WELCOME TO THE 2013-14 TOP 20 MOMENTS COUNTDOWN!
Each weekday in June, we added a new 'moment' to our top 20 countdown of the greatest moments from the 2013-14 academic year. These moments could include individual accomplishments or team accomplishments. Our original nomination list included over 40 moments. Enjoy!
#1: Men's Soccer Upsets No. 1 Ohio Wesleyan in NCAA Tourney
VIDEO: NCAA POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
The Rose-Hulman men's soccer team upset previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Ohio Wesleyan in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history. Full Story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/soccer-mens/2013-game-stories/making-history-mens-soccer-upsets-no-1-ohio-wesleyan.aspx
#2: Baseball Enjoys Record-Breaking NCAA Tourney Run
VIDEO: NCAA POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
The Rose-Hulman baseball team made its deepest NCAA Tournament run ever, winning three games to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Regional Final. Full Story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/baseball/2014-game-stories/ncaa-baseball-run-comes-to-end-in-regional-title-round.aspx
#3: Football Team Wins First Conference Title Since 1988
VIDEO: FIGHT SONG / COACH SOKOL / DEAN GRIFFING / RYAN LANDWEHR
The Rose-Hulman football team won its first conference championship in 25 years with a 7-1 record, capped by a Battle of the Borders win at Earlham after a huge comeback victory at Bluffton. Full Story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/football/2013-game-stories/rose-hulman-football-wins-share-of-hcac-title.aspx
#4: Hong, Martin Earn Swimming All-America Honors
Orion Martin came home seventh in the 100-butterfly, and Ellie Hong was eighth in the 200-backstroke to become the first swimming teammates to earn All-American honors in the same year. Full Story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/swimming-diving/swimming-diving-stories/hong,-martin-earn-all-american-honors-at-ncaa-nationals.aspx
#5: Montgomery Qualifies for Two NCAA National Meets
Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery became the first female in school history to qualify for the cross country and track and field national championships in the same year. Cross Country: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/cross-country-womens/2013-game-stories/montgomery-qualifies-for-nationals-with-new-school-record.aspx Indoor Track: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/track-field/track-field-news-stories/ryann-rebecca-montgomery-to-compete-at-ncaas.aspx
#6: Men's Basketball Earns Third Straight NCAA Trip
VIDEO - HCAC Title Game Highlight Video
The men's basketball team won the HCAC regular season and conference tournament titles to make its third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/basketball-mens/2013-14-game-stories/mens-basketball-earns-third-straight-ncaa-tourney-bid.aspx
#7: Men's Track & Field Sweeps HCAC Championships
The men's track and field team won its seventh straight HCAC outdoor championship and its fourth straight indoor title with dominant team scores. Outdoor story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/track-field/2014-meet-recaps/mens-track-field-wins-7th-straight-hcac-outdoor-title.aspx Indoor Story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/track-field/2014-meet-recaps/mens-track-field-wins-4th-straight-hcac-indoor-title.aspx
#8: Men's Soccer Wins Thrilling NCAA PK Shootout
The men's soccer team advanced in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time ever with a thrilling penalty kick victory over Penn State Behrend. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/soccer-mens/2013-game-stories/penalty-kicks-lift-rose-hulman-to-ncaa-soccer-round-two.aspx
#9: Sanders Park Wins HCAC Men's Golf Individual Title
Sanders Park won a seven-hole playoff to become the first men's golf individual conference champion at Rose-Hulman since 1996. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/golf-mens/golf-news-stories/sanders-park-wins-hcac-title,-team-earns-4th-place-finish.aspx
#10: Baseball Team Wins HCAC Tournament Title
VIDEOS: TEAM CELEBRATION PILE / KODY ALAYON / JEFF JENKINS
The baseball team defeated No. 1 seed Manchester twice to win the HCAC Tournament and advances to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2010. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/baseball/2014-game-stories/rose-hulman-baseball-heading-back-to-ncaa-tourney.aspx
#11: Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery Wins HCAC XC Title
Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery became the second women's cross country runner in school history to win a conference title with her effort at the HCAC Championships. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/cross-country-womens/womens-cross-country-news/montgomery-wins-hcac-womens-cross-country-title.aspx
#12: Chris Rollins Home Run Leads to Softball Tourney Win
VIDEO / VIDEO INTERVIEW
Chris Rollins blasted a two-run home run to break a 2-2 tie and give Rose-Hulman its first conference tournament win in softball since 2008. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/softball/2014-game-stories/softball-splits-on-day-1-of-hcac-tourney-faces-bluffton-saturday.aspx
#13: Julian Strickland Scores 41 Points at Manchester
Julian Strickland recorded the first 40-point game at Rose-Hulman in 15 years with a 41 points in a win at Manchester, as part of Rose-Hulman's HCAC championship season. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/basketball-mens/2013-14-game-stories/strickland-41-point-game-leads-rhit-past-manchester.aspx
#14: Men's Soccer Team Wins HCAC Final in OT - VIDEO
The men's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 double overtime win over Transylvania in the HCAC Tourney Final. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/soccer-mens/2013-game-stories/ncaa-bound!-mens-soccer-wins-hcac-title-in-ot.aspx
#15: Swimming & Diving Teams Set 13 Records at CCIWs
The swimming and diving teams set 13 school records with 10 all-league performances and a second-place men's finish at the CCIW Championships. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/swimming-diving/2013-14-game-stories/mens-swimming-finishes-2nd-in-record-setting-cciw-meet.aspx
#16: Rifle Team Finishes No. 22 Nationally, No. 1 in D-III
The rifle team smashed school records to finish No. 22 nationally and No. 1 in NCAA Division III this season with their effort at the NCAA Regional at Ohio State. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/rifle/rifle-news-stories/rifle-team-ends-season-no-22-nationally,-no-1-in-d-iii.aspx
#17: Men's Tennis Earns Historic Win at Transylvania
The men's tennis squad became the HCAC first team other than Earlham to defeat Transylvania in 10 years with a 5-4 win in Lexington. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/tennis-mens/2014-game-stories/mens-tennis-earns-historic-5-4-win-at-transylvania.aspx
#18: Women's Golf Rewrites Record Book at Anderson
The women's golf team shattered its record book with five school records in the season opening tournament at Anderson University. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/golf-womens/golf-news-stories/school-records-fall-in-season-opener-at-anderson.aspx
#19: Carrie Morris Career-High Leads to Key Women's Basketball Upset
Carrie Morris smashed her career-high with 25 points, helping Rose-Hulman upset Franklin in a game that ultimately lifted the Fightin' Engineers into the NCAAs for the fourth straight year. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/basketball-womens/2013-14-game-stories/morris-leads-womens-basketball-to-win-over-franklin.aspx
#20: Six All-HCAC Men's Cross Country Finishes Lead to Best League Finish in 20 Years
The men's cross country team finished second in the HCAC to match its best finish in 20 years, led by six all-conference or honorable mention all-conference performances. Full story: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics/cross-country-mens/2013-game-stories/mens-cross-country-places-2nd-at-hcac-championships.aspx
HIGHEST HONORABLE MENTION (No Particular Order):
* Two Nicky Wheeler goals in two minutes lead women's soccer past Millikin.
* Volleyball rallies from two sets down to top Hanover and earn an HCAC Tourney home game.
* Women's tennis tops Franklin in four-hour marathon to finish second in HCAC regular season.
* Hank Akard sets Rose-Hulman's career record for stolen bases.
* Football records biggest in-game comeback since 1988 with win at Bluffton.
* Jim Shaw earns his 300th career win as men's basketball coach at Rose-Hulman.
* Softball team upsets No. 21 ranked Anderson.