The Billikens are coming off another highly successful week. Here is a quick recap of the week, as well as a rundown of where the Billikens’ five fall sports programs stand heading into the final weeks of the regular season.
The Billikens’ men’s cross country team picked up another team title on Friday, winning the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Ill. Manuel De Backer led the way with a second-place finish. On the women’s side, Anna Schmitz led the Billikens.
SLU returns to action Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond. Both SLU squads will by vying for their first ever A-10 title.
Men do it again! Win the Bradley Pink classic!!— Jon Bell (@jbell30) October 14, 2016
A big congrats to the men! Here are your 2016 Bradley Classic Champions! pic.twitter.com/xq5hRPD3td— Tim (@coachtbradley) October 14, 2016
The Billikens picked up their second win of the season in dramatic fashion on Sunday, getting a goal from junior Hanna Smith (her first-career goal) in the 30th minute to beat Central Michigan 1-0. The thrilling win came after a heartbreaker on Friday, when the Billikens battled La Salle before falling 3-2 in overtime.
Saint Louis concludes the home portion of its schedule this weekend, taking on Davidson Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. and Saint Francis Sunday, Oct. 23, at noon. Both games take place at Sportport International in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Billikens win! They take down visiting Central Michigan 1-0 on a goal from Smith in the 30th minute. Kissinger and Feid with the assists. pic.twitter.com/DnXVvodtP1— SLU Field Hockey (@SLUFieldHockey) October 16, 2016
The Billikens are in first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 4-0-0 league record. This past week at Hermann Stadium, SLU defeated Rhode Island 1-0 on Wednesday and knocked off George Mason 2-1 on Saturday night.
Saadiq Mohammed has scored game-winning goals in each of the last three games. The Billikens have four A-10 games remaining, including a game Wednesday at Davidson. The A-10 Championship is slated for Nov. 10-13 in Davidson, North Carolina.
The Billikens have won five in a row and are now tied atop the Atlantic 10 Conference standings with Saint Joseph’s with a 5-0-1 record. SLU picked up a pair of thrilling 1-0 wins last week, defeating Fordham 1-0 at Hermann Stadium and winning at St. Bonaventure 1-0 in overtime. Senior Kirsten Clemens scored both game-winners for SLU.
Saint Louis stays on the road for its next two games – at Saint Joseph’s (Thursday, Oct. 20) and at La Salle (Sunday, Oct. 23). The A-10 Championship is set for Nov. 3-6 in Kingston, Rhode Island.
The Billikens were perfect on the road this weekend – defeating Davidson 3-0 on Friday and VCU 3-1 on Sunday. The Billikens are 5-2 in A-10 play and are in a solid position to qualify for the A-10 Championships, which will be played on campus at Chaifetz Pavilion Nov. 18-20.
Danielle Rygelski, one of the leading hitters in the NCAA, tallied 29 kills in the three-set win over Davidson. It was the second-highest three-set kill total in the NCAA this season. The Bills are home for two matches this weekend, hosting Duquesne Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. and La Salle on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m.