The Collegian
Sunday, January 29, 2023



Students appreciative of AP Top-25 ranking

The men's basketball team is ranked No. 25 in the nation by the Associated Press Top-25 Poll, which was released on Monday, and students said they could not wait to see where this will take the team as the regular season comes to a close before conference tournament time. Although most students were a bit surprised to find out that the Spiders won the spot to be in the Top-25 Poll, they were excited nonetheless. "We're ranked?" sophomore Adelaide Burton asked.


Spiders nationally ranked for first time since 1986

The University of Richmond men's basketball team is ranked No. 25 in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll, the first time the Spiders have been ranked since 1986. The Spiders, who are 20-6 this season and are leading the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 9-2 record, received 101 votes, which was enough to hold off Northern Iowa University for the last spot.


Richmond wins 10th straight over URI, 70-46

The University of Richmond women's basketball team had its best offensive game in nearly one month and defeated the University of Rhode Island, 70-46, on Saturday night at the Robins Center. The team's 48 percent shooting was the best since the Spiders' 76-47 win against George Washington University on Jan.


Richmond senior Benford wins McCoy Award

University of Richmond senior Andrew Benford was recognized as this year's McCoy Award winner, an honor given yearly to the best male track and field athlete from West Virginia. Benford said he was humbled by the award. "It was a pretty big surprise," he said.


Student seats limited in the new stadium

E. Claiborne Robins Stadium will bring Spider football to campus for the first time in the program's history, but the stadium's limited capacity will force student-ticketing protocol to change. The new stadium's seating capacity is 8,700, but because of season-ticket holders, visiting team fans and others, only about 1,500 seats will be designated for students, said Jana Ross, the assistant director of athletic marketing and fan development. Ross and Steve Bisese, the vice president for student development, have met with the Richmond College Student Government Association and Westhampton College Government Association to discuss some options for student seating.


Women's lacrosse to start season with new coach

The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team is scheduled to begin its season on Sunday, under the direction of first-year head coach Stephy Samaras. The Spiders were picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Conference this year in a preseason coaches' poll.


How old? USC gets verbal commitment from 8th grader

The University of Southern California's football coaching staff did something unprecedented in the realm of college football last week by allowing a 13-year-old to commit to its 2015 recruiting class. How can this teenager from Delaware be so certain that USC should be his school five years down the line?


This just in: The Olympics are here

The Winter Olympics start tomorrow and the excitement-o-meter is stuck on low. For many American sports fans, the Olympic Games, especially the Winter Olympics, register as an afterthought behind the country's four major sports leagues. The salaries and budgets of pro sports make them almost untouchable products for owners and networks to market.

Track & Field

Indoor track heats up during winter

The University of Richmond's track and field teams were forced to skip competition in the Patriot Games Tournament at George Mason University because of the snow last weekend, but despite missing one of the six meets the team uses to prepare for the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships, coaches Steve and Lori Taylor said they were optimistic that the teams would finish in the conference's top three. In order to succeed, Lori said each team member would need to focus on the mental and physical preparation needed to build confidence.


17 players sign letters of intent to play football for the Spiders

New University of Richmond head football coach Latrell Scott hasn't even coached a practice yet, but he's already made his mark on Spider football for years to come. Seventeen high school players declared their commitment to play football, starting next season, for Scott and the Spiders by signing a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.


Spiders top St. Joe's, 68-58

The University of Richmond men's basketball team defeated Saint Joseph's University, 68-58, on Wednesday night, improving its overall record to 17-6 and 6-2 during Atlantic-10 play. Senior guard David Gonzalvez scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and fellow senior Ryan Butler scored 15 points. The Spiders entered the game 0-7 all-time at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena, but came out on top for the first time, giving the Hawks their third loss during their last 10 home games. Richmond junior guard Kevin Anderson had nine points, junior forward Kevin Smith had seven points and and junior center Dan Geriot scored six points. The Spiders will return home to the Robins Center at 2 p.m.


Two-Minute Drill: 2/4/10

&mbull; Former NFL running back Herschel Walker, 47, won his first-career mixed martial arts fight on Saturday, beating a 25-year-old man from Arizona.