Men's Basketball

Hammink Inks Professional Contract With Bilbao Basket


Another product of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program entered the ranks of professional basketball players on Friday, as it was announced that Shane Hammink had signed a professional contract with Bilbao Basket of Liga ACB in Spain – the top professional basketball division of the Spanish basketball league system. Hammink becomes the 47th former Crusader in the last 24 years to go on to play professionally.


Athletics

113 Valpo Student-Athletes Named to Horizon League Academic Honor Roll


Valparaiso University student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 113 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Spring 2017 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Adds Jameson Kronser as Graduate Assistant


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer program announced that former Wisconsin goalkeeper Jameson Kronser has joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant as the program heads into the 2017 season.


Softball

Lawson Granted Hardship Waiver, Will Return In 2018


The Valparaiso University softball program has announced that Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) has been granted a hardship waiver due to injury for the 2017 season. Lawson will return to the Crusaders for her additional season of athletic eligibility as a fifth-year senior in 2018.


Men's Basketball

Alec Peters Selected In 2017 NBA Draft by Phoenix Suns


Valparaiso University forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft Thursday evening by the Phoenix Suns with the 54th overall pick.


Athletics

Endowed Scholarship Established for Valpo Women Student-Athletes


Women student-athletes at Valparaiso University will benefit from an endowed scholarship fund established by Carolyn Schlie ’71 Femovich and Bob Femovich. They have committed $600,000 to create the Carolyn Schlie Femovich and Robert M. Femovich Endowed Scholarship Fund.


Softball

Monica Wright Promoted to Associate Head Coach


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Monica Wright, the program’s pitching coach, has been promoted to associate head coach.


Men's Swimming, Men's Tennis, Athletics

Valparaiso University to Join Summit League in Men’s Tennis, Men’s Swimming


Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Valparaiso University has accepted an invitation to join the Summit League as an affiliate member in men’s tennis and men’s swimming beginning with the 2017-2018 academic and athletic year. Valparaiso was a founding member of the Summit League, then known as the Mid-Continent Conference, in 1982 and competed in the conference until 2007.


Men's Golf

Ward Earns NCAA Postgraduate Internship


Former Valparaiso University men’s golfer Matt Ward has been selected as one of 31 members of the 2017-18 NCAA postgraduate internship class.


Baseball

Valpo Baseball Announces Youth Camp


The Valparaiso University baseball program has announced dates for its annual Youth Camp, which will take place from July 17-19 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Men's Basketball

Valpo to Host Utah State in MVC-Mountain West Challenge


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program will have the opportunity to participate in a conference challenge series for the first time during the 2017-18 season, as the Crusaders will host Utah State on Tuesday, Nov. 28 as part of the Challenge Series between the Missouri Valley Conference and the Mountain West Conference.


Baseball

Tieman Named Freshman All-American


Valparaiso University baseball freshman Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) received a distinct honor on Wednesday as he was tabbed a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.


Women's Basketball

Spots Still Available for Valpo WBB Elite Camp


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team is set for its Elite Camp, which is slated to take place on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Check in is at noon on Monday, with the camp slated to begin at 1 p.m. Checkout is at noon on Tuesday. The cost is $100 per camper. Spots are still available for the camp.


Men's Golf, Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis, Men's Golf Honored with Raise Your Sights Award


The Raise Your Sights award winners have been announced for the 2016-17 season. The honor is given annually to the best sport teams academically and is based on combined grade point average (GPA) from the current academic year. The award recognizes the top academic male and female team from each Horizon League institution.


Softball

Packard Named NJCAA All-American


The Valparaiso University softball team will be welcoming an All-American to the program this fall, as incoming junior pitcher Kelsie Packard was recently tabbed an NJCAA Division III All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after helping to lead Rock Valley College to the 2017 national title.


Football

Puetz Remains on NFF College Football Hall of Fame Ballot


Former football standout and Valparaiso Hall of Fame member Garry Puetz ('72) has once again graced the National Football Foundation's (NFF) ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Women's Golf

McMinn to Join Valpo Women’s Golf Program


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team has announced the addition of incoming freshman Grace McMinn (Omaha, Neb. / Marian) for the 2017-2018 season. McMinn placed ninth in the 2016 Class A Nebraska State Finals and after finishing 22nd the previous season. She was a four-year varsity letter winner and three-time state qualifier as a team and individually.


Football

Valpo Football Adds to 2017 Recruiting Class


The Valparaiso University football program has rounded out its 2017 recruiting class with the addition of 16 players, bringing the total number of incoming players to 48.


Men's Tennis

Record-Setting Careers of Emhardt, Schorsch End with Close Loss to Nation’s Top Team


Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt walked off the court for the final time on Saturday evening with their heads held high.


Men's Tennis

Emhardt, Schorsch Advance to Quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Tournament, Become ITA All-Americans


After Thursday’s dramatic victory in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Tournament, Valparaiso University men’s tennis players Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt kept blood pressures at normal levels on Friday afternoon by cruising their way to a straight sets victory in the Round of 32 in Athens, Ga.


Football

Cecchini Adds Ford to Staff as Tight Ends Coach


Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini has announced the addition of Matt Ford to the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season. Ford has assumed the role of tight ends coach for the Crusaders.


Men's Tennis

Senior Duo Punches Ticket to Round 2 of NCAA Doubles Tournament


Based on the ITA National Rankings, Thursday’s win in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Tournament was another upset victory for Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt. But by this point in their careers, nobody is surprised when the Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors emerge victorious on a big stage against a high-level opponent.


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Valparaiso University to Join Missouri Valley Conference


Valparaiso University president Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., announced today that the University has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2017. The Crusaders will begin competing for MVC championships in the 2017–2018 academic year.


Baseball

Season Comes to Close with Loss to Oakland


The Valparaiso University baseball team saw its season come to an end with a 6-4 loss to Oakland in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Granderson Stadium in Chicago. The Crusaders finished the season at 24-29 and will bring back the bulk of their team for the 2018 season. Valpo does bid farewell to five seniors who have been key contributors during their time with the program.


Baseball

Two Crusaders Achieve All-League Honors, Three Others Named to All-Freshman Team


Five Valparaiso University baseball players received recognition on Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its all-league teams and league award winners. Seniors James Stea and Jake Hanson were named to the all-league second team. Stea filled an outfield slot, while Hanson earned the honor at designated hitter.The Crusaders had three players named to the Horizon League all-freshman team – pitcher Jon Tieman, pitcher Easton Rhodehouse and outfielder/DH Christian Barczi.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt to Meet Texas A&M Duo in First Round of National Doubles Tournament


Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) may have already walked across the stage at Sunday’s graduation, but the most accomplished doubles players in school history have not yet finished writing the final chapter of their storied Crusader careers.


Baseball

Baseball Ready for Horizon League Tournament in Chicago


The Valparaiso University baseball team enters the most important week of the season playing well at the right time. The Crusaders won four of their final five regular season games to latch down the No. 4 seed in this week’s Horizon League Tournament, which will be hosted by UIC at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.


Baseball

Rain Thwarts Doubleheader Between Crusaders, Panthers


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced the cancellation of Saturday’s doubleheader against Milwaukee. The two teams attempted to play the middle game of the series on Friday, but it was pushed back to a Saturday double dip due to steady rain throughout the day. Rain started to fall heavily again on Saturday morning, and was projected to continue for the remainder of the day.


Baseball

Rain Prevents Friday Baseball at Emory G. Bauer


The Valparaiso University baseball team made every effort to play Friday’s scheduled game against Milwaukee, but Mother Nature had other plans. A relentless rain throughout the day rendered baseball impossible, causing the postponement of the game.


Baseball

Hanson Recognized on Horizon League All-Academic Team


Valparaiso University senior Jake Hanson was honored by the Horizon League on Friday as the league announced its 2017 baseball all-academic team. Hanson was one of 14 Horizon League players honored for their success both on the playing field and in the classroom.


Baseball

Crusaders Continue Winning Ways with Walk-off Walk


The Valparaiso University baseball team notched its fourth win in the last five games on Thursday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Freshman Christian Barczi (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville North) worked a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to force in the winning run and send the Crusaders into celebration following a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee. All four Valpo base runners in the ninth came via walks, two of which were intentional.


Men's Basketball

Gore, Bradford, Smits to Embark on Athletes in Action Tour


Continuing a long-standing partnership, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program will send associate head coach Luke Gore and current Crusaders Micah Bradford and Derrik Smits on an Athletes in Action tour to the Czech Republic and Poland – a trip which begins May 23. Gore will serve as head coach for the 10-player team.


Softball

Stewart, Trepanier Earn All-Region Accolades


The Valparaiso University softball team was represented by two players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region squads, as announced by the NFCA on Thursday. Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) received Second Team All-Region honors, while sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) earned a spot on the Third Team.


Athletics

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


10 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.


Baseball

Saturday's Senior Day to Culminate Final Home Weekend


The Valparaiso University baseball team will close out the regular season with a three-game series at Emory G. Bauer Field beginning on Thursday afternoon as Milwaukee comes to town. Saturday’s game will mark the final Valpo home athletic event of the 2016-2017 academic and athletic year. It’s also Senior Day for the Crusaders as they recognize James Stea, Nate Palace, Mario Losi, Ellis Foreman and Jake Hanson prior to the game.


Baseball

Rhodehouse Honored as Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


The stellar performance of Valpo freshman Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) was recognized by the Horizon League as the league unveiled its weekly awards on Monday.


Baseball

Freshman Relievers Shine in Doubleheader Split with First-Place Flames


The Valparaiso University baseball team came up on the wrong end of a 2-0 pitchers’ duel in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader against first-place UIC, but the Crusaders bounced back by pulling out a 7-6 victory in a seesaw Game 2 on Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field. After winning three of four during a difficult stretch of four games in two days in two locations, Valpo has clinched a berth in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. Freshman Jake Larson kept the Crusaders in the first game with five shutout innings of relief, then classmate Easton Rhodehouse dominated over four perfect frames to earn the win in Game 2.


Baseball

Crusaders Sweep Critical Doubleheader from Panthers


The Valparaiso University baseball team took a giant step toward securing its place in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field. The Crusaders cruised to an 11-3 win in the opener before holding on for a 7-4 triumph in Game 2. Senior James Stea (Los Alamitos, Calif. / Los Alamitos) homered in both games and also tripled and drove in five in the second game. Valpo can clinch a spot in the league tournament on Sunday with either at least one victory over UIC or at least one Oakland victory over Youngstown State.


Softball

Magnifico Named to All-Tournament Team


Valparaiso University freshman outfielder Gabby Magnifico (Elmhurst, Ill./York) capped off her rookie season by representing the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team at the 2017 Horizon League Championship, as announced by the league at the tournament’s conclusion Saturday.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Drop NCAA Tournament Match to No. 17 Michigan


The match was tighter than the score would indicate, but the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team dropped its first-round NCAA Tournament showdown with No. 17 Michigan 4-0 on Friday afternoon.


Softball

Softball Closes Season at Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2017 season come to an end on Friday afternoon at the Horizon League Championship, as the Crusaders finished the tournament in fourth place with an 8-0 loss to Detroit Mercy. Valpo ended the season with 28 wins – its highest win total since 2013 – and senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) finished out her final year with four program single-season records.


Baseball

Important Stretch of Four Games in Two Days Next Up for Valpo


The Valparaiso University baseball team will embark upon the final seven-game stretch of the regular season with four games in two days this weekend. The Crusaders finally play Milwaukee for the first time all season with a Saturday doubleheader at Henry Aaron Field, then come home for a double dip with UIC on Sunday. Five teams can finish anywhere from third to seventh in the Horizon League, with everyone fighting to avoid being the one team left out of the league tournament.


Softball

Softball Falls to Youngstown State Thursday


The road to defending the Horizon League crown got a bit more challenging for the Valparaiso University softball team on Thursday, as the third-seeded Crusaders were dealt a 9-2 defeat by second-seeded Youngstown State. Valpo now has to win twice on Friday to reach Championship Saturday.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Ready for Second Straight NCAA Tournament Appearance


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis made sure to enjoy its second consecutive Horizon League title and clinching an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after doing so for the first time in program history a year ago.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Receives CoSIDA Academic All-District Honor


Valparaiso University men’s tennis senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) was recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday as a member of the 2017 Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team for District 5.


Softball

Crusaders Take Down Oakland in Tournament Opener


A solo homer from freshman Gabby Magnifico (Elmhurst, Ill./York) proved to be the lone run the Valparaiso University softball team would need in its opener at the Horizon League Championship Wednesday afternoon, as after waiting out a lengthy pre-game rain delay, the Crusaders got a one-hit effort in the circle by junior Kenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]) to take down Oakland by a 1-0 final in a rain-shortened five-inning affair. With the win, the Crusaders advance to play Youngstown State Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m.


Softball

Softball Heads to Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team begins defense of its 2016 Horizon League Championship this week in Chicago, as the third-seeded Crusaders look for their second straight league title and fourth in the last six years. Valpo begins the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against sixth-seeded Oakland.


Softball

Sam Stewart Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week


Tuesday proved to be a historic day for the Valparaiso University softball program, as senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week following her outstanding performance in the final weekend of the regular season. Stewart is the first player in program history to earn a National Player of the Week award.


Men's Golf

Incoming Freshman Wins First Level of U.S. Open Qualifying


Valparaiso University men’s golf incoming freshman Drew Alexander (McCordsville, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) won the first level of qualifying for the U.S. Open on Monday at Delaware Country Club.


Baseball

Crusaders, Boilermakers Washed Out


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that Tuesday’s scheduled game against Purdue has been cancelled due to rain. The game will not be made up.


Softball

Stewart Tabbed Horizon League Player of the Year; Calombaris, Trepanier Earn All-League Honors


Valparaiso University senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) received the Horizon League’s top honor on Tuesday, as the league announced that Stewart has been named the Horizon League Player of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches. In addition, classmate Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) joined Stewart as a First Team All-League selection, while sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) earned a Second Team All-League spot for the second straight year.


Baseball

Crusaders Seek to Sweep Season Set from Instate Rival Purdue


The Valparaiso University baseball team will renew an in-state rivalry on Tuesday afternoon as the Purdue Boilermakers make their way to Emory G. Bauer Field. It’s the final midweek game of the season and the last nonleague affair of the year. After this tune up, the Crusaders will gear up for the final seven Horizon League games of 2017, an important stretch for league positioning.


Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Award Winners


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team has announced its award winners for the 2016-17 season. The Crusaders recognized the team’s Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Hardest Worker, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Player of the Year and Fountain Award Winner.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men's Basketball Seeking Team Managers


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program is currently searching for students who are interested in joining the program as student managers for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Softball

Stewart Earns Horizon League Player of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after enjoying a weekend to remember in the final home series of her career, reaching base in all 11 of her plate appearances and breaking Valpo’s single-season home runs and walks records.


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 ninth annual Athletic Recognition Ceremony (ARC) Awards.


Baseball

Doubleheader Split a Tale of Two Games for Valpo Baseball


The two games of Sunday’s doubleheader represented quite the contrast to one another for the Valparaiso offense. The Crusaders banged out 18 hits on their way to a 13-3 win over Oakland in Game 1, but didn’t save any firepower for Game 2, when they scratched out just one hit and fell 7-0. The games were originally scheduled to take place in Rochester, Mich., but were moved to Emory G. Bauer Field.


Softball

Late Heroics Cap Series Sweep For Softball


It was a script seniors could hardly dream of for the final home game of their careers, as longtime neighbors and classmates Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) scored the tying and winning runs on a pinch-hit single from freshman Hannah Dybalski (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) in the sixth inning of Valpo’s 2-1 victory to close out the regular season Sunday afternoon against Wright State. With the win, the Crusaders clinched the third seed in the Horizon League Championship this week and will open tournament play against sixth-seeded Oakland Wednesday afternoon.


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

Men Finish Fifth, Women in Seventh at League Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded the 2017 Horizon League Outdoor Championships on Sunday. The men finished in fifth place with 49 points and the women ended in eighth with 24 points. Senior Liz Owen received the top honor over the weekend by earning a first-place nod in the 1,500m race.


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

Pole Vault Highlights Second Day of Outdoor Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in Day 2 of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships at Youngstown State University on Saturday. The men have 21 points and the women have tallied nine points after two days of competing. The men scored nine of their points in the pole vault.


Softball

Crusaders Sweep Wright State on Senior Day


Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) enjoyed a Senior Day to remember at the Valpo Softball Complex on Saturday, breaking Valpo’s single-season home runs and walks records and ending game two of the doubleheader sweep of Wright State with a two-run homer which closed out a 9-1 victory. Freshman Morgan Matalin (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) delivered a walk-off victory in eight innings in the opener with her first career homer, giving the Crusaders a 4-3 win. Prior to the twinbill, the Crusaders honored their senior trio on Senior Day: Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) and Stewart.


Baseball

Crusaders to Host Relocated Twin Bill at Emory G. Bauer


The Valparaiso University baseball team received the pleasant surprise of a weekend without leaving town, as Sunday’s doubleheader was moved from Rochester, Mich. to Valpo due to field conditions at Oakland. The Grizzlies took two of three from the Crusaders when they visited Emory G. Bauer Field earlier this season. Oakland will be the home team for both games and have last at-bats.


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

Crusaders Finish Day One of HL Outdoor Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams the Horizon League Outdoor Championships hosted by Youngstown State on Friday. The Crusader men leave the opening day with seven points, holding seventh place overall. Sophomore Drew McKissick Jr. highlighted the opening day of the league championships for Valpo.


Baseball

Crusaders Bounce Back with Game 2 Win to Split Twin Bill


The Valparaiso University baseball team bounced back from a tough 4-3 loss to Youngstown State in Game 1 to notch a 6-2 victory in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders coughed up a ninth-inning edge in the opener, but rode a strong pitching performance from Jon Tieman to a Game 2 victory.


Softball

Softball Closes Regular Season This Weekend


Having already secured a berth into next week's Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso University softball team looks to close out the regular season on a high note this weekend as the Crusaders welcome Wright State to town for a three-game series. Prior to Saturday's doubleheader, Valpo will honor its three-player senior class: Jorgi Calombaris, Taylor Lawson and Sam Stewart.


Softball

Calombaris Earns Academic All-League Honor


Valparaiso University softball senior Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) has been named to the Horizon League’s Academic All-League squad, as announced by the league office Friday morning.


Baseball

Crusaders, Penguins Lock Horns Twice More on Friday


After dropping two of three to Youngstown State last weekend in Niles, Ohio, the Valparaiso University baseball team still has an opportunity to win the season series as the Crusaders welcome the Penguins to Emory G. Bauer Field for a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Last weekend, the Crusaders salvaged the series finale against Youngstown State with a 10-7 win on Sunday.


Softball

Final Regular Season Softball Series Adjusted


Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on this spring's softball schedule, as the Crusaders have moved their scheduled game tomorrow against Wright State to Sunday afternoon at noon. Valpo's Saturday doubleheader versus the Raiders, also slated for a noon start, is on as scheduled and will continue to serve as the program's Senior Day.


Baseball

Sunday Doubleheader Moved to Emory G. Bauer Field


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that Sunday’s doubleheader against Oakland scheduled to take place in Rochester, Mich. has been moved to Emory G. Bauer Field.


Baseball

Larson’s Strong Pitching Performance Helps Crusaders Down Huskies


When the first four Northern Illinois batters of the game drew bases on balls, it looked like it could be a long Wednesday afternoon for the Valparaiso University baseball team. That’s when head coach Brian Schmack summoned Jake Larson from the bullpen. The freshman right-hander delivered 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to propel the Crusaders to an 8-2 victory over the Huskies at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Athletics

Six Valparaiso Athletic Programs Earn NCAA Recognition


Six athletic programs from Valparaiso University have received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for outstanding academic performance.


Football

De La Rosa a Common Thread Between Nursing, Football


Tristan De La Rosa doesn’t live the average college life, but Tristan is no average college student. Being a successful nursing major and a successful football player have one commonality – they both require countless hours and tireless work. At Valpo, though, there’s a second common thread that connects these two very different groups. That’s Tristan, who pulls off the rare juggling act of majoring in nursing while competing in Division I football.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Announces 2017 Coaching Staff


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer program has announced its coaching staff for the 2017 season. Valpo head coach Mike Avery has tabbed veteran coach and former professional player Chris Pfau as the team’s top assistant, while two-time Valparaiso graduate Brendan Roth returns to his alma mater as an assistant coach.


Men's Tennis

Valpo to Battle Michigan in NCAA Tournament


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is set to take on Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, May 12. The Crusaders and Wolverines will play a neutral site first-round match, as the four-team pod will be hosted by No. 16 Stanford. Valpo received a No. 3 seed within the four-team pod, avoiding a match with the host Cardinal.


Men's Basketball

Linssen Joins Valpo Basketball Family


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that the Crusaders are adding to their tradition of welcoming international players to the program, as Marten Linssen, a 6’8” forward from Dusseldorf, Germany, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2017-18 season.


Women's Track & Field

Owen Receives Horizon League Runner of the Week Award


After setting a school record in the 3,000m steeplechase, senior Liz Owen (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) was named the Horizon League’s Female Runner of the Week on Tuesday.


Baseball

Crusaders, Huskies Postponed to Wednesday


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that Tuesday’s scheduled game against Northern Illinois has been postponed due to field conditions. The game will be made up on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis NCAA Selection Show Watch Party Set for Tuesday Afternoon


Come join the Valparaiso University men's tennis team on Tuesday afternoon for a viewing party as the Crusaders learn their destination for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The gathering begins at 3:30 p.m. CT inside the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC) classroom.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Repeat as Horizon League Champions, Head Back to NCAA Tournament


The Valparaiso University men's tennis team hoisted Horizon League Championship hardware on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. after defeating Cleveland State for the league title. The Crusaders have won back-to-back Horizon League Championships and receive an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.


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

Valpo Places League-Most Eight on Horizon League Track & Field All-Academic Teams


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams emerged as Champions in Classroom, placing a league-most eight athletes on the Horizon League all-academic team, which was announced on Monday. The men’s team boasts six honorees and the women have two on the team.


Baseball

Garbella Garners Batter of the Week After Continuing Hot Streak


Valparaiso University junior Giovanni Garbella (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) gained attention from the Horizon League office on Monday after his recent trend of success continued this week.


Baseball

Eggimann Home Run Helps Crusaders Past Penguins


For the third time in the series, the Valparaiso University baseball team engaged in a back-and-forth affair with Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. This time the Crusaders got the last laugh, as Jayden Eggimann belted his first Valpo home run in the top of the ninth, a three-run shot that proved to be the difference in the game.


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

Valpo Men Win Crusader Open, Women Place Second


On a cold, rainy and windy day, the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted their fourth home meet in school history at the Warren G. Hoger Track. The men ended up with 180 points, receiving their first team victory this season. The women finished in second with 107 total points.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Return to Horizon League Championship Match


It was by no means easy, but the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is headed back to the Horizon League Championship match for the third consecutive season. The Crusaders started the league tournament by edging out Youngstown State 4-3 in a heart-pounding Saturday semifinal at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Now, Valpo finds itself one win removed from securing a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Kyle Dunn was the hero, winning his match with all other courts finished to help the Crusaders stave off a significant upset bid.


Baseball

Series Finale Postponed by Rain


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that the third game of its weekend series at Youngstown State, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to inclement weather.The series finale is now set for Sunday at 11 a.m. CT at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Softball

Valpo Drops Series Finale to Golden Grizzlies


Oakland proved to be too much for the Valparaiso University softball team to handle Saturday on a cold, rainy afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, as the Crusaders lost the series finale to the Golden Grizzlies by a 12-2 final.


Baseball

Crusaders Drop Both Games of Friday’s Doubleheader


The Valparaiso University baseball team had late leads in both games of Friday’s doubleheader with Youngstown State at Eastwood Stadium in Niles, Ohio, but the Crusaders couldn’t hold on to the edge in either game. The Penguins walked off with a 6-5 win in the opener, then rallied for five in the eighth to beat the Crusaders 9-7 in Game 2.


Softball

Comeback Comes Up Short As Crusaders Fall Twice to Oakland


As it has done so often this season, the Valparaiso University softball team rallied in the seventh inning to force extra innings in its nightcap with Oakland Friday from the Valpo Softball Complex, but in the end, the Crusaders couldn’t close out the comeback, as the Golden Grizzlies scored in the 11th inning for a 4-3 final. Oakland took both of Friday’s games, claiming the opener by a score of 9-2.


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

Track & Field Set for Annual Home Meet


The Valparaiso University track and field team will host its fourth home meet since the opening of Warren G. Hoger Track on Saturday with the third annual Crusader Open.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Wins Player of the Year, Valpo Hauls in Men’s Tennis Postseason Awards


The Horizon League regular season champion Valparaiso University men’s tennis team was well represented as the league announced its postseason awards at Thursday night’s banquet in advance of this weekend’s Horizon League Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.


Softball

Crusaders Host Key League Series Against Oakland


With just six regular season games remaining, the importance of each contest keeps growing, and this weekend's series with Oakland is the most important yet for the Valparaiso University softball team. With just 1.5 games separating second through sixth in the Horizon League standings, this weekend's series could prove to have a big impact on the final positions.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men’s Basketball To Host Three Summer Camps


Registration is open now for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team’s three basketball camps this summer. Two camps will run concurrently June 19-22, with a third camp being hosted at the ARC July 24-28. The camps are open to youths from ages 5-14.


Baseball

Crusaders, Penguins Set for First Meeting of Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team will make the longest Horizon League journey this weekend as it heads to Youngstown State for a three-game set with the Penguins. Note that the series schedule has been altered due to weather, as the two teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. CT. All five of the meetings between the Crusaders and Penguins will occur in an eight-day span, as Valpo and Youngstown State get together next Friday, May 5 for a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field


Baseball

Weather Alters Baseball Series


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced a schedule change to its series at Youngstown State this weekend. The Crusaders and Penguins will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. CT at Eastwood Field due to an unfavorable weather forecast for the remainder of the weekend.


Softball

Softball Schedule Adjusted This Weekend


Due to weather concerns, the schedule for the softball series this weekend between Valparaiso and Oakland has been adjusted. The two squads are now slated to play a Friday doubleheader, with first pitch at 11 a.m. The series is scheduled to conclude with a single game on Saturday at noon.


Softball

NIU Takes Two From Crusaders Wednesday


The Valparaiso University softball team took to the field for its final non-league action of the regular season Wednesday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill. as the Crusaders visited Northern Illinois. But despite scoring first in both games, Valpo was unable to come away with a victory, as the Huskies rallied for a 7-4 win in the opener and a 5-2 win in the nightcap.


Men's Tennis

Transcending the Competition: Kyle Dunn Drills His Way to the Top on the Court and In the Classroom


Tennis balls fly back and forth across the net as young men run in zig-zag patterns to thwart their opponents hard driving serves. Tennis at Division I schools is a blur of intense and concentrated movement. At Valpo, it’s especially engaging as a Horizon League Championship winning team includes Senior Tennis Team Captain, Kyle Dunn ’17.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Bids Farewell to Seniors Following Final Day of Competition


It was a mix of the past, present and future for the Valparaiso University women’s golf team in the final round of the Horizon League Championships on Tuesday in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Strong performances from a pair of underclassmen built excitement for the future, while the final collegiate rounds for a pair of seniors led to reflection on the past.


Baseball

Crusaders Fall to Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University baseball team suffered a 10-3 loss to Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium. Giovanni Garbella (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) provided a bright spot for the Crusaders by continuing his recent stretch of offensive success with two doubles.


Men's Basketball

Fazekas to Join Crusader Basketball Program


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program continues to welcome local talent into the fold, as head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Ryan Fazekas, a native of Chesterton and 2015 graduate of Marquette Catholic H.S., has signed to join the Crusaders as a transfer from Providence. Fazekas will have to sit out next season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting with the 2018-19 campaign.


Men's Golf

Seniors Conclude Illustrious Crusader Careers


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team wrapped up its 2017 campaign on Tuesday at the Horizon League Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The Crusaders finished fourth of eight teams with a team score of 908 after carding a 303 in Tuesday’s third round. Valpo was three strokes behind Wright State for third.


Baseball

Valpo, Notre Dame Face Off in Midweek Affair


The Valparaiso University baseball team will make the trip to Notre Dame on Tuesday evening for a midweek meeting with the Fighting Irish. The Crusaders will spend the week away from Emory G. Bauer Field as the Notre Dame game will be followed by a three-game weekend set at Youngstown State.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Third Heading into Final Round of League Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team currently stands in third place in the Horizon League Championships with 18 holes remaining. The Crusaders stroked a 308 in Round 2 and currently sit at 605 (+29) through 36 holes. Valpo is seven strokes back of second-place Oakland and nine strokes behind first-place Cleveland State.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men’s Soccer Announces 2016-17 Award Winners


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team wrapped the 2017 spring season in style and with a flair for the dramatic, as the Crusaders found two goals in the final 15 minutes to top the Valparaiso Alumni Team 4-3 in an exciting match on Sunday afternoon at Brown Field. With the win, the Crusaders finish the spring with a record of 7-1, with the only loss a 2-1 defeat back in February at Indiana University. Now, the team turns its attention to putting the final pieces in place in anticipation of the fall 2017 season.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Wins Horizon League Regular Season Title


The Valparaiso University men's tennis team beat Detroit Mercy 5-2 on Sunday to clinch the Horizon League regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League Tournament. Valpo finished the season undefeated in league play for the second straight year.


Women's Golf

Shoemake, Curtis Lead Team in Round 2 of League Championships


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team received sub-80 rounds from a pair of underclassmen on the second day of the Horizon League Championships at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Monday. Freshman Tiffany Curtis turned in a 79, eclipsed by only one teammate – sophomore Kylie Shoemake, who stroked a 78.


Baseball

Foreman Wins Horizon League Pitcher of the Week After Shutting Down Wright State


Fifth-year senior Ellis Foreman (Round Rock, Texas / Stony Point) made his first start of the season one to remember on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. He shut down perennial Horizon League powerhouse Wright State to the tune of a complete game shutout.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Honors Seniors as Season Ends Sunday


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team’s season came to a close on Sunday with a 5-2 loss to Detroit Mercy at the Valpo Tennis Complex. It may not be reflected in the form of victories, but the Crusaders (2-18, 1-8 Horizon) showed significant signs of improvement down the stretch, winning at least two matches in each of their last five. Seniors Paige Heuer, Kathleen Hebble and Morgan Paras all participated in the final matches of their collegiate careers on Sunday.


Men's Golf

Valpo Second Through One Day of Horizon League Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team got off to a strong start at the Horizon League Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Sunday. The Crusaders posted a 297 in Round 1 and currently stand in second place in the eight-team event, only three strokes off the pace set by first-place Cleveland State.


Baseball

Foreman Heaves Complete Game Shutout as Crusaders Earn Split with Raiders


Valparaiso University fifth-year senior Ellis Foreman hadn’t started a game all season, but he sure looked comfortable in a starting role in Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader against Wright State at Emory G. Bauer Field. Foreman did make 23 starts over his first four collegiate seasons, but few of them matched the caliber of Sunday’s gem.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Team Begins Horizon League Championships


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team competed in Day 1 of the Horizon League Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Sunday. The Crusaders posted a 324 (+36) in Round 1, tied with UIC for fifth place in the eight-team event. Northern Kentucky sits atop the team standings at 304 (+16).


Baseball

Crusaders, Raiders to Play Two on Sunday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will round out its first four-game league weekend of the season with a pair of contests at Emory G. Bauer Field on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders will look to knock off Wright State after dropping all three games in Dayton earlier this season. The Raiders face a difficult turnaround after playing a home doubleheader then traveling to Valpo on Saturday.


Men's Golf, Women's Golf

Webb Named Horizon League co-Player of the Year, Three Crusaders Achieve All-League Recognition


Senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) received an honor never before bestowed upon a member of the Valparaiso University men’s golf team on Saturday evening at the Horizon League Banquet preceding the Horizon League Championships, which begin on Sunday in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.


Softball

Stewart Homers Twice As Crusaders Split With Titans


Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) homered in back-to-back at-bats in the Valparaiso University softball team’s opener at Detroit Mercy on Saturday, including a second-inning grand slam, as the Crusaders downed the Titans, 10-5. Valpo was unable to complete the series sweep, falling 4-2 to Detroit Mercy in the series finale.


Football

Countdown to 2017 Begins After Successful Spring Game


The Valparaiso University football team held its annual Spring Game on Saturday at Brown Field. This year’s format divided the game into three contests pitting the offense against the defense. Special teams segments were held between each section of the offense vs. defense scrimmage.


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

Bruno, Owen Lead Valpo on Final Day of Pacesetter Invite


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams completed the Pacesetter Invite with the men coming in fourth with 58 points and the women receiving sixth with 23 points. Sophomore Alexander Bruno earned the men’s top finish, capturing second place in the 1,500m, senior Liz Owen had the same result in the same event.


Women's Tennis

Upset Bid Falls Just Shy Despite Strong Showing from Crusaders


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team gave Oakland everything it could handle on Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex, but the chance to knock off the Grizzlies came up short in a 4-3 defeat. The Crusaders have made progress in recent matches, scoring two team points or more in each of their last four.


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

Crusaders Complete Day 1 at Pacesetter Invite


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in Day 1 at the Pacesetter Invite hosted by Indiana State on Friday. The men left the first day of competition in fourth with 11 points, while the women are fifth with seven points. Jack Mader led all Crusader athletes with a second-place result in the 5,000m race.


Baseball

Crusaders Earn Doubleheader Split with Lopsided Game 2 Win


The Valparaiso University baseball team bounced back from a 14-5 loss in Game 1 to salvage a doubleheader split with Northern Kentucky on Friday, winning Game 2 17-4 at Bill Aker Complex in Highland Heights. Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) was productive at the plate in both games, Giovanni Garbella (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) collected six RBIs in the second game and freshman Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) earned a win in his first collegiate start.


Softball

Crusaders Take Series Opener at Detroit Mercy


Propelled by a fifth-inning grand slam from junior Lanie Callaghan (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland), the Valparaiso University softball team opened a key Horizon League series at Detroit Mercy Friday afternoon with a 9-3 victory over the Titans.


Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis

Three Crusaders Earn Places on All-Academic Teams


The Valparaiso University tennis programs were well represented as the Horizon League announced its men’s and women’s all-academic teams on Friday. Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis. / Fond du Lac) have both notched places on the men’s all-academic team, while Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind. / Silver Creek) achieved a spot on the women’s all-academic team.


Women's Basketball

Johanson Signs with Valpo Women’s Basketball


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball program has announced its newest addition as 6-foot-5 forward Nicole Johanson has signed to join the team for the 2017-18 season. Johanson enjoyed a strong senior season at Herscher High School in Herscher, Ill., earning all-tournament recognition for all three of the team’s tournaments (Thanksgiving, Christmas and conference) on her way to achieving all-area and all-conference recognition.


Football

Valpo Football Set for Annual Spring Game


For the first time since the 2016 season came to an end, the Valparaiso University football team will take the field with a game day atmosphere at Brown Field on Saturday. The annual Valpo football Spring Game begins at 11 a.m. The Crusaders will use a modified scoring system again this season with a format that pits the offense against the defense. New this year, the event will be divided into three contests.


Baseball

Crusaders Visit Norse for Twin Bill


The Valparaiso University baseball team will have its first four-game weekend of the year, beginning with Friday’s doubleheader at Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders will attempt to continue their success against the Norse after taking two of three against them at Emory G. Bauer Field two weeks ago.


Men's Golf

Webb Named Horizon League Golfer of the Week


The good news continued to pour in for the Valparaiso University men’s golf team on Wednesday afternoon as senior Peter Webb was named the Horizon League Golfer of the Week for the second time this season and the sixth time in his collegiate career.


Men's Golf

Seitz, Wittmann Named to Horizon League All-Academic Team


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team continued to receive recognition for its academic and athletic success on Wednesday as the Crusaders placed two golfers on the five-member Horizon League all-academic team. Senior Nick Seitz and sophomore Mitchell Wittmann were honored as two of the five players on the all-academic team, which was voted on by the Horizon League Faculty Athletics Representatives from each of the league’s 10 institutions.


Men's Track & Field

McKissick Earns Horizon League Men’s Field Athlete of the Week


The Horizon League announced on Wednesday that Valparaiso University sophomore Drew McKissick Jr. (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) has been selected as the league’s Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.


Baseball

Garbella Cracks Two Home Runs to Help Crusaders Over Cougars


The Valparaiso University baseball team has played the last four games without its most established hitter with first baseman Nate Palace sidelined by an illness, but Giovanni Garbella has helped make sure the offense hasn’t skipped a beat.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Top Green Bay in Match Play


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team competed for the final time prior to the Horizon League Championship on Tuesday at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso. The Crusaders thrived in the last tune-up before the league finals, dispatching visiting Green Bay 4.5-0.5.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Drops Match with Chicago State


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team picked up wins at two singles spots on Tuesday at the Valpo Tennis Complex, but couldn’t corral the team triumph in a 5-2 loss to the Cougars of Chicago State. Meg Modesto and Randi Wind provided the wins for the Crusaders.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Twinbill to Central Michigan


The Valparaiso University softball team failed to get going Tuesday afternoon at home in a doubleheader against a strong Central Michigan team, as the Chippewas dealt the Crusaders a pair of defeats by finals of 6-0 and 8-0.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Repeats Sweep of Horizon League Weekly Awards


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team has once again received recognition from the Horizon League for its performance this past week. Valpo senior Jeffrey Schorsch has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while Schorsch and doubles teammate Charlie Emhardt have been honored as the Horizon League Doubles Team of the Week. Both Schorsch and the No. 1 doubles duo are repeat winners as they capture the distinctions for the second straight week.


Men's Golf

Seward Signs NLI with Valpo Men’s Golf


The Valparaiso University men’s golf program has announced the addition of Brett Seward, who has signed his National Letter of the Intent to join the Crusaders for the 2017-18 season.


Softball

Softball Prepares For Regular Season Home Stretch


The Valparaiso University softball team takes a brief step out of Horizon League action with a mid-week doubleheader on Tuesday at home against Central Michigan before starting the home stretch of league play with their final road series of the year this weekend at Detroit Mercy.


Women's Golf

Win Over Detroit Mercy Highlights Performance at Crusader-Jaguar Challenge


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team participated in the Crusader-Jaguar Challenge this weekend and went 1-2 in the match play event. The Crusaders started the event with a victory over Horizon League foe Detroit Mercy and also put together a strong performance in a loss to Big East rival Butler. On Monday, senior Sydney Shrum earned a win in her final collegiate tournament.


Volleyball

Brys Signs With Crusader Volleyball Program


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Marissa Brys, an outside hitter from Washington Township H.S., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join Valpo as a freshman for the 2017 season.


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

Valpo Competes at Benedictine University Relays


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in a two-day meet at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. on Friday and Saturday. The men earned 10th of 28 teams with 45 points, and the women finished in 15th with 19 points. Junior Ben Zibricky (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way Central) and senior Liz Owen (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) tabbed first-place results for the Crusaders, both in the 1,500m run.


Men's Golf

Webb Finishes Third in Muncie to Pace Crusaders


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished in a tie for sixth place with a three-round score of 1108 in a six-count-five format at Ball State’s Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational in Muncie on Saturday. Senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) had another strong performance, stroking a 69 on the final day of competition to finish with a three-round total of 209, placing third in an 85-player field.


Women's Tennis

Sysouvanh, Wind with Singles Victories in Loss to Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team picked up two singles victories and one doubles triumph in a 5-2 loss to Milwaukee at the Valpo Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders hadn’t won more than one singles match in any of their first five Horizon League contests, but have now picked up multiple singles wins in back-to-back league matches.


Baseball

Grizzlies Take Rubber Match from Crusaders


The Valparaiso University baseball team couldn’t overcome a nine-run Oakland fourth inning on Saturday afternoon in an eventual 19-9 defeat at Emory G. Bauer Field. It was a day of big innings as the Grizzlies set the tone with four runs in the top of the first, while the Crusaders had a six-run fifth to chip into the large hole created by the nine-run fourth. Chad Jacob had three hits to lead Valpo.


Softball

Shutout Secures Softball Series Sweep


There would be no late-game heroics necessary for the Valparaiso University softball team on Saturday afternoon, as after waiting out a pre-game rain delay, the Crusaders jumped on top of Cleveland State with three first-inning runs and never looked back in an eventual 5-0 victory over the Vikings to complete the series sweep.


Women's Tennis

Modesto Comes Through with Thrilling Win, Propels Valpo to First Horizon League Victory


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team flashed a flair for the dramatic on Friday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex, starting the holiday weekend with a heart-pounding 4-3 victory over Green Bay. The match came down to No. 3 singles, where Meg Modesto picked up Valpo’s most memorable victory of the season to clinch the team win.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Down Phoenix, Stay Unbeaten in League Play


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team came out on top in a battle of the two most recent Horizon League champions and a pair of teams that entered the match undefeated in league play on Friday morning at the Valparaiso Tennis Complex. The Crusaders downed Green Bay 6-1, locking up at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title. Valpo can clinch the No. 1 seed in the league tournament by the end of the weekend depending on other Horizon League results.


Softball

Late Heroics Close Out Doubleheader Sweep For Cardiac Crusaders


Down three runs entering the seventh inning, and still trailing down to its final strike? No problem Friday for the Valparaiso University softball team. Senior Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) tied the nightcap with Cleveland State with a two-out, two-strike base hit in the seventh, and classmate Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) delivered the game-winning blow with a homer in the eighth to give Valpo a 4-3 win and the doubleheader sweep. The Crusaders scored the first five runs en route to a 5-3 victory over the Vikings in the day’s opener.


Men's Golf

Men’s Golf Fifth Through Two Rounds in Muncie


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team sits in fifth place at 733 in a 13-team field at Ball State’s Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational after the opening day of competition on Friday. Through two rounds, the Crusaders are ahead of three Horizon League foes in the team standings.


Baseball

Crusaders Draw Even with Late Rally, Fall in Extras


The Valparaiso University baseball team came from behind late for the second straight day, but this time the rally came up shy as Oakland scored three times in the top of the 10th and held on to beat the Crusaders 9-6. The Crusaders plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth to draw even after the Grizzlies had grabbed two insurance tallies in the top of the ninth.


Men's Basketball

Golder Signs NLI To Join Valpo Men’s Basketball Program


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Markus Golder, a 6’6” swingman out of North Idaho College, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season. Golder will be a sophomore for the Crusaders next season and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.


Baseball

Stea Grand Slam Propels Crusaders to Dramatic Win


One swing of the bat from senior James Stea altered the complexion of Thursday’s series opener between the Valparaiso University baseball team and visiting Oakland. The Grizzlies played long ball early to build the lead, but it was Stea’s big fly that mattered most as his eighth-inning shot over the left-field fence put the Crusaders up 7-6, a lead they did not relinquish.


Men's Golf

Practice Makes Perfect: Wittmann Achieves Hole-in-One


Valparaiso University men’s golfer Mitchell Wittmann recorded a hole-in-one in Thursday’s practice round at Ball State University. Wittmann, a sophomore, achieved the feat on a 206-yard Par 3 hole at Delaware CC.


Softball

Valpo Falls Twice to League-Leading UIC Wednesday


The Valparaiso University softball team dropped both ends of a Horizon League doubleheader against league-leading UIC Wednesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, falling 5-0 in the opener and 3-2 in nine innings in the nightcap.


Baseball

Crusaders, Grizzlies to Face Off Beginning Thursday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will look to put together another winning weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field as it welcomes Oakland to town for a holiday weekend set. The three-game series begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Series Opener to UIC


There were just two run-scoring blows on Tuesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, but unfortunately for the Valparaiso University softball team, both came off the bats of visiting UIC players, as the Flames handed the Crusaders a 6-0 loss in their Horizon League series opener.


Baseball

Crusaders Suffer First Midweek Loss of Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team couldn’t keep its run of midweek success alive on Tuesday afternoon in Muncie, Ind., as Ball State defeated the Crusaders 11-2. Valpo received two hits apiece from Chad Jacob, Christian Barczi and Sam Shaikin in the losing effort.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Continue to Haul in Men’s Tennis Accolades


Another week of flawless Horizon League play led to another week of league awards for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team. The league named senior Jeffrey Schorsch its Singles Player of the Week and Schorsch and doubles partner Charlie Emhardt its Doubles Team of the Week on Tuesday.


Baseball

Baseball Looks to Sustain Midweek Success on Tuesday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will return to the road as it visits instate foe Ball State in Muncie on Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders will attempt to remain unbeaten in midweek games as they hold a 5-0 record in midweek affairs entering Tuesday.


Softball

Softball Continues League Play With Six Games This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team passes the midway point of Horizon League play this week as it faces six games in a five-day stretch. The Crusaders conclude their current homestand with a three-game series versus league-leading UIC at the Valpo Softball Complex on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then travel to take on Cleveland State for a three-game set on Friday and Saturday.


Athletics

131 Valpo Student-Athletes Recognized at Annual Honors Banquet


Valparaiso University awarded 131 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 26th Annual Student-Athletes Academic Honors Banquet held on Sunday evening.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Concludes Road Slate with Win


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team competed in its final regular season road match of the season on Sunday morning in Miamisburg, Ohio against Wright State. The Crusaders dispatched the Raiders 6-1, setting themselves up for the chance to secure at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title with a win on Friday against Green Bay.


Baseball

Crusaders Fall to Norse in Series Finale


Trey Ganns hit three home runs, Northern Kentucky scored multiple runs in six of the nine innings and the Valparaiso University baseball team couldn’t slow down a powerful Norse lineup in an 18-7 loss on a windy Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders (12-17, 3-6 Horizon) still took two of three in the series after Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of the Norse (11-9, 6-3 Horizon).


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Drops Sunday Match to Wright State


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 setback on Saturday at the hands of the Wright State Raiders in Miamisburg, Ohio. The most competitive match of the day came at No. 3 singles, as Dao Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Sun Prairie) took Wright State’s Haily Morgan to three sets.


Baseball

Crusaders Fend Off Northern Kentucky Rallies, Sweep Doubleheader from Norse


It wasn’t easy by any means, but the Valparaiso University baseball team pulled off a doubleheader sweep of Northern Kentucky at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday. Both games saw the Crusaders build sizeable leads, then hold on for dear life in exhilarating victories. Valpo picked up an 8-7 win in Game 1, before winning the nightcap 10-9.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Stays Unblemished in Horizon League Action


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team returned to form after having its 17-match winning streak halted last weekend, starting a new streak with a 6-1 victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday at the Yeager Tennis Complex in Highland Heights. The Crusaders upped their record to 18-3 (4-0 Horizon), while the Norse plummeted to 5-6 (1-4 Horizon) with the defeat.


Women's Tennis

Wind Wins at No. 6 as Crusaders Fall to Norse


Sophomore Randi Wind (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) provided the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team with its first singles victory against a Horizon League opponent this season in Saturday’s 6-1 loss to Northern Kentucky.


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

Five Top Finishes Lead Valpo at DePauw Invitational


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams stayed in Indiana as they traveled to Greencastle for the DePauw Invitational on Saturday. The men’s team garnered four first-place marks, three coming in field events, while the women tallied one, which also came in a field event. The Crusader men finished in third with 96 points and the women ended the invitational in sixth with 46 points.


Baseball

Crusaders Begin Home Slate, Host Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University baseball team will finally begin its home slate after starting the season with 26 consecutive road games. The scheduled home opener against Western Michigan on Wednesday was canceled due to inclement weather, then the scheduled series opener on Friday was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. The Crusaders will finally lift the lid on their home season with Saturday's doubleheader.


Baseball

Field Conditions Alter Series Schedule


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced the postponement of Friday’s scheduled series opener against Northern Kentucky due to unplayable field conditions.


Softball

Gloomy Weather Can’t Hold Down Crusaders as Softball Beats Green Bay


Rain overnight and throughout the morning looked to put the kibosh on playing Wednesday afternoon, but the Valparaiso softball program put in the necessary work to get the field playable, and then taking advantage of a window of opportunity, put in work on the field during the game to take down Green Bay by a 4-0 score and earn the series victory over the Phoenix.


Men's Golf

Webb Wins Horizon League Golfer of the Week


After enjoying the best performance of his collegiate career this weekend, Valparaiso University senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) was honored as the Horizon League Golfer of the Week on Wednesday.


Baseball

Inclement Weather Cancels Wednesday’s Game Between Crusaders, Broncos


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced the cancellation of Wednesday’s scheduled game against Western Michigan due to anticipated inclement weather.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Close Wright State Invitational with Team’s Strongest Round of Event


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team posted a 363 on the final day of competition, tied for the second-best Round 3 score in the Wright State Invitational on Tuesday. The Crusaders finished fourth in the six-team event with a 54-hole score of 1,109. The Crusaders finished six strokes behind Northern Kentucky and seven strokes in back of the host Raiders. Valpo finished ahead of Green Bay and Loyola.


Baseball

Crusaders Edge Redbirds in 12-Inning Marathon


It took longer than the regulation nine innings, but the Valparaiso University baseball team grabbed its first one-run win of the season on Tuesday night at Illinois State. A go-ahead bases-loaded walk by Chase Dawson in the top of the 12th helped the Crusaders top the Redbirds 4-3 at Duffy Bass Field. The Crusaders prevailed in a battle of the bullpens that saw both teams go scoreless from the sixth through 12th innings.


Softball

Crusaders, Phoenix Split League Twinbill Tuesday


Once the rain finally cleared up Tuesday afternoon, the Valparaiso University softball team was able to get in a Horizon League doubleheader with Green Bay at the Valpo Softball Complex – a series which was originally scheduled to be played in Green Bay. The Phoenix walked off with a 4-3 win in the opener, but the Crusaders rebounded with an offensive outburst in the nightcap for a 13-2 victory and a doubleheader split.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Battle Horizon League Foes at Wright State Invite


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team continued a busy stretch of competition on Monday by beginning the Wright State Invitational. The Crusaders posted a 746 through two rounds and rank fourth in the six-team field.


Softball

Softball Set to Continue Homestand This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team continues a 10-game homestand at the Valpo Softball Complex this week as the Crusaders welcome Green Bay to town for a doubleheader on Tuesday and a single game on Wednesday. Because the Horizon League series was originally slated to be hosted by Green Bay before being moved to Valpo, the Phoenix will be the designated home team for all three games of the series.


Women's Golf

Valpo Sets Team Scoring Record, Holds on for Second-Place Finish


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team fended off host Fort Wayne by two strokes to finish in second place in the Fort Wayne Spring Classic at Pine Valley Country Club on Monday. In the process, the Crusaders posted the best 54-hole team score in program history. Katie Willenbrink, golfing as an individual, rounded out a strong event with a 77 in Round 3.


Baseball

Western Michigan, Illinois State Up Next for Valpo Baseball


The Valparaiso University baseball team rounds out a stretch of 26 straight road games to begin the season on Tuesday evening, then finally opens the home slate, weather permitting, on Wednesday afternoon. The Tuesday trip will be to Normal, Ill. to take on Illinois State, while the Wednesday home affair will welcome Western Michigan to Emory G. Bauer Field. Both games this week feature former Valpo assistant coaches on the opposing staff.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Second Through Two Rounds at Fort Wayne Spring Classic


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team started the tournament on the right foot with its lowest round of the season on Sunday, and eventually ranked second after one day in the five-team Fort Wayne Spring Classic. Katie Willenbrink competed as an individual and had the best day of any Crusader. Three Crusaders enjoyed season-best performances, two of which achieved career bests.


Men's Golf

Webb Takes Medalist Honors at Hoosier Invitational


Senior Peter Webb enjoyed the most memorable weekend of his collegiate career at the Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, becoming the first Crusader to win medalist honors since September 2014. Webb had a five-stroke lead entering Sunday’s final round, and posted a 73 in the final 18 holes to finish the event with a first-place 54-hole score of 206 (-7), three strokes ahead of Charlotte’s Matty Lamb, who finished second.


Softball

Crusaders Rally To Close Out Series Win Over YSU


It was a wild ride Sunday for the Valparaiso University softball team, as the Crusaders jumped out to a quick lead on Youngstown State before surrendering the lead in the top of the sixth, only to reclaim the advantage in the bottom half of the inning and then receive clutch relief work from freshman Lindsay Zdroik (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward) to close out a 6-5 victory which secured the series win over the Penguins.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Falls to No. 47 South Alabama


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team faced off with South Alabama and fell 4-2 on Sunday. The Jaguars, who check in at No. 47 in the latest ITA national rankings, boosted their record to 20-5 while handing the Crusaders (17-3) their second straight defeat.


Baseball

Wichita State Walks Off Again as Crusaders Drop Finale


The Valparaiso University baseball team suffered its third straight one-run loss on Sunday afternoon in Wichita, Kan. Travis Young, the same player who lashed a walk-off single to beat the Crusaders on Friday night, struck again. This time he snapped a 3-3 tie in the ninth with a one-out walk-off single to right to give the Shockers a 4-3 victory, their third straight one-run win in the series.


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

Owen Leads Valpo with Pair of Top 2 Finishes at Big Blue Classic


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams both increased their point totals from a day ago on the last day of the Big Blue Classic at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday. The men went home with 26 team points for a seventh-place result and the women received 22 and finished ninth. Senior Liz Owen added first and second-place marks to her long list of career achievements as a Crusader runner, earning 18 points for the team.


Men's Golf

Webb Turns in Career Best, Leads Hoosier Invitational After Two Rounds


Senior Peter Webb compiled the best round of his collegiate career to begin the Hoosier Invitational hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington on Saturday. Webb stroked a 65 in the opening round, then followed with a 68 in Round 2. After one day of competition, his total score of 133 (-9) ranks first in the 78-player field.


Softball

Nightcap Win Gives Softball Split Saturday


For the second straight Saturday, the Valparaiso University softball team rebounded after a loss to earn a doubleheader split in league play, as the Crusaders fell in the opener to Youngstown State, 6-1, before earning a 4-1 win in the nightcap at the Valpo Softball Complex.


Men's Tennis

Winning Streak Snapped as Crusaders Fall to Middle Tennessee


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team’s 16-match winning streak screeched to a halt on Saturday at Middle Tennessee’s Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Crusaders (17-2) suffered their first defeat since falling 4-3 to Wisconsin in the second match of the season. The Blue Raiders climbed to 8-12 on the year with a 4-2 triumph over the Crusaders.


Baseball

Crusaders Incur Second Straight One-Run Loss on Saturday


The Valparaiso University baseball team has been competitive over the course of its tough road schedule to start the season, but one-run losses have been a bugaboo for the Crusaders. Valpo suffered its second straight one-run defeat to Wichita State on Saturday afternoon at Eck Stadium, falling to the Shockers by a score of 3-2.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Falls to Flames on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team dropped Saturday’s match to UIC 7-0 at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. The Crusaders (1-12, 0-3 Horizon) have faced a strong schedule to open Horizon League play. Their first three league matches have been against the teams picked to finish first through third. UIC was projected as the second-place team and received four first-place votes.


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

Day One Closes at EIU Big Blue Classic


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams finished the first day of competition in the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Classic on Friday. Of the 17 schools participating in the event, the men are in eighth with two points and the women enter Saturday seeking their first team point.


Baseball

Wichita State Walks Off with Wild Win Over Valpo


Friday’s game at Eck Stadium featured no shortage of late drama, as the Valparaiso University baseball team put together a thrilling rally for two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead over Wichita State, only to see the Shockers bounce back with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. The game culminated with a two-out, walk-off single through the left side by Travis Young, giving the Shockers a 4-3 win.


Men's Tennis

Make It 17-1 for Valpo Men’s Tennis After Friday's Win Over UAB


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team started the weekend off right on Friday at Middle Tennessee State’s Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn., winning a neutral-site match against the University of Alabama-Birmingham 4-2. The win allowed the Crusaders to extend their impressive winning streak to 16 and boost their overall record to 17-1, while UAB fell to 9-7.


Softball

Valpo Softball to Host Green Bay Series Next Week


Fans hoping to catch the Valparaiso University softball team at the Valpo Softball Complex this season have a few more opportunities to do so now, as the program announced Friday that its mid-week series next week versus Green Bay has flipped sites and will now be hosted at Valpo. The Crusaders and Phoenix will face off in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Wednesday at noon.


Baseball

Valpo, Wichita State Ready for First Ever Meeting


The Valparaiso University baseball team steps outside of league play this weekend as the Crusaders visit Missouri Valley Conference foe Wichita State for a three-game series. This is the final weekend nonleague set for Valpo this year.


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 10-13, 2017 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.


Baseball

Crusaders Best Boilermakers in West Lafayette


A strong start by Grant Inman set the stage, three hits by Chad Jacob helped the cause and a scoreless ninth by freshman Jon Tieman sealed the deal as the Valparaiso University baseball team dispatched instate Big 10 foe Purdue 5-1 on Wednesday night in West Lafayette. This marked the first time since 1977 the Crusaders won at Purdue, and they’ve now captured back-to-back wins against the Boilermakers after a triumph at Emory G. Bauer Field last May.


Softball

Softball Claims Win Over IUPUI In Home Opener


The Valparaiso University softball team opened its home season on Wednesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex on a winning note, carrying over its offensive prowess from the weekend as the Crusaders scored the first seven runs of the game en route to a 7-3 victory over IUPUI.


Softball

Valpo Announces Schedule Changes For Weekend Softball Series


The Valparaiso University softball team has announced changes to the schedule for this weekend's Horizon League series with Youngstown State. The Crusaders will now host YSU for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m., with the series wrapping up on Sunday with a single game at noon.


Baseball

Crusaders Face Instate Foe Purdue on Wednesday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will step outside of Horizon League activity for each of the next six games, a stretch that begins on Wednesday night at Alexander Field in West Lafayette. The Crusaders will attempt to repeat the success they enjoyed a year ago against their in-state Big 10 foe Purdue.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named Honorable Mention All-American by Associated Press


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday, his second straight season earning the accolade from the AP. Peters also appeared as one of the others receiving votes on the NCAA’s consensus All-America selections.


Softball

Softball Set to Open Home Slate This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team gets to showcase its talents at home at the Valpo Softball Complex this week, with four games scheduled to kick off this season's home slate. The Crusaders will open the week with a non-league matchup against IUPUI on Wednesday before hosting Youngstown State for a three-game Horizon League series on Friday and Saturday. The program will be sponsoring a "Be The Match" bone marrow registry drive throughout Saturday's doubleheader, starting at 10 a.m.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Continues to Rack Up Weekly Men’s Tennis Honors


After a flawless Horizon League weekend, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team continued to dominate the league’s weekly awards on Tuesday.


Football

Experience Breeds Excitement as Valpo Football Prepares to Begin Spring Season


Just moments after the final whistle of the 2016 season cut the air, the excitement for the 2017 Valparaiso University football team began to build. The Crusaders, who will bring back the bulk of their key players on both offense and defense, are poised to take the next step after finishing with their highest Pioneer Football League win total since 2003 and equaling their highest overall win total since 2007.


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

Women’s Throws, Men’s Pole Vault Highlight Strong Showing at Edmonds Invite


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in an outdoor meet with their full squads for the first time this spring on Saturday at the Edmonds Invite hosted by St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.


Baseball

Crusaders Can’t Capture Rubber Match in Chicago


The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped the rubber match of a three-game weekend series at Granderson Stadium 8-1 to UIC on Sunday afternoon. The Flames jumped in front with two runs in the first inning and later pulled away on a pair of late two-run home runs.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Complete Ohio Swing by Dispatching Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team faced a quick turnaround as it traveled from Youngstown to Cleveland for a morning match on Sunday, but the schedule was not enough to slow down the Crusaders, who rolled to a 7-0 victory over Cleveland State, a team picked to finish second behind Valpo in the Horizon League Preseason Poll.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Fall to Vikings on Sunday


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 setback to Cleveland State on Sunday afternoon at Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio. The host Vikings climbed to .500 at 8-8 and boosted their Horizon League record to 2-0, while the Crusaders dropped to 1-11, 0-2 in league play.


Softball

Offense Leads the Way In Softball Split Saturday


Offense was the name of the game Saturday in Highland Heights, Ky., as the Valparaiso University softball team combined for six home runs, 22 runs scored and 25 hits over a doubleheader split with Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders dropped the opener, 12-9, before rebounding with a 13-5 victory in the nightcap. Sophomore Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) led the way with three home runs over the doubleheader, while freshman pitcher Lindsay Zdroik (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward) earned her first collegiate victory in the nightcap.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Winning Streak Continues to Grow


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team hadn’t taken the court for a match since March 12, but the Crusaders continued their winning ways as they returned to action on Saturday afternoon at Youngstown State’s Boardman Tennis Center. The host Penguins became the latest victim for a red-hot Valpo team that secured its 14th straight win with a 7-0 Horizon League triumph.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Drops League Opener


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team forced a pair of three-set matches, but was unable to secure a team point in Saturday’s 7-0 loss to Youngstown State at the Boardman Tennis Center. The match marked the start of Horizon League play as the Crusaders took the court for the first time after a two-week layoff. The Penguins are the preseason favorite to win the league.


Softball

Crusaders Rally to Claim Horizon League Opener


It wasn’t for the faint of heart, but the Valparaiso University softball team came out of its Horizon League opener at Northern Kentucky on Friday victorious, as the Crusaders scored five times in the seventh inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and eventually earn a 7-4 victory.


Baseball

Crusaders Take Game 2, Split Doubleheader with Flames


The Valparaiso University baseball team bounced back from a Game 1 defeat to split Friday’s doubleheader with a 4-2 win over UIC in Game 2 at Granderson Stadium in Chicago. The Flames held on for a 10-7 win in Game 1 as the Crusaders rallied for six unanswered runs but came up short. The win in the nightcap allowed Valpo (8-12, 1-4 Horizon) to notch its first league win of the season.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named an NABC Third Team All-American


Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) reached a pinnacle on Friday that only one other Crusader in the last 50 years has achieved, as Peters was named a Third Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) – one of just 15 players in the nation to be honored on the NABC’s three All-America teams.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders’ Season Comes to an End at Southland Bowling League Championship


The #24 Valparaiso University bowling team saw its 2016-17 season come to an end on Friday afternoon at the Southland Bowling League Championship in Jonesboro, Ark.


Baseball

Crusaders, Flames Begin Set with Twin Bill on Friday


After visiting the defending Horizon League champions to open league play at Wright State, another tough test is in store for the Valparaiso University baseball team with this weekend’s series at UIC. The Crusaders and Flames have amended the weekend slate due to the weather forecast and will play a doubleheader on Friday before finishing the series on either Saturday or Sunday.


Volleyball

Crusaders Announce 2017 Spring Schedule


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today her team’s schedule for the spring season, including a home date at the ARC against Western Michigan on Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m.


Athletics

Seibert Named 2017 IHSAA Outstanding Gymnastics Official


Valparaiso University assistant director of athletics and director of recreational sports Rin Seibert has been named the recipient of the 2017 Interscholastic Athletic Official Award for excellence in the sport of gymnastics.


Baseball

Baseball Announces Schedule Changes to UIC Series


The Valparaiso University baseball team has altered its schedule for this weekend’s series at UIC based on the weather forecast. The two teams will take advantage of a forecast that features 73-degree temperatures and mostly cloudy skies on Friday by playing a doubleheader instead of the originally-scheduled single game. The twin bill will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns All-District Accolade; Named League Scholar-Athlete of Season


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) picked up a pair of honors on Wednesday to add to his extensive list of awards from his final season, as he was named an NABC First Team All-District 12 honoree and also selected as the Horizon League’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Winter Season.


Baseball

Bats Break Out as Valpo Downs Chicago State


After being limited to two total runs in a three-game weekend series at Wright State, the Valparaiso University baseball team made it clear early on that the offensive struggles would end on Tuesday night at Cougar Stadium in Chicago. The Crusaders had three extra-base hits in the opening inning and scored three times to set the tone for an eventual 13-1 rout of Chicago State.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Round Out Twin Oaks Intercollegiate


Valparaiso University men’s golf team closed out the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate in Springfield, Mo. on Tuesday. The Crusaders finished the event in ninth of 11 teams with a team score of 904. Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) paved the way with a 217 (+4) to finish tied for seventh of 69 total players.


Softball

Softball Falls In Extra Innings Tuesday


The Valparaiso University softball team faced extra innings for the first time this season in its final tune-up for Horizon League play, but were unable to come out victorious, falling 4-3 in Chicago to Loyola on Tuesday afternoon.


Men's Golf

Webb Paces Crusaders on First Day at Twin Oaks


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team cranked up the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate in Springfield, Mo. by competing in the first two rounds on Monday. The Crusaders finished the day at 598 as a team, led by Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial), who carded a 144 (+2) on the first day of competition.


Softball

Valpo Softball Continues Road Stretch With Four Games This Week


A stretch of 22 straight games away from home to open the 2017 season concludes this week for the Valparaiso University softball team, as the Crusaders head to Loyola for a single non-league game on Tuesday before opening up Horizon League play this weekend at Northern Kentucky.


Baseball

Crusaders to Clash with Cougars Tuesday in Chicago


The Valparaiso University baseball team has returned from its spring break trip, but will continue the lengthy season-opening stretch of road games on Tuesday afternoon at Chicago State. The Crusaders and Cougars clash in the first of two midweek showdowns between the two teams this season as Valpo tries to bring its six-game skid to a halt.


Softball

Grossmann Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


Valparaiso University junior pitcher Kenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after a pair of strong performances helped lead the Crusaders to two wins to close out the Hawkeye Invitational.


Softball

Softball Game at Loyola Moved Up to Tuesday


With a high temperature barely projected to hit the freezing mark on Wednesday, the Valparaiso University softball team has had its non-league encounter at Loyola moved up to Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


Baseball

Crusaders Drop Both Games of Twin Bill at Wright State


The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Wright State University’s Nischwitz Stadium on Sunday. A go-ahead, fifth-inning home run by Wright State’s Brandon Giltrow turned the tide in Game 1, an eventual 6-1 victory for the Raiders. Wright State scored early an often in Game 2 and went on to prevail 7-0.


Softball

Crusaders Cap Hawkeye Invitational With Sunday Win


The Valparaiso University softball team left Iowa City on a winning note Sunday afternoon, never trailing in taking down South Dakota State by a 3-1 final to improve to 12-6 on the season.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Concludes Final Regular Season Tournament


The #25 Valparaiso University bowling team closed out its final regular season tune-up prior to the Southland Bowling League Championship on Sunday, finishing up action from the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn.


Softball

Softball Rallies For Walk-Off Win Saturday


Entering the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday night against South Dakota trailing by one run was no obstacle to coming out victorious for the Valparaiso University softball team, as the Crusaders strung together four straight singles – the last a walk-off base hit from junior Jenna Stauffenberg (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara) – to score a pair of runs and earn the 5-4 win over the Coyotes.


Men's Track & Field

Valpo Concludes Season Opener in Sunshine State


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded Day 2 of the Bulls Invitational at the University of South Florida in Tampa, finishing the outdoor season opener. The women garnered three Top 10 results and the men achieved 11.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Pick Up Pair of Wins Saturday


The #25 Valparaiso University bowling team earned a pair of victories on Saturday as it continued play at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn.


Baseball

Wright State Nips Valpo in League Opener


The Valparaiso University baseball team suffered a 2-1 setback to Wright State on Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Valpo’s Mario Losi and Wright State’s Danny Sexton engaged in a quality pitchers’ duel that was won by Sexton, who tossed a complete game. Losi received no decision despite allowing just one run over seven innings.


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

Crusaders Begin Outdoor Season at South Florida


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams started their outdoor seasons on Friday by participating in the Bulls Invitational, hosted by the University of South Florida. The field event athletes maintained the momentum from their stellar performances at the Horizon League Indoor Championships and earned three Top 10 marks.


Softball

Crusaders Drop Pair of Games in Iowa Friday


The Valparaiso University softball team started out action at the Hawkeye Invitational from Iowa City, Iowa on Friday with a pair of games. The Crusaders fell in their tournament opener to Creighton, 12-4, and then dropped a 3-0 decision to host Iowa in the nightcap.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Kicks Off Music City Classic Friday


The #25 Valparaiso University bowling team kicked off its final test of the regular season on Friday, bowling on the first of three days at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn., hosted by Vanderbilt.


Baseball

Friday’s Game Postponed, Weekend Schedule Adjusted


The Valparaiso University baseball team’s scheduled game at Wright State on Friday evening has been postponed due to inclement weather.The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. The schedule for this weekend’s series has been adjusted, with the Horizon League opener now scheduled to begin at noon CT on Saturday at Nischwitz Stadium. The doubleheader is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday.


Football

Nunes Granted Additional Season of Eligibility


The Valparaiso University football program has announced that the NCAA has granted defensive back J.J. Nunes an additional season of athletic eligibility. Nunes plans to return to the Crusaders for the 2017 season.


Softball

Softball Heads to Amended Hawkeye Invitational


Winners of its last four games, the Valparaiso University softball team closes out its tournament slate this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Iowa City, Iowa for the Hawkeye Invitational. The weekend's schedule has been adjusted, as Valpo will now take on Creighton and Iowa on Friday, South Dakota on Saturday and South Dakota State on Sunday.


Baseball

Crusaders Open Horizon League Play, Visit Defending Champs


The Valparaiso University baseball team will jump right into the Horizon League gauntlet by opposing the defending league champions on the first weekend of conference play. The Crusaders hit the road to face a Wright State team that is the preseason favorite to repeat its league title. The Horizon League season begins at Nischwitz Stadium, the same place last year’s season ended with Valpo falling to Wright State 7-2 in the Horizon League championship game.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Falls to Illinois In NIT Opener


A shorthanded Valparaiso University men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday night in the first round of the 2017 NIT, as the seventh-seeded Crusaders fell at second-seeded Illinois, 82-57. The loss ends Valpo’s year with a 24-9 record, tying for the fifth-most wins in a single season in program history.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Finish Bash at the Beach with Strong Round


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team close out the Bash at the Beach in impressive fashion on Tuesday at The Surf Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Crusaders stroked a 291, the third-best Round 3 score in the 16-team field. Valpo finished the event in ninth place with a 54-hole score of 900.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Set For First Round of NIT


TUESDAY UPDATE: Tonight's game has been moved to ESPN and will now tip off at 6 p.m. The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will make its second consecutive appearance in the National Invitation Tournament and its seventh straight postseason appearance beginning Tuesday night, as the seventh-seeded Crusaders make the trip to Champaign, Ill. to face second-seeded Illinois. Valpo is looking to make a run in the NIT in back-to-back years following an appearance in the tournament’s championship game at Madison Square Garden in 2016.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Sweeps Weekly Men’s Tennis Awards


Following a successful spring break trip to the state of Florida, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team swept the Horizon League weekly awards, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. Kyle Dunn was honored as the Singles Player of the Week, while Charlie Emhardt and Jeffrey Schorsch were recognized as the league’s top doubles combo this week.


Men's Golf

Webb, Seitz Lead Crusaders on Day 1 in Myrtle Beach


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team stands in 10th place of 16 teams after one day of competition in the Bash at the Beach at The Surf Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Crusaders carded a 307 in the opening round, before trimming five strokes off their team score by posting a 302 in Round 2. Valpo battled through adverse weather conditions, as rain and wind played a factor throughout the day.


Softball

Montgomery Earns Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University junior pitcher Ashlyn Montgomery (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) has been tabbed the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 12 following a number of strong performances in the circle last week, including one of the best efforts of the season against a top-10 Alabama squad.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Earns NIT At-Large Berth, Opens at Illinois Tuesday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team learned Sunday evening that it had received an at-large berth in the 2017 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and will open tournament play as a seventh seed versus second-seeded Illinois Tuesday night at 6:15 p.m. in Champaign, live on ESPN2. Valpo is appearing in the NIT for a second straight season, following the Crusaders’ run to the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden last year.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Sweep Sunday Matches, Finish Unblemished Spring Trip


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team completed a perfect week in Florida on Sunday by breezing past Liberty 6-1 and trouncing Fairleigh Dickinson 6-1 on the final day of competition in the Sunshine State. The Crusaders have now won 13 straight matches and stand at 14-1 overall.


Softball

Crusaders Pick Up Pair of Sunday Victories


The Valparaiso University softball team closed out its 11-day, 10-game road trip with two wins on Sunday from the Leon Smith Classic in Oxford, Ala., avenging a loss earlier this year to Eastern Illinois with a 3-2 victory and finishing tournament play with a 5-2 win over Alabama State. Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) delivered her third multi-homer game of the season in the nightcap.


Baseball

Valpo Rally Not Enough as USF Walks Off with 14th Straight Win


A late comeback, strong middle relief work and multi-hit games from three players were not enough for the Valparaiso University baseball team on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders rallied from down three to tie the game at five, but Joe Genord belted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give USF a 6-5 victory and extend the Bulls’ winning streak to 14.


Baseball

Crusaders Allow Five-Run Third, Fall to South Florida


A big third inning for South Florida doomed the Valparaiso University baseball team on Saturday evening at USF Baseball Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Bulls tallied five runs in the third to snap a 1-1 tie, then held on for an eventual 8-1 win over the Crusaders.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Drop Tight Match on Second Day in California


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team continued its spring break trip on a picturesque day at the University of California Riverside on Saturday afternoon. The two teams played under cloudless blue skies with temperatures soaring into the 90s, a mountain backdrop, a light breeze and bright sunshine overhead. The final score was the only thing less than stellar on an otherwise perfect day in the Golden State as Valpo fell 5-2 in a tightly-contested match.


Softball

Crusaders Rally For Saturday Win Over Tennessee State


The Valparaiso University softball team earned its first win from behind this season on Saturday, scoring four unanswered runs to defeat Tennessee State, 4-2, in action from the Leon Smith Classic in Oxford, Ala.


Softball

Softball Splits On Opening Day At Leon Smith Classic


The Valparaiso University softball team earned a split of the day’s action thanks to the big bats of senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) in the day’s finale in an 8-6 victory over SE Missouri State, as Trepanier delivered the game-winning hit in the seventh inning. The Crusaders dropped a 1-0 decision to a strong Belmont squad in the opener of the Leon Smith Classic from Oxford, Ala.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Captures First Victory of Year


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team entered the win column on Friday evening in Los Angeles. The Crusaders earned a thrilling 5-4 win over California Lutheran, busting out of an eight-match skid in the process.


Baseball

Crusaders Can’t Cool Bulls on Friday


The Valparaiso University baseball team ran into a red-hot South Florida squad on Friday evening in Tampa as USF pulled away for an 11-2 victory. The Bulls improved to 13-1 and extended their best start in school history, while the Crusaders slipped to 6-6 on the year. Junior Chad Jacob cracked a two-run homer in the ninth that got Valpo on the board.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Defeats Duquesne in Men’s Tennis


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to 11 with a 7-0 whitewash of Duquesne on Friday morning at the USTA Center in Orlando, Fla. The Crusaders won every set to sustain their dominance during the spring trip.


Women's Basketball

Konieczny Named to Indiana All-Star Team


Valparaiso University women’s basketball incoming freshman Nicole Konieczny has earned a place on the 13-player Indiana All-Star roster.The Indiana Girls All-Stars will play a home-and-home series with Kentucky, plus two games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars. All four games will take place in the month of June. One of the All-Stars will be named Indiana Miss Basketball on April 27.


Baseball

Crusaders Visit South Florida, Hope to Stay Hot


The Valparaiso University baseball team will look to continue its best start since 1997 as it faces a tough test this weekend at South Florida. USF is off to its best start in program history, winning 12 of its first 13. The last time the Crusaders held a winning record through 11 games, this year’s freshmen were not even born yet. Valpo has won five of its last six.


Women's Golf

Valpo Makes Seven-Stroke Improvement on Day 2 of Bulldog Invitational


For the second straight day, the Valparaiso University women’s golf team enjoyed its best round of the spring on Thursday at Windsor Parke in Jacksonville, Fla. as part of the Bulldog Florida Invitational. The Crusaders trimmed seven strokes off their Round 1 score by turning in a 323 in Round 2.


Baseball

Kapers Named to 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch List


Valparaiso University sophomore catcher Scott Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) was named to the official 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch list on Thursday. Kapers is one of only two Horizon League players on the list, joining Milwaukee junior Daulton Varsho. The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher.


Softball

Crusaders Edged By Top-Ten Alabama Squad Wednesday


The Valparaiso University softball team put together a tremendous team effort in its biggest challenge of the 2017 season to date, facing a #9/11 Alabama squad which entered the game at 20-2 on the season. Junior pitcher Ashlyn Montgomery (Lebanon, Ill./Lebanon) led the way with a tremendous effort in the circle, throwing a four-hitter against a strong Crimson Tide offense, but the Crusaders eventually fell by a 1-0 final.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Winning Streak Reaches Double Figures


On a day when Jeffrey Schorsch’s career singles win total hit triple figures, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to double digits by downing Saint Leo 5-2 in Saint Leo, Fla. The Crusaders have won 10 straight matches and stand at 11-1 this season.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Starts Bulldog Invite with Best Round of Spring Season


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team showed noteworthy improvement on the first day of its second meet of the spring, finishing Wednesday in sixth place of nine teams with a score of 330. The Crusaders received strong individual showings from a pair of freshmen in Round 1 of the Bulldog Florida Invitational, an event hosted by Butler at Windsor Parke in Jacksonville, Fla.


Baseball

Crusaders Pummel Quakers for Fifth Win in Six Games


A day after coming out on the winning end of a pitchers’ duel, the Valparaiso University baseball team brought the bats on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Crusaders busted out for their most productive inning of the season by scoring five times in the fifth and never looked back on their way to a 16-3 rout of Pennsylvania.


Baseball

Stellar Pitching, Three-Run Ninth Lift Crusaders Over Quakers


Michael Mommersteeg may have been making his first collegiate start, but the freshman southpaw looked like a seasoned veteran on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. The Crusaders posted a three-run ninth inning to snap a scoreless tie and held on to beat Pennsylvania 3-0 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.


Football

Valpo Releases 2017 Football Schedule


The Valparaiso University football team has unveiled its 2017 schedule. The Crusaders will open the season with a trip to Montana on Sept. 2, before welcoming Duquesne for the home opener on Sept. 9.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Wins 11th Career Player of the Week Award


Horizon League weekly awards have become the norm for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis program. A day after corralling his 100th career doubles victory and a day before taking a crack at his 100th career singles win, Valpo senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Tuesday.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns USBWA All-District Honor


For the second consecutive season, Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named one of ten All-District V honorees by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).


Softball

Softball Heads to Alabama This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team faces a perennial national championship contender in mid-week action as the Crusaders face #9/11 Alabama. Valpo will move on to the Leon Smith Classic over the weekend, hosted by SE Missouri State in Oxford, Ala., where the Crusaders will take on Belmont, Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois and Alabama State in addition to host SE Missouri State.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Registers Pair of Victories


After a winning start to the spring trip on Sunday, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team doubled its success on Monday in Florida. The Crusaders earned two wins, downing Mount Saint Mary’s 7-0 in the morning match at Lake Cane before capturing a 6-1 victory over Grand Valley State at the USTA Center in Orlando.


Softball

Trepanier Named Horizon League Player of the Week


Valparaiso University sophomore infielder Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after recording multiple hits in all four of the Crusaders’ games last weekend in Nashville, Tenn. at the Purple/Gold Challenge.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Extends Winning Streak to Seven


The location changed, but the results remained the same for the red hot Valparaiso University men’s tennis team on Sunday morning. The Crusaders opened their spring trip in Orlando, Fla. by rolling past Rollins College 6-1 to run their winning streak to seven and boost their record to 8-1.


Softball

Softball Claims Wild Win Over Stony Brook


The Valparaiso University softball team came out of a topsy-turvy battle with Stony Brook on Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. right-side up, as the Crusaders held off one final rally from the Seawolves to earn a 10-9 victory in their finale at the Purple/Gold Challenge.


Baseball

Crusaders Can’t Close Series Sweep Sunday


The Valparaiso University baseball team saw its three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., as the Dolphins held the Crusaders scoreless for the final five innings of a 6-3 Jacksonville victory.


Women's Tennis

Bradley Bests Valpo in Women’s Tennis


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team fell to Bradley 7-0 on Sunday afternoon in Peoria, Ill. The Braves upped their record to 7-4, while the Crusaders fell to 0-8 this season.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Fall to Panthers at Horizon League Championship


A cold-shooting night doomed the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team in quarterfinal action at the Horizon League Championship Saturday evening in Detroit, Mich., as the Crusaders’ last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark and they fell victim to an upset-minded Milwaukee squad, 43-41.


Baseball

Late Comeback Lifts Crusaders to Third Straight Win


The Valparaiso University baseball team continued its strong start to the season on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., putting together some late-inning drama for the second consecutive contest. Valpo trailed 2-1 as late as the eighth inning, but scored a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth to beat the host Dolphins 5-2.


Softball

Crusaders Fall Twice on Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team came out on the wrong end of a pair of decisions for the first time this season on Saturday at the Purple/Gold Challenge in Nashville, Tenn, falling to host Lipscomb, 7-0, and to Eastern Illinois, 12-5.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Closes Out Big Red Invitational


The #25 Valparaiso University bowling team finished up the Big Red Invitational from Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, closing the tournament in sixth place.


Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Season Concludes with Loss to Top-Seeded Green Bay


After notching a first-round win on Friday, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team ran into the top-seeded Green Bay Phoenix on Saturday afternoon, an 89-60 defeat in the Horizon League Quarterfinals. Valpo finished the year winning four of its last seven and three of its last five. The Crusaders are expected to bring back 92.1 percent of their regular season scoring for the 2017-18 season.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Falls to Akron


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to Akron at the Courts of NWI on Friday evening. The match featured two competitive doubles showdowns and one three-set singles affair.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Face Phoenix in Tournament Quarterfinals


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team faces the ultimate challenge on Saturday morning at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. A date with the top-seeded Green Bay Phoenix, who just nailed down their 19th consecutive Horizon League regular season championship, awaits in a league tournament quarterfinal.


Baseball

Crusaders Start Weekend with Extra-Inning Win over Jacksonville


The Valparaiso University baseball team started its spring trip in style on Friday evening in Jacksonville, Fla., prevailing 6-3 in a 10-inning contest. The Crusaders have won back-to-back games, including Friday’s win over an Atlantic Sun contender and strong warm-weather foe.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Pull Away From Penguins, Advance to Horizon League Quarterfinals


When the stakes were the highest, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team came through with one of its best performances of the season on Friday afternoon. The ninth-seeded Crusaders dispatched eighth-seeded Youngstown State 79-62, extending their season at least another day and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Crusaders received contributions from up and down the roster while compiling a shooting percentage of 49.3 and pulling down an eye-popping 52 rebounds against Youngstown State’s 26.


Softball

Crusaders Defeat Stony Brook, Set Mark For Best Start


The Valparaiso University softball team is 5-0 for the first time in program history as the Crusaders opened the Purple/Gold Challenge in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday with a 4-1 victory over Stony Brook. Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) continued her hot start to the season at the plate, while sophomore Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) tied a program single-game record in the field.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Earns Win Over Nation’s Top Team Friday at Nebraska


With former Valparaiso University President Alan Harre and his wife, Diane, in attendance Friday, the #25 Crusader bowling team posted a 3-1 record in action at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., including a victory over the nation’s top-ranked team.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Prepare For Tournament Quarterfinal


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opens up Motor City Madness in Detroit Saturday evening in the tournament’s second quarterfinal, as the second-seeded Crusaders will face tenth-seeded Milwaukee. Valpo will need to win three games in a four-day span to earn its third Horizon League tournament title.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Kicks Off Big Red Invitational Thursday


The #25 Valparaiso University bowling team kicked off the Big Red Invitational from Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday, ending the day in fifth place out of the nine competing programs.


Softball

Softball Returns to Action At Lipscomb


After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso University softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend, as the Crusaders carry the best start in program history into the Purple/Gold Challenge, hosted by Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. Valpo will face Stony Brook twice and Eastern Illinois, in addition to the host Bison.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named First Team Academic All-American


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) was honored for his work both in the classroom and on the court on Thursday, as he was recognized as a First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Peters is one of only five players in the nation to earn the honor, and the first men’s basketball player in program history to be named a First Team Academic All-American. In addition, Peters also earned a spot on the Horizon League Academic All-League squad on Thursday.


Men's Basketball

Peters to Miss Remainder of the Season


The Valparaiso University men's basketball program confirmed today that 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year Alec Peters will be out for the remainder of the season due to injury. Peters shares his thoughts in the statement.


Baseball

Valpo Visits Jacksonville to Begin Spring Trip


The Valparaiso University baseball team embarks on its annual spring trip as it heads to Jacksonville, Fla. to meet the Dolphins on Friday evening, the first of eight straight games in the Sunshine State. The Crusaders won’t return to campus until after their first Horizon League series of the year concludes on March 19.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


On this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview, head coach Matt Lottich and Todd Ickow discuss the final weekend of the regular season, newly-minted conference awards for Alec Peters, Shane Hammink and Tevonn Walker, and preview the Crusaders' upcoming trip to the Horizon League tournament.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Women Open Tournament, Face Youngstown State on Friday


After a solid finish to the regular season, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will try to keep its positive momentum going as it begins the Horizon League Tournament on Friday afternoon in Detroit. The Crusaders face off with Youngstown State, a team against whom Valpo split the two regular season matchups. This game will be the second of 18 Horizon League men’s and women’s basketball games that will take place at Joe Louis Arena over a five-day stretch.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named Horizon League Player of the Year; Hammink, Walker Earn Postseason Accolades


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) brought home the top award as the Horizon League announced its postseason honors on Wednesday, as Peters was named the league’s Player of the Year in voting by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and media members. Senior Shane Hammink (Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands/Oakley College [LSU]) was named to the All-League Second Team, while junior Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College) earned a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team.


Women's Basketball

Franklin, Lindfors Earn Horizon League Postseason Awards


The impressive resumes of two Valparaiso University women’s basketball players continued to expand on Tuesday afternoon as the Horizon League released its annual postseason awards. Junior Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) captured all-league second-team honors, while sophomore Amber Lindfors (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Elk Grove) latched down a place on the all-defensive team.


Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis

Valpo Men’s, Women’s Doubles Teams Win Horizon League Weekly Awards


The Valparaiso University tennis programs swept the weekly Horizon League doubles awards, as the league office announced on Tuesday that Valpo tandems captured Doubles Team of the Week honors for both men’s and women’s.


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

Crusaders Wrap Up Horizon League Indoor Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams ended their indoor seasons on Sunday at the Horizon League Indoor Championships. Senior Liz Owen (Freedom, Wis. / Freedom) was named the Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships Outstanding Performer in the running events after first and second-place results in two events.


Baseball

Offense Breaks Out as Crusaders Bury Blazers


The Valparaiso University baseball team pounded out 15 hits on Sunday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala., as the Crusaders had seven players enjoy multi-hit days in a 9-5 victory over UAB. The win allowed Valpo to salvage one game in the three-game weekend series and achieve a Sunday triumph for the second consecutive week.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Drops Shootout at NKU in Regular Season Finale


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came up just shy of claiming an outright Horizon League regular season title in the finale on Sunday, dropping a tight 82-78 decision at Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders finished the regular season tied atop the Horizon League standings with Oakland and will be the second seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, opening tournament play Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT versus either Detroit Mercy or Milwaukee.


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

Valpo Track & Field Finishes Day 1 of Horizon League Indoor Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed Saturday on Day 1 of the Horizon League Indoor Championships, held at Youngstown State University. The men are in third place with 27 points. One individual and one relay squad left Day 1 with top honors in their events.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Another School Record Highlights Final Day At HL Swimming Championships


Valparaiso University junior Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) broke his own school record twice in the 200 backstroke Saturday, highlighting the Crusaders’ performances on the final day of the Horizon League Swimming Championships in Chicago as their 2016-17 season came to a close.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Top Flames on Senior Day, Play Youngstown State in Horizon League Tournament


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team ended the regular season on a positive note for the second consecutive year, defeating UIC 72-63 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. In the process, the Crusaders latched down the No. 9 seed in the Horizon League Tournament and a date with No. 8 Youngstown State in the first round.


Baseball

Crusader Bats Quiet in Saturday Loss to UAB


Valparaiso University baseball player Nate Palace continued his hot start to his senior campaign by launching a home run, but the remainder of the Crusader battles were quiet in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to UAB at Regions Field in Birmingham, Ala. Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) continued his strong start to the season with 2 2/3 scoreless frames of relief.


Men's Basketball

Regular Season Finale Awaits Crusaders Sunday


Having already secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team can clinch the outright title and the top seed at Motor City Madness as it takes on Northern Kentucky Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders would become the first team in league history with five outright titles in a six-year span with a win.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Rise to the Occasion For Road Win at WSU; Clinch Share of League Title


Trailing by 10 early in the second half and playing without its top player, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team refused to throw in the towel Friday night at Wright State as the Crusaders battled back to take the lead for good with eight minutes to play and pulled away late for an 84-74 victory. The win over the Raiders secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title for Valpo and gives the team the opportunity to claim the outright title on Sunday.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

School Record Falls On Day Three of HL Swim Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming team wrapped up day three of the Horizon League Championships on Friday in Chicago, setting more milestones in the water. Junior Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) broke his own school record in the 100-yard backstroke, while seniors Rachel Law (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) and sophomore Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) also placed in event finals on Friday.


Baseball

Crusaders Lose Opener at UAB


The Valparaiso University baseball team entered Friday in a select group of NCAA teams that had not committed an error yet this season, but two miscues in the sixth inning led to two unearned insurance tallies in an eventual 5-1 loss to UAB. The Crusaders (1-3) grabbed an early lead, but their bats were stymied for the rest of the day by UAB (4-1) starter Garrett Whitlock, who went the distance.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Opens League Play in Style


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team officially began its quest to repeat as Horizon League regular season champions on Friday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. For the first time in program history, the Crusaders played a league match as the defending champions and outright league favorites, distinctions they lived up to with a 7-0 win over UIC.


Women's Tennis

Valpo Drops Close Match to IUPUI


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team enjoyed its best performance of the season on Friday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana, but IUPUI prevailed 4-3. The Crusaders scored team points in a match for the first time this season.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Senior Day Set for Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will take the Athletics-Recreation Center floor for the final time this season on Saturday afternoon as UIC comes to town for the regular season finale. It’s Senior Day at the ARC as the Crusaders recognize Haylee Thompson and Imani Scott-Thompson.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swimmers Continue HL Championships Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed on day two of the Horizon League Championships in Chicago on Thursday. Three individual races and one relay captured the attention of the swimmers today and sealed several top times in Crusader history.


Baseball

Baseball Back in Action Against UAB


The Valparaiso University baseball team will hit the road again this weekend, traveling to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to take on a Blazer team that has won three of its first four games. This marks the second straight series against a team from Conference USA. The series will be played at Regions Field, also the home of the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Hit the Road For Final Regular Season Trip


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team begins its final road trip of the regular season on Friday evening as they travel to the state of Ohio to take on Wright State. The Crusaders can secure at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship with a win Friday night. Check out this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview for a look back at the last three games and a look ahead to the challenging weekend ahead.


Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball

NBA Champion Rick Mahorn Added as Final Panelist for Champions Brunch


The Horizon League and Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Rick Mahorn is the final panelist for the Champions Brunch at Joe Louis Arena on March 7. The NBA champion and former Detroit Pistons forward rounds out a group that includes three-time WNBA champion Cheryl Ford and Green Bay Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie as panelists and ESPN women’s college basketball analyst Kelley Deyo as moderator.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Open Horizon League Championships Wednesday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams took part in day one of the Horizon League Championships at UIC on Wednesday. Young relay squads posted some of the top times in program history as both teams participated in two events each.


Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Battles, Earns Win Over Milwaukee on Senior Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came out on the right side of a hard-fought battle at the ARC Tuesday evening, earning a 67-61 victory over Milwaukee on Senior Night. The Crusaders’ five seniors were honored prior to the game and addressed the fans following the victory.


Men's Golf

Webb Posts Day’s Best Round as Crusaders Close Out Season’s First Event


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team played the final 18 holes of the season’s first meet at Savannah Harbor Golf Course in Savannah, Ga. on Tuesday. Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) had the best Round 3 of any Crusader, while Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio / Carroll) garnered Valpo’s top finish in the event.


Men's Golf

Seitz Leads Crusaders in First Meet Back From Injury


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team busted out the clubs for the start of spring competition on Monday at Savannah Harbor Golf Course in Savannah, Ga. Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio / Carroll) provided the most compelling storyline of the day, as he led the Crusaders in his return after missing the entire fall with a back injury.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Can't Sustain Strong First Half in Loss to Panthers


After a first half where everything seemed to go right for the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team, the second half played out in quite the opposite fashion on Monday night at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee. In the blink of an eye, a five-point halftime lead turned into a Milwaukee route, and the Panthers steadily pulled away for an 80-64 win.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Host Senior Night Tuesday Evening at the ARC


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hits the floor at the ARC for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host Milwaukee on Senior Night. The program’s seniors will be honored prior to the game and will address the fans following the game.


Softball

Stewart Named HL Batter of the Week


Valparaiso University senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) has been named the Horizon League softball Batter of the Week after her powerful performance at the plate helped lead the Crusaders to a 4-0 opening weekend of play last weekend.


Men's Golf

Men’s Golf Preview: Crusaders Enter Season Focused on Trio of Primary Goals


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team hopes to take the department-wide mantra of “Champions in Competition” and “Champions in Classroom” to a whole new level this season.The Crusaders exemplified “Champions in Classroom” in the most literal sense possible in 2016, when they were honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America for posting the top grade point average of all Division I programs.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Titans Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team got back to basics Sunday afternoon at Detroit Mercy, taking advantage of a size advantage across the board to pound the Titans inside en route to an 83-63 victory. Valpo returns home on Tuesday evening to honor its five seniors as it hosts Milwaukee on Senior Night at the ARC.


Softball

Crusaders Close Out Perfect Opening Weekend Sunday


The Valparaiso University softball team finished up an undefeated weekend of action to open the 2017 season Sunday from the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., defeating Howard by an 11-4 final. The Crusaders took on Appalachian State following their win over the Bison, but the meeting was declared No Game after being called in the middle of the fifth inning due to a drop-dead time.


Baseball

Baseball Picks Up First Win of Season


Sophomore Grant Inman hurled five solid innings, senior Nate Palace launched his first home run of 2017 and freshman Jon Tieman nailed down his first career save as the Valparaiso University baseball team defeated Western Kentucky 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Ky. The win marked the first of the season for the Crusaders.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Concludes Crusader Classic Sunday


The #23 Valparaiso University bowling team finished out the Crusader Classic from Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park, Ill. on Sunday, splitting a pair of matches in bracket play to finish the tournament in 10th place.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Hits Road to Face Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team has little time to bask in the glory of Saturday’s win, as the Crusaders face a quick turnaround with a Monday tilt in Milwaukee. Both squads roll into Monday’s matchup coming off upset triumphs, as Milwaukee took down Green Bay 72-60 on Friday night. The schedule does Valpo no favors as the Panthers haven’t played since Friday and stayed home during that stretch, while the Crusaders played on Saturday and had to travel to Milwaukee on Sunday.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Upend Titans in Wild One at ARC


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team escaped with an improbable 57-55 win over Detroit Mercy on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders avenged a 25-point loss to the Titans from earlier in the season. Amber Lindfors had a double-double while Dani Franklin led the Crusaders with 16 points.


Softball

Big Bats Lead Softball To Pair of Wins Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a pair of wins at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, taking down UMBC, 5-4, and host North Carolina A&T, 7-2. The Crusaders combined for seven home runs over the two victories, including two in each game from senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).


Baseball

Crusaders Suffer Second Straight One-Run Defeat


The late innings haunted the Valparaiso University baseball team for the second consecutive day on Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky. Western Kentucky followed Friday’s walk-off win with another one-run victory, nipping Valpo 4-3 after snapping a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth. Junior college transfer Wes Gordon turned in a quality start in his Crusader debut, but received no decision.


Women's Tennis

No. 1 Doubles Tandem Picks Up Second Straight Win in Women’s Tennis Loss to Evansville


The doubles play of seniors Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind. / Silver Creek) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind. / Munster) remained a bright spot for the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team on Saturday morning, as the duo picked up a victory in a 7-0 loss to Evansville.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Continues Action From Crusader Classic Saturday


The #24 Valparaiso University bowling team continued hosting of the Crusader Classic Saturday at Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park, Ill.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Look to Rebound At Detroit Mercy


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders conclude the Michigan road swing at Detroit Mercy. Valpo has not lost back-to-back games in the last three years.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Grabs Two Home Victories


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team defended its home courts in convincing fashion on Friday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. After downing Xavier 6-1 in the first match of the day, the Crusaders whitewashed Eastern Illinois 7-0 to boost their dual match record to 6-1 on the spring. Senior Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) became the first player in school history to reach 100 career doubles wins with his victory over Xavier.


Softball

Softball Opens Season With Win at North Carolina A&T


The Valparaiso University softball team kicked off the 2017 season on a winning note Friday at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., taking down host North Carolina A&T by a 3-0 final behind a one-hit effort in the circle from juniors Ashlyn Montgomery (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) and Mackenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]). Senior Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) connected on her fourth career home run in the seventh inning as well.


Baseball

Western Kentucky Uses Walk-Off Home Run to Beat Valpo on Opening Day


The Valparaiso University baseball team came within one out of opening the season with a victory on Friday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky., but Western Kentucky’s Kaleb Duckworth belted a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Hilltoppers a 6-5 victory over the Crusaders.


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

Valpo Track & Field Completes Final Tune-Up Before League Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Grand Valley State University Tune-Up to conclude their indoor regular season on Friday. The meet marked the final day of competition before the Horizon League Championships next weekend. The men were led by one individual winner and one first-place relay, while the women boasted four Top 5 finishes.


Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Falls at Oakland Friday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team erased a seven-point halftime deficit within the first two minutes of the second half Friday night in Rochester, Mich., but Oakland responded with a 19-4 run over the next four minutes as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 82-71.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball to Battle Detroit Mercy on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will try to get back on track on Saturday afternoon as it welcomes Detroit Mercy to the Athletics-Recreation Center. Both squads are attempting to bounce back after the Titans suffered a surprising 63-62 loss to UIC on Thursday night in Chicago.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Opens Crusader Classic Friday


Hosting a second tournament within the same season for the first time in program history, the #24 Valparaiso University bowling team kicked off the Crusader Classic from Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park, Ill. on Friday.


Men's Golf

Horizon League Releases Preseason Golf Polls


The Horizon League has announced its preseason polls for men’s and women’s golf, as voted upon by the league’s head coaches. The Valpo men are picked to finish fourth in the league standings, while the women are projected for a sixth-place finish.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Fall to Grizzlies at ARC on Thursday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team couldn’t slow down the top scoring offense in the Horizon League on Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as Oakland prevailed 98-60. A pair of Valpo freshmen enjoyed strong performances as Grace Hales scored a team-high 11 points and Maya Meredith chipped in a career-high seven.


Baseball

Crusaders Ready for First Pitch of Baseball Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team will begin its annual stretch of road games to start the season as the Crusaders crank up the 2017 campaign on Friday in Bowling Green, Ky. The Crusaders take the diamond against the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky for a three-game weekend series.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Starts Stretch Run Friday at Oakland


A national television audience awaits the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Friday evening, as the Crusaders start out the Horizon League’s Michigan road swing with a game at Oakland on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT. The game, which is the first of five in 10 days to close the regular season, matches up the top two teams in the league standings and provides Valpo a chance with a win to move three games ahead of second place with just four games remaining.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Goes for Consecutive Wins on Thursday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will try to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 25 and consecutive Horizon League victories for the first time since Jan. 23, 2016 as they welcome Oakland to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening. Valpo’s defense has been its strength in recent games, but it faces a tall test in the league’s No. 1 scoring offense on Thursday.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as they look back at last week's pair of home victories and look ahead to a big road trip to Michigan this weekend.


Softball

With It Or On It: Crusaders Look For Repeat Success in 2017


Last season saw the Valparaiso University softball team put together a run for the ages, culminating with the program earning its third Horizon League Championship in the last five seasons. Seven starters from that team return in 2017 for the Crusaders, who open the season this weekend in North Carolina. But Team 35 is also a youthful squad, as nine of Valpo’s 19 players are in their first season with the Crusader program.


Baseball

Opportunity Knocks as Crusaders Turn the Page to 2017


Some of the household names of recent years have departed from the Valparaiso University baseball team, but head coach Brian Schmack and his staff enter 2017 optimistic about their chances of putting together another quality season.


Athletics

2017 Hall of Fame Class Inducted Saturday


Last Saturday was a special day for three former Crusaders, as Lubos Barton ’02, Rod Moore ’68, ATC, LAT, and Angie Porché ’10 Rundh were inducted as the 20th class into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame. The full induction ceremony can be viewed on YouTube.


Men's Soccer

Former Crusader Antonijevic Signs Two-Year Deal in Norway’s Top Professional League


The success of Valparaiso University men’s soccer alumni continued on Tuesday, as former Crusader Stefan Antonijevic signed a two-year deal with Lillestrom SK in Norway’s top professional league.


Baseball

Valpo Picked Fourth in Baseball Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League by a vote of the league’s head coaches.


Men's Tennis

Seniors Shine in Exhilarating Comeback Win over Western Michigan


The four Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors have been difference-makers from the moment they stepped foot on campus. The most successful class in program history worked its magic yet again on Sunday afternoon, serving as the driving force behind Valpo’s 4-3 comeback win over Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Leads Start to Finish In Win Over YSU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team never trailed Saturday night in earning its 10th win in the last 11 games, fighting off a game Youngstown State squad in the second half to earn an 82-72 victory at the ARC. The Crusaders maintained their two-game lead in the Horizon League standings with the victory.


Women's Basketball

Defense Reigns Supreme as Valpo Knocks Off Northern Kentucky


Defense carried the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team as the Crusaders allowed the fourth-fewest points in program history on Saturday afternoon at BB&T Arena, pulling out a 41-32 victory over Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders (7-18, 2-12 Horizon) upstaged the Norse (8-17, 4-9) on their home court for the second consecutive year. Amber Lindfors pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds while contributing seven points and four blocks.


Women's Tennis

Hebble, Heuer Win at No. 1 Doubles in Women’s Tennis Loss to Dayton


Valparaiso University women’s tennis seniors Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind. / Silver Creek) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind. / Munster) teamed up for a victory at No. 1 doubles on Saturday in Indianapolis. The triumph marked the highlight of 4-0 loss to Dayton.


Men's Track & Field

Watson’s Career Best in Pole Vault Among Highlights at Chicagoland Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s track and field team headed west to the Windy City for the Chicagoland Championships, hosted by North Central College on Saturday. The Crusaders tallied seven team points at the meet, giving Valpo a 12th-place finish in the 19-team event.


Women's Golf

Shoemake Leads Valpo on Final Day in Florida


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team completed its first meet of the season on Saturday by golfing the final 18 holes of the Ball State Sunshine Invite in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Crusaders were led by Kylie Shoemake (Schererville, Ind. / Lake Central), who carded an 81 on the final day of competition.


Women's Track & Field

Women’s Track & Field Enjoys Top 10 Finish at Chicagoland Championships


The Valparaiso University women’s track and field team competed at the Chicagoland Championships in Naperville, Ill. on Friday. The squad finished in 10th place, besting eight other programs at the meet. Senior Liz Owen (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) led all Valpo runners with 20 points earned in her two races.


Women's Golf

Kim Paces Crusaders on First Day of Spring Season


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team started its 2017 spring campaign in the sunshine of Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Friday. The Crusaders are in 11th of 12 after posting a two-round score of 687 on the first day of competition at the Ball State Sunshine Invitational. The team scored a 348 in the opening round before improving to a 339 in the second 18 holes.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Drops Match in State Capital


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team played the first of back-to-back matches on Friday at the University of Indianapolis. The host Greyhounds prevailed 7-0 after a long day of tennis in the state capital.


Men's Soccer

Campbell Signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies of USL


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has added another player to its growing list of alumni who have gone on to reach the professional ranks following their time with the program.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Host YSU Saturday on Hall of Fame Night


Saturday night basketball at the ARC is on tap for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team this weekend, as the Crusaders host Youngstown State in their penultimate home game of the 2016-17 season on Hall of Fame Night. Three inductees form the Hall of Fame Class of 2017, including former Crusader men's basketball standout Lubos Barton.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Visits Northern Kentucky on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will continue this week’s swing trip on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders clash with the Northern Kentucky Norse. Valpo will attempt to bounce back from Thursday’s loss to first-place Wright State and avenge a 15-point defeat from the first meeting of the year between the two teams.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down CSU Thursday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team picked up its 20th win of the season in dominating fashion on Thursday evening at the ARC, never trailing and leading by 20 at the half in an eventual 78-57 victory over Cleveland State.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Can’t Capitalize on Wright State’s Shooting Struggles in Loss to First-Place Raiders


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team held first-place Wright State to under 30 percent shooting for the second consecutive meeting, but the Raiders racked up 23 offensive rebounds and forced 17 turnovers on their way to a 63-48 win on Thursday evening at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Dani Franklin scored 17 of her team-high 19 points after halftime and matched a career high with 16 rebounds for her second straight double-double.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Crusader Cross Country Teams Earn Academic Recognition


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country teams have been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams for their success this past season in the classroom.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns Academic All-District Honors For Third Time


For the third straight season, Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been honored 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. With the Academic All-District honor, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Return Home to Host Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at win number 20 as it returns home to the ARC Thursday evening to host Cleveland State. The Crusaders are looking to bounce back after having an eight-game winning streak snapped last time out. Head coach Matt Lottich joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to look back at last week's results and look ahead to this weekend.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Attempt to Cool Off First-Place Raiders


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team is set to embark upon its first overnight road trip since Jan. 17 when it travels to Dayton, Ohio for a Thursday matinee with Wright State. For the first time this season, the Raiders enter play as the top team in the Horizon League after benefiting from two Green Bay losses last week.


Men's Tennis

Emhardt, Schorsch Continue to Climb ITA Rankings


The good news just keeps coming for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis program. A day after sweeping the Horizon League’s weekly awards, Valpo received more positive attention as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its latest batch of Oracle/ITA collegiate singles and doubles rankings on Wednesday.


Women's Golf

New Era of Crusader Golf to Tee Off on Friday


When the Valparaiso University women’s golf team cracks out the clubs for the first time this spring on Friday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, Fla., a new era of Crusader golf will begin. This week’s Ball State Sunshine Invitational will mark the debut of first-year head coach Jon Haas, who was hired in December to guide the Crusaders.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Sweeps Horizon League Player of the Week Awards


Valparaiso University men’s tennis player Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, his first individual Player of the Week honor this season. In addition, the Crusaders No. 3 doubles team of Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac. Wis. / Fond du Lac) and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) has been named the Horizon League Doubles Team of the Week.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Welcome Transfers Osifeso, Waugaman to Men’s Soccer Program


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has announced the addition of transfers Babatunji Osifeso (Laurel, Md. / Laurel) and Dylan Waugaman (Houston, Texas / Friendswood) to the program. Osifeso, a redshirt junior midfielder / forward, transferred from Campbell, while Waugaman, a redshirt sophomore defender, comes to the Crusaders from Oregon State.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Nips William & Mary in Dramatic Fashion


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis match on Sunday afternoon was not for the faint of heart, as the Crusaders pulled out a nerve-inducing 4-3 victory over William & Mary. Charlie Emhardt clinched the match with a come-from-behind win at No. 3 singles, allowing the Crusaders (3-1) to latch down a dual match win that veteran head coach Jim Daugherty ranked among the best in program history.


Women's Track & Field

Crusaders Conclude Busy Weekend of Track & Field


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams split up this weekend as part of the team went east for the Meyo Invitational held at Notre Dame, while the rest of the squad traveled west to the Windy City Invitational in Chicago, held by the University of Chicago. At the Windy City Invite, the men finished in second place, just behind the host, while the women captured a fourth-place result.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Come Up Short, Suffer Close Loss to Vikings


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team owned an eight-point halftime lead after its third straight well-played half, but the Crusaders couldn’t seal the deal on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Cleveland State (12-11, 6-5) came from behind to eke out a 66-62 win over Valpo (6-17, 1-11). Dani Franklin finished with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds in a game that featured eight ties and 11 lead changes.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Fall At Green Bay Saturday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team saw its eight-game winning streak come to a halt Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, Wis., as the Phoenix of Green Bay dealt the Crusaders an 86-69 defeat. With the loss, Valpo’s lead over Green Bay atop the Horizon League standings was cut to one-half game.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Tops Rival Butler in Men’s Tennis


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team opened up the home portion of its dual season with a 7-0 triumph over instate rival Butler on Friday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. The Crusaders rebounded from a tightly-contested loss to Wisconsin last week to up their dual match record to 2-1.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Takes Aim at Win Number 20 Saturday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to complete a sweep of the Wisconsin road swing Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders take on second-place Green Bay. A win on Saturday would not only give Valpo 20 wins on the season, but would also push the Crusaders to a three-game lead in the league standings and mark the program’s longest winning streak in 15 seasons.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Shoots for Second Straight Victory on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will attempt to make it back-to-back wins on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders round out a home-heavy stretch by welcoming the Cleveland State Vikings, who currently sit in the middle of the pack in the Horizon League standings.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Handle Panthers For Eighth Straight Win


Fans of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team could be forgiven Thursday night for feeling like watching the Crusaders is like living through the movie Groundhog Day, as Valpo handled Milwaukee by leading start to finish in a 71-53 victory in Milwaukee. The win was the Crusaders’ eighth straight – the program’s longest winning streak in nearly a decade – and also was Valpo’s fifth consecutive road victory, as well as the team’s sixth straight win at Milwaukee.


Women's Basketball

Lindfors Enjoys Double-Double as Crusaders Coast to First League Triumph


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team was all smiles after Thursday’s 77-60 victory over Youngstown State at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders built a double-figure lead with a strong second quarter and never looked back en route to their first Horizon League victory of the season. The team breathed a collective sigh of relief after snapping a 12-game losing streak and corralling its first victory since Dec. 10. Amber Lindfors led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-15 shooting.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named Finalist For Karl Malone Award


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named as one of the 10 finalists on the watch list for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday.


Football

Valpo Football Unveils First Batch of 2017 Recruits


The Valparaiso University football program welcomed its newest crop of recruits during Wednesday’s National Signing Day as 32 current high school seniors signed Letters of Agreement to play for the Crusaders. Valpo is still in the process of rounding out the recruiting class, which is expected to feature approximately 40 players.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Hit Road, Head to Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at its longest winning streak in nearly a decade on Thursday evening, as the Crusaders hit the road to face Milwaukee. After playing the last four and six of the last eight at home, Valpo will play on the road for six of its final nine regular season games. Head coach Matt Lottich joins Todd Ickow to look ahead on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball to Return to ARC, Host Youngstown State


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will take a crack at its first Horizon League win on Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Youngstown State comes to town for what figures to be a competitive showdown between two teams that have been hit hard by injuries this season.


Football

PFL Honor Roll Features 41 Crusaders


The Pioneer Football League announced its Academic Honor Roll on Monday afternoon and Valparaiso claimed 41 players on the annual list. The PFL as a whole recognized 576 student-athletes from its 11 member institutions.


Men's Basketball

Basketball Battles to Win Sunday Over NKU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team found itself in its toughest battle in the last three weeks on Sunday afternoon at the ARC against Northern Kentucky, but came up big when it counted, surrendering just three points to the Norse over the final four and a half minutes in a 65-58 victory. With the win, the Crusaders hit the halfway mark of Horizon League play at 8-1 in league action and with a two-game lead in the league standings.


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

Watson, Guzek with Top Six Finishes at Grand Valley State


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Grand Valley State University Lints Alumni Meet on Saturday. Junior pole vaulter Alexander Watson (Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas Valley) and junior thrower Andrew Guzek (Valparaiso, Ind. / Valparaiso) earned top-six finishes in their respective events for the Crusaders.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swim Teams Split On Senior Day at ARC


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed against Eastern Illinois University at the ARC on Saturday, celebrating Senior Day in the process. The men earned a 137-125 victory, while the women suffered a close defeat, 149-113.


Men's Tennis

Wisconsin Edges Valpo in Thrilling Men’s Tennis Match


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team gave Big Ten foe Wisconsin all it could handle on Saturday, but the Badgers pulled out a 4-3 victory in Madison, Wis. Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg), Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) all posted singles wins for the Crusaders, who drop to 1-1 on the season.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Close Homestand Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team closes out its four-game homestand on Sunday afternoon at the ARC, as the Crusaders hit the halfway mark of Horizon League play when they welcome Northern Kentucky for a 1:30 p.m. tip. Valpo is in search of its seventh straight victory, while Alec Peters enters the contest just five free throws away from breaking the program’s all-time record.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Can’t Shake Shooting Slump in Loss at UIC


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team had three players in double figures on Saturday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, but the host Flames started strong and never looked back in a 74-60 victory over the Crusaders. Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) finished with 20 points to lead Valpo. She was joined in double figures by Amber Lindfors (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Elk Grove) with 15 and Hannah Schaub (Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Park Center) with 12.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Raiders For Sixth Straight Win


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team maintained its spot atop the Horizon League standings Friday evening at the ARC, taking a double-figure lead over Wright State just over six minutes into the game and then holding off a late run by the Raiders to earn a 70-55 victory – the team’s sixth straight win.


Athletics

110 Valpo Student-Athletes Named to Horizon League Academic Honor Roll


Valparaiso University student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 110 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Fall 2016 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders, Flames Battle Saturday in Chicago


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will return to the site of its most recent regular season Horizon League triumph in hopes to repeat last season’s success at the UIC Pavilion. After five consecutive days without a game, both teams enter the showdown hungry for their first league victory of the season.


Men's Basketball

First-Place Crusaders Welcome Wright State to ARC On Military Night


Back in its familiar spot atop the Horizon League standings, the Valparaiso University basketball team looks to secure its hold on first place as the league slate approaches the halfway mark. The Crusaders host Wright State Friday evening on Military Night at the ARC, with a special national anthem performance by Jim Cornelison and pregame ceremony honoring Alec Peters becoming the program’s career scoring and rebounding leader. The Valpo coaching staff will also be wearing sneakers with their suits as part of Suits and Sneakers Week in support of Coaches vs. Cancer. Check out head coach Matt Lottich's thoughts on last Sunday's win and on the upcoming games on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview, featuring the debut of a brand-new set.


Softball

Crusaders Tabbed Third in Softball Preseason Poll


Coming off of a Horizon League Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance last season, the Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish third in the Horizon League in 2017, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Men’s Tennis Sweeps Weekly Awards


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team wasted no time collecting its first Horizon League honors of the spring, as the Crusaders swept the league’s weekly awards after Saturday’s 7-0 win over Toledo in the first dual match of the season.


Men's Basketball

Peters Claims League Player of the Week Honor


Two program career records, a new career high and two fantastic performances in a pair of big Crusader victories all add up to the fourth Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor this season for Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington).


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusader Swimming Competes at Butler Invite Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams completed day two of a back-to-back meet weekend Sunday afternoon with respective sixth-place finishes from both teams at the Butler Invitational in Fishers, Ind. The Crusaders had several top-ten individual performances to highlight their day.


Men's Basketball

Peters Sets Career Scoring Mark; Valpo Takes Down UIC


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) became the Crusaders’ career scoring leader with a basket 4:31 into Sunday afternoon’s game at the ARC against UIC, surpassing Bryce Drew’s record, and went on to finish with 30 points and 10 rebounds as Valpo rolled the Flames by a 96-65 final.


Women's Basketball

Fast Start Not Enough as Crusaders Fall to Raiders


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team played stifling defense in the first quarter on Sunday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but Wright State bounced back with an even more dominant defensive effort in the second quarter on its way to a 65-52 victory over the Crusaders. Haylee Thompson (Hailey, Idaho / Wood River [Utah State]) finished with 15 points to lead Valpo in scoring for the first time this season.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Set to Host UIC As Scoring Record Awaits Peters


Coming off of its biggest victory of the season, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at its longest winning streak of the year as it hosts UIC in a Sunday afternoon matinee at the ARC. Alec Peters enters the game just seven points shy of breaking Bryce Drew’s Valpo career scoring record.


Men's Track & Field

Crusaders Record Five First-Place Finishes at Fort Wayne


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field competed at the Fort Wayne Duals Saturday. The Crusader men defeated Butler, Detroit and IUPUI to finish the day with a perfect 3-0 record, while the women beat Butler and IUPUI. The Valpo men had four first-place finishes in field events and the women posted one top finish on the track.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Team Starts Season in Style


The calendar may say it’s a new year, but the narrative was a familiar one for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team as the Crusaders opened the season on Saturday afternoon. The defending Horizon League champions went on the road and dispatched Toledo 7-0 to start the campaign on a winning note.


Men's Swimming

Valpo Swimming Resumes 2016-17 Campaign Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Romeoville, Ill. to take on the Flyers from Lewis University on Saturday, resuming their 2016-17 season. Senior Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) led the Crusaders by taking home first place in the 200-yard breaststroke event, with a time of 2:31.63.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Fall to DePaul in Home Opener


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team competed in its first home match of the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. Visiting DePaul came away with a 7-0 victory in the first of nine home matches on the docket for the Crusaders this season.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Faces Wright State in Doubleheader Night Cap


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will partake in the backend of a men’s-women’s doubleheader on Sunday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Following the men’s regionally televised showdown with UIC, the women welcome in Wright State.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Fall to Norse on Friday at ARC


Valparaiso University women’s basketball player Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) continued to perform at a high level on Friday night as the junior posted her fifth double-double of the season and third in the last 13 days, but Northern Kentucky emerged victorious 70-55 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders struggled from beyond the arc, going 3-of-15 (20 percent) from 3-point range.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Return Home, Host Northern Kentucky


Homer Drew Court will be a welcome sight for the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team on Friday night. After starting the Horizon League season with five of their first seven games on the road, the Crusaders are more than ready for a return to the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo hopes a return to the win column will coincide with the homecoming as it welcomes in Northern Kentucky.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Preview: Valpo Set to Embrace High Expectations as Defending League Champs


As longtime Valparaiso University men’s tennis coach Jim Daugherty prepares for the start of the 2017 spring season, he finds himself in territory that is simultaneously familiar and uncharted. The expectation of success has carried over from last season, along with many of the top names on Valpo’s loaded roster. But for the first time in program history, the Crusaders enter a season coming off an NCAA Tournament berth and a league championship.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. Lottich and Ickow look back at the Crusaders' three victories in a five-day span and look ahead to this Sunday's showdown at the ARC with UIC.


Women's Basketball

Franklin Reaches Career Milestone in Loss to Green Bay


Junior Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) added to her long list of career accomplishments on Tuesday night at the Kress Center in Green Bay, Wis. when she scored her 1000th career point in a 56-35 loss to the Phoenix. Franklin reached the milestone on her second-to-last basket of the game, a jumper with 1:06 remaining. She finished the game with 15 points and becomes the 14th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.


Men's Basketball

Peters Sets Rebounding Mark as Crusaders Crush Green Bay


An impressive all-around performance by the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team received an exclamation point with 4:45 to play, as senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) corralled his career-best 16th rebound of the game to break Valpo’s career rebounding record as the Crusaders closed out an 80-56 victory over the Phoenix at the ARC Monday evening.


Women's Basketball

Road Stretch Continues as Crusaders Visit Phoenix


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will face the toughest of Horizon League tests on Tuesday night at the Kress Event Center in Green Bay, Wis. as the Crusaders clash with first-place Green Bay, which is unbeaten in league action so far this season.


Men's Basketball

Third Game In Five Days Awaits Men's Basketball


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team welcomes the lone unbeaten team remaining in Horizon League play to the ARC on Monday evening, as the Crusaders look to exact a measure of revenge against a Green Bay team which eliminated them from last season’s Horizon League Championship. Alec Peters enters Monday's game just 26 points and 15 rebounds shy of Valpo's all-time career records in the respective categories.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Team Releases Spring Schedule


The defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is less than one week away from embarking on its 2017 season with the spring opener on Jan. 21 at Toledo.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Places Tenth at Mid-Winter Invitational


The #24 Valparaiso University bowling team closed out the Mid-Winter Invitational from Jonesboro, Ark. on Sunday in bracket play, finishing the tournament in 10th place.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Close Out Perfect Road Trip With Win at CSU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team locked down defensively on either side of halftime at Cleveland State Saturday afternoon as it overcame a double-figure deficit, and the Crusaders held off the Vikings down the stretch to earn a 78-67 victory for their third consecutive win. Senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) led the way with 30 points – his ninth career effort of at least 30 points.


Women's Basketball

Hamlet Turns in Career Performance in Tight Loss to Penguins


Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich. / McBain) enjoyed a career night with 29 points and 10 rebounds, but the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team fell 76-70 at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) added 12 points for the Crusaders, who had a five-point lead at halftime.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Continues Play at Arkansas State Saturday


The #24 Valparaiso University bowling team continued the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. on Saturday with the second of three days of competition, moving up one spot in the standings.


Women's Tennis

Hebble, Heuer Prevail at No. 1 Doubles in Women’s Tennis Season Opener


Seniors Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind. / Silver Creek) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind. / Munster) notched an impressive victory at No. 1 doubles as the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team opened 2017 with a 7-0 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich.


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

Crusaders Continue Indoor Campaign at GVSU


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams were back in action indoors Friday evening after the holiday break, traveling to Grand Valley State University for the Bob Eubanks Open. The men took home third place, while the women came away with a sixth-place performance.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Returns to Action Friday


The #24 Valparaiso University bowling team returned to competition for the first time in over a month on Friday, as the Crusaders competed in the first of three days of action at the Mid-Winter Invitational from Jonesboro, Ark.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Look For Weekend Sweep in Cleveland


In the midst of a stretch of three games in five days, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to finish off a sweep of its weekend road trip at Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon. Valpo has won nine of its last 11 meetings with the Vikings.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Continue Ohio Swing in Youngstown on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will attempt to notch its first Horizon League win of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The Crusaders face off with a Penguin team that has been hit hard by injuries this season.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Picked to Repeat as Horizon League Champs


Fresh off the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is expected to win the Horizon League again this season, based on voting from the league’s head coaches.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Pull Away, Earn Road Win


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team got a lift from some unexpected sources Thursday night, as a lineup that had not played together all season long scored seven straight points to end the first half - keying a 14-0 run spanning halftime as the Crusaders went on to win at Youngstown State, 78-62. With his first basket of the game, senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) assumed sole possession of the top spot on Valpo’s career field goals made chart.


Women's Basketball

Shooting Struggles Plague Crusaders in Loss to Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team put together a strong defensive performance on Saturday at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, but a rough shooting night overshadowed the defensive effort in a 71-60 loss to Cleveland State. Dani Franklin posted her second consecutive double-double to pace Valpo.


Athletics

Valparaiso Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2017


Three individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 11. Lubos Barton ’02, Rod Moore ’68, ATC, LAT, and Angie Porché ’10 Rundh comprise the 20th class in Hall of Fame history.


Men's Basketball

Peters Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has earned a spot among the Midseason Top 25 candidates for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award, presented to the nation’s most outstanding basketball player.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Hits Road, Heads to YSU


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes its first overnight road trip in over a month this weekend, as the Crusaders make the Horizon League swing through northeast Ohio. The trip starts off with a matchup at Youngstown State Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. CT. Head coach Matt Lottich sits down with Todd Ickow to look ahead to this weekend in this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Visits Vikings to Begin Three-Game Road Stretch


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team begins a difficult stretch of travel on Thursday as the Crusaders visit the Wolstein Center to clash with Cleveland State. The Crusaders play three road games in a six-day span with the Ohio swing quickly followed by a trip to Green Bay.


Women's Basketball

Blood Nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game


Valparaiso University women’s basketball incoming freshman Bryce Blood (Toledo, Ohio / Whitmer High School) has been nominated for the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Preview: Crusaders Ready to Embark on Spring Season


When the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team delivers the first serve of the spring season on Saturday at Western Michigan, the Crusaders will do so with a group that has remained entirely intact from last year.


Women's Basketball

Dorow to Undergo Neck Surgery


Valparaiso University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Dorow will undergo neck surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 11, necessitating a medical leave of absence from the team. Dorow was recently encouraged by doctors to undergo immediate surgery.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Close Weekend By Claiming Win Over Titans


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon at the ARC, putting together one of its best offensive performances of the year in an 81-74 victory over Detroit Mercy. Senior Shane Hammink matched his career high with 23 points. Junior Tevonn Walker and senior Alec Peters both posted double-doubles, while Peters also matched Bryce Drew’s Valpo record for career field goals made with his final basket of the game.


Women's Basketball

Four Crusaders in Double Figures in Loss to Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team dropped Saturday’s matinee with Milwaukee 85-74 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Four Valpo players finished in double figures as the Crusaders put together their best performance in Horizon League play thus far this season against the team picked to finish third in the league.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Hosts Detroit Mercy Sunday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team faces a quick turnaround as it attempts to split this weekend’s pair of home Horizon League games, matching up with Detroit Mercy Sunday afternoon at noon. The game will be televised live nationally on the American Sports Network, including in the Chicagoland area on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Fall To Oakland Friday Night


A poor shooting night hampered the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team’s effort Friday night at the ARC in Horizon League play against Oakland, as the Crusaders fell to the Golden Grizzlies by a 78-66 final.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Turns Page to Panthers on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday afternoon as Milwaukee pays the Athletics-Recreation Center a visit. The Crusaders are seeking their first Horizon League victory of the season.


Women's Basketball

Phoenix Defense Too Much For Crusaders on Thursday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team dropped the first league home game of the season on Thursday, 75-36 to Horizon League power Green Bay. Meredith Hamlet and Haylee Thompson scored eight points apiece to pace Valpo in scoring. The Phoenix showed why they entered the game ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, holding Valpo to single digits in three of the four quarters and forcing 26 Crusader turnovers.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders To Host Oakland In ESPN2 Showdown


It’s a meeting between the top two teams in the Horizon League preseason poll Friday night at the ARC, as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hosts Oakland for an 8 p.m. tip. The live ESPN2 broadcast is the second of three consecutive nationally-televised games for the Crusaders.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Well Represented in ITA Preseason Rankings


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is represented in both the singles and doubles Oracle/ITA Men’s National Rankings, which were released for the first time this year on Wednesday.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to discuss last week's Horizon League-opening win at UIC and look ahead to a pair of home games this weekend at the ARC.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Start 2017 Hosting League Favorites


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team faces a tough test on Thursday night, as perennial Horizon League powerhouse Green Bay visits the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Phoenix have won 18 straight Horizon League regular season titles. Valpo will play Green Bay twice in the next five games.


Women's Basketball

Valpo Can’t Recover From Slow Start, Falls to Oakland


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team fell behind Oakland 31-11 after one quarter on Saturday afternoon and could never rebound in an eventual 104-63 defeat at the O’Rena in Rochester, Mich. on the calendar year’s final day. Meredith Hamlet and Dani Franklin shared the team lead in scoring with 18 points apiece.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Open League Play With Win at UIC


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team closed out the 2016 calendar year on a high note in opening Horizon League play with a road win Friday afternoon, taking down UIC in front of a national TV audience by a 70-59 final. The Crusaders were led by the efforts of junior Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College), who tallied 17 of his season-best 23 points in the second half.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Team Volunteers at Michigan Science Center


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team participated in a community service project on Friday afternoon at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Remain in Michigan, Face Off With Grizzlies


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team continues its Michigan swing with the second game of Horizon League play on Saturday at Oakland. It’s an early tip time as the Crusaders and Grizzlies get going at 11 a.m. Central Time.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Drop League Opener to Titans


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team suffered an 85-60 loss to Detroit Mercy in the Horizon League opener on Thursday evening at Calihan Hall in Detroit. Amber Lindfors (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Elk Grove) reached a significant career milestone, as she blocked three shots to become the third player in Valpo history with 100 career blocks.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Open League Play Friday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opens Horizon League play in front of a national television audience Friday afternoon as the Crusaders make the short jaunt to Chicago to face off with UIC on ESPNU. Valpo has won the last 15 meetings in the series with the Flames.


Men's Basketball

Peters Reaches 2,000 Career Points in Crusaders’ Win Over Chicago State


Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) needed just 33 seconds to reach the 2,000 point milestone for his career on Wednesday night at the ARC, scoring the game’s first basket, and the Crusaders never trailed in an 80-61 victory over Chicago State. With the win, Valpo closes out non-league play with a 10-3 record.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Close Out Non-League Slate With Chicago State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at its 10th victory of the season as it closes out non-league play Wednesday evening at the ARC against Chicago State. Alec Peters enters the matchup just one point shy of reaching the 2,000 point milestone for his career.


Volleyball

Longoria Story Among Season's Most Popular


The story on Valpo volleyball senior Morganne Longoria and how she uniquely filled the roles of libero and setter simultaneously for the Crusaders over the final half of the season made national news among the volleyball community in 2016. At year's end, the VolleyballMag.com article on Longoria's efforts was the website's third-most widely read story from the 2016 season.


Women's Basketball

League Play on the Horizon for Valpo Women


After matching its highest nonleague win total since joining the Horizon League, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team turns the page to conference play on Thursday for the first of back-to-back games in the state of Michigan. The Crusaders crack up conference activity against Detroit Mercy, a team seeking revenge after Valpo ended its season with an upset win in the Horizon League quarterfinals a year ago.


Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Tickets On Sale Dec. 29 For 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Championship


All tickets for the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship at Joe Louis Arena will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can purchase tickets at MotorCityMadness.HorizonLeague.com/tickets, the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, or the Joe Louis Arena Ticket Sales and Service Office at 313-471-7575.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Falls at Home to Santa Clara


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team suffered its first non-league home defeat in over two years Thursday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders fell to visiting Santa Clara in double overtime, 87-80.


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, to look back at last week's win over Indiana State and look ahead to Thursday's matchup with Santa Clara.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Set to Host Santa Clara Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to head into the Christmas holiday on a winning note Thursday night as the Crusaders host Santa Clara at the ARC. The matchup will feature two of the nation’s top-four active leading scorers in Alec Peters and the Broncos’ Jared Brownridge.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Announces Spring Slate


The Crusaders begin the spring campaign on Jan. 14 as they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to clash with Western Michigan. The Broncos went 19-8 last season including a 10-1 home mark and reached the championship match of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.


Women's Basketball

Donchetz Overcomes Every Obstacle, Emerges as Key Contributor for Crusaders


Junior Georgi Donchetz has made a drastic transformation from a seldom-used reserve to an important member of Valpo’s rotation. She’s averaging 18.7 minutes per game and scoring 6.0 points, pulling down 2.7 rebounds and dishing out 2.8 assists per contest.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Fall to Braves in Nonleague Finale


Four Valparaiso players scored in double figures on Monday night, but the Crusaders dropped the nonleague finale at the hands of Bradley 67-56. Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich. / McBain) led the Crusaders in scoring with 13 points, while Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind. / Westview) achieved a career best with 10.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns Third League Weekly Honor of Season


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks after his strong effort in the Crusaders’ big win Saturday over Indiana State.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Return to Court, Host Bradley in Nonleague Finale


After a week away from game competition to focus on final exams, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team returns to the court on Monday as Bradley comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center. With a victory in Monday’s nonleague finale, the Crusaders can finish with their highest nonleague win total since joining the Horizon League.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Claim In-State Showdown With Win Over Sycamores


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team rode the hot hand of senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) in the first half Saturday night at the ARC versus Indiana State, and then ran away from the Sycamores with a 20-0 run to start the second half en route to an 89-71 victory.


Women's Soccer

Longino Joins Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff


Valparaiso University women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that Katelyn Longino has joined the Crusaders as an assistant coach. Longino comes to Valpo after spending last season on the coaching staff at Xavier University.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Return to the ARC Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC on Saturday evening to begin its final stretch of non-league contests. The Crusaders will kick off the three-game homestand against in-state foe Indiana State as they look to remain unbeaten on their home court this season.


Women's Soccer

Cronin Earns Scholar All-Region Accolade


Valparaiso University women’s soccer senior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) has been named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Second Team for her work on the field and in the classroom, as announced today by the NSCAA. It is the second straight season Cronin has received Second Team Scholar All-Region honors.


Baseball

Valpo Releases 2017 Baseball Schedule


The Valparaiso University baseball program has released its schedule for the 2017 season. The Crusaders will begin the new campaign on Feb. 17 at Western Kentucky for the first of a three-game series, the first meeting between the two teams since 2002. The series will take place at newly-renovated Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Ky.


Women's Golf

Schier Signs NLI with Valpo Women’s Golf


The Valparaiso University women’s golf program has announced the addition of Shelby Schier (Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove) for the 2017-18 season. Schier, a current high school senior, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Crusaders.


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 week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. They look back on last week's road trip to Kentucky and Missouri State, and take a look ahead to the first of three straight games at the ARC - Saturday night versus Indiana State.


Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Team Drops Road Contest at Indiana


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team fell to Big Ten foe Indiana 87-58 at historic Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders were once again led in scoring by Dani Franklin, who posted 18 points. The fourth quarter was a bright spot, as the Crusaders outscored the Hoosiers 26-15.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Emerge Victorious In Saturday Night Slugfest


In a tie game with the clock ticking down in Springfield, Mo. Saturday night, Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) came up with the big play, drawing a foul on a 3-point attempt with 5.6 seconds remaining and knocking down all three free throws for the final margin in the Crusaders’ 84-81 victory over Missouri State.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders, Hoosiers Face Off at Assembly Hall on Sunday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team travels to Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday to compete at historic Assembly Hall against instate foe Indiana. The Crusaders are back in action less than 24 hours after Saturday’s game against Grace College. With a victory on Sunday, the Crusaders can notch six nonleague wins for the first time since joining the Horizon League.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Down Grace, Hold Winning Record Through Nine Games


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team dispatched Grace College 71-49 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders improved to 5-4 on the season, achieved their best nine-game start since 2005-2006 and equaled their best nine-game start since 1999-2000. Valpo was led in scoring by Dani Franklin and Amber Lindfors, who poured in 17 points apiece.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Looks to Rebound Saturday at Missouri State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will look to bounce back with a win in its final non-league road game of the season on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders play at Missouri State Saturday evening. Valpo has not dropped back-to-back games since the start of the 2014-15 season.


Athletics

Valpo Athletics, Advanced-Online Announce Apparel Agreement

Fans can buy gear at valpogear.com

Valpo Athletics is pleased to announce the launch of its official online store through a partnership with Advanced-Online. Through this collaboration, Valpo is able to provide students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and fans access to more than 2,000 items to show their Valpo pride.


Softball

Valpo Softball Announces 2017 Schedule


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today the Crusaders’ 2017 schedule as they embark on the defense of last season’s Horizon League Championship, including 15 home games at the Valpo Softball Complex.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders to Host Grace College on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team welcomes Grace College to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a Saturday matinee. With a victory, the Crusaders can get off to their best nine-game start since 2005-2006 and equal their best nine-game start to a season since 1999-2000.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Fall to Top-Ten Kentucky Squad


An early scoreless drought which lasted nearly eight minutes was too much for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team to overcome Wednesday night in Lexington, Ky., as the Crusaders fell to #6/7 Kentucky by an 87-63 final.


Men's Soccer

Madrid, Lawrence Receive NSCAA All-Region Recognition


Valparaiso University men’s soccer players Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) and Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica / Excelsior) received high honors on Tuesday as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America published all-region teams.


Men's Basketball

Crusader Men Head Down to Kentucky


Fresh off of its first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent in over 18 years, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team faces another stern test Wednesday evening, as the Crusaders make the trip to Lexington, Ky. for the first time to face #6/7 Kentucky. The matchup is Valpo’s third with a top-25 team in the season’s first nine games.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. The pair look back on last Tuesday's home win over Rhode Island and look forward to the challenge of traveling to play Kentucky this week.


Men's Basketball

Peters Repeats as Horizon League Player of the Week


For a second straight week, Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has earned weekly honors from the Horizon League office, as he was named the league’s co-Player of the Week following his performance in the Crusaders’ win last week over #21/25 Rhode Island.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Finish Fifth at Tulane


The #24 Valparaiso University bowling team finished out the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational in Kenner, La. on Sunday, winning two of its three matches in bracket play to close the tournament in fifth place.


Women's Basketball

Donchetz, Schofield Post Career Bests in Loss to No. 1 Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team fell to No. 1 Notre Dame 114-54 on Sunday afternoon at the Purcell Pavilion. The Crusaders were led in scoring by junior Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington), who accumulated 18 points. Other bright spots included sophomore Allison Schofield (McCordsville, Ind. / Heritage Christina) and junior Georgi Donchetz (Savage, Minn / Burnsville), both of whom turned in career highs in scoring.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Faces Nation's Top Team Sunday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team faces a quick turnaround as it returns to the court on Sunday afternoon for a showdown with No. 1 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish sit atop both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Poll. This marks the first time in program history the Crusaders have played the No. 1 team in the nation.


Women's Basketball

Franklin Pours in 33 to Propel Crusaders Past Panthers


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team fended off Eastern Illinois 73-68 on Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Junior Dani Franklin continued to light it up, accumulating 33 points to pave the way to the win. The Crusaders improve to 4-3, matching their best record through seven games since 1991-92.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Close Out Calvin Invite Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams finished competition at the Calvin College Winter Invitational Saturday, with the men ending the three-day event in fifth place and the women placing seventh. Two Crusader swimmers earned top-five finishes, as senior Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) hit the wall at 2:25.34 in the 200-yard breaststroke for a fifth-place finish and junior Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) swam his way to a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.40).


Women's Bowling

Bowling Continues Action From Tulane Saturday


The #24 Valparaiso University bowling team continued action at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational on Saturday from Kenner, La., finishing the day in fifth place.


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

Valpo Track and Field Opens Season Friday


Three Valparaiso University track and field athletes posted marks among the Crusaders’ all-time best as the men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their indoor season Friday afternoon at Notre Dame’s Blue & Gold Invitational.


Women's Bowling

Crusaders Open Up Action at Tulane Friday


Capped by one of the best matches in program history, the #24 Valparaiso University bowling team opened the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational in Kenner, La. on Friday, finishing the day in fourth place.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

School Record Falls In Swimming’s Second Day at Calvin


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed on day two at the Calvin College Winter Invitational on Friday, with the men sitting in sixth place and the women in seventh place after 38 events. The Crusaders’ highlight of the day was freshman Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honor) breaking the school’s 24-year old 100-yard backstroke record with a time of 58.68.


Women's Basketball

Four-Game Homestand Concludes Saturday as Crusaders Host Panthers


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team rounds out a four-game homestand on Saturday by welcoming Eastern Illinois to the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders hope to start a stretch of back-to-back games on a high note with a victory over the Panthers.


Women's Golf

Haas Selected to Lead Valpo Women’s Golf Program


Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced the hiring of Jonathan Haas as the head coach of the Crusader women’s golf program. Haas previously served as the head girls and boys golf coach at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Ind.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Swimming Kicks Off Calvin Winter Invite Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed on day one at the Calvin College Winter Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich., as the Crusader men finished the day in fourth place and the women in sixth place. The Crusaders had two relay teams and two individual swimmers enter the all-time top-ten lists with their Thursday performances.


Baseball

Valpo Announces Three Additions for 2018 Baseball Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team has inked three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2018 season. Head coach Brian Schmack and his staff will welcome junior college transfer Blake Billinger (Los Gato, Calif. / Mountain West [Mission College]) and true freshmen Zach Orn (Royville, Ind. / Eastside) and Andy Samuelson (LaPorte, Ind. / LaPorte) to the program next year.


Women's Basketball

Franklin, Donchetz Reach Career Watermarks in Tight Loss to Purple Aces


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team suffered a 70-65 loss to Evansville in a game that featured seven lead changes and a dramatic final minute on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) hauled in a career-high 16 rebounds, while Georgi Donchetz (Savage, Minn. / Burnsville) equaled a personal best with nine points.


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

Track and Field Announces 2016-17 Schedule Wednesday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams announced their 2016-17 indoor and outdoor seasons schedules. The indoor season begins this Friday, Dec. 2 at the University of Notre Dame for the Blue and Gold Invitational, while the Crusaders will host a home meet at the Warren G. Hoger Track on campus for the third straight year on April 29.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Announces Addition Of Two Signees


Valparaiso University bowling head coach Shon Washington announced today the Crusaders signed two incoming freshmen during the early signing period. Samantha Perez, a native of Aurora, Ill., and Jessica Soskich, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., will join the Crusader program for the 2017-18 season.


Football

Three Crusaders Earn Spots on Academic all-PFL Team


Valparaiso University football players Brian Lang (Chicago, Ill. / Marist), Jarrett Morgan (Cooper City, Fla. / Cooper City) and Jake Simpson (Wyandotte, Mich. / Roosevelt) received recognition from the Pioneer Football League for their accomplishments both in the classroom and on the playing field on Wednesday.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Win Thriller Over Nationally-Ranked Rhode Island Tuesday


In the midst of many victories at the ARC over the last 28 years, one thing has eluded the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team since beating Notre Dame in December of 1988: a home victory over a nationally-ranked opponent. But that changed Tuesday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders – behind 27 points and a game-sealing blocked shot by senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) – took down #21/25 Rhode Island in front of a raucous home crowd by a 65-62 final.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Team Seeks Best Start in Eight Years


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team goes for a third consecutive win as it welcomes Evansville to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday evening. With a victory, the Crusaders can get off to their first 4-2 start through six games since the 2008-09 season and start 3-0 at home for the first time since 2009-10.


Football

Gessinger Named to all-PFL Second Team, Six Crusaders Notch Honorable Mention


Valparaiso University freshman Bailey Gessinger (Goshen, Ind. / Northwood) finished his rookie football campaign with postseason honors on Tuesday. Gessinger was named to the all Pioneer Football League second-team, based on selections made by the league’s coaches. In addition, six Crusaders earned all-PFL honorable mention.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Welcomes Ranked Rhode Island Squad to ARC Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team welcomes its first nationally-ranked opponent to the ARC in nearly six years on Tuesday evening, as #21/25 Rhode Island comes to town to take on the Crusaders. The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Tuesday will receive free t-shirts. Head coach Matt Lottich sat down with Todd Ickow on this week's episode of Valpo Basketball Preview - looking back at a successful recent run of games and looking ahead to the challenge the team will face Tuesday night.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns Horizon League Player of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging a double-double in three Crusader victories last week and earning MVP honors at the Men Who Speak Up Main Event.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Advantage of Takeaways; Take Down Ball State


Thievery was the order of the day for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Sunday, as the Crusaders approached a program record by tallying 17 steals in a 79-73 victory over Ball State at the ARC. Senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) led four Crusader players in double figures with a game-high 23 points.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men Return Home, Host Ball State


Fresh off of a championship win in Las Vegas, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC for a Sunday afternoon matinee against Ball State - the first of two home games in a three-day span for Valpo. The Crusaders are looking to avenge their loss last season at the hands of the Cardinals.


Women's Basketball

Twice is Nice: Lindfors Layup Lifts Valpo to Second Buzzer-Beating Win in Last Nine Days


The Valparaiso University women's basketball team pulled out a 70-68 victory over Liberty on Friday, the second buzzer-beating win for the Crusaders in the last nine days. Amber Lindfors provided the game-winning shot on a nifty inbound pass from Georgi Donchetz.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Defeat BYU, Bring Home Championship Belt


In a city known for hosting top-of-the-line title fights, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team and BYU teamed up to deliver a 12-round thriller of their own Wednesday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and in the end, it was the Crusaders who landed the final blow to win the Heavyweight Division of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event in front of a national television audience by a final of 92-89.


Men's Basketball

Valpo and BYU To Square Off For Heavyweight Belt


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to bring home the championship belt of the Heavyweight Bracket at the Men Who Speak Up Main Event on Wednesday night at 11 p.m. CT, as the Crusaders face off with a familiar opponent in BYU live on ESPN2. Valpo downed the Cougars in a thriller in the semifinals of last season’s NIT.


Women's Basketball

Dorow to Battle Sister, Leuzinger to Face Alma Mater on Friday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team welcomes Liberty for a post-Thanksgiving meeting that features no shortage of compelling storylines on Friday. First-year Valpo assistant coach and former Liberty star Megan Leuzinger will face off with her alma mater. In addition, it will be a family affair for Valpo head coach Tracey Dorow, whose sister is Liberty assistant coach Andy Bloodworth.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Alabama, Advance To Championship of Men Who Speak Up Main Event


A 3-point play by senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) with 56 seconds to play capped a 24-point night and proved to be the effective dagger Monday night as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team took down SEC foe Alabama, 68-60, in the semifinals of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. With the win, the Crusaders advance to the championship game of the Heavyweight division, where they will face BYU live on ESPN2 Wednesday night at 11 p.m. CT.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Receive Balanced Scoring Effort in Rout of IU Kokomo


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball started the home portion of the season on the right foot with a 102-47 whitewash of Indiana University Kokomo on Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders received a game-high 24 points from Dani Franklin, Amber Lindfors turned in a double-double and Haylee Thompson also reached double figures.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Opens Action From Vegas Monday Versus Alabama


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes part in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event in Las Vegas this week as part of the field’s Heavyweight bracket. The Crusaders will take on SEC foe Alabama Monday night before facing either BYU or Saint Louis on Wednesday.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Tips Off Home Slate Monday Evening


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team is set for its 2016-2017 home opener, as the Crusaders welcome IU Kokomo for the first regular season home game of the year on Monday evening. In just their third year in existence, the Cougars are under the direction of former Crusader Whitney Farris, who appeared in 109 games for Valpo from 2006-2010. After Tracey Dorow made a return to trip to Illinois State on Saturday, this time the Crusaders will be the team welcoming an opposing coach back to her former school.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Suffer Saturday Setback at Illinois State


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team dropped Saturday’s game at Illinois State 77-56. Freshman Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill. / Cissna Park) posted Valpo’s best performance of the day, scoring nine points while hauling in seven rebounds. The Crusaders committed 30 turnovers in the defeat.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Signs Talented Duo for 2017-18


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis program has announced the additions of Jelena Vujanic (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Elk Grove) and Claire Czerwonka (Saint Joseph Catholic Academy / Kenosha Wis.) for the 2017-18 season. Both are four-star recruits, according to tennisrecruiting.net, and have signed their National Letters of Intent to play for the Crusaders.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall In Hard-Fought Battle at Horizon League Championship


In a match which seemed to encapsulate the season in a single contest, the sixth-seeded Valparaiso University volleyball team fought to the very end against third-seeded Northern Kentucky in a first-round matchup at the Horizon League Championship Friday before the Norse came out with the 3-2 (20-25, 29-27, 25-27, 25-21, 15-11) victory to end the Crusaders’ season.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Split In Home Meet Against Rose-Hulman


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams concluded their two-meet homestand against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Friday at the ARC Pool. The women’s squad picked up their first victory of the season, winning 166-66, while the men suffered a 147.5-114.5 loss.


Men's Golf

Men’s Golf Program Adds Alexander, Juskow for 2017-18 Season


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team has announced the addition of Drew Alexander (McCordsville, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) and Jack Juskow (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern), who have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusaders for the 2017-18 season.


Men's Tennis

Marino Inks NLI with Valpo Men’s Tennis


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis program has announced the addition of Nick Marino, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Crusaders for the 2017-18 season. Marino, a native of Northbrook, Ill. and current senior at Glenbrook North High School, is a four-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net. He is ranked seventh in Illinois, 26th in the Great Lakes Region and 264th in the nation.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Look to Make it Back-To-Back Wins on Saturday


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team rounds out its three-game season-opening road swing on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ill. as the Crusaders battle Illinois State.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Fall at #4/4 Oregon Thursday Evening


Shooting woes continued to plague the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team Thursday night in Eugene, Ore., and this time it resulted in the Crusaders’ first loss of the season, as Valpo fell by a 76-54 final at #4/4 Oregon. Late in the game, senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) moved into a tie for second place in program history on the career scoring chart with 1,785 career points.


Softball

Valpo Softball to Host Pair of Winter Camps


The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a pair of camps for campers ages 8-21 this winter. The Crusaders will host an All-Skills Camp at the ARC on Sunday, January 15, and a Pitching, Catching and Hitting Camp at the ARC on Sunday, February 5.


Volleyball

Volleyball Heads to Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2016 Horizon League Championship this weekend. The Crusaders, who are the tournament's sixth seed, will face off against third-seeded Northern Kentucky in the first round on Friday.


Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Welcomes 2017-18 Recruiting Class


Last week brought with it four new reasons for enthusiasm for the Valparaiso University women's basketball program, as a quartet of high school seniors signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2017-2018 season. The incoming recruiting class is comprised of 6-foot-2 forward Ella Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis. / Rice Lake), 5-9 guard Nicole Konieczny (Granger, Ind. / South Bend Saint Joseph), 6-0 guard Taylor Richards (Doylestown, Ohio / Chippewa) and 6-2 forward Bryce Blood (Toledo, Ohio / Whitmer).


Women's Basketball

Hamlet Layup at Buzzer Lifts Valpo to Comeback Victory at Chicago State


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team captured its first victory of the season in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Chicago State. The Crusaders rallied from 12 points down to escape with a 53-51 triumph on a buzzer-beating layup by Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich. / McBain).


Volleyball

Crusader Volleyball Announces Addition of Six Newcomers


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that the Crusaders have signed a talented group of six newcomers during the early signing period who will join the Valpo program as freshmen for the 2017 season.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Travels to Take On Top-Five Oregon Team Thursday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to take on a top-five Oregon squad Thursday night in Eugene. The matchup with the Ducks starts a stretch where the Crusaders will play five of their next seven games away from home. Thursday night's game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Network.


Men's Basketball

McMillan Signs NLI to Join Valpo Men’s Basketball Program


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team received its second National Letter of Intent in the early signing period on Tuesday, as Mileek McMillan, a 6’8” senior from Merrillville H.S., signed with the Crusaders. McMillan will join the Valpo program as a freshman in the 2017-18 season.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Head to Chicago State to Collide with Cougars


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team continues its season-opening stretch of three games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday. The Crusaders make the short jaunt to the Windy City to clash with Chicago State.


Volleyball

Longoria Named Defensive Player of the Year; Campbell Earns Honorable Mention Accolades


Following a tremendous senior season, Valparaiso University libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and has been voted to the All-League Team, as announced today by the league office. In addition, fellow senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was named an Honorable Mention All-League selection.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Roll to Victory Over Coppin State


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, behind career-high scoring performances from senior Shane Hammink (Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands/Oakley College [LSU]) and junior Max Joseph (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College), improved to 3-0 just four days into the 2016-17 season with a 78-58 victory over Coppin State at the ARC Monday night.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Season Recap

Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini sits down with Todd Ickow to look back at Saturday's win over Jacksonville and reflect on the 2016 season.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Host Coppin State Monday Night


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to make it three wins in four nights to open the 2016-17 campaign Monday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders welcome Coppin State to Valpo. With a win Monday evening, Valpo would be the first team in the nation to reach three victories.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Concludes Warhawk Classic Sunday


The #21 Valparaiso University bowling team finished out action at the Warhawk Classic in Kenosha, Wis. on Sunday, closing the tournament in 12th place.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Swim Teams Continue Season Against WIU Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swim teams continued their respective 2015-16 seasons, swimming against the Fighting Leathernecks of Western Illinois on Sunday afternoon at the ARC. The men fell to WIU, 162-106, and the women suffered a 174-91 defeat.


Women's Basketball

Franklin Turns in Program’s Best Individual Scoring Performance Since 1992 in Loss at Stetson


Dani Franklin had a fair share of memorable games during her first two seasons in a Valpo uniform. But the now junior reached a previously uncharted threshold in the Crusaders’ 87-75 season-opening loss at Stetson.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Earns Second Straight Win Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made it two victories in as many nights to start off the 2016-17 season at the ARC Saturday evening, rallying from a double-digit first-half deficit to put away a feisty Trinity Christian squad, 89-75.


Football

Crusaders Fend Off Dolphins, Send Seniors Out in Style


The Valparaiso University football team finished a year of improvement with the largest improvement yet on Senior Day at Brown Field on Saturday. The Crusaders sprinted out to a 28-3 lead after one quarter and held on for a 42-39 victory over Jacksonville. The victory marked a significant step forward for the Crusaders, who lost to the Dolphins by 45 points last season. Valpo finished the year with its highest league win total since 2003.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Continues Action In Kenosha Saturday


The #21 Valparaiso University bowling team posted a 3-2 record on the second day of competition, including a win over host #9 UW-Whitewater, on Saturday at the Warhawk Classic in Kenosha, Wis.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall in Regular Season Finale


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out the regular season Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., falling to the Panthers of Milwaukee in straight sets (25-11, 25-16, 25-23). The Crusaders had already clinched a berth into the Horizon League Championship by virtue of Friday night’s results and will head to the league tournament next weekend in Cleveland as the sixth seed.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Take Down Thunderbirds in Season Opener


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team opened the 2016-17 season in victorious fashion Friday night at the ARC, taking down former conference rival Southern Utah by a 79-65 final. The Crusaders’ win was their 12th consecutive in home openers, 11 of which have come by double figures.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Crusader Cross Country Squads Close Season at NCAA Regional


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their respective seasons Friday as they competed in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship, held in Madison, Wis. The men’s squad placed 29th in the 10K and the women finished 31st in the 6K at the Championships.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Returns to Action Friday at Warhawk Classic


After a weekend away from competition on the lanes, the #21 Valparaiso University bowling team returned to action Friday on the first of three days of the Warhawk Classic in Kenosha, Wis.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Doubles Team Makes Program History with National Indoor Performance


Three years, hundreds of matches, and countless hours of practice led to one historic week for Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles players Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt.


Volleyball

Carlson, Bruinsma Earn Academic All-League Honors


The Valparaiso University volleyball team had a pair of players honored as the Horizon League announced its volleyball Academic All-League recipients on Friday, as senior Rachel Bruinsma (New Era, Mich./Western Michigan Christian) and sophomore Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) earned the award for their performance on the court and in the classroom.


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Lifts Lid on Season Saturday at Stetson


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team tips off the 2016-2017 season on Saturday at Stetson. The Crusaders combine top-tier returnees with fresh faces, as five freshmen and two new assistant coaches join the fold.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Tips Season With Games Friday and Saturday


The lid lifts on the 2016-17 regular season for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team with a busy slate this weekend. The season opens Friday evening against Southern Utah before the Crusaders take on Trinity Christian just 24 hours later. Prior to Friday’s game, the program will be unveiling banners commemorating the 2015-16 Horizon League regular season title and the appearance in the 2016 NIT championship game.


Softball

Valpo Softball Signs Four Players to NLIs


Four newcomers have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Valparaiso University softball program for the 2017-18 academic year during the early signing period. The Crusaders will welcome three freshmen - Brittany Anderson, Ashley Barker and Addi Burke – as well as a junior college transfer in Kelsie Packard.


Football

Valpo All-Access: Alex Ng and Johnathan Coyne


Special teams takes center stage on this edition of Valpo All-Access, as Parker Gatewood is joined by Crusader football players Alex Ng - the team's punter and holder - and Johanathan Coyne - Valpo's long snapper.


Volleyball

Volleyball Closes Home Slate With Win Over Oakland


The Valparaiso University volleyball team finished out its 2016 home schedule at the ARC on Wednesday evening with a key 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22) victory over Oakland in Horizon League play. Playing in her final home match, senior Jamie Lacheta (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw) set a new career high with 16 kills.


Men's Basketball

Hazen Signs NLI With Valpo Men’s Basketball


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that the program has received a signed National Letter of Intent from Parker Hazen, a 6’7” forward from Columbia City H.S. Hazen, who is ranked seventh in his class in the state of Indiana by ESPN, will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2017-18 season.


Football

Football Welcomes Jacksonville for Season Finale


The Valparaiso University football team rounds out its 2016 campaign on Saturday at Brown Field. The Crusaders have an opportunity to secure their highest PFL win total since 2003 with a victory this week.


Volleyball

Volleyball Faces Final Regular Season Tests


The Valparaiso University volleyball team finishes up the 2016 regular season this week with a pair of matches as the Crusaders fight to secure a spot in the Horizon League Championship. Valpo closes out its home slate Wednesday, hosting Oakland at 6 p.m., and then goes on the road Saturday afternoon to conclude the regular season at Milwaukee.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Basketball Preview


Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this season's first edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. The duo discussed Valpo's exhibition victory over Hillsdale and what fans can expect from a number of the team's new players before looking ahead to the start of the regular season this weekend.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Plays to Scoreless Draw, Milwaukee Advances on Shootout


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end on Monday night in Milwaukee, Wis. The Crusaders and Panthers played to a scoreless draw through 110 minutes, but Milwaukee converted on all five penalty kicks to take the shootout and advance to the Horizon League Tournament semifinals. This marks the second time in the last three years that the Valpo season has ended on a penalty kick shootout in the first round of the tournament.


Women's Basketball

Mix of Newcomers, Returnees Creates Fresh Energy for Women’s Basketball


The reasons to be excited for this year’s Valparaiso University women’s basketball season started coming before the final horn sounded to end the 2015-2016 campaign. The Crusaders are coming off an improved season, have five exciting freshmen and have added two new assistant coaches for 2016-2017.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 11


Head coach Dave Cecchini joins Todd Ickow to get you ready for the season finale on Saturday against Jacksonville.


Men's Soccer

Seven Valpo Players Receive League Accolades


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team hauled in all-league honors as the Horizon League announced its 2016 award winners on Monday. Seniors Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) and Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica / Excelsior) captured places on the first-team, while seniors Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica / St. George’s College [South Florida / ASA College]), Adrian Graham (Kingston, Jamaica / St. George’s College) and Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica / St. George’s College) received second-team recognition.


Men's Tennis

Magical National Indoor Run Concludes with Runner-up Finish


When Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) received the news they had qualified for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the duo had already achieved an unprecedented feat for the program. Little did anyone know, qualifying for the event was only the beginning for the Valpo seniors.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Swimming Takes On SVSU Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swim teams traveled northeast to take on the Cardinals from Saginaw Valley State on Sunday. The Crusaders dropped the meet to SVSU on the men’s side, 147-66, and on the women’s side, 142-66.


Men's Soccer

Horizon League Tournament Begins Monday in Milwaukee


The most significant and exciting time of the Valparaiso University men’s soccer season has arrived as the Crusaders visit Milwaukee in a Horizon League Tournament first-round fixture. The Crusaders can extend their season and set the program record for victories in a single year with a triumphant effort on Monday.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Down Hillsdale In Exhibition Action Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team kicked off the 2016-17 season at the ARC Saturday evening with its lone exhibition game of the year, defeating Hillsdale by a 78-63 final as senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds.


Men's Tennis

Unforgettable Week Continues as Emhardt, Schorsch Move on to National Indoor Final Match


Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) will play for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate title on Sunday.


Volleyball

Five-Set Match Goes Against Crusaders Saturday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team led Green Bay in Horizon League play Saturday evening at the ARC, two sets to one, but the Phoenix claimed the final two sets to earn the 3-2 win and spoil the Crusaders’ Senior Night.


Football

Crusaders Drop Road Finale at Dayton


The Valparaiso University football team racked up 351 yards of total offense and ran for 182 yards, but Dayton quarterback Alex Jeske accounted for four touchdowns to help the Flyers to a 37-21 win over the Crusaders on Saturday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.


Volleyball

Crusaders Sweep UIC Friday Evening


The Valparaiso University volleyball team took care of business Friday night at the ARC in Horizon League action, sweeping visiting UIC, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-15).


Men's Soccer

Valpo Falls to Wright State, Clinches Spot in Horizon League Tournament


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team allowed two second-half goals in a 2-0 loss to Wright State on Friday night at Brown Field. By virtue of Milwaukee’s dramatic 1-0 win over Cleveland State, which came on a 90th minute goal, the Crusaders have secured a spot in the Horizon League Tournament and will play at Milwaukee in the first round on Monday.


Men's Tennis

Emhardt, Schorsch Punch Ticket to Semifinals as ITA National Indoor Run Rolls On


Another day, another victory for Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel). A day after upstaging the tournament’s No. 1 seed, the Crusader pair captured its third win in as many matches in Flushing, N.Y. on Friday, besting Ole Miss’s Fabian Fallert and Grey Hamilton to secure a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.


Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Opens 2016-17 Campaign Saturday With Exhibition Game


“A new era.” It’s a phrase which gets thrown around a lot in the world of athletics. But for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, a new era truly begins this season, as first-year head coach Matt Lottich prepares to lead the Crusaders into the 2016-17 campaign – a season which begins Saturday night with an exhibition game at the ARC versus Hillsdale at 7:30 p.m.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Swing Epic Upset of Top Seed, Advance to Quarterfinals


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis program has enjoyed its fair share of memorable moments during its recent resurgence, including a Horizon League title and trip to the NCAA Tournament a year ago. But Thursday may very well stand all alone atop the list of significant days in program history. Seniors Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel), who have already long established themselves as the best doubles combination in program history, added yet another unforgettable chapter to their ever-growing Valpo legacy.


Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Team Tops Indianapolis in Exhibition Opener


A long wait came to an end on Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team took the court for game competition for the first time this season. The early taste of hoops was an enjoyable one for the Crusaders, who toppled Indianapolis 60-51 in exhibition action.


Volleyball

Volleyball Returns to ARC This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team opens its final homestand of the year at the ARC this weekend, as the Crusaders host a pair of crucial Horizon League matchups against UIC Friday evening and Green Bay Saturday afternoon. Saturday will be Valpo's Senior Day, as the team honors its six seniors following the match.


Football

Final Road Trip of Season Sends Valpo to Dayton


The Valparaiso University football team hits the road for the final time this season. The Crusaders head to Dayton for a showdown with the Flyers.


Women's Basketball

Horizon League Releases Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll


With the start of the season just around the corner, the Horizon League released its women's basketball preseason poll on Wednesday. The survey of head coaches, sports information directors and select media members picked Valparaiso to finish ninth.


Men's Tennis

Draw Announced for Men's Tennis Indoor Nationals


Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) are set to compete in the prestigious 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships starting on Thursday.The Valpo duo will face off with Denver’s Alex Gasson and Yannik James on Thursday at 1 p.m. Central Time in the first round.


Men's Soccer

Tight Table Sets Up Exciting Final Day of Men's Soccer Regular Season


The table is tight entering the final game of the regular season as the Valparaiso men’s soccer team can still finish anywhere from second to seventh in the Horizon League, with the top six teams qualifying for next week’s conference tournament. A quality test awaits the Crusaders, as first-place Wright State comes to Brown Field for Friday’s fixture.


Men's Soccer

Anderson Provides Fastest Hat Trick in NCAA History in Victory over IUPUI


In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Valparaiso University men’s soccer player Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica / St. George’s College [South Florida / ASA College]) transformed Monday’s matinee with nonleague foe IUPUI into a game he won’t soon forget. The Valpo senior scored three times in 1:21, the fastest three consecutive goals by an individual player in NCAA history, to help the Crusaders down the Jaguars 5-0.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Suffer Heartbreak In League Tournament Opener


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team claimed a 2-0 lead in the first round of the Horizon League Championship Monday night in Rochester Hills, Mich. thanks to goals with three minutes of either side of halftime from freshman Maria Broecker (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), but Oakland rallied with three second-half goals to send the Crusaders to a 3-2 defeat.


Women's Soccer

Quartet Of Crusaders Earn All-League Honors


Four Valparaiso University women’s soccer players were honored on Monday as the Horizon League announced its postseason award recipients. Senior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) represented the Crusaders on the All-League First Team, while sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) was a Second Team selection. In addition, Ava Porlier (Downers Grove, Ill./South) and Ali Quillen (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) were both named to the league’s All-Freshman Team.


Men's Soccer

Madrid Receives Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University men’s soccer senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) has been named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for his performance on Saturday night against Northern Kentucky.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 10


Head coach Dave Cecchini sits down with play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow to preview this week's trip to Dayton.


Women's Soccer

Griffith Earns Player of the Week Honors


Valparaiso University women’s soccer sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a pair of goals in the Crusaders’ regular season finale at Northern Kentucky on Friday, helping Valpo secure a spot in the Horizon League Championship.


Volleyball

Out of system has new meaning for Longoria


Valparaiso University senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) entered her final season as a Crusader already having continued the program's legacy of strong libero play. But Longoria, head coach Carin Avery, and the rest of the team could never have imagined the role Longoria would be called on to fill this season - setting full-time while also playing libero.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Opens League Championship at Oakland Monday Night


After finishing in a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League regular season standings, the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team opens up the 2016 Horizon League Championship Monday evening as the fifth seed, on the road at fourth-seeded Oakland.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Finishes 11th at FDU New Jersey Jamboree


The #21 Valparaiso University bowling team closed out action at its second tournament of the season on Sunday, moving up to finish in 11th place at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree in Elmwood Park, N.J.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Dispatches Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team captured an important victory on Saturday night at Brown Field, downing Northern Kentucky 5-0 in the penultimate league match of the regular season. In the process, the Crusaders picked up three points in a tightly-packed Horizon League table.


Volleyball

Volleyball Earns Four-Set Win Over Youngstown State


16 kills apiece from senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) led the way for the Valparaiso University volleyball team Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders closed the weekend on a winning note, earning a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18) victory at Youngstown State. Senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) moved into the Crusaders’ single-season top-10 in digs during the victory.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Crusaders Run Saturday at Horizon League Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the 2016 Horizon League Championships Saturday in Parkside, Wis. The Crusader men and women both finished in ninth place, led by the respective runs from seniors Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./University) and Elizabeth Owen (Freedom, Wis./Freedom).


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Swimming Continues Campaign at EIU


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swim teams competed at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, falling to the Panthers by final scores of 163-99 on the men’s side and 168.5-86.5 on the women’s side. Freshman Dylan Ogle (Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin) and senior Emily Trimpe (New Palenstine, Ind./New Palenstine) both won two events for the Crusaders.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Moves Up Two Spots Saturday at FDU


The #21 Valparaiso University bowling team moved up a pair of spots in the second day of action at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree in Elmwood Park, N.J. on Saturday, finishing the day in 13th place out of the 27 competing teams.


Football

Crusaders Drop Battle for Hoosier Helmet


The Valparaiso University football team fell to rival Butler 23-12 on Saturday at Brown Field. The Bulldogs assured they would retain control of the Hoosier Helmet by racking up 446 yards of total offense.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Closes Regular Season With Win at NKU


Sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) found the back of the net twice in a seven-minute span in the first half and the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team made her brace stand up for a 2-1 win at Northern Kentucky in the regular season finale Friday evening. Griffith set a program single-season record with her fifth match-winning goal of the season, while with the win, Valpo clinched a berth into the Horizon League Championship and will head to Oakland for a Monday night first-round matchup.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Hosts Season Ticket Holder Open Practice Friday Night


With the 2016-17 season right around the corner, the Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball teams hosted their annual Season Ticket Holder Open Practice on Friday evening at the ARC.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Posts 4-1 Mark On First Day at FDU


The #21 Valparaiso University bowling team got off to a strong start at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree in Elmwood Park, N.J. on Friday, winning four of five matches on the first day of competition.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall at Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team found its attack slowed down by league-leading Cleveland State Friday evening in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Vikings dealt the Crusaders a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) defeat.


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

Four Crusader Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-League Honors


Four Valparaiso University student-athletes have received Academic All-League recognition from the Horizon League as the league released its first set of academic honorees on Friday. Two Crusader women’s soccer players earned the award, while the men’s and women’s cross country squads had one recipient apiece.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Returns Home to Begin Final Stretch


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team returns home for the first time in three weeks on Saturday to host league foe Northern Kentucky. Then, Valpo competes in the final nonleague fixture of the season on Monday afternoon, a match that will now begin at 3 p.m. at Brown Field.


Football

Hoosier Helmet Back Up For Grabs


The Hoosier Helmet is back up for grabs this week as the Valparaiso University football team renews its rivalry with in-state foe Butler on Saturday at Brown Field. For the first time since 2003, Valpo enters the matchup with a better league record than Butler.


Men's Soccer

Thomas Achieves Academic All-District


Valparaiso University men’s soccer player Suleiman Thomas (Chicago, Ill. / Lake Forest Academy) received recognition for his success both in the classroom and on the soccer pitch on Tuesday. The Crusader senior was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Head to NKU For Regular Season Finale


The Valparaiso University women's soccer team heads to Northern Kentucky this Friday for the 2016 regular season finale. The Crusaders enter Friday's match in the midst of a battle for spots in the Horizon League Championship.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Become First Players in Program History to Qualify for ITA National Indoors


Valparaiso University men’s tennis players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) added a new feat to their long list of accomplishments on Tuesday.


Volleyball

Volleyball Takes Down Fort Wayne Tuesday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball team continued its strong play despite its out-of-system offensive system Tuesday night in its final non-league matchup of the year at Fort Wayne, downing the Mastodons by a 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 28-26, 25-22) final. Morganne Longoria finished with 28 assists and 24 digs, while Katherine Carlson was just two assists shy of her second triple-double in the last three matches.


Women's Golf

Kim Leads Crusaders on Final Day of Fall Competition


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team rounded out its fall schedule with the second and final round of the Braun Intercollegiate at Oak Meadow Country Club in Evansville, Ind. on Tuesday. The Crusaders turned in a two-round team score of 636 to place fifth in the 10-team event.


Baseball

Valpo Baseball Team Makes World Series Predictions


With the World Series set to begin on Tuesday night in Cleveland, it’s time for the Valparaiso University baseball team to weigh in. Members of the 2017 Crusaders offer their prognostication of what will unfold this week between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Third After One Round at Braun Intercollegiate


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team sits in third place of 10 teams at the Braun Intercollegiate in Evansville, Ind. with a team score of 312 after the event’s first round on Monday. Junior Katie Willenbrink (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) is Valpo’s top performer through one day of competition.


Men's Tennis

Emhardt, Schorsch Drop Dramatic Doubles Final at ITA Midwest Regional


Valparaiso University men’s tennis players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) saw their run of success at the ITA Midwest Regional in Columbus, Ohio come to a halt with a loss in Monday’s doubles championship.


Volleyball

Volleyball Goes On the Road For Three This Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team faces its final non-league match of the season Tuesday evening at Fort Wayne before heading to northeast Ohio, taking on Cleveland State on Friday night and Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon.


Men's Basketball

Tickets For Kentucky Game On Sale Now


Fans wishing to catch the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team at Rupp Arena as the Crusaders take on Kentucky on Wednesday, Dec. 7 can purchase tickets now through the Valpo Ticket Office. A limited number of tickets are available in Section 240 and are priced at $42 apiece. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the ticket office in the ARC from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or calling the ticket office at 1-877-MY-VU-TIX.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 9


Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini joins play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow for a preview of this week's showdown with rival Butler.


Volleyball

Longoria Repeats As League Player of the Week


Valparaiso University senior libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has repeated as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after another strong week setting in addition to her back-row duties.


Women's Bowling

Wirtz Earns MVP Honors on Final Day of Crusader Challenge


Bowling in her first tournament as a Crusader, Valparaiso University fifth-year senior Olivia Wirtz (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek [Vanderbilt]) was named Tournament MVP on Sunday as Valpo finished in third place on the second of two days of competition in the Crusader Challenge at Inman’s.


Men's Tennis

Emhardt, Schorsch Secure Return Trip to ITA Midwest Regional Final Match


For the second consecutive year, Valparaiso University men’s tennis players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) have earned a spot in the final match of the ITA Midwest Regionals doubles tournament. The duo picked up two memorable wins on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Incur League Loss at UIC


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 setback at UIC on Saturday night. UIC’s Jose Fuentes scored in the 62nd minute to account for the difference in a fast-paced match at Flames Field.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Opens Up 2016-17 Season


The #21 Valparaiso University bowling team kicked off the 2016-17 campaign on Saturday by hosting the first of two days of action at the Crusader Challenge, hosted by Valpo at Inman’s. The Crusaders posted a 3-2 record on the first day of competition.


Men's Tennis

Three Valpo Doubles Duos Advance to Quarterfinals


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team enjoyed another successful showing at the ITA Midwest Regional in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. All three individuals competing in main draw singles won their first matches on Saturday, while three Valpo doubles tandems punched their ticket to Sunday’s quarterfinals.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Fall in Home Regular Season Finale


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team finished out the 2016 regular season home schedule at Brown Field on Saturday night, but it would be an unhappy finale, as an own goal late in the first half was the game’s lone tally in a 1-0 Oakland win over the Crusaders.


Volleyball

Volleyball Takes Loss Against NKU Saturday


Coming off a hard-fought win on Friday night, the Valparaiso University volleyball team was unable to slow down Northern Kentucky on Saturday, as the Crusaders fell to the Norse by a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) final at the ARC.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Swim Teams Compete at Indiana Intercollegiates Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the Indiana Intercollegiates Saturday at Purdue University in the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Both squads finished in seventh place, as the men earned 90 points and the women received 67 to finish out the day. Each team picked up top-five place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay.


Football

Crusaders Fall to First-Place Toreros


The Valparaiso University football team visited San Diego on Saturday for a matchup with the top team in the Pioneer Football League, and the Toreros showed why they’re unblemished in league play with a 49-10 victory over the Crusaders. The win extended San Diego’s streak to 26 straight home PFL victories spanning six seasons.


Volleyball

Crusaders Prevail In Defensive Standoff With Wright State


In a match featuring more total attacks and digs than any other this season in NCAA Division I volleyball, the Valparaiso University volleyball team came out on the right end of the defensive battle with Wright State in Horizon League play Friday evening at the ARC, downing the Raiders by a 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11) final. Sophomore Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) finished with the first triple-double by a Crusader player since 2010, while senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) set a new program record for attacks in a single match.


Men's Tennis

Crusaders Gain Six Wins at ITA Midwest Regional Championships


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team had a productive Friday at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Three individuals posted main draw singles wins, while three doubles duos also collected victories.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swimming Continues Season Friday Versus Evansville


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming squads continued their 2016-17 seasons Friday at the ARC pool as they hosted Evansville. The Crusaders fell to the Purple Aces 131-74 on the men’s side and 152-33 on the women’s side. Senior Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) accomplished a tremendous feat on Friday, swimming in each of the meet’s nine individual events.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Team Represented at ITA Midwest Regional


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team finished competition at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. on Friday. The Crusaders were represented by two duos in the doubles bracket and two individuals in consolation action.


Men's Basketball

Peters Earns Spot on Karl Malone Award Watch List


For the second consecutive season, Valparaiso University senior 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 Thursday. In its third year, the award recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.


Men's Tennis

Dunn Notches Two Wins in Singles Qualifying at ITA Midwest Regional


Senior Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis. / Fond du Lac) won two matches to lead the competing Crusaders in the qualifying round of the ITA Midwest Regional in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday. All four Crusaders won their first-round qualifying matches.


Women's Tennis

Hebble’s First-Round Win Highlights Day 1 of Women’s ITA Midwest Regional


Valparaiso University women’s tennis senior Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind. Silver Creek) represented the Crusaders well at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. on Thursday, claiming a first-round win in the event. Hebble was one of three Crusaders in action.


Women's Bowling

Bowling Announces 2016-17 Schedule


The #21 Valparaiso University bowling team announced its complete schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season on Thursday, highlighted by a pair of events the Crusaders will host – including this weekend’s Crusader Challenge at Inman’s.


Athletics

Weiler Joins Athletic Staff; Anthony Earns Promotion


Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today Erik Weiler has been hired as associate director of athletics for facilities. In addition, LaBarbera announced Stephen Anthony has been promoted to senior associate director of athletics for finance and administration.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Earns Key Win in Extra Time at UIC


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team picked up a key road win Wednesday evening in Horizon League play, rallying from a one-goal halftime deficit in Chicago to take down UIC less than two minutes into extra time by a 2-1 final. Senior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) scored the golden goal for the Crusaders, matching Valpo’s records for both single-season and career game-winning goals.


Football

Crusaders Visit San Diego to Face League's Top Team


The Valparaiso University football team heads west this week to face off with the first-place San Diego Toreros. The Crusaders are coming off a 21-18 road win over Stetson a week ago. Valpo’s defense forced four turnovers and the Hatters missed three field goals.


Men's Soccer

Inspirational Journey: Valpo Men’s Soccer Captain Embraces New Opportunity


Less than four years ago, Omar Lawrence ’16 accepted a full athletic scholarship from Valparaiso University to play soccer. He had never been outside the Caribbean and couldn’t afford to visit the University, but was fully aware that everything he had been working for since he was a boy playing soccer in the streets of Jamaica was becoming his reality.


Women's Bowling

Washington Returns to Lead Crusader Bowling Program


Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Shon Washington has returned to Valpo for his second stint as head coach of the Crusader bowling program. Washington previously led the Crusaders as head coach during the 2010–2011 season after serving as an assistant coach at Valpo during the program’s inaugural season.


Volleyball

Crusaders Earn Road Sweep at Chicago State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team stepped out of Horizon League play Tuesday evening with a short trip to Chicago State, coming away with a 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-16) sweep of the Cougars.


Men's Soccer

Howell, Pulinx Goals Propel Valpo Past Fort Wayne


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team returned to the win column on Tuesday night in Fort Wayne, besting the Mastodons 2-0. The Crusaders have only dropped three matches all season, and each time have responded with a win or draw in their following fixture.


Men's Golf

Webb leads Crusaders on Final Day at Dayton


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team concluded the Dayton Flyer Invitational in Kettering, Ohio at NCR Country Club on Tuesday with the second round of the two-day event. Senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) carded a 74, turning in the best round of the day by a Crusader.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Heads Into Penultimate Week Of Regular Season


With three regular season matches remaining, the Valparaiso University women's soccer team enters the week in a three-way tie in the league standings and will face off this week against both sides it is currently tied with. The Crusaders make the short trip to Chicago Wednesday night to face UIC before returning home to Brown Field for the regular season home finale against Oakland Saturday night.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling to Host Crusader Challenge This Weekend


Ranked #21 nationally in the NTCA preseason coaches poll, the Valparaiso University bowling team will open up the 2016-17 campaign this weekend by hosting the Crusader Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, at Inman’s in Valparaiso.


Men's Basketball

Vashil Fernandez Signs NBA Contract With Miami Heat


The Miami Heat announced on Monday that they have signed former Valparaiso University standout center Vashil Fernandez. Fernandez becomes the first Crusader to ink an NBA contract since Ron Howard, and is looking to become the first former Valpo player to appear in a regular season NBA game since Bryce Drew.


Men's Golf

Baracani, Webb Pace Valpo on Day 1 at Dayton


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team competed in the first round of the Dayton Flyer Invitational in Kettering, Ohio at NCR Country Club on Monday. Redshirt junior Adam Baracani (Normal, Ill. / University) and senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) tied for the team lead on the first day of the two-round event.


Volleyball

Volleyball Faces Three-Match Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads into a key upcoming weekend of Horizon League action with a mid-week tuneup at Chicago State Tuesday evening. The Crusaders then host Wright State at the ARC Friday night and Northern Kentucky Saturday afternoon.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Head to Fort Wayne, UIC


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team will continue a stretch of four straight road fixtures on Tuesday at Fort Wayne and Saturday at UIC. Tuesday's match will begin at 5 p.m. CT, an hour earlier than originally scheduled.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 8


Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini sits down with Todd Ickow to talk about Saturday's win at Stetson and look ahead to this week's meeting with first-place San Diego.


Volleyball

Longoria Earns Defensive Player of the Week Honor


Following a week in which she reached 2,000 career digs while also filling a role thought to be unprecedented in Division I volleyball, senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.


Football

Crusaders Upend Hatters for Memorable Road Win


The Valparaiso University football team fended off a talented Stetson squad on Saturday afternoon in DeLand, Fla., pulling out an improbable 21-18 victory over the Hatters. The Crusaders had come close to notching signature upset victories on multiple occasions since Dave Cecchini took over as head coach, but this time they were able to hold on and seal the deal.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall to Milwaukee Saturday Evening


Again playing without a traditional setter due to injuries, the Valparaiso University volleyball team battled gamely with perennial Horizon League power Milwaukee Saturday evening at the ARC, as the Crusaders nearly set a program single-match record for blocks in a 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22) loss to the Panthers. Along the way, seniors Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) and Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) both reached career milestones for their defensive work - Longoria recording her 2,000th career dig and Campbell joining Valpo's 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Suffers First League Loss in Green Bay


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team saw its six-match unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday night with a 2-0 defeat at Green Bay. The Crusaders absorbed their first league loss of the season and suffered their first defeat since Sept. 21 at Ohio State.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Team Dominates Crusader Invitational


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team swept the singles competition with individual champions at A, B and C singles, and also won two of the three doubles brackets on the final day of the Crusader Invitational on Saturday.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Crusaders Take On Green Bay Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming squads held their first home meet of the season at the ARC Pool Saturday, hosting Horizon League foe Green Bay. The Phoenix swept both meets, with the men winning 153-99 and the women’s squad defeating the Crusaders 173-83.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Falls to YSU Saturday Evening


A goal in the 79th minute proved to be the difference Saturday night at Brown Field, as the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 final in Horizon League play to Youngstown State.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Competes at Oracle ITA Masters, Crusaders Begin Fall Invite


Senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) represented the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. on Friday, while the remainder of the Crusaders began the Valpo Fall Invite.


Men's Cross Country

Crusaders Conclude Final Pre-Conference Meet at Bradley


The Crusader men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Bradley Classic Friday afternoon, their first meet in two weeks and their final tune-up for the upcoming Horizon League Championships.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Swimming Hosts First Home Meet of Season Saturday


The Valparaiso University men's and women's swimming teams will host their first of five scheduled home meets this season Saturday afternoon as they welcome Green Bay to the ARC Pool. The meet's start time has been moved up to 1 p.m.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Notches First-Round Win in Oracle ITA Masters


Valparaiso University men’s tennis senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) opened the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. with a victory over Pepperdine’s Guilherme Hadlich on Thursday.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Returns Home, Hosts YSU


With just four regular season matches remaining, the Valparaiso University women's soccer team returns home Saturday evening to host Youngstown State in a key Horizon League showdown.


Football

Football Travels to Florida to Meet Stetson


The Valparaiso University football team travels to Stetson this week for a Saturday showdown with the Hatters. The Crusaders will look to get back on track after back-to-back competitive losses to Morehead State and Drake.


Volleyball

Resilient Crusaders Earn Sweep Of Oakland In Remarkable Effort


Ravaged by injuries this season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team faced its biggest challenge of the season and one of the biggest challenges a volleyball team could face – heading into a match without either of its setters – head-on at league-leading Oakland and came out on the other side with the most remarkable of victories, sweeping the Golden Grizzlies (25-22, 28-26, 25-23) in Horizon League action Wednesday evening.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Come From Behind, Knock Off Western Michigan


Fresh off cracking the NSCAA Great Lakes Region rankings for the first time this season, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer completed a favorable day with a 2-1 road win over Western Michigan in a battle of two regionally-ranked sides. The Crusaders, ranked 10th in the Great Lakes Region, rallied from a goal down to defeat the eighth-ranked Broncos on Tuesday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Volleyball

Crusaders Reach Halfway Point of League Campaign


The Valparaiso University volleyball team continues Horizon League play with a pair of matches this week, closing out a four-match road trip at Oakland on Wednesday evening before returning home to the ARC to host Milwaukee Saturday evening. Saturday's match against the Panthers will serve as the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match, as survivors of breast cancer will be honored prior to the match.


Men's Soccer

Valpo All-Access: Nico Campbell


Valparaiso men's soccer goalkeeper Nico Campbell joins Parker Gatewood on this edition of Valpo All-Access, talking about his playing background and going into detail about the art of stopping penalty kicks.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Visits Western Michigan, Green Bay


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team hits the road to begin a four-game journey away from Brown Field on Tuesday night with a nonleague fixture at Western Michigan. Then, the Crusaders head to Green Bay to resume Horizon League play on Saturday evening.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 7


Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini joins play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow to look back at Saturday's game against Drake and preview this week's matchup with Stetson.


Women's Tennis

Kopfer, Wind Win Matches on Final Day of Bronco Invitational


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team received victories from Jordan Kopfer and Randi Wind on the final day of competition at the Bronco Invitational in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Sunday.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders, Panthers Play to Draw


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team raised its unbeaten streak to five and stayed undefeated in Horizon League play by virtue of a 1-1 draw with Milwaukee on Saturday night at Brown Field. Matthew Gweh (Apple Valley, Minn.) accounted for the lone Valpo goal, helping keep the Crusaders atop the Horizon League table in the process.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Drop One-Goal Decision at Wright State


Senior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) evened up the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team’s match at Wright State Saturday evening less than two minutes into the second half, but the Raiders scored with less than 15 minutes to play to claim a 2-1 win in a matchup of the league’s top two teams in the standings.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Continues Bronco Invitational


Valparaiso University women’s tennis team continued competition in the Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Saturday. The Crusaders notched five singles wins on the day, and had three doubles victories in consolation brackets.


Volleyball

Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Wright State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team looked poised to earn a road win Saturday afternoon at Wright State after capturing the first two sets, but the Raiders rallied to deal the Crusaders a 3-2 defeat (23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-11).


Football

Football Falls to Drake


The Valparaiso University football team suffered its first home loss of the year on Saturday, falling to Drake 35-21. Joey Diaz-Martinez (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) had the first interception return for a touchdown of his college career, while Frank Catrine (Springboro, Ohio / Bishop Fenwick) enjoyed his most prosperous receiving performance of the season.


Volleyball

Shorthanded Crusaders Fall at Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University volleyball team, still playing without a number of regulars up front, fell Friday night in Horizon League play, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-18), at Northern Kentucky as it continued a four-match stretch away from home.


Women's Tennis

Modesto, Paras Grab Singles Wins at Bronco Invite


Valparaiso University women’s tennis team competed in Day 1 of the Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday. The Crusaders enjoyed five wins on the day, two in singles and three in doubles.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Tabbed Preseason Favorite; Peters Preseason Player of the Year


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has been chosen to win the Horizon League this year in preseason polling of the league’s coaches, SIDs and selected media members, while senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the league’s Preseason Player of the Year. In addition, senior Shane Hammink (Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands/Oakley College [LSU]) joined Peters as a preseason All-League selection, earning a spot on the preseason Second Team.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Set For Showdown at Wright State


Entering the weekend in a tie for second place in the Horizon League standings, the Valparaiso University women's soccer team faces the one team ahead of it in the table, as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio to face first-place Wright State on Saturday evening.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Welcomes Milwaukee, Tries for Fifth Straight Win


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team can establish a program record for consecutive victories and remain atop the Horizon League with a win over Milwaukee on Saturday.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men Receive NSCAA Team Academic Award


For the 14th 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.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Women Earn NSCAA Team Academic Award


For the 14th 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.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Closes Out Aggie Invite


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team participated in the third round of the Aggie Invitational on Tuesday in Las Cruces, N.M. Sophomore Kylie Shoemake (Schererville, Ind. / Lake Central) turned in the best round of the day by any Crusader, stroking a 79.


Football

Crusaders to Host Drake Seeking Third Straight Home Win


After notching victories in each of the first two home games of the season, the Valparaiso University football team will attempt to please the Brown Field fans again when it hosts Drake on Saturday.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Finishes ITA on High Note


Valparaiso University men’s tennis senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) closed out the ITA Men’s All-American Championships in style on Tuesday, capturing a victory in the qualifying consolation bracket.


Volleyball

Longoria Matches Career High; Crusaders Sweep WIU


Valparaiso University senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) tied her career high for digs as the Crusaders stepped out of league play and earned a 3-0 (25-12, 26-24, 25-21) sweep at former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois Tuesday evening.


Women's Golf

Crusaders Complete Second Round of Aggie Invite


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team participated in the second round of the Aggie Invitational on Tuesday in Las Cruces, N.M. Freshman Kayla Krueger (Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake) turned in the best round of the day for the Crusaders by stroking an 80 (+8).


Athletics

Nominations Being Accepted for Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame


Nominations are open through Tuesday, October 11 to be included in the pool of candidates for the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Former student-athletes whose last season of competition was 2010-11 or earlier are eligible to be nominated.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Gains Fourth Straight Victory


Senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [FGCU]) remained a goal-scoring machine on Monday night, scoring in the 25th minute to help the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team stay red hot with a 1-0 road win over Omaha.


Men's Tennis

Qualifying Begins at ITA Men’s All-American


After the completion of pre-qualifying over the weekend, the qualifying round of the ITA Men’s All-American Championships cranked up on Monday in Tulsa, Okla. The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team was represented by Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) in singles and the doubles team of Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel).


Men's Golf

Valpo Rounds Out Marquette Intercollegiate


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished out competition at the Marquette Intercollegiate at Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, Wis. on Monday. The Crusaders were led by Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) and Ross Lazar (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos), both of whom scored a 75 in the third round of the tournament.


Volleyball

Volleyball Set to Hit Road Again


The Valparaiso University volleyball team hits the road this week for a trio of matches. The Crusaders will briefly step away from Horizon League play with a mid-week contest at Western Illinois on Tuesday before heading south to face Northern Kentucky Friday night and Wright State on Saturday afternoon.


Women's Golf

Aggie Invitational Underway for Women’s Golf


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team competed in the first round of the Aggie Invitational hosted by New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. on Monday. Sophomore Madison McCreary (Batesville, Ind. / Batesville) shot a career-best 74 to lead the Crusaders.


Men's Soccer

Anderson Earns Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week


Valparaiso University men’s soccer senior Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica/St. George's College [South Florida/ASA College]) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two match-winning goals last week.


Women's Soccer

Griffith Named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week


Valparaiso University women’s soccer sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a pair of match-winning goals last week and in the process matching a program record.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 6


Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini joins play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow to look back at Saturday's game against Morehead State and preview this week's matchup with Drake.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swimmers Kick Off Season Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams began their 2016-17 season on Sunday, opening up at the Butler Double Dual, which brought teams from Butler, Xavier, Saint Louis, Western Illinois and Wright State. The Crusaders had two swimmers earn individual top-five finishes: senior Rachel Law (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and freshman Dylan Ogle (Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin).


Men's Golf

Men’s Golf Begins Marquette Intercollegiate


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team opened the Marquette Intercollegiate at Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, Wis. on Sunday with 36 holes of competition. Sophomore Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis. / Kaukauna) paced the Crusaders by carding a 149 through two rounds.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders to Visit Omaha on Monday


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team faces a quick turnaround for a nonleague road match with Omaha on Monday night at Caniglia Field. The Crusaders enter the match having won three straight.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Splits Sunday Matches in Toledo


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team rounded out a weekend of competition at the Rocket Invitational in Toledo, Ohio on Sunday. The Crusaders split a pair of tight matches, edging Duquesne 3-2 before falling to Western Michigan 3-2 in a battle of two defending conference champions.


Women's Soccer

Griffith Ties Program Record as Crusaders Win at Green Bay


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team improved to 3-1-0 in Horizon League play Saturday evening and picked up its second win in as many league road matches, scoring a pair of second-half goals to win at Green Bay, 2-0. Sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) recorded her fourth match-winning goal of the year, matching a Crusader program record.


Men's Soccer

Anderson Scores in Brown Field Debut, Men's Soccer Knocks Off Oakland


Senior Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica/St. George's College [South Florida/ASA College]) made a favorable first impression in his Brown Field debut, scoring an early goal to lift the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over two-time defending Horizon League champion Oakland on Saturday.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Sustains Success in Toledo, Tulsa


The Valparaiso men’s tennis team downed host Toledo 4-1 in the Rocket Invitational on Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the weekend. In addition, three Valpo players participated in prequalifying at the ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.


Football

Crusaders Drop Dramatic Game to Eagles


 The Valparaiso University football team was on the verge of its third straight victory on Saturday, but Morehead State scored a go-ahead touchdown with 22 seconds remaining to secure a 29-26 victory over the Crusaders.


Volleyball

Volleyball Drops League Battle With Cleveland State


Sophomore Lizzie Zaleski (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) nearly became the first Crusader in six years to post a triple-double on Saturday, but the Valparaiso University volleyball team fell in four sets (25-23, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21) to Cleveland State at the ARC. Along the way, senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) moved into third place in program history in career digs.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Valpo Competes at Notre Dame Friday


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country squads continued their respective 2016 campaigns on Friday afternoon, running at Notre Dame’s Joe Piane Invitational.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Blasts Off to Strong Start at Rocket Invitational


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team opened up the Rocket Invitational in Toledo, Ohio on Friday. The Crusaders started the day with a 5-0 victory over Detroit Mercy, then topped Niagara 4-1 in the evening session.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall in Five-Set Heartbreaker


The Valparaiso University volleyball team found itself two points away from victory in its Horizon League home opener Friday evening at the ARC versus Youngstown State, but the Penguins put together a run to claim the fourth set and then took control in the fifth set to deal the Crusaders a 3-2 (25-17, 16-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13) defeat.


Volleyball

Volleyball Ready to Return to the ARC


The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns home to the ARC as Horizon League play continues this weekend. The Crusaders will host Youngstown State on Friday evening before taking on defending league champion Cleveland Saturday afternoon. The first 200 students to Friday night's match will receive free Valpo volleyball t-shirts, while Saturday's match against the Vikings will serve as the volleyball program's TOCO fundraiser match, in conjunction Saturday night with men's soccer.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Get Golden Goal to Defeat Panthers; Marovich Sets Wins Mark


Once again, the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team had to play beyond 90 minutes Wednesday evening in Horizon League action at Brown Field versus Milwaukee, and for the second time in three games, it was sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) who found the golden goal for the Crusaders, as she scored in the 99th minute to give Valpo a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. The win was the 79th in the career of head coach John Marovich, making him the winningest head coach in program history.


Football

Crusaders Look For Three in a Row Saturday at Morehead State


Coming off of back-to-back victories, the Valparaiso University football team returns to the road this Saturday as the Crusaders continue PFL play at Morehead State. Valpo is looking to start 2-0 in the PFL for the first time since the 2003 championship season.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Rolls to 3-0 Win at EIU Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team showcased its squad depth Tuesday afternoon in a decisive 3-0 win in non-league action at Eastern Illinois. Valpo returns home for its TOCO benefit match against Oakland Saturday night at Brown Field.


Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming

Valpo Swimming Announces 2016-17 Schedule


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams announced their schedule for the 2016-17 season today, a slate which opens this weekend at Butler and features five home swim meets at the ARC pool.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Face Milwaukee, Green Bay This Week


The Valparaiso University women's soccer team continues Horizon League play with matchups against the league's two Wisconsin entries this week. The Crusaders host Milwaukee at Brown Field on Wednesday night before trekking up to Green Bay for a Saturday evening matchup.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Hosting TOCO Benefit As Part of Two-Match Week


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team closes out a four-match road trip with a non-league match Tuesday at Eastern Illinois before returning home to Brown Field Saturday night to host Oakland in Horizon League play. The match against the Golden Grizzlies will be the program's TOCO benefit match, with the program collecting donations at the gate and throughout the game and wearing special blue charity kits which will be auctioned off after the match.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 5


Valparaiso University football head coach Dave Cecchini and the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, sit down for this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview to look back at Saturday's exciting Homecoming game win over Davidson and look ahead to this Saturday's matchup at Morehead State.


Football

Valpo Tops Davidson, Enjoys Homecoming Victory


The Valparaiso University football team defeated Davidson 24-20 in Saturday’s Homecoming game at Brown Field. Freshman Cody Boxrucker (West Chester, Ohio / Badin) ran for two touchdowns on five carries, while sophomore Drew Snouffer (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington) totaled 11 tackles to pace the defense.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Claim Key League Win at Cleveland State


For the second consecutive league road fixture, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team earned a win away from home, as the Crusaders took down Cleveland State Saturday night, 2-1.


Volleyball

Crusaders Rally For Five-Set Win at UIC


Valparaiso University junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) smashed her previous career best with 24 kills and the Crusaders earned their first Horizon League win in style Saturday in Chicago, rallying from two sets down to top UIC, 3-2 (19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-7).


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Falls in Extra Time to Detroit Mercy


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team found a dramatic equalizer in the 88th minute Saturday night at Brown Field against Detroit Mercy to force extra time, but the Titans converted a penalty kick just seconds into the extra period to send the Crusaders to a 2-1 defeat.


Women's Tennis

Crusaders Compete at Flames Invitational This Weekend


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team finished play Saturday at the Flames Invitational in Chicago, Ill. The Crusaders began play yesterday, Friday, Sept. 23, and won three opening round matches before winning a pair of additional matches on Saturday to finish the weekend off.


Volleyball

Volleyball Falls in League Opener


After splitting the first two sets of its Horizon League opener Friday evening, the Valparaiso University volleyball team battled deep into extra points with Green Bay in the third set, but the Phoenix prevailed to take the lead and carried the momentum into the fourth set to deal the Crusaders a 3-1 (24-26, 25-15, 30-28, 25-17) setback.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Women Host Detroit Mercy Saturday Night


The Valparaiso University women's soccer team continues a three-match homestand at Brown Field Saturday night, hosting Detroit Mercy in Horizon League play as part of Homecoming weekend festivities. With the Crusaders' next victory, head coach John Marovich would become the winningest coach in program history.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Nike Flash Store Open


The men's soccer program currently has a Nike/BSN Sports flash store open at http://team-shop.bsnsports.com/form/show/VUMSO2016. Gear available through September 29 includes t-shirts, hoodies, polos, hats and much more.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Fall to Ohio State Wednesday


In the midst of a stretch of road matches, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team surrendered three early goals at Big Ten foe Ohio State on Wednesday evening in Columbus, Ohio and eventually fell by a 4-1 final score.


Volleyball

Volleyball Opens Horizon League Play This Weekend


Following an injury-riddled early-season slate, the Valparaiso University volleyball team looks to get back on track as Horizon League play opens this weekend. The Crusaders will start the league season on the road, with matches Friday evening at Green Bay and Saturday afternoon at UIC.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men Finish Out Ram Masters Invitational Tuesday


Led by a career-best round from sophomore Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna), the Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished out competition at the Ram Masters Invitational on Tuesday, hosted by Colorado State at Fort Collins C.C. in Fort Collins, Colo.


Women's Golf

Valpo Women Close Out Action From Washington State


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team closed out the 54-hole Cougar Cup Tuesday from Palouse Ridge G.C. in Pullman, Wash., shooting its best team round this season to date.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men's Soccer Faces Two More Road Tests


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team continues a stretch of four consecutive road matches with two fixtures away from home this week. The Crusaders will briefly step out of league play to take on Big Ten foe Ohio State Wednesday evening before traveling to northeast Ohio to face Cleveland State in a key Horizon League contest.


Football

Crusaders Ready to Host Davidson For Homecoming Game


The Valparaiso University football team welcomes Davidson to town this Saturday afternoon for the annual Homecoming game. Coming off of a victory last Saturday over Trinity International, the Crusaders will be looking to start off PFL play with a win.


Men's Golf

Crusader Men Continue Busy Fall Season Monday


Competing in its fourth tournament in just over two weeks time, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team opened action from the Ram Masters Invitational at Fort Collins C.C. in Fort Collins, Colo. on Monday with 36 holes of competition.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Continues Fall Campaign at Washington State


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team faced 36 holes in a single day for the first time this season Monday as the Crusaders opened play at the Cougar Cup from Palouse Ridge G.C. in Pullman, Wash., hosted by Washington State.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 4


Coming off of last Saturday's win over Trinity International, Valparaiso University football head coach Dave Cecchini joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, for this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview. Cecchini and Ickow look back at some of the strong performances from Saturday's win over the Trojans and look ahead to this week's PFL opener on Homecoming Saturday versus Davidson.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Claim Win on Senior Day


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team closed out its non-league schedule on Sunday in victorious fashion, getting a golden goal from sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) in the 105th minute to defeat Morehead State at Brown Field, 2-1. The win came on Senior Day for the Crusaders, as seven members of the senior class were honored prior to the game, and with the victory, head coach John Marovich moved into a tie atop the Crusader record books as the winningest coach in program history.


Men's Tennis

Crusader Quartet Closes Action at Duke


Three out of the four Valparaiso University men’s tennis players in action at Duke’s James Bonk Invite in Cary, N.C. closed out the weekend with singles victories on Sunday.


Football

Seewald Named PFL Offensive Player of the Week


Valparaiso University freshman quarterback Jimmy Seewald (Livonia, Mich./Divine Child) has been selected as the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week today following his record-tying performance in the Crusaders’ win over Trinity International on Saturday.


Volleyball

Graboski Earns All-Tournament Accolade


Valparaiso University junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) represented the Crusader volleyball team on the All-Tournament Team this weekend at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge.


Football

Seewald Matches Program Record; Valpo Downs Trinity International


Freshman quarterback Jimmy Seewald (Livonia, Mich. / Divine Child) made his first career start a memorable one, matching a program record with five touchdown passes in the Valparaiso University football team’s 49-24 victory over Trinity International on Saturday at Brown Field. The Crusaders racked up 527 yards of total offense in the win over the Trojans.


Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Posts Strong Results On Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team saw four players at Duke’s James Bonk Invite in Cary, N.C. combine for six singles wins out of eight matches on Saturday, while at home in the Valpo Fall Invitational, the Crusaders claimed one doubles and two singles titles.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Takes All Three Points at Belmont Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team went on the road to Belmont Saturday to continue Horizon League play and came home from Nashville with three points, as the Crusaders scored a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 victory over the Bruins.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall to UNC Greensboro


In a tightly-contested match to close out play at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge on Saturday, the Valparaiso University volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 22-25, 28-26) decision to UNC Greensboro.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Cross Country Continues 2016 Campaign Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s cross country team split into two groups this weekend, as some Crusaders stayed closer to home at the Gil Dodds Invitational in Warrenville, Ill., while most of the squad traveled to San Diego, Calif. for the USD Invite. The Crusaders finished fifth as a team in San Diego, while the men finished 12th at the Gil Dodds Invite. The women’s team traveled along to California for the USD Invite as well, garnering a sixth-place finish.


Women's Soccer

Cronin’s Goal Gives Crusaders Win in League Opener


Senior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) scored her fifth goal of the season midway through the first half, and the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team made that goal stand up, blanking Cleveland State in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday evening, 1-0, to open Horizon League play.


Women's Tennis

Crusader Women Open Season at Greater Cincinnati Invitational


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team opened up its season Friday at the Greater Cincinnati Invitational, hosted by Northern Kentucky and Dayton at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.


Men's Tennis

Crusader Men Open Fall Season Friday


The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team split its squad on Friday to open the 2016 fall campaign. Four Crusaders opened action at the James Bonk Invitational, hosted by Duke in Cary, N.C. The remainder of the team stayed behind to compete in the Valpo Fall Invitational, which started on campus at the Valpo Tennis Complex and moved due to weather indoors to the Courts of NWI.


Volleyball

Volleyball Drops Pair at Ball State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team opened play at its final pre-league tournament of the season Friday with a pair of matches at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge. The Crusaders fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-18) to #19 Ohio State to open the tournament and then dropped a four-set decision (25-23, 25-9, 21-25, 25-17) to the host Cardinals Friday night.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Continues League Play at Belmont


The Valparaiso University men's soccer team continues Horizon League play and starts off a four-match road trip Saturday afternoon as they head to the Music City to face off with Belmont.


Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Releases 2016 Fall Slate


Valparaiso University women’s tennis head coach Tammy Cecchini announced today that her team would head to four tournaments during the 2016 fall season.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Opens Horizon League Play


The Valparaiso University women's soccer team opens up Horizon League action on the road this Friday evening as the Crusaders play at Cleveland State. Valpo then returns home to Brown Field Sunday afternoon for its final non-league fixture of the year, hosting Morehead State. As is the program's tradition, the Crusaders will celebrate Senior Day Sunday before their final regular season home non-league contest.


Men's Tennis

Valpo Men’s Tennis Announces 2016 Fall Schedule


Valparaiso University men’s tennis head coach Jim Daugherty announced today his squad’s schedule for the 2016 fall campaign. The slate kicks off this weekend for the defending Horizon League champions with a pair of tournaments, including the annual Valpo Fall Invitational.


Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball League Broadcast Schedule Announced


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will have nine of its 18 Horizon League games broadcast by the league’s television partners this year, as announced by the league office over the last two days. Seven of the Crusaders’ league games will be on the ESPN family of networks, highlighted by a pair of appearances on ESPN2, while a pair of games will be broadcast on the American Sports Network.


Women's Golf

Crusader Women Set Record To Close Out Golfweek Program Challenge


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team broke the program record for team score in a 54-hole tournament as the Crusaders closed out the Golfweek Program Challenge from Caledonia G.C. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 15th place on Tuesday.


Men's Golf

Valpo Men Finish Golfweek Program Challenge Tuesday


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team saw two individuals post top-25 finishes as the Crusaders finished in 14th position as a team at the Golfweek Program Challenge on Tuesday from True Blue G.C. in Pawley’s Island, S.C.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Earn Preseason National Rankings


Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) will start the 2016-17 season ranked in the ITA preseason rankings for the second straight season, as the Crusaders’ lead doubles duo is ranked 55th nationally. In addition, Schorsch earned a spot on the ITA’s preseason singles rankings for a second consecutive year as well, opening the year ranked 111th among singles competitors.


Volleyball

Crusaders Fall at Bowling Green


Taking on its first mid-week opponent of the season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team fell in three sets (25-8, 25-23, 25-21) at Bowling Green Tuesday evening.


Football

Football Comes Home, Hosts Trinity International Saturday


The Valparaiso University football team takes on its final non-league opponent of the season Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders open the home slate at 1 p.m. versus Trinity International.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 3


As the Crusaders come home to Brown Field for the first time this season, head coach Dave Cecchini joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Football preview to look back at last Saturday's game at Sacred Heart and look ahead to this week's matchup with Trinity International.


Men's Golf

Webb Leads Way For Crusaders In Round Two of Golfweek Program Challenge


Valparaiso University men’s golf senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) shot a round of 67 on Monday to lead the way for the Crusaders as they competed on the second of three days of action at the Golfweek Program Challenge from True Blue G.C. in Pawley’s Island, S.C.


Women's Golf

Valpo Women Continue Play at Golfweek Program Challenge


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team continued action at the Golfweek Program Challenge from Caledonia G.C. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Monday.


Volleyball

Volleyball Set For Four-Match Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will complete one final week of non-league competition before jumping into the Horizon League slate next weekend. The Crusaders will travel to Bowling Green for a mid-week match on Tuesday evening before heading to Muncie, Ind. for the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge this weekend, where they will face #19 Ohio State and UNC Greensboro in addition to the host Cardinals.


Women's Soccer

Porlier Earns Player of the Week Honors


Valparaiso University women’s soccer freshman forward Ava Porlier (Downers Grove, Ill./South) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her two-goal performance on Sunday at Western Michigan.


Women's Golf

Valpo Women Hit the Course In South Carolina Sunday


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team kicked off the Golfweek Program Challenge at Caledonia G.C. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Sunday, finishing the day in a tie for 13th position.


Men's Golf

Crusaders Open Golfweek Program Challenge Sunday


Led once again by the play of junior Zach Cutler (O’Fallon, Mo./Timberland), the Valparaiso University men’s golf team opened the three-day Golfweek Program Challenge from True Blue G.C. in Pawley’s Island, S.C. on Sunday.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Fight Back, Succumb to WMU in Overtime


Two late second-half goals from redshirt freshman Ava Porlier (Downers Grove, Ill./South) erased a two-goal deficit as the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team forced extra time Sunday afternoon at regionally-ranked Western Michigan, but the Broncos struck with a 94th minute goal to send the Crusaders to a 3-2 defeat.


Volleyball

Avery Earns 400th Career Victory as Volleyball Splits Saturday


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery earned the 400th victory of her coaching career Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated South Dakota State 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-15) in the Popcorn Classic at the Courts of NWI. Valpo fell in its tournament finale to Duquesne, 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17). The Crusaders were represented on the All-Tournament Team by senior libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington).


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With Detroit in League Opener


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team opened Horizon League play with a 1-1 draw against Detroit at Brown Field on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders scored their only goal in the 59th minute, on a free kick from senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado).


Football

Crusaders Fall to Sacred Heart


The Valparaiso University football team kept it close early for the second straight week, but 28 second-quarter points helped Sacred Heart pull away for a 42-14 victory over the Crusaders in Fairfield, Conn. on Saturday.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Blank Fort Wayne Friday Night


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team defeated the Fort Wayne Mastodons, 2-0, in a rain-filled evening on Brown Field Friday night. Valpo scored twice in the first half and limited the visitors to only six shots on the contest, all occurring in the second half.


Volleyball

Volleyball Splits On Opening Day of Popcorn Classic


The Valparaiso University volleyball team split two matches on the first of two days of action in the Popcorn Classic on Friday. The Crusaders swept SE Missouri State (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) in the early afternoon at the ARC, but fell Friday night at the Courts of NWI to Central Michigan in four sets (25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 25-13). Saturday's tournament matches will be held at the Courts of NWI.


Volleyball

Popcorn Classic Action Moved


Due to court conditions, the remainder of volleyball's Popcorn Classic has been moved to the Courts of NWI (127 E US-6 Frontage Rd, Valparaiso, IN). Friday night's match between Valparaiso and Duquesne will now begin at 7:30 p.m., while all four of Saturday's matches will remain on the same time schedule.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Hosts League Opener Saturday


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team will open Horizon League play Saturday afternoon, hosting Detroit at Brown Field. The Crusaders will continue their tradition of honoring Seniors in the Spotlight before each home match this season, with Suleiman Thomas set to be honored on Saturday.


Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Releases 2016-17 Schedule


The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team announced its schedule for the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, a slate highlighted by 16 home games at the ARC and trips to Notre Dame and Indiana.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Continues Early-Season Slate


The Valparaiso University women's soccer team faces two final tuneups this weekend before the start of Horizon League play, as the Crusaders host Fort Wayne Friday night before making the short trip to take on Western Michigan on Sunday afternoon.


Athletics

Twedt Promoted to Head Athletic Trainer, Creighton Joins Staff


Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Nathan Twedt has been promoted to the position of head athletic trainer. In addition, Zachary Creighton has joined the athletic training staff as an assistant athletic trainer.


Volleyball

Volleyball To Host Popcorn Classic This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will host its ninth in-season tournament in the last 15 years this weekend, as the Crusaders welcome SE Missouri State, Central Michigan, South Dakota State and Duquesne to the ARC for the Popcorn Classic. The two-day, eight-match event begins Friday morning at 10 a.m., with Valpo's first match beginning at 12:30 p.m.


Men's Golf

Cutler Finishes Second, Team Second at Crusader Collegiate


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team concluded hosting of the inaugural Crusader Collegiate at Sand Creek C.C. in Chesterton on Tuesday. The Crusaders finished second as a team, finishing behind only the champions from Bradley, while junior Zach Cutler (O’Fallon, Mo./Timberland) led the way individually with a second-place finish.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule


Coming off a program-record 30-win season, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team announced today its schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season, featuring a total of 18 home games at the Athletics-Recreation Center and road games at national powers Kentucky and Oregon.


Football

Crusaders Head To Sacred Heart Saturday


The Valparaiso University football team continues its early-season schedule this Saturday as it travels to Sacred Heart to take on the Pioneers at noon CT. The game is the second of three non-league contests the Crusaders will play before starting the PFL slate.


Men's Golf

Men’s Golf Second After Opening Day of Crusader Collegiate


Hosting its first tournament since 2009, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team closed out the first day of the Crusader Collegiate at Sand Creek C.C. in Chesterton in second place.


Men's Soccer

Campbell Named Horizon League Player of the Week


Valparaiso University senior goalkeeper Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after surrendering just one goal over the Crusaders’ two games last week.


Softball

Softball Announces 2016 Fall Schedule


The Valparaiso University softball team will play eight games over four dates during the 2016 fall season. The schedule includes a pair of games on both Saturday and Sunday of Homecoming Weekend.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 2


Valparaiso University football head coach Dave Cecchini sat down with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, for this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview. The duo looked back at last Saturday's season opener and some noteworthy performances by Crusader players in that contest, and then look ahead to this week's game at Sacred Heart.


Men's Golf

Valparaiso Men’s Golf to Host Crusader Collegiate


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team will host a tournament this week for the first time since 2009, welcoming three other programs to Sand Creek C.C. in Chesterton for the Crusader Collegiate. The 54-hole event is slated for two rounds on Tuesday, beginning at 8 a.m., with a final 18-hole round on Wednesday starting at 8:30 a.m.


Men's Basketball

Valpo Men’s Basketball Season Tickets Now On Sale


Coming off of a record-setting 30-win season last year and a run to the championship game of the NIT, Valparaiso University men’s basketball season tickets are now on sale for the 2016-17 season.


Football

Hughes, Simpson Earn PFL Weekly Awards


The Valparaiso University football team saw two players earn weekly honors from the Pioneer Football League office following the opening weekend of play, as junior Kellan Hughes (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) was tabbed the PFL Defensive Player of the Week and junior Jake Simpson (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) was named the PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Week.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Opens Home Campaign With Victory


Led by a two-goal performance from senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [FGCU]), the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team opened the 2016 home campaign at Brown Field with a 3-1 victory on Sunday over visiting Western Illinois.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Falls In Battle With Kansas


A 65th minute goal from freshman Adi Johnson (Rockford, Ill./Rockford Christian) cut a two-goal deficit in half for the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team Sunday morning, but the Crusaders could not find the equalizer, as Kansas came away with a 2-1 victory in both teams’ finale from Lincoln, Neb.


Football

Crusaders Drop 2016 Opener at Illinois State


The Valparaiso University defense played what head coach Dave Cecchini called the best half he’s seen from the unit in his time with the Crusaders in the first half Saturday at #8/10 Illinois State, but a number of turnovers gave the Redbirds short fields which they converted on, and Valpo went on to fall by a 50-13 final in the 2016 season opener.


Men's Golf

Cutler Sets New Record As Men’s Golf Opens Season


The Valparaiso University men’s golf team kicked off the 2016-17 season Saturday at the Notre Dame Kick Off Classic, finishing in second place over 36 holes at Warren G.C. The Crusaders’ performance was highlighted by the play of junior Zach Cutler (O’Fallon, Mo./Timberland), who easily set a new program record for scoring in a 36-hole event.


Volleyball

Crusaders Take Down APSU To Close Out Trojan Invitational


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will come home to the ARC on a two-match winning streak, as the Crusaders closed out action at this weekend’s Trojan Invitational in Troy, Ala. with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 18-25, 25-21) win Saturday afternoon over Austin Peay.


Volleyball

Crusaders Earn Split On First Day Of Trojan Invitational


The Valparaiso University volleyball team split a pair of matches on the first day of competition at the Trojan Invitational in Troy, Ala. on Friday. Valpo fell, 3-0, to defending WAC champion New Mexico State (25-9, 25-19, 25-21) in its first match of the tournament, but bounced back in the evening with a 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17) victory over host Troy.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Drop One-Goal Decision to SLU


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team battled gamely with a regionally-ranked Saint Louis side Friday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb., but a 37th minute goal was enough to give the Billikens a 1-0 victory over the Crusaders.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Crusaders Kick Off Season Friday


The Valparaiso University cross country teams opened their respective seasons Friday evening with the 28th Annual Crusader Open, as the Crusaders had four runners from each team cross the finish line in the top-ten. Notre Dame took home the team title in both the men’s and women’s races.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Hosts Western Illinois Sunday


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team returns home to host longtime rival Western Illinois on Brown Field Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders will continue their tradition of honoring Seniors in the Spotlight before each home match this season, beginning with Deven Mason and Isaiah Madrid on Sunday, 15 minutes before match time.


Athletics

Rod Moore Steps Down as Head Athletic Trainer


Roderick Moore ’68, ATC, LAT, will step down as the head athletic trainer for the Valparaiso University athletic department on Sept. 1 after nearly 50 years in the role.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer to Face SLU, Kansas


The Valparaiso University women's soccer team continues its pre-league schedule this weekend with a pair of tough tests at Nebraska's Cornhusker Classic. The Crusaders will face an undefeated and regionally-ranked Saint Louis side on Friday afternoon before taking on Big 12 foe Kansas on Sunday morning.


Volleyball

Valpo Heads South To Continue Early-Season Play


The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns to action this weekend as the Crusaders travel south to Troy, Ala. to take part in the Trojan Invitational. Valpo will face New Mexico State and the host Trojans on Friday before concluding the tournament versus Austin Peay on Saturday.


Football

Crusaders Set To Open 2016 Season Saturday


The 2016 football season kicks off for Valparaiso University this Saturday evening, as the Crusaders head to Normal, Ill. to take on Illinois State. Valpo opens its 96th season of intercollegiate football against a Redbirds team which enters the game ranked among the top-10 teams in the nation in multiple FCS polls.


Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

Valpo Set to Host Crusader Open Friday Afternoon


Valparaiso University opens its 2016 men’s and women’s cross country season this Friday, Sept. 2 in the 28th Crusader Open at Sunset Hills Farm. This will be the 23rd straight year in which this meet serves as the Crusaders’ season opener. Valpo will be joined by the men’s and women’s squads from Notre Dame Friday. The women’s 5K race is set to begin at 5 p.m., with the men’s 6K to follow at 5:45 p.m.


Football

Valpo Football Preview: Week 1


Valparaiso University football head coach Dave Cecchini sat down Tuesday with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, for this season's first edition of Valpo Football Preview. The two discussed some of the key areas for this year's team as the Crusaders approach their season opener this Saturday evening at Illinois State.


Softball

Valpo to Host Fall Pitching Clinic


Valparaiso University softball pitching coach Monica Wright will be hosting a weekly fall pitching clinic beginning Sept. 12, with a total of six sessions held on Monday evenings at the Valpo Softball Field open to applicants between the ages of eight and 18.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Battle For Draw at SIU Edwardsville


Despite being sent down to 10 men less than 15 minutes into the second half, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team held strong on the road Monday evening at SIU Edwardsville, battling the Cougars to a scoreless, double-overtime draw.


Women's Soccer

Cronin Earns League Player of the Week Honors


Valparaiso University senior forward April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her hat trick in Sunday’s win over Loyola.


Women's Soccer

Cronin’s Hat Trick Gives Valpo Overtime Win Over Loyola


Valparaiso University senior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) became just the fifth player in program history to net a hat trick and the first since Brittany Derksen and Kendall Brown did so in 2005, capping her three-goal performance Sunday afternoon with a golden goal in the 105th minute to give the Crusaders a 3-2, come-from-behind victory at Loyola.


Volleyball

Campbell, Graboski Earn All-Tournament Team Honors


Valparaiso University volleyball senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) were named to the All-Tournament Team this weekend at the Black Knights Invitational as they helped lead the Crusaders to a 2-1 record on the opening weekend of action.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Claims Chi-Town Classic Title


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team swept the top four spots as it hosted the Chi-Town Classic Sunday at The Course at Aberdeen, claiming the team title with a team round of 312. Leading the way for the Crusaders was senior Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd), who shot a round of 75 to win by two shots.


Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer Falls in Overtime at Loyola


Down two goals with 16 minutes to play in regulation, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team scored twice late to force extra time in its regular season opener Saturday evening at Loyola. But the Ramblers struck again just 18 seconds from the end of the first overtime period as the Crusaders dropped their opener, 3-2.


Volleyball

Crusaders Rally For Five-Set Win Over Army West Point


Facing host Army West Point in its finale at the Black Knights Invitational Saturday afternoon, the Valparaiso University volleyball team rallied from down two sets to one to earn a 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12) victory to close out the opening weekend of play. Junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) led the Crusader challenge, matching her career high with 15 kills without committing an attack error.


Women's Golf

Women’s Golf Announces 2016-17 Schedule


The Valparaiso University women’s golf team is scheduled to compete in 11 tournaments over the course of the 2016-17 schedule, a slate which kicks off Sunday as the Crusaders host the Chi-Town Classic at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Take Down NMSU In Home Opener


A dominant performance for the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team was highlighted by a pair of second-half goals from sophomore Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic), as she found the back of the net in the 64th and 69th minutes to give the Crusaders a 2-0 win over New Mexico State at Brown Field on Friday evening.


Volleyball

Volleyball Splits on Opening Day of Black Knights Invite


The Valparaiso University volleyball team split a pair of matches to open up the 2016 season Friday at Army West Point’s Black Knights Invitational. The Crusaders downed CSU Bakersfield 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 30-28) in the morning opener, but fell to Hofstra 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-6) later in the evening.


Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Kicks Off Regular Season This Weekend


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team opens regular season play this weekend with a pair of matches in the Land of Lincoln, as the Crusaders take on Loyola Saturday evening and SIU Edwardsville Monday night.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Opens Home Schedule Friday Night


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team opens the regular season home slate Friday evening, welcoming New Mexico State to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Crusaders then return to the road, making the short trip to Chicago on Sunday to take on Loyola.


Volleyball

Crusader Volleyball Set to Open Season Friday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team kicks off the 2016 season this weekend with its first of four early-season tournaments, making the trip to West Point for the Black Knights Invitational. The Crusaders, who return 12 of 14 letterwinners from last season’s 27-win team, will face CSU Bakersfield and Hofstra in addition to host Army West Point on the opening weekend.


Men's Basketball

Joe Burton Joins Crusader Basketball Program


Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that Joe Burton has joined the Crusader program, transferring in from Oklahoma State. Burton, a 6’6”, 210 lb. swingman, must sit out this season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With #9 Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team closed out exhibition play Monday evening at #9 Notre Dame, battling the Fighting Irish to a 1-1 draw. The Crusaders teamed up with the Irish for Notre Dame’s annual Grassroot Soccer benefit match, with donations accepted at the gate and throughout the evening in lieu of admission.


Men's Golf

Men’s Golf Announces 2016-17 Schedule


Valparaiso University men’s golf head coach David Gring announced today his team’s schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The slate is highlighted by a home tournament at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton on Sept. 6-7.


Women's Soccer

Late Goal Sends Crusaders to Defeat At BGSU


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team concluded a brief two-match road trip to kick off the 2016 season Sunday afternoon, falling at Bowling Green 1-0 as the Falcons scored in the 82nd minute.


Men's Soccer

Crusaders Head to Notre Dame Monday; Charity Gate to Benefit Grassroot Soccer


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team closes out its preseason action Monday evening as it makes the short trip east to take on #9 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. CT. The Crusaders are proud to team up with the Fighting Irish for their annual match to benefit Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international non-governmental organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilize communities against the spread of HIV. Admission to the game will be free with donations being accepted, 100% of which will go to GRS. If you can't make it to the match, live video will be available through the ACC Digital Network.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Drop Season Opener at IUPUI


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team kicked off the 2016 regular season on Friday at IUPUI, but after waiting out a pre-game weather delay of over an hour, the Crusaders fell to the Jaguars by a 2-0 final.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Women's Soccer Set For Start of Regular Season


The Valparaiso University women's soccer team kicks off the 2016 season this weekend, going on the road for a pair of contests at IUPUI and Bowling Green. The Crusaders return 18 letterwinners in 2016, including five of their top seven scorers from last year's team.


Football

Mic'd Up With Valpo Football: Dave Cecchini


Go inside a practice with head coach Dave Cecchini on this edition of Mic'd Up With Valpo Football.


Volleyball

Valpo Volleyball Chosen Second in Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University volleyball team has been picked to finish in second place in the Horizon League during the 2016 season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders received four first-place votes, matching Cleveland State for the most first-place votes received.


Football

Mic'd Up With Valpo Football: Tony Rouse


Go inside a session of weights with defensive line/strength and conditioning coach Tony Rouse in this edition of Mic'd Up With Valpo Football.


Men's Golf

Cutler Heads to U.S. Amateur Next Week


Valparaiso University junior Zach Cutler (O’Fallon, Mo./Timberland) is set to compete at the 116th U.S. Amateur Championship next week at Oakland Hills C.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The prestigious tournament will be contested over seven days, starting on Monday, Aug. 15.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With Ohio in Exhibition Finale


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team battled Ohio to a 2-2 draw Friday, closing out exhibition play with its first appearance on Brown Field this year. Playing three 30-minute periods, the Crusaders received goals from Kelsie Bolerjack and Tahelah Noel in the final period to rally from two goals down for the tie.


Men's Soccer

Valpo Men Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League in 2016, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders did pick up three first-place votes, matching the most of any team in the league.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Take Down WIU in Exhibition Opener


The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team got its 2016 campaign off on the right foot on Tuesday evening, going on the road and defeating Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. by a final score of 4-2. The Crusaders found the back of the net twice in the opening 10 minutes to claim early control in the victory.


Men's Basketball

Valparaiso to Play in “MGM Grand Main Event”


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play in the “MGM Grand Main Event” in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during the upcoming season, facing off against the University of Alabama on Nov. 21 before taking on either Brigham Young University or Saint Louis University on Nov. 23. A hotel room block is available now through the Valparaiso University Alumni Association at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, with tickets available at a later date through the Valparaiso University Ticket Office.


Men's Soccer

Aidoud Signs Professional Contract in France


Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery confirmed today that 2015 Crusader co-captain Jordan Aidoud (Lyon, France) signed a professional contract last week with Jura Sud Foot. Jura Sud is based in Lavans-les-Saint-Claude in eastern France, and currently competes in Group C of the CFA, which is the 4th tier of soccer in France. Aidoud joins an impressive list of former Crusaders who have moved on to professional soccer following their graduation from Valparaiso.


Athletics

Yates Named Associate A.D. for Event Management


Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Dr. Shannon Yates has been hired as the Associate Director of Athletics for Event Management. Yates arrives at Valpo with 20 years of experience working within intercollegiate athletics under her belt.


Athletics

Valparaiso Athletics Signs New Five-Year Contract With Nike


The partnership between the Valparaiso University athletic department and Nike will continue through at least the 2020-21 school year, as the two entities announced today that they had reached an agreement to make Nike the official provider of Crusader uniforms and apparel for the next five years.


Softball

Valpo Softball to Host Fall Experience Camp


Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2017 through 2022. As part of the camp, the softball program will hold an unofficial visit day the previous day – Friday, Oct. 7 – for any campers who wish to attend.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women’s Soccer Picked in Fourth Position


The Valparaiso women’s soccer team has been chosen to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League preseason poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.


Men's Soccer

Campbell a Finalist for PDL Goalkeeper of the Year


Valparaiso University men’s soccer senior Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) capped his strong summer campaign with the Des Moines Menace by being named as one of the three finalists for the Premier Development League (PDL) Goalkeeper of the Year award this week.


Men's Tennis

Schorsch Advances to Main Draw at Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic


Playing in his first professional tournament, Valparaiso University men’s tennis rising senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) has advanced through the qualifying draw of the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic to the 32-player main draw, which begins today.


Women's Soccer

Cronin To Compete For WPSL National Title


Valparaiso University rising senior April Cronin will compete for the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national championship this weekend with the Chicago Red Star Reserves, capping off a summer where she has featured as one of the top attackers for the squad.


Men's Soccer

Campbell Earns PDL All-Conference Honors


Valparaiso University men's soccer rising senior Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George's College) capped off a stellar summer season of soccer for the Des Moines Menace by being named to the Premier Development League’s 2016 All-Central Conference Team.


Softball

McShane Returns to Crusaders as Graduate Assistant


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that 2015 Crusader alum Tarah McShane will return to the program this fall, joining the program as a graduate assistant.


Men's Golf

Valpo Men’s Golf Posts Top Team GPA in the Nation


The Valparaiso University men’s golf program has been honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as the Division I Academic National Champion, posting the top team GPA among all Division I programs. The 11-man Crusader roster combined for a team GPA of 3.755 over the 2015-16 academic year.


Men's Basketball

Crusaders Place Pair on NABC Honors Court


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team was represented by a pair of players on the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, as both Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) were honored for their work in the classroom.


Volleyball

Crusaders Claim AVCA Team Academic Award


The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the 11th time in the last 13 seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.


Football

Norberg Earns Preseason All-PFL Nod


Valparaiso University sophomore Griffin Norberg (Sunrise, Fla./Western) has been named to the Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team, as announced by the PFL today.


Men's Basketball

Peters Participating in Nike Basketball Academy


Valparaiso University rising senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) is among an elite group of collegiate players participating in this week’s prestigious Nike Basketball Academy, being held in Los Angeles July 25-27.


Women's Basketball

Crusaders Add Motherwell to Coaching Staff


Valparaiso University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Dorow announced today that John Motherwell has joined the Crusader coaching staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign. Motherwell, who brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience in the Midwest to his position on the Valpo staff, has coached 14 players during his career who have gone on to play professional basketball.


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 senior Jared Magoline and rising seniors Nick Seitz and Peter Webb were the three Crusaders honored, matching the program’s highest number of honorees in a single season.


Men's Tennis

Crusader Tennis Teams Claim Academic Honors


The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s tennis teams were both named All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as the organization released its 2016 academic awards this week. In addition, nine Crusader student-athletes – six men and three women – were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.


Women's Soccer

Craven Receives Horizon League Post-Graduate Scholarship


Former Valparaiso University women's soccer player Rita Craven has been named the female recipient of the Horizon League Post-Graduate Scholarship Award, as voted on by the League’s Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee. Green Bay's Rowan Isaaks received the award on the men's side.


Baseball

Lodden Named HL Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Season


Valpo senior outfielder Nolan Lodden received co-Horizon League Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Season accolades, as announced by the league office Thursday. Lodden, a First Team Academic All-American, carried a 3.949 grade-point average in the classroom. On the diamond, he led the Crusaders in batting average (.356), hits (83), runs scored (57), doubles (18), and walks (36).


Men's Tennis

Schorsch, Emhardt Claim Titles at Inaugural Valparaiso Open


Seniors Jeffrey Schorsch took home the singles title at the inaugural Valparaiso Open this past weekend before teaming up with Charlie Emhardt to clinch the doubles championship. Overall, 60 players competed in the USTA-sanctioned event held at the Valpo Tennis Complex.


Volleyball

Ament Closes Out Playing Career With Crusaders


After two seasons of competition with the Valparaiso University volleyball team, Catherine Ament (New Carlisle, Ind./New Prairie) has been forced to step away from playing due to being medically unable to compete and will be considered a medical non-counter. Despite no longer being able to contribute on the court, Ament will remain a part of the Crusader volleyball program as a student assistant.


Men's Basketball

Broekhoff Named to Australia Olympic Basketball Squad


Former Valparaiso University men’s basketball standout Ryan Broekhoff has been named to the 12-man Australian basketball team for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Broekhoff, who has been a mainstay on the Boomers squad over the last few years, will represent his native country in the Olympics for the first time.


Athletics

Softball Claims Best of Valpo Athletics 2015-16 Victory


Over four rounds of voting, 16 of the top moments and achievements from the past year have been whittled down to just one. With over 1,000 votes cast in the final round, the softball team's run to the Horizon League Championship has been crowned the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2015-2016 season!


Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Horizon League Announces 2017 Little Caesars Motor City Madness Updates


The Horizon League Executive Council has approved a revised bracket for the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. In the new format, the women’s basketball championship will run concurrently with the men’s as “Motor City Madness” runs March 3-7, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.


Women's Bowling

Valpo Bowling Earns NTCA Individual, Team Academic Honors


Five members of the Valparaiso University bowling team earned All-Academic recognition from the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) for the 2015-16 campaign, while the Crusaders also earned academic honors as a team from the NTCA. The Crusaders have had at least three bowlers honored each year of the program’s existence.


Men's Cross Country

Crusaders Announce 2016 Cross Country Schedule


Valparaiso cross country head coach Mike Straubel announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2016 season, featuring the season-opening Crusader Open.