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With the NCAA and NAIA regular season schedules coming to a close, we take a look at how the Tony Glavin alumni have performed throughout the 2014 college season!
Christina Rodriguez – SLU Sophomore forward Christina Rodriguez was named second-team All-Conference by the Atlantic 10 to cap off her second season as a Billiken. Rodriguez led the team with six goals while also leading Saint Louis in points during conference play with four goals and two assists. She finished tied for fifth in the conference for goals per game and shots per game.
Liz Hopkins – Mercer Freshman forward Liz Hopkins has continued to see time in every game this year as the Mercer Bears have compiled a 12-5-2 record with Hopkins contributing a goal and two assists. Mercer, who finished third in the Southern Conference standings, won their first ever Southern Conference postseason game when they defeated number 6 seed Western Carolina. The Bears, the 3rd seed in post season play, then defeated #2 Furman 3-2 on Friday evening. Mercer then went on to upset #1 Samford 2-1 to win the Southern Conference championship and seal an automatic bid to the NCAA DI National Tournament, the second in the program’s history!
Mariah Vollmer – SIUE Freshman Mariah Vollmer earned a spot on the All-Newcomer team for the Ohio Valley conference after seeing time in all 18 regular season games, while making 10 starts, to go along with two goals and an assist. Vollmer and the Cougars, who were joint regular season champions with Southeast Missouri State, were seeded 2nd and received a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. They defeated #6 Morehead State on Friday evening in OT to advance to the program’s first ever OVC championship game. Sunday’s championship matchup against Jacksonville State also went to overtime and again the Cougars came out on the right side of the score line as they won a nail biter 3-2. This marked the first OVC championship title for SIUE and gave them an automatic berth to the NCAA DI National Tournament.
Alison Lockett, Allie McDonell, & Nikki Baker – Truman State Redshirt freshman Alison Lockett is tied for the lead in assists for the Truman State Bulldogs who finished 4th in the regular season standings for the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Fellow Glavin teammates Allie McDonnell, and Nikki Baker have seen time off the bench as the Bulldogs have used all their depth this season. After an opening round conference tournament win against the Drury Panthers, Truman travelled to Wisconsin-Parkside to battle the number 1 seeded Rangers but came up short as the #4 team in the country used a set-piece goal in each half to win the game 2-0.
Katy Rood – Maryville Junior midfielder Katy Rood, a state championship winner at St. Dominic, was the points leader for the Maryville Saints during the 2014 season as her team narrowly missed out on a GLVC conference tournament berth. Rood had four goals and five assists, good for 13 points, as she started every game for the Saints.
Nicole Billmeyer – Southwest Baptist Sophomore forward Nicole Billmeyer has made 16 starts on the season as the Southwest Baptist Bearcats were seeded 2nd for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference tournament. The Bearcats, who finished the regular season with a 14-4 record, defeated Emporia State 3-1 in the first round of the tournament and advanced to face Fort Hays State in the semi-finals. Friday night’s matchup with the Tigers was a close fought one but the Bearcats used a goal in the 8th minute of the game and rode it out to seal a place in Sunday’s final against the Central Missouri Jennies. However, they couldn’t last the pace with the country’s #8 ranked team as they went down 4-1. Southwest Baptist will discover who they will face in the NCAA DII National Tournament as the field is announced on Monday morning.
Erin Collier – Southwestern Illinois College Sophomore Erin Collier has 21 goals and 8 assists through 21 games, to give her 50 points as the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm advanced to the district final to face St Charles Community College on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Storm were undefeated heading into this contest, sitting at 16-0-3, but came up short when it mattered most as St Charles advanced to NJCAA National Tournament with a 3-2 victory.
Lexie Hunk – St Charles Community College Sophomore defender Lexie Hunk has started every game so far this season as the St. Charles Community College have compiled a 1.00 goals against per game average on route to a district championship final berth where they faced the Southwestern Illinois Blue Storm. The Cougars avenged the two defeats they have suffered at the hands of the Blue Storm this season as they used a late goal to win 3-2 and advance to the NJCAA National Tournament, which will be held in Melbourne, Florida from November 17th-22nd.
Jamie Morales – Missouri Baptist Sophomore Jamie Morales has started 15 of 16 games and recorded three goals and an assist as the Missouri Baptist Spartans finished 2nd in conference play. Deno Merrick’s squad then took on Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the American Midwest Conference Soccer Tournament and advanced with a 4-0 win that gave them a place in the semi-finals where they will face #1 Park University on Monday afternoon.
Henrik Kowalkowski – St Olaf College Henrik Kowalkowski, a sophomore forward from Crossroads School, had a goal and three assists on the year but it wasn’t enough to stop the St Olaf squad from dropping the semi-final game in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) tournament. St John’s used three goals in six minutes to end the season for the St Olaf men and give them a final record of 12-5-2.
Blake Ricketts – Fontbonne Blake Ricketts, a midfielder from Eureka High School, has seen action in 12 games throughout the season for the Fontbonne Griffins. The Griffins, who compiled a 6-3 record in St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference (SLIAC) conference play, shocked the number 1 seed Webster University, with a winner in double overtime, to advance to the conference championship where they faced the Westminster Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in Fulton, Missouri. The Griffins put up another strong fight but dropped the final game of the season 3-1 to the Blue Jays who advanced to the NCAA DIII National Tournament.