Sports: Women’s golf victorious, football faces Aggies Sept. 15

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Sports: Women’s golf victorious, football faces Aggies Sept. 15

Women’s golf victorious: SMU women’s golf traveled to Nebraska Sept. 10-11, 2012, for the Chip-N Club Invite and came home with the title for the second year in a row. First-year Alexandra Rossi shot three over par and earned individual medalist honors in her first career collegiate match. (Right, Rossi courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

“Wear red, be early, and be loud”: SMU will face Texas A&M in the second home game of the season at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. SMU and A&M have met 78 times – the last on Sept. 4, 2011, when the Aggies defeated the Mustangs 46-14. Overall, the Aggies have a 42-29-7 edge, but this can change come Saturday. Look out for:

  • Margus Hunt: Hunt is a senior defensive end that first started playing in 2009. Since then he has broken the NCAA career record when he blocked his ninth career FGA in the 2012 SMU vs. SFA game. Hunt is currently on the Watch Lists for both Hendricks and Lombardi Awards, was named preseason All-Conference USA by several outlets and was named the No. 1 athletic “freak” in college football by CBSSports.com.
  • Kenneth Acker: Acker is a junior defensive back who this week was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Zach Line: Line set a school record by rushing for five TDs in the 2011 Northwestern State game. Line’s 36 career rushing TDs are third all-time at SMU. This year Line is joined by his brother, PARADE Magazine All-American Prescott Line.
  • Darius Johnson: Senior wide receiver Johnson was named MVP in back-to-back bowl games, the Armed Forces Bowl (2010) and BBVA Compass Bowl (2012).

View the full roster and flood Ford Stadium with red this Saturday.

Bump, set, spike: SMU volleyball will finish off the tournament season with the Oklahoma Invitational, beginning this weekend. They will face Oklahoma on Friday, Sept. 14 and New Mexico and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Mustangs enter the tournament with senior Courtney Manning named First Team All-Conference USA and All-Midwest Region honorable mention; and sophomore Caroline Young named to the C-USA All-Freshman team. (Below, SMU Volleyball courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

Men’s Annual Soccer Classic: SMU men’s soccer will host the Annual SMU Soccer Classic this weekend, Sept. 14-16, 2012. They will face Oakland on Friday, Sept. 14 and UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 16. Currently the Mustangs are 40-11-4 all-time when hosting a tournament. This week, sophomore Tyler Engel was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and selected to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week.

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Mustang matches at a glance….

 

September 14, 2012|Sports|

Sports: Football rolls out the ‘Iron Skillet Special,’ volleyball prepares to Dig Pink®

SMU wide receiver Darius JohnsonCooking with Iron: The Mustang football team won more than the 2011 Battle for the Iron Skillet in its 40-33 overtime victory against the 20th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs Saturday, Oct. 1. Junior wide receiver Darius Johnson (top left) was named the Conference USA and ESPN.com Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Oct. 3, recognizing his career-high-tying two receiving touchdowns, along with 12 catches and 152 yards. It was Johnson’s third straight 100-yard game and his third career game with 10 or more catches, tying him for third all-time at SMU.

Senior quarterback J.J. McDermott was named the Rivals.com C-USA Player Of The Week after going 23-of-45 for 349 yards and four touchdowns in the TCU game.

At 4-1 and off to its best start since 1986, SMU received votes in both the USA Today Coaches’ and Associated Press Polls – ranking 34th in the Coaches’ Poll and 35th in the AP Poll. The Iron Skillet victory marked SMU’s first win over a ranked team since defeating a 22nd-ranked TCU squad 21-10 in Dallas on Sept. 10, 2005. It was also the team’s first road victory over a ranked opponent since topping No. 13 Baylor on Oct. 11, 1986, in Waco.

To commemorate the occasion, SMU Athletics has announced a special ticket plan at a rate that highlights the Mustangs’ margin of victory. For $40.33, the “Iron Skillet Special” allows fans to buy tickets for SMU’s four remaining home games, including a 2010 C-USA championship rematch with UCF Oct. 15, Tulane Nov. 5, Navy Nov. 12 for the 2011 Gansz Trophy, and Rice Nov. 26. Purchase the plan online at Ticketmaster.com.

SMU outside hitter Dana PowellDig Pink®, fight cancer: The Mustang volleyball squad hosts Dig Pink® 2011 during its Saturday, Oct. 8 match against Tulane. The team handed Tulsa its first conference loss of the season with a 3-1 win on the road Wednesday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs recorded 15.0 blocks, and senior outside hitter Dana Powell (right) earned her 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 18 digs in the win.

Dig Pink® events, which attract participants from across the country and are sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation, raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. SMU is participating in the program for the 4th year and has raised nearly $2,000 over the past three seasons. This year’s goal is $1,000.

The Mustangs will wear special pink jerseys during the match and encourage their fans to wear pink as well. The SMU Athletics Department will hold a silent auction at the match, in addition to selling bracelets and T-shirts. Items available for bid will include autographed items from Head Football Coach June Jones, basketball coaches and the SMU volleyball team. All proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research.

The match begins at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. Make a gift at the game, or donate online or by U.S. Mail through SMU Volleyball’s Side-Out Foundation page.

SMU soccer captain Adam StillClass of the field: Defender Adam Still (bottom left) is one of 10 men’s soccer finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, a national honor based on excellence in community, classroom, character and competition. Fans may vote online for Still once each day through Nov. 14, 2011. The fan vote will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

Still is captain of the 2011 Mustangs and helped lead the team to a 16-2-2 record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2010. He started all 20 games for the Mustangs and played 1808 of a possible 1880 minutes last season. He also scored his first career goal on a 75-yard shot against No. 17 Tulsa on Oct. 20, 2010, helping SMU to a 3-2 win.

Currently, Still holds a 3.907 G.P.A. and will graduate in May 2012 with a degree in accounting. In 2010, Still was named to the CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-America Third Team. A two-time Academic All-America District VI Team award recipient, he has also been named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team and is a three-time C-USA Academic Medalist and three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.

Vote for Adam online and read more from SMU Athletics.

October 6, 2011|Sports|

Sports: SMU in control of bowl destiny (so far)

Kyle PadronThree-and-oh: Sophomore QB Kyle Padron (right) threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs delivered a 21-18 win over Conference USA rival Tulsa on Oct. 9. The Mustangs improved their conference record to a division-leading 3-0 in front of a surprisingly large Fall Break crowd of 19,329. After the Golden Hurricane got on the board first with a run by junior QB G. J. Kinne, sophomore Padron threw for three consecutive touchdowns to Darius Johnson, Cole Beasley and Bradley Haynes – one each in the first three periods. A field goal and a second rushing TD by Kinne in the 4th quarter wasn’t enough to bring Tulsa back. SMU faces Navy at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in Annapolis. The Midshipmen are 3-2 on the season and currently rank 10th in rushing yards.

Lesniak’s reign over: No. 22-ranked junior Marta Lesniak ended her run at the Riviera ITA All-American Tennis Championships with a school-record quarterfinals finish Wednesday, Oct. 11. Lesniak raced through the qualifying rounds and defeated four ranked opponents on her way to a hard-fought loss to No. 7 Denise Dy of Washington in three sets (2-6,7-5, 7-6). The Mustang doubles teams didn’t fare half as well, as both the prequalifying team of sophomores Edyta Cieplucha and Shahzoda Hatamova and the No. 47 qualifying team of Lesniak and junior Heather Steinbauer were defeated by the same unranked team of Sanaa Bhambri and Sandhya Nagaraj from NC State. The tennis squad has some time to recover and regroup – their next event, the National Indoor Championship in Flushing, New York, isn’t until Nov. 4.

Zach BarnesTrophy hoarders: The men’s soccer team (11-1-0, C-USA 3-1-0) added another weekly award to its stellar season as freshman midfielder Zach Barnes (right) got the nod as this week’s C-USA Offensive Player of the Week. Barnes was responsible for a last-minute breakaway goal in SMU’s 3-1 win over No. 20 South Carolina on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Barnes also posted the deciding goal in a 2-1 overtime victory against Marshall on Sunday, Oct. 10 – a game where SMU played a man short due to an 80th-minute red card. The Mustangs, moving up to the No. 7 spot in this week’s NSCAA/HendricksCar.com rankings, host No. 14 Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Tulsa is 7-3-0 on the season and is 1-1 in C-USA play.

Trophy hoarders, continued: Junior Kaitlyn Eidson of the women’s soccer team (9-4-2, C-USA 4-2-0) joined Barnes in earning a C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award. Eidson netted three of the four goals posted by SMU in wins over UTEP and Colorado College over the weekend. The Mustang’s 1-0 shutout win over UTEP on Friday, Oct. 8 featured Eidson’s ninth-minute goal as the only score of the match. On Sunday, Oct. 10, Eidson added two more goals in a 3-1 win over Colorado College, one within the first two minutes of the game and one in the 72nd minute. Eidson is in the middle of a three-game goal streak (4 goals) and has scored the game winner in each of the past three contests for SMU. Next up is conference rival UAB at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Westcott Field. Purchase your tickets online at smumustangs.com or call 214-SMU-GAME.

October 14, 2010|Sports|
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