With many wins and one tough loss, the Bears keep chugging over Fall Break
As Washington University students fanned out across the country in search of an autumn reprieve or lounged in an eerily empty campus, athletes kept at their game, playing anywhere from Arkansas to Francis Olympic Stadium to Atlanta. Here’s what you missed:
Football beat Elmhurst College, 47-7, on Saturday, grabbing its third victory in a row and its fourth of the year. Wash. U. jumped out to an early lead with 13 points in the first quarter and never turned back, scoring its 47 points before the Bluejays could even get on the board. Senior quarterback Johnny Davidson passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns, including two to freshman wide receiver Michael Allison. Senior running back John Fisher added 63 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own as the Bears totaled 492 yards of offense.
Elmhurst, on the other hand, just barely cracked 200, reaching 205 yards on the day. The Wash. U. defense held the Bluejays to a 28% third down conversion rate and forced nine punts, a feat the Bears have now accomplished in three straight games. Sophomore linebackers John Christensen and Anthony Brown helped lead the charge, with Christensen accumulating 11 tackles on the afternoon and Brown two sacks.
Freshman kicker Chris Vartanian had a standout performance, sinking all four of his field goals to set a school record. Vartanian also made all four of his extra point attempts, all in all scoring 16 points on the day. His performance earned him University Athletic Association and College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin recognition as the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Davidson is now at 6,394 passing yards for his career, putting him just 319 yards short of Thor Larsen, who is currently in second place at Wash. U. all-time. The Bears have taken care of business against its conference opponents and are now 4-1 on the season, including 3-1 in the CCIW. With the exception of a blowout loss to Carthage in week two, the Bears have allowed no more than ten points in a game. They face No. 5 Wheaton College this coming Saturday at 6 p.m. in Illinois.
Freshman Annie Mascot shattered a school record en route to a first place finish at the Lady Red Wolves Classic, hosted by Division I Arkansas State University.
Mascot shot a three-day total of 5-under at 211. The 54-hole score was eight strokes better than the previous school record, set by Connie Zhou in 2013. Mascot had a three-stroke lead on second place and is currently the No. 1 golfer in Division III.
Freshman Emma Lee placed 41st. Senior Emily Carnes placed 47th. Freshman Helen Ye placed 48th. Wash. U. as a team—the only Division III team in attendance—placed ninth in the nine-team field.
The Red and Green have wrapped up their tournament schedule for the fall and will be out on the green again in March for the UAA Championships in Hammock Beach, FL.
Men’s soccer held its own for 84 minutes before the wall broke and the Bears fell, 1-0, to Emory University, suffering their second loss since August and moving to 6-3-1 on the year.
With just over five minutes to play in regulation, the Bears had shifted their defense and removed one of their backs, freshman Sergio Rivas. Then, after a back-and-forth stalemate that threatened to force the game into overtime, the Eagles struck. A long goal kick and a header found Emory freshman midfielder Matthew Tanzer with open space in the left corner. Tanzer dribbled into the box and cut in towards the near post before sending a cross to fellow Emory freshman Alejandro Gomez, who never broke stride as he lined up a shot and sent the ball searing past the Bears’ goalkeeper, senior Connor Mathes, and into the goal.
The Bears’ offense was not able to find a spark, getting off just one shot on goal compared to the Eagles’ three. Emory also led Wash. U. in shots, 12-9. Wash. U. had numerous opportunities late in the second half, but never took advantage of their chances on the Emory goal. The game was the third time Wash. U. has been shut out this year. The Red and Green have more conference play this weekend, as they take a trip east to face UAA rivals New York University and Brandeis University.
A late goal from sophomore Ariana Miles powered women’s soccer to a 1-0 win over Emory University on Saturday, moving the Bears to 11-1-1 on the year and enabling Wash. U. to rise to No. 4 in the rankings this week.
Miles beat the Emory goalkeeper in a one-on-one battle after forward junior Ellie DeConinck found her in open space. The goal was Miles’ fifth of the season, while DeConinck’s assist was her fifth of the season and her second in the last two games.
Wash. U. has now won its last nine games, outscoring opponents 29-4 over that run. The shutout was the Bears’ eighth of the year, as junior goalkeeper Emma Greenfield had three saves and the Wash. U. defense limited the Eagles to two corner kicks. Greenfield has allowed only five goals over the Bears’ 13 games and now has 27 career shutouts, putting her just four behind the Wash. U. record-holder, Lizzy Crist. Greenfield also leads the UAA in goals-against average with .31 goals per game, more than .2 goals lower than the second-place keeper.
Like the men, the women take on conference opponents New York University and Brandeis University next weekend, looking to build on their recent success and continue the hot streak.
The Bears captured three wins against non-conference opponents this weekend, sweeping its play in the Baden Invitational to advance to 16-6 on the season. With wins against the University of Dallas, Lakeland University, and Monmouth College, Wash. U. has won four straight matches and sits tied for second in the UAA before the final UAA Round Robin next weekend.
Opening the invitational on Friday evening against Dallas, the Bears jumped out to an early lead with a first set victory, 25-21, after using a 5-1 run to break away from a 10-10 tie. Wash. U. dropped the second set, 25-21, but came back in the third and fourth sets, 25-13 and 26-24, winning the match, 3-1. The Bears played better as the match progressed, increasing their hitting percentage from .051 in the first set to .300 in the fourth.
Wash. U. continued the winning on Saturday, soaring to a two-set lead early on against Lakeland before falling in the third set, 25-20. The Bears stormed back in the fourth set, making just two errors and bringing their hitting percentage up to .325. Freshman Alaina Bohrer collected a career-high 20 kills and senior libero Zoe Baxter had 19 digs, pushing her over the 2,000-dig mark for her career. Baxter finished the weekend with 2,030 digs, putting her at second in school history.
The Red and Green put an exclamation point on the weekend with a clean sweep, 3-0, of Monmouth. With five blocks and seven assists, Wash. U. led from the start and never looked back, winning 25-15, 25-13, 25-20. Sophomore Michaela Bach had nine kills in the match and is second in the UAA with 223 kills on the season.
Next up for the Bears is the final UAA Robin Robin of the fall. Wash. U. will travel to Cleveland to take on rivals Brandeis University and Carnegie Mellon University in the last conference play before November’s UAA championships.
Additional reporting by Dorian Debose.