Chicago, IL - The athletic department at Illinois Institute of Technology has taken some huge strides amidst some challenges in the 2013-2014 year. The entire coaching staff and all of the returning athletes are ready for the upcoming year and welcome the future NCAA Division III status with excitement and eagerness. We also bid farewell to all of the senior athletes who have contributed greatly to the Scarlet Hawk program over their tenure. The following is a glimpse into each teams' successes over the past year:
Illinois Tech Men's Soccer finished their season with a 6-9-4 record after jumping out to a 5-4-3 record to start the season. The 2013 action featured a total of seven overtime games which resulted in two wins, four ties and only one defeat. The Scarlet Hawks had three strong road wins in that span over Anderson University (NCAA Division III), Saint Francis University (IL), and Purdue University - Calumet.
An injury plagued Illinois Tech endured a five game losing streak in October including a 2-1 loss to Calumet College of St. Joseph and a hard luck 1-0 loss to Saint Xavier University. The Scarlet Hawks stopped the streak with an impressive 2-1 golden goal win over the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Champions and National Tournament Qualifier Cardinal Stritch University.
The Tech Men finished the season on a strong note as they hosted Nebraska Wesleyan University (NCAA Division III) in the Provisional-Independent Tournament Championship. The Scarlet Hawks dominated on the day outshooting NWU 30-13 but fell in penalty kicks.
The future is bright for Illinois Tech as they return 11 players that started at least 12 games in 2013 and lose 3 senior starters, Robert Rixer (SR/Perth, Australia), Nordine Amlaiky (SR/Brunstatt, France), and Jorge Salas. The Scarlet Hawks will also regain the services of three former starting players that were out for the season with injury.
Illinois Tech's 2014 schedule is complete with games against 17 NCAA Division III opponents. The Scarlet Hawks travel to the Defiance University (OH) Tournament during Labor Day Weekend to start the campaign.
Please see their Fall 2014 Schedule here.
Illinois Tech Women's Soccer finished their season with a 5-14-1 record in 2013, increasing their win total from the previous year. The team also finished the year with a team GPA of 3.55 up from the previous year. Some of their key wins were against Rochester College, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and University of Saint Francis (IL). USF was an 11-win team and a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) tournament qualifier. The Hawks also gained wins against two of their NCAA DIII opponents Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Alverno College.
Missing some key players due to injury throughout the entire month of September (and some beyond), the Hawks had a tough start to the campaign, going 1-5 in their first six games. By early October they began to find their way. The Hawks went on a three game unbeaten streak before entering a tough stretch of top-notch NAIA opponents including 13th ranked Judson University and 16th ranked Olivet Nazarene University. In their match against ONU, the NAIA national runners-up in 2012, the Scarlet Hawks had some quality chances to send the match to OT after only allowing one early goal in what ended as a 1-0 result.
Tech finished the season with a hard fought battle against Southern Virginia University (NCAA Division III) in the Provisional-Independent Tournament. The Hawks created the more opportune scoring chances throughout the first 86 minutes of scoreless play, but could not find the answer. With just 4 minutes remaining, an SVU player found her way through and put away the game-winner.
The year ahead looks very promising for Illinois Tech women's soccer as they only lose one senior in Mariah Kuitse (SR/South Bend, IN) from 2013. 10 of 11 starters will return to the squad as well as two players who missed the entire season due to injury.
Illinois Tech's 2014 schedule is complete with the majority of games against NCAA Division III opponents. The Scarlet Hawks travel to the College of Staten Island (NY) Tournament during Labor Day Weekend to start the campaign.
See their entire schedule here.
This year the Women's Volleyball team demonstrated great focus and dedication in their season. They increased their win total from the previous year by posting 12 wins. Anchored by strong leaders on and off the court, their underclassmen also stepped up to contribute when necessary.
With a tough schedule against primarily scholarship schools, they opened up the season strong by starting out 4-1 and also closed out the season with two 3-game sweeps of former conference foe Judson College and their rival Roosevelt University on Senior Night.
Top performers for the Hawks on attack were Taylor Duman (JR/Walled Lake, MI) with 308 kills and a 2.27 Pct, Kate Kendall (SR/Naperville, IL) with 278 kills and 16 service aces, and Roma Mirutenko (SR/Hawthorn Woods, IL) with 190 kills and 32 service aces. Shea Manley (JR/White Lake, MI) led the team with 5.72 assists per set. Defensively, Brittany Mead (SR/Darien, IL) led the team with 589 digs.
Volleyball's 2014 schedule is set with the majority of games against NCAA Division III opponents beginning with home showdown vs. Alverno College and then a couple of tournament games at the Rose-Hulman Invite.
See the rest of their schedule here.
Cross Country and Track & Field
Both the men and women had solid Cross Country seasons. There was a strong 1-2 punch for both teams and a close group battling for the scoring 5 spots. Andrew Montague (SR/Downers Grove, IL) performed well in his senior season with a personal best 8km time, placing him among top 10 performances in IIT's history. Ellen Ween (FR/Oslo, Norway) joined the Cross Country team during her senior year and proved to be a great addition to the group. The Norwegian student/athlete placed twice in the top 5 for the Scarlet Hawks.
The success of Cross Country continued into the indoor Track season during which there were 17 school records improved. Over 90 percent of the student-athletes involved in Track turned in personal best performances and kept on getting better during outdoors. 13 more school records were broken during the outdoor season.
Joseph Yassin was a standout for the men's Track & Field team in the Spring. The freshman had an immediate impact on the team as he set all 6 school records in the throwing events - Indoor & Outdoor Shot Put, Indoor Weight Throw, Discus, Hammer and Javelin Throw.
The graduating class of 2014 includes some individuals who helped both programs become competitive at the conference level and even had some appearances on the National scene.
On the women's side, Veronica Hannink (SR/Big Rapids, MI) was a National Qualifier in the Distance Medley Relay at the 2012 NAIA Indoor Nationals. She owns the school records in the 55m & 60m hurdles indoors, as well as 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles for outdoors. Amy Rice (JR/Saint Petersburg, FL) joined the Track & Field teams during her senior year and has seen some drastic improvements on her 200 & 400m times.
Montague is the Indoor Mile school record holder while Phillip Cano (SR/Palatine, IL) finishes with numerous school records such as 400m, 800m and 1000m indoors and 400mHurdles and 800m for Outdoors. Ethan Montague (SR/Downers Grove, IL), Andrew's brother, had a big impact on both teams after transferring during his sophomore year of college. One of the top 3 half-milers that wore the IIT uniform, Montague was part of the mile relay that crossed the finish line in first at the Carthage College Final Qualifier. He is a school record holder in the 4 x 400m relay both indoors and outdoors.
Peter Lau (JR/Chicago, IL) was by far the most improved runner during Cross Country and Track. He put in an impressive summer of training after his junior year and returned as a scorer for the Scarlet Hawks during Cross Country. On the track Peter had a podium finish in the 3.000m steeplechase at the Benedictine University Twilight.
Christian Nicholsen had an important role in jumpstarting the throwing group. The lone returner from the 2013 season, Christian has seen some big improvements for his marks from previous year.
Jack Kosar (SR/Lake in the Hills, IL), a baseball player for the Scarlet Hawks the previous four years, decided to give Track a chance for his 5th year of school in Javelin. He finished first at the University of Chicago and Concordia University - Chicago, with throws that were also school records at the time.
Women's basketball returned to the IIT campus this year for the first time since 2009. A team mixed with different levels of talent and ability, they came together and fought night in and night out. Up against a tough schedule, the Hawks only made themselves stronger for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Team Captains, Seniors Michelle Arriola (SR/Chicago, IL) and Neilina Vierra (SR/Honolulu, HI) were key contributors this season averaging 6.9ppg and 5.5ppg, respectively. Sophmore Adrianna Maron (SO/Nowy Targ, Poland) made her presence known by showing off her 3 point range averaging 10.8ppg. The women's basketball MVP, Senior Lauren Capuano (SR/St. Charles, MO) (SR/Saint Charles, MO), put up solid numbers this season averaging a double-double with 14.5ppg and 13.1rpg.
The Scarlet Hawks got better every day and the seniors made sure they went out with a bang by putting on a great display in front of a packed home crowd beating Mount Mary College 67-33 on their senior night.
The Men's Basketball team marked their first recruiting class since the program returned in 2012. The season had its challenges and despite the record, the team persevered and never quit. They were up against mostly scholarship programs this season but will now transition to playing primarily non-scholarship opponents in the upcoming season. They also started a new rivalry with Cal Tech and are looking forward to the rematch in the 2014-15 year.
The team was led all year by two freshmen in Anthony Loss (FR/Roselle, IL) and Samuel Rarick (FR/Chicago, IL). Loss led most stat categories this season with 401 points, 16.7 ppg, 42 three-point FGs, .741 free throw Pct., 55 assists, and 31 steals. Rarick was right in the same spectrum scoring 396 points, 16.5 ppg, and a .544 field goal percentage. Rarick was also a standout on the defensive side and on the boards. He led the team with 22 blocked shots, 128 defensive rebounds, and 60 offensive rebounds.
Swimming & Diving
Men's and Women's Swimming had an exciting year. They showed well in most of their meets throughout the season and finished especially strong in the last stretch.
Women's senior and team captain Abby Maze was a great comeback story. Maze was out since early November with a back injury. She was finally cleared with three weeks remaining in the season and posted times of 26.97 in the 50 free and 1:00.31 in the 100 free. Senior Joseph Lakner (SR/Mount Prospect, IL) was also bit by the injury bug. Lakner was diagnosed with a torn labrum and had to miss about two months of the season. Lakner returned to post best times in the 50 free and 100 free with a 22.93 and 49.63 respectively. Another senior, Ray Mohaimani (SR/Tinley Park, IL) posted best times in the 200 Back (1:58.24), 100IM (58.04), 200 IM (1:59.06), and 400 IM (4:16.60). Other key contributors this season were Sophomores Tanner Grieve (SO/Omaha, NE), Kevin Bolt, Nicole Frantz (SO/Versailles, OH ), junior William Bafia, and freshman Emily Fusilero (FR/Chicago, IL).
At the Liberal Arts Championship Meet, the Hawks had 47 swims of which 36 were lifetime best times. The men finished in 5th place and the women in 11th.
For the Scarlet Hawks Women's Lacrosse team, this was a year of firsts. This was their first year as a program, they scored their first goal, and graduated their first class. It was a year of firsts for the players as they were all new to the game. Senior Ashelyann Sanabria put it best when she stated, "the athletes are out there to play for the love of the game." The team showed successes individually on the field and as a team. They had their ups and downs like any first year program, especially considering the mix of student-athletes from many different aspects of the university, so it took a lot of hard work on the players' parts to become a solid team. Head Coach Kirk Lamitie is very proud of what they accomplished this year and overly excited for what is to come in the next few years.
Senior Mairiah Kuitse and Sophomore Chelsea Badiola (SO/Glenview, IL) were tied with 10 goals each this spring and Junior Florencia Carrerou (JR/Montevideo, Uruguay) led the team with 14 total points. Freshman Taylor Thompson (FR/Virgina) was solid in between the pipes and took the Illinois Tech Female Freshman of the Year Award home at the end of the 2013-2014 athletic campaign. The Scarlet Hawks look forward to a strong incoming recruiting class although they will miss Seniors Alex Miller (SR/Bedford, NH), Ashleyann Sanabria (SR/Chicago, IL) and Mariah Kuitse.
Illinois Tech Hawks Baseball finished the 2014 campaign with an 18-14-1 record. Their .561 winning percentage solidified the best winning percentage since 2004 and the first winning season since 2009. The bats were alive as the team batting average was up 30 points (.313) from the (.283) average in 2013, which was up from 2012 as well. The Hawks pitching staff earned run average (ERA) was down considerably this season (4.97) from the last season in 2013 (6.54) and down multiple whole runs from 2012 (8.00). Pitching-minded head coach Scott Marks has shown his strengths to turn the staff around in just two seasons of work. Baseball looks to use the experience gained from the underclassmen this season only needing to endure the loss of one senior - outfielder Erik Bordner (SR/San Juan Capistrano, CA). Finishing the season with the two best ERA's (among pitchers having pitched more than 1.0 inning) came two young freshmen bright spots: Elliot Chibe (FR/Palos Park, IL) (3.09) and Cory Winiecki (FR/Des Plaines, IL) (3.29).
Team captains Michael Malfeo (JR/Orland Park, IL) and Austin Boos (SO/Indianapolis, IN) turned out to also provide the offensive fire power. Malfeo, compiled a masterful stat line in 2014 as the three-hole hitter. He was the team batting champion with the highest batting average (.438), led the team in home runs (3), and in many other stat categories. Boos, the starting shortstop, contributed a great deal as well. He led many other stat lines including at bats (117), doubles (10), runs scored (33), total hits (46) and defensive assists (83) and ranked second on the team in just about every other offensive category.
As a team the Hawks finished with (188) runs scored, had (308) total hits, and of those (47) were doubles, (14) triples, and (10) home runs. The offense added elevated numbers ending the year with a (.420) slugging percentage, and on base percentage of (.390) and 30-for-37 success stealing bases. On the pitching side of the ball 12 of the team's 17 roster players took the mound for at least part of an inning. The pitching staff also made great improvements to add with the lowered ERA (mentioned above), 10 complete games, 2 complete game shutouts, 235.1 innings pitched, striking out 177 while walking only 131 batters. The 18-14-1 record in 2014 was an increase of 6 games from the 2013 season (12-26) and Head Coach Scott Marks inherited a program that was (5-32) in 2012.
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|Defiance Tournament in Defiance, OH|
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