Chicago’s women’s lacrosse club is coming off of their best season in recent memory, and the future looks even rosier.
The water polo club is thriving again three years after it was almost forced to disband.
Ultimate Frisbee’s presence grows on campus as the team gains members and becomes more competitive.
Crew squad increases membership, tradition, and success
For over 50 years, the University—graduates and undergraduates alike—has fielded one of the most competitive rugby teams in the Chicago area.
The nation’s most difficult regional qualifier closed the door on the Maroons’ NCAA hopes on Saturday, as Chicago finished its season with an 11th-place performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Chicago (7–3–3, 1–2–1) currently stands second to last in the UAA table with four points, but the Maroons are still only three points off of the pace with three games to play.
After a thrilling 1–0 victory over #9 Brandeis, the Maroons found themselves back at the bottom of the UAA standings after losing 2–1 to #20 NYU in overtime.
The Maroons host ninth-ranked Brandeis and 20th-ranked NYU this weekend in a pair of crucial home fixtures.
The Maroons followed up their biggest game of the season—a 2–2 tie against fourth-ranked Carnegie in double overtime—with their most dominant win, an easy 5–0 blowout of Lakeland.
The South Siders host fourth-ranked Carnegie Mellon (8–1–0, 1–0–0 UAA) this Saturday in their biggest test so far this season.
How to make the next nine months work
The South Siders matched the school record of 26 wins, finished with a 2–2 record in their NCAA regional, and placed five players on their all-Region team, but still feel like they left something on the table.
The Maroons couldn’t keep up with Trine, dropping a 6–1 decision. After securing their second win of the postseason against Denison, the breaks went the other way against host Alma.
Chicago got all the runs they needed against John Carroll on a second-inning Vicky Tomaka three-run blast, en route to a 3–2 win.
The Maroons (24–9) were one of 20 teams nationally to receive an at-large bid to the 61-team tournament, and have earned the fourth of eight seeds in their region.
Playing against North Central on Senior Night, Chicago walked off 2–1 on fourth-year Julia Schneider’s solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Chicago (23–9) gave its first game away against #19 Carthage College (32–6) with a flurry of ill-timed errors. Still, it almost took it back with a dramatic seventh-inning rally, ultimately falling 5–4.
After a seventh-inning rally gave the Maroons a 2–1 win in the first of two games against Aurora, Chicago racked up 12 hits in an 11–0 blowout.
Chicago (20–8) blew out the Flying Dutch 9–3 in the first game, taking an early lead that they never relinquished. In the nightcap, the Maroons scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning as Kim Cygan shut Hope out in a 1–0 victory.
Against the Flying Dutch, the South Siders will also look to get back in the habit of playing with confidence, as they’ve aimed to do all season.
Chicago proved it can hang with the best of them on Saturday, splitting a doubleheader with ninth-ranked UW–Whitewater at Stagg Field.
The Maroons pounded North Park to the tune of a 15–1 victory in the first game, and edged the Vikings with a 3–1 victory in the second.
The Maroons put together two of their best overall performances in a doubleheader at Lawrence before falling 0–2 and 0–1 at UW–Oshkosh.
The Maroons took three of four games this past weekend, beating Wheaton (15–6), Calvin (5–10), and Illinois Wesleyan (12–3) before losing 6–2 to Illinois Wesleyan in the nightcap.
Chicago (10–4) split its home opener on Monday against Lake Forest (5–9), winning the first game 3–2 and losing the second 1–0.
The Maroons have another chance at a statement win (or two) this Sunday when they travel to face Illinois Wesleyan, ranked 22nd nationally, in a doubleheader.
This Friday, University of Chicago wrestler Sam Pennisi will make the five-hour trek to La Crosse, Wisconsin to face the best in the nation at the NCAA Division III Championship.
Chicago begins its 2012 season with a doubleheader against Robert Morris-Springfield on Saturday, March 3 after six weeks of training.
The Maroons finally placed one of their own in the playoffs. Second-year wrestler Sam Pennisi qualified for the D–III Nationals on Saturday at the Great Lake Regional with a third-place finish in the 184-pound weight class—highest among Chicago’s five wrestlers placed sixth or higher.
Chicago took second at the UAA Championships Saturday at Case Western, losing a close dual meet to NYU, despite four Maroons earning spots on the All-Association team.
Despite missing several of their usual starters, Wrestling rattled off four straight wins to defeat North Central 25–16 in their last dual meet of the season.
After going through the emotional and intellectual pain of finals week, and before their standard break, the U of C wrestling team subjected themselves to four days of intense training and physical pain—and liked it.
In spite of injuries that prevented the Maroons from fielding wrestlers in the 157-pound and 165-pound weight classes, things look optimistic: The Maroons placed 18th in a 31-team field that included 10 of the top 30 teams in Division III.
This Friday, the wrestling team will travel to nearby Wheaton, Illinois to participate in the Pete Willson–Wheaton Invitational, the Maroons’ last tournament-style meet before the UAA Championships in two weeks.
The Maroons placed an athlete seventh or better in each of the 10 weight classes, including wins by third-years James Layton and Josh Hotta at 157 pounds and 149 pounds respectively.
The undefeated men’s swimming and diving squad will play host to the Chicago Invitational this weekend, where it will compete with an eye toward the looming UAA Championship meet that is just a month away.
The women’s team is ranked ninth nationally among DIII schools and second in the UAA, behind only Emory, who is ranked first nationally.
Naked Economics author Charles Wheelan cleared some of the smoke around drug policy at a talk Tuesday night on the high costs of the War on Drugs and the seeming contradictions in American drug law.
Monday night, University Professor of Practice in the Arts John Wilkinson presented a lecture on the Cambridge School of poetry in front of a rapt, intimate audience for this fall’s Wirszup lecture, continuing a decades-long tradition.
The work is virtuosic and vivacious, a depiction precisely of what cannot be put in words.
The men’s basketball team fell to the UIC Flames Wednesday night in a friendly exhibition. The night saw about what you would expect from a preseason game—plenty of effort, and even excitement, but room for improvement and polish.
The men’s basketball team will meet the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Flames Tuesday at UIC Pavilion, pitting the senior-heavy Maroons against the D-I Flames in a friendly exhibition.
Sociologist Robert Bellah traced the development of religions from prehistoric times into the “axial age” of Confucian China, dissecting modern ethics and the emergence of spoken language at a lecture Wednesday afternoon in Swift Hall, on his new book Religion in Human Evolution.