After extending their winning streak to 10 matches by defeating Wash U in the Midwest Invitational final on April 13, the Maroons’ streak was snapped on Saturday by the same team, as they lost to the Bears 5–4 in St. Louis.
This Saturday, the No. 29 Maroons (11–2) will take on a pair of solid teams: No. 14 Wash U (9–5) and No. 18 Gustavus Adolphus (16–8).
Chicago will take on Wash U this Saturday, after the Maroons beat the Bears 6–3 at the Midwest Regional last week.
FOOTBALL: This Saturday’s home game against Wash U (4–5, 0–2 UAA)—the battle for the Founders Cup—is the last contest of the year for Chicago (4–5, 0–2 UAA). It is also Wash U’s final regular season game.
With the weekend sweep at the UAA Round Robin, the South Siders jumped from a tie for third to a tie for first in their conference.
Bids to the NCAA DIII tournament were announced Sunday night, and the South Siders were not awarded entrance to the playoffs.
The Maroons swept their competition over the weekend, wrapping up their regular season with dual wins against Case Western and 11th-ranked Wash U.
The #30 Maroons lost against #21 Case 7–2 and against #17 Wash U 7–2 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Chicago bested Wash U 76–67 in a grinding physical affair. The win capped a perfect 25–0 regular season, an unprecedented event in U of C basketball history.
For seven fourth-years, the basketball show ended on Saturday. The Maroons (14–11, 7–7 UAA) lost to rival and UAA champion Wash U (19–6, 11–3) by a final score of 73–60.
The Maroons (7–5, 0–1 UAA) did all but win in Saturday’s UAA opener at Wash U (9–3, 1–0 UAA). In spite of taking control of the first half, leading 41–36, the Maroons were outscored 43–31 in the second half, resulting in a 79–72 loss.
As far as rivalries go, Wash U (10–2) versus Chicago (11–0) is one of the biggest in D-III sports. The Maroons pulled off a 65-62 victory against the highly-ranked Bears on Saturday.
Chicago had one last tune-up Tuesday against the Vikings of Bethany Lutheran (1–9), and despite winning by 21 and leading by as many as 30 points throughout the night, the Maroons are adamant that they have a lot of work to do before heading to St. Louis.
The Maroons (7–4) are no strangers to pulling out emphatic victories against Wash U (8–3). Last season, Chicago opened and closed its UAA play with wins against their archrivals.
After losing three games to top-ten teams this season, women’s basketball is looking for an upset this weekend in St. Louis.