The Collegian
Friday, April 19, 2024

Sports


Football

Away football games deplete the team's budget

The Richmond football team's $450,000 operating budget for 2008 remains the largest allocated to the university's varsity athletics programs. The men's basketball team has the second largest budget with $350,000 for operations, said David Walsh, the university's deputy athletics director. The football program also allocated about 63 full scholarships this year, Walsh said, which amounted to about $2.8 million, Walsh said. There are no fundraising efforts for the football program specifically, Athletics Director Jim Miller said, but the athletics department raises money through a number of venues, such as the Spider Club and athletics endowment. "All of our sports are funded by the athletics department endowment," Walsh said, "university's supplement and other revenue that the athletics department produces." Some of these revenues include corporate sponsorship, NCAA revenue distribution and ticket sales, he said. Annual proceeds from home ticket sales are generally around $300,000, Miller said. One reason it is important to bring the stadium on campus is because football attracts crowds and Miller said he hoped that this would increase ticket sales and the number of season-ticket holders. The football team also brings in revenue is when it plays in "guarantee games." A guarantee game is one where a Division1-A program will pay Richmond to go to its school and play its football team.


Sports

Women's soccer snaps four-game losing streak

It was perhaps fitting during Friday's Senior Night that a senior, Jessie Wolfe, scored a goal during the women's soccer team's 2-1 victory over George Washington University. But as a sign the four-year veterans and leaders are leaving an even stronger program behind, it was a freshman who scored the game-winning goal, delivering a crucial win that kept the Spiders' chances of earning an Atlantic-10 tournament bid alive. Wolfe scored the University of Richmond's first goal 26 seconds into the second half, drilling her shot into the upper-right corner of the net after assists from senior Sarah Hilt and junior Jen Ruhe. Freshman Kat Russell gave the Spiders a second goal just 18 seconds later.


From front to back: Tim McLlarky, '10, David Paolantonio, '09, Tim McIntosh, '10, Brendan McGrath, '11, Gabriela Timoney, '11
Sports

Crew races against the best at Head of the Charles

By Taylor Engelson Collegian Reporter The crew club spent 24 hours in a car to compete in and watch the Head of the Charles, Oct.18 and 19 in Boston. "We got our butts kicked, but at least we can say we lost to the best," said President Dave Paolantonio, who rowed in the men's lightweight 4 boat, which placed 14th out of 15.


Sports

A World Series of underdogs

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies are two of the last teams I would have expected to be playing in this World Series, which is why I've enjoyed the 2008 postseason so much. I've watched games during which I was rooting for my favorite team, games during which I was rooting against my least favorite team and games during which I didn't care who won because I didn't have a vested interest in either team.


Pamela Duran, '09
Sports

Coaches looking abroad to recruit athletes

By Stephen Utz Collegian Reporter The University of Richmond is well known for its successful international program, but its international athletes are bringing success to its sports programs. A majority of varsity sports teams have at least one international athlete competing for them.


Receiver Jordan Mitchell (9)
Football

Football trounces Georgetown 48-0 in UR homecoming game

Homecoming turned into a coming out party for the University of Richmond football team's running game as the Spiders crushed Georgetown University 48-0 on Saturday afternoon at UR Stadium. Richmond tailback Josh Vaughan rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns while freshman tailback Garrett Wilkins rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, the first touchdowns of his collegiate career.


Sports

Women's lacrosse players, old and new, meet for alumnae game

By Andrew Prezioso Collegian Staff The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team's game versus Richmond alumnae gave the current players a chance to prepare for the coming year while looking back at their recent success. "I am just so proud that we built a tradition of winning and respect at the University of Richmond," said Richmond coach Sue Murphy. The current Spiders won the game by a score of 12-3.


Sports

On senior night, women's soccer team keeps playoff hopes alive

It was perhaps fitting during Friday's Senior Night that a senior, Jessie Wolfe, scored a goal during the women's soccer team's 2-1 victory over George Washington University. But in a sign the four-year veterans and leaders are leaving an even stronger program behind, it was a freshman who scored the game-winning goal, delivering a crucial win that kept the Spiders' chances of an Atlantic-10 tournament bid alive. Wolfe scored the University of Richmond's first goal 26 seconds into the second half, drilling her shot into the upper-right corner of the net after assists from senior Sarah Hilt and junior Jen Ruhe. Freshman Kat Russell gave the Spiders a second goal just 18 seconds later.


Sports

No, really, what's your name?

The first thing about James Madison University's kick and punt returner that caught my attention was not his game-winning touchdown, but his name. The James Madison sports editor and I were looking at each other's rosters, and I exclaimed in shock, "Wait, there's actually somebody named Scotty McGee?!" It's a name I've heard many times when someone needs a generic name, like John Doe. The James Madison sports editor said people often asked him about McGee's name, and I started to think about some of the more ridiculous names I've heard while watching sports.


Field Hockey

Field hockey wins third-straight on Senior Day

Three games, five goals, three game-winning goals -- you could say Megan Thompson has had a pretty good week. "It brings so much satisfaction as a coach to watch one of your players be tested and come out a stronger, more vibrant and impactful person," Richmond coach Gina Lucido said.


Sports

Women's tennis sends top players to regionals

By Stephan Utz Collegian Reporter The women's tennis team will face an early-season challenge this week as it competes in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Regional Championships in Philadelphia. This is the third tournament of the fall season for the Spiders and it is the most high-profile tournament they have competed in this season, coach Mark Wesselink said. The East Region is made up of 80 teams that send their best players to the regional, he said. "It's very much an individual event," Wesselink said.


Sports

Men's soccer team plays to scoreless draw against Temple

By Andrew Prezioso Collegian Staff The University of Richmond's men's soccer team posted its second consecutive shut-out, tying the Temple University Owls 0-0. On Friday night, the Spiders held Saint Joseph's University scoreless in a 3-0 victory. "I'm really pleased," Richmond coach Jeff Gettler said.