The Washington University women’s soccer team is four games away from a national championship and an undefeated season. However, it will likely face its most difficult challenge of the season this weekend as they host the NCAA Sectional Semifinal.
The Washington University men’s basketball played the first road game of head coach Pat Juckem’s tenure, dropping a midweek nightcap to Webster University 72-64. The Bears led by 10 midway through the first half before being outscored by 12 in the second Wednesday in nearby Webster Groves, Mo.
The Washington University volleyball team’s season came to a close Saturday afternoon in Chicago’s Ratner Center, as the Bears fell 3-1 to No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan University in the NCAA Tournament second round.
The Bears made a mockery of the postseason’s opening weekend, treating it as a continuation of the regular season with a pair of shutouts at Francis Olympic Stadium. With a 5-0 win over Westminster College Saturday and a 3-0 victory over Illinois Wesleyan University Sunday, Wash. U. moved to 19-0 in 2018.
The Washington University men’s basketball team played its first game without former head coach Mark Edwards involved in 48 years. The Bears opened their season with a 91-62 win against Illinois College, new head coach Pat Juckem’s first since taking over for Edwards in May.
The Washington University football team returned home for its final game of the regular season against Carroll University, hosting Senior Day as it conquered the Pioneers with ease, 44-6, Saturday at Francis Field. The Bears jumped ahead early and managed to make quick work of the struggling Carroll team on a cold Saturday afternoon.
The Bears dominated Saturday at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championship at the Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, Wis. The women’s team won it all, earning an automatic ticket to next weekend’s NCAA Championship, while the men’s team came in third place before getting a nod from the selection committee Sunday to advance to the national meet.
Playing deep into November is nothing new for Washington University’s volleyball team. When the Bears got formal confirmation that they would be in the field of 64 for the 2018 NCAA tournament, it was the 32nd consecutive year they received that news.
The Washington University women’s soccer team will host first and second round play of the NCAA Division III tournament for the third straight season this Saturday and Sunday. Wash. U., who will enter the tournament after completing an undefeated regular season, has played crushing defense all year.
The Bears completed the first perfect regular season in school history, defeating No. 20 University of Chicago at Francis Field for their 17th victory without a loss.