I’ve had the distinct pleasure of spending my four undergraduate years here at Washington University as a member of the men’s varsity soccer team. While on the team, I have been both a witness and a participant in more than a few unique traditions.
We hear your pain, St. Louis. We know you’re aching. We see the Rams-shaped hole in your athletic heart. With the NFL’s owners voting 30-2 to move St. Louis’ football team to Los Angeles next year, the Rams have played their final home game in the Midwest, and St. Louis is down a professional sports team.
Faced with an early 11-0 deficit, the No. 4 Washington University men’s basketball team needed its sharpshooters to close the gap on the road against New York University. Instead, the Bears were hampered by strong perimeter defense from the Violets while NYU hit three-pointer after three-pointer en route to a 91-67 beat down of the Bears on Friday, its second 20-point loss of the month.
If you ask the average Washington University student whether he or she regularly attends athletic events to support the Bears, your odds of getting “yes” as an answer will likely be slim. Being in NCAA Division III, our athletics get much less media or national attention compared to any big university like the University of Alabama and the University of Florida. This doesn’t mean our teams don’t deserve attention.
2013-14 was a banner year for Washington University athletics. Three teams earned No. 1 rankings, and 10 University Athletic Association championships were brought back to the Danforth Campus. Ten student-athletes were named UAA MVPs, and the Bears’ rosters featured 28 All-Americans. Here is a review of each team’s accomplishments from the year through April 27.
Strong winds greeted the Washington University track-and-field teams at Saint Louis University’s Billiken Invitational, but those gusts didn’t keep the Bears from taking care of business on Friday and Saturday as both the men’s and women’s teams finished first overall and combined for seven event winners. Competing against 14 teams, the men’s team scored 172.
Controversy erupted today when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and student protesters called for Washington University to remove its offensive bear mascot. Protesters marched around the bear statue (yes, it exists) outside the Athletic Complex, encouraging the school to “bear down,” and voiced their displeasure toward the athletic department.
Fewer than five minutes into its road game at Fontbonne University, Washington University’s women’s basketball team had already built an 11-1 lead and forced the host Griffins into calling a timeout. Fontbonne never cut the lead to single digits the rest of the way, and the Bears coasted to an 83-53 win over their cross-street opponent. Wash. U.
Washington University’s women’s basketball team entered the season with one of its goals to capture its 13th University Athletic Association title in the last 16 seasons. After splitting a pair of conference matchups over the weekend, whether the Bears accomplish that aim is out of their control. On Friday, No. 12-ranked Wash. U.
The tenth-ranked Washington University women’s basketball team (7-1) defeated Loras College 55-50 on Friday evening behind some strong bench play. After sophomore Jordan Rettig scored the first basket for the Bears, Loras responded with a 9-0 run to take a 7-point lead.