On Saturday night, the Washington University men’s basketball team rode the hot hand of sophomore Andrew Sanders and his fresh-faced supporting cast to cruise to a 78-62 victory over Johns Hopkins University and capture the Bears 17th-straight team title in the 32nd annual Lopata Classic.
This was not the first time the Washington University women’s soccer team exited Francis Field with tears running down their face—but on Sunday afternoon, the players were crying tears of joy.
In a tightly contested 32-team field, the Washington University women’s cross country team finished fifth Saturday at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Oshkosh, Wis.
Washington University’s women’s soccer team is in the midst of a run of sustained success almost unparalleled in the current Division III climate. Since 2011, the Bears have won three titles in one of the country’s most competitive conferences, they’ve placed four players on the national All-American squads and they’ve combined for a robust 88-14-4 record in that span.
Senior Allison Zastrow committed to play volleyball at Washington University in part because of the program’s prestigious history. Four years later, the setter from Lincoln, Neb., has clinched a prominent spot in the program’s all-time ranks.
In the Washington University football team’s final game of the season, senior tailback Cody Ratermann rushed for 171 yards on 30 carried, both career highs, to lift the Bears to a comfortable 37-23 victory over Southern Athletic Association (SAA) opponent University of Chicago.
By the time junior back Kevin Goon stared down the DePauw University goalkeeper from about 12 yards, eight other members of the Washington University men’s soccer team had assumed the same lonely position.
On the backs of five athletes finishing in the top 25, the Washington University women’s cross-country team ran away with the NCAA Midwest Regionals by a whopping 38 points.
The weather is colder and the days are shorter, but the Washington University women’s soccer team does not seem to be slowing down. In the opening rounds of the NCAA Division III tournament in Granville, Ohio, the Bears took down York College 4-0 on Saturday afternoon, and then followed up with a 1-0 victory against Denison University on Sunday.
First it was No. 5 Christopher Newport University, falling in a surprise five-setter on Saturday afternoon, and then a nighttime flurry, as No. 4 Calvin College and No. 2 Emory University lost in quick succession.