournament.”
Although you lost your leading scorer from last year, your offense has jumped from 60.2 points per game to 73.8 points per game; what has helped your offense take that next step?
“It’s been an interesting transition. This season we have a number of ladies that are able to score the basketball. I think we had six different players lead us in scoring this year and that makes us a tougher match up. We have done a good job this season taking care of the basketball and putting each other in a position to be successful with the ball in our hand.”
FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY ‘GRIFFINS’
Fontbonne went 13-12 during the regular season, finishing 9-7 in the SLIAC. After winning four straight games to clinch a berth into the tournament the Griffins have dropped two straight to close out the regular season. The Griffins averaged 62.7 points per game this season, sixth in the conference, while allowing the third fewest.Senior guard Emmie Haring is the engine for the Griffins. Haring holds numerous program records and became the conference’s all-time leader in assists earlier this season. She currently leads NCAA Division III in assists with 190 and is also averaging 8.7 points while ranking third in the SLIAC in steals. Sophomore guard Kaitlynn Walker increased her scoring by nearly eight points from last year and leads the team this year at 12.6 points per game. Meanwhile freshman Raven Venegas has given the Griffins another weapon and is averaging 9.7 points per game while shooting 47-percent from the floor.

Overall Record: 13-12
SLIAC Record: 9-7
Tourn. Appearances: 18
Tourn. Titles: 3
Last Championship: 2010

Coaches Corner with Maureen Sias

This is the team’s first trip to the postseason since 2012, how rewarding was it for the team to get back into the tournament?
“It is very rewarding to be back in the tournament. The girls and all of the coaches set this as one of our goals at the beginning of the season and they have been working so hard to achieve it. I’m very excited and proud to see their hard work paying off.”

Emmie Haring has had a great career but the addition of Raven Venegas and development of Kaitlynn Walker seems to have really helped the team this season, can you talk about those three players?
“Emmie has been a key to our success this year. Her ability to get the ball in her teammates’ hands and put them in a scoring position is amazing. Plus with the addition of Raven, Emmie’s abilities are elevated. Raven gives us a post presence we’ve needed. Her ability to score with her back to the basket but also step out makes her hard to guard. Kaitlyn has improved immensely from last year due to her off-season commitment. She spent many hours in the gym developing her outside shooting and ability to drive to the basket.”

GREENVILLE COLLEGE ‘PANTHERS’
After suffering back to back losses at the beginning of the month the Panthers have won four straight and in fact are 8-2 in their last ten games. They are averaging 72.4 points per game this season, third most in the conference, and are shooting an impressive 44.9 percent as a team including 36.4 percent from three-point range, both conference bests.At 6’1″ junior forward Laura Goodnight is a match-up nightmare who can go both inside and outside while averaging 12.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore Wesley Woodward is a low post threat that averages 10.9 points per game while ranking second in the SLIAC with a 52.8 field goal percentage. Senior guard Taylor Paulin has been a clutch performer for the Panthers, averaging 10.4 points per game which includes a stretch of three straight 20 point plus games earlier this year.

Overall Record: 17-8
SLIAC Record: 12-4
Tourn. Appearances: 8
Tourn. Titles: 1
Last Championship: 2016

Coaches Corner with Roy Mulholland

This is the program’s third consecutive year appearing in the SLIAC Tournament and you are the defending Champions, how do you think your previous experiences have prepared this year’s team?
“I think the first year we were pretty happy to be included in the tournament. When you have not been there for awhile it is important to take the first step. That experience definitely helped us last year. We felt like we belonged and were ready to take the next step. Being able to win the conference championship was great for our confidence and helped our kids understand we could play well in big games. We believe we have seen the positive effects of that win in our season this year.”

You have three players that really balance your scoring out, how does that balance help you?
“We have been fortunate over the last several years to have multiple players who can score. We have also been blessed with an inside/outside game. You really hope this becomes an advantage at this time of year knowing you do not have to rely on a player or two to get the job done but that there are multiple options. Our kids do a good job of understanding their roles and playing within their strengths.”

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY ‘GORLOKS’
Webster comes into the SLIAC Tournament has the hottest team, winning their last five games. The Gorloks led the conference in scoring this year at 79.4 points per game, an increase of 16.1 points from last year. The Gorloks high tempo style of play allows them to get to the free-throw line over 20 times a game while forcing a remarkable 32 turnovers per game.Junior guard Kelsey Miller is the leading scorer at 11.5 points per game while junior forward Taylor Lucas is averaging 10.2 points per game while shooting 51-percent from the field. Freshmen guards Jade Sawyer (9.6 ppg) and Jaysea Morgan (7.7 ppg) have made an immediate impact on the court for the Gorloks. The deep Gorlok lineup features 10 players that average at least 12 minutes per game.

Overall Record: 19-6
SLIAC Record: 11-5
Tourn. Appearances: 17
Tourn. Titles: 2
Last Championship: 2011

Coaches Corner with Jordan Olufson

This is the first time the Gorloks have made the tournament since 2013 and your 19 wins are the most since 2004-05, what has been the big change to your success this year?
“The league has been pretty tough and deep the past couple years and we fell short. We have veteran players who have gotten better over the last two years along with adding some new impact players. The combination of both with great energy and effort each night has really helped in the process. We are a team that is just trying to get better each day and our kids are working to improve.”

Your team really emphasizes pressure, both on offense and defense. What does playing up-tempo mean for your team?
“We have played the same style the last nine years but this year we have grown as a team, understanding what we are trying to accomplish and a team full of team players. Our kids are being more consistent in our style with pressure in our trapping system and pushing the tempo consistently. We have really grown in being more consistent and being more comfortable in our program.”

Tournament Tidbits

  • This is the sixth consecutive trip to the SLIAC Tournament for Eureka but the first time they have hosted the tournament.
  • Although they have made a conference record 18 trips to the SLIAC Tournament, this is Fontbonne’s first trip since 2012.
  • Greenville will be appearing in their third straight SLIAC Tournament, a program record.
  • Webster will be making their first tournament trip since 2013.
  • Eureka is just one of two current SLIAC schools to have never won a tournament title. Iowa Wesleyan, who has not been eligible for the tournament, is the other school.
  • Fontbonne has the most SLIAC Tournament wins in conference history with 20, claiming three tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2010).
  • Greenville picked up the program’s only two wins in tournament history when they made their championship run last year.
  • Webster’s 19 wins are the program’s most since they finished with 21 wins in the 2004-05 season.
  • Did you know only one seed lower than the #2 seed as ever won the SLIAC Tournament? That was in 2011 when Webster won as a #3 seed. In fact 16 of 21 times the top seed has won with last year stopping a streak of four straight top seed victories.

Greenville To Host 2017 SLIAC Men’s Tournament

[taken from SLIAC.org]

The Tournament
For just the second time in program history Greenville College has won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title outright and by doing so they will host the 2017 SLIAC Tournament this weekend, welcoming Principia College, Webster University, and Westminster College to town.

Greenville wrapped up the top seed in the tournament by finishing the season with a 14-4 conference record. This marks the first time that Greenville will serve as host of the tournament, as they were not eligible for postseason play the last time they captured a SLIAC regular season title (1995-96). Greenville will face #4 seed Principia College, who is making their first postseason trip since 2005, on Friday at 8 p.m. The other semi-final game will feature last year’s tournament champion, #2 seed Westminster College, against #3 seed Webster University at 6 p.m. on Friday. The SLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship game will be played on Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m.

Broadcast Information
The Championship Game of this year’s SLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be broadcast live on College Casts by the crew of Bradford Bruns and Joel Borders. You can listen to the Championship Game HERE You can also watch all three games of the tournament on video HERE

GREENVILLE COLLEGE ‘PANTHERS’
For the second consecutive year Greenville College is the top scoring team in NCAA Division III, averaging 130.4 points per game. The Panthers rotate a lineup that has 11 players averaging at least seven minutes per game. The Panthers play fast, putting up over 100 shots per game on average including hitting on 17 three’s each outing. They have won eight of their last nine games and are 10-2 at home this season.Senior guard Kenny Greene (18.8 ppg) heads up a rotation that features six players averaging in double figures in scoring, while knocking down a conference high 96 three’s this season. Senior forward Shane Smith is averaging 18.2 points and a team high 6.2 rebounds while shooting 58-percent from the floor. Sophomore guards Johari Dix (4.3 apg) and Daniel Saeli (3.0 apg) take turns running the fast paced offense.

Overall Record: 20-5
SLIAC Record: 14-4
Tourn. Apperances: 5
Tourn. Titles: 1
Last Championship: 1998
Coaches Corner with Dr. George Barber

After having made the tournament just once in the previous 11 years, you have now made the field in back to back seasons including capturing the SLIAC regular season title. Can you talk about finding consistency in the program?
“It is a great feeling to be back in the tournament. We had a backlog of seniors with Brian Ehresman, Moe Smith, and Stevonte Young due to injuries and catching up for graduation. I am most proud of their mature decision to get the academic work done first and returning from injury, putting that above basketball last year and now focusing on the game for their super senior year. I am so proud of our seniors this year. The team has had a great spirit to them all year.
Last year you implemented “the system”, can you talk about how the team and you yourself as a coach are more comfortable with it this year?
“We decided to go to the system last year to increase participation, since we had such a large squad. I wanted to find a style that allowed me to play lots of people and keep them engaged. I knew there would be some positives and negatives and it would take a lot of unselfish guys to be able to embrace this style of play. It did not start off so well last year but it eventually it caught on and we ended up leading the nation in scoring. THe NCAA sent us a plaque and we had it put up in the hall. I never expected that to happen but the guys thought that was cool. And I only heard one question from them, ‘we are doing this again next year, right coach?’.”
PRINCIPIA COLLEGE ‘PANTHERS’
Principia comes into the tournament as the hottest team in the conference after putting together one of the more memorable finishes to a regular season just to get into the tournament, winning seven of their final eight games. The Panthers are averaging 79.1 points per game this season and ranked fourth in the league in team three-point percentage.With just eight players on the roster it is helpful that they have multiple scoring options. One of those options is senior guard Adaku Anumu, one of the more prolific scorers in SLIAC history. Anumu has scored over 1,000 points in just two years with the Panthers, with 11 games over 30 points, and is averaging 18.4 points per game this season. As explosive as he is he has benefited from the additions of sophomore guard Micah Paulson (16.4 ppg) and Trevaughn Goodman (14.0 ppg). The Panthers also feature a big man, Justin Ball (10.8 ppg), and athletic forward Parker Davidson; who is just one of two players in the conference to average a double-double this season.

Overall Record: 12-11
SLIAC Record: 11-7
Tourn. Apperances: 11
Tourn. Titles: 0
Last Championship: n/a

Coaches Corner with Todd Zimmerman
Can you talk a little about how the team has played down the stretch winning seven of eight games?
“After losing three in a row, we knew we had to come close to running the table to get into the tournament and we really came together as a unit. With only eight players, each team member has that much bigger of a role and I believe that our players started to really understand that. The ownership and togetherness of our team has increased tremendously through the mid-season losing streak we endured. Now we are playing confident and free. Everybody knows their role and what is expected of them night in and night out and that has helped our entire team be on the same page.”
You have some explosive scorers on your team with both Anumu and Goodman each topping 30 points during games this season. Can you talk about their scoring ability?
“Anumu and Goodman are dynamite scorers. Even more helpful is the fact that they complement each other well. Anumu is a knock down shooter and Goodman is an attacker. Goodman has really come on in the last month of the season to give our team an added driving threat that was not always there. When they are both on, they are tough to stop.”
WEBSTER UNIVERSITY ‘GORLOKS’
Webster returns to the SLIAC Tournament after going 14-11 overall and 11-7 in conference action this season. The Gorloks have won two straight games as they enter the tournament but will have do so without four year starter Hunter Ward, who was injured back in early January.With Ward out the Gorloks have seen the emergence of forward Evan Milligan. Milligan is averaging 15.1 points per game since Ward’s departure including leading Webster in scoring in each of the last five games. Senior CJ Moore and Xavier Dortch anchor the Gorloks guard play. Moore is a slasher, averaging 12.3 points per game while shooting 50-percent from the field and Dortch can knock down the long range shot, averaging 11.7 points per game with a team high 60 three-pointers this season.

Overall Record: 14-11
SLIAC Record: 11-7
Tourn. Apperances: 18
Tourn. Titles: 2
Last Championship: 2014

Coaches Corner with Chris Bunch
Can you talk about the loss of Hunter mid-way through the season. Your team responded immediately after the loss by winning six of seven games. How was the team able to overcome the loss?
“Hunter was tough, obviously. He was leading us in scoring, rebounding, and assists at the time of his injury. We have a lot of seniors on our team and they really pulled together and decided that they could overcome that obstacle if they all played together and blended their strengths. Many players have increased their production over that time or had a great individual performance on a particular day that helped keep us in the race. It truly has been a team effort from a bunch of experienced guys.”Can you talk about Evan Milligan’s development this season. He doubled his scoring output from last year as a freshman and is one of the top inside players in the conference.
“Evan is extremely talented; I think that after Hunter went down, he realized that he was going to have to score and rebound more, and he has done that. He could probably score even more, but he is very unselfish and often passes up scoring opportunities for himself to pass to someone else, and I have to get on him a little bit for that sometimes. But he has been one of the keys for us down the stretch.”
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE ‘BLUE JAYS’
Westminster returns in 2017 to defend last year’s tournament title. The Blue Jays were a young team last year and aren’t much older this year with just two seniors on the roster. Their leading scorer is athletic swing man Romo Tabb, a 6’5″ forward, who is averaging 15.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while also shooting 57-percent from the floor. Junior center Sean O’Brien gives the Blue Jays size in the middle and averages 15.5 points per game. A third scoring option is junior guard Jimmy Villalobos. Villalobos earned All-Tournament team honors last year and averaged 12.2 points per game this season as the team’s top outside threat with 54 three-pointers.The Blue Jays are a ball control team with sophomore guard Carter Wands taking on that task. Wands averages just 6.7 points per game but hands out 3.1 assists per game and ranks 4th in the conference in assist to turnover ratio. Fellow guard Tanner Cochran also helps handle the pressure and averages 6.4 points per game while leading the team with 40 steals this year.
 


Overall Record:
17-8
SLIAC Record: 13-5
Tourn. Apperances: 18
Tourn. Titles: 4
Last Championship: 2016

Coaches Corner with Matt Mitchell
You are the defending tournament champion, can you talk about how the run last year has prepared you for this year?
“The most important aspect heading into this season was the confidence that last year’s tournament run gave us. We were a young team last year and that success has obviously bred more success this year. Just simply knowing that, if you play well, you should have a chance to win.”Your team is constantly among the best at protecting the ball (fewest turnovers). Can you talk about the importance and emphasis you place on that and why it is critical to success?
“Taking care of the ball has always been a priority of ours at Westminster. We feel that taking good care of the ball provides you with an opportunity to win when other aspects are not sharp that specific night. We have never had a super fast team so controlling the ball helps keep us out of too many transition situations on defense.”

Tournament Tidbits

  • This is just the second time since joining the SLIAC that Greenville has reached the 20 win mark for the season. The only other time was in 1995-96 when they went 21-8 and was also the only other season they won an outright regular season conference title.
  • This is the 11th time Principia has made the tournament but just the second time since the conference narrowed it down to a four team field.
  • Webster is returning to the tournament after missing out on the postseason last year. This means that Webster has never missed the tournament in back to back seasons.
  • Westminster has the most tournament wins in conference history, having won 18 games over their previous 17 trips.
  • Greenville has one SLIAC Tournament title, coming in the 1998 tournament as a #5 seed.
  • Principia’s 12 wins this season are the program’s most since the 2002-03 season and two more wins would give them their most in a season since joining the SLIAC.
  • Webster is tied for the most tournament appearances in conference history with 18 trips to the postseason.
  • Westminster will be looking to become the first repeat tournament champion since Fontbonne University won three consecutive from 2007-09.
  • Did you know that the top seed of the tournament has not won the title in any of the last three seasons?

Coverage of CSDHL from West Dundee again this year

WE are pleased to announce that the tradition continues with the coverage of the Preliminary Rounds and the Championship Rounds of the Central States Developmental Hockey League Playoffs coming from the Leafs Ice Center in West Dundee Illinois.

Each game is covered LIVE then archived right after for continuous REPlay.

The teams will be filled in later but here is the schedule of games …

Date Start Leafs Centre Rink
2/11/2017 6:30 AM Squirt Center
7:50 AM Peewee Center
9:10 AM Peewee Center
10:30 AM Peewee Center
11:50 AM 16U Center
1:50 PM 16U Center
3:50 PM Squirt Center
5:10 PM Squirt Center
2/12/2017 8:00 AM 16U Center
10:00 AM Squirt Center
11:40 AM Peewee Center
1:25 PM Bantam Center
3:00 PM 16U Center

SLIAC Men’s Soccer again on collegecasts.com

At A Glance [from SLIAC.org]
The 2016 SLIAC Men’s Soccer Tournament field includes Fontbonne University, Spalding University, Webster University, and Westminster College. Semifinal games will be held Thursday with the championship game being played on Saturday.

Schedule/Results
Thursday, November 3
Game 1 – #1 Spalding def. #4 Webster, 4-3
Game 2 – #2 Westminster def. #3 Fontbonne, 2-1 OT

Saturday, November 5
Championship Game – Spalding vs. Westminster (Louisville, Ky.)

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FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY ‘GRIFFINS’

Despite not winning a game in the first month of the season the Griffins put it all together in October, going 8-2. After being blanked in four of their first five games the Griffins offense averaged 4.8 goals per game in their final ten contests to finish third in the league in scoring. The trio of Ryan Dudley, Austin Willenbrock, and Nick Wolf have each recorded at least 12 points this season. Maybe most impressively for the Griffins this season has been the fact that five different players have recorded a game winning goal this season. Defensively Tony Pitaro has been the mainstay in net for the Griffins.

Overall Record: 8-10-1
SLIAC Record: 7-2
Tourn.Appearances:21
Tourn. Titles: 4
Last: 2006

Coaches Corner with Ricky Andrews
The team got off to a tough start this season, what was the turning point?
“The turning point, for us, it was just staying together and believing in what has got us to where we are now and that’s the playoffs. Playing the Washington University game, that was a great achievement as a team to play them that tough.”

You have a balanced attack, what is the benefit of having multiple players being able to step up for the team?
“Having everyone in attack is having success for us because I believe the guys are working hard off the ball and no one is being selfish. We can score from the deep midfield positions or attacking midfield; having every player offensively just gives us great balance.”

 

SPALDING UNIVERSITTY ‘GOLDEN EAGLES’

Spalding completed an undefeated SLIAC regular season, going 9-0, just the eighth time in conference history a team has had a perfect slate. They carry a ten game winning streak into the tournament and are making their second trip in program history, joining the 2014 squad. The Golden Eagles finished second in the league in scoring with freshmen Osman Hussein (11 goals) and Kornell Hilliard (8 goals and 6 assists) leading the way. On the back end they rely on senior defender Joey Lesher, who has also totaled six goals. Goalie Ryan Glynn has played nearly every minute in net for Spalding, recording 64 saves and six shutouts.

Overall Record: 11-6
SLIAC Record: 9-0
Tourn. Appearances: 2
Tourn. Titles: 0
Last: n/a

Coaches Corner with Adam Boyer
Your program won its first ever SLIAC regular season title, how do you keep your team focused on their remaining goals for the season?
“Winning the program’s first title is a major accomplishment and something every member of our team is proud of achieving this season. Still, when we set out our goals at the beginning of this season, the top priority for the team was winning the SLIAC Tournament and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The leadership from the upperclassmen has been fantastic and the players are hungry and determined to accomplish more and keep this season going.”

Kornell Hilliard and Osman Hussein have had an immediate impact as freshmen, how have you seen them grow as the season progressed?
“Kornell and Osman have had impressive seasons, and have been playing their best soccer over the last few weeks. As a team we had a slow start to the season and it is no surprise that as Osman and Kornell started scoring goals our results as a team have improved. There is no doubt their offensive production has played a huge part in winning ten straight games but overall it has been a complete team effort this season and it’s been incredible to see different individuals stepping up in different games and helping us to this memorable season.”

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY ‘GORLOKS’

Webster has had a an up and down season, recording back to back wins just twice this year. But one of those streaks is their current one as they will be looking to carry the momentum of their two game winning streak into the tournament. The Gorloks have been paced by sophomore Drew Quisenberry’s four goals and three assists. A balanced attack is rounded out by Brendan Shields (three goals, four assists) and Alex Whalen (five goals). Freshman Kyle Hertel has taken control in net for the Gorloks, with 31 saves in over 800-minutes of action.

Overall Record: 8-9
SLIAC Record: 6-3
Tourn.Appearances:20
Tourn. Titles: 4
Last: 2012

Coaches Corner with Mike Siener
How did playing a tough schedule early on in the season prepare the team as they entered conference play?
“Playing a tough non-conference schedule, we hope, prepares us for tough match-ups that we are going to face throughout the conference. Seeing and playing against some of the regions best players and teams can only make us better and more prepared for the conference.”

You come into the tournament having won your last two games, what do you have to carry on from those wins into the postseason?
“Our hope is our momentum will continue to carry into this week. We have been able to find the back of the net the last two games and hopefully that will get us some confidence going into Thursday’s game.”

 

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE ‘BLUE JAYS’

Westminster appears to be ramping up for the postseason, carrying a five game winning streak into the tournament. Over the last seven games the Blue Jays are averaging 5.3 goals per game. Westminster led the league in goals this year with 48 and are led by senior Drake Trease. Trease led the SLIAC with 14 goals and 32 points, recording four game-winning goals. David Immanuel was second on the team with nine goals and three game-winning goals. Junior Ben Chester has filled in admirably for the team after an off-season injury to All-Conference keeper Raul Belman. 

Overall Record: 12-3-1
SLIAC Record: 7-1-1
Tourn.Appearances:17
Tourn. Titles: 3
Last: 2015

Coaches Corner with Adam Galla

You took over the program relatively late in the summer, how did you get the team ready for the season as they prepare to defend their three consecutive tournament titles?
“Even though I came in right before our season started I felt like I had a very good grasp of the team that was ready to compete this fall. We have a great group of guys who are extremely coachable. They’ve worked very hard and have really bought into our team philosophy. Right now we are just focused on one day at a time and fully preparing ourselves for Fontbonne on Thursday.”

The team comes in having won five straight games with the offense picking up its pace as the season has gone on. Can you talk about how well the offense is clicking?
“We are heading into the conference tournament with confidence and know that if we play the way we are capable of playing that we are a nationally competitive team. I think that players are starting to fully understand our style of play and have built that familiarity with each other, especially in the final third of the field.”

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At A Glance [taken from SLIAC.org]
The 2016 SLIAC Women’s Soccer Tournament field is set and will include Fontbonne University, Spalding University, Webster University, and Westminster College. Three of the four programs have previously won a tournament championship while Spalding is making their second consecutive trip to the tournament in program history. Semifinal games will be held Wednesday while the championship game will be on Friday.

Tournament Schedule
Semifinals – Wednesday, November 2
Game 1 – #1 Webster vs. #4 Westminster (St. Louis, Mo.) 7 p.m.
Game 2 – #2 Fontbonne vs. #3 Spalding (St. Louis, Mo.) 7 p.m.

Championship – Friday, November 4
#1 Webster vs #2 Fontbonne (Soccer Park) 7:30 pm
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FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY ‘GRIFFINS’

Fontbonne recovered from a slow start to the season which saw them open up with a 1-3 record to close the final month with a 7-2 mark. They carry a two game winning streak into the tournament and finished the regular season as the league’s top defense, allowing just 18 goals this season, with Tayler Pulvirenti leading the way in net and recording a conference best .787 save percentage. They saw a rise of 20 goals from last year to this year, thanks in large part to Meredith Wendt’s team leading 14 goal this year. Jacey Pate, a freshman, has added 10 goals while Natalie Sipole has 10 assists.

Overall Record: 12-6-1
SLIAC Record: 8-1
Tourn.Appearances:14
Tourn. Titles: 1
Last: 1996

Coaches Corner with Brian Hoener

After missing out on the tournament last year for the first time in seven years, what did the team do and work on in the off-season to get back?
“We used last year as a motivation tool heading into this year. Last year, I thought we were good enough to make the conferene tournament but didn’t play well in big games. This year’s team was extremely motivated to learn from the lessons last year’s team went through.”

How did you keep your team focused on their goals this season after a slow start?
“We talked about the long term goals for our season and staying the course. We challenged ourselves with a difficult non-conference schedule and I think that helped prepare us for conference. Early in the season our record didn’t look great but I knew we were heading in the right direction.”

SPALDING UNIVERSITTY ‘GOLDEN EAGLES’

Spalding finished the regular season having lost just one game in the final month, going 7-1. They finished third in the conference in goals scored with 56 as senior Dee Dee Sliter led the SLIAC in scoring with 45 points including 20 goals. Freshman Kelsie Huffman was second on the team with six goals. The Golden Eagles have had to adjust their defense mid-season when they lost All-Conference defender Demi West but goalkeeper Kelsey Kaiser and her defenders have been up to the task, tying for the league lead with eight team shutouts.

Overall Record: 11-5-1
SLIAC Record: 7-2
Tourn. Appearances: 2
Tourn. Titles: 0
Last: n/a

Coaches Corner with Shiloh Rayburn

You are making your second straight appearance in the tournament, what did the team learn in its first trip last year?
“The team has learned how to deal with adversity a little better. Last year was new territory for our team and we are extremely excited to be back. We know the importance of being ready from the opening whistle.”

Dee Dee Sliter has shown to be a top player on the field but what does she do off the field and besides stats that makes her so successful and vital to the offense and team as a whole?
“Dee Dee is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had the joy of coaching. Her determination is unmatched and I firmly believe it’s one of the major reasons she’s been so successful. She’s had major injuries she has come back from and without that drive, there is no way she would be the athlete she is. She’s also a great teammate and without good team chemistry I don’t think we would be in the position we are in.”

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY ‘GORLOKS’

Webster brings a four game winning streak into the tournament. The Gorloks led the SLIAC in goals this year with 66 and average 22.8 shots per game. The strength of the Gorloks is in their depth, as evidenced by the fact that five players have netted five or more goals this season. Senior Allison Ferguson leads the way with 12 goals while a pair of freshman in Janel Bond (9 goals) and Melissa Kasper (6 goals) have made immediate impacts on the field. The defense is stout once again with two-time conference Player of the Week winner Elena Bloma anchoring the back line. In net the Gorloks have had four players play significant minutes however Alisa Coralic has received the majority of the minutes down the stretch.

Overall Record: 11-7
SLIAC Record: 9-0
Tourn.Appearances:13
Tourn. Titles: 7
Last: 2014

Coaches Corner with Luigi Scire

Your team just finished their third perfect 9-0 SLIAC regular season in the last four year’s, how tough is it to stay focused for every single game?
“We respect all of the teams in our conference and we prepare for each one knowing that every game is going to be tough. The teams in our conference our very well coached and the challenge is to stay focused for each game.”

You not only led the conference in goals scored but were also second in fewest goals allowed. How do you get your team to not only work on the glory (scoring goals) but playing solid team defense?
“There is an emphasis placed on being an unselfish two-way player. The players understand success is achieved when you are not one dimensional.”

 

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE ‘BLUE JAYS’

Westminster will be looking to defend their SLIAC Tournament title after moving past Webster in the championship game last year on penalty kicks. The Blue Jays play a possession, defensive style game. However despite ranking 7th in the league shots per game (14.4) the Blue Jays were the most efficient team with a .222 shot on goal percentage. Paige Townsend led the way for Westminster with seven goals while Payton Beeler totaled six goals and six assists for a team best 18 points. The defense is led by junior Abby Rockers, the two-time defending SLIAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Overall Record: 9-7
SLIAC Record: 6-3
Tourn.Appearances:14
Tourn. Titles: 1
Last: 2015

Coaches Corner with Jen Dyson

You have won six of your last seven games coming into the tournament, do you think your team is finally clicking on all cylinders as you try to defend last year’s title?
“The success we have seen recently comes from discipline and work ethic to continue to improve to improve each day regardless of a game or training circumstance. The team stays focused on our overall goals and they are aware that everything will not be perfect, but we need to focus on the process of becoming better in all we do.”

The Blue Jays are known for being defense minded first. How do you get your players to buy into the defense first mind set?
“In regards to our team philosophy, we stress doing everything better; 23 strong in all we do. It is incredibly challenging to do that day in and day out with so many injuries but regardless of people’s playing status all 23 people have a huge impact on our success as a team. Defending is just one piece of that but it never works if everyone isn’t engaged and on the same page.”