Friday, December 27, 2013
The #1 moment from the year in Valpo Athletics in 2013: Ryan Broekhoff's buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Green Bay in the Horizon League Championship semifinals! See all of the top 10 moments inside the story.
Here are your top-10 moments from the 2013 year in Valpo Athletics:
#10 - Football earns homecoming victory over Campbell with a goal-line stand in overtime. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, a thrilling back-and-forth game culminated with the ultimate of defensive stops, giving the Crusaders a 49-42 win.
Video of goal line stand
Victory Bell celebration video
#9 - Harlem Shake done by Valparaizone during a timeout of the men's basketball game against Detroit. The video, which is by far the most-viewed in Valparaiso University history, was voted USportsHub's Best Mascot Harlem Shake Video.
Valpo Harlem Shake video
USportsHub's Top Harlem Shake list
#8 - Volleyball opens season on eight-match winning streak, matching best season-opening winning streak in program history. Along the way, they won the UCF Invitational and Popcorn Classic, beating Iowa in the finale of the latter tournament.
Popcorn Classic recap
#7 - Softball, for the second straight season, reels off five straight wins after dropping the Horizon League Championship opener to earn the league championship.
HL Softball Championship recap
#6 - The athletics department enjoyed a weekend unlike any in school history in September. Three Crusader teams faced off against Big Ten teams over a 72-hour span, and the women's soccer, volleyball and men's soccer teams all earned victories over their opponents.
B1G Wins for Valpo Athletics recap
#5 - In just its fourth season since the program's reinstatement, the Crusader men's golf team captured the Horizon League Championship to go to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Thomas Wettstein was the event's individual medalist as well.
Men's Golf Championship video
HL Men's Golf Championship recap
#4 - Making its second appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament, the Crusader softball team earned its first NCAA Tournament victory in program history by downing Central Michigan.
Central Michigan game recap
#3 - The baseball program, making its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, won a game in the tournament for the first time in 47 years, defeating perennial power Florida to knock the Gators out of the NCAA Tournament.
Florida game recap
#2 - The men's basketball team would not be denied the Horizon League Championship on their home court last March, rallying from a six-point deficit with 5:37 to play to defeat Wright State, 62-54, earning the league title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.
HL Championship Postgame Ceremony
Wright State game recap
#1 - It invoked memories of Bryce Drew's shot to beat Ole Miss in the 1998 NCAA Tournament, down to the location on the floor and the same exact final score. Down by two with six seconds remaining in the HL semifinal against Green Bay, Ryan Broekhoff took the ball the length of the court following a missed free throw, squared up from the right wing over a 6'9" defender and let fly, falling backwards as the shot swished through and sent the ARC into hysterics. The shot completed a 70-69 victory for the Crusaders over the Phoenix, keeping Valpo's title hopes alive as they eventually claimed the league crown.
Video of Broekhoff's shot, with the call from Todd Ickow
Green Bay game recap