April 22, 2005

Sports Shorts: April 22, 2005

UAA names Mojidi Athlete of the Week

First-year sprinter Nofi Mojidi was named UAA Athlete of the Week for women's track and field Tuesday.

Mojidi's 25.34-second mark in the 200-meter dash at the Wheaton Invitational met the Div. III national championship provisional qualifying standard. She came in second in the event, helping to lift the Maroons to a third place finish at the meet. She also came home in the second spot in the 100-meter dash, recording a time of 12.63 seconds.

This is Mojidi's first UAA Athlete of the Week honor, despite a stellar season for women's basketball that earned her All-Maroon recognition. Mojidi returns to action at the UAA Championships tomorrow.

¬óJoe Katz

Regional playoffs next for women's lax

Forget the Chicago Bears. On Saturday, the only Monster on the Midway was third-year center Keri Robertson.

The women's lacrosse team continued its dominance with three wins in front of a rowdy home crowd Saturday. The Maroons grabbed the first game over St. Mary's-Notre Dame 11-5, whipped Rose-Hulman 15-5 in the second, and squeaked out a third victory over Truman State 6-4. Robertson put on a scoring clinic, recording an incredible 12 goals on the day, including five apiece in the first two games. Third-year attacker Missye Brickell and second-year attacker Jaclyn Yamada were also key contributors for a prolific Chicago offense.

The Maroons picked up a fourth win without breaking a sweat as Purdue forfeited, giving them a final regular season mark of 9-2. The team's efforts earned the number seven spot in the regional playoffs this weekend in Toledo, Ohio.

Chicago will face 10th-ranked Miami (Ohio) in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The RedHawks won eight games on the season, with their only losses coming at the hands of Ohio State and Illinois, a squad that beat the Maroons 11-6, April 2.

Both Chicago and Miami boast breakaway speed and cohesive team play. The team that uses those strengths to make cleaner passes and win the majority of grounders will likely come away with the victory, another step on the road to nationals. The winner of the twelve-team field will represent the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Leagues in the national playoffs.

¬óCarlee Tressel