It took longer than they would have liked, but after tough losses at home against Delaware on Nov. 26 and at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, the Eagles snatched their first win of the season with an 83-69 win at Radford Tuesday. AU moves to 1-3 with the win while Radford drops to 3-2.
The AU Women's Basketball team bounced back from its first defeat of the season to beat Mount St. Mary's 72-62 Wednesday night in Emmittsburg, Md., to improve its record to 3-1 on the young season. The Eagles were led by Chanel Spriggs, who bounced back from a rough shooting game to score 16 points and lead a balanced Eagles attack, which featured five double-digit scorers.
Columnist Ian Quillen says he once tried to start a college football program here at AU. "I recruited some solid blue-collar players, secured a position in the reforming Big East and designed striking AU blue and red uniforms as well as a reasonable 30,000-seat stadium named Quillen Memorial Field, despite the fact that I'm not dead yet."
Sunday's Patriot League Volleyball championship in Bender Arena had all the trappings of a typical match-up between AU and Bucknell. There were multiple lead changes, an aggressive Bucknell defense to counter AU's powerful hitting, and a yellow card given to the Bisons animated coach, Cindy Opalski. And, characteristic of the previous outings between the teams, the Eagles came out on top, proving to be too strong for the Bison.
The dream of upsetting neighboring giants Maryland in its season opener turned into a nightmare for the AU Men's Basketball team, which only managed eight points in the first half of a 79-48 loss to the Terrapins Saturday night in College Park, Md.
The AU Men's Basketball team will travel to Honolulu this December to participate in the 40th annual Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic basketball tournament. The three-day tournament includes eight teams and takes place from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30. Teams featured in this tournament are Hawaii, East Tennessee State, Bowling Green, Lamar, Fairfield, IUPUI and Pepperdine.
Sports Columnist Elliot Smilowitz is addicted to fantasy sports. It started innocently enough. An NCAA tournament bracket here, a friendly wager on a baseball game there. Finally, he decided that this NFL season, he would dive head-first into the world of fantasy football.
The road's been neither straight nor easy for senior basketball players Andres Rodriguez and Jernavis Draughn. Both members of the twosome have graced other programs than the Eagles during their four years of eligibility. And despite senior status, their first year playing together was last season.
Volleyball coach Barry Goldberg has been combining compassion with coaching at AU since he took the reins of the program in 1989. In his 14 seasons, he has taken a tiny program without uniforms for its players and turned it into one of the most successful in the region, amassing a 370-149 record and four NCAA Tournament berths.
It may have been Senior Night for AU Volleyball Saturday, but the small Bender crowd knew it was really Kucerkova Night. Senior Karla Kucerkova was honored as the only senior in her final regular-season home game, a 3-0 drudging of Maryland-Eastern Shore, just one night after she secured the career kill record in a 3-0 victory at Navy.
If Friday night is any indication of the AU Women's Basketball season, then the first Patriot League championship may be on its way to Bender Arena. The Eagles dominated Four Corners, beating them 75-50 in an exhibition game that included a 20-0 Eagles run in the second half.
The Men's and Women's Cross Country teams made their presence felt at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15 in Lock Haven, Pa. The Men's side finished fourth overall with senior Matt Seymour leading the way. He finished first for the Eagles placing tenth overall with a time of 30:53.
In their second and final pre-season tune-up, AU Men's Basketball encountered on-court adversity for the first time this year - a 10-point halftime deficit to Sakalai Vilnius, a Lithuanian professional team. The Eagles responded, keying an outstanding 11-assist game from senior Andres Rodriguez, and five double figure scoring performances to win, coming from behind, 86-80 at Bender Arena on Sunday.