The NCAA released its national statistical rankings for fall sports on Monday night and Ursuline College was well-represented.
After the soccer’s team recent four-match winning streak, during which the Arrows outscored their opponents 23-0, senior forward Paige Rowan leads all of Division II with 15 goals scored. North Alabama’s Chloe Richards is right behind her with 14.
Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson placed third in the country with a time of 2:08.64 in the 800 meter run at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships on Saturday (May 24) night. By virtue of placing in the top-eight, she earned All-American distinction. Back in March, she earned All-American status for her efforts during the indoor season.
“Nicole loves competition,” coach Ralph White said. “A lot of kids freak out and get nervous, but she thrives when the spotlight is on. Our kids are very, very good about stepping up. They rise to the occasion – the bigger the meet, the better they do.”
By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows
Ursuline College cross country/track and field coach Ralph White can be a very convincing person. On a recent trip to the NCAA Indoor National Championships with sophomore Nicole Burlinson, White talked a cleaning lady at a hotel into allowing Burlinson to use the pool so she could get loose between her running workouts.
Burlinson, White and assistant coach Maddy Outman were in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in mid-March because from the moment Burlinson stepped foot on campus in August of 2012, White convinced her she could become an All-American.
By Ralph White, Ursuline College Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
When I came to Ursuline to coach cross country and track and field in 2012, I saw a small school with a close-knit community who cares about helping each and every student. I also saw a community that cares about helping those less fortunate through prayer and service. My son has long been an advocate and activist for clean water and sanitation initiatives in Africa, and I saw an opportunity to help this worthy cause, get the name of Ursuline College out, engage the community, and benefit the health and wellness of our own community through a fundraising race. This idea became Ursuline’s annual Walk for Water, and from that idea the Arrows Walking Club was launched.
By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows
Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson (Darlington, Great Britain) ran a school record time of 2:10.67 in the 800 meter finals at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday (March 15) evening, good for a fifth place finish. By virtue of scoring four team points, she earned NCAA Division II All-American honors.
There are nearly 1,500 student-athletes who compete in the 800 meter run during the course of the year and only 17 qualified for this weekend’s National Championships. To see the results from the 800 meter final, click here.
Ursuline College athletic department is proud to announce Meghann Hess (volleyball) and Jessica Wood (basketball), both 2009 graduates, will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on May 4, 2014 at Hathaway Brown School.
The pair makes up the fifth induction class into the Hall of Fame, which was started in 2010 in an effort to bring attention to those who left a significant mark on Ursuline athletics. The Hall of Fame aims to recognize student-athletes who produced significant athletic achievement, but also those who excelled in the classroom and contributed time and service to the community.
Ursuline College Athletic Director Cindy McKnight has been chosen to serve as a mentor in the 2014-15 NCAA & Division II Athletics Directors Association Mentor Program for Women & Minorities.
In July of 2011, Division II took the initiative to prepare women and minorities for future director of athletics positions by sponsoring a mentorship program. Partnering with the Division II Athletics Directors Association, this mentoring program matches promising women and minority administrators who hope to become athletics directors with proven athletics directors.
As members of the Arrows’ Volleyball team step up into a white cube van on a warm fall afternoon, carefully, one after the other, it is hard not to notice their lethargy. Hard practice, play and late night studying may contribute to the fatigue, but the root of their expression is travel.
At 3:45 a.m., July 20, 2013, Ursuline College felt the first disaster in its 142-year history – a tornado. The EF1 strength funnel swept through campus, causing the west wall of the O’Brien Athletic Center to collapse, disfiguring windows, its roofs, railings and doors and sending debris flying more than two miles away. More than 167 mature trees were snapped and twisted. Many more were left uprooted, their insides exposed.
Ursuline College was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Division II Award of Excellence winner for its work with the A.R.R.O.W.S. (Academic Readiness Requires Outstanding Work and Support) Mentoring Program, the NCAA announced.
The A.R.R.O.W.S. Mentoring Program intends to provide Ursuline College students, many of whom are student-athletes, an opportunity to mentor Warrensville Heights High School students while offering them support through the completion of high school and encouragement to pursue postsecondary education. It is the aim of the program to engage both students at Ursuline and Warrensville Heights High School in a partnership that promotes academic success and fosters ambition for further education.
From the spring semester of their freshman year to the completion of their senior year, each high school student participates in one goal setting workshop per month facilitated by the A.R.R.O.W.S. coordinator and student mentors. During each goal setting workshop, students explore career interests, college readiness and study skills.
Ursuline College believes these workshops serve as important resources for the students at Warrensville Heights High School as it provides them with foundational knowledge and sets forth expectations of what a student can expect in college and in their chosen career. The program works to ensure that the students at Warrensville Heights High School are provided with the tools and resources so as to be proficient academic achievers.
The top three finalists for the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence and overall winner will be announced during the business session at the 2014 NCAA Convention.
Division II 2013 Award of Excellence Conference Winners
CACC – Concordia College
CCAA – University of California, San Diego
CIAA – Virginia Union University
ECC – Dowling College
GAC – Arkansas Tech University
GLIAC – Michigan Technological University
G-MAC – Ursuline College
GNAC – University of Mary
GSC – Christian Brothers University
Heartland – Texas A & M International University
Independents – Palm Beach Atlantic University
LSC – Lone Star Conference
MEC – Notre Dame College
MIAA – Lindenwood University
NE-10 – Adelphi University
NSIC – Northern State University
PBC – University of Montevallo
PSAC – Kutztown University
PWC – Chaminade University of Honolulu
RMAC – Adams State University
SAC – Wingate University
SIAC – Benedict College
SSC – Lynn University
Ursuline College junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday (Dec. 16) afternoon.
Ricketts also won the award on Dec. 2 and freshman point guard Erica Huber took home the honor on Nov. 11. Prior to this season, 2013 graduate Laura Campbell was the only Ursuline women’s basketball player to receive the award.
The Arrows lost their only game last week, coming up short to Davis & Elkins College, 76-72, on Saturday (Dec. 14) afternoon but Ricketts scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down a career-high 13 boards.
Her third 20-point effort of the season improved her scoring average to 15.6 points per game and lifted her to the top of the list in the conference. She also moved into the top-20 in rebounding as her 5.3 rebounds per game rank her 17th in the G-MAC.
Ricketts also finds herself slotted third in the conference in shooting (57.3 percent) and 13th in steals (1.5 per game).
Since entering the starting lineup five games ago, Ricketts is averaging team-highs of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Ricketts and the rest of the Arrows will take a break from conference play when they host Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) on Tuesday (Dec. 17) at 6:00 p.m. at John Carroll University’s Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center.
Max Radigan will call the action live on the Ursuline College Sports Network and the Pizzazz on the Circle Live Stats will be offered free of charge.