MU turns in season-low score to open Rose-Hulman tournament
TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Freshman Lauren Byers (Evansville, Ind.) and senior Carly Clock (Hartford City, Ind.) helped lead a strong charge for Manchester University during the first round of the Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineer Invitational Saturday, Sept. 21.
Byers, as she has done throughout the fall, found herself among the top 10 individually, carding an 84 to be part of a tie for seventh. Clock added an 87 as part of as logjam in 17th after the first 18 holes. Junior Aubrey Mills (Richmond, Ind.) was also in the individual top 25, scoring an 89 to be tied for 22nd.
The Spartans’ first round total of 351 put them fourth in the team race, just three strokes behind Franklin for third. The team total is the Black and Gold’s lowest round score of the year. Tournament hosts Rose-Hulman eclipsed Hanover by two shots (335-337) for first.
Second round action starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Manchester University’s men’s squad begins its fall slate Sunday at the first round of Franklin College’s Fall Invitational.
Spartans upended in HCAC opener
FRANKLIN, IND. – Manchester University played No. 13-ranked Franklin College to a strong second half in its 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener Saturday, Sept. 21.
The Spartans posted a touchdown during the third and fourth periods and held the high-octane Grizzlies’ offensive unit to two scores over the final 30 minutes. However, the home team used a 34-point first half roll to overcome the Black and Gold 48-7 on Branigin Field at Faught Stadium on FC’s campus.
MU, dipping to 0-3, marched 71 yards in 18 plays early in the third period. Sophomore quarterback Logan Haston (Avon, Ind.). as part of a 121-yard afternoon through the air, hit sophomore wide receiver Dustin Powell (Angola, Ind.) on a seven-yard scoring strike. The Spartans’ offense did manage 15 first downs and nearly 250 yards of total offense against the conference preseason favorites, but a steady air attack from the Grizzlies produced 350 of their 427 total yards and five touchdowns to key the win.
Coach Shannon Griffith’s squad mounted early threats to get on the scoreboard. The Black and Gold missed a field goal late in the first quarter, were stopped on downs inside the 10-yard line after senior linebacker Zach Dashner (South Bend, Ind.) intercepted an FC pass and returned it to the 23-yard line in the second frame and were held on another fourth down attempt at the Grizzlies’ 44-yard line earlier in the second quarter.
Dashner’s interception highlighted the Spartans’ defensive efforts. Fellow senior linebacker Dylin Kennedy (North Manchester, Ind.) added a team-leading 10 tackles. Joining Haston to guide the offense was the freshman wide receiver combination of Dakota Nelson (Fairfield, Ind.) and Matt Wirick (Granger, Ind.) who combined for 11 receptions.
MU returns home Saturday, Sept. 28, to host Rose-Hulman. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at Carl W. Burt Memorial Field.
Otterbein trips up Spartans
OTTERBEIN, OHIO – Junior goalkeeper Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) kept Manchester University close throughout Saturday, Sept. 21. She earned 11 saves in the midst of a 21-4 shots advantage for Otterbein College.
However, the host Cardinals took advantage of a late first half corner kick that turned into the only goal of the 90 minutes in a 1-0 final at Clements Field. The Black and Gold, dropping to 4-4-1 with their first loss in three dates against the Ohio Athletic Conference, did take three strikes at Otterbein’s net but all were turned away.
Sophomore midfielder Allison Rowe (Palm City, Calif.), sophomore forward Brandy Crouse (Cleves, Ohio) and freshman defender Emily Anderson (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added up for Manchester University’s offense. They each finished with a shot on goal apiece.
MU wraps up its non-conference slate and faces its fourth OAC school of the season Saturday, Sept. 28, when it travels to Wilmington College. Kickoff is 5 p.m. at Charlie Gilhart Field on WC’s campus.
Luevano goal highlights Saturday trip
ALBION, MICH. – Manchester University’s offense finished with six shots on goal and a goal as part of a 6-1 non-conference loss to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Albion Saturday, Sept. 21.
The Spartans, falling to 1-5-1, trailed 3-0 less than 21 minutes in. MU trimmed the deficit to 3-1 after sophomore midfielder Julio Luevano (Aguascalientes, Mexico) took a pass from junior midfielder Zac Hansen (Muskegon, Mich.) and hammered it into the net in the 35th minute for his first goal of the season. Albion answered with three more goals early in the second half.
Luevano took two more attempts at the Britons’ net, while junior forward Loic Youth (Detroit, Mich.) added two shot on goal tries. The hosts held a 21-6 shots advantage, as sophomore goalkeeper Craig Thacker (Lebanon, Ind.) ended with 10 saves.
Manchester University wraps up a five-match road trip Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a 5 p.m. start at Andrews University of Michigan.