Bulldogs Post Strong Fall Seasons
Bulldog teams had a successful fall season, with both men's and women's soccer nabbing SCIAC championships. Football and men's water polo teams also posted their best-ever rankings.
The men's soccer team advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the eighth straight season with a 16-5-2 record. The team also captured its eighth consecutive and ninth overall SCIAC championship, boasting a 12-0-2 record against conference opponents. In the process, the team also went unbeaten in 17 games.
With the men's soccer team gaining five All-SCIAC honorees, senior forward Ross Schunk was named the Conference Player of the Year for the second time in his career. He also broke the Redlands records for career points and goals with 139 and 63, respectively.
The women's soccer team nabbed its fourth conference championship with a 9-3 record. The team earned a 14-6-1 overall mark.
Despite falling in the championship game of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament, the women's soccer team gained an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships and served as hosts for the four-team event. Redlands gained six players on the All-Conference teams, including the Player of the Year in senior midfielder Becky Willis.
In football, the Bulldogs moved as high as 14th in the American Football Coaches Association poll. The rank was the football team's best ranking as a Division III program.
The Bulldog football team put together an outstanding showing that began with solid non-conference wins against the University of Dubuque and Whitworth University.
After suffering a tough loss to eventual conference champion Occidental College, Redlands regrouped and rattled off four more wins by out-scoring its opponents, 174-35. The Bulldogs fell in their final game of the season. Nonetheless, the football team led the nation in net punting and tackles for a loss, while ranking second in rush defense and total defense. Fifteen players garnered All-SCIAC awards, including five on the First Team.
The men's water polo team earned a ranking as high as 13th on the Varsity Top 20 poll. The team enjoyed a 29-9 overall record, for the best mark in school history. The team also posted a 9-1 record in SCIAC, taking third place at the conference tourney and second place in the overall standings. Redlands garnered three all-conference players, including Andrew Becskehazy as Player of the Year.
The university's cross country teams fared well, with the women finishing third and the men taking fourth at the conference championships. At the NCAA Regional, the Bulldog women came in ninth, while the men took tenth.
The women's volleyball team went toe-to-toe with some of the best opponents in Division III, with a schedule that included nine matches against teams ranked in the top-20. With only one senior, the Bulldogs relied on youth to produce a 12-15 overall mark and a 6-8 record in conference for fifth place. The team boasted one All-SCIAC performer in sophomore Chelsea Arcaris, who led the conference in digs per game at 5.81.
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