Top Moments for Crusaders in 2016-17

A look back at significant moments during the 2016-17 season for Dallas.
A look back at significant moments during the 2016-17 season for Dallas.

IRVING, Texas – With one week remaining before the University of Dallas men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, and volleyball players move-in for preseason practices, here is a final look at standout moments from the 2016-17 academic year.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 101 student-athletes qualified on the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) All-Academic Honor Roll.
  • A quartet of teams earned Academic Awards from their various coaches’ associations - Men’s Soccer (NSCAA), Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, and Women’s Track & Field (USTFCCCA).
  • There were 22 All-SCAC student-athletes.
  • Nine Crusaders named All-Americans.

NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • Jessie Koster led NCAA Division III in digs-per-set (7.49) for consecutive years. The libero also ranked first nationally in total digs (854), which both counted as program season records. Her career totals in digs (2,880) and digs average (6.26) lead the school all-time.
  • Christian Lopez finished third in NCAA Division III in saves-per-game (17.00). In his debut season the goalkeeper logged 221 saves versus NCAA foes and tied ninth in the national rankings. This was aided a career-high 27-save performance that ranks third in the young men’s lacrosse program.

MILESTONES

  • Dallas men’s soccer player, Trae Hampton, earned UD Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for consecutive years.
  • Michael Sarrat and Seana Stoia both eclipsed 1,000 career points for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, respectively.
  • Stoia became the sixth player in program history to surpass both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for her career.
  • Tom Kaiser concluded his career at Dallas ranked seventh all-time in rebounds (538) and was the 10th Crusader to reach at least the half-century total.  
  • Avery Finch eclipsed the century mark in stolen bases to solidify her career record in the program with 102.

STATISTICAL STANDOUT PERFORMANCES

  • Tino Gamueda accumulated exactly 200 saves for his career, which ranks fourth all-time in the men’s soccer program.
  • Chelsea Reeh broke into the women’s soccer records for single-game bests in goals (6) and tied with two others in points (12) in a match at Southwestern Adventist University on October 19, 2016
  • Michelle DeCoud etched her name in the school record books for a couple categories. She set the school record in a season for blocked shots (57) last year to propel the squad to the overall team record (92). She is also the career leader in field-goal percentage (49.5), and was ranked top five in the SCAC for points-per-game (15.3), rebounds a contest (10.3), and field goal percentage (50.6).
  • Tom Kaiser delivered a career scoring performance for the men’s basketball team with 21-for-24 field goal shooting and 45 points that both were individual game records for the Crusaders in triumph over Rhodes College. Kaiser’s numbers ranked near all-time bests in the SCAC, and the Crusaders tied a team scoring record of 136 points.
  • Jordan Stickler stood out for the baseball team with team-highs in several categories that included batting average (.344) and stolen bases (24). He reached base in all-but one contest out of 40 matchups on the docket. This included an active 31-game streak.
  • In women’s lacrosse, Lexi Leite built on her young collegiate success by leading the team in scoring for the second straight year. Her 10 points in a 21-goal match, which was the third time to tie the team record; was one point shy of her tying the individual single-game point mark.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Angela Moore set the 6k record in women’s cross country at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Championships with a 23:38 time.
  • Thomas Hogan set the 8k record in men’s cross country at the USCAA Championships with a 26:24 time.
  • Gwen Mohler set the new individual season record for UD with 13 assists.
  • Marcos Carmona and Diana Hassink set Hammer Throw Records respectively on the men’s and women’s side at the SCAC Championships with 113’02” and 119’8” results. Hassink added another program feat with a 38’8.75” in the Shot Put at the Mines Last Chance.
  • Both track teams ran for new school records. The women’s team notched the 800-Meter Sprint Medley at the TLU Bulldog Relays with a 2:09.34 time. Runners consisted of: Katie McIntyre, Cora Keil, Julia Ringel, and Maggie Larson. The men’s set the 1600 Meter Sprint Medley Relay with a time of 3:57.40. Runners consisted of: Thomas Pierick, Kevin McGuirk, Dominic Del Curto, and Jack Grubner.
  • Jade Miller garnered a softball single-season record in base hits with 61. Her totals at the plate and team-high in stolen bases (30) helped her share SCAC Player of the Year.
  • Melanie Savala swiped five bases to set the single-game record versus Schreiner University on March 26th.
  • The women’s basketball team won six straight games to match the longest in a season by a team for the third time in history. The stretch went from November 18 – December 7.

GREAT FINISHES

  • Both UD soccer teams hit golden goals this season. Reeh from women’s soccer lifted the Crusaders at home in overtime over Centenary College. Luke Schwarz punched a penalty kick in extra regulation at Southwestern University.
  • The men’s basketball team opened the campaign with Lorenzo Gonzalez drilling a game-tying three-pointer as time expired at Hendrix College. Dallas went on to win in the final five minutes. UD claimed both wins over the Warriors in overtime and were 3-1 in such contests.
  • The baseball team enjoyed three walk-offs and softball walked off once. Both programs at home benefitted from balls that got away from the catcher and allowed the game-winning runner to score. The baseball team got a heroic hit from Colby Davenport - his first of his collegiate career – to lead the Crusaders to a walk-off after an error in the outfield allowed the game-winning run to score at AirHogs Stadium, which was the neutral site of that contest versus Concordia University.
  • Mackenzie Tano punched a pair of triples to match the single-game softball record versus Schreiner University on Mar. 25th. Her second three-bagger put her in scoring position, as she later scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to erase an early 3-0 deficit and help lift UD to victory. 
  • An improbable comeback happened for baseball on March 29th against Dallas Christian College in a 13-12 final. Down to their last out with the bases empty, the Crusaders rallied for eight runs by having eight-straight batters reach. Paul Scioli homered for the second straight inning during that rally. Nicholas Hovde vanquished the deficit with a three-run triple. On the next pitch, he advanced on a passed ball to complete the frame that was part of a stretch of 10 straight runs for the home squad since the seventh.