Athletics

115 Crusaders Named to HL Spring Academic Honor Roll


Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 115 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Spring 2016 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office. Valpo's 115 representatives ranked second in the ten-member league.


Softball

Softball Adds Pair of Transfers to Program


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that a pair of transfer student-athletes have agreed to join the Crusader softball program. Pitcher Mackenzie Grossmann comes to Valpo after spending two seasons at Morehead State, while infielder Jaymee Lawton joins the Crusaders after playing her freshman year at Utah Valley. Both Grossmann and Lawton will be immediately eligible to play for the defending Horizon League champions in 2017.


Athletics

Best of Valpo Athletics 2015-2016: The Final Two


One was the culmination of a three-year resurgence that saw the Crusader men’s tennis team go from winless in the Horizon League to the top of the mountain. The other was one of the most remarkable league tournament runs you’ll ever see, as the Crusader softball team put together an incredible four-day performance at the Horizon League Championship. Both journeys culminated with teams raising Horizon League title trophies and advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and with over 800 votes cast in the semifinals, they are your final two – but only one can claim to be the Best of Valpo Athletics in 2015-2016. Which will it be?


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Adds Steffen Pulinx to Incoming Class


Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Steffen Pulinx, a 6’3” defender from Genk, Belgium, will be joining the Crusader program as a freshman entering the 2016 season. Pulinx joins the previously announced class of incoming players to give Valpo an eight-player group of newcomers for 2016.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men’s Soccer Announces 2016 Schedule


Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today his side’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 season – a challenging slate which includes six matches against teams which finished in the top-75 in the nation in RPI last season, and eight home matches at Brown Field.


Athletics

Best of Valpo Athletics 2015-2016: Final Four Unveiled!


The results are in from the quarterfinal round of voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics 2015-2016 bracket, and the Crusader fans have spoken. The final four which will face off include two Horizon League title wins, a deep postseason run and an individual effort that ranks among the top single-game performances in program history.


Men's Tennis

Valparaiso Open Set for July 8-11


The Valparaiso University Tennis Complex will host the inaugural Valparaiso Open, a charity exhibition for breast cancer awareness. The four-day event, scheduled to begin July 8th at 7:00 pm.


Baseball, Men's Golf, Men's Tennis, Men's Track & Field, Softball, Women's Track & Field, Athletics

13 Crusaders Earn Spring Academic All-League Honors


13 Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had four honorees from the outdoor season, while the women’s squad had three honorees. Three baseball players earned Academic All-League accolades, while softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis each had one recipient apiece.


Volleyball

Crusader Volleyball Releases Schedule For 2016 Season


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today her program’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 campaign. The Crusaders graduate just one senior from last season’s 27-win squad, which tied for the second-most wins in a single year in program history.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Add Pair of Transfers to Program


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that the Crusaders have added a pair of transfers to their roster, as Detroit native Bakari Evelyn and Atlantic City native John Middleton join the Crusaders from Nebraska and Utah State, respectively. Both guards will have to sit out the 2016-17 campaign and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting with the 2017-18 season.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Women’s Soccer Announces 2016 Schedule


Valparaiso University women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced his squad’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 season today, a schedule which includes eight home games at Brown Field.


Athletics

17 Valpo Student-Athletes Receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award


17 Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority student-athletes who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.


Athletics

First Round Results In; Quarterfinal Voting Open Now!


Like any good bracket, the first round of the Best of Valpo Athletics 2015-2016 bracket featured some tight battles and some potentially surprising victors. With over 350 votes cast, click inside to see the first-round winners as the 16 get cut down to 8, and cast your votes in the quarterfinal round now!


Baseball

Dalton Lundeen Selected by Detroit Tigers in MLB Draft


The Detroit Tigers selected Dalton Lundeen in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday. Lundeen recorded career podium finishes in all three major pitching categories. His 347 1/3 innings pitched are a program record. His 22 wins tied him with John Grippi for the third-most in Valpo baseball history. Lundeen's 275 strikeouts also rank third in the program's long-standing tradition of pitching excellence.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch to Compete in ITA Oracle Masters in October


Senior Jeffrey Schorsch has been invited to play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Oracle Masters Invite held in Malibu, California from October 13th-16th. The exclusive 32-member tournament features the top returning player from each Division I athletic conference.


Athletics

Best of Valpo Athletics: 2015-2016 Bracket Unveiled


First-round matchups are now open for voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2015-2016 school year! Click into the story to see descriptions of all 16 nominees and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote and help narrow the top moments, performances and plays of the past year from 16 down to 1.


Athletics

Klos Moving On From Athletics After Decade of Service


The Valparaiso University athletics department would like to recognize Adam Klos, Assistant Director of Athletics for Event Management, for his service to the Crusader student-athletes and athletic programs over the last decade as he moves to a new role on campus outside of athletics.


Women's Basketball

Leuzinger Joins Valpo Women's Basketball Coaching Staff


Former Liberty University standout and San Antonio Silver Stars forward Megan (Frazee) Leuzinger has been hired as assistant women's basketball coach at Valparaiso University. Leuzinger was an honorable mention All-American at Liberty before embarking on a seven-year professional playing career. She still holds the Flames' Division I record for career scoring average (18.5 PPG).


Baseball

Nolan Lodden Named First Team Academic All-American


Senior outfielder Nolan Lodden was elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American First Team on Friday. Lodden amassed a 3.94 grade-point average as an electrical engineering major in the classroom. On the diamond, he tallied team watermarks in hits (83), runs (57), doubles (18), and walks (36) in 2016. This marks the first such honor in program history.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Announces Seven Signees


Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today a talented group of players set to join the Crusaders in 2016, as the men’s soccer program welcomes seven new additions to the current squad. The 2016 class is comprised of student-athletes from three different U.S. states and four total countries, and joins a Valpo squad that is looking to build off a 7-6-5 (3-3-3 Horizon) season in 2015 – a season which included a 3-1-1 mark for the Crusaders against teams ranked in the top-25 nationally. More detailed information on all the signees, including thoughts from Coach Avery, is available in the attached PDF.


Baseball

Valpo's Title Run Concludes Saturday in Dayton


Valpo baseball's first winning season under the Brian Schmack Era came to a close Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium with a 7-2 loss to the host Wright State Raiders. Chase Dawson, James Stea, Nolan Lodden, and Dan Delaney were all named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team.


Baseball

Frantic Comeback Propels Crusaders to Championship Saturday


An eighth-inning solo homer off the bat of freshman Scott Kapers resurrected the Brown and Gold, and capped a roaring offensive rebuttal as memorable as it was loud. The Crusaders scored 12 of the game's final 13 runs while the bullpen surrendered a lone unearned run over eight frames in a signature 12-7 victory over Milwaukee Panthers in Game 7 of the Horizon League Baseball Championship.


Baseball

Foreman Pitches Valpo Past UIC in Elimination Game


Facing the possibility of elimination, redshirt junior Ellis Foreman fired seven innings of two-run ball to boost the Valpo baseball team to a 4-2 victory over UIC Thursday night at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Nate Palace's two-run double in the first inning put Valpo ahead for good. The triumph prolongs the Crusaders' season to Friday, where they'll face the loser of Wright State versus Milwaukee.


Baseball

Milwaukee Assembles 7th-Inning Rally to Overtake Crusaders


Valpo took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning of their second-round contest against Milwaukee before the Panthers put together a five-run frame. Nolan Lodden and Dan Delaney each had three-hit games at the dish. The Crusaders will face UIC at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT Thursday in an elimination game.


Men's Track & Field

Smutz Closes Career at NCAA East Prelims


Valparaiso University senior Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) competed for the final time in a Crusader uniform on Thursday as he represented Valpo at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., competing in the hammer throw.


Men's Basketball

Peters Withdraws From NBA Draft


Valparaiso University forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) announced today that he submitted the paperwork prior to Wednesday night’s deadline to withdraw from the 2016 NBA Draft, choosing to use his fourth season of collegiate eligibility rather than remain in the draft as an early entrant.


Baseball

Freshmen Spark Crusaders to 10-7 Win over NKU


Rookies Scott Kapers and Chase Dawson combined for a 5-for-5 day at the plate with six runs scored en route to a queasy 10-7 Crusader victory over Northern Kentucky at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Dalton Lundeen notched his 22nd career victory for Valpo after going six innings. The Crusaders advance to face the second-seeded Milwaukee Panthers on Thursday at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT.


Baseball

Baseball Opens Horizon League Championship Wednesday


Six teams will duke it out for an NCAA Tournament berth this week in Dayton, Ohio. The Crusaders enter the Horizon League Championship as the No. 3 seed and will oppose the sixth-seeded Northern Kentucky Norse Wednesday afternoon. The winner will face a rested Milwaukee club Thursday.


Baseball

Crusaders Clean Up as HL Baseball Awards Announced


Nine Crusaders earned accolades as the Horizon League unveiled its postseason baseball awards Tuesday afternoon. Seniors Dalton Lundeen, Shea Molitor, Nolan Lodden, and Dan Delaney were all First Team recipients. Trevor Haas, Nate Palace, and Josh Clark were elected to the Second Team, while Chase Dawson and Sam Shaikin were named to the All-Freshman Team.


Baseball

Lundeen Tabbed Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


Senior Dalton Lundeen was rewarded for his four-hit shutout of Youngstown State this past Thursday with Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honors. Lundeen lowered his earned-run average to 3.12 while collecting his 21st career win. Lundeen and the Crusaders open the Horizon League Baseball Championship Wednesday versus Northern Kentucky.


Softball

Softball Season Comes to An End Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2016 campaign come to a close in the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders fell 8-0 to #23 Notre Dame in an elimination game at the Ann Arbor regional.


Baseball

Seniority Rules in Crusaders' 7-5 Victory in Regular-Season Finale


On a day when their twelve graduating seniors were honored, the Crusaders received five runs batted in, five runs scored, and a save from their departing class. Valpo rallied in the middle innings to overtake Youngstown State, 7-5, at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders leapfrogged UIC in the process, seizing the No. 3 seed in next week's Horizon League Championship.


Softball

Crusaders Fall to #2 Michigan in NCAA Opener


Making its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five seasons, the Valparaiso University softball team battled with #2 Michigan in Ann Arbor Friday night, but the Wolverines pushed across five runs in the fifth inning in sending the Crusaders to an 8-0 defeat. With the loss, Valpo will take on #23 Notre Dame in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT.


Baseball

Haas Remains Undefeated in HL Play; Baseball Wins 6-1


With the help of four double-play balls, senior Trevor Haas improved to 5-0 in Horizon League play Friday as he kept Youngstown State to one run on five hits over six innings in a 6-1 victory. Josh Clark crossed the plate twice as part of a three-hit afternoon. Valpo will recognize its twelve graduating seniors Saturday afternoon prior to the 1:00 pm first pitch.


Baseball

Lundeen's Four-Hitter Leads Crusaders to 4-0 Win Thursday


Left-handed pitcher Dalton Lundeen took to the pitcher's mound at Emory G. Bauer Field for the final time Thursday and reinforced his legacy with a four-hit shutout of visiting Youngstown State. The senior expended 107 pitches for his 21st career victory including his seventh over the Penguins. Offensively, Shea Molitor reached the 50-RBI plateau while James Stea and Chase Dawson enjoyed multi-hit contests.


Softball

Valpo Softball Set For Trip to Ann Arbor NCAA Regional


After a storybook run through the Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso University softball team returns to the sport’s biggest stage as it embarks to Ann Arbor for the start of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders open tournament play Friday evening against the national number two seed in Michigan on the Big Ten Network, with #23 Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) on the other side of the four-team regional bracket. Check out head coach Kate Stake's thoughts on the performances last weekend and this weekend's regional action on this week's Valpo Coaches Show.


Baseball

Saturday's Senior Day Highlights Pivotal Home Weekend


The regular season wraps up this weekend as Youngstown State visits Emory G. Bauer Field for a three-game series. Valpo can still finish anywhere from second to fifth place in the Horizon League standings. Head coach Brian Schmack will honor all twelve seniors during Saturday’s Senior Day.


Men's Track & Field

Smutz Qualifies For NCAA East Preliminary Round


Valparaiso University senior Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) will close out his Crusader career in the postseason, as he has qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the hammer throw and will compete next Thursday, May 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.


Baseball

Hanson, Foreman Sweep HL Weekly Baseball Awards


An eight-RBI game and eight shutout innings fetched Jake Hanson and Ellis Foreman the Horizon League's weekly baseball awards. Hanson was named Batter of the Week thanks in large part to a career day Sunday. In the second game of a twinbill against Oakland, the catcher hit two doubles and a homer while piling up eight RBIs. Foreman earned the win in that second game after firing eight shutout frames.


Softball

Crusaders Heading to Ann Arbor For 2016 NCAA Tournament


The Valparaiso University softball team learned Sunday evening that it will be traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich. for regional play in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders will kick off tournament play Friday at 6 p.m. CT against the number-two national seed and host Michigan, while Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) comprise the rest of the regional field. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday morning, while broadcast information for the entirety of the regional will be available when released by Michigan.


Baseball

Show-Stopping Performances Lead Valpo to Sweep of Oakland


Trevor Haas, Jake Hanson, and Ellis Foreman were all magnificent Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of Oakland at Emory G. Bauer Field. Haas improved to 4-1 on the season as he went the distance in the opener to nail down Valpo's 3-2 win. Hanson accumulated eight RBIs in the second game to power the Crusader offense while Foreman notched eight shutout innings in a 17-2 rout.


Softball

Crusaders’ Tournament Run Culminates With Walk-Off Championship Game Win


Incredible. Improbable. Unbelievable. Inconceivable. Whatever adjective you may have chosen to describe the Valparaiso University softball team’s run to the Horizon League Championship title game, the term could have doubled as a description of Saturday’s championship game against Wright State, as the Crusaders rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before Stephanie Moreno (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) delivered the walk-off double in the eighth to send the Crusaders back to Valpo as Horizon League champions. With the tournament title, the Crusaders earn the league’s automatic berth into the 2016 NCAA Tournament and will find out their destination Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Give #14 Northwestern Tough Test in 4-1 Defeat


The Valpo men's tennis team's impressive, muscle-flexing campaign came to a close Saturday at Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Illinois, but not before it made the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats sweat out a 4-1 win. Charlie Emhardt downed Fedor Baev at No. 4 singles by a score of 6-2, 7-5. In doing so, the junior made Valpo the first Horizon League team to avoid a shutout in the NCAA Tournament since 1994.


Softball

Softball Wins Thriller Over UIC, Advances to Championship Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team’s run through the Horizon League Championship continued Friday in a thriller, as the arm of Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) and the bat of Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) combined to give Valpo a 1-0 win over UIC in Chicago. With the victory, the Crusaders advance to Championship Saturday at Flames Field, where they will take on Wright State starting at noon, needing just one win to earn the league title.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Compete at Last Chance Meets Friday


A number of Valparaiso University track and field athletes competed in a pair of last chance meets Friday at Grand Valley State and North Central College.


Baseball

Crusaders, Penguins Divide Friday Doubleheader


Valpo whacked 32 hits in a Friday doubleheader with Youngstown State, but managed just a split with the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. Dalton Lundeen became Valpo's all-time leader in innings pitched as the senior went seven strong in a 15-7 win in the opener. He also moved into sole possession of third place for most career strikeouts (270) while earning career win No. 20.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Primed for NCAA Tournament


Owners of a 12-match winning streak, the Valpo men's tennis team couldn't be riding any higher entering the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders, who posted shutouts in both tilts en route to the Horizon League title, meet the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday at 1 pm CT.


Softball

Callaghan’s Big Swing Paces Crusaders In Win Over Wright State


One swing of the bat proved to be all the Valparaiso University softball team would need on Thursday afternoon as action continued at the Horizon League Championship, as sophomore Lanie Callaghan (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland) delivered on a second-inning grand slam and senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) made it stand up with a stellar pitching performance in a 4-0 victory over second-seeded Wright State in Chicago. With the win, the Crusaders advance to take on top-seeded UIC Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. - game time has been moved up one hour.


Baseball

Baseball Gets First Look at Penguins Friday, Greets Golden Grizzlies Sunday


Eight days before the curtain descends on the regular season, Valpo and Youngstown State will meet for the first time in 2016 in a Friday doubleheader. Two days later, the Crusaders will return to Emory G. Bauer Field for a Sunday twinbill versus the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.


Softball

Crusaders Take Down Penguins in Tournament Opener


The Valparaiso University softball team put together one of its most impressive offensive outputs of the season on Wednesday in its opener at the 2016 Horizon League Championship, as the sixth-seeded Crusaders took down third-seeded Youngstown State by a 10-6 final in Chicago. With the win, Valpo advances to face Wright State Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.


Baseball

Delaney Goes Deep Twice in 13-10 Win over Purdue


Dan Delaney delivered a pair of three-run homers in a 13-10 victory over visiting Purdue on Wednesday. The senior struck in the third and sixth innings to help the Crusaders snap a seven-game slide. Delaney reached the 40-RBI plateau in Valpo's final midweek tilt of the season.


Softball

Crusader Softball Set For Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team heads to the Horizon League Championship this weekend, hosted by UIC in Chicago, as the tournament’s sixth seed. The Crusaders, who claimed tournament titles in 2012 and 2013, will face third-seeded Youngstown State at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon to open play at the double-elimination event. Check out head coach Kate Stake's thoughts on the team's path the past couple weeks to make the tournament field, along with looking ahead to the tournament this weekend, in this edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Softball

Weissenhofer, Trepanier Earn All-League Accolades


The Valparaiso University softball team had a pair of players honored Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its postseason award recipients, as senior pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) was named a Second Team All-League honoree and freshman infielder Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) joined Weissenhofer on the Second Team while also earning All-Freshman Team accolades.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Final Day of Championships Places Men’s Fourth, Crowns Bloy Champion


The third and final day of the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships took place at Valparaiso University on Sunday afternoon. Junior Liz Bloy claimed the league championship in the 1,500m run, while freshman Connor Hickey was honored as the Men’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Meet as the Crusader men matched their best-ever finish in the Horizon League.


Baseball

Brown and Gold Drop Sunday Doubleheader to NKU


Josh Clark and Dan Delaney cracked homers Sunday, but Northern Kentucky erased deficits in both games of a doubleheader with the Crusaders. Seven Valpo errors resulted in 12 unearned runs crossing the plate for the Norse. The Crusaders return to the diamond Wednesday afternoon when Purdue visits Emory G. Bauer Field.


Women's Track & Field

Bloy Earns Alfreeda Goff Athlete of the Year Honors


In conjunction with the conclusion of the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Valparaiso University junior Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) was named the Alfreeda Goff Female Athlete of the Year for her performances throughout the 2016 outdoor season.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Crusader Men Third, Women Seventh Entering Final Day Of Track Championships


Freshman Connor Hickey stole the show on Saturday for the Valparaiso University track and field squads on the second day of competition at the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Valparaiso, rallying to earn the event victory in the decathlon. Hickey’s performance led the Crusader men as they closed the day in third place, while the Valpo women sit in seventh position entering the meet’s final day.


Softball

Softball Clinches Tournament Berth With Win at Wright State


The Valparaiso University softball team secured its spot in the field for the 2016 Horizon League Championship on the final day of the regular season Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, clinching the berth by virtue of a 6-5 win in the opener of a doubleheader with Wright State. The Raiders dealt the Crusaders a 9-1 loss in the nightcap. Valpo will open tournament play Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against Youngstown State at UIC.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Kick Off 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams played host as they kicked off the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Championships Friday at Warren G. Hoger Track at Brown Field. Friday’s events included the first five events of the men’s decathlon, the first four events of the women’s heptathlon, and the men’s and women’s pole vault, shot put, javelin throw and 10,000m run.


Baseball

Baseball Drops a Pair at WSU Friday


Wright State ascertained its lead in the Horizon League standings Friday with a doubleheader sweep of the Valpo baseball team. Nolan Lodden reached base in all four of his plate appearances in the opener while Nate Palace did so in all five of his trips to the plate in the second game.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Extra-Inning Affair to Wright State


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in a heartbreaker to Wright State Friday evening in Dayton, Ohio as the Raiders downed the Crusaders, 3-2 in nine innings.


Men's Basketball

Fernandez Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Season


Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) has been named the Horizon League’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the winter Season for his performance both on the court and in the classroom.


Baseball

Lodden Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team


Outfielder Nolan Lodden was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team for District V Friday. The senior carries a 3.94 grade-point average as an electrical engineering major. On the field, Lodden boasts a team-high .353 batting average and has reached base in 31 consecutive games entering this weekend.


Softball

Final Regular Season Series On Tap For Softball


The Valparaiso University softball team closes out the regular season this weekend with a three-game series at Wright State. The Crusaders enter the final weekend of play one game back of Oakland for a berth in the Horizon League Championship.


Baseball

Baseball Treks to Wright State, Hosts NKU This Weekend


Another four Horizon League games await the Valpo baseball team this weekend. Valpo heads to Dayton to take on first-place Wright State in a Friday twinbill. The Brown and Gold will then return to Porter County to prepare for a Sunday doubleheader with Northern Kentucky.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Valparaiso Set to Host 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Championships


Valparaiso University will be hosting the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend – Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8 – at the Warren G. Hoger Track and the Eastgate Throws Complex.


Men's Basketball, Men's Swimming, Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field, Athletics

Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League Honors


Eight Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Winter Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had three honorees from the indoor campaign, while men’s basketball and men’s swimming had two student-athletes recognized and women’s track and field had one honoree.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men’s Soccer Announces Award Winners


Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today the 2015-2016 award winners for the Crusader soccer program.


Softball

Wednesday Softball Doubleheader Canceled


The Valparaiso University softball team’s scheduled doubleheader Wednesday against Northern Illinois has been canceled and will not be made up.


Baseball

Crusaders Fall Victim to 9th-Inning Rally at NIU


Scott Kapers and Shea Molitor belted home runs as part of a 13-hit barrage Wednesday, but Northern Illinois rallied for seven runs in the ninth inning to overthrow Valpo, 11-10. Nolan Lodden, Josh Clark, and Nate Palace each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the Crusaders' final midweek game away from Emory G. Bauer Field this season.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Draw First-Round Date with #14 Northwestern


The Valpo men's tennis team won't have far to travel for its opening match of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders learned Tuesday they'll make the short trip over to Evanston, Illinois to take on the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. The two teams last met on February 23rd, 2014.


Men's Tennis

NCAA Selection Show Watch Party Set for Tuesday Afternoon


Come join the Valpo men's tennis team Tuesday afternoon for a viewing party as the Crusaders learn their destination for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The gathering begins at 4:00 p.m. inside the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC) classroom. Food will be served. The men's selection show begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on NCAA.com.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Crowned Horizon League Champs!


The Valpo men's tennis team's 2015-16 season reached its climax Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Green Bay in the title match of the Horizon League Championship. The win vaults the Crusaders into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In the process, the Brown and Gold set a school record for victories in a season with 22.


Athletics

Year-End Awards Presented at Valparaiso’s ARC Awards Sunday


Valparaiso University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced its year-end awards on Sunday evening at the eighth annual Athletic Recognition Ceremony (ARC) Awards.


Softball

Crusaders Split Pair of One-Run Decisions Sunday


The Valparaiso University softball team saw both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader with Oakland come down to one run, splitting the twinbill with the Golden Grizzlies to earn the series victory in the key league series. For the second time in three games, senior Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) delivered a walk-off winner in the nightcap, capping a 3-2 victory, while in the opener, the Crusaders’ comeback effort came up just short in a 7-6 loss.


Baseball

Offense Goes Cold in DH Sweep to UIC


Valpo managed to score in just one of its 18 offensive innings Sunday as UIC defeated the Brown and Gold in both tilts of a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. The pair of Flame victories created a tie for second place in the Horizon League standings between Valpo and UIC.


Men's Track & Field

Valpo Track Battles Dreary Weather at Crusader Open


In what seemed like déjà vu from last year’s Crusader Open at the Warren G. Hoger Track, the Valparaiso University track and field squads battled wind, rain and frigid temperatures to put together some stellar performances in Saturday’s meet.


Women's Track & Field

Valpo Track Battles Dreary Weather at Crusader Open


In what seemed like déjà vu from last year’s Crusader Open at the Warren G. Hoger Track, the Valparaiso University track and field squads battled wind, rain and frigid temperatures to put together some stellar performances in Saturday’s meet.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Advance to Championship Sunday with 4-0 Win over Vikings


The Valpo men's tennis team scored a convincing 4-0 victory over Cleveland State in Saturday's Horizon League Championship semifinal match at Preston Robert Tisch Building in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Valpo registered straight-set victories at three singles flights after seizing the doubles point to catalog its 21st win of the season. The Brown and Gold will face the victor of the Green Bay/NKU match slated for 6 pm ET/5 pm CT.


Softball

Softball Doubleheader Postponed to Sunday


Due to rain in the forecast throughout the day in the Valparaiso area, Saturday's softball doubleheader between the Crusaders and Oakland has been postponed to Sunday. First pitch of Sunday's doubleheader has been set for noon.


Baseball

Saturday's Baseball Game Postponed; Doubleheader Set for Sunday


Rain has caused the postponement of Saturday's baseball game between Valpo and UIC. The two teams will now play two games on Sunday beginning at 12 pm CT.


Softball

Marathon Game Goes Crusaders’ Way On Senior Day


It was a dramatic Senior Day for the Valparaiso University softball tea m, as it took until the 11th inning to determine a winner between the Crusaders and Oakland. But in the end, it was a senior who delivered the game-winning blow, as Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) knocked a single back through the middle to score freshman Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) and give Valpo a 3-2 walk-off win over the Golden Grizzlies.


Baseball

Crusaders Walk Off Flames in Friday's Series Opener


Valpo had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth when UIC reliever Trevor Lane uncorked a wild pitch allowing James Stea to hightail it home for a 2-1 victory Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Crusader starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen took a perfect game into the sixth inning in an outing that moved him into second place for career innings pitched at Valparaiso.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Set for Horizon League Championship


As the Horizon League Men's Tennis Championship gets underway in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Crusaders arrive with a target on their back. Valpo went 6-0 during the league portion of the season, with its tightest match resulting in a 5-2 road win. All-League selections Jeffrey Schorsch, Chad Kissell, and Charlie Emhardt lead the Brown and Gold into Saturday's semifinal showdown with Cleveland State.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Men's Tennis Hoards HL Postseason Awards


Five Valpo men's tennis players earned Horizon League postseason accolades at the league's awards banquet Thursday evening in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Junior Jeffrey Schorsch repeated as Player of the Year while newcomer Chad Kissell was recognized as Freshman of the Year. Furthermore, Jim Daugherty received his first Coach of the Year nod, Charlie Emhardt was named a Second Team All-League selection, and Garrett Gardner was graced with the Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award.


Softball

Senior Day On Tap As Crusaders Host Oakland


The Valparaiso University softball team faces its final home Horizon League series of the season this weekend as the Crusaders welcome Oakland to town for a single game on Friday afternoon and a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. Valpo will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony prior to Friday's series opener, honoring a class of five seniors.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich sits down with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this edition of Valpo Basketball Preview as they look back over a whirlwind last month of happenings within the Crusader program.


Baseball

Crusaders and Flames Collide this Weekend


Just five of Valpo’s final twelve Horizon League tilts are against opponents predicted to finish in the top half of the standings, and three of those occur this weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field. UIC, which sits one game back of Valpo in the standings, takes a 9-18 road record into Friday’s opener. Crusader outfielder Nolan Lodden is currently riding a 27-game on-base streak.


Men's Basketball

Matt Lottich Announces Coaching Staff


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season – his first at the helm of the Crusaders. Luke Gore remains on the staff as an assistant coach and will be joined by incoming assistant coaches David Ragland and Jackie Manuel, while Chad Warner will join the staff as the director of basketball operations.


Football

Record Five Crusaders Named to 2016 NFF Hampshire Society


For the first time in program history, five members of the Valparaiso University football team were selected to the 2016 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society. Alex Green, John Guilford, Jake Hutson, Sam Manternach, and Scott Staal were named to the 2016 Hampshire Honor Society in its tenth year of existence.


Athletics

Valpo Seeks Volunteers For Horizon League Track and Field Championships


Valparaiso University will be hosting the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Friday-Sunday, May 6-8 on campus at the Warren G. Hoger Track and the Eastgate Track and Field Complex. The Department of Athletics is seeking volunteers to assist with the operations of this event. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Assistant Director of Athletics for Event Management, Adam Klos at Adam.Klos@valpo.edu or 219-464-6125.


Baseball

Baseball Rides Huge 4th Inning to 5th Straight Victory


The Valpo baseball team erased a three-run deficit thanks to nine fourth-inning tallies in a 12-4 win over Chicago State Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Every Crusader starter crossed home plate while freshman Grant Inman notched his first collegiate victory. The triumph improved Valpo's record to 19-18.


Softball

Weissenhofer Tosses One-Hitter As Crusaders Defeat IPFW


Behind the third one-hitter of the season in the circle from senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township), the Valparaiso University softball team claimed a 6-0 victory Tuesday afternoon in non-league action at IPFW.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Snags Fourth HL Player of the Week Award


Junior Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League's Men's Tennis Player of the Week Monday, his fourth such accolade of the spring season. Schorsch rolled to two victories at No. 1 singles and another at No. 1 doubles this past weekend as the Crusaders closed out the regular season with a 20-5 record and the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League Championship beginning this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Baseball

Crusaders Slug Their Way to 17-6 Win Monday


Sophomore Giovanni Garbella's first-inning grand slam highlighted a 10-run opening frame as the Valpo baseball team cruised to a 17-6 victory over Purdue North Central Monday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Josh Clark and Shea Molitor also went yard in the Crusaders' highest outpouring of runs all season.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Blanks Cleveland State to Complete Perfect HL, Home Slate


A long and winding regular season reached its apex Sunday afternoon for the Valpo men's tennis team. The Crusaders rode a wave of momentum from doubles play into an overwhelming 7-0 victory over visiting Cleveland State at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The triumph swelled the Brown and Gold's winning streak to ten matches and capped off both a 13-0 home slate and a 6-0 mark in Horizon League play.


Men's Golf

Valpo Men Close Out HL Championship in Sixth Place


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished up the 2016 Horizon League Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Sunday, closing out the three-day league tournament in sixth position. Sunday also marked the final round of the Crusaders’ 2015-16 season.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Finish Sixth at HL Championship


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team closed out its 2015-16 campaign Sunday with the final round of the 2016 Horizon League Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., finishing the three-day event in sixth place


Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Campaign Comes to a Close Sunday


The sun set on the Crusader women's tennis team's 2015-16 season Sunday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Cleveland State, which had clinched a share of the Horizon League regular-season title the day prior in Chicago, defeated the Crusaders, 7-0. Head coach Tammy Cecchini will welcome a pair of three-star recruits to her squad next season.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Clinch Share of Regular Season Title with 6-1 Win over YSU


Valpo's third straight 6-1 victory secured at least a share of its first-ever Horizon League regular season crown Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Crusaders rolled through doubles play before Charlie Emhardt's 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles provided the clincher.


Baseball

Late Rallies Lift Crusaders to Sweep of Panthers


Valpo scored nine runs from the sixth inning on Saturday as it rattled off a pair of come-from-behind wins in a doubleheader sweep of Milwaukee at Emory G. Bauer Field. Trevor Haas fired a 128-pitch complete game in the opener before Jake Hanson's two-run single capped off a 7-6 win in the second tilt. Freshman shortstop Sam Shaikin was 5-for-7 in the twinbill.


Football

#ChampionsinCommunity: Crusaders Clean It Up


The Valpo football team took advantage of a beautiful spring day to make its surrounding community a better place to live Saturday. The team, led by head coach Dave Cecchini, polished up a derelict overpass on Indiana 49 that had been splashed with graffiti. All in all, the 2015-16 football squad has accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service hours.


Men's Track & Field

Crusaders Continue Outdoor Campaign at Louisville


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads continued their 2016 outdoor season this weekend at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky.


Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Continue Outdoor Campaign at Louisville


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads continued their 2016 outdoor season this weekend at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Fifth After Day Two at HL Championship


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team improved by five shots over its first-round performance in Saturday’s second round at the 2016 Horizon League Championship from Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., finishing the day in fifth place in the standings with one round to play.


Softball

Crusaders and Titans Split In Saturday Softball Action


The Valparaiso University softball team scored in each of the final four innings of its series finale with Detroit Saturday afternoon to earn a 9-1 run-rule victory over the Titans in five innings. The Crusaders’ attempt at a seventh-inning stunning rally in the opener brought the potential winning run to the plate, but Detroit ended up with a 9-6 victory as the two squads split the doubleheader.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Continues Play at Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team continued action Saturday from the Horizon League Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., finishing the tournament’s second round in a tie for sixth place.


Women's Tennis

Penguins Prevail over Valpo Women's Tennis Saturday


The Valpo women's tennis fell 7-0 to visiting Youngstown State Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Crusaders will close out their season Sunday versus Cleveland State.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Fifth After Day One at Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team opened action from the Horizon League Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Friday, finishing out the opening 18 holes tied for fifth place in a tight pack of teams.


Baseball

Lundeen Climbs Strikeout List; Valpo, UIC Split Doubleheader


Senior Dalton Lundeen leapfrogged two former Crusader hurlers Friday to move into fourth place in career strikeouts as he fanned eight UIC batters in the opening game of Valpo's doubleheader against the Flames. The Brown and Gold dropped the first tilt 5-3, but rallied to earn the split by virtue of a 5-2 victory in the second contest. Mario Losi did not allow an earned run in 6 2/3 innings of work to notch his third win.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Fourth After Opening Round of League Championship


A strong opening round from the Valparaiso University women’s golf team has the Crusaders sitting in fourth place after the first day of competition at the Horizon League Championship from Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.


Softball

Softball Falls to Detroit Friday


The Valparaiso University softball team dropped its series opener against Detroit at home on Friday afternoon, falling 9-2.


Men's Soccer

Crusader Men’s Soccer to Host Summer Camps


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer program will host four camps this summer for players ranging in age from kindergarten through high school.


Men's Golf

Webb, Seitz Earn All-Horizon League Honors


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team placed a pair of golfers on the All-Horizon League teams as the league announced its postseason awards Thursday evening, prior to the start of the Horizon League Championship on Friday. Junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) was named a First Team All-League honoree, while classmate Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio/Carroll) picked up Second Team All-League accolades.


Baseball

Baseball Approaches Pivotal Weekend with UIC, Milwaukee


The Crusaders enter a kooky corridor of their Horizon League schedule as four games await them in a 27-hour span. The owners of 7-4 league records, UIC and Valpo will square off Friday in a doubleheader at Curtis Granderson Stadium. The Crusaders will then have to turn around and host Milwaukee, a team one-half game behind them in the standings, in another twinbill Saturday in Valparaiso.


Baseball

Crusaders Persevere in Slugfest with Chicago State


For the third time in its last four games, Valpo rode double-digit runs to a victory. The Crusaders accrued 15 hits in a 10-6 win over Chicago State on Wednesday at Cougar Stadium. Nolan Lodden finished a home run shy of the cycle as his 3-for-6 afternoon yielded five RBIs. Lodden is now batting .370 on the season.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Contest at Nationally-Ranked Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University softball team received home runs Wednesday evening from sophomores Stephanie Moreno (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) and Brenna Boyle (St. John, Ind./Andrean), but it would not be enough to overcome a seven-run deficit as #18 Notre Dame defeated the Crusaders by a 7-3 final at Melissa Cook Stadium.


Softball

Crusader Softball Faces Four Games This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team steps out of league play briefly in mid-week action, making the short trip to face nationally-ranked Notre Dame Wednesday, before returning home to face off with Detroit in Horizon League play this weekend for three games over two days. Head coach Kate Stake joined the Valpo Coaches Show this week, discussing midweek games at this point of the year, the contributions of Carly Trepanier and what the Crusaders need to do to come out victorious in the upcoming league series.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Signs Lohse to NLI


Valparaiso University bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today that Becky Lohse has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.


Baseball

Molitor Selected as HL Batter of the Week


Eleven hits and eleven runs batted in last week fetched senior infielder Shea Molitor Horizon League Batter of the Week honors. Molitor boosted his batting average from .330 to .362 following his five-game offensive onslaught. Four of his eleven hits went for extra bases: three doubles and a grand slam. Molitor now leads the Crusaders in the RBI department with 30.


Baseball

Haas Tabbed as HL Pitcher of the Week Nominee


Senior Trevor Haas was chosen as a nominee for Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Monday following his first career shutout on Saturday at Oakland. The righty required just 92 tosses and needed no help closing out an 11-0 victory over the Golden Grizzlies. Haas scattered five hits (all singles) and struck out four batters without issuing a walk. Oakland did not have a base runner advance past first base until the ninth inning.


Volleyball

Crusader Volleyball to Host Summer Camp


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 11-14, 2016 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.


Women's Tennis

Sysouvanh Inks Letter of Agreement with Valpo Women's Tennis


Sun Prairie, Wisconsin native Daosavanh "Dao" Sysouvanh has inked a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with Valparaiso University and is expected to join the women's tennis program as a freshman in the 2016-2017 season. Sysouvanh is a three-star recruit who boasts the No. 4 ranking in the state of Wisconsin, according to tennisrecruiting.net.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Cruise to 6-1 Win at Detroit


The Valpo men's tennis team continued its run of supremacy Sunday morning at the Titan Tennis Courts in Detroit, Michigan. The Crusaders defeated the host Titans 6-1 to boost their overall record to 18-5 including a 4-0 mark in Horizon League play.


Baseball

Crusaders Drop 5-3 Finale to Golden Grizzlies


Four Crusader errors generated three unearned runs in a 5-3 loss to the Golden Grizzlies Sunday at Oakland Baseball Field. Shea Molitor drove in all three Valpo runs, but a three-run home run by Oakland's Mike Brosseau proved to be the game winner.


Women's Tennis

Modesto Wins at No. 3, but Crusaders Fall to Detroit Sunday


Freshman Meg Modesto collected a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3 singles Sunday, but the Crusaders ultimately dropped a 6-1 contest to Detroit at Titan Tennis Courts in Michigan. The Brown and Gold will lower the curtain on the 2015-16 season next weekend at Valpo Tennis Complex.


Men's Track & Field

Smutz’s Hammer Record Highlights Track and Field Effort at DePaul


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads traveled just across the state border into Chicago, Ill. to compete at the DePaul Invitational on Saturday. Jacob Smutz broke his own program record in the hammer throw to highlight the day's performances.


Baseball

Haas Dominates in 11-0 Shutout of Oakland


A sensational breakout season for Trevor Haas found its defining chapter Saturday at Oakland Baseball Field. The senior was flat-out dominant in a five-hit shutout of the Golden Grizzlies. Haas needed only 92 pitches to earn his second win of the season, lower his earned-run average to 2.40, and more importantly, secure the series win for the Crusaders. Offensively, Nolan Lodden and Nate Palace went yard in the 11-0 victory.


Softball

Valpo Splits League Twinbill With CSU


The Valparaiso University softball team received key plays both in the circle and at the plate from senior Mollie Lindeman (Hebron, Ind./Hebron [PNC]) late in the opener of a Horizon League doubleheader against Cleveland State Saturday in Valpo, as the Crusaders claimed the twinbill’s first game, 2-1. The Crusaders’ repeated attempts at rallying in the nightcap were thwarted by the Vikings, as CSU emerged with a 10-7 win.


Women's Golf

Valpo Women’s Golf Earns Victory Over Green Bay


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team picked up a dual match victory at The Course at Aberdeen this weekend, closing out a 21-stroke win over Horizon League opponent Green Bay on Saturday.


Men's Golf

Magoline Earns Runner-Up Finish at Ball State


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team closed out the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational, hosted by Ball State, on Saturday, finishing in fourth place – highlighted by a runner-up finish from senior Jared Magoline (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac [Marquette]).


Football

Saturday's Spring Game a Success


On a perfect and beautiful Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, fans got to snag a glimpse of the future and what to expect next fall for the Valparaiso football team. After last season’s high-scoring affair, this Saturday’s game was a tale of two halves for the Crusaders.The home White offensive team defeated the visiting Brown defensive team, 20-18.


Women's Tennis

Oakland Downs Valpo Women's Tennis Saturday


The Valpo women's tennis team dropped its Horizon League showdown with the Golden Grizzlies Saturday at the Oakland Tennis Courts by a score of 7-0. Kat Hebble and Paige Heuer recorded their 12th win atop doubles play with a 6-3 dismissal of Tamara Blum/Elizabeth Guy.


Women's Track & Field

Smutz’s Hammer Record Highlights Track and Field Effort at DePaul


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads traveled just across the state border into Chicago, Ill. to compete at the DePaul Invitational on Saturday. Jacob Smutz broke his own program record in the hammer throw to highlight the day's performances.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Fourth After Day One at Ball State


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team traveled in state for this weekend’s two-day outing, heading down to Muncie for the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational, hosted by Ball State. Through 36 holes, the Crusaders find themselves in the top third of the field, sitting in fourth position entering Saturday’s final round.


Baseball

Lundeen Surpasses 300 IP; Crusaders Seize Opener, 10-4


Shea Molitor's ninth-inning grand slam ensured fellow senior Dalton Lundeen would get the win on a day where the left-hander joined elite company. Lundeen became one of just four pitchers in program history to log 300 innings after tossing 6 2/3 IP in Valpo's 10-4 win over Oakland on Friday. Lundeen also took over sole possession of fourth place for most career wins (19).


Men's Tennis

Valpo Defeats UIC 6-1 to Remain Perfect at Home


The Valpo men's tennis maintained two winning streaks Friday in a 6-1 victory over UIC. The Crusaders improved their home record to 11-0 while pushing their Horizon League record to 3-0. Chad Kissell and Kyle Dunn were both winners in singles and doubles.


Women's Golf

Valpo Women’s Golf Leads at Home Versus Green Bay


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team hit the links at The Course at Aberdeen Friday for the team’s only home match of the spring season, where they are facing off with Horizon League foe Green Bay in a 54-hole dual match. The Crusaders finished the day 17 strokes clear of the Phoenix through 36 holes.


Softball

Valpo Falls in Series Opener to Cleveland State


A sixth-inning rally brought the Valparaiso University softball team even with Cleveland State Friday afternoon in the Horizon League series opener in Valparaiso, but the Vikings connected on a 3-run homer in the seventh inning to send the Crusaders to a 5-2 defeat.


Men's Basketball

Sorolla Inks NLI With Valpo Men’s Basketball


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Jaume Sorolla has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader basketball program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Lands Oklahoma State Champion Langston


A two-time boys' tennis singles champion from the Sooner State inked a financial aid agreement with Valparaiso University on Friday. Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla./Ponca City) signed his name on the dotted line today, a logistical move that puts him one step closer to donning the Brown and Gold this upcoming fall as a freshman.


Baseball

Crusaders Meet Upstart Golden Grizzlies this Weekend


The Crusaders trek to Michigan for the second and final time in 2016 this weekend when Oakland greets Valpo in a three-game series at Oakland Baseball Field. The two teams are currently in a logjam for third place in the Horizon League standings.


Football

Valparaiso Spring Football Game Slated for Saturday


The winter weather that crashed the better part of spring practices will evacuate Northwest Indiana just in time for the 2016 Brown vs. Gold spring football game. The exhibition, which will feature modified scoring just as it did in 2015, is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. As always, Saturday's event is free and open to the public.


Baseball

Valpo Drops Pitchers' Duel to Irish


The Valpo baseball team dropped a 3-1 affair to the Fighting Irish Wednesday night at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. Josh Clark, Shea Molitor, Scott Kapers, and Nolan Lodden were responsible for the four Crusader hits. Kapers threw out another two base runners to raise his total this week to five.


Softball

Softball Falls in Series Finale at UIC


The Valparaiso University softball team evened up Wednesday’s Horizon League series finale at UIC with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but the Flames scored three unanswered runs as the Crusaders dropped a 5-2 decision.


Athletics

Four Valparaiso Athletic Programs Earn NCAA Recognition


Four athletic teams from Valparaiso University have received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for outstanding academic performance. The four awards are tied for the most by any Horizon League institution.


Baseball

Crooked Numbers Propel Crusaders to 8-4 Win at WMU


The Valpo baseball team finished one knock shy of its fourth consecutive 14-hit performance Tuesday afternoon in an 8-4 victory at Western Michigan. Shea Molitor accumulated four hits as he was one of six Crusaders to record a run batted in. Freshman Scott Kapers gunned down three potential base stealers behind the plate.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Pair of Games at UIC


The Valparaiso University softball team continued Horizon League play Tuesday afternoon with a short trip to Chicago for a doubleheader at UIC, falling by scores of 3-1 in the opener and 4-2 in the nightcap.


Women's Track & Field

Bloy Earns Horizon League Runner of the Week Honors


Valparaiso University junior Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) has been named the Horizon League female Runner of the Week following her performance in the 3,000m steeplechase last weekend at Indiana State’s Gibson Invitational.


Softball

Softball Set For Six League Showdowns


The Valparaiso University softball team passes the halfway mark of the Horizon League schedule this week, as six league games await the Crusaders over the next five days. The week kicks off with a three-game road series Tuesday and Wednesday - just a short road trip over the state line to UIC. Valpo then returns home this Friday and Saturday to host Cleveland State.


Athletics

130 Valpo Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Honors Banquet


Valparaiso University awarded 130 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 25th Annual Student-Athletes Academic Honors Banquet held on Sunday evening.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Closes Out Hoosier Collegiate


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team jumped three spots in the team standings on the second day of competition at the Hoosier Collegiate at Otter Creek on Sunday, closing out the 36-hole event in a tie for ninth place.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Suffer Setback at Milwaukee


The Valpo women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to Milwaukee on Sunday morning at North Shore Elite. The Crusaders will return to the courts next weekend in the Motor City with Horizon League affairs against Oakland and Detroit.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Continue Spring Campaign


The fickle spring weather forced the Valparaiso University women’s golf team to hit the road again this weekend, as the Crusaders competed Sunday at the Crusader/Jaguar Challenge. The tournament was originally slated to be contested at The Course at Aberdeen, but was moved to the Trophy Club in Lebanon, Ind. and shortened to an 18-hole event.


Men's Golf

Webb’s Strong Play Continues to Lead Crusaders at IU


Junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) sits in a tie atop the leaderboard as the Valparaiso University men’s golf team concluded the first half of the weather-shortened Hoosier Collegiate at Otter Creek on Saturday.


Men's Track & Field

Track and Field Campaign Rolls On at Indiana State


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads continued action outdoors this weekend at Indiana State’s Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. A small contingent of Crusaders competed Friday afternoon, with the vast majority of action taking place on Saturday.


Women's Tennis

Valpo Women's Tennis Topples Green Bay, 5-2


The Crusader women's tennis team persevered for a 5-2 victory over Green Bay on Saturday. Kat Hebble and Paige Heuer each went 2-0 between singles and doubles to secure Valpo's first triumph in Horizon League play this season.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Take Down Phoenix, 5-2, in Green Bay


The Valpo men's tennis team's quest for a Horizon League Championship took a critical step Saturday by knocking off Green Bay on its home court. The Crusaders won the doubles point before collecting victories at No. 1, 3, 4, and 6 singles to defeat the defending-champion Phoenix at the Western Racquet & Fitness Club in Wisconsin.


Women's Track & Field

Track and Field Campaign Rolls On at Indiana State


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads continued action outdoors this weekend at Indiana State’s Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. A small contingent of Crusaders competed Friday afternoon, with the vast majority of action taking place on Saturday.


Baseball

Saturday Baseball Game at EMU Cancelled


Valpo's baseball game Saturday at Eastern Michigan has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Crusaders will return to the diamond Tuesday at Western Michigan at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT, weather permitting.


Men's Basketball

Valpo All-Access: Men's Basketball Head Coach Matt Lottich


Fresh off his introductory press conference where he was named the 22nd men's basketball head coach in Valparaiso University history, Matt Lottich joins Valpo All-Access for his first sit-down interview.


Men's Basketball

Matt Lottich Hired as Valparaiso University Men's Basketball Head Coach


Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., and Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Matt Lottich has been hired as the 22nd head coach in the history of the Valpo men’s basketball program. Lottich, who has been a member of the Crusader coaching staff for the last three years, is just the program’s fifth head coach in the last 36 years.


Baseball

Weather Claims Another Valpo Baseball Game


For the fourth time in nine days, the Valpo baseball schedule has been adversely affected by weather. Friday's contest between the Crusaders and Eastern Michigan has been cancelled due to unplayable conditions at Emory G. Bauer Field. The two clubs hope to meet Saturday in Ypsilanti, as previously scheduled.


Men's Basketball

Valpo’s Peters Declares For NBA Draft


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) announced Thursday that he will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. Peters will not hire an agent at this time, allowing him to withdraw from the draft process at any point prior to the May 25 NCAA deadline and return to school for his fourth season of collegiate eligibility.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men’s Basketball Coach Bryce Drew Accepts Position at Vanderbilt University


The long history of the men’s basketball program at Valparaiso University will begin a new chapter in 2016–2017, as head coach Bryce Drew ’98 departs to become the head coach at Vanderbilt University.


Softball

Rubber Game of Green Bay Series Canceled


The Valparaiso University softball team’s final game of the three-game Horizon League series with Green Bay has been canceled due to inclement weather and will not be made up.


Baseball

Wednesday Game at Notre Dame Pushed Back a Week


A weather forecast calling for rain throughout the day in the South Bend area has prompted the postponement of Wednesday's baseball game between Notre Dame and Valpo. The two teams will instead meet next Wednesday: same time, same place.


Baseball

Crusaders Club Their Way to 8-6 Win over Redbirds


The Valpo baseball team lumped five extra-base hits with a 7-for-18 mark with runners in scoring position to overtake the visiting Illinois State Redbirds 8-6 at Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon. Nolan Lodden lacked just a home run for the cycle while Giovanni Garbella drove in three teammates. Six Crusader pitches combined to pile up 16 strikeouts.


Men's Basketball

Fernandez Named National Defensive Player of the Year By College Insider; Leads Nation in Blocked Shots


Valparaiso University senior center Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) earned national plaudits today, as he was named the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. In addition, with the release of the NCAA’s final national statistical rankings on Tuesday following Monday’s national title game, Fernandez officially concluded the 2015-16 season as the nation’s leading shot blocker.


Men's Golf

Valpo Closes Out Final Round in Dayton


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team once again took on the harsh cold conditions at the Miami Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Ohio, closing out the Wright State Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.


Softball

Crusaders Split League Twinbill With Green Bay Tuesday


The Valparaiso University softball team put 15 runs on the board in a home Horizon League doubleheader for the Crusaders against Green Bay Tuesday afternoon, but it would only be enough for a split, as after downing the Phoenix 11-1 in game one, Valpo fell in the nightcap to Green Bay, 12-4.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Crowned HL Men's Tennis Player of the Week


Jeffrey Schorsch earned Horizon League Player of the Week accolades Tuesday after he was victorious atop both singles and doubles play versus Northern Kentucky last Saturday. The triumphs represented his 77th career singles win and 77th career doubles victory.


Softball

Softball Hosts Green Bay in Mid-Week Action


Surprise home games are on the docket for the Valparaiso University softball team this week, as late winter weather has left Green Bay's field unplayable and forced the mid-week series between the Crusaders and the Phoenix to be moved to Valpo. The Crusaders will play host to a Tuesday doubleheader, followed by a single game on Wednesday - both days featuring noon start times.


Baseball

Baseball to Host Illinois State, Trek to Notre Dame in Midweek Play


It'll be a family affair for Shea and Blake Molitor when they square off against one another Tuesday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Teammates two seasons ago at Des Moines Area CC, the twin brothers will be in opposite dugouts in a midweek tilt between Valpo and Illinois State. One day later, the Crusaders will head to Notre Dame to continue their long-running series with the Irish in a 6:05 pm ET/5:05 pm CT first pitch.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Battles Cold in Dayton


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team braved the cold as it took the course at the Miami Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Ohio for the Wright State Invitational on Monday.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Return Home Following IPFW Spring Classic


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team closed out the final day of its first tournament of April on Monday at the IPFW Spring Classic in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Softball

Weissenhofer Picks Up Pitcher of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) has been named the Horizon League Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after tossing a pair of shutouts for the Crusaders last week.


Softball

Crusaders Shut Out NKU In Sunday Doubleheader Sweep


The Valparaiso University softball team had to wait almost 48 hours to take the field at home against Northern Kentucky this weekend in Horizon League action, but the Crusaders made up for lost time on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Norse twice by final scores of 2-0 and 8-0 for the doubleheader sweep. Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) tossed her second one-hitter of the season in the nightcap.


Baseball

Crusaders, Panthers Split Sunday Doubleheader


With a 5-0 lead entering the fifth inning, Valpo was closing in on a sweep of Milwaukee at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisconsin on Sunday. However, the Panthers rallied to seize a 6-5 win in the nightcap. Lundeen limited the Panthers to just one earned run over eight innings to notch his third win of the season in the first game. The Crusaders won the opener, 7-3.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Face Heavy Wind at IPFW Spring Classic Sunday


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team kicked off its first tournament of April on Sunday, just two hours down the road in Fort Wayne, Ind. at the IPFW Spring Classic.


Women's Tennis

Wright State Downs Crusaders Sunday


The Valpo women's tennis team closed out a strenuous five-match week with a 7-0 loss to visiting Wright State Sunday at The Courts of NWI. The Brown and Gold will have six days to recover and prepare for Green Bay in Wisconsin.


Women's Track & Field

Valpo Closes Out Windy Weekend at EIU


The Valparaiso University track and field teams wrapped up action Saturday in Charleston, Ill., battling strong winds once again on the second day of EIU’s Big Blue Classic.


Men's Track & Field

Valpo Closes Out Windy Weekend at EIU


The Valparaiso University track and field teams wrapped up action Saturday in Charleston, Ill., battling strong winds once again on the second day of EIU’s Big Blue Classic.


Women's Tennis

Wind Wins, but Crusaders Suffer 6-1 Setback to NKU


Freshman Randi Wind assembled a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 comeback win at No. 4 singles Saturday at The Courts of NWI, but the Valpo women's tennis team fell 6-1 to Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders close out a five-match week Sunday at noon versus Wright State.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Defend Home Court Saturday with 6-1 Win over Norse


The Valpo men's tennis team opened Horizon League play Saturdaywith a decisive 6-1 win over visiting Northern Kentucky at The Courts of NWI. Sophomore Garrett Gardner won his fourth consecutive match in singles play by virtue of a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Blaine Carr. Gardner is now 10-1 over his last eleven singles matches.


Softball

Valpo-NKU Saturday Game Canceled


Friday, it was rain. Today, it is a combination of wintry mix and cold temperature/wind chill that has forced the cancellation of the Valparaiso University softball team's Horizon League contest with Northern Kentucky. Sunday's doubleheader has been pushed back to a 2 p.m. start, with both games scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN3.


Baseball

Snow Day: Winter Weather Prompts Saturday Cancellation


Mother Nature threw another wrench in Valpo and Milwaukee's weekend plans on Saturday. Two inches of snow coupled with heavy winds forced the cancellation of Saturday's game at Henry Aaron Field. The Crusaders and Panthers are now scheduled to play a doubleheader Sunday at Kapco Park in nearby Mequon. First pitch is slated for 12 pm CT.


Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Battle Wind Friday at EIU


The Valparaiso University track and field teams hit the road this weekend, battling the harsh winds on the opening day of the Big Blue Classic, hosted by EIU in Charleston, Ill.


Men's Track & Field

Crusaders Battle Wind Friday at EIU


The Valparaiso University track and field teams hit the road this weekend, battling the harsh winds on the opening day of the Big Blue Classic, hosted by EIU in Charleston, Ill.


Baseball

Friday's Baseball Game at Milwaukee Called Off


Valpo's series opener at Milwaukee has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions at Henry Aaron Field. The Crusaders and Panthers will now play a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 11 am CT.


Softball

Softball Weekend Series Moved Back; GB Series Moved to Valpo


The Valparaiso University softball team will have to wait one more day to play its first home Horizon League game of the season, as its series against Northern Kentucky has been shifted back later in the weekend to Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the Crusaders will now host Green Bay in next week’s Horizon League series – a series originally slated to be played in Wisconsin.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Falls in NIT Title Game


The Valparaiso University men's basketball team came up one step short of its first postseason championship in program history Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, as the Crusaders were unable to make a run at George Washington in the second half and fell by a 76-60 final in the NIT championship game. The loss ends Valpo's season with a 30-7 record, as the Crusaders set a new program record for victories in a historic 2015-16 campaign.


Women's Tennis

Valpo Drops 6-1 Decision to UTRGV


The Valpo women's tennis team fell in a 6-1 decision to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Thursday afternoon. The Crusaders will open Horizon League play this weekend versus Northern Kentucky and Wright State.


Baseball

Crusaders, Panthers Meet in Milwaukee this Weekend


The Crusaders begin their first of eight straight Horizon League games away from Emory G. Bauer Field Friday in Milwaukee when the Panthers host Valpo in a three-game series. Senior starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen needs 3 2/3 innings to move into sole possession of 5th place in Valpo history for career innings pitched (currently at 282.2 IP).


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Look to Raise NIT Trophy Thursday Night


A season which started way back in August with a foreign tour to Canada comes down to the final 40 minutes Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team is just one win away from capturing the NIT championship. All that stands between the Crusaders and the trophy? A George Washington team which Valpo will be facing for the first time in program history. The game will tip at 6 p.m. CT, live on ESPN.


Baseball

Rain Forces Cancellation of Wednesday Tilt at Purdue


Rain in the West Lafayette, Indiana area spoiled Valpo and Purdue's plans for Wednesday night. The two teams were slated to play a 6:00 pm ET/5:00 pm CT affair at Alexander Field, but inclement weather prompted a cancellation.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Fall 7-0 to UIC Wednesday


The Valpo women's tennis dropped a 7-0 decision to UIC Wednesday morning at the XS Tennis and Education Foundation in Chicago. The tilt represented the first of Horizon League play for the Brown and Gold.


Men's Basketball

Pregame Event Set, Tickets Available For NIT Championship Game


The Valparaiso University Alumni Association will be holding a pre-game event prior to Thursday night's NIT championship game in New York City at Stout NYC (133 W 33rd St.). In addition, tickets in Valpo sections are available now online and via the Madison Square Garden box office.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders One Win Away From NIT Title After Defeating BYU


A 16-point second-half lead became a deficit late in the second half, but the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team never panicked, regrouping in a battle down the stretch with BYU Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden and getting the game’s biggest shot courtesy of sophomore David Skara (Zadar, Croatia/Ekonomska Skola Zadar) – a 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds to play that gave the Crusaders the lead for good in a 72-70 victory in the semifinals of the NIT. With the win, Valpo advances to face George Washington in the NIT championship game Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT.


Softball

Crusaders Sweep Home-Opening Twinbill Tuesday


The Valparaiso University softball team made its return to campus for the first home games of the 2016 season a happy one Tuesday afternoon, as the Crusaders earned victories in both halves of a non-league doubleheader against Bowling Green, 4-3 and 6-0.


Women's Tennis

Chicago State Downs Crusaders, 7-0


The Valpo women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to Chicago State Tuesday afternoon in the Windy City. Kat Hebble and Paige Heuer were victorious atop doubles play, but the Cougars rallied at No. 2 and 3 to take the doubles point and all six singles flights.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named AP Honorable Mention All-American


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday. Peters is just the fifth Crusader in the last 48 years to earn All-American accolades.


Baseball

Ball State Nips Crusaders 3-2 on the Diamond Tuesday


Valpo led visiting Ball State for five innings on Tuesday, but a two-run homer helped the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory at Emory G. Bauer Field. Ellis Foreman spotted the Cards just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings, but an offensive lull in the middle frames hamstrung the Brown and Gold.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Set to Face BYU at MSG


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team finds itself one win away from the NIT title game as the Crusaders take to the court at Madison Square Garden Tuesday evening in the semifinals against BYU. One win shy of 30 victories on the season, Valpo is looking to advance to the NIT championship game for the first time in program history.


Softball

Softball Slated to Open Home Schedule


The Valparaiso University softball team kicks off the home schedule with five scheduled games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field this week. The Crusaders open up home play Tuesday afternoon with a non-league twinbill against Bowling Green before welcoming Horizon League newcomer to campus for a three-game series this weekend.


Baseball

Crusaders Face Instate Foes Tuesday, Wednesday


Bragging rights are up for grabs this week as the Valpo baseball team faces a pair of Indiana schools in midweek, non-league play. The Crusaders will host Ball State Tuesday at 3:00 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field before traveling to West Lafayette Wednesday evening to take on the Purdue Boilermakers.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Series Finale at YSU


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in the series finale of its league-opening series Sunday afternoon at Youngstown State, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Penguins.


Men's Track & Field

Pair of Records Fall As Valpo Outdoor Season Rolls On


Valparaiso University track and field seniors Sarah Peters and Jacob Smutz set new outdoor program records on Saturday as the Crusaders continued their outdoor campaign at the Edmonds Invitational, hosted by Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.


Baseball

Valpo, Wright State Split Saturday Twinbill


Trailing by a run and down to its final out with the bases empty, the Valpo baseball team pulled off an improbable 3-2 comeback win over Wright State in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Raiders salvaged a split, however, taking the afternoon tilt, 7-3. Junior Nate Palace was 4-for-6 with an RBI in his return to the Crusader lineup.


Women's Track & Field

Pair of Records Fall As Valpo Outdoor Season Rolls On


Valparaiso University track and field seniors Sarah Peters and Jacob Smutz set new outdoor program records on Saturday as the Crusaders continued their outdoor campaign at the Edmonds Invitational, hosted by Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.


Softball

Valpo Softball Falls in League-Opening Doubleheader


The Valparaiso University softball team kicked off the 2016 Horizon League slate Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader in Youngstown, Ohio, but the Crusaders found runs tough to come by as they dropped both ends of the twinbill to Youngstown State, 4-1 and 3-0.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Collects 5-2 Road Win at Xavier Friday


The Valpo men's tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches Saturday with a 5-2 triumph over Xavier at Western Tennis & Fitness Center in Cincinnati. Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt improved to 21-7 in doubles play with a 6-4 victory at No. 1. The junior duo also registered wins in singles play.


Baseball

Crusaders Drop Series Opener to Raiders, 9-6


Senior Nolan Lodden reached base four times in his debut in the leadoff spot of the Valpo batting order, but Wright State scored in each of the last five innings to record a 9-6 series-opening win over the Crusaders Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Josh Clark, Shea Molitor, and James Stea each had multi-hit days at the plate.


Men's Basketball

Peters, Drew Earn Repeat NABC District 12 Recognition


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2016 Division I District 12 Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as announced by the NABC on Friday. It marks the second consecutive year Drew has been named NABC District Coach of the Year. In addition, junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named a First Team All-District 12 honoree for the second straight season – Valpo’s seventh All-District honoree in the last five years.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders’ Season Comes to End At League Championship


The #22 Valparaiso University bowling team saw its 2015-16 season come to a close Friday as the Crusaders bowed out of the 2016 Southland Bowling League Championship in Kenner, La.


Softball

Softball Series Adjusted This Weekend


The Valparaiso softball program's Horizon League-opening series this weekend at Youngstown State has been adjusted due to potential inclement weather. Saturday's doubleheader will remain unchanged, but Friday's single game has been moved to Sunday at noon CT. Due to the change, Sunday's game will not be broadcast on ESPN3.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to talk about the Crusaders' run in the NIT so far, the tremendous support over the last few games at the ARC and to look ahead to Valpo's trip to Madison Square Garden for the team's semifinal matchup against BYU on Tuesday.


Men's Basketball

Tickets Available For Crusaders' Trip to MSG


Tickets are available now for the Crusaders’ NIT semifinal game at Madison Square Garden against BYU, set for a 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT tip. The Valparaiso University Alumni Association will also be offering a fan bus from Valparaiso and a pregame event in New York City.


Men's Golf

Webb Earns League Golfer of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) has been named the Horizon League Golfer of the Week following his runner-up finish earlier this week at Missouri State’s inaugural Twin Oaks Intercollegiate. For Webb, it was his fourth career weekly honor from the league office.


Baseball

Crusaders Host Wright State in Home Opener Friday


After opening the season with 18 road games, Valpo returns to Emory G. Bauer Field to pop the top on the 2016 home slate. The Crusaders welcome Wright State to town for a single game Friday and a Saturday twinbill. Like Valpo, the Raiders recorded a sweep in their opening weekend of Horizon League action.


Football

Spring Practices Begin Wednesday for Valpo Football


The Valpo football team will kick off its first of 15 spring practices Wednesday afternoon. Head football coach Dave Cecchini and his club will conduct practices every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to the April 16th spring game. All practices are held at Brown Field and are open to the public. Follow @valpoufootball for the latest news and updates.


Men's Basketball

Welcome to New York! Crusaders Take Down Saint Mary’s, Advance to NIT Semifinals


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team punched its ticket to Madison Square Garden and the semifinals of the postseason NIT on Tuesday evening in front of a record-setting sellout crowd at the ARC, locking down defensively in the second half and limiting Saint Mary’s to just 13 second-half points in a 60-44 victory over the Gaels in quarterfinal play.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Head to Southland Bowling League Championship This Weekend


The #22 Valparaiso University bowling team completes final preparations this week as the Crusaders head to All Star Lanes in Kenner, La. for the second annual Southland Bowling League Championship.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Earns Third at Twin Oaks Intercollegiate


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished near the top of the pack after closing out the final 18 holes Tuesday at the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri State at Twin Oaks C.C. in Springfield, Mo. The Crusaders finished the final round in third place, led by junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial), who tied for second individually.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Twinbill at CMU


The Valparaiso University softball team took to the field Tuesday for the final time before the start of Horizon League play, but dropped both ends of a road doubleheader at Central Michigan, 10-1 and 5-3.


Women's Basketball

Dorow Inks Contract Extension Through 2017-2018 Season


Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced Tuesday that head women’s basketball coach Tracey Dorow has signed a contract extension through the 2017-2018 season.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Sits Third at Twin Oaks Intercollegiate


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finds itself right in the mix for the team title after 36 holes Monday at the inaugural Twin Oaks Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri State at Twin Oaks C.C. in Springfield, Mo. The Crusaders will enter the final round in third place, just six shots off the lead.


Softball

Softball Back In Action In the Midwest


The Valparaiso University softball team returns to action in the Midwest this week with a slate of five games. The Crusaders will head to Central Michigan for a non-league doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon before opening the Horizon League schedule this weekend with a three-game series at Youngstown State. Check out head coach Kate Stake's thoughts on the opening portion of the season in this week's edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Baseball

Lodden Rewarded with HL Batter of the Week Honors


A 6-for-12 weekend at the plate accented by six runs batted in, two doubles, and a pair of stolen bases fetched Valpo outfielder Nolan Lodden Horizon League Batter of the Week honors, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. Lodden boosted his average from .312 to a team-high .356 during the Crusaders' three-game sweep of the Northern Kentucky Norse this past weekend in Highland Heights.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Set For Tuesday Night NIT Quarterfinal


One win away from a trip to Madison Square Garden, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hosts Saint Mary’s Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the ARC in the first of four quarterfinals in the 2016 NIT. With a victory, the Crusaders would set program records for most overall victories and most home wins in a single season, as well as win three postseason games for the first time in program history.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders to Host Saint Mary’s In NIT Quarterfinal


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will host Saint Mary’s in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NIT on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. CT at the ARC. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN, with Mike Couzens and Dan Dakich on the call. Tickets are going fast, but are still available by visiting the Valpo ticket office, calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX or visiting ValpoAthletics.com/tickets.


Baseball

Offensive Onslaught Carries Losi, Crusaders to Sweep of NKU


Mario Losi got all the run support he needed and more Sunday afternoon in a 16-1 victory over Northern Kentucky at Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights. Valpo set season watermarks in runs and hits (19) while the junior right-hander limited the Norse to one run over six innings for his second win of the season.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Win Twice on Final Day of Action at Vanderbilt


The #22 Valparaiso University bowling team closed out competition Sunday at its final regular season tournament, winning two out of three bracket matches on the last day of action at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic from Smyrna, Tenn.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Roll Past Lewis, SJC in Saturday Doubleheader


The Valpo men's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 victory over Lewis and a 7-0 triumph against Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) in a Saturday doubleheader at The Courts of NWI. The Crusaders are now 13-5 and will face Xavier next Friday before Horizon League play begins the following Friday.


Baseball

Valpo Assembles Late Rally to Overthrow Norse, 6-4


The Valpo baseball team manufactured five runs on eight hits over the final three innings of Saturday's game at Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights to roll to a 6-4 victory over Northern Kentucky. Trevor Haas yielded three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work to earn his first win of the season. Dan Delaney went yard again to provide the Crusaders with a key insurance run in the ninth inning.


Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Kick Off Outdoor Season in St. Louis


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams started the 2016 outdoor season this weekend at the Billiken Kickoff in St Louis, Mo.


Men's Track & Field

Crusaders Kick Off Outdoor Season in St. Louis


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams started the 2016 outdoor season this weekend at the Billiken Kickoff in St Louis, Mo.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Continue Action From Vanderbilt


The #22 Valparaiso University bowling team continued competition at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt in Smyrna, Tenn., on Saturday, moving up three spots in the team standings.


Baseball

Crusaders Squeeze Out 5-4 Win in Extras at NKU


A successful suicide squeeze play in the 10th inning lifted the Valpo baseball team to a 5-4 victory Friday at Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Dan Delaney and Josh Clark hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to help propel the Crusaders to a win in their Horizon League opener.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Kicks Off Final Regular Season Tournament Friday


The #22Valparaiso University bowling team began its final tournament of the regular season on Friday, splitting six matches on the first of three days of action at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders’ March to MSG Continues With NIT Win Over Florida State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team became the first team to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2016 postseason NIT on Thursday evening, as the Crusaders took down ACC foe Florida State in front of a packed house at the ARC by an 81-69 final. With the win, the top-seeded Crusaders will host a quarterfinal game at the ARC on Tuesday night, March 22, at a time to be determined, with a trip to Madison Square Garden on the line.


Baseball

Crusaders Open HL Play Friday at Northern Kentucky


Horizon League baseball touches down in Highland Heights, Kentucky for the first time this weekend when Valpo visits NKU in a three-game series. Staff ace Dalton Lundeen shoots for his tenth career win in league play in Friday’s 2:00 pm opener at Bill Aker Baseball Complex.


Women's Basketball

Postseason Accolades Roll in for Valpo WBB Incoming Freshmen


A quintet of all-state honors highlight this fall's incoming class of freshmen for the Valpo women's basketball team. Grace Hales, Maya Meredith, Caitlin Morrison, Marlee Profitt, and Addison Stoller are all set to begin their collegiate careers with Valpo in August.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball to Host Florida State Thursday Night


Fresh off its first win in the NIT in program history, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday evening at the ARC as the top-seeded Crusaders host fourth-seeded Florida State at 6 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPNews.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Earn First NIT Win, Taking Down Texas Southern


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team earned its first postseason win since 2008 and the program’s first victory ever in the Postseason NIT on Tuesday evening, leading start to finish at the ARC in an 84-73 victory over Texas Southern. With the win, the Crusaders advance to host Florida State on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the ARC. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. online, via phone at 1-877-MY-VU-TIX and at the Valpo box office, while tickets for Crusader season ticket holders will be held until 5 p.m.


Baseball

Baseball to Host Youth Camp on April 10th


The Valpo baseball team will be hosting a spring youth camp on Sunday, April 10th at Emory G. Bauer Field. Led by the Crusader coaching staff and players, the three-hour camp will focus on skill development and competition. Any interested participants between the ages of 7 and 13 are encouraged to email assistant coach Nic Mishler at Nicolais.Mishler@valpo.edu


Men's Basketball

Valpo Set to Welcome Texas Southern For NIT Opener


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team earned a berth into the postseason for the sixth straight year and will appear in the Postseason NIT for the third time in program history, as the Crusaders received a one seed and will host eighth-seeded Texas Southern in first-round action Tuesday evening at the ARC at 8:15 p.m.


Softball

Weissenhofer Claims Pitcher of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University senior pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after a solid weekend in the circle for the Crusaders last weekend. The award is the third weekly honor of Weissenhofer’s career.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Earn One Seed in NIT, To Host Texas Southern Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came up short of the ultimate goal on Sunday, as the Crusaders were not selected as an at-large entrant into the 2016 NCAA Tournament. But as one of the committee’s ‘First Four Out’ of the NCAA Tournament, the Crusaders automatically earned a one-seed into the 2016 Postseason NIT. Valpo will host eighth-seeded Texas Southern in first-round action at the ARC on Tuesday evening, Mar. 15, at 8:15 p.m. CT on ESPN3. Tickets are available online now, while the Valpo ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.


Softball

Weissenhofer Gem Highlights Sunday Split for Softball


Valparaiso University senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) tossed one of the best games of her career, posting a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts as the Crusaders took down Santa Clara in Las Vegas on Sunday, 10-0. The Crusaders battled host UNLV in the finale of the Rebel Classic, but ultimately fell to the Rebels by an 8-5 final.


Softball

Crusaders Fall in Hard-Fought Battle With Wisconsin


The Valparaiso University softball team engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Big Ten foe Wisconsin at the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday evening, but a pair of runs in the sixth would allow the Badgers to claim a 7-5 victory over the Crusaders.


Baseball

Baseball Falls to Patriots on Saturday


Valpo was in the process of digging itself out of a six-run hole in the top of the sixth Saturday at Dallas Baptist, but a line drive to third base turned into an inning-ending double play. The Crusaders settled for two runs in the frame, but the Patriots answered with three in the bottom half of the inning to secure a 9-2 win over the Brown and Gold at Horner Field in Dallas, Texas.


Baseball

Lundeen's Masterpiece Helps Crusaders Break Through at DBU


Senior starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen silenced a potent Dallas Baptist offense Friday, scattering four hits over nine dominant innings. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, leading the Crusaders to a 6-1 win at Horner Field. Lundeen fired first-pitch strikes to 75% of the Patriots he faced as the southpaw racked up seven strikeouts.


Softball

Win Over DePaul Highlights Softball Opening Day in Vegas


The Valparaiso University softball team earned its first win in program history over DePaul on Friday in the Crusaders’ tournament opener at the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., shutting down the Blue Demons in a 5-1 win over their fellow Midwest foe. Valpo took on Utah State in its second game of the day, falling to the Aggies by an 18-4 final.


Women's Basketball

NKU Defense Stifles Crusaders in Second Round Showdown


Sophomores Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker each scored 11 points Friday night, but Northern Kentucky used 12 steals as part of a staunch defensive effort that led the Norse to a 76-53 win over Valpo at Kress Center in Green Bay. The loss signaled Abby Dean and Lexi Miller's final game in a Crusader uniform.


Men's Track & Field

Smutz Closes Indoor Campaign at USATF Indoor Championships


Valparaiso University senior thrower Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) closed out his indoor career as a Crusader at the highest level Friday, competing in the weight throw at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Portland, Ore.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Face Northern Kentucky in Second Round Play Friday


Hours removed from a spectacular 94-91 overtime win versus Detroit, the Crusader women’s basketball team continues postseason play Friday evening against Northern Kentucky. Jasmyn Walker needs five more rebounds to collect 250 for the second consecutive campaign. The top-seeded Phoenix are lurking in the shadows, as the winner of this matchup will meet Green Bay in the semifinals on Saturday.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Adds Home Doubleheader on March 19th


The Valpo men’s tennis team announced Friday that it has added two matches for Saturday, March 19th at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Crusaders will host Lewis University (5-3) at noon before entertaining 4-3 Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m.


Baseball

Valpo Drops Pitchers' Duel to Dallas Baptist Thursday


Junior Jake Hanson broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 7th with an RBI single, but Dallas Baptist answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half to steal a 2-1 win over the Crusader baseball team Thursday evening at Horner Field in Texas. Trevor Haas yielded just two runs in 6 1/3 innings in his rotation debut.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Finish Fifth at Bulldog Florida Invitational


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team wrapped up its week in Jacksonville, Fla., finishing in fifth place at the Bulldog Florida Invitational, hosted by Butler University, on Thursday.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders March On After Extraordinary 94-91 Overtime Win


Valpo rode out a seemingly unsustainable pace from three-point range to overtake Detroit, 94-91, in overtime of the Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship opener at Kress Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Thursday. The Crusaders shot 15-of-23 (.572) from beyond the arc in the victory, matching their second-highest three-point total in program history.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Fifth After Day One at Bulldog Florida Invitational


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team got out to a fifth-place start after day one of the Bulldog Florida Invitational Wednesday, hosted by Butler in Jacksonville, Fla.


Baseball

Late Rally Lifts Dallas Baptist Past Crusaders


Valpo hurler Ellis Foreman turned in a quality start against a proficient Dallas Baptist offense Wednesday, but the Patriots touched up the Crusader bullpen for seven runs over the final two frames in a 10-4 win over the visiting Brown and Gold. Freshman Scott Kapers drove in two runs and Josh Clark boosted his season average to .340 after a 3-for-4 night at the plate.


Baseball

Crusaders Begin Four-Game Set with Dallas Baptist Wednesday


Valpo returns to the Lone Star State for the second time in three years as it readies for a four-game series with Dallas Baptist. The Patriots have made five NCAA appearances including a cameo in the 2011 Super Regionals. Texas native Ellis Foreman will get the start in Wednesday’s opener.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Women Begin Title Run Thursday in Green Bay


Nine teams will travel to Green Bay this week to take part in the Horizon League Championship. For the second time in three years, Valpo will challenge Detroit in the opening tilt of the tournament. The Titans swept the regular season series with the Crusaders, but the Brown and Gold did oust Detroit from the 2014 Horizon League Championship in their most recent postseason meeting.


Men's Basketball

Peters Repeats on All-Tournament Team


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team for a second straight season following his strong performance in the Crusaders’ semifinal game against Green Bay.


Women's Basketball

Hamlet Honored as Horizon League Unveils Postseason Awards


Meredith Hamlet was elected to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team, as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon. Hamlet scored in double figures 15 times in her rookie campaign en route to averaging 10.4 points per game.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns USBWA All-District Honor


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named Tuesday as one of ten All-District V honorees by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), one of just 91 All-District honorees nationwide.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Concludes First Spring Tournament


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the 2016 spring season in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders finished the two-day, 54-hole tournament in 13th place at the Bash at the Beach, held at The Surf Golf and Beach Club.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Finish Fifth at Benbow Invitational


A pair of individual top-10 finishers led the Valparaiso women’s golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Benbow Invitational, hosted by Butler in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.


Baseball

Baseball to Add Fourth Game to Dallas Baptist Series


In light of Tuesday's cancellation of its contest against Grambling State, Valpo will play four games at Dallas Baptist. The two teams agreed to add a Wednesday tilt to the series, now making it a four-game set. Wednesday's affair will begin at 6:30 pm CT.


Men's Tennis

Kissell Named HL Men's Tennis Player of the Week


Freshman Chad Kissell earned his first-ever Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week honor Tuesday. Kissell went 2-1 in singles, with one of those victories coming at No. 2. The rookie also rattled off a 2-0 record at No. 3 doubles alongside Kyle Dunn as the Crusaders improved to 11-5 on the season.


Baseball

Lundeen Rewarded with Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Award


Dalton Lundeen's series-opening victory over Louisiana Tech landed the senior Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honors. Lundeen earned his first victory of 2016 last Friday when he limited the Bulldogs to three runs over seven innings of work. The left-hander punched out six batters, and did not issue a walk for the second consecutive outing.


Baseball

Unplayable Conditions Force Cancellation of Tuesday Baseball Game


Grambling State's baseball field was not quite ready for play just yet. As a result, Valpo's Tuesday tilt versus the Tigers was cancelled. The two teams attempted to find an alternative venue and time, but a suitable arrangement could not be made. The Crusaders will trek on to Texas where they will close out their spring trip with a three-game set at Dallas Baptist beginning Thursday.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Fall in Heartbreaker to Green Bay in HL Semifinal


It seemed like destiny would again be on the side of Valparaiso Monday evening in its Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship semifinal game versus Green Bay in Detroit, Mich., as Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) hit Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) with a 80-foot baseball pass for a game-tying layup with 0.5 seconds to play in regulation. But the Phoenix would prevail in overtime, out-scoring Valpo 20-13 in the extra session as the Crusaders fell 99-92. The loss puts the Crusaders at 26-6 overall, waiting for Sunday’s NCAA Tournament selection show.


Women's Golf

Valpo Women Sit Atop Leaderboard in Florida


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team finds itself atop the leaderboard halfway through the Benbow Invitational, hosted by Butler at Jacksonville Beach G.C. in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Starts Spring Season in South Carolina


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team teed off the 2016 spring season in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders finished day one in ninth place after two of three rounds at the Bash at the Beach, held at The Surf Golf and Beach Club.


Softball

Nadler Earns All-Tournament Accolade


Valparaiso University sophomore outfielder Taylor Nadler (New Haven, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) was named to the All-Tournament Team at USC Upstate’s Spartan Invitational following the tournament’s conclusion on Sunday.


Baseball

Late Defensive Hiccups Cost Crusaders Series vs. LA Tech


A Crusader defense that had patched together a 25-inning errorless streak committed two critical miscues in the eighth inning of a 7-5 loss to Louisiana Tech on Sunday afternoon. The gaffes allowed the Bulldogs to score five runs in their final at-bat and clinch the series victory. The loss spoiled a strong outing from Mario Losi, who yielded just two runs in seven innings of work.


Women's Tennis

Pirates Prevail 4-0 over Crusaders in Puerto Rico


The Crusaders closed out their spring trip to Puerto Rico Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to East Carolina. Kat Hebble and Paige Heuer did deliver ECU's Nicole LaDuca/Celia Ruiz their first loss in doubles play of the spring, though, defeating the Pirate pair 6-4 at No. 1. The Brown and Gold will return to the court Tuesday, March 29th at Chicago State.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Rolls to 5-2 Victory versus Richmond


The Valpo men's tennis team returned to its winning ways Sunday with a convincing 5-2 win over Richmond at Westhampton Tennis Courts. The Crusaders secured the doubles point and notched wins at No. 2-5 singles en route to their 11th victory of the spring.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders to Face Green Bay in HL Semifinal


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team heads into the 2016 Horizon League Championship as the top seed for the fourth time in the last five years, and will face fourth-seeded Green Bay in semifinal action Monday evening on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT. The Crusaders are looking for their third tournament championship in the last four years.


Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Seizes Dramatic 4-3 Win over Sacred Heart


Freshmen Randi Wind and Haile Roach helped the Valpo women's tennis team complete a sensational comeback to down Sacred Heart, 4-3, in Humacao, Puerto Rico on Sunday morning. With the Crusaders trailing 3-2 entering the final two singles flights, the rookie duo outlasted their opponents in third-set tiebreaker fashion for the first team triumph of the spring.


Women's Basketball

Balanced Effort Sparks Crusaders to 80-74 Win over UIC


Four Crusaders finished in double figures Saturday as Valpo engineered an 80-74 victory over the host Flames at the UIC Pavilion. Dani Franklin finished with a team-high 16 points while Haylee Thompson was 6-for-9 from the field for 14 points. Senior Lexi Miller added 13 points and six assists. Valpo will learn its opponent for next week's Horizon League Championship on Sunday afternoon.


Softball

Walk-Off Win Highlights Softball Action Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team earned its first victory of the 2016 campaign Saturday at the Spartan Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., as sophomore Taylor Nadler (New Haven, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) connected on a two-run walk-off homer to give the Crusaders a 4-2 win over Presbyterian in their first game of the day. Valpo fell in its tournament finale to Elon by a 10-5 final.


Baseball

Louisiana Tech Evens Series with 7-2 Victory over Valpo


Shea Molitor drove in a pair of runs for the Crusaders Saturday, but Louisiana Tech tagged Valpo starter Ryan Fritze for six early runs en route to a 7-2 win over the Brown and Gold at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, Louisiana. Junior Mario Losi will take the mound Sunday as Valpo goes for the series win at 1:00 pm CT.


Men's Tennis

#60 William & Mary Upends Valpo Men's Tennis on Saturday


The Valpo men's tennis team had its six-match winning streak snapped at the hands of #60 William & Mary on Saturday at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. Junior Jeffrey Schorsch won his fourth straight singles match at No. 1, as he defeated Christian Cargill, 6-4, 6-2. However, the Tribe recorded wins at the bottom five flights of singles play as part of a 6-1 team triumph over the Crusaders.


Men's Track & Field

Smutz Takes Top Honors at Carthage


Valparaiso University senior thrower Jacob Smutz traveled to the Carthage Final Qualifier in Kenosha, Wis. on Friday, taking first place in the weight throw with the second-best effort of his career. The performance sets Smutz up for next week’s USATF Indoor National Track & Field Championships.


Baseball

Lundeen Emerges as Top Dog in Battle of Lefties


Fresh off a 3-2 win Wednesday over #12 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Louisiana Tech returned home with a collective 3.39 earned run average and a .320 batting average. Valpo ace Dalton Lundeen greeted the Bulldogs by spotting them just three runs over seven strong innings while the Crusader offense racked up ten hits in an 8-3 win versus LA Tech in the series opener.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Open Spring Trip with 5-2 Win over George Mason


Juniors Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt added a doubles win and singles victories to their stat sheet Friday at George Mason. The 57th-ranked doubles team in the nation defeated the Patriots' top pair, 6-2, at No. 1 as part of a 5-2 victory at Montclair Country Club in Virginia.


Softball

Softball Drops Two Friday at USC Upstate


The Valparaiso University softball team continued spring break action Friday with a pair of games to open play at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. The Crusaders fell in the tournament opener to SIU Edwardsville, 15-1, before losing 12-4 to the host Spartans.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Suffer 6-1 Setback to Providence in Puerto Rico


Cary Milanes picked up a straight-set victory at No. 2 singles, but it wasn't enough as the Valpo women's tennis team fell 6-1 to Providence in Humacao, Puerto Rico on Thursday.


Softball

Crusaders Continue Spring Break Play in South Carolina


The Valparaiso University softball team continues spring break action this weekend at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by USC Upstate. The Crusaders will take on SIU Edwardsville, Presbyterian and Elon in addition to the host Spartans over a two-day span.


Baseball

Baseball Continues Tour of Pelican State Friday at LA Tech


After splitting a two-game set with ULM this past week, Valpo hopscotches over to Ruston to take on an accomplished Louisiana Tech squad. The Bulldogs, who are averaging 7.6 runs/game through their first eight contests, return home after defeating #12 Arkansas, 3-2, Wednesday in Fayetteville.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Close Out Regular Season Saturday at UIC


The regular season comes to a halt Saturday in Chicago for the Valpo women’s basketball team. With all ten teams coming down the home stretch, Green Bay, the host institution for next week’s Horizon League Championship, is the only club with its seed locked up. A win Saturday would guarantee the Crusaders no lower than the No. 9 seed.


Baseball

Valpo Weathers Infield Hijinks; Wins 9-6 in Extras


Nolan Lodden's two-run single in the top of the 10th inning provided the Valpo baseball team with its second of the win season as the senior's go-ahead knock masked a seven-spot in the visitor's error column. The Crusaders prevailed for a courageous 9-6 victory in extra innings, salvaging a series split with ULM. The leadoff-through-cleanup spots of the Valpo batting order combined to go 9-for-19 with six runs scored and six runs batted in.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow this week to look back at last weekend's pair of thrilling victories, talk about the postseason league awards announced earlier this week and look ahead to the upcoming Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship.


Baseball

Defense Betrays Crusaders in Loss to ULM


The Crusader baseball team was engaged in a slugfest with University of Louisiana Monroe Tuesday night at Warhawk Field before ULM scored eight unearned runs to seal an 18-9 victory. Dan Delaney, Josh Clark, Scott Kapers, Chase Dawson, and Luke Syens all had multi-hit games for Valpo.


Men's Basketball

Fernandez, Peters, Drew Earn Horizon League Postseason Accolades


It was like déjà vu for a trio of members of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program on Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards. Senior center Vashil Fernandez repeated as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and on the All-Defensive Team, while junior forward Alec Peters earned a spot on the All-League First Team for a second straight year. Meanwhile, head coach Bryce Drew was tabbed the league’s Coach of the Year – the third time Drew has earned the honor in his five seasons.


Women's Basketball

Comeback Attempt Thwarted at Cleveland State


Cleveland State opened a 19-point lead in the first quarter of its women's basketball game versus Valpo before the Crusaders mounted a comeback that cut the margin to one point in the fourth quarter. However, that was as close as the Brown and Gold would get in a 72-65 setback to the Vikings. Freshman Meredith Hamlet paced Valpo with 19 points while Imani Scott-Thompson knocked down a trio of threes to finish with 13 points.


Men's Basketball

More Honors Roll In For Valpo’s Alec Peters


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) raked in a number of awards Monday thanks to his stellar play in the final weekend of regular season action, as he was named co-Horizon League Player of the Week by the league office, league Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and American Sports Network National Player of the Week.


Men's Track & Field

Crusaders Close Out Indoor Championships Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams finished out the 2016 Horizon League Indoor Championships on Sunday at Youngstown State University, a day which was highlighted by junior Liz Bloy earning Outstanding Running Performer of the Championships.


Men's Basketball

Hammink’s Heroics Send Crusaders Home Happy


A drama-filled weekend reached its crescendo at 3:52 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis., as junior Shane Hammink rose up and delivered a dagger of a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.2 seconds to play as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team ended the regular season with a 70-68 win over Green Bay. With the win, the Crusaders close the regular season at 26-5 overall and 16-2 in Horizon League play – the first team to win the league regular season title by three or more games since the 2009-10 Butler squad.


Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Close Out Indoor Championships Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams finished out the 2016 Horizon League Indoor Championships on Sunday at Youngstown State University, a day which was highlighted by junior Liz Bloy earning Outstanding Running Performer of the Championships.


Baseball

Palace Goes Deep Twice, but Early Lead Evaporates in 9-8 Loss


Junior Nate Palace cranked a pair of home runs and Shea Molitor corked a three-run triple Sunday, but New Orleans rallied for a 9-8 victory over the Crusaders at Maestri Field. For Palace, it was his second career multi-HR day at the plate.


Softball

Valpo Drops Tournament Finale to Ball State


The Valparaiso University softball team finished up action at the Hilltopper Spring Fling in Bowling Green, Ky. on Sunday morning, dropping its finale against Ball State, 8-1.


Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Hit the Ground Running at Indoor Track and Field Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2016 Horizon League Indoor Championships Saturday at Youngstown State University.


Men's Track & Field

Crusaders Hit the Ground Running at Indoor Track and Field Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2016 Horizon League Indoor Championships Saturday at Youngstown State University.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Swimming Closes Out Horizon League Championships Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams closed out the 2016 Horizon League Championships at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. on Saturday evening.


Softball

Late Heartbreak Again For Softball Team Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team suffered a seventh-inning defeat for the second straight day as it continued play at the Hilltopper Spring Fling from Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday, as Southeast Missouri pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to break a tie and send the Crusaders to a 3-2 walk-off loss.


Baseball

Valpo Drops 5-3 Decision to New Orleans


Senior Josh Clark (Granada Hills, Calif./Hillcrest Christian [Riverside City]) tomahawked two hits, scored a run, and drove another in on Saturday, but a three-run bottom of the third proved pivotal in a 5-3 loss to New Orleans.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Make the Leap to Cleveland State Monday


Valpo’s penultimate game of the 2015-16 regular season takes it to Wolstein Center in Cleveland, an arena that has treated the Crusaders well over the years. The Brown and Gold are 10-5 all-time there and hope the success continues Monday night as they seek a season sweep of the Vikings.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Close Out Regular Season Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks for its fifth straight victory as the regular season comes to a close Sunday afternoon at Green Bay. The Crusaders are looking to become the first team to claim the Horizon League regular season title by three or more games since the 2009-10 Butler squad.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Emerge Victorious In Overtime Battle at Milwaukee


In a game which seemingly had more twists and turns than a five-act Broadway play, it was the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team which made the biggest play of the game, as senior Keith Carter (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East [Saint Louis]) stepped into a cold-blooded 3-pointer with 37 seconds to play in overtime, giving the Crusaders the lead for good in an eventual 80-76 victory over Milwaukee Friday evening in front of a national television audience.


Baseball

Crusaders Blanked in Series Opener versus Privateers


University of New Orleans starting pitcher Shawn Semple limited the Valpo offense to just two hits in 6 1/3 innings of work in Friday's series opener at Maestri Field in Louisiana. Freshman Sam Shaikin reached base twice and Jeff Edwards was 1-for-3 at the plate, but the Privateers emerged with a 9-0 win over the Crusaders.


Women's Basketball

Stellar Shooting Lifts Penguins over Crusaders


The Crusaders amassed 28 points in the fourth quarter of their game against Youngstown State on Friday evening, but it was too little, too late, as the Penguins shot 52.6% from the field in an 87-66 win over Valpo at Beeghly Center. Freshman Meredith Hamlet registered a team-high 13 points (3-6 3FG) while Jasmyn Walker dropped in 10 points and six rebounds.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Castro Diaz Leads Crusaders at Day Three of HL Championships


The Valparaiso men’s and women’s swimming teams closed out day number three at Oakland University for the 2016 Horizon League Championships Friday evening. The day’s events consisted of the men’s and women’s 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 back and 400 medley relay.


Softball

Softball Drops Pair on First Day of Action at WKU


The Valparaiso University softball team was two outs away from its first win of the year Friday in its opener at the Hilltopper Spring Fling from Bowling Green, Ky., but Western Carolina scored three runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 5-4 win. The Crusaders fell to host WKU later in the day, 7-1.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusader Swim Teams Continue Horizon League Championships Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams continued Thursday with day two of the 2016 Horizon League Championships at Oakland University. Day two of the championship meet included the men’s and women’s 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay.


Softball

Crusader Softball Continues 2016 Campaign at WKU


After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso University softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to the Hilltopper Spring Fling, hosted by Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. Valpo will face Western Carolina, Southeast Missouri and Ball State in addition to host WKU.


Baseball

Baseball Makes Maiden Voyage to New Orleans this Weekend


Valpo kicks off a 39-hour, 2,477-mile road trip Friday in the French Quarter with a three-game series versus University of New Orleans. After their meeting with the Privateers, the Crusaders will stay in Louisiana to visit UL-Monroe for a pair before taking on Louisiana Tech for three.


Women's Basketball

Horizon League Announces Adjustments to Weekend WBB Schedule


The Horizon League announced late Thursday morning that Valpo will play at Youngstown State on Friday at 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT at Beeghly Center. The Crusaders' contest versus Cleveland State has been moved to Monday, February 29th at 5:30 pm ET/4:30 pm CT inside Wolstein Center.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Hits Road For Final Regular Season Weekend


Having already clinched the 2016 Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to close out the slate on a high note this weekend in Wisconsin, starting with a Friday night game at Milwaukee. The Crusaders and Panthers will play live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. - Valpo’s third game on ESPN2 of the season.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Set Top Ten Times at Horizon League Championships


The Valparaiso men’s and women’s swimming teams kicked off the first day of the 2016 Horizon League Championships in Rochester, Mich. on Wednesday evening. Day one of the four-day league championship meet included a pair of relays for both the men and the women.


Women's Basketball

Valpo vs. Youngstown State Game Postponed


Treacherous weather and roadway conditions have led to the postponement of Thursday's women's basketball game between Valpo and Youngstown State. The Horizon League is expected to announce an adjusted time and date Thursday morning.


Softball

Crusaders To Host Pitching Camp March 18


The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a Pitching Camp on Friday, March 18 at the Crusaders’ baseball facility, located off of Warbler Drive. The camp is open to players ages 8-20.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to look back at last week's victories, talk about the recent play of Alec Peters and Keith Carter, and look ahead to this weekend's final two regular season contests.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Embark to Ohio in Search of Sweeps


Valpo’s final swing trip of the season takes it to Northeast Ohio for showdowns with Youngstown State and Cleveland State. Sophomore Sarah Cash and the Penguins seek out revenge on the Crusaders after the Brown and Gold handed them a 65-60 setback at the ARC back on January 23rd.


Men's Basketball

Peters Receives National Player of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) picked up a prestigious honor late Monday afternoon, as he was awarded men’s college basketball National Player of the Week honors by CBSSports.com following his trio of stellar performances. Peters becomes the first Crusader in program history to earn the weekly award from CBS Sports.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns Horizon League Player of the Week Honor


For the second time this season, Valparaiso University junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, following a week in which he posted a trio of double-doubles as the Crusaders won the league regular season title. Peters was also selected by College Sports Madness as the Horizon League Player of the Week as well.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Claim Outright Regular Season Crown Sunday


Four years to the day after clinching its first Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made it four regular season championships in five seasons at the ARC Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders led start to finish in a 90-74 victory over Detroit on Senior Day.


Baseball

Offense Pours it on Thick in 14-4 Victory over Gamecocks


Seven Crusaders enjoyed multi-hit games as Valpo defeated Jacksonville State 14-4 at Rudy Abbott Field on Sunday. Junior Mario Losi earned the win as the right-hander did not walk a batter in six innings of four-run ball. Shea Molitor's bases-clearing double in the first inning got things rolling. The Crusaders scored 18 third-inning runs in the series.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Closes Out Warhawk Invitational Sunday


The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team finished out competition at the Warhawk Invitational, hosted by UW-Whitewater in Kenosha, Wis., with bracket action on Sunday, averaging better than 191 as a team for the day.


Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Concludes Weekend in Akron


The Valpo women's tennis team wrapped up its weekend at the LaTuchie Tennis Center in Akron on Sunday, dropping a tight 6-1 match to Morgan State in a neutral-site contest.


Baseball

Gamecocks Storm Back for 11-10 Win


The Valpo baseball team hung a seven spot in the top of the third inning at Rudy Abbott Field Saturday, but Jacksonville State manufactured nine runs thereafter to record an 11-10 walk-off win. Nate Palace launched his first home run of the season while leadoff man James Stea went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Continues Home Dominance Saturday


The Valpo men's tennis team made it seven straight home victories with a grueling, triple-header sweep of Chicago State, Olivet Nazarene, and Grace College Saturday afternoon at the Courts of NWI.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Host Detroit on Senior Day Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes to the court at the ARC for the final time in the 2015-16 regular season on Sunday afternoon, as the Crusaders host Detroit in matinee action on Senior Day. Valpo would secure the outright Horizon League regular season crown with a win over the Titans. Prior to the game, Crusader seniors Keith Carter, Vashil Fernandez, E. Victor Nickerson and Darien Walker will be honored.


Women's Basketball

Green Bay Spoils Senior Day with Win over Valpo


Green Bay's trademark defense secured its spot atop the Horizon League leaderboard as the visiting Phoenix defeated Valpo 71-35 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon. Jasmyn Walker registered a team-high 11 points, and senior Lexi Miller was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field to finish with eight points.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Continue Action From UW-Whitewater


The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team continued action at UW-Whitewater’s Warhawk Invitational on Saturday, the second day of the three-day tournament.


Women's Tennis

Modesto, Wind Victorious, but Akron Defeats Crusaders


Trailing 5-2 in the opening set of her match at No. 4 singles, freshman Meg Modesto assembled an impressive comeback to overthrow Luisa Echeverry, 7-6 (10), 6-4 for a thrilling win. However, the host Akron Zips got the last laugh as they defeated the Valpo women's tennis team 5-2 at the LaTuchie Tennis Center in Akron on Saturday morning.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Grizzlies in Friday Night Battle


In another classic matchup in the series, it was the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team which held off Oakland runs throughout Friday night’s matchup at the ARC, as the Crusaders led nearly start to finish and staved off one final rally from the Golden Grizzlies at the end to earn an 86-84 victory. With the win, Valpo secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship – its fourth such title in the last five seasons.


Baseball

Valpo Falls in Season Opener at Jacksonville State


The Valpo baseball team broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, but the Gamecocks roared back with four of their own and went on to win 9-3 at Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville, Alabama. James Stea and Jeff Edwards recorded multi-hit games while Dan Delaney drove in two runs.


Men's Track & Field

Track and Field Completes Final Prep For HL Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads competed in their final meet prior to the 2016 Horizon League Indoor Championships on Friday, as the Crusaders traveled to Milwaukee’s Panther Tune Up. A pair of Crusader men's distance runners competed at the GVSU Tune Up meet as well.


Women's Track & Field

Track and Field Completes Final Prep For HL Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field squads competed in their final meet prior to the 2016 Horizon League Indoor Championships on Friday, as the Crusaders traveled to Milwaukee’s Panther Tune Up.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Returns to the Lanes Friday at UWW


The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team returned to action for the first time in nearly a month Friday at the Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wis.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Post Shutouts over WIU, EIU Friday


The Crusader men's tennis team improved to 6-4 on the spring Friday at The Courts of NWI following a pair of a shutouts over visiting Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois. Seniors Michael Savaglio and Lucas Waak each went 2-0 in singles play.


Women's Basketball

Senior Day on Tap Saturday for Valpo Women


Abby Dean, Lexi Miller, and Jessi Wiedemann will take to Homer Drew Court for the final time in their Crusader careers Saturday afternoon. The Horizon League-leading Green Bay Phoenix visit the ARC for Senior Day in a 1:30 pm jump ball. A Valpo victory would snap a 20-game slide to the Phoenix.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Announces Spring Break Camp Date


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer program announced today that its VIP Spring Break Camp will be held on Sunday, March 13. This one-day camp will provide prospective student-athletes a unique opportunity to experience a training environment similar to that seen at the college level.


Women's Basketball

Scott-Thompson Sparks Valpo, but Milwaukee Secures 70-60 Win


Jasmyn Walker and Imani Scott-Thompson combined for 31 points Thursday night, but a mammoth game from Steph Kostowicz vaulted Milwaukee to a 70-60 win at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Kostowicz scored 27 points and 12 rebounds to offset 18 points and nine boards from Walker and a trio of threes from Scott-Thompson.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Set For National TV Clash Versus Oakland


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns to the ARC for a battle between the top two teams in the Horizon League standings, as the Crusaders host Oakland in front of a national television audience on Friday night. A win on Friday would secure the Crusaders at least a share of the league regular season title.


Baseball

Crusaders Ready to Rock 'n Roll in 2016


In his third season as head coach, Brian Schmack returns an entire weekend rotation and a core chunk of the club's 2015 lineup. Behind Dalton Lundeen, Nate Palace, Nolan Lodden, and Dan Delaney, the Crusaders expect to be in the thick of things in Horizon League play in 2016.


Athletics

Crusader Student-Athletes Volunteer at Night to Shine Event


40 Valparaiso University student-athletes volunteered as part of the Night to Shine event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, held at Valparaiso Nazarene Church last Friday.


Baseball

Baseball Boasts Four on Preseason All-League Team; Picked 3rd in Poll


Nolan Lodden, Dalton Lundeen, Nate Palace, and Bryce Yoder were all recognized Wednesday when the Horizon League released its 2016 Preseason Baseball All-League Team and Coaches Poll. No team received more All-League nods than Valpo. The Crusaders were selected third in the survey of head coaches, two points behind UIC and one ahead of Milwaukee.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Welcome Milwaukee in Penultimate Home Game


The 2015-16 home slate winds down as the Crusaders close out with Milwaukee on Thursday before Senior Day on Saturday versus Green Bay. Valpo comes into Thursday’s contest seeking to snap a five-game skid. Meanwhile, the Panthers approach a challenging corridor of their schedule one-half game behind Detroit for third place in the Horizon League.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Use Dominant Defense to Defeat CSU Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team put together yet another in a string of stellar defensive efforts this evening on Tuesday evening at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio as the Crusaders eased past Cleveland State, 66-43.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Look For Bounce-Back Performance Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to bounce back from just its second loss of the Horizon League slate on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders take on Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena. Valpo has not lost consecutive games in the last two seasons.


Women's Tennis

Heuer, Modesto Win, but IUPUI Scores 5-2 Victory over Valpo


Freshman Meg Modesto scooped up her third singles win of the season, but sister, Bobbi, and the IUPUI Jaguars claimed the family feud with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Crusaders Sunday afternoon at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis. Junior Paige Heuer also persevered for a three-set triumph, taking a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 match at No. 2 singles over Sara Sherif.


Softball

Softball Concludes Season-Opening Weekend


The Valparaiso University softball team finished out its opening weekend of the 2016 campaign on Sunday at the Juiceblendz FIU Invitational on Sunday in Miami, Fla., falling to #10 Florida State, 16-5, and to the host Panthers, 9-1.


Men's Track & Field

Track and Field Continues Busy Weekend


The Valparaiso University men’s track team traveled to Naperville, Ill. to take part in the Chicagoland Championships on Saturday afternoon, one day after the women’s team competed at the same meet. In addition, for the second straight day, a number of the Crusader distance runners took to the track at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.


Women's Track & Field

Track and Field Continues Busy Weekend


The Valparaiso University men’s track team traveled to Naperville, Ill. to take part in the Chicagoland Championships on Saturday afternoon, one day after the women’s team competed at the same meet. In addition, for the second straight day, a number of the Crusader distance runners took to the track at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Suffer Rare Home Defeat, Fall to Wright State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team rallied back from a nine-point halftime deficit and led by six points with inside of two minutes to play, but Wright State scored the final eight points of the game – capped by a tip-in from Biggie Minnis with one second remaining – to defeat the Crusaders 61-59 on Saturday evening at the ARC.


Men's Tennis

#68 Purdue Deals Valpo a Heartbreaking 4-3 Loss


Garrett Gardner and Charlie Emhardt met little resistance in their singles matches at #68 Purdue, but the Boilermakers escaped with a 4-3 win over the Valpo men's tennis team Saturday. Kyle Dunn also recorded a victory at No. 6 singles.


Softball

Softball Falls Twice on Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in a pair of games Saturday as it continued the opening weekend of play at the Juiceblendz FIU Invitational in Miami, Fla. The Crusaders dropped an early-morning matchup against LIU Brooklyn, 6-1, before losing to St. John’s 12-0 in the afternoon. Senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) broke Valpo’s career strikeouts record in the game against the Red Storm.


Women's Basketball

Perimeter Attack Leads Titans to Win over Crusaders


In a game molded by runs, Detroit claimed an 85-65 win over the Valpo women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall. Jasmyn Walker, Dani Franklin, and Haylee Thompson all scored in double figures, but the Titans rode 11 three-pointers to their eighth win in league play.


Women's Track & Field

Crusader Track and Field Hits Three Different States Friday


Members of the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at three different meets on Friday. Senior Jacob Smutz faced a loaded field in the weight throw at Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., while a number of the Crusaders’ distance runners ran at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. Meanwhile, a portion of the Valpo women’s squad saw action at the Chicagoland Championships in Naperville, Ill.


Men's Track & Field

Crusader Track and Field Hits Three Different States Friday


Members of the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at three different meets on Friday. Senior Jacob Smutz faced a loaded field in the weight throw at Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., while a number of the Crusaders’ distance runners ran at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. Meanwhile, a portion of the Valpo women’s squad saw action at the Chicagoland Championships in Naperville, Ill.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Makes History at Louisville with 70th Career Singles Win


Jeffrey Schorsch carved his name into Valpo's record book Friday with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory at No. 1 singles versus Louisville's Alex Gornet, but the 46th-ranked Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 team win over the Crusaders. Schorsch's triumph represented the 70th of his singles career, a new Valpo men's tennis mark.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Season Opener to Illinois


The Valparaiso University softball team opened the 2016 campaign Friday evening at the Juiceblendz FIU Invitational in Miami, Fla., but was unable to come out victorious, as the Crusaders fell to Illinois by a 6-1 final. Senior Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) drew three walks in the opener, the first of which made her Valpo’s all-time career leader in the category.


Women's Basketball

Crusader Women Set to Challenge Detroit Saturday


It’s not quite Motor City Madness, but the Brown and Gold head to Detroit nonetheless on Saturday in pursuit of a much-needed win. The Titans returned home Thursday following a 3-1 road trip, but dropped a 64-51 contest to UIC. The Crusaders seek a regular-season series split after Detroit seized a 72-66 victory at the ARC back on January 7th.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Host Wright State on Hall of Fame Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team enters Saturday night with a 2 1/2 game lead in the Horizon League standings and will take on one of the teams tied for second place, as the Crusaders play host to Wright State at the ARC. Valpo has won 25 straight home games, tied for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.


Athletics

Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Set for Saturday Induction


The Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be officially inducted in a ceremony on the Valpo campus this Saturday afternoon. The 19th class in Hall of Fame history – Steve Bartholomew, Bert Bleke, Liz Mikos and Scott Petcu – will also be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game versus Wright State Saturday night.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Continue Roll With Home Win Over NKU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team played rude hosts to Northern Kentucky Thursday night in the Norse’s first-ever visit to the ARC, running out to an 18-point halftime lead and cruising to a 64-52 victory.


Women's Basketball

Franklin, Hamlet Spearhead Second-Half Surge, but Crusaders Fall at Oakland


Dani Franklin and Meredith Hamlet turned in record-setting offensive performances Thursday afternoon, but a turnover-laced first half made a late Crusader comeback attempt too tall of an order. The underclassmen combined for 47 points on 17-of-29 shooting, but Oakland prevailed in an 87-77 contest at the Athletics Center O'rena.


Softball

What You Need to Know: Valpo Softball


The Valparaiso University softball team returns to the diamond this weekend in Miami, Fla. to kick off the 2016 season. The Crusaders are looking to improve upon their mid-pack finish in league play from last season, as a veteran group returns for second-year head coach Kate Stake. Stake shares her thoughts on the upcoming season in this edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Men's Basketball

Peters Repeats as Academic All-District Selection


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) received repeat recognition Thursday for his work both on the hardwood and in the classroom, as he earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team for the second straight season. With the Academic All-District honor, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.


Softball

Valpo Softball Welcomes Andie Kalemba to Crusader Family


It’s a special day in any athlete’s career when they get the chance to sign with a Division I school to continue playing their chosen sport. Monday evening, the Valparaiso University softball program –in conjunction with Team IMPACT – had the opportunity to welcome a very special new member into the team in a moving signing ceremony, as 12-year-old Andie Kalemba signed a Letter of Agreement to officially be drafted into the Crusader squad and immediately become a part of the Valpo program. Check out the video spotlighting Andie as she joined the Crusaders this week.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Returns to the ARC to Host Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC in search of its fifth consecutive victory on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host league newcomer Northern Kentucky for the first time. Four of the Crusaders’ next five games will be at home as Valpo looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings. Thursday night will be Motor City Madness Night at the ARC, with a number of promotions themed around the upcoming Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship. Check out head coach Bryce Drew's thoughts on last Saturday's win and the coming week in this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Softball

Crusaders Tabbed Fourth in Softball Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the Horizon League as the league office released the 2016 preseason poll on Wednesday.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Tangle with Oakland Thursday at the O'Rena


The Crusaders head to Rochester, Michigan this Thursday for their first road game in 26 days. Oakland awaits Valpo inside the Athletics Center O’Rena for a rematch of the January 9th tilt that went the Brown and Gold’s way. The Crusaders and Golden Grizzlies enter Thursday’s game with identical 4-7 records in Horizon League play.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Repeats as HL Player of the Week


Jeffrey Schorsch won his second consecutive Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week honor Tuesday. The junior surrendered just three games as part of a 2-0 week at singles versus Butler and IUPUI. Schorsch also teamed up with Charlie Emhardt to record convincing 6-2 and 6-0 victories at No. 1 doubles.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Men Bring Home Meet Win, Pair of Track and Field Records Fall


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Chicago, Ill. on Saturday to compete at the Windy City Rumble, hosted by the University of Chicago. The Crusader men took home first place, while the women earned a third-place finish. A handful of Crusaders also competed at the two-day Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame, Ind. as well.


Men's Basketball

Fernandez Sets New Valpo Blocks Record In Saturday Win


Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) set the Crusaders’ career blocked shots record Saturday afternoon as Valpo won its 20th game of the season with a 73-55 victory at UIC. With the win, the Crusaders maintain their spot atop the Horizon League standings.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Ties School Record as Crusaders Sweep Butler, IUPUI


Jeffrey Schorsch surrendered just three games in two matches Saturday en route to his 68th and 69th career victories in singles. The wins tied him with Eric Honert for the most in program history. Valpo improved to 4-2 on the spring after posting 7-0 shutouts over Butler and IUPUI in Indianapolis.


Women's Tennis

Hebble Wins Marathon Match at No. 1, but Valpo Falls at Ball State


Sophomore Kat Hebble persevered for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-7 victory at No. 1 singles over Ball State's Carmen Blanco, but the Cardinals downed the Crusaders, 6-1, at the Muncie YMCA. Hebble advanced to 7-6 in singles play following her three-set triumph.


Women's Basketball

Offense Falters in Home Loss to Northern Kentucky


Jasmyn Walker again led the offensive attack for the Crusaders, but her 12 points and six boards weren't enough to overcome a treacherous third quarter. Christine and Courtney Roush combined for 31 points as Northern Kentucky recorded a 68-50 victory over the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon.


Women's Basketball

Pink Game on Tap for Valpo Women Saturday Afternoon


The Crusaders wrap up a five-game homestand Saturday afternoon with their annual Pink Game. Nearly two dozen breast cancer survivors will be honored prior to the 1:30 pm tip. For the Northern Kentucky Norse, it’ll represent their inaugural visit to the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Football

47 Crusaders Recognized on PFL Academic Honor Roll


The Pioneer Football League announced its Academic Honor Roll Friday afternoon and Valparaiso claimed 47 players on the annual academic acclaim. The PFL as a whole boasted a record 616 student-athletes to its 2015 Honor Roll.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Announces Nine-Player Signing Class


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team has added another standout class to its program, as head coach John Marovich announced on Friday that nine future Crusaders have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Valpo program as freshmen for the 2016 season.


Women's Basketball

Raiders Outlast Crusaders, 65-54


Jasmyn Walker collected her seventh double-double of the season Thursday night versus Wright State, but the Raiders rode an early lead into a 65-54 win over the Brown and Gold. Freshman Amber Lindfors rejected five shots to move into sixth place in program history for blocks in a season.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men In Search of Win #20


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks for its 20th win of the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders make the short jaunt over the state line to Chicago to face off with UIC. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and Vashil Fernandez enters the game just one block shy of matching Valpo's career record. Check out head coach Bryce Drew's thoughts on the game ahead on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Football

2016 Valpo Football Recruiting Class Unveiled


Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced another strong, well-balanced recruiting class Thursday. 27 players officially signed Letters of Agreement between Wednesday's National Signing Day and Thursday morning.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Resumes Play Thursday vs. Wright State


Valpo welcomes Kim Demmings and the Wright State Raiders to the ARC on Thursday evening for a 7:00 pm jump ball. The Crusaders enter the second half of Horizon League play in a three-way impasse for sixth place. The Raiders, who raced out to a 5-0 start in conference, come into this contest two games behind Green Bay for first place.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Named HL Men's Tennis Player of the Week


Jeffrey Schorsch, the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year, earned his first Player of the Week honor of the 2015-16 season Tuesday. Schorsch went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles alongside Charlie Emhardt. The junior now owns a 12-2 singles record and a 12-6 mark in doubles play.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Return to Form with 5-2 Victory over WMU


The Valpo men's tennis team defeated preseason Mid-American Conference favorite Western Michigan by a score of 5-2 at the Courts of NWI on Sunday afternoon. Jeffrey Schorsch capped off a 2-0 weekend at No. 1 singles while Dave Bacalla, Chad Kissell, and Kyle Dunn all logged victories to hand the Broncos their first loss of the spring season.


Men's Basketball

Quick Start Propels Valpo to Win Saturday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continued to take care of business at the ARC on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders scored the game’s first seven points and never looked back, downing Youngstown State 97-68 to remain atop the Horizon League with a 9-1 record in league action. The win was the Crusaders’ 24th straight at the ARC.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Close Out Regular Season at Evansville


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed for the final time before the Horizon League Championships on Saturday afternoon, competing at Evansville.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Track and Field Indoor Campaign Rolls On at GVSU


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their respective 2016 indoor campaigns Saturday, returning to Grand Valley State University to compete at the Mike Lints Alumni Open.


Women's Tennis

Crusader Women Fall to Bradley on Saturday


The Valpo women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 contest to Bradley on Saturday at the Clubs at River City in Peoria, Illinois. Freshman Randi Wind took Malini Wijesinghe to three sets at No. 5 singles, but ultimately fell 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Wins at No. 1 Singles, but Wisconsin Prevails over Valpo


Junior Jeffrey Schorsch handed Josef Dodridge a straight-set loss at No. 1 singles, but Wisconsin recorded a 6-1 win over Valpo at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders will turn around and host Western Michigan Sunday afternoon at The Courts of NWI. First serve is set for 2:00 pm.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Drop Defensive Feud to UIC


A 5:44 game-ending scoring drought cost the Valpo women's basketball team Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Jasmyn Walker posted 11 points and eight rebounds while Dani Franklin chipped in 12 points off the bench, but UIC held on for a 54-50 victory.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Host YSU on Space Jam Night


Among the winningest teams in the nation, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to add another victory to that side of the ledger on Saturday night as the Crusaders host Youngstown State. The game against the Penguins kicks off the second half of Horizon League action. Saturday evening will also be Space Jam Night at the ARC.


Baseball

Baseball Lands Five on CSM Preseason All-HL Teams


Nate Palace and Nolan Lodden were tabbed as College Sports Madness Preseason All-First Team selections while seniors Dalton Lundeen, Ryan Fritze, and Daniel Delaney were named Second Teamers in the 2016 survey. The five selections equaled the most of any Horizon League club with the exception of Wright State.


Football

Cecchini Adds Manalac to Coaching Staff


Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the addition of Ryan Manalac as linebackers coach Friday morning. Manalac, a four-year letterwinner at University of Cincinnati, spent the last five seasons with the Michigan State football program.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Ride Familiar Formula to Win Over Cleveland State


The recipe was the same as it’s been all season long for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team: defense and rebounding, joined Thursday night by a splash of outside shooting as the Crusaders took care of business at the ARC, defeating Cleveland State by a 77-52 final.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Target Third Straight Win Saturday vs. UIC


The first half of Horizon League play comes to a close Saturday afternoon at the ARC, and for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, the Crusaders can find themselves north of the .500 mark. Ruvanna Campbell and the UIC Flames, recipients of a first-place vote in the Horizon League preseason poll, seek to deal Valpo just its second home loss in 52 days.


Football

2016 Football Schedule Announced


Head football coach Dave Cecchini revealed his team's 2016 schedule Thursday. The Crusaders will open on the road at Illinois State on Saturday, Sept. 3rd. Valpo will welcome Trinity International to Brown Field for the home opener on Sept. 17th before PFL play kicks off the next weekend at home versus Davidson.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Return to the ARC, Host Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to take on Cleveland State Thursday evening, kicking off a stretch in which the Crusaders will play six of their next eight games at the ARC. Valpo enters this weekend on a 22-game homecourt winning streak, the eighth-longest such streak in the nation. Head coach Bryce Drew looks back at last weekend and looks ahead to this weekend's games with Todd Ickow in this week's Valpo Basketball Preview.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Places Two on All-Tournament Team


The #15 Valparaiso bowling team was represented by a pair of bowlers on the All-Tournament Teams as the Crusaders concluded the KU Invitational on Sunday in Reading, Pa.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Wrap Up Another Dominating Road Win


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team bounced back from a loss last time out with a dominating performance on the defensive end, limiting Northern Kentucky to just 46 points in a 71-46 victory Sunday afternoon in Highland Heights, Ky.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Crusader Track and Field Take Part in IPFW Duals


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams were back in action Saturday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Crusaders took part in the IPFW Duals.


Women's Basketball

Dean, Walker Steer Crusaders to 65-60 Win over Youngstown State


Abby Dean's offensive eruption continued Saturday while sophomore Jasmyn Walker turned in another monster game on both ends of the court in a 65-60 win over Youngstown State. The Crusaders snapped a five-game skid versus a Penguin squad that recorded 21 wins a season ago.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Topple Toledo for First Win of Spring


The Valpo men's tennis team recorded a convincing 5-2 win over Toledo Saturday afternoon at The Courts of NWI. Jeffrey Schorsch, Chad Kissell, Charlie Emhardt, and Garrett Gardner all notched singles victories at their respective flights. Meanwhile, the Crusaders received wins from the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in doubles to seize the opening point.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Split Senior Day Meet With Eastern Illinois


The Valparaiso men’s and women’s swimming teams celebrated their senior class with their Senior Day meet Saturday afternoon at the ARC, splitting the meet with Eastern Illinois. The Crusader men earned a 136-126 victory, while the EIU women prevailed 160-87.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Looking to Rebound Sunday at NKU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to bounce back from its first Horizon League loss of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders make their first trip to league newcomer Northern Kentucky.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Kick Off KU Invitational Friday


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team split six matches on Friday on the first of three days of action at the KU Invitational in Reading, Pa., hosted by Kutztown. Saturday's action was canceled due to inclement weather, but the tournament is scheduled to resume on Sunday with the final day of competition.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Drop First Horizon League Contest


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team rallied to re-claim the lead with less than four minutes to play in a Horizon League battle with Wright State Friday night in Dayton, Ohio, but the Raiders scored the next eight points as the Crusaders eventually fell by a 73-62 final, suffering their first defeat within league play.


Women's Basketball

Sophomore Standouts on Display Saturday at the ARC


Five of the best sophomores in the Horizon League take the court Saturday afternoon when Youngstown State visits the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 1:30 pm tip. Sarah Cash, Indiya Benjamin, and Nikki Arbanas have the Penguins at 4-2 through six league games. Meanwhile, Jasmyn Walker and Dani Franklin aim to get the Crusaders back to .500 in conference play.


Men's Cross Country, Men's Soccer, Volleyball, Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Athletics

Six Crusaders Earn Fall Academic All-League Honors


Six Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Fall Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this morning. The men’s soccer program had two student-athletes honored, while women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country each boasted one honoree.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch/Emhardt Win Atop Doubles, but Crusaders Fall at #7 Illinois


The 33rd-ranked duo of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt didn't miss a beat in Valpo's spring opener at #7 Illinois on Friday morning. The tandem defeated Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik at No. 1 doubles, but the Fighting Illini clawed their back for a 4-0 victory at the Atkins Tennis Center.


Women's Basketball

Invigorated Second Half Sparks Crusaders to Win over Vikings


Sophomore Jasmyn Walker saved 12 of her 15 points and eight of her 14 boards for the second half to spearhead the Crusaders to a 66-59 triumph over visiting Cleveland State Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Abby Dean pitched in a season-high 16 points while freshman Amber Lindfors finished one carom shy of a double-double. Valpo earned a 25-9 second-half rebounding edge.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Heads Back on Road to Wright State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continues its current three-game road swing with another matchup against a team near the top of the league standings, as the Crusaders head to Wright State for a Friday night showdown. Valpo enters the game on a six-game winning streak and is receiving numerous votes in both top-25 polls.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball preview, discussing the stellar recent play of Vashil Fernandez and Darien Walker and looking ahead to this week's road trip to Wright State and Northern Kentucky.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Seek to Right the Ship Thursday vs. Vikings


Valpo pops the top on a five-game homestand Thursday evening versus Cleveland State. The Vikings, who received a first-place vote in the Horizon League preseason poll, snapped a six-game skid Saturday with a resilient 75-68 win over Youngstown State. Cleveland State is led by redshirt freshman Ashanti Abshaw, who is averaging a double-double in league play.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Earns Sixth Straight Double-Figure Victory in League Play


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team used seven combined first-half 3-pointers from junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and senior Darien Walker (Chicago, Ill./Simeon [John A. Logan/Arizona Western]) to jump out to a quick lead Monday in Youngstown, Ohio, and then used a tremendous advantage on the boards to control the rest of the game as the Crusaders defeated Youngstown State, 96-65.


Men's Basketball

Fernandez Claims League Player of the Week Accolade


For the second consecutive week, a Valparaiso University men’s basketball player has been named Horizon League Player of the Week, as this week, senior center Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) claimed the award after leading the Crusaders to a pair of wins.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Face Quick Turnaround at Youngstown State


Sitting atop the Horizon League standings, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team faces its third game in five days on Monday evening, as the Crusaders make the trek to Youngstown, Ohio to take on Youngstown State. Valpo enters Monday night’s game on a five-game winning streak, matching its longest streak of the season.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Close Out Mid-Winter Invitational


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team concluded its first post-holiday tournament on Sunday in Jonesboro, Ark., finishing up the third of three days of action at the Mid-Winter Invitational, hosted by Arkansas State.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Continue Run, Take Down Green Bay


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continued its roll through the opening portion of Horizon League play, as both junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and senior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) posted double-doubles in an 85-70 victory over Green Bay in front of a near-capacity crowd at the ARC Saturday. The win marked the 500th by a member of the Drew family as head coach of the Crusaders.


Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Drops Spring Opener at WMU


A young Valpo women's tennis team suffered a 7-0 setback to Western Michigan Saturday evening at the West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Crusaders will have two weeks off to prepare for their next match at Bradley University on Saturday, Jan. 30th.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowlers Continue Action at Arkansas State


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling squad continued the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. on Saturday, competing on the second of three days of action.


Women's Basketball

Panthers Launch Deep Attack to Overtake Crusaders


Milwaukee parlayed a barrage of three-pointers into an 82-60 win over the Valpo women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center. Dani Franklin scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter while Abby Dean was 3-for-3 from three-point range in an 11-point effort.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Valpo Track and Field Kicks Off 2016 In Michigan


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2016 year on Friday afternoon, competing in the Bob Eubanks Open at Grand Valley State University.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swimmers Back in Action at Green Bay


Following the holiday break, the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams returned to competition Friday evening, traveling to take on Horizon League foe Green Bay. The Crusaders would fall to the Phoenix by final scores of 141-95 on the men’s side and 115-83 on the women’s side.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Opens Mid-Winter Invitational


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team returned to competitive action Friday for the first time in nearly two months, competing on the first of three days of action at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark., hosted by Arkansas State.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Look to Stay Hot Saturday Versus Green Bay


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to continue its recent run of success as the Crusaders look for their fifth consecutive Horizon League win Saturday night, hosting Green Bay. With a win, the Drew family will have combined for 500 victories at the helm of the Valpo men’s basketball program.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Wraps Up Wisconsin Trip Saturday at Milwaukee


Valpo and Milwaukee meet Saturday for the fourth time in 360 days. The Panthers are riding high following a 54-53 victory over UIC Thursday night at the Klotsche Center. Milwaukee touts the second-best defense in Horizon League play, limiting opponents to just 57.8 points per game.


Athletics

113 Valparaiso Student-Athletes Named to HL Academic Honor Roll


Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 113 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Fall 2015 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office.


Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis

HL Tennis Preseason Polls Unveiled: Men Tabbed for Tie at 1st; Women Picked 9th


The Horizon League released its men's and women's tennis preseason tennis polls Friday. The men were selected first, alongside the defending-champion Green Bay Phoenix, while the women were slotted at ninth.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Stifle Panthers to Earn Record-Setting Win


A new record for home winning streak at the ARC was established by the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Thursday night, as the Crusaders used their tried-and-true formula for winning games to defeat Milwaukee, 68-56, and win their 21st consecutive home game. The win also keeps Valpo alone atop the Horizon League standings.


Women's Basketball

Turnovers Prove Costly in Setback to Green Bay


Imani Scott-Thompson caught fire from beyond the arc Thursday night, but a tenacious Green Bay defense sent Valpo's upset bid up in smoke at the Kress Events Center. The junior finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, but the Crusaders were unable to overcome 23 turnovers in a 81-42 loss at the Kress Events Center.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Return Home, Host Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to maintain its hold on first place in the Horizon League standings Thursday night as the Crusaders welcome Milwaukee to the ARC at 7 p.m.. Receiving votes in both national top-25 polls, Valpo would establish a new program record for the longest home winning streak at the ARC with a win, as the Crusaders have currently won 20 straight home games. Check out head coach Bryce Drew's thoughts on the coming games in this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Women's Basketball

Red-Hot Green Bay Hosts Brown and Gold Thursday


The Valpo women’s basketball team returns to the road Thursday evening to begin its trek through Wisconsin. The first-place Green Bay Phoenix await the Crusaders inside the ever-boisterous Kress Events Center. The Phoenix, who received five votes in Tuesday’s USA Today Coaches Poll, aim to extend their winning streak to eleven while the Brown and Gold target their first win at Green Bay in nearly 25 years.


Women's Soccer

Craven Earns Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Season Honors


Valparaiso University women’s soccer senior Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) has been honored as the Horizon League co-Scholar Athlete of the Season for the completed fall season of sports, the league office announced Tuesday.


Men's Basketball

Player of the Week Accolades Roll In For Peters


A career performance on Sunday has led to recognition on multiple fronts for Alec Peters on Monday, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior has been named the Horizon League co-Player of the Week by the league office, has been named both the Horizon League and High-Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and has been named the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week by College Insider.


Men's Basketball

Career Day From Peters Leads Crusaders to Win at Detroit


Valparaiso University junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) not only easily set a pair of new career highs, he also matched the program’s modern era single-game scoring record with 39 points in leading Valpo to a 92-74 victory at Detroit Sunday afternoon in Horizon League play. With the win, the Crusaders swept the road trip through Michigan and ended the weekend atop the Horizon League standings.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Click on All Cylinders in 81-66 Victory


A fiery forty minutes of basketball translated into a signature 81-66 win for the Crusaders Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Sophomores Jasmyn Walker and Dani Franklin combined for 40 points for the second straight Saturday while freshman Meredith Hamlet finished in double figures for the seventh time in her last eight contests in a convincing victory over the 10-win Oakland Golden Grizzlies.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Looks For Weekend Road Sweep Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to make a clean sweep of the Michigan road swing in Horizon League play on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders take on Detroit at noon CT. The matchup between Valpo and the Titans pit two of the league’s three remaining unbeatens against each other. The game can be seen nationwide on the American Sports Network, including locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Make Statement With Friday Road Win at Oakland


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team showcased its defensive strength on Friday evening in front of a national television audience on ESPN2 and complemented it with a career-best performance offensively from sophomore Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College) as the Crusaders rolled to an 84-67 victory over Oakland at the O’Rena in Horizon League play.


Women's Basketball

Crusader Women Meet Improved Oakland Squad Saturday


The Crusaders look to straddle the .500 mark as Oakland visits the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday for a 1:30 pm affair. The Golden Grizzlies are coming off an important 78-76 win over UIC Thursday night in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Brown and Gold seek to shake a two-game hiccup.


Women's Basketball

Detroit Upends Crusaders Thursday Night


Sophomore Jasmyn Walker paired a career-high 16 rebounds with 12 points Thursday night, but Detroit's Brianne Cohen provided the spark off the bench to boost the Titans to a 72-66 victory over the Brown and Gold. Dani Franklin found her stroke to the tune of 19 points, her seventh straight double-digit tilt.


Men's Basketball

Adekoya Chosen to Attend NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) has been selected as one of two Horizon League student-athletes who will attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Phoenix, Ariz. from Apr. 7-10.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Heads to Oakland For Nationally-Televised Showdown


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time in Horizon League play as the Crusaders head to Oakland Friday evening for a nationally-televised showdown with the Golden Grizzlies on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT. Friday’s matchup pits the top two teams in the Horizon League preseason poll against each other. Head coach Bryce Drew looks back at Saturday's win and looks to the week ahead in this week's Valpo Basketball Preview with Todd Ickow.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Soar to #33 in ITA Doubles Rankings


The junior doubles tandem of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt jumped 22 spots to #33 in the first Men's Doubles Rankings of 2016 as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday afternoon. Schorsch also garnered the #14 ranking in singles play in the Midwest Region.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Take on Titans Thursday in Dorow's 500th Game


Horizon League women’s basketball makes its 2015-16 debut at the ARC Thursday night when Detroit visits Valparaiso in a showdown of 5-8 clubs. The 7:00 pm tilt represents Tracey Dorow’s 500th career game as a head coach.


Men's Soccer

#oneVALPO Initiative Moving Into the Valpo Community


With the start of the new year, Valparaiso head men's soccer coach Mike Avery and his players have resolved to continue to promote the highly successful #oneVALPO diversity / inclusion initiative. Year one of the #oneVALPO initiative featured the men's soccer program working to spread the message around the Valparaiso University campus, and the focus in the second year now shifts to moving the message off campus and out into the Valparaiso community. Targeting local schools, organizations and businesses, Coach Avery and his squad look to spread a positive message about diversity and inclusion.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Match Home Win Streak Record With Victory Over Flames


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team matched its program record for consecutive home wins at the ARC on Saturday afternoon with its 20th straight home victory as the Crusaders opened Horizon League play with a 75-47 win over UIC.


Women's Basketball

Second-Half Rally Stalls at Wright State


Sophomores Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker combined for 40 points Friday afternoon, but Wright State pulled away late for an 80-63 win at the Nutter Center. Senior Lexi Miller matched a career-high in assists with eight, but the Raiders received 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists from freshman Emily Vogelpohl.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Kick Off League Play Saturday Against UIC


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opens both the 2016 calendar year and this season’s Horizon League slate on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders welcome UIC to the ARC. Valpo is in search of its fourth Horizon League regular season title in the last five seasons, and can match a program record for consecutive home wins with a victory Saturday. The game will be broadcast live nationwide on the American Sports Network, including locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Meet Old Acquaintance Friday in Dayton


Fourteen hours after the ball drops in Times Square, the ball will be tipped at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Valpo will put its four-game winning streak on the line Friday afternoon against the Wright State Raiders in what will represent the Brown and Gold’s first-ever New Year’s Day contest. Led by Kim Demmings, one of the top players in all of mid-major basketball, Wright State has won seven of its last eight tilts.


Women's Basketball

Hamlet's Historic Night Highlights Chaotic Win at Northern Kentucky


Freshman Meredith Hamlet went off for a 29-point performance in a crazy 61-60 win Wednesday night at Northern Kentucky. Hamlet was 10-of-11 from the field to match the third-best shooting performance in program history. Valpo's victory represents its first ever in a Horizon League road opener.


Baseball

Schmack Unveils Details for 6th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced Wednesday that longtime Major League Baseball manager and Valpo alum Lloyd McClendon will serve as guest speaker at the 6th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash to be held on Saturday, January 23rd inside the Aberdeen Manor Ballroom. Children 13 and under can get in for $35 while adult tickets cost $40. For more information, email Brian.Schmack@valpo.edu.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders’ Comeback Falls Just Short at Belmont


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looked to complete a comeback late at a venue where very few visiting teams walk out with victories Monday night in Nashville, Tenn., but the Crusaders were unable to get a potential game-tying shot to drop late as Valpo fell 85-81 to Belmont.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Enter Uncharted Territory for Horizon League Opener


Valpo’s 18-game Horizon League schedule gets underway Wednesday in the Bluegrass State. The opener signals not only the Brown and Gold’s maiden voyage to Highland Heights, but also the first-ever meeting between the Crusaders and Norse. A victory would give Valpo its first four-game winning streak since the 2007-2008 season.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Conclude Series With Belmont Monday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to close the 2015 calendar year on a winning note Monday as the Crusaders travel to Nashville for their final non-league matchup of the season, taking on Belmont. The game marks the end of an in-season home-and-home series with the Bruins which saw Valpo claim a home game over Belmont in early December.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Women Run Streak to Three with Record-Setting Performance


The Valpo women's basketball team held IU-Kokomo to 8-of-65 shooting (12.3%) as the Crusaders collected an 88-22 victory Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The 22 points yielded broke the previous school record of 28 versus Youngstown State back in 2010. Five players finished in double figures, including Amber Lindfors who posted 15 points and 11 rebounds.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Welcome Farris, IU-Kokomo to Town Monday


A five-game homestand comes to a close for the Valpo women’s basketball team Monday night when IU-Kokomo visits the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 7:00 pm tipoff. In just their second year of existence, the Cougars are coached by former Crusader Whitney Farris. The Kokomo native appeared in 109 games for the Brown and Gold from 2006-2010.


Men's Basketball

Drew Family Earns 1,000th Collegiate Victory as Crusaders Down Missouri State


The 1,000th win in the combined coaching careers of the Drew family came with ease Saturday afternoon, and appropriately enough on Homer Drew Court at the ARC, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team defeated Missouri State, 74-45, to improve to 10-2 on the season.


Women's Basketball

Defense, Rebounding Drive Valpo to Win over SIU-Edwardsville


One of Valpo's best defensive efforts of the calendar year resulted in a 69-56 win over visiting SIU-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Abby Dean, Dani Franklin, and Meredith Hamlet all scored in double figures while Amber Lindfors corralled ten rebounds.


Women's Bowling

Crusader Bowling Up to #15 In Latest NTCA Poll


Coming off of a tournament championship and a perfect weekend in its last outing at Virginia Union, the Valparaiso University bowling team moved up to #15 in the nation in the December iteration of the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) top-25 poll.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Return Home, Host Missouri State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to four straight games Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Missouri State at the ARC. With a win, the Drew family would reach 1,000 combined collegiate head coaching victories. World-famous national anthem singer Jim Cornelison will be singing The Star-Spangled Banner before the game, while the first 500 fans through the doors will receive free sunglasses and all kids in attendance will receive "Crusader in Training" t-shirts.


Women's Basketball

Crusader Women Collide with Cougars Saturday at the ARC


With the final week of non-league play approaching, the Valpo women’s basketball team prepares to take on SIU-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon. The 4:00 pm CT tilt is the back-end of an exciting basketball doubleheader at the Athletics-Recreation Center. A paid ticket to the men’s game versus Missouri State grants fans free admission to the women’s contest.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow as they look back at last week's pair of road wins and look ahead to Saturday afternoon's contest against Missouri State.


Athletics

Valparaiso Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016


Four individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 13. Steve Bartholomew, Bert Bleke, Liz Mikos and Scott Petcu comprise the 19th class in Hall of Fame history.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Cruises to 79-57 Victory over IU-Northwest


Five Crusaders finished in double figures as Valpo sailed to a 79-57 win over IU-Northwest Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Meredith Hamlet and Amber Lindfors amended their career highs in points while Hannah Schaub distributed nine assists.


Men's Basketball

Peters Ties Program Record; Crusaders Take Down Cougars


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) tied a program record for accuracy from behind the 3-point line, leading the Crusaders’ long-range barrage as they earned a road win at Chicago State Friday evening, 71-53.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Host Locally-Stocked RedHawks Saturday


For the third straight Saturday, the Valpo women’s basketball team is in action. The Crusaders entertain the IU-Northwest RedHawks in what symbolizes head coach Tracey Dorow’s 100th game at Valparaiso. Nine of IU-Northwest’s 13 players hail from Northwest Indiana, including Portage’s Nicki Monahan who is averaging 19.2 points per game.


Softball

Crusader Softball Announces Winter Camps


The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a trio of camps for youths ages 8-18 this winter, as due to popular demand, a Pitching Clinic has been added on Sunday, January 17. Previously announced were an All-Skills Camp at the ARC on Sunday, January 17, and a Pitching, Catching and Hitting Camp to be held at the ARC on Sunday, January 31.


Women's Golf

Valparaiso Women’s Golf Announce Spring Schedule


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team has released their 2016 spring schedule, which includes a total of five tournaments, including a home event at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso in mid-April.


Men's Basketball

Valpo to Face Chicago State Friday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to move to nine wins on the season as it plays at Chicago State Friday evening. With a victory, head coach Bryce Drew would move into second place by himself on the Crusaders’ career coaching victories chart, trailing only his father, Homer.


Men's Soccer

Lawrence, Madrid Earn NSCAA All-Region Accolades


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team had a pair of players honored Thursday as the NSCAA released its postseason All-Region squads, as juniors Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica/Excelsior) and Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [FGCU]) both were named Third Team All-Great Lakes Region honorees.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Announce 2015-16 Track and Field Schedule


The Valparaiso University track and field squads will host the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Championships at the Warren G. Hoger Track, one of two home meets for the Crusaders as they announced their 2015-16 schedule today.


Women's Basketball

Akron Slides Past Crusaders Wednesday Night


The Valpo women's best whistle-to-whistle effort of the season went for naught Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center as Akron pulled away late for an 85-74 road win. Jasmyn Walker supplied 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Claim Road Win at Indiana State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team locked down defensively in the first half and then got key baskets when needed in the second half, as the Crusaders went on the road and downed Indiana State Wednesday night in Terre Haute, 69-63.


Men's Basketball

Horizon League “Motor City Madness” Tickets On Sale Thursday, December 10


All-session tickets for the 2016 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship at Joe Louis Arena will go on sale on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. CT. For the next six days, fans will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets in Valparaiso's fan blocks to take in all nine games of “Motor City Madness,” including the Championship Game, in which an automatic berth to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be on the line.


Women's Basketball

Zips Dip into Town for Wednesday Night Affair


Valpo’s five-game homestand continues Wednesday night at the ARC as Akron comes to town for a mid-week tilt. The Crusaders have had six different players lead them in scoring through the first seven games.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Heads Back on Road To Indiana State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns to the road this week with a pair of games away from home, starting Wednesday evening at Indiana State. The former Indiana Collegiate Conference rivals have met just four times in the last 38 years.


Softball

Crusaders Announce 2016 Softball Schedule


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2016 season, a slate which includes games against seven NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Women's Basketball

Thompson Sparks Valpo Women to Win over Cardinal Stritch


A near perfect second half from redshirt junior Haylee Thompson lifted the Valpo women's basketball team to a 63-62 victory over nationally-ranked NAIA Division II foe Cardinal Stritch Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Thompson finished with a career-high 16 points in 16 minutes off the bench.


Women's Basketball

Crusader Women Launch Busy Week Monday vs. Cardinal Stritch


With an unforgiving schedule in its rear-view mirror, the Valpo women’s basketball team returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center to open a five-game homestand Monday night. The Crusaders welcome Cardinal Stritch to town in the first of a busy, three-tilt week. The Wolves possess the No. 7 ranking in NAIA Division II and ride into town on a seven-game winning streak.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Close Out Calvin Winter Invitational


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams concluded their three-day trip to Grand Rapids, Mich. at the Calvin Winter Invitational on Saturday evening, posting 20 top-10 times in program history over the last two days, including three school records.


Women's Basketball

Louisville Downs Crusaders at KFC Yum! Center


A fast-paced Louisville squad flummoxed the Crusaders Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center in Kentucky. Junior Imani Scott-Thompson led Valpo with 12 points, but the Brown and Gold fell 75-42 in front of 8,274 fans.


Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field

Valpo Track and Field Opens Season at GVSU


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their respective 2015-16 indoor campaigns Friday at the GVSU Holiday Open in Allendale, Mich.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Set for Saturday Matchup at Louisville


It’s only the first week of December, but the Crusaders travel to Louisville for their final non-league road tilt of the season. The Cardinals, who were ranked as high as 8th in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, staggered out of the gate to the tune of a 1-4 start. However, Louisville restored order Thursday evening in East Lansing, Michigan with a win over the 19th-ranked Spartans.


Women's Soccer

Craven, Cronin Earn NSCAA All-Region Accolades


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team had a pair of players earn All-Great Lakes Region honors, as both senior Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and junior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) received Third Team All-Region accolades as the NSCAA announced its annual award winners on Friday. Both Craven and Cronin earned All-Region recognition for the second straight season.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Emerge Victorious in Battle Versus Belmont


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came out on top in a hard-fought battle against fellow mid-major power Belmont Thursday evening at the ARC, 61-57.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Earn Number of Program Top-Ten Times on Day One at Calvin


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich. on Thursday to kick off the three-day Calvin Winter Invitational. The two teams combined to set six top-ten times in school history within just four total events on the opening day of action.


Women's Basketball

Slow Start Haunts Valpo in 75-72 Loss to RedHawks


After trailing by as many 17 points, Valpo stormed back to make it a one-possession game in the waning moments of Wednesday night's tilt against Miami (Ohio). But all three of the Crusaders' game-tying attempts from downtown were off the mark. Jasmyn Walker smothered 11 rebounds to go with 11 points while Dani Franklin tossed in a game-high 18 points.


Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Peters, Donchetz Nominated for Allstate Good Works Teams


Junior Alec Peters and sophomore Georgi Donchetz are among 257 nominees from Division I basketball teams for the 2016 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team. This prestigious award highlights student-athletes who have displayed a dedication to community service.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Welcome Belmont to the ARC Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Thursday evening, as the Crusaders host Belmont at 7 p.m. at the ARC. Thursday’s matchup is the first matchup in a home-and-home series this season between Valpo and the Bruins, as the Crusaders will return the trip at the end of the month. The Valpo softball program will be collecting new and gently used stuffed animals at Thursday's game for their Reading Buddies program - anybody who brings a stuffed animal will receive a voucher for free popcorn at the concession stand.


Football

Valpo Football Lands Four on Academic All-PFL Teams


Redshirt sophomore Brian Lang earned a spot on the 2015 Academic All-PFL First Team as announced by the league office Wednesday. Lang, the owner of a 3.94 grade point average as an accounting major, has been an integral part of the Crusader offensive line the past two seasons. Alex Green, John Guilford, and Jarrett Morgan received All-PFL Second Team honors.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Turn the Calendar Wednesday vs. RedHawks


After spending the majority of its Thanksgiving break in picturesque Southern California, the Valpo women’s basketball team returns to Northwest Indiana to face Miami (Ohio) at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Wednesday evening’s tilt marks the first of five games over the next ten days for the Crusaders.


Football

Green Named All-PFL First Team; Four Others Earn Honorable Mention Nods


On Tuesday, senior linebacker Alex Green became the first Valpo defensive player to be named to the All-Pioneer Football League First Team since defensive lineman Jimmy Riker earned top honors in 2006. For Green, it was his third All-PFL award. John Guilford, J.J. Nunes, Cody Cotton, and Griffin Norberg received All-PFL Honorable Mention nods as well.


Men's Golf

Valpo Men’s Golf Lands Two Future Crusaders


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team landed two future Crusaders during the early signing period. Jeremy Wu (Medford, Ore./St. Mary’s School) and Matthew McCarthy (Belleville, Ill./Althoff Catholic) both signed National Letters of Intent and will be joining the program as freshmen in the fall of 2016.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men’s Soccer to Host VIP Winter Futsal Camp


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer program will be hosting its VIP Winter Futsal Camp at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday, December 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp is open to all high school students currently in grades 9-12.


Volleyball

Alana Brown Signs With Volleyball Program


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Alana Brown, a defensive specialist out of Vintage H.S. in Napa, Calif., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2016 season.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Claw Back but Fall 77-63 to Northern Colorado


Freshman Hannah Schaub nailed five of her seven attempts from beyond the arc to lead Valpo in scoring with 15 points, but a 13-0 run to end the first quarter allowed Northern Colorado to hang on for a 77-63 win Saturday in San Diego. Jasmyn Walker produced her first double-double of the season thanks to her 13-point, 13-rebound afternoon.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Drop Road Decision at Ball State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, behind a combined 31 second-half points from junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and senior E. Victor Nickerson (Atlanta, Ga./Norcross [Charlotte]), nearly erased the entirety of an 11-point second-half deficit at Ball State Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders would come up one shot short, as a last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark to give the Cardinals a 69-66 win.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Signs Five to NLIs


Women's basketball announced today five student-athletes have all signed National Letters of Intent. Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview), Maya Meredith (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), Marlee Profitt (Medina, Ohio/Highland), and Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill./Cissna Park) will join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2016-17 season.


Women's Basketball

Toreros Board Up in 76-60 Win over Valpo Women


Valpo enjoyed a balanced scoring attack in its opening game of the USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic, but San Diego parlayed a 49-24 rebounding margin into a 76-60 win over the Crusaders Friday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Brown and Gold return to the court Saturday afternoon at 4 pm CT/2 pm PT versus Northern Colorado.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Heads to Ball State Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to improve to 7-1 on the season as the Crusaders face their third consecutive road game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT, playing at in-state foe Ball State. With a win, Valpo would start 7-1 through eight games for the second straight season.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Hits up West Coast for USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic


The Crusader women’s basketball team makes their first trip to the Golden State in six years this weekend. Valpo will square off against a pair of 2015 WNIT teams in San Diego and Northern Colorado at the USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic. The Toreros represent the third consecutive undefeated opponent to face the Brown and Gold.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women’s Golf Signs Curtis to NLI


Valparaiso University women’s golf head coach Mat Blair announced today that Tiffany Curtis, a senior at Crown Point H.S., signed a National Letter of Intent during the signing period and will be joining the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Oregon State Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team earned yet another statement victory in its early-season schedule, capping a stretch of seven games over the season’s first 12 days by leading nearly start-to-finish in handling Oregon State on the road in Corvallis Tuesday night, 63-57. Head coach Bryce Drew earned his 100th career victory at the helm of the Crusader program with Tuesday’s win.


Women's Soccer

Craven, Fassbinder Named First Team Academic All-Americans


For the first time in Valparaiso University athletics history, the Crusaders had a pair of teammates both honored as CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans, as women’s soccer seniors Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) both were named First Team Academic All-Americans on Tuesday.


Women's Basketball

Crusader Women Unable to Keep Up with Irish


Valpo's freshman class combined for 24 points, nine rebounds, and four steals, but freshman Marina Mabrey single-handedly led Notre Dame to a 110-54 victory Monday evening at the ARC. Mabrey posted 18 points, 12 steals, and 10 assists to notch the fifth triple-double in Irish history. The Crusaders resume play Friday evening in San Diego.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Continue Road Trip at Oregon State Tuesday Evening


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team concludes its two-game road swing through the Oregon contingent of the Pac-12 with a Tuesday evening matchup at Oregon State. The game, which concludes a stretch of seven games in 12 days to open the 2015-16 campaign for the Crusaders, can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.


Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Succumbs to Oregon Sunday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led at halftime Sunday evening against #25/rv Oregon in Eugene, Ore. and still led with 10 minutes, but a six-minute scoring drought doomed the Crusaders as the Ducks pulled ahead by double figures and held off Valpo down the stretch, 73-67.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Closes Out Perfect Weekend to Win Virginia Union Invitational


The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team earned its fourth event victory in program history, closing out a perfect weekend with a pair of victories in bracket play Sunday to capture the team championship at the Virginia Union Invitational in Midlothian, Va. Katherine Sulaitis was named Tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Aubree Trexler and Kendra Tryniski.


Volleyball

Crusaders’ Run Comes Up Short in HL Championship Match


The Valparaiso University volleyball team came up one step shy of claiming the Horizon League tournament championship, as the Crusaders fell in the title match to top-seeded Cleveland State 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-18) Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. Senior setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) and sophomore outside hitter Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.


Women's Basketball

#3 Notre Dame Invades the ARC Monday


The highly-heralded Fighting Irish of Notre Dame visit the Athletics-Recreation Center Monday evening for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Irish occupy the No. 3 spot on both the Associated Press and USA Today polls and early returns show they’re equipped to make a sixth consecutive Final Four appearance. Meanwhile, Monday represents the home debut for five Crusader newcomers.


Volleyball

Valpo Rolls Into Horizon League Championship Match


The Valparaiso University volleyball team moved one step away from capturing the Horizon League title and the corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, as the third-seeded Crusaders defeated second-seeded Oakland Saturday evening, 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 32-30, 25-21), in semifinal action at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. With the win, the Crusaders will face top-seeded Cleveland State for the title Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Continue to Lead Virginia Union Invitational


The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team remained perfect at the Virginia Union Invitational on Saturday from Midlothian, Va., winning all six of its matches as it retained first place in the team standings.


Football

Crusaders Drop Season Finale to Dolphins


The 2015 football season came to a close Saturday with Valpo falling to Jacksonville, 58-13 at D.B. Milne Field in Florida. Scott Staal connected with Ryan Dugan for an 11-yard score for a Crusader touchdown. Jacob Newman was 2-for-2 on field goals, splitting the uprights on attempts from 33 and 39 yards.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Looks to Continue Hot Start at #25 Oregon Sunday


The first team to five wins in the nation, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team comes off of two day’s rest for the first time this year on Sunday evening, as the Crusaders take aim at their biggest win of the season when they meet up with #25/rv Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks. Bryce Drew will be looking for his 100th win as Crusader head coach on Sunday as well.


Volleyball

Crusaders Head to HL Semifinals With Five-Set Win Over Milwaukee


It was a gutsy performance by the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Friday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, as Valpo rallied from down two sets to one to take down Milwaukee, 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11) in the opening round of the Horizon League Championship. With the win, the third-seeded Crusaders will take on second-seeded Oakland in the semifinals Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT.


Women's Bowling

Bowling In First Place After Day One at Virginia Union


The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team finds itself atop the team standings following the opening day of action Friday at the Virginia Union Invitational in Midlothian, Va. The Crusaders totaled 4,704 pins over their five five-game baker matches Friday to top the standings.


Baseball

Baseball Announces Ten-Member Recruiting Class


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack unveiled one of the largest recruiting classes in program history Thursday. Schmack welcomes ten student-athletes from six different states. The class, which consists of four pitchers, two infielders, two outfielders, a catcher, and a utility player, will arrive to Valpo for the 2016-17 season.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders First in Nation to 5-0 With Win Over Trinity Christian


Facing a gauntlet of games in quantity over the opening week unlike any team in the nation, and even unlike any NBA team in the same week’s time span, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team closed with an easy win over Trinity Christian at the ARC Thursday night, downing the Trolls by an 89-42 final.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Women’s Team Swims to Victory


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. to take place in a dual meet against the Engineers of Rose-Hulman Thursday evening. Valpo’s women’s team swam to a head-to-head victory 137-134, while the men’s team fell 192-99.


Softball

Crusader Softball Inks Seven to NLIs


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader softball program as freshmen for the 2017 season.


Women's Tennis

Kopfer Signs with Valpo Women's Tennis


Tammy Cecchini's first signee as head women's tennis coach is two-star recruit Jordan Kopfer of Eagan, Minnesota. Kopfer is ranked 7th in Minnesota and 17th in the Plains region. In the classroom, Kopfer possesses a 4.0 grade point average and plans to study pre-med.


Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis

Crusader Tennis Announces Spring Schedules


The 2016 spring tennis schedule is out. Three different ranked opponents grace the men's slate while the women's team will head to Puerto Rico to face a trio of East Coast opponents over spring break. The 2016 Horizon League Championships are scheduled for April 29th-May 1st in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Volleyball

Crusaders Head to Cleveland For HL Volleyball Championship


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads off to the 2015 Horizon League Volleyball Championship this weekend in search of the league tournament title and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders, who earned the third seed for the tournament, will take on sixth-seeded Milwaukee Friday on the first day of the three-day tournament.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Handle IU Kokomo Wednesday Night


With some regulars recovering from injuries and others being given the night off by Crusader head coach Bryce Drew, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team had a number of guys step up and fill roles Wednesday evening as the Crusaders defeated IU Kokomo at the ARC, 78-40.


Men's Basketball

Micah Bradford Inks NLI With Crusader Men’s Basketball


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program announced today that guard Micah Bradford, a senior at Bradley-Bourbonnais [Ill.] H.S., has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.


Baseball

Baseball Releases 2016 Schedule


The 100th anniversary of Valpo's inaugural baseball season will get underway on Feb. 19th against Jacksonville State while the home opener is scheduled for Mar. 24th versus Wright State. Non-league contests versus Dallas Baptist, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Illinois State highlight an ambitious 2016 slate.


Men's Tennis

Ancona, Brozovich Ink NLIs with Men's Tennis


Brandon Ancona and Franklin Brozovich have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2016-17 season. Ancona, a Belvidere, Illnois native, is ranked 220th in the nation. Brozovich, a four-start recruit from Michigan, is ranked 23rd in the Midwest.


Football

Football Flies South for Season Finale at Jacksonville


The 2015 football season comes to a close Saturday afternoon in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville welcomes Valpo to D.B. Milne Field for the first time since 2009. A team-high 22 Crusaders hail from the state of Florida.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Earn Tip-Off Marathon Victory At Rhode Island


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team claimed its third victory in an 86-hour span to open the 2015-16 campaign on Tuesday morning, as playing live on ESPN2 as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, the Crusaders led for the game’s final 15 minutes in a 58-55 win at Rhode Island.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 12


Head football coach Dave Cecchini and broadcaster Todd Ickow sat down Monday for the final edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two reviewed the Crusaders' effort versus Morehead State, the play of freshman receiver Jean Rene, and what lies ahead in the Sunshine State on Saturday.


Volleyball

Four Volleyball Players Earn Horizon League Honors


The Valparaiso University volleyball team had four players earn Horizon League postseason accolades, as the league announced its annual award winners on Monday. Junior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and sophomore Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) both were All-League honorees, while rookies Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) and Kayla Currier (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) earned spots on the league’s All-Freshman squad.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Travels for Tip-Off Marathon Showdown With Rhode Island


Three games in a three-day span await the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team this week as the Crusaders’ busy early-season schedule continues. Valpo opens Tuesday morning as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon at Rhode Island, tipping off at 9 a.m. CT live on ESPN2, before returning home to the ARC to face IU Kokomo and Trinity Christian on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Bryce Drew looks back at the Iona game and ahead at the Rhode Island contest in this week's Valpo Basketball Preview.


Men's Basketball

Early Run Buoys Crusaders to Big Win Over Iona


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made an early-season statement in a meeting between two of the nation’s top mid-major teams on Sunday, as the Crusaders started their showdown with Iona at the ARC on an 18-2 run and never looked back, eventually winning 83-58.


Men's Basketball

Iona Postgame Press Conference


Head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Tevonn Walker, Shane Hammink and E. Victor Nickerson for the postgame press conference.


Volleyball

Berrington Sent Out a Winner on Senior Day


The Valparaiso University volleyball team made sure its lone senior, setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh), would go out a winner in her final career match at the ARC, as the Crusaders downed league regular season champion Cleveland State Saturday evening, 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18). Valpo heads to the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland next weekend as the third seed, and will face sixth-seeded Milwaukee Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CT.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Faces Quick Turnaround Hosting Iona


With one victory already under its belt, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team continues a busy stretch of early-season games with a Sunday afternoon matinee against MAAC preseason favorite Iona.


Football

Morehead State Rallies Back to Seize Seesaw Game


Jarrett Morgan's rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter erased a Morehead State lead that had reached 14 points at one juncture, but Eagles quarterback Austin Gahafer and wide receiver Jake Raymond teamed up for a late score as Valpo fell 36-29 at Brown Field on Saturday. Crusader quarterback Scott Staal set career highs in completions (32) and yards (337) in his final home game with the Brown and Gold.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusader Swimming Teams Take on Saginaw Valley State


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams continued their 2015-16 season Saturday afternoon, traveling up north to University Center, Mich. for a dual meet with Saginaw Valley State University. The Crusader men posted four marks among the top-10 in Valpo history during the meet.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Closes Out Action at Nebraska


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team finished out its third consecutive weekend of competition on Saturday on the final day of action from the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Mastodons In Season Opener


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team raised its 2014-15 championship banners to the rafters prior to Friday night’s season opener, and then the 2015-16 squad started its quest to replicate and surpass the success of last year, taking down IPFW at the ARC by a 78-64 final.


Volleyball

Volleyball Cruises to Win Over Penguins


The Valparaiso University volleyball team hardly took a misstep on the attack Friday evening in a Horizon League matchup with Youngstown State at the ARC as the Crusaders rolled to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-13) sweep of the Penguins. With the win, Valpo improved to 24-7 overall and 10-4 in league play, securing the third seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship.


Women's Basketball

Bulldogs Flip the Switch in Win over Valpo


Senior Jessi Wiedemann provided a jolt off the bench, but shooting woes and foul trouble plagued the Valpo women's basketball team in a 72-53 loss to Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Jasmyn Walker finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.


Women's Bowling

Crusader Bowling Continues Action at Big Red Invitational


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team continued competition at the Big Red Invitational from Lincoln, Neb. on Friday, facing five of the nation’s top nine teams.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Juniors Steer Crusaders at NCAA Great Lakes Regionals


The Valpo men's and women's cross country teams concluded its respective seasons Friday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals in Madison, Wisconsin. Liz Bloy led the Crusader women with a 23:35.5 time in the 6K while Jesse Greenhagen paced the men following his 34:10.2 time in the 10K.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Continue Early-Season Action at Nebraska


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team continued a stretch of four early-season tournaments in as many weekends as the Crusaders kicked off the Big Red Invitational from Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Set For Start of Regular Season


A loaded Valparaiso men’s basketball squad opens the 2015-16 season on Friday night as it hosts IPFW at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game, the Crusaders will unveil their 2014-15 Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament banners and raise them to the rafters.


Football

Crusaders Face High-Flying Eagles in Home Finale


Thirteen seniors will emerge from the Brown Field tunnel for the final time this Saturday when the Crusaders welcome Morehead State to town for the 2015 home finale. Senior linebacker Alex Green needs just four stops for his third consecutive 100-tackle season as the Brown and Gold look to avenge last season’s 48-47 heartbreaking loss to the Eagles in Morehead.


Women's Basketball

Youth on Display in Friday's WBB Opener at Butler


The curtain rises on the 2015-16 women’s basketball season Friday night in Indianapolis. Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse is the site of the Crusaders' season opener. Five players are expected to make their Valpo debut versus a Butler team comprised of eight underclassmen.


Volleyball

Regular Season to Close Out for Volleyball This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend, hosting Youngstown State for a special 5 p.m. first serve on Friday before welcoming league leader Cleveland State on Saturday at 4 p.m. Friday will serve as the program’s Honor Your Professor night, the first 200 fans in attendance will receive free t-shirts and a purchase of one game ticket for Friday night grants admission to both athletic events. On Saturday, the Crusaders will honor their lone senior, Kelsey Berrington, following the match with a Senior Day ceremony.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


In this season's first edition of Valpo Basketball Preview, head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow. Drew looks ahead to this weekend's pair of home games against IPFW and Iona, while also taking some time to talk about the program's scheduling philosophy.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Announce Addition of Luke Simons as Director of Operations


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Luke Simons has joined the Crusader program as its director of basketball operations.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 11


Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow chatted Monday during this week's installment of Valpo Football Preview. The two discussed this team's youth, Scott Staal's surging stock, and a vastly-improved Morehead State squad.


Men's Soccer

Campbell Named HL Goalkeeper of the Year; Madrid All-League


Valparaiso junior goalkeeper Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) has been tabbed the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year and a First Team All-League honoree as the league announced its postseason award recipients on Monday. In addition, junior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [FGCU]) earned a spot on the Second Team All-League squad.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Closes Crusader Classic in Seventh Place


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team finished out the Crusader Classic with a pair of wins in bracket play on Sunday, closing out the three-day tournament in seventh place.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swimming Continues Campaign at EIU


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming squads continued their 2015-16 seasons Saturday evening at Eastern Illinois. EIU downed the Crusaders on both sides, as the Valpo men fell 120-85 and the women dropped a 125-69 decision.


Volleyball

Volleyball Road Swing Ends With Loss at Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University volleyball team fell short in its quest to make it a perfect four-match road swing in Horizon League play, as the Crusaders suffered a 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 29-31, 25-21) defeat Saturday afternoon at Milwaukee.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Continues Competition at Crusader Classic


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team continued action at its home tournament, the Crusader Classic, Saturday at Inman’s in Valparaiso, moving up two spots in the team standings to finish the second day of action in seventh place.


Football

Valpo Football Suffers Setback at Butler


Freshman Griffin Norberg snagged a 26-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of Saturday's game, but Butler QB Matt Shiltz accounted for four TDs while the Bulldog defense tallied a pair of pick-6s to defeat the Crusaders, 42-21. The Brown and Gold return to Valparaiso for their home finale next Saturday versus Morehead State.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Nets Three In Shutout of Green Bay Friday


Playing in its regular season finale Friday night at Brown Field, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team took its chances well early to gain a quick lead and then stood strong defensively throughout, as the Crusaders earned a 3-0 Horizon League victory over Green Bay. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, the win was not enough to push their side into the field for the Horizon League Championship.


Volleyball

Crusaders Earn Third Consecutive Sweep Friday


For the second straight match, the Valparaiso University volleyball team avenged a loss from earlier in the Horizon League slate, as the Crusaders went on the road Friday night and downed Green Bay, 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-17).


Women's Bowling

Bowling Kicks Off Crusader Classic Friday


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team kicked off hosting duties at the seventh annual Crusader Classic at Inman’s Bowling and Recreation Center on Friday, recording a win against the nation’s top-ranked team in Nebraska to highlight the day’s proceedings.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusader Swim Teams Compete at Western Illinois


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Macomb, Ill. on Friday to take on Western Illinois in their first of two meets this weekend. Western Illinois came out on top on both sides, winning the men’s meet, 152-74, and the women’s meet, 138-69.


Baseball

Baseball Announces Winter Camp Dates


Assistant baseball coach Nic Mishler announced the details and dates for the "Sader Skill & Strength Sharpening Academy" set to begin Monday, Nov. 18th at the team's indoor hitting facility. The camp, which will run every Monday and Wednesday until Dec. 21st, will focus on fundamentals, arm strength, bat speed, and foot speed. Email Nicolas.Mishler@valpo.edu to register today!


Men's Soccer

Crusader Men Gear Up for League Finale


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team looks to qualify for the Horizon League Championship as it faces league foe Green Bay on Friday night at Brown Field. This game is the last regular season match of the 2015 season, and will be the final home match for Crusader seniors Jordan Aidoud, Jorge Bermudez and Jacob Gandarilla. Valpo soccer scarves will be handed out to the first 150 students at the game Friday as well.


Football

Crusaders Seek to Retain Hoosier Helmet Saturday in Indy


One of the biggest rivalries in FCS football reignites Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis. The Hoosier Helmet is on the line as Valpo and Butler clash yet again in a fierce intrastate matchup. Last year, the Brown and Gold returned the iconic trophy to Northwest Indiana following a six-year hiatus.


Volleyball

Volleyball Heads to Wisconsin This Weekend


Having already clinched a spot in the upcoming Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso University volleyball team looks to secure its position in the league standings this week and even make a possible push for a top-two spot with two more road matches. The Crusaders look for revenge Friday night at Green Bay for a loss earlier this season, and close out the Wisconsin road swing at Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Set to Host Seventh Annual Crusader Classic


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team is set to host the seventh annual Crusader Classic, a three-day tournament beginning Friday morning at Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center in Valparaiso. Once again, the Crusaders will welcome a strong field with some of the nation’s best squads to Valpo.


Football

Bastin Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Football Team


Junior Grayson Bastin was named to the 2015-16 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team on Thursday. Bastin, a biology major, owns a 3.70 grade point average in the classroom. On the field, the running back averages 4.9 yards per carry for the Crusader offense.


Athletics

Crusaders Strong As NCAA Releases GSR Data


The Valparaiso University athletics department had five teams post perfect graduation success rate (GSR) scores as the NCAA distributed its annual release of GSR data this week.


Women's Basketball

Franklin Named Preseason Second Team All-League


The Horizon League released its preseason polls Wednesday. Sophomore Dani Franklin represents the sole underclassman on either Preseason All-League Team. Green Bay was predicted to finish first while UIC forward Ruvanna Campbell was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.


Men's Basketball

Peters’ Big Night Leads to Exhibition Win for Valpo


Behind 34 points from junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington), the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led start-to-finish in defeating Indianapolis – which is ranked #8 in the nation in Division II – by a 75-67 final in exhibition action Tuesday night at the ARC.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball 2015-2016 Season Game Day Parking


As we approach basketball season here at Valparaiso University, there will be several parking lots available for men's basketball game days this season.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Fall in HL Tournament at Wright State


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team carried the majority of the play in its Horizon League Championship first-round matchup at Wright State Monday night, but the Raiders would eventually come out on top, as the Crusaders fell 2-1 to end their season.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Ready to Hit the Court For 2015-16 Season


The way last season ended, a heartbreaking loss to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament which went down to the last second, left a sour taste in the mouths of the players on the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team. The players were chomping at the bit to get right back on the court, and had their appetite whetted with a summer foreign tour to Canada. But tomorrow, the Crusaders finally get to unleash that aggression as the 2015-16 season opens with an exhibition game against Indianapolis.


Women's Soccer

Trio of Crusaders Earn All-League Accolades


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team had three players earn Horizon League postseason awards, as the league announced its postseason honors Monday afternoon. Both senior midfielder Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and junior forward April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) repeated as First Team All-League honorees, while freshman midfielder Kelsey Jahn (Oregon, Wis./Oregon) represented the Crusaders on the All-Freshman Team.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 10


Fresh off a bye week, head football coach Dave Cecchini and broadcaster Todd Ickow explore what the Crusaders can improve upon and how Jarrett Morgan is becoming more involved in the offense. The two also preview Saturday's rivalry game against Butler in this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Kick Off Horizon League Championship at Wright State


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team opens up defense of its Horizon League tournament title Monday night as it travels to Wright State for a first-round matchup. The Crusaders earned the tournament’s fifth seed with last Friday’s win over Cleveland State, while the Raiders enter the tournament as the fourth seed.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Place 14th In Season-Opening Tournament


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team closed out the FDU NJ Jamboree on Sunday, placing 14th in bracket play.


Volleyball

Art of the Comeback: Volleyball Sweeps Oakland Thanks to Late Pushes


Down 21-20 late in the first set? No problem. Trailing 23-20 in the second set? No big deal. Facing a 22-17 deficit in the third set? Shake it off. The Valparaiso University volleyball team strung together points late in all three sets to overcome those deficits and earn a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 27-25) sweep at defending league champion Oakland in Rochester, Mich. on Saturday afternoon.


Women's Basketball

Five Finish in Double Figures as Crusaders Prevail in Exhibition Opener


The Crusader women's basketball team shot 49.4% from the field as they rolled to a 94-78 victory in an exhibition contest versus Purdue Calumet. Jasmyn Walker posted 19 points and eight rebounds while freshmen Meredith Hamlet and Hannah Schaub pitched in 18 and 15 points, respectively.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Drops Overtime Decision at Oakland


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team struck first Saturday night at Oakland in search of a key three points in the Horizon League standings, but it would be the Golden Grizzlies to eventually come out on top, 2-1, as they scored less than one minute into extra time.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Bloy Earns Second Team All-League Honors at Horizon League Championships


Junior Liz Bloy stopped the clock at 22:44.25 in the 6K race en route to a 14th-place finish. More importantly, she earned All-League honors for the second consecutive season. The Valpo men's cross country team recorded an 8th-place finish at Saturday's Horizon League Championships held in Cedarville, Ohio. Meanwhile, the women's squad finished in 9th place.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Continue Play at FDU


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team continued its season-opening weekend of action Saturday at the FDU NJ Jamboree in North Brunswick, N.J.


Women's Soccer

Oelschlager’s Golden Goal Propels Crusaders Into Tournament


It was only fitting that, in their final match at home on Brown Field, a pair of seniors teamed up for the match-winning goal, as Shelby Oelschlager (Glendale, Ariz./Mountain Ridge) finished a cross from Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) in the 101st minute to give Valparaiso a 1-0 win over Cleveland State Friday evening. With the victory, the Crusaders assured themselves a berth in the Horizon League Championship, where they will be the fifth seed and play Monday at fourth-seeded Wright State.


Women's Bowling

Crusader Bowling Opens 2015-16 Season Friday


The #15 Valparaiso University bowling team got the 2015-16 campaign underway Friday in North Brunswick, N.J., finishing the first of three days of competition at the FDU NJ Jamboree in the middle of the pack.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Cross Country Prepares for Horizon League Championships


The first Horizon League Championship of the 2015-16 academic year is up for grabs this weekend in Cedarville, Ohio. Follow @HorizonLeague on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, and Snapchat and check out facebook.com/horizonleague for the latest updates as the Valpo cross country teams return to the Ervin R. King XC Course for their penultimate event of the season.


Women's Soccer, Athletics

Abad Able to Juggle it All at Valpo


November 14th, 2014 represents one of the flagship dates in Valpo women's soccer history. For Vanesa Abad, it was the day she found herself at the intersection of deja vu and a self-fulfilled prophecy. The former Ohio State Buckeye has found a new home right here at Valpo: both on and off the field.


Women's Soccer

Regular Season Finale on Tap For Women's Soccer Friday


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team faces the final match day of the 2015 regular season on Friday evening, as the Crusaders host Cleveland State on Brown Field. With a win on Friday, Valpo will secure a bid in the Horizon League Championship, while a draw could also put the Crusaders into the tournament with some help. Friday night’s match will also serve as the team’s annual breast cancer awareness match.


Women's Soccer

Craven, Fassbinder Earn Academic All-District Accolades


Valparaiso women’s soccer seniors Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) have both been named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District V honorees, as announced by the organization today. Both Craven and Fassbinder, who repeat as First Team Academic All-District recipients, are be eligible for Academic All-America honors.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Fall at Home To UIC


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team hosted Horizon League foe UIC on Wednesday night at Brown Field, battling throughout, but eventually falling 1-0.


Women's Basketball

New Season, New Opportunities for Women's Basketball


It's been just eight months since the Valpo women's basketball team last took the court at the Athletics-Recreation Center. A myriad of changes have swept through the program since that home finale versus Detroit on February 28th.


Volleyball

Crusaders Stellar In Road Sweep of UIC


The Valparaiso University volleyball team put together a strong match Tuesday evening in Chicago, Ill. to earn a Horizon League road sweep of UIC (25-15, 25-19, 25-20). Emily Campbell moved in Valpo's all-time top-10 in career kills in the win.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Finish Sixth at Evansville; Day Two Canceled


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team competed in its final tournament of the 2015 fall season on Monday at the Oak Meadow Country Club in Evansville, Ind. The Crusaders finished the tournament in sixth place with a score of 328, only ten strokes behind host and leader Evansville. The second 18 holes, scheduled to be contested on Tuesday, were canceled due to inclement weather.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men Face Pair of Key League Games


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team faces a pair of key Horizon League matches this week, starting off on Wednesday at home against UIC before playing Oakland on the road Saturday. On Wednesday, the Crusaders will honor their final Senior in the Spotlight this season, recognizing senior Jordan Aidoud, while the match against the Flames will also serve as the team’s breast cancer awareness match. The first 100 students through the gates at Brown Field Wednesday will also receive Valpo soccer scarves. Check out head coach Mike Avery on this week's edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Football

Valpo Alumni Association to Host Free Tailgate Nov. 7th at Butler


Free food and beer will be available to Valpo alumni before the Crusaders take on Butler in Indianapolis on Saturday, Nov. 7th. Click on the registration link to sign up today!


Volleyball

Volleyball Set To Start Road Stretch


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will become familiar with its bus over the next two weeks, as the Crusaders kick off a four-match stretch of road contests with two road matches this week. Valpo makes the short trip west across the state line to take on UIC Tuesday night, and then heads up to Michigan to face off with Oakland Saturday afternoon.


Men's Tennis

Comeback Attempt Falls Just Short for Schorsch/Emhardt


After dropping the first set, 6-1, #55 Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt made a spirited run in the second set of their finals match against #28 Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan; however, the Notre Dame pair assembled a rally of its own, claiming the match 6-1, 7-5. Monday represents a bittersweet end to a tournament that saw the Crusader pair go 5-1 with two wins over ranked opponents.


Men's Tennis

B1G Day! Schorsch/Emhardt Topple Pair of Ranked Big Ten Foes Sunday


The 55th-ranked doubles team of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt continued their reign of dominance at the ITA Midwest Regionals on Sunday. The junior duo knocked off Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer/Fedor Baev, the 56th-ranked tandem in the nation, in the morning before upsetting the 19th-ranked team of Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach of Ohio State in the afternoon to advance to Monday's final.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men Compete at Toledo Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team sent seven golfers to the Rocket Individual Classic, a 36-hole event contested at Belmont C.C. in Perrysburg, Ohio on Sunday.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Rebounds to Advance to Round of 16 in Doubles


Severe cramps weren't about to keep Jeffrey Schorsch from reaching the round of 16 doubles play at the ITA Midwest Regionals. Schorsch, who succumbed to leg pain in singles play, responded with an 8-1 win alongside Charlie Emhardt before downing Illinois' Toshiki Matsuya/Julian Childers, 8-4. Schorsch and Emhardt will take on Northwestern's Kirchheimer/Baev Sunday afternoon.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders’ Fast Start Leads to Draw


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team returned home following a five-match road trip Saturday night, taking on Horizon League foe Belmont at Brown Field. The Crusaders got on the board early, but would eventually have to settle for a 1-1 draw.


Football

Valpo Unable to Shake Stetson in 37-14 Loss


Jean Rene caught his fourth touchdown pass in as many games, but the Hatter defense racked up 13 tackles for a loss as Stetson sailed to a 37-14 win over the Crusaders at Brown Field on Saturday afternoon. Jarrett Morgan recorded the Brown and Gold's first rushing touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall to NKU Saturday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team was unable to overcome one of the nation’s top blocking performances of the season Saturday, as the Crusaders fell in a Horizon League contest at the ARC to Northern Kentucky, 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13).


Women's Soccer

Valpo Women Fall in Extra Time at Detroit


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team dominated the stat sheet Saturday afternoon in a Horizon League match at Detroit, but in the end, it was the Titans who came away with the match-winner in the second overtime period to send the Crusaders to a 1-0 defeat.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Gather Five Friday Wins at ITA Midwest Regionals


Kyle Dunn and Chad Kissell picked up the wins they needed in their early morning matches to advance to the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regionals at Notre Dame. Once main draw play began, #119 Jeffrey Schorsch recorded a 6-4, 6-4 victory over NIU's Tom Hjertonsson in singles play while two Crusader doubles teams were victorious in their Round of 32 tilts.


Volleyball

Crusaders Reach 20 Wins With Sweep of Wright State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team reached the 20-win milestone for the 14th consecutive season on Friday evening at the ARC and did so in emphatic fashion, sweeping Wright State, 3-0 (25-6, 25-11, 25-21) in Horizon League action.


Football

Valpo, Stetson Set to Meet for First Time Saturday


Stetson storms into Brown Field for the first ever meeting between the Crusaders and Hatters in a tilt that serves as Valpo’s penultimate home game of the 2015 season. The Hatters are led by junior Donald Payne. The All-American and last season's PFL Defensive Player of the Year owns 375 tackles (44 for a loss), ten sacks, and eight interceptions in just 29 career games with the Hatters.


Volleyball

Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week, looking at the Horizon League at the halfway point of the league slate and talking about how the Crusaders have overcome some recent adversity by taking advantage of their versatility.


Men's Tennis

Dunn, Kissell Advance to Final Rounds of Qualifying Draw at ITA Regionals


Junior Kyle Dunn and freshman Chad Kissell went 2-0 in the opening day of singles play in the qualifying draw of the ITA Midwest Regionals held at Notre Dame. Dunn will face Toledo's Vince Anazlone while Kissell will take on Notre Dame's Daniel Rayl Friday at 7:00 am CT. The winners of tomorrow morning's matches advance to the main draw of the tournament.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Return Home, Face Belmont


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team returns home after five straight road games, taking on Belmont in Horizon League action at Brown Field Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, the Crusaders will be honoring their senior in the spotlight – Jorge Bermudez.


Volleyball

Crusaders Earn Win Over IPFW Wednesday Evening


The Valparaiso University volleyball team took down an in-state foe Wednesday evening, in the process moving within one victory of hitting the 20-win milestone for a 14th straight season, as the Crusaders defeated IPFW at the ARC, 3-1 (25-27, 26-24, 25-17, 25-21).


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Drops Mid-Week Match at Milwaukee


A goal less than two minutes into the match proved to be the difference Wednesday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., as the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Milwaukee in Horizon League play.


Athletics

Nominations Being Accepted for Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame


Nominations are open through Tuesday, October 27 to be included in the pool of candidates for the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Former student-athletes whose last season of competition was 2009-10 or earlier are eligible to be nominated.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Close Out Fall Season at Dayton Invitational


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team closed out the 2015 fall season in Kettering, Ohio on Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders finished tied for ninth place after round two of the 36-hole Dayton Flyer Invitational at the NCR Country Club. Junior Peter Webb finished tied for sixth place individually to lead the Crusaders.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Set to Hit Road For Two Matches


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team faces a pair of key Horizon League road matches this week as the league table starts to shake out. With just three matches remaining in league play for all teams, the Crusaders head to Milwaukee Wednesday evening to take on the first-place Panthers. Valpo then journeys over to Detroit for a Saturday afternoon showdown with the Titans.


Volleyball

Volleyball Returns Home For Three Matches


The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns home to the ARC again this week, as the Crusaders will host three matches over a four-day stretch. The homestand opens Wednesday evening with a non-league showdown against IPFW, before the Crusaders return to league play Friday versus Wright State and Saturday versus Northern Kentucky. Valpo enters the week just two wins shy of reaching the 20-win milestone for a 14th straight season.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Fall in Road Trip Finale


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team concluded a five-match road trip on Monday night in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the Crusaders fell to Michigan, 1-0.


Men's Golf

Webb and Magoline Sit In Top Ten After Day One at Dayton


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team set out for its final golf outing of the 2015 fall season in Kettering, Ohio on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders ended round one of the two-day, 36-hole Dayton Flyer Invitational at NCR Country Club tied for sixth.


Men's Soccer

Nico Campbell Earns Second Weekly Honor of the Year


For the second time this season, Valparaiso University junior goalkeeper Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) has been tabbed the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 8


Head football coach Dave Cecchini and announcer Todd Ickow sat down Monday for the latest edition of Valpo Football Preview. The two talked third down defense, discussed the offensive line, and looked ahead to Saturday's game against Stetson.


Volleyball

Campbell Named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week


Valparaiso University junior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after reaching the 1,000-kill milestone last weekend.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Closes Out Crusader Indoor Invitational Sunday


The Valparaiso University men's tennis team completed the inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational on Sunday evening, but not before picking up 14 wins. Senior Michael Savaglio captured a third-place finish in Flight B singles while Brian Hickey recorded his fourth singles victory of the fall.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Travels North to Take on Michigan


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team concludes its five-match road trip on Monday, as they head north to take on Big Ten foe Michigan. The match is the Crusaders’ last before four consecutive Horizon League fixtures to close the regular season.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Enjoys Another Strong Day at Crusader Indoor Invitational


The Valpo men's tennis team made another strong showing in day two of the Crusader Indoor Invitational held at the Courts of NWI in Valparaiso. The Crusaders went a perfect 4-0 in singles play and 2-2 in doubles action. Play concludes tomorrow in the 11-team event.


Women's Soccer

Craven’s Brace Leads Women’s Soccer to Win


Senior Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) put the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team ahead just over a minute into the Crusaders’ Horizon League match against Green Bay at Brown Field Saturday night, and Craven would complete her brace with a wonderful strike midway through the first half as the Crusaders took down the Phoenix, 2-1.


Volleyball

Campbell Picks Up 1,000th Kill as Crusaders Take Down YSU


Facing its second five-set match in less than 24 hours, the Valparaiso University volleyball team rallied from down two sets to one to come out with a 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20, 15-11) road win at Youngstown State Saturday afternoon. Fittingly, the match ended on a kill from Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), as earlier in the match, the junior became the 14th player in Crusader program history to surpass 1,000 career kills.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Earn Hard-Fought Draw at Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team earned yet another result Saturday afternoon at Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky., as the Crusaders’ sixth clean sheet in their last eight matches was enough for a 0-0 draw to earn a point in the Horizon League standings.


Football

Flyers Get Past Crusaders Saturday


Freshman Jean Rene snagged a pair of touchdown passes from Ryan Clarke on Saturday, but Dayton capitalized on a trio of third-quarter Crusader turnoverss to collect a 44-14 win and remain unbeaten on the season. Valpo welcomes Stetson to town next weekend for the first-ever meeting between the two teams.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusader Swimming Competes at Indiana Intercollegiates


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday, continuing their 2015-16 season at the Indiana Intercollegiates, hosted by Purdue University.


Volleyball

Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team looked poised to move into a tie for first place on the road in Cleveland, Ohio, but host Cleveland State rallied to defeat the Crusaders, 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 21-25, 15-11) Friday night.


Men's Tennis

Inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational Up and Running


The inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational opened Friday afternoon at the Courts of NWI in Valparaiso. The Valpo men's tennis team went a collective 2-0 in doubles and 3-2 in singles in the event comprised of eleven teams and 59 individuals.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Morello, Bloy Pace Crusaders at Bradley 'Pink' Classic


Juniors Max Morello and Liz Bloy led the effort for the Valpo cross country teams at Friday's Pink Classic held by Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Morello covered the 8K course in 26:07.5 while Bloy crossed the line in 22:14.3 in the 6K race. The men recorded a 22nd place finish while the women registered a 28th place result.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Return to League Play Saturday Night


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team continues play at home at Brown Field Saturday night, when Horizon League foe Green Bay comes to town. Saturday’s match starts a stretch of four consecutive league matches to close out the regular season for the Crusaders. The first 200 students through the gates Saturday night will receive a free Valpo soccer scarf.


Football

Undefeated Dayton Glides into Town Saturday


The Dayton Flyers put their perfect record on the line when they make their biennial trip to Brown Field on Saturday. Dayton is the only postseason-eligible PFL team remaining with a goose egg in the loss column of both its conference and overall records. Crusader linebacker Alex Green is five tackles away from 300 for his career.


Volleyball

Volleyball Heads to Ohio This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team hits the road for the first time since September 26, making the northeast Ohio swing of the Horizon League slate. The Crusaders face Cleveland State Friday evening in an attempt to move into a first-place tie in the league standings, and then continue on to take on Youngstown State Saturday afternoon.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Land Draw at #23 New Mexico


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team continued its unbeaten streak against ranked opponents, earning a 1-1 draw on the road in Albuquerque N.M, against Soccer America #23 New Mexico on Wednesday night. The Crusaders are now 2-0-1 in their last three matches versus ranked opponents.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Picked to Win Horizon League; Four Named Preseason All-League


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has been tabbed overwhelming favorites to repeat as Horizon League champions, as the league unveiled its preseason poll at Media Day Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. In addition, a league-high four Crusaders earned Preseason All-League accolades – Alec Peters was named a First Team selection, while Vashil Fernandez, Tevonn Walker and Darien Walker all were Second Team choices.


Women's Tennis, Athletics

LaBarbera Announces Staffing Changes


Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced a pair of staffing changes within the athletic department Wednesday. Traci Young will take over as associate director of athletics for student services while Tammy Cecchini has been promoted to women's tennis head coach.


Volleyball

Crusaders Sweep Chicago State Tuesday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out its five-match homestand with ease Tuesday evening at the ARC against Chicago State, sweeping the Cougars 3-0 (25-22, 25-9, 25-16).


Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Wins Fall Finale at Davenport


The Valpo women's tennis team swept doubles play and took five of six singles flights in a convincing 8-1 win at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday evening.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men’s Golf Finishes Fourth in Shebyogan


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished in fourth place after shooting a team score of 315 on Tuesday’s final round of the 54-hole Whistling Straits Intercollegiate in Sheboygan, Wis. Juniors Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio/Carroll) and Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) each recorded top-ten finishes.


Women's Golf

Women's Golf Wraps Up Trip in Wisconsin


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team closed out action at the two-day, 54-hole Whistling Straits Intercollegiate in Sheboygan, Wis. on Tuesday, ending the day in ninth place.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Continues Road Trip at #23 New Mexico, Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team continues its five-match road trip this week. The Crusaders look to add a third win versus a ranked opponent this season when they play at Soccer America #23 New Mexico Wednesday night. Then on Saturday, Valpo travels to Horizon League newcomer Northern Kentucky for a key league match.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named to Karl Malone Award Watch List


Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named to the 20-player preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. In its second year, the award recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men Third After Day One in Shebyogan


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finds itself near the top of the pack after the first two rounds of the 54-hole Whistling Straits Intercollegiate in Sheboygan, Wis., as the Crusaders sit in third place following Monday’s competition.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 7


Head football coach Dave Cecchini sat down with Todd Ickow in this week's buttoned-down edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two revisited Saturday's bright start at Drake, discussed special teams play, and talked about the little things Valpo must do to knock off an undefeated Dayton team on Saturday.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Open Play at Whistling Straits Intercollegiate


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team opened action at the two-day, 54-hole Whistling Straits Intercollegiate from Sheboygan, Wis. on Monday, ending the day in ninth place.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Takes Down Loyola on Senior Day


It was a successful Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Brown Field for the Valparaiso women’s soccer team, as the Crusaders honored the six members of their senior class prior to the game and then went on to take down Loyola, 3-1, in their final non-league game of the season. Senior Shelby Oelschlager (Glendale, Ariz./Mountain Ridge) recorded the first multi-goal game of her career, including the match-winner in the 60th minute.


Women's Tennis

Hebble Captures Consolation Championship at Bronco Invitational


Sophomore Kathleen Hebble rebounded from a first-round defeat to claim the consolation title in the Heidi Vizgaitis Flight of the Bronco Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday. Junior Paige Heuer also collected a third place finish in the Sue Weigand Flight.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Fall on the Road in League Action


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team saw its program-record streak of eight straight matches earning a result come to an end on Saturday night, as the Crusaders fell at Wright State in Horizon League play, 3-1.


Volleyball

Valpo Falls to Green Bay Saturday


Tight sets went against the Valparaiso University volleyball team Saturday afternoon at the ARC, as Green Bay claimed the key points late to send the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) defeat.


Football

Valpo Football Falls at Drake Saturday


The Valparaiso University football team was unable to come out of Saturday with its second consecutive road win in PFL play, falling to Drake in Des Moines, Iowa by a 34-7 final.


Volleyball

Crusaders Roll to Win Over Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University volleyball team dropped the first point of the match Friday night at the ARC to Milwaukee, but never trailed in any of the three sets after that mark, as a stellar all-around team effort led the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-19) win over the Panthers to improve to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in Horizon League play.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Falls in Extra Time to Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team dropped a Horizon League matchup to league newcomer Northern Kentucky on Brown Field Friday evening by a 3-2 final, as the Norse struck for the match-winning goal in the 101st minute.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt's Run Ends Friday in Tulsa


Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt's stay in the ITA All-American Main Draw Doubles Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma ended prematurely with a 7-6, 6-4 defeat to #14 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe of Oklahoma State in consolation action.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Hit the Road For Key League Battle at WSU


Coming off of yet another shutout victory, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team puts its program-record unbeaten streak on the line as it travels to Wright State for a Horizon League matchup Saturday night. With a win, the Crusaders – who moved up to sixth this week in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll – would also set a new program record with five consecutive victories.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Fall in Heartbreaker to 4th-Ranked LSU Duo


Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt went toe-to-toe with the nation's fourth-ranked doubles team Thursday evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But after the Crusader tandem claimed the first set, 7-5, LSU's Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle clawed back to even the match at two sets before seizing the third-set tiebreaker, 10-7. Schorsch and Emhardt will compete in a consolation match Friday.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Returns Home To Face NKU, Loyola


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team returns home to Brown Field for a pair of matches this weekend. The Crusaders host Northern Kentucky in a key Horizon League battle Friday night, and then turn around to take on Loyola on Sunday afternoon. During warmups prior to Friday’s game, the Crusaders will be wearing purple shirts in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, while Sunday’s game will serve as the team’s Senior Day. Check out head coach John Marovich's thoughts on the team's recent play and his look ahead to this weekend on this week's edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Volleyball

Volleyball Closes Homestand With Three Matches in Five Days


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out a five-match homestand, hosting Milwaukee and Green Bay in Horizon League play on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before facing Chicago State in non-league action at the ARC Tuesday evening. Friday will serve as the Crusaders’ annual breast cancer awareness match, as survivors of breast cancer will be honored prior to the match. Saturday is Student Appreciation Day and Parents Night as well.


Football

Valpo, Drake to Duel Saturday in Des Moines


The Crusaders enter malicious territory this Saturday as they visit Drake Stadium in an attempt to tame the Bulldogs. Sophomore Ryan Clarke, the reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Week, is expected to start under center for the Brown and Gold. The Valpo offense will have a tougher test this week as Drake has surrendered just 27 points in its first two league contests and is limiting its opposition to 110 rushing yards per game.


Men's Tennis

Unforced Error: Schorsch/Emhardt to Now Face #4 Arias/Daigle


An error in the draw selection for the ITA All-American Main Draw Doubles Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma forced an overhaul of the brackets. As a result, instead of a rematch against #17 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek, Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt will now face the #4 team in the country - LSU's Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle at 6:00 pm CT. Fans can follow along with live video and scoring.


Men's Basketball

Trio of Crusader Games to Be Broadcast on ASN


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will have three Horizon League games in the upcoming season broadcast nationally on American Sports Network, as the league announced its package with ASN on Wednesday. The games will be available locally on CSN Chicago, and join the previously announced group of six ESPN broadcasts.


Men's Golf

Webb’s Career Day Leads Valpo at Akron


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team wrapped up the two-day Firestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Tuesday. The Crusaders closed out the tournament shooting a team score of 883 (+19) to finish in 14th place. Junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) stood out on Tuesday, shooting one of the best rounds in program history to finish in a tie for second place.


Men's Tennis

Bacalla Concludes Qualifying Singles Play on a Winning Note


Dave Bacalla finished his run in Tulsa with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Juan Matias Gonzalez. Bacalla and freshman Chad Kissell went the distance against Troy's Pablo Moreno/Giovani Sahama, but eventually fell 7-5, 1-6, 10-2. Charlie Emhardt and Jeffrey Schorsch will open play in the Main Draw Doubles Tournament beginning Thursday.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Wrap Up Rocket Classic


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team closed out its two-day trip to Port Clinton, Ohio on Tuesday afternoon at the Rocket Classic, hosted by Toledo. The Crusaders finished the 54-hole event in ninth place.


Baseball

Talkin' Schmack: We Tour the U


Ping pong tables, bro tanks, and Trevor Haas tickling the ivories are all showcased in this week's edition of Talkin' Schmack as Haas and fellow pitcher Dalton Lundeen take viewers around the Harre Union.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Topples 83rd-Ranked Player in Nation


Jeffrey Schorsch rebounded to knock off a fellow nationally-ranked opponent Monday. The junior, ranked 119th in the country, boosted his stock with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 come-from-behind victory over #83 Felipe Rios of Baylor in the opening round of the ITA All-America qualifying singles tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Men's Golf

Peter Webb Leads Crusaders Through Day One at Akron


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team hit the links at the Firestone Country Club located in Akron, Ohio on Monday to open up the two-day, 54-hole Firestone Invitational. The Crusaders closed out the day shooting a team score of 592 (+6), tying them for 15th place.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Close Out Day One At Toledo


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team traveled to Port Clinton, Ohio on Monday to take part in the two-day, 54-hole Rocket Classic hosted by Toledo University. The Crusaders currently sit in eighth place after shooting a 653 (+77) through two rounds.


Men's Soccer

Lawrence Named League Defensive Player of the Week


Valparaiso University men’s soccer defender Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica/Excelsior) was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week today after anchoring the Crusaders’ back line in a pair of clean sheets last week.


Volleyball

Graboski Earns League Player of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University sophomore middle hitter Taylor Graboski earned the first weekly award of her career from the Horizon League office on Monday, as she was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 6


In this week's episode of Valpo Football Preview, head football coach Dave Cecchini revisited his team's win this past weekend at Davidson, discussed Ryan Clarke's emergence at quarterback, and looked ahead to a key road game at Drake.


Men's Tennis

Bacalla Stays Hot in Tulsa, Advances to Round of 32


Dave Bacalla marched on to the Round of 32 at the ITA All-American Championships pre-qualifying draw on Sunday. The junior rattled off a pair of straight-set victories at the Union High School Courts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bacalla downed Louisville's Courtney Lock, 6-4, 6-3, before dispatching William & Mary's Damon Niquet, 6-2, 6-3.


Football

Clarke Named PFL Offensive Player of the Week


Sophomore Ryan Clarke was named the Pioneer Football League's Offensive Player of the Week Sunday following his record-tying performance in Valpo's 42-35 win over Davidson yesterday. Clarke threw for 244 yards and five touchdown passes - matching the program's single-game record - at Richardson Stadium.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Earn League Win at Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team picked up a big league win on Saturday night on the road, winning at Milwaukee by a 1-0 final. With the win, the Crusaders prolonged their program-record unbeaten streak to eight straight matches and matched a team best with five consecutive clean sheets.


Football

Crusaders Storm Back to Reign over Davidson


Sophomore quarterback Ryan Clarke carved his name into the school's record book with five touchdown passes as he led the Crusaders to a 42-35 win over Davidson at Richardson Stadium in North Carolina. Jarrett Morgan provided a timely 89-yard kickoff return to tie the game before Griffin Norberg's 12-yard TD reception with 1:55 to play sealed the victory.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Fall at Oakland Saturday Evening


For the first time since October of 2013, the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team suffered a loss within Horizon League play, as the Crusaders were unable to hold onto a one-goal lead in an eventual 3-1 defeat at Oakland Saturday evening in Rochester, Mich.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Close Out UIC Invite Saturday


The Valparaiso women's tennis team closed out the UIC Invite on Saturday in Chicago. The Crusaders finished the tournament after accumulating five wins on the weekend.


Men's Tennis

Bacalla, Dunn Score Wins at ITA All-American Tourney


Juniors Dave Bacalla and Kyle Dunn both collected wins Saturday to advance to the Round of 128 in the Pre-Qualifying singles draw of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bacalla beat Liberty's Egon Samaai in the three sets while Dunn upended Tennessee Tech's Oleksiy Arovin in straight sets. Arovin was ranked entering Saturday's tilt.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Men's, Women's Swimming Opens at Home


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams opened up the 2015-16 season Saturday when they hosted Lewis University at the ARC.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall to Oakland Friday Night


Missed opportunities in a trio of tight sets doomed the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Friday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders lost in Horizon League play for the first time this season to defending league champion Oakland, 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 27-25, 25-23). Kelsey Berrington surpassed the 1,000-dig milestone for her career in the loss, while Taylor Graboski set a new career high with 15 kills.


Women's Tennis

Day One of UIC Invite Complete for Women's Tennis


The Valpo women's tennis team walked away from the first day of the UIC Invite with five victories. Sophomore Kathleen Hebble went 1-0 in singles and doubles. Paige Heuer finished the day 2-1. Play concludes tomorrow in Chicago.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Tabbed #15 in Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso bowling program will enter the 2015-16 season ranked #15 nationally, as the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) released its preseason poll this week.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Cross Country Competes at Joe Piane Invitational


Junior Liz Bloy paced the Crusader pack for the third straight meet as the Valparaiso women's cross country team finished in 19th place in Friday afternoon at the Joe Piane Invitational in Notre Dame. The 5k time was her fastest of the 2015 season thus far. Meanwhile, the men's team finished in 102nd place, led by junior Adam Bruno's 26:35.4 result in the five-mile race.


Athletics

Crusaders Raising Money as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Activities


The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Returns to League Play at Milwaukee Saturday


Coming off of perhaps the most impressive week of results in program history, including defeating a pair of ranked opponents in the same season for the first time ever, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team puts its program-record unbeaten streak on the line as it returns to Horizon League play Saturday night at Milwaukee. The Crusaders enter the week ranked eighth in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll. Check out head coach Mike Avery's thoughts on the recent success and what lies ahead in this week's edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Announce 2015-16 Bowling Schedule


Valparaiso University bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today his squad’s schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season, a slate which features tournaments hosted by five of the eight NCAA Championship qualifying teams from last season and the seventh annual Crusader Classic.


Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Promotional Schedule, Ticket Packs Announced


The raising of the Horizon League Championship and NCAA Tournament banners from last season, a number of giveaways, a Space Jam-themed night and a season-long celebration of 100 years of intercollegiate athletics at Valparaiso University highlight the Crusaders’ men’s basketball promotional schedule for the 2015-16 campaign. In addition, the ticket office will be offering a three-game pack and a five-game pack for sale, beginning on October 14.


Volleyball

Volleyball Continues Homestand Friday Night Versus Oakland


The Valparaiso volleyball team looks to extend its perfect start to Horizon League play Friday evening as the Crusaders host defending league champion Oakland at the ARC. Senior setter Kelsey Berrington enters the match just three digs shy of 1,000 for her career.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Down UIC Wednesday Night


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team poured on the pressure in the second half of its Horizon League fixture Wednesday night at Brown Field against UIC, and ultimately made it pay, as the Crusaders found the back of the net twice in the final 16 minutes of a 3-1 win over the Flames.


Football

Football Turns the Calendar Saturday in Carolina


The Crusaders’ three-game homestand has come and gone and they now return to the road Saturday for a PFL tilt at Richardson Stadium versus Davidson. Valpo capped off a resurgent 2014 campaign with a 27-13 win over the Wildcats last November at Brown Field.


Volleyball

Crusaders Move to 15-2 With League Win Over UIC


Strong performances all over the court Tuesday evening at the ARC led to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-27, 25-20, 25-15) victory for the Valparaiso University volleyball team over UIC in Horizon League play. The win moved the Crusaders’ record to 15-2 on the year, just the second time in program history they’ve held a 15-2 mark, and pushed Valpo atop the Horizon League standings at 3-0.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Drop Dual Match at Wayne State


Sophomore Kathleen Hebble improved to 2-1 in singles play Tuesday with a straight-set win at No. 2, but Wayne State protected its home court with an 8-1 victory in Detroit.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Set For Pair of League Tests


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team faces a key week with a pair of Horizon League clashes. Coming off a big win at Youngstown State last weekend, the Crusaders will host UIC on Wednesday evening at Brown Field before traveling to Oakland for a Saturday night fixture. Both matches can be seen live on ESPN3.com. The Crusaders will be wearing gold laces for Wednesday's game as a part of Go4TheGoal's Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer campaign.


Baseball

Talkin' Schmack: Around the World with Luke Gore


Our star of the show sits down with assistant baseball coach Luke Gore to talk life, basketball, and Valparaiso University in this week's episode of Talkin' Schmack.


Men's Soccer

Avram Scores First Career Goal as Crusaders Down #23 Omaha


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team won in dramatic fashion Monday night at Brown Field, winning in the first overtime against #23 Omaha on the first career goal by sophomore Andrew Avram (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro). With the win, the Crusaders set a new program record by earning a result for the seventh straight game, while also defeating multiple ranked opponents in the same season for the first time.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 5


Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with Todd Ickow on Monday about his team's loss to San Diego this past Saturday, quarterback Dalton Stokes's progress, and the game plan heading into Davidson.


Men's Soccer

Campbell Earns National Recognition; Crusaders Sweep League Honors


Valparaiso University men’s soccer goalkeeper Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) won a pair of accolades on Monday, as he was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, as well as earning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week recognition. Sophomore Stian Sandbekkhaug (Ottawa, Ont./Frisco Liberty) also joined Campbell this week in earning a conference award, being named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Earn League Win Behind Sandbekkhaug’s Goal


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team closed out Homecoming weekend with a 1-0 victory Saturday night, defeating Horizon League foe Cleveland State at Brown Field.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Bag Six Goals In Win at YSU


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team put together one of the most prolific offensive performances in program history Saturday to earn a 6-0 road victory in Horizon League play at Youngstown State. Freshman Cory Griffith led the way for the Crusaders with a pair of goals.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Seizes Flight A Singles in Final Day in Kalamazoo


Junior Jeffrey Schorsch defeated Western Michigan's Jefta Kecic, 6-2, 6-3, in the Flight A singles final of the Vredevelt Invitational on Saturday. With the victory, the 119th-ranked player in the nation advanced to 6-0 in singles on the young fall season. Earlier in the day, Schorsch and Emhardt upended the 37th-ranked doubles team (Michigan State's Mac Roy/Michael Dube) in the country, 6-4.


Volleyball

Crusaders Cap Off Road Weekend With Sweep


The Valparaiso University volleyball team made it a perfect 2-0 weekend on the road to start off Horizon League play with a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 27-25, 25-20) of Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The win moves the Crusaders to 14-2 overall on the season.


Football

Strong Second Half Carries Toreros to Win over Valpo


Valpo and San Diego were engaged in a 10-3 game at halftime, but the Toreros racked up 126 rushing yards in the second half as they cruised to a 38-6 win over the Brown and Gold at Brown Field on Saturday. Kellan Hughes picked off two passes to become the second Crusader to record a pair of interceptions in a game this season.


Volleyball

Volleyball Earns Win in Horizon League Opener


The Valparaiso University volleyball team proved to be an unwelcome guest in Northern Kentucky’s first-ever home event in Horizon League play in any sport, as the Crusaders defeated the Norse, 3-1 (25-15, 32-30, 20-25, 25-23) Friday night in Highland Heights, Ky.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders in Prime Position after Day 1 of Vredevelt Invitational


Behind a trio of robust efforts from Jeffrey Schorsch, Dave Bacalla, and Charlie Emhardt, the Valpo men's tennis team is in a position to claim singles titles in any of Flights A-C in Saturday's finale of the Vredevelt Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Crusaders also went 3-1 in doubles play Friday.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Returns Home for Homecoming Weekend


The Valparaiso men's soccer team, coming off of a win at #18 Western Michigan, returns home for a pair of matches on Saturday and Monday. First up for the Crusaders is Horizon League foe Cleveland State on Homecoming Saturday, then Valpo will take on #23 Omaha on Monday to close out the two-match homestand. Prior to Saturday's game, the Crusaders will be honoring their senior in the spotlight - Jacob Gandarilla. Both matches this weekend will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Takes to Road to Continue League Play


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team hits the road for the first time in Horizon League action this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to take on Youngstown State Saturday night.


Football

San Diego Visits Valpo for Homecoming, PFL Opener


The Crusaders shoot for their third straight homecoming win this Saturday as San Diego visits Brown Field in the opening weekend of Pioneer Football League play. The defending champs are coming off their bye week while Valpo routed College of Faith (Ark.), 86-0, in an exhibition affair last Saturday.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Strike Early In Win Over #18 Western Michigan


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team didn’t waste any time getting on the board Wednesday afternoon at #18 Western Michigan, using an early strike to propel itself to a 2-0 win over the nationally-ranked Broncos in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Earns NSCAA Academic Honor


For the 13th straight year, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been awarded with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced this week by the organization. The Crusaders' streak is the third-longest nationally among men's soccer programs.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusader Swim Teams Announce 2015-16 Schedule


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams announced their schedule for the 2015-16 season on Thursday. The schedule features three home meets, including the season opener on Saturday, October 3rd as the Crusaders take on Lewis at 1 p.m. at the ARC.


Volleyball

Volleyball Set For Start of League Play


Valparaiso opens up Horizon League play on the road this weekend, taking on league newcomer Northern Kentucky before heading to Wright State. The Crusaders then return home for a league match versus UIC Tuesday night. Check out head coach Carin Avery's thoughts on the performance of her squad to date in this week's edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Women Earn NSCAA Academic Award


For the 13th consecutive year, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team was awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization this week.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Take On Ranked Foe Wednesday at Western Michigan


The Valparaiso men’s soccer team faces another tough test Wednesday afternoon, as the Crusaders take on a ranked opponent for the second time this season in #18 Western Michigan.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Announce 2015-16 Schedule


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will raise its championship banners from the 2014-15 campaign as it opens the 2015-16 schedule – a slate which features 11 games against postseason teams from a season ago – on Friday night, Nov. 13 at the ARC.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Conclude Ram Masters Invitational


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team wrapped up the final round of the Ram Masters Invitational from Fort Collins, Colo. on Tuesday, finishing in ninth place after shooting a 294 over the final 18 holes, their lowest round score during the 54-hole tournament.


Baseball

Talkin' Schmack: Clubhouse


A recent alum checks in with head coach Brian Schmack in this week's episode of Talkin' Schmack. Viewers also get a behind-the-scenes look at the team's clubhouse, locker room, and indoor hitting facility. Click the video to hear from the skipper and see the guided tour.


Men's Golf

Magoline Leads Crusaders on Day One at Colorado State


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team concluded day one of the two-day, 54-hole Ram Masters Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo. on Monday. The Crusaders ended the first 36 holes sitting in the middle of the pack in eighth place.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 4


Broadcaster Todd Ickow sat down with head football coach Dave Cecchini on Monday to review Valpo's big victory over College of Faith (Ark.). The two also discussed what the Crusaders need to do in order to break into the win column against the defending PFL champion San Diego Toreros in Saturday's league opener. Click the video to watch this week's installment of the Valpo Football Preview.


Baseball

Hit the Links with Crusader Baseball on October 10th!


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack has announced Saturday, October 10th as the date for the 2015 Baseball Golf Scramble held at The Course at Aberdeen. Prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and more will be awarded at the event.


Women's Golf

Angie Kim Posts Career Weekend at Bucknell


Valparaiso University junior Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd) closed out the weekend with the second-lowest 54-hole score in Valparaiso history on Sunday. Kim finished tied for fourth place, just five shots off the lead, at the Bucknell Women’s Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. to lead the Crusaders this weekend.


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Departs Wisconsin on Winning Note


The Valpo men's tennis team scooped up three singles wins and a pair of doubles victories as the 40th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic came to a close on Sunday.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Battles to 1-1 Draw With Wright State


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team opened defense of its Horizon League crown Saturday night at Brown Field, and for the fifth straight game the Crusaders went into double overtime, this time ending in a 1-1 draw with Wright State. Valpo's scheduled match Sunday versus Indiana State has been canceled.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Draws With Detroit to Open League Play


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team hit the road to kick off its 2015 Horizon League slate and came out of Detroit with a point, playing the Titans to a 0-0 draw Saturday afternoon.


Volleyball

Crusaders Split on Final Day of ISU Classic


The Valparaiso University volleyball team came up just one set shy of claiming another in-season tournament crown, as the Crusaders dropped the tournament finale at the ISU Classic in Terre Haute to host Indiana State Saturday night, 3-2 (25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 15-12). Valpo, which defeated Western Illinois earlier in the day 3-1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-18), was represented on the All-Tournament Team by sophomore Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).


Football

Crusaders Dominate in 86-0 Win over College of Faith


The Crusaders prevailed from whistle-to-whistle in a shutout of visiting College of Faith (Ark.) on Saturday at Brown Field. Redshirt senior Jake Hutson raced for four touchdown carries while Ryan Clarke recorded the first two TD passes of his career.


Women's Golf

Valpo Women Open Play at Bucknell


Valparaiso junior Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd) finds herself just two strokes off the individual lead through two rounds as the Crusader women’s golf team opened action from the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch's Pair of Titles Highlight Active Saturday


Junior Jeffrey Schorsch teamed up with classmate Charlie Emhardt to finish off the Flight A doubles championship, 8-3, over DePaul's Sten Leusink/Ivan Divkovic. Just a few hours later, Schorsch downed Leusink in straight sets to capture the Flight A singles crown at the Valpo Fall Invitational.


Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Wraps Up Weekend with Six More Wins


The doubles tandem comprised of freshmen Halle Roach and Randi Wind won a pair of doubles matches at the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Invite in Dayton to help lead the Crusaders to six victories on Saturday. Overall, the Brown and Gold scored ten wins.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Cross Country Makes Strong Showing at Friendship Invitational


Junior Dan Walters led the Valpo men's cross country team to a 4th-place finish in the Cedarville Friendship Invitational 8K on Saturday morning; Liz Bloy crossed the line at 19:35.3 in the women's 5K as she guided the Crusaders to a 9th-place result.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Collect Four Wins in Cincinnati


The Valpo women's tennis team opened its fall season Friday with four victories in the opening day of the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Invite. Kathleen Hebble, Paige Heuer, Halle Roach, and Morgan Paras each notched wins for the Crusaders.


Men's Tennis

First Day of Fall Season in the Books for Men's Tennis


With half of the team participating in the Valpo Fall Invitational in Valparaiso and the other half taking part in the 40th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic in Wisconsin, the Valpo men's tennis team racked up a total of eight combined victories on a busy Friday. Play continues at both locations on Saturday.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer League Opener Postponed to Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team will have to wait one more day to begin defense of its Horizon League title, as due to inclement weather in the area, the Crusaders’ league opener versus Wright State has been postponed and will now be played on Brown Field at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. In addition, due to this change, Sunday's scheduled contest with Indiana State has been canceled with no makeup date as of now.


Volleyball

Crusaders Roll to Sweep of Chicago State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team wasted little time in dispatching Chicago State in its opener at the ISU Classic in Terre Haute, Ind. on Friday afternoon, taking just over an hour to sweep the Cougars (25-17, 25-17, 25-13) behind one of the top offensive performances of the modern era.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Releases Complete 2015-16 Schedule


The Valpo women's basketball team released its full 2015-16 schedule Friday, two weeks after the Horizon League announced the league slate. The Crusaders will open at home on Nov. 23rd against the national championship runner-up Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The season opener at Butler (Nov. 13), a Thanksgiving invitational at San Diego (Nov. 27-28), and a Dec. 5th contest at the KFC Yum! Center against Louisville highlight the release.


Volleyball

Volleyball Heads to Indiana State This Weekend


Valparaiso closes out the pre-league slate this weekend with the final of four in-season tournaments, making the trek downstate to Terre Haute to play in the ISU Classic. The Crusaders will conclude tournament play Saturday night against host Indiana State after taking on Chicago State and Western Illinois earlier in the weekend.


Football

Crusaders Continue Homestand Saturday with College of Faith


The Crusaders welcome College of Faith (Ark.) to Valparaiso as the Brown and Gold look to move past last Saturday’s setback against Sacred Heart. 2015 marks the inaugural year of athletics for the Warriors.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Travels to Detroit for League Opener Saturday


Valparaiso will open up their ninth season in the Horizon League this weekend as the Crusaders square off with Detroit on the road.


Women's Soccer

Two More Home Matches for Women's Soccer Await This Weekend


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team begins defense of its Horizon League championship from last season on Friday evening, as the Crusaders host Wright State at Brown Field to open up league play. Valpo then closes out the four-match homestand Sunday afternoon versus Indiana State. Check out head coach John Marovich's thoughts on the early part of the season in the attached Valpo Coaches Show.


Baseball

Talkin' Schmack: Mind Reader


Orville Redenbacher, bunt defense, and the mind-reading of a high-ranking Valpo Athletics official are all discussed in this week's episode of Talkin' Schmack. Click the video to get a full recap!


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Announces Fall Schedule


The 2015-16 men's tennis season will get underway this weekend (Sept. 18-19) with the Valpo Fall Invitational. The Crusaders will also compete in tourneys in Milwaukee, Kalamazoo, Tulsa, Notre Dame, and West Lafayette. This fall also represents the inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational, Valpo's first indoor event held at the Courts of NWI.


Volleyball

Crusaders Down Toledo in Four Sets Tuesday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball team improved to 10-1 on the season Tuesday evening at the ARC, fighting off a game Toledo squad to earn the 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21) victory.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Crack ITA Preseason National Rankings


The junior doubles tandem of Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) received the 55th spot nationally in Tuesday's Preseason Men's Doubles Rankings as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Furthermore, Schorsch cracked the Men's National Singles Rankings, coming in at No. 119.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 3


Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow take a look back at Saturday's home opener versus Sacred Heart, discuss how the team plans to address the quarterback position, and peer ahead to Saturday's matchup against College of Faith in this week's edition of the Valpo Football Preview.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With BGSU Despite Barrage of Shots


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team had a myriad of opportunities at goal Sunday afternoon, recording one of the highest shot counts in program history, but the Crusaders were only able to finish one chance as they drew 1-1 with Bowling Green at Brown Field in their final match prior to the start of league play.


Football

Ground Attack Lifts Pioneers to Victory over Crusaders


Sacred Heart parlayed 255 yards on the ground into seven rushing touchdowns Saturday en route to a 56-3 victory over the Crusaders at Brown Field. Jacob Newman connected on a 39-yard field goal attempt, and J.J. Nunes forced a pair of fumbles in the losing effort.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall in Popcorn Classic Finale


The Valparaiso University volleyball team extended the best start in program history to 9-0 with a three-set sweep of Savannah State (25-13, 25-17, 25-11) Saturday morning, but was unable to claim the Popcorn Classic title later that evening at the ARC, as the Crusaders were dealt their first loss of the season by Loyola (25-22, 25-18, 25-21). Senior Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) and sophomore Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Volleyball

Individual, Team Milestones Reached As Volleyball Sweeps Pair


Valparaiso senior setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) registered her 3,000th career assist early in the Crusaders’ first match of the Popcorn Classic Friday, and the team would reach a milestone to close the night, as with sweeps over Kennesaw State (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) and Elon (25-21, 25-18, 25-16), Valpo improved to 8-0 on the season – matching the best start in program history.


Men's Soccer

Madrid Repeats Overtime Heroics as Crusaders Win at IUPUI


For the second time in the last three matches, Valparaiso men’s soccer junior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) found the back of the net in extra time, scoring in the 107th minute as the Crusaders won Friday night at IUPUI, 2-1.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Fall on Golden Goal


Less than two minutes from the end of overtime Friday night at Brown Field, the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking defeat, as Eastern Washington scored in the 109th minute to send the Crusaders to a 2-1 defeat.


Women's Soccer

Brown Field Awaits Women's Soccer This Weekend


The Valparaiso women’s soccer team opens the 2015 home campaign this weekend with its final two matches before the start of Horizon League action. The Crusaders will host Eastern Washington Friday night before taking on Bowling Green Sunday afternoon.


Football

Valpo, Sacred Heart Clash for First Time in Program History


Football returns to Brown Field on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders begin their first of three straight home tilts. The meeting will represent not only the first contest between the two teams, but also the Pioneers' first ever game outside the Eastern Time Zone in their 24-year history.


Volleyball

Crusaders Ready to Host Popcorn Classic


The Valparaiso volleyball team will host its eighth in-season tournament in the last 14 years this weekend, as the Crusaders welcome Elon, Kennesaw State, Loyola and Savannah State to the ARC for the Popcorn Classic. Valpo has won five of its last seven in-season home tournaments, while the Crusaders are also in search of the best start in program history, entering the weekend at 6-0.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Heads to IUPUI Friday Night


For the third straight outing, Valpo will face a former conference rival, as the Crusaders kick off a three-match road trip at IUPUI Friday evening. The meeting with the Jaguars marks the Crusaders' last non-league contest before the start of Horizon League play. Head coach Mike Avery joined the Valpo Coaches Show this week, looking back at the first couple weeks of the season and looking ahead to IUPUI and beyond.


Men's Golf

Valpo Men Finish Season-Opening Tournament


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished out the three-day Golfweek Program Challenge in Pawley’s Island, S.C. on Tuesday afternoon, tying for 14th place.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Close Out Golfweek Program Challenge


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team wrapped up the Golfweek Program Challenge Tuesday afternoon at Myrtle Beach, S.C. The club finished 17th at the three-day challenge.


Baseball

Talkin' Schmack: Tire World


This week's installment of Talkin' Schmack takes fans through a day in the life of senior outfielder Josh Clark. Schmack also reminisces on the summer he spent working at a tire factory in the Question of the Week segment.


Athletics

Valpo Athletics Announces Fall Social Rewards Prizes


Valparaiso Athletics is happy to reveal the prizes for the Crusader Social Rewards program for the fall 2015 semester. Students, faculty and staff, and fans and alumni can win prizes simply by registering through the Social Rewards website and interacting with Valpo Athletics on social media.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Battle Loyola to Scoreless Draw


It was another in a string of hot, humid nights on Brown Field for the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team’s home opener Monday evening, as the Crusaders hosted Loyola and the two sides battled to a 0-0, double-overtime draw.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Continue Action From South Carolina Monday


The Valparaiso Crusaders men’s golf team concluded round two at the Golfweek Program Challenge from True Blue G.C. in Pawley’s Island, S.C. on Monday afternoon.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Finish Middle Round at Golfweek Program Challenge Monday


The Valparaiso Crusaders women’s golf team wrapped up round two of the Golfweek Challenge at Caledonia G.C. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Monday afternoon.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 2


Head football coach Dave Cecchini and broadcaster Todd Ickow rehash last Thursday's opener at Eastern Kentucky, talk quarterback play, and look ahead to Saturday's opener versus Sacred Heart in this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball to Hold Open Tryouts Sept. 15th


The Valparaiso women's basketball program will be holding tryouts for the 2015-2016 season on Tuesday, Sept. 15, starting at 3 p.m. inside the Athletics-Recreation Center Arena. Individuals with questions may contact assistant coach Justin Rees at Justin.Rees@valpo.edu.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With WKU Sunday


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team jumped out on top by two goals Sunday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky. in its last of five straight road matches to open the season, but a pair of weather delays sucked the momentum away from the Crusaders as WKU rallied with a pair of goals to force a 2-2 draw.


Men's Golf

Seitz and Magoline Lead Crusaders In Round One From South Carolina


The Valparaiso Crusader men’s golf team kicked off Labor Day weekend in South Carolina at the Golfweek Program Challenge from True Blue G.C., where the Crusaders finished round one shooting a 294 (+6), placing them in 15th place with two rounds remaining.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women’s Golf Closes Out Round One at Myrtle Beach


The Valparaiso Crusader women’s golf team traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to play in the Golfweek Program Challenge at Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. Sunday concluded round one of the three-day, 54-hole tournament.


Volleyball

Valpo Earns Terrier Invitational Championship


Valparaiso closed out its weekend in New York City by capturing the Terrier Invitational championship, downing host St. Francis Brooklyn in straight sets (25-23, 25-11, 25-16) Saturday afternoon before heading for some more sightseeing prior to leaving the city. Senior setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) was named Tournament MVP.


Men's Golf, Women's Golf

Crusader Golf Programs Announce Schedules


The Valparaiso men’s golf team has announced its schedule for the entire 2015-16 fall and spring seasons, while the women’s golf program has announced its fall 2015 schedule as well.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Bloy, Bruno Lead Valpo at Crusader Open


The Valparaiso men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons Friday with the Crusader Open at Sunset Hills Farm. Junior Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) put forth a strong showing, finishing in 12th place overall with a time of 19:33.0 in the women's 5K. Junior Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./University) paced the Crusaders with a 20:00.2 to post a 13th-place finish.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Emerges With Win In Extra Time at WIU


Valparaiso University men’s soccer junior midfielder Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [FGCU]) netted himself a brace on Friday night at Western Illinois, his first career goals as a Crusader and the latter of which proved to be the golden goal in a 3-2 Valpo victory in double overtime.


Women's Soccer

Cronin Nets Golden Goal In Women’s Soccer Win


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team peppered shots at the Belmont defense throughout Friday evening’s matchup in Nashville, but needed every single attempt, as the final of 27 shots resulted in a golden goal in the 101st minute off the boot of junior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) to give the Crusaders a 2-1 win.


Volleyball

Volleyball Wins Pair to Close Out Exciting Friday in NYC


A jam-packed day Friday in New York City for the Valparaiso University volleyball team, which included an early-morning visit to the Good Morning America summer concert series to see Florida Georgia Line, ended on a high note as well. When it was time to go to work, the Crusaders took care of business, defeating Rider 3-1 and NJIT 3-0 to open play at the Terrier Invitational.


Women's Basketball

Horizon League Unveils Women's Basketball Schedule


A five-game homestand from Jan. 21st - Feb. 6th highlights the Valpo women's basketball league schedule per a release from the Horizon League Friday. Furthermore, the Brown and Gold will tango with Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena on Feb. 27th at 11:00 am ET. The Crusaders open HL action on Wednesday, Dec. 30th at Northern Kentucky, the Horizon League's newest member institution.


Football

Catrine, Diaz-Martinez Shine, but Crusaders Fall to #17 EKU


Sophomore Frank Catrine led all receivers in receptions with eight for 70 yards. Freshman Joey Diaz-Martinez picked off two passes before Scott Staal recorded his first career touchdown toss on a 16-yard shovel pass to Jake Hutson. However, Stanley Absanon and the Colonels were too much for the Brown and Gold as #17 Eastern Kentucky recorded a 52-10 win in front of 12,800 at Roy Kidd Stadium.


Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Horizon League Slate Announced


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program’s road to defending the Horizon League title begins at the ARC on Saturday, January 2 and features at least five ESPN broadcasts, as well as a game at Quicken Loans Arena - the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Prepares For Two Familiar Foes


Two of the three most common opponents in program history await the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to take on former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois Friday evening before opening the home campaign at Brown Field Monday night against Loyola.


Volleyball

Volleyball Off to the Big Apple This Weekend


After capturing the Chattanooga Classic last weekend, the Valparaiso University volleyball team will attempt to make it back-to-back tournament titles, as the Crusaders look to take Brooklyn this weekend, heading to New York City to take part in the Terrier Invitational. Valpo will face Rider and NJIT on Friday before closing the tournament against host St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Concludes Road Trip This Weekend


The longest season-opening road trip in program history - and the longest stretch of road games for the program since 2000 - comes to an end this weekend for the Valparaiso University women's soccer team, as the Crusaders play two more road contests. Valpo will face Belmont Friday afternoon before concluding the stretch of five straight road games at Western Kentucky on Sunday.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Tie For First, Kim Earns Top Honors at Chi-Town Classic


Hosting its first event at The Course at Aberdeen since April of 2014, the Valparaiso University women’s golf team earned a tie for first place in the 36-hole Chi-Town Classic on Sunday, finishing tied atop the leaderboard with UIC. Crusader junior Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd) claimed the individual title by three shots.


Softball

Softball Announces Fall Slate of Games


The Valparaiso University softball program will play eight games over four dates of competition this fall, including a pair of home dates at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Football

Crusaders Open 2015 Season Thursday at Eastern Kentucky


The 95th edition of Valpo football begins Thursday night in the Bluegrass State when the Crusaders take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. 2015 represents the third straight year that the Brown and Gold have opened against an FCS scholarship program. EKU welcomes the Crusaders into Roy Kidd Stadium, where the Colonels own a 191-43-1 record since the facility opened in 1969.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Mike Straubel Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Head cross country coach Mike Straubel sat down with Brad Collignon on Tuesday to discuss his 2015-16 roster ahead of Friday's Crusader Open at Sunset Hills Farm.


Men's Soccer

Crusader Men’s Soccer Lids Team Store Now Open


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team Lids Flash Store is now open. The store features exclusive gear designed by the program and is for players, family, friends and fans of the Crusaders. The store is only open through Sept. 6, so see the attached form and order today!


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Cincinnati


An evenly-matched, hard-fought game for the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team at Cincinnati Monday evening ended on a down note, as the Bearcats converted on a penalty kick in the 103rd minute to send the Crusaders to a 1-0 defeat.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 1


Head football coach Dave Cecchini spoke with broadcaster Todd Ickow on Monday afternoon ahead of Thursday's season opener at Eastern Kentucky. Cecchini addressed the team's defensive improvements, discussed the quarterback competition, and previewed the Colonels of EKU.


Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Announces Fall Slate


Head women's tennis coach Traci Young released her team's schedule for the upcoming fall. The Crusaders will open at the University of Dayton Tourney on Saturday, Sept. 19th before competing at the UIC Tourney and Bronco Invitational in October.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swimming to Hold Walk-on Tryouts


The Valparaiso men's and women's swimming program will be holding fall tryouts for the 2015-16 season. Individuals planning to try out must contact graduate assistant Andrea Bretl by Friday, September 4th.


Volleyball

Crusaders Ride Pair of Sweeps to Chattanooga Classic Title


The Valparaiso University volleyball team made it a trio of victories on the opening weekend of play, capturing its fourth consecutive in-season tournament title by claiming the Chattanooga Classic on Saturday with 3-0 wins over Eastern Kentucky and Troy. Sophomore Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) was named Tournament MVP, while juniors Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) were named to the All-Tournament Team as well.


Volleyball

Volleyball Opens Season With Victory


The Valparaiso volleyball team twice had to rally from one-set deficits on Friday evening, but ultimately got the job done in five sets, downing host Chattanooga 3-2 (16-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-22, 16-14) to open the Chattanooga Classic.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Earns Win Over Miami (Ohio)


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team earned a win over fellow mid-major foe Miami (Ohio), scoring a goal in each half to down the RedHawks Friday afternoon, 2-0, in Oxford, Ohio.


Men's Soccer

Late Goal Sends Crusaders to Season-Opening Defeat


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team battled toe-to-toe with Top Drawer Soccer #14 Kentucky Friday evening in the season opener for both sides, but a goal in the 90th minute gave the Wildcats a 2-1 victory.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Tabbed Second in Preseason Poll


The Crusaders picked up two first-place votes en route to placing second in the Horizon League preseason poll, as announced by the league Friday morning. The 2015 campaign gets underway tonight at Top Drawer Soccer #14 Kentucky, and the game can be seen live on the SEC Network + and online at ESPN3.com.


Volleyball

Longoria Named HL Preseason Defensive Player of The Year; Campbell All-League


Valparaiso University junior libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has been named the preseason Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, while fellow junior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was named to the preseason All-League Team as the league announced its awards prior to the start of the 2015 campaign Friday.


Men's Soccer

What You Need to Know - Valpo Men's Soccer


Coming off of a 2014 campaign where it earned a spot in national top-25 polls for the first time in program history and reached greater heights in the NCAA's RPI ratings than ever before, the Valparaiso University men's soccer program enters the 2015 season looking to take another step forward. Head coach Mike Avery looks to blend 15 returnees with a large group of 18 newcomers, and the Crusaders will be tested right off the bat - traveling to take on Top Drawer Soccer #14 Kentucky Friday night and playing at Cincinnati Monday evening.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Welcomes Llorens to Staff


Valpo women's basketball head coach Tracey Dorow announced today that Rebekah Llorens has joined the Crusader staff as director of basketball operations. Llorens is a 2015 graduate of Hope College, where she was a First Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) selection.


Volleyball

Crusaders Picked Third in Volleyball Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University volleyball team has been picked to finish in third place in the Horizon League in the 2015 season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.


Volleyball

What You Need to Know - Valpo Volleyball


With the regular season opening up Friday for the Crusader volleyball team, catch up with a brief primer about this year's squad as Valpo looks to rise to the top of the Horizon League and earn its 14th consecutive 20-win season in 2015. And hear head coach Carin Avery's thoughts on the preseason so far and what she expects from the early part of the season in the attached coaches show.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With Lewis in Exhibition Finale


The Valparaiso men’s soccer team played its second of two exhibition matches Monday evening at Brown Field, finishing in a 1-1 draw with Lewis. The Crusaders open up regular season action Friday night at Kentucky, facing a Wildcats squad which is receiving votes in the NSCAA preseason top-25 poll.


Men's Tennis

Quest for U.S. Open Bid Begins Tuesday for Crusader Duo


Four victories stand between juniors Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt and a wild card entry into the 2015 U.S. Open Doubles Championship in Flushing, New York. The 16-team qualifying tourney begins Tuesday at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT when the Crusader tandem takes on Keith Kessler and Gary Kushnirovich at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview: Canada Wrap-Up


Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins us for a special edition of the Valpo Basketball Preview, looking back on the team's recent trip to Canada.


Men's Soccer

Aidoud, Lawrence Chosen as Men's Soccer Captains


With the start of the regular season approaching quickly, Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced on Monday the program's captains for the 2015 campaign: senior Jordan Aidoud and junior Omar Lawrence.


Baseball

Valpo Baseball to Conduct Walk-on Tryouts


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced Monday that the team is holding walk-on tryouts for the 2016 team on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd. Prospective players are required to complete a pre-participation physical exam form, have had a physical exam in the past year and ability to provide either sickle cell results or a signed waiver. For more information, contact assistant coach Ben Wolgamot at 219-464-5239.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Come Up Short at Northwestern


The Valparaiso women’s soccer team closed out its first weekend of regular season play on Sunday at Evanston Township H.S., as the Crusaders dropped a 2-0 decision to Northwestern.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Drops Season Opener at #9 Notre Dame


The Valparaiso women’s soccer team opened the 2015 regular season Friday evening at #9 Notre Dame, falling to the Fighting Irish by a 6-0 final.


Men's Golf

Former Crusader Kyle Henning Wins Wisconsin State Open


Valparaiso men’s golf alum Kyle Henning captured the 95th annual Wisconsin State Open earlier this week at University Ridge G.C. in Madison in dramatic fashion, rallying from three shots down with three holes to play to win by one stroke.


Athletics

Watch Valpo Athletics This Fall on ESPN3


Fans will have more opportunities than ever before to watch Valparaiso fall sports teams compete on ESPN3 over the coming months, as between volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and football, there will be at least 45 live broadcasts of Crusader athletics, including 30 broadcasts of home events.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Set to Open Regular Season With Road Tests


Coming off of the most successful season in program history, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team opens the 2015 campaign this weekend with a pair of tough road tests, traveling to face off against #9 Notre Dame Friday night before heading into Illinois to take on Northwestern Sunday afternoon. The season opener against the Fighting Irish is a rematch of last year's season finale in the NCAA Tournament.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Season Tickets Now On Sale


Coming off of a record-setting 28-win season last year and the program’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last three seasons, Valparaiso men’s basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2015-16 campaign.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Picked to Finish Atop Horizon League


Coming off of a perfect run through the Horizon League schedule in 2014, culminating with the program’s first Horizon League regular season and tournament championships, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team is a unanimous choice to finish atop the league table again in 2015, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. Check out head coach John Marovich's thoughts on the upcoming season in the first Valpo Coaches Show of the year!


Softball

Valpo Softball to Hold Walk-On Tryouts


The Valparaiso softball program will be holding fall tryouts for the 2016 season on Wednesday, Aug. 26, starting at 4 p.m. at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Capture ITA National Summer Championship


Valparaiso men’s tennis juniors Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio) capped off successful summers of competition by winning the men’s doubles draw at the ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind. With the victory, the pair earns a spot in the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. this October. In addition, Schorsch finished as the runner-up in the men’s singles draw as well.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders To Play at Rhode Island as Part of ESPN Tip Off Marathon


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will play at Rhode Island on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. CT, live on ESPN2 as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip Off Marathon, as ESPN announced the lineup for its annual event on Tuesday.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Take Down #14 Indiana In Exhibition Opener


Facing off against an Indiana squad which has won eight national championships and enters the 2015 campaign ranked #14 in the nation, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team didn’t back down on Monday evening at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., defeating the Hoosiers 2-1 thanks to a pair of second-half goals.


Softball

Softball Adds Taylor Williams to Coaching Staff


Valparaiso softball head coach Kate Stake announced Monday that the program has added Taylor Williams as a graduate assistant for the upcoming 2016 season. Williams comes to Valpo after a successful career playing at Virginia.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Falls in Exhibition Finale


The Valparaiso women’s soccer closed out its weekend of exhibition games at Brown Field Sunday afternoon, falling to Central Michigan 1-0.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Ottawa To Close Out Foreign Tour


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team made sure it would leave Canada on a winning note Friday evening, dominating host University of Ottawa inside the 3-point line to overcome 14 made 3-pointers by the Gee-Gees in an 84-76 win at Montpetit Hall.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With Ohio In Exhibition Opener


A goal by senior Sarrah Ludwig (Downers Grove, Ill./South) early in the second half was enough for the Valparaiso women’s soccer team to equalize in its exhibition opener at Ohio Friday afternoon, as the two squads battled to a 1-1 draw. The Crusaders turn around quickly to conclude exhibition play at Brown Field on Sunday.


Women's Soccer

What You Need to Know - Valpo Women's Soccer


Last season was a magical one for head coach John Marovich and the Valparaiso women's soccer team, as the Crusaders won a school-record 14 matches and ran through the Horizon League slate unblemished en route to just the second NCAA Tournament berth in program history. Now, the 2015 campaign awaits the Crusaders with the start of exhibition play Friday afternoon, and with eight starters returning this season - as well as the top six scorers from last year's team - expectations are high for a repeat league title this year for Valpo.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Fall at Carleton Thursday Night


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team fell victim to a hot-shooting Carleton team early on Thursday evening in the Crusaders’ first of two games in Ottawa, as the Ravens led nearly start-to-finish in downing Valpo, 77-59. The loss, Valpo’s first in four games in Canada, came against the five-time defending CIS national champions.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down McGill, Improve to 3-0


Facing a team in McGill University which ranked second in Canada last season in scoring defense, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team was hardly fazed, leading nearly start to finish in an 80-60 victory over the Redmen Tuesday night in Montreal. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-0 with two games remaining in their Canada trip.


Football

Mic'd Up with Valpo Football


As the Valparaiso football team prepares for its season opener at Eastern Kentucky Sept. 3, catch a glimpse of a Crusader practice with coordinators Jason Miran, and Ernest Moore as they get Mic'd Up for Valpo All-Access.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Win Pair of Games on First Day of Action From Canada


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team ended Sunday with a pair of victories in Montreal to open play on its Canada trip, rallying for a 67-66 win over the Montreal All-Stars at Vanier College in the early afternoon before pulling away for an 85-60 win over Brookwood Elite at College Jean-de-Brebeuf in the evening.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men's Basketball - Canada Trip


Want to follow along as the Valparaiso men's basketball program travels to Canada over the next week? Simply visit ValpoAthletics.com/Canada for a blog, updated at least once daily with recaps of the day's activities and video interviews with the Crusaders. Last updated: Sunday night, Aug. 9


Football

Crusaders Open 2015 Camp with a Fresh Tone


As players report to camp Thursday, head football coach Dave Cecchini continues year two of his rebuilding project. While his 2015 roster is teeming with newcomers, a heightened level of standards and expectations has carved a new culture around the program. Cecchini is counting on an experienced and capable defense to carry his young team through three rigorous tests early in the schedule.


Softball

Crusader Softball to Host Fall Experience Camp


Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Sept. 27 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, allowing participants to experience a weekend in the life of a Valpo softball player within a single day. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2016 through 2020.


Women's Soccer

Craven Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List


Coming off of the most decorated campaign by a single player in Valparaiso women’s soccer history, senior Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) reached another new height on Wednesday, becoming the first player in program history to earn a spot on the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List.


Women's Basketball

Green Bay to Serve as Host of 2016 #HLWBB Championship


Green Bay has been elected to serve as host of the 2016 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. The Kress Events Center, home of the Green Bay Phoenix, will accommodate the ten-team event beginning Thursday, March 10th.


Volleyball

Crusaders Announce 2015 Volleyball Schedule


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2015 campaign on Tuesday, a slate which features 15 home matches at the ARC – the most home matches in a single season since 2001.


Women's Soccer

Boehm Joins Valpo Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff


Valparaiso women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that Alex Boehm has joined the Crusader program as a graduate assistant for the 2015 season. Boehm, who spent the last two seasons starting at goalkeeper at Wyoming, will work primarily with the Valpo goalkeepers.


Men's Golf

Men’s Golf Earns Fifth Consecutive GCAA Academic Honor


The Valparaiso University men’s golf program has been named an All-Academic Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the fifth straight year, the GCAA announced this week. In addition, the Crusaders were honored with President’s Special Recognition status for the fourth consecutive season, as they were one of just 10 Division I programs to post a cumulative team GPA of 3.5 or higher.


Men's Basketball

Vashil Fernandez Granted Fourth Season of Athletic Eligibility, Will Return to Valpo


Valparaiso University announced Thursday afternoon that the NCAA has granted men’s basketball center Vashil Fernandez a fourth season of athletic eligibility. Fernandez, the reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, will return to Valpo for his final season as a Crusader in 2015-16.


Volleyball

Crusaders Claim AVCA Team Academic Award


The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the 10th time in the last 12 seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.


Football

Green Named Preseason All-PFL Linebacker


One of the pillars of a vastly-improved Valpo defense received accolades as the Pioneer Football League announced its preseason awards Wednesday morning. Senior Alex Green was named to the preseason All-PFL linebackers corps following his 108-tackle campaign in 2014.


Football

Valpo Picked 9th in PFL Preseason Coaches Poll


The Crusaders are projected to finish 9th in the Pioneer Football League this season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. San Diego (89 pts.) is expected to defend its crown, but Dayton (87 pts.) and Drake (86 pts.) are anticipated to round out a highly-competitive podium.


Men's Golf

Trio of Crusaders Named All-America Scholars


Three Valparaiso men’s golfers were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars as the Golf Coaches Association of America announced this year's honorees this week. Graduated seniors Joe Harris (Washington, Iowa/Washington) and Eric Winters (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward) and senior-to-be Jared Magoline (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac [Marquette]) were the three Crusaders honored, matching the program’s highest number of honorees in a single season.


Softball

Softball Adds Wright as Assistant Coach


Valparaiso softball head coach Kate Stake announced today the addition of Monica Wright to the Crusader coaching staff as an assistant coach, directly responsible for working with the program’s pitchers. Wright comes to Valpo from Bowling Green, where she spent the last four seasons guiding the Falcons’ pitchers. Fans can follow Coach Wright on Twitter @CoachMWright3


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Clean Up as ITA Releases 2015 Academic Award Winners


Five members of the Valpo men's tennis team were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) 2015 All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office. Additionally, the Crusaders were one of just 78 squads nationwide - and the only Horizon League school - to earn distinction as an ITA All-Academic Team.


Athletics

Women’s Soccer Claims Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-15 Victory


In a bracket which saw nearly 3,000 total votes cast over four rounds of voting, 16 of the top moments and achievements over the last year have been pared down to just one, as the women’s soccer team’s Horizon League Championship victory over Detroit has been tabbed the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2014-2015 season. Check out head coach John Marovich's thoughts on the game and the season in the video.


Men's Basketball

O Canada! Crusaders to Embark on Foreign Tour in August


The Valparaiso men’s basketball team will head north for a preseason foreign tour next month, traveling to Montreal and Ottawa in the second week of August to play five games. The preseason trip, along with the allotted practice leading up to the trip, allows the Crusaders to get a jump start on preparations for the 2015-16 season.


Men's Basketball

Broekhoff to Suit Up for Nuggets NBA Summer League Team


Former Valparaiso men’s basketball standout Ryan Broekhoff will suit up for the Denver Nuggets in the Las Vegas segment of the NBA Summer League over the next two weeks, beginning Friday night. Broekhoff is getting his shot with the Nuggets after an All-Star campaign in Turkey this past season with Besiktas.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Announce 2015 Men’s Soccer Schedule


Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today a challenging schedule for his 2015 squad for the upcoming season, a slate which features seven home games and road games at Kentucky, New Mexico and Michigan.


Athletics

Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-2015: Down to the Final Two


It comes down to this: two teams, both of which claimed Horizon League tournament championships and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament. But only one can claim to be the Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-15 - will it be men's basketball, or will it be women's soccer? The choice is yours - voting is open now!


Women's Bowling

Mayfield Named Bowling Assistant Coach


Valparaiso bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today that Gabriella Mayfield will join the Crusader bowling program for the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach. Mayfield comes to Valpo from bowling powerhouse Central Missouri, where she was a two-time All-American and helped her team to four NCAA Bowling Championship appearances.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

2015 Cross Country Schedules Announced


The 2015 men's and women's cross country schedules were approved for release Tuesday. The six-meet slate will see the Brown and Gold competing in five of the same competitions as in 2014. Valpo will again host the Crusader Open, scheduled for Friday, September 4th at Sunset Hills Farm.


Women's Golf

Three Crusaders Earn WGCA Academic Honor


A trio of Valparaiso golfers – junior Sibil Gill (Kokomo, Ind./Western), graduated senior A.J. Selig (Hortonville, Wis./Appleton West) and freshman Katie Willenbrink (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) - have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).


Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Savoring Summer Success


Schorsch, Emhardt collect championship hardware at ITA Summer Circuit event held at Purdue; Waak takes home consolation title in doubles play