October Bulldog Update

The month of October has put the University of Redlands athletic teams in prime position for berths in the NCAA postseason.

The men’s water polo team, which is ranked 15th in the country, has compiled a 15-7 record thus far this season and sits in one of the top spots in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). In addition, the Bulldogs stand as the No. 1 team among Division III institutions by a unanimous vote.

Despite a tough loss to Occidental College, the Bulldog football team looks to vie for an at-large bid for the NCAA playoffs with a 3-1 (1-1 SCIAC) record. Battling through injuries, the team has its sights set on finishing the rest of the season undefeated and keeping its hopes alive for reaching the postseason for the second year in a row.

Undefeated in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play, the men’s soccer team has rebounded from its rough 1-4 start to bring its record to 8-4-1 (7-0-1 SCIAC). Barring a major shakeup in the conference standings, the Bulldogs will win the regular-season portion of the conference and will serve as the host school for the second-annual postseason tournament.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams, both of which have taken a few weeks off from competition, finish up their seasons with the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet and the SCIAC Championship meet before the NCAA West Regional competition. At the Stanford Invitational, competing with the likes of Stanford and UCLA, the men finished 27th while the women finished 29th.

Volleyball has had some success thus far this year, amassing a 10-10 (4-4 SCIAC) record, with momentum-shifting, five-set wins over Chapman University and Whittier College. Developing with each match, sophomore middle blocker Megan Phillips (Vista, CA) and sophomore middle blocker Jackie Hamilton (Loma Linda, CA) have powered the Bulldog offensive strike.

Finally, the women’s soccer squad is in the running for a SCIAC title, featuring one of the nation’s most potent back lines, which is anchored by sophomore defender Bree Puchalski (Redlands, CA) and junior goalkeeper Tenley Rawlings (Salt Lake City, UT), among others. Redlands holds an 8-4-1 record overall and a 4-3 conference record heading into its final matches of the regular season.

Contact: Brian Savard  (909) 748-8438 (Phone)

There are more than 1,700 trees on the University of Redlands campus.

In April 2010, it was designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Redlands is among just three other colleges or universities in California to receive this designation.

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