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Crew SC back home tonight to take on Montreal Impact at 7:30

Black & Gold return home to host the Montreal Impact and open a two-match homestand at MAPFRE Stadium

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2017

 

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (7-9-1, 22 points) hosts the Montreal Impact (4-4-6, 18 points) at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, June 24. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Clay Hall on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online. Saturday’s match marks the return of Half Price Night, meaning supporters can enjoy half-off select beers (for supporters ages 21-and-over), Pepsi products, brats and pretzels through the 15th minute. The offer is available at all permanent concession stands.

 

The match is the second of two regular-season meetings between Crew SC and the Montreal Impact in 2017, as well as the 16th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Crew SC holds a 7-5-3 regular-season record against the Impact, with a 5-1-1 record at MAPFRE Stadium. Earlier this season, the Black & Gold recorded a 3-2 victory over Montreal on May 13 at Stade Saputo. In that match, Justin Meram scored his first career hat trick, which included scoring the game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time.

 

Heading into the match against the Impact, Crew SC forward Ola Kamara is one goal away from reaching his 25th tally with Crew SC. Since joining the club in February of 2016, he has made 42 regular-season appearances (36 starts), registering 24 goals and four assists over that span. In 2016, Kamara led the team in goals with 16 tallies in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts). This season, he is tied with Justin Meram for most goals in regular-season action, with eight goals in 17 regular-season appearances (16 starts). If Kamara reaches 25 goals, he will become one of only four players currently on the Crew SC roster to have scored at least 25 goals for the club, joining Federico Higuain (46 goals), Justin Meram (32 goals) and Ethan Finlay (30 goals). Kamara’s goals per 90 minutes ratio since joining Crew SC in the beginning of the 2016 MLS season is 0.67, the third highest in MLS for players who have scored more than 15 goals in that same span.

Crew SC Midfielder Federico Higuain made his 139th appearance for Crew SC in last week’s match against Atlanta United FC, tallying his seventh goal of the MLS regular season. The goal also solidified Higuain’s hold of third place on the list of all-time regular-season goal scorers for the Black & Gold. Since joining Crew SC in 2012, Higuain has registered 46 goals in 139 regular-season appearances (134 starts). The Argentine playmaker is behind only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals) and Brian McBride (62 goals).

Crew SC defender Harrison Afful made his 50th career start in 51 regular-season appearances for the Black & Gold in the match against Atlanta United FC. Afful played the entire 90 minutes and registered an assist by providing the helper in Federico Higuain’s goal against Atlanta. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Zack Steffen made his 17th start for Crew SC in regular-season action in that same match, recording four stops against Atlanta. Steffen passed the 50-save mark with his four stops and now has 53 saves in the 2017 MLS regular season. Midfielder Justin Meram also made his 17th start of the year and earned MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week honors for the fifth time this season for his performance.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday, June 24 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

 

Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia) and FOX Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa).

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Iowa Hawkeyes slugger Jake Adams garners seventh All-American award

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa junior Jake Adams earned his seventh All-America distinction, garnering second-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings.

The Brandon, South Dakota, has earned second-team honors from the ABCA/Rawlings, Perfect Game, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Collegiate Baseball, and College Sports Madness, while being a third-team selection by Baseball America.

Jake Adams

Adams, who was selected June 13 (and has since signed) in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, earned the distinction after being tabbed as the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and the only unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017.  He leads the NCAA lead with 29 home runs in his first season of Division I baseball, while ranking first in home runs per game (.48), third in total bases (183), fourth in slugging percentage (.747), and seventh in RBIs (72).

Adams was also named a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award on May 31, an honor that is given to the top amateur player in the United States.  He is the first Hawkeye to be selected to the prestigious list.

In 61 games, Adams led the Big Ten Conference in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, runs (55), and total bases, while also ranking second in hits (82), sixth in batting average, 12th in on-base percentage (.417), and 14th in doubles (14).  Adams hit .335, having hit safely in 46 games and reached safely in 53 contests. He had 27 multi-hit and 16 multi-RBI games this season.

Adams shattered Iowa’s single-season home run record of 22, which had stood since 1986, and he broke the all-time single-season Big Ten Conference record.  He had four multi-home run games, including a three home run game at Kansas State on March 19, where he went 3-for-4 with four runs and seven RBIs.

Adams’ presence in the middle of Iowa’s lineup helped guide the Hawkeyes to the first Big Ten Tournament title in school history and the program’s second NCAA Regional appearance in three seasons.  Iowa won 39 games, the fifth most in a single season in program history.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY James Allan; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Iowa Volleyball announces schedule for 2017

 

Iowa Volleyball

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa volleyball team’s 2017 schedule, announced Friday by UI head coach Bond Shymansky, includes 15 teams that reached the 2016 NCAA Tournament and a matchup with the reigning NCAA Champion Stanford.

 

“We are committed to our mission of True Mental Toughness and therefore we are committed to playing the best nonconference competition we can find,” said Shymansky. “We are excited about traveling coast-to-coast to face top level teams, and about our two home tournaments. Every Hawkeye fan will take note of our showdown with the Cyclones in September.”

 

Iowa kicks off the season with four tournaments, traveling to Long Beach, California (Aug. 25-26), and Washington D.C. (Sept. 15-16), and hosting two tournaments at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Sept. 1-2 and Sept. 8-9).

 

The Hawkeyes nonconference schedule includes seven teams that competed at the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including Stanford, Coastal Carolina, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Howard University, American University, and Princeton.

 

In addition to those seven nonconference schools, Iowa will compete against Wright State, Long Beach State, Nebraska – Omaha, and Indiana State before beginning league play.

 

After opening conference play against Rutgers on Sept. 22, the Hawkeyes face five-straight teams — Penn State (13), Wisconsin (3), Minnesota (1), Michigan (17), and Nebraska (2) — that ended the 2016 season ranked. All five of those teams reached the regional round of the NCAA Tournament, while Nebraska and Minnesota advanced to the Final Four.

 

“The Big Ten Conference slate is tough for us this year, but we are poised to continue our upward climb,” said Shymansky. “We have great opportunities to be challenged to be our best. We have worked to develop great rivalries these past few years and we expect everyone to bring us their best each night.”

 

Iowa has home-and-away series against Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio State. The Hawkeyes meet Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan State, Purdue, and Maryland just one time in Big Ten play.

 

The Hawkeyes host Nebraska – Omaha, Coastal Carolina, and Indiana State on Sept. 1-2 in the Hawkeye Classic. They square off with Iowa State and Northern Illinois in the Iowa Invitational on Sept. 8-9.

 

The 2017 Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship first and second rounds will run from Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Regionals will run Dec. 8-9, while the Final Four and National Championship matches will be Dec. 14 and Dec. 16, respectively.

 

Season ticket information will be available soon.

 

2017 Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Aug. 25 Wright State Long Beach, Calif. 12 PM
Aug. 26 Stanford Long Beach, Calif. 12 PM
Aug. 26 Long Beach State Long Beach, Calif. 9 PM
Hawkeye Classic
Sept. 1 Nebraska – Omaha Iowa City, Iowa 12 PM
Sept. 1 Coastal Carolina Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Sept. 2 Coastal Carolina Iowa City, Iowa 2 PM
Sept. 2 Indiana State Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Iowa Invitational
Sept. 8 Iowa State Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Sept. 9 Northern Illinois Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Sept. 15 Howard Washington D.C. 6 PM
Sept. 16 American Washington D.C. 9 AM
Sept. 16 Princeton Washington D.C. 4 PM
Sept. 22 Rutgers New Brunswick, N.J. 6 PM
Sept. 23 Penn State State College, Penn. 6 PM
Sept. 29 Wisconsin Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Sept. 30 Minnesota Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Oct. 4 Michigan Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Oct. 7 Nebraska Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Oct. 11 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. 6 PM
Oct. 15 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. 2 PM
Oct. 20 Illinois Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Oct. 21 Northwestern Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Oct. 27 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. 6 PM
Oct. 28 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. 6 PM
Nov. 3 Indiana Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Nov. 4 Purdue Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Nov. 8 Penn State Iowa City, Iowa 7 PM
Nov. 17 Maryland College Park, Md. 6 PM
Nov. 18 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio 6 PM
Nov. 22 Illinois Champaign, Ill. 6 PM
Nov. 25 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 7 PM
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 NCAA First and Second Rounds TBA TBA
Dec. 8-9 NCAA Regionals TBA TBA
Dec. 14-16 NCAA Championships Kansas City, Mo. TBA

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Cari Gold; COURTESY IOWA COMMUNICATIONS

Scott Goggins leaves Xavier as all-time winningest baseball coach to take over program at crosstown rival Cincinnati

 

WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2qUAE8W

CINCINNATI - Veteran coach Scott Googins has been named the University of Cincinnati’s 28th baseball head coach, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced Tuesday.

Googins will be introduced to the media at a 1 p.m. ET press conference on Wednesday in the Richard E. Lindner Center in Varsity Village.

Googins makes the move across town after 12 seasons as the head coach at Xavier. The all-time winningest coach in XU history, he has 341 career victories with four NCAA Tournament appearances including back-to-back regional finals berths in 2016 and 2017 and six regular-season or conference tournament championships.

Scott Googins (courtesy Xavier athletics)

“Coach Googins is a proven winner and developer of talent and a perfect fit for the University of Cincinnati,” Bohn said. “He is a coach with great passion for student-athletes, is highly regarded in the state of Ohio and possesses strong connections to pro scouts and leaders across baseball on the national scene. He is a man of character, integrity and has a deep desire to seek a new challenge and win championships in a competitive baseball conference. We are excited to welcome Scott, his wife Jody and their children Ellie, Tommy and Charlie to our Bearcats family.”

Googins led Xavier to a 34-27 finish in 2017. The Musketeers won their second-straight BIG EAST Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals for the second-straight year. Rylan Bannon was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year and the Musketeers featured six all-league selections.

During his 12 seasons at the helm at XU, Googins earned coaching accolades as the 2009 ABCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, the 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and the 2016 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. Additionally, 11 of his players have been chosen in the MLB First Year Player Draft since 2005, including Seth Willoughby whose fourth-round selection by the Colorado Rockies in 2012 was the highest pick in program history.

The Xavier program soared to new heights under Googins’ tutelage, earning its first Atlantic 10 Championship and first NCAA victory in 2009. Its first BIG EAST Championship win and second NCAA Tournament victory came in 2014 before back-to-back BIG EAST Championship titles and NCAA Regional Championship appearances in 2016 and 2017.

“My family and I are thrilled to be a part of the University of Cincinnati,” Googins said. “It was not an easy decision to leave Xavier, a great institution where I have many connections. I am excited to be the head coach at UC, to get to know our team and grow with them, give our student-athletes a great experience and have fun playing baseball. There are talented players here who know how to play the game the right way and we are going to work hard. If being a student-athlete at UC is three or four years of our player’s lives, I want it to be the best three or four years possible.”

Before taking the head-coaching role at Xavier, Googins was an assistant with the program in 2005. He joined the Musketeers after four seasons at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-04. During his tenure working primarily with the outfielders, the RedHawks made four straight Mid-American Conference Tournament appearances. Two of his players left for the professional ranks with one garnering All-American honors before his departure.

He was an assistant at Indiana from 1992-99, working with the Hoosiers’ catchers, outfielders and hitters. He was a part of the 1996 Big Ten Championship team and traveled to the Wichita State Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

A native of Granville, Ohio, Googins was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio. He was the Battling Bishops catcher during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and posted a .350 career batting average before suffering a career-ending arm injury prior to his senior season. He moved into a coaching role as a senior and stayed on staff after graduation, coaching first base and working with the team’s catchers.

Googins and his wife, Jody – a former volleyball standout at Xavier – live in West Chester, Ohio, with their daughter, Ellie, and two sons, Tommy and Charlie.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Ryan Koslen; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

Maryland Men’s Lacrosse earns 12th National Championship

 

Terrapins earn first national title since 1975

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Maryland men’s lacrosse team won its 12th national title, and first since the 1975 season, following a 9-6 victory over fellow Big Ten member Ohio State in Monday’s NCAA championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Maryland, which collected its third NCAA Championship, finished the 2017 campaign with a 16-3 record after capturing the outright Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title. Ohio State completed the season with a school-record 16 wins and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history.

Big Ten schools have now claimed five team national titles during the 2016-17 academic year, including championships for Maryland men’s lacrosse, Maryland women’s lacrosse, Ohio State synchronized swimming and men’s volleyball and Penn State wrestling.

The six programs that comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse now boast 57 national championships. Johns Hopkins leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 12 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Brett McWethy; COURTESY BIG TEN COMMUNICATIONS

 

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