The Collegian
Tuesday, June 25, 2024



Richmond trounces Maine 44-17 at home, Mitchell scores 2 TDs

By Stephen Utz Collegian Reporter Richmond wide receiver Jordan Mitchell knew exactly how to beat Maine's defenders when they started playing 12 yards off him: one quick move to the sideline. That's all it took for him to get open for an 87-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eric Ward, a play that tied for the second-longest scoring play in school history and was part of a 44-17 Richmond victory against the University of Maine Saturday at home in front of more than 8,000 people. "It was a play we saw all week in practice," Mitchell, a redshirt junior, said of Maine's defensive coverage right before the reception, which led to the game's first touchdown. Mitchell earned a career-high 139 reception yards off four catches and scored two touchdowns.


Women's soccer team defeats U.Penn off penalty kick in 2nd OT

A double-overtime penalty kick goal from senior halfback Sarah Hilt lifted the University of Richmond women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the University of Pennsylvania Quakers Friday night at First Market Stadium. The penalty kick was awarded midway through the second overtime period after a Quakers defender tackled Richmond junior midfielder Kelsey Rdzanek inside the goal box.


Offensive-minded play gets men's soccer its first win of the season

The University of Richmond men's soccer team earned its first win of the season Saturday during a game against Marshall University (2-6) as a part of the Duquesne Invitational, during which the Spiders also played Lafayette College (2-3-1). Last night's 1-0 loss to Virginia Commonwealth University brought the team's record to 1-5.

Pamela Duran, '09, and Isabel Arana, '11, playing as doubles partners

Women's tennis season starts tomorrow at W&M

By Jennifer Hoffman Collegian Staff Last year's top six women's tennis players will return to the court this season with three promising freshmen, creating an intricate web of experience and new talent for the Spiders' competitors. "The team will be a level up from where we were last year," head coach Mark Wesselink said.


Calling all quarterbacks

It happened during "Remember the Titans." It happened during the "Friday Night Lights" pilot. And now, it's happening to NFL teams across the country. Back-up quarterbacks, and back-up back-up quarterbacks, are shedding the headphones and clipboards and actually getting some use out of their helmets.


Men's soccer team falls to Rams 1-0

The University of Richmond men's soccer team lost its home opener at First Market Stadium to rival Virginia Commonwealth University 1-0 Wednesday night in front of more than 500 people. The loss dropped the Spiders to 1-5 this season, while the Rams evened their record to 3-3. VCU freshman defender Michael Denkewitz scored the lone goal of the game in the 34th minute by redirecting a free kick off his head from senior Gerson Dos Santos. An aggressive VCU squad dominated the first half.


Women's soccer wins 1-0 against American University

The first half lone goal gave the University of Richmond women's soccer team all it needed to defeat the American University Eagles 1-0 Tuesday night at First Market Stadium. In the 12th minute, senior halfback Sarah Hilt crossed the ball in front of the goal, and it deflected off an Eagles defender into the goal. "We put their defense under pressure," Richmond coach Peter Albright said.

Tremayne Graham (23) tackles Tulsa's running back (center). UR's David Horton (right).

Richmond beats Towson for first time in three years

Last year, quarterback Sean Schaefer threw the game-winning touchdown after a 67-yard, four-play drive, taking just 22 seconds to help Towson University beat Richmond for the second straight year. This year, it was the Richmond defense's turn to score fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Richmond RB Justin Forte (20).(20).

Football scoreless during London's bittersweet return to U.Va.

After a disappointing loss at the University of Virginia last Saturday, the football team is excited to start its conference play at home against Towson, the only CAA team that beat the Spiders last year. "If the spider has eight legs, I think we shot ourselves all eight times," coach Mike London said at a press conference after the Virginia game.

Brian Grimes (top) of Richmond applies a hold on Jarrod Bryant (bottom) also of Richmond. Grimes went on to win the match.

Popularity of ultimate fighting spreads to Richmond

In recent years, mixed martial arts and ultimate fighting have gained popularity across the country. Television shows including "The Ultimate Fighter" and films such as "Kill Bill" have brought attention to martial arts. There is a martial arts club on campus, but it's nothing like the cage fighting seen on TV. In MMA ? rapidly growing nationwide ? fighters are separated into weight classes, as boxers or wrestlers would be.


Fan-tastic home game tips

During the past month, attendance at University of Virginia home games has come with an increasing set of restrictions. First came the e-mail that fans would no longer be allowed to bring signs to games.

From L to R: Scott Loesser, '09; Asst. coach Stephen Davis; Daniel Larkin, '11; Jake Russell, '11; John Towney, '12

Injuries force changes to men's soccer lineup

The University of Richmond men's soccer team has entered its season with a revamped lineup after preseason injuries forced the team to start a freshman goalkeeper and replace its defensive line. Grant Schonberg started during the season opener against Lehigh University after the original starting goalie, Brock Tomlinson, a transfer from Southern Methodist University, suffered a head injury, assistant coach Matt O'Toole said. The line-up changes meant players were in unfamiliar roles, and a lack of communication among them contributed to a 6-1 loss against Leigh, O'Toole said. "We're definitely a quiet team," Schonberg said.


Former assistant basketball coach working for D-I school in Georgia

One of the assistant basketball coaches who resigned after revelations about NCAA recruiting violations is working as an assistant coach at a Division I basketball program in Georgia. Dave Waples, the athletics director at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., confirmed to The Collegian Wednesday night that Chris Carroll, who worked as an assistant coach with the Richmond women's team, admitted to text-messaging two recruits while at Richmond, a major violation of NCAA rules. The University of Richmond announced Monday on its athletics Web site that a school investigation had found that two former assistant coaches had knowingly sent recruits hundreds of text messages and had made more than the allowable number of phone calls to recruits.


Athletics: Basketball staff recruited illegally, NCAA investigation complete

The University of Richmond and the NCAA have concluded separate investigations into hundreds of text messages that basketball coaches knowingly sent while recruiting prospective student-athletes, a violation of NCAA rules. The announcement from athletics director Jim Miller -- posted Monday on the Spiders' Web site -- included information about the university's investigation and its sanctions against coaches and the programs, as well as a timeline of the violations. "The coaches were aware of the rule," Miller said.