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September 13, 2005

Fall Undergraduate Enrollment Increases Over 2004-05 At SIUE

Fall Semester enrollment numbers for SIUE show increases in undergraduate students and in the Full Time Enrollment (FTE) over the 2004-05 Academic Year.

FTE is based on the number of hours taken by all students; the number is then divided by 12 semester hours, the level at which a student is considered full-time.

In addition, new freshmen have an average ACT score of 22.6, more than two points higher than the Illinois average (20.3) and nearly two points higher than the national average (20.9).

"Overall, fall enrollment numbers show continued interest in SIUE, while at the same time indicate more students are remaining to finish their education at SIUE," said Todd Burrell, the University's director of Admissions.

Fall enrollment stands at 10,152 full-time students and 3,308 part-time students, representing an FTE of 10,964, an increase of 186 over fall 2004, Burrell said. Total student enrollment is 13,460 for fall.

"We're also pleased with the fact that we have more students this year with declared majors, which translates to better retention and graduation rates," said Boyd Bradshaw, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. He also pointed out SIUE's housing is at capacity. Some 3,000 students live in the three residential halls-Woodland, Prairie, and Bluff-and in Cougar Village Apartments.

"We are not only excited about the continued interest in SIUE," Bradshaw said, "but we are equally pleased that we continue to attract excellent students as shown by our ACT averages.

"More and more quality students and their parents view SIUE as a first choice institution due to our course offerings, first rate residence halls, and the engagement of students inside and outside the classroom," Bradshaw said.

Fourth Residence Hall Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees

The SIU Board of Trustees last week considered a proposal to construct a new residence hall on the campus of SIU Edwardsville, bringing the total of residence halls on campus to four.

If approved, this newest hall would accommodate 515 students and would bring the total of students living on campus to more than 3,500. The matter was presented to the board at its regular monthly meeting, conducted last Thursday on the Edwardsville campus.

The matter will be on the agenda for approval at the Oct. 13 board meeting scheduled at SIU Carbondale.

According to the plan, the new residence hall would contain mostly "apartment-style" units housing upperclassmen and graduate students. Unlike the three previous residence halls, the new hall will house such students who want to continue to live near the campus core. Resident upperclassmen and graduate students are currently housed in Cougar Village Apartments.

Associate Provost David Sill said the new residence hall would be an additional tool in improving student retention at the University. "Some continuing students who have been in the residence halls for a year or two wish to continue to live close to the core," Sill said. "But we currently are not able to meet their needs.

"This new hall will give these students a more supportive and positive experience, which will help with their success as they move toward graduation."

The project would include construction of a three-story, 515-bed student residence encompassing 190,000 square feet and located just south of Bluff Hall at the corner of Circle Drive and Whiteside Road. The project also would include a 550-space parking lot. The construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2007 Fall Semester.

The plan calls for units ranging from single and double rooms and suite arrangements with bathrooms to two- to five-bedroom apartments with full kitchen facilities. The University currently utilizes the 1,500-bed Cougar Lake Apartments to house upperclassmen and families, while the three existing residence halls house freshman and sophomore students.

Plans for the new residence hall were drawn from committee recommendations and a survey of currents students who live off-campus. The committee-made up of students, faculty members, and University Housing staff-also took into consideration historical data and projected numbers for returning housing students, the new freshman class, the number of new freshmen living on campus, new transfer student rates, new graduate students living on campus, and the number of existing students who do not live on campus.

SIUE Athletics Task Force Assesses Future Of Program

A task force has been established to consider three possible scenarios for the future of Intercollegiate Athletics at SIUE, including options to strengthen the existing program, create a program that would compete at the NCAA Division I level, or develop a "hybrid" that would include Division I and II teams.

According to Narbeth Emmanuel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, the successes of SIUE's Athletics program since 1999 have been a result of planning by an initial Athletics committee that was commissioned by then-SIUE Chancellor David Werner. "That original committee was created to consider whether the University should field a football team," Emmanuel explained.

"However, it was determined that other alternatives should be explored, and, because of the committees work, our programs have been strengthened over the past six years to the point that we are now poised to move SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics to a new level."

Emmanuel cited several successes within the program:

• The men's soccer program has achieved national success;

• The men's basketball program has been ranked nationally for the first time and has achieved conference-level success;

• The men's and women's track and field programs, as well as the men's wrestling program, continue to send athletes in increasing numbers to compete at the national level; and

• The softball program has grown to a perennial national contender.

"SIUE Athletics over the years has become a respected program in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC)," Emmanuel pointed out. "Such success was no accident, but rather the result of careful strategic planning."

The new task force-made up of SIUE students, faculty, staff, alumni, residents of the surrounding communities, and chaired by SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino-will now consider the following alternatives:

• Continue to strengthen the existing Intercollegiate Athletics program to become the very best at this level, utilizing the current tier system, with special emphasis on tier four sports that includes wrestling and men's golf;

• Consider transitioning from an NCAA-II program to NCAA-I, with both the appropriate level of financial resources as well as the necessary facilities to be competitive to achieve national recognition; or

• Consider a "hybrid" that would include Division I and II teams with the appropriate resources and consistent with NCAA policies.

The task force also will explore personnel and financial resources needed to achieve one of these recommendations. Giamartino said the entire process will be guided by specific core values, including student-athlete academic and personal welfare, integrity and ethics, commitment to Title IX guidelines, and preservation of academic and competitive integrity by seeking membership in an appropriate conference.

Giamartino said the work of the task force will be completed by spring 2007. "It is now apparent that SIUE is positioned to develop a strategic plan for the next phase of our program," he said. "The University is very proud of the athletics programs that have contributed to our recognition and reputation as a premier metropolitan university with national recognition, and the members of the task force look forward to building on that foundation as we explore options for the future."

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, who recently completed a full year as the University's head, said the work of the current task force will take into consideration planning from the 1999 task force but also the input Vandegrift received at town hall meetings he conducted on campus last year.

"I am confident that the task force will provide a comprehensive report that will help guide us in shaping and developing the future of Intercollegiate Athletics at SIUE," he said.

ASTAP At ESTL Teaches Dance, Arts, And Culture

By Patricia Merritt
Director of Public Relations
East St. Louis Center

When Pierre Smith bursts onto stage, it's usually not long after that he elicits applause from the audience. That's because the lithe, long-limbed 17-year-old executes his dance movements with passion and expertise, all of which comes as a result of 11 years of intense instruction.

Pierre is part of the After School Theater Arts Program (ASTAP) at the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts. ASTAP, which began classes yesterday, is open for enrollment. The fee for the 13-week session is $60 for children ages six to 17 and $70 for adults.

Courses offered include Dunham Technique, jazz, ballet, and Shotokan karate for kids. To register, call (618) 482-6912 or come in anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to Suite 1055, Building A, at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis.

"All the Performing Arts staff has worked hard with me," said Smith, ASTAP dance captain. "I have been taught by the best. They saw potential in me and have encouraged me to learn as much as I can about dance and its history."

Andrea Smythe, Performing Arts staff member and Smith's mentor, said the young man has been excited about learning how to dance from the first time she met him. "He had natural rhythm, a good memory and a drive to learn," she said.

As long as he can remember, Smith says he's wanted to dance. He enjoys West African dance the most, but is also proficient in Dunham Technique, jazz, modern, lyrical jazz, tap, and praise dance. The teenager, who says he practices dance about 10 hours a week, also has advanced to junior choreographer.

Besides performing for ASTAP, Smith also is part of Afriki Lolo, a West African dance company in St. Louis, and the African American Ensemble, an African dance and drum group in East St. Louis. He hopes eventually to form his own West African dance troupe that will tour around the country.

"I have learned other things besides good dance moves," he said. "Ms. Smythe taught us the importance of knowing the history and culture of dance, too. Dance also has helped me learn the value of discipline."

Still, there is room for growth in the teenager, his mentor said. Smythe believes that her protégé will one day realize his dance aspirations. And, Smith is counting on it, partly because he is continuing to follow the lead of some legendary dancers, especially Katherine Dunham, world-renowned for her dancing technique and choreography.

The SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts was formerly named after Ms. Dunham, a noted anthropologist and dancer, who was its founder in 1967. The Center for the Performing Arts provides classes, workshops, cultural programs and performing arts to the Metro East community. The staff consists of five professional dancers, with Theodore H. Jamison as program director.

Nationally-Ranked Cougar (Men's And Women's) Soccer To Take Extended Road Trip


The SIUE men's and women's soccer teams, now both nationally ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II poll, will take an extended road trip with this week's home games to be played off-campus.

Men's soccer is ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 6-1-1 record; women's soccer is ranked No. 17 in the nation with a 7-2 record.

SIUE men's coach Ed Huneke and women's coach Lynda Bowers jointly announced that the Great Lakes Valley Conference games Friday (9/23) and Sunday (9/25) will be moved but played at the regularly-scheduled times.

Friday's game against Kentucky Wesleyan College will be played at Oerter Park in Columbia, located at the intersections of Illinois Route 3 and Gall Road. The women's game begins at 5 p.m. and the men's game follows at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday's game against the University of Southern Indiana will be played at Francis Field on the campus of Washington (Mo.) University. The women's game begins at noon with the men's to follow at 2:30 p.m.

Moving the games will enable Bob Guelker Field, the home of the Cougars, to make at least a partial recovery from poor playing conditions. The field was unable to hold up to this summer's heat and lack of rain.

No. 1 Cougars Battling To Keep Top Spot

The SIUE men's soccer team knows one thing every time it takes the field. They are going to get the other team's best shot.

The top-ranked Cougars are 6-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

"We need to continue to handle teams coming at us at 100 miles an hour," said SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke.

The Cougars battle Kentucky Wesleyan at Oerter Park in Columbia on Friday (9/23) night at 7:30. SIUE then takes on Southern Indiana on Sunday (9/25) with the time and place of that match to be announced later this week.

SIUE defeated Saint Joseph's and tied 18th-ranked Indianapolis this past weekend. The Cougars have now gone 24 consecutive GLVC regular season games without a loss. "We had a lot of shots in both games," said Huneke. "The goals came in the St. Joseph's game like they should have. In the Indy game, we took some good shots and had some good chances, but didn't finish."

Leading scorer Tim Collico (St. Louis) netted his fourth goal of the year against the Pumas. Brian Higgins (St. Charles) and John Matthews (Edwardsville) also notched goals in that contest.

After falling behind against the Greyhounds, Victor Pacheco (San Luis, Brazil) scored in the 55th minute to tie the game. The Cougars outshot Indianapolis 27-4 in the match. "Our defense needs to be complimented," said Huneke. "Even though we had a breakdown in the opening of the game Sunday (9/18), they are doing a good job."

The Cougars have outscored their opponents 16-2 this year with a 0.24 goal against average.

Goalkeepers Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles) and Greg Crook (Columbia) have each recorded three shutouts in eight games.

SIUE Men's Golf Wins Cougar Classic

SIUE won its own Cougar Classic by one stroke on Monday (9/19). Craig Heinzmann (Breese) tied for first place with a two-under-par 142 but lost in a playoff to Missouri Baptist's Erik Rios at Belk Park Golf Course.

As a team, SIUE won the 36-hole event with a score of 593, besting Missouri Baptist by one stroke. Lindenwood was third with a 607. There were nine teams in the field. "There were some good teams out there today," said SIUE Coach Mark Marcuzzo.

The all-tournament team includes SIUE's Kyle Lickenbrock (Freeburg), Ryan Howell of Missouri Baptist, Danny Manselle of Missouri Baptist, Nick Profancik of Maryville, and Nicolas Poleito of Lindenwood.

SIUE next heads to the Great Lakes Regional on Sept. 25-26 at Hawk's Head Golf Course in South Haven, Mich. Grand Valley State will play host to the event which includes most of the Great Lakes region's teams in a head-to-head battle. The top teams from this tournament have an edge when bids are announced next spring for the NCAA Tournament.

Cougars On Top Of the GLVC

The SIUE women's soccer team heads into this weekend's contests in sole possession of first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Cougars entertain Kentucky Wesleyan at Oerter Park in Columbia on Friday (9/23) at 5 p.m. SIUE then takes on Southern Indiana on Sunday (9/25) with the time and place of that match to be announced later this week.

SIUE is currently riding a five-game winning streak as the Cougars hold a 7-2 record overall and 3-0 in league play. SIUE defeated Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis over the weekend.

"I was pleased with the outcome," said SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers. "We still have a ways to go to clean up some areas. (Kentucky) Wesleyan and USI will be good matches."

Kristine Armstrong (St. Peter's) leads the team with four goals as she netted one against the Pumas and the game-winner against the Greyhounds on Sunday (9/18). "She kept hitting the goalkeeper over and over again," said Bowers. "She is a natural finisher, and she had a frustrating first half (of the Saint Joseph's game). Those (goals) kind of got her confidence up."

Jennifer Kratzer (O'Fallon) had a solid weekend with two goals and one assist. She is tied for third on the team with Kayla Fromme (New Berlin) with six points on the season. "She (Kratzer) had two beautiful shots outside of 18 (yards)," said Bowers. "It was nice to see a variety of people scoring."

Also getting in on the scoring action was Elizabeth Ball (Troy) who netted her first goal as a Cougar.

SIUE has outscored its opponents 11-1 and outshot them 80-32 during the winning streak.

Cougars Looks To Rebound From Tough Start

SIUE Volleyball coach Todd Gober knows his team is in a rough spot after starting Great Lakes Valley Conference play with two road losses.

"We are starting off the conference season with our back against the wall. We just have to get our heads back above water."

The Cougars are 9-5 overall and 0-2 in the league after losses to 22nd-ranked Rockhurst and Drury. "It was a really tough weekend on us," said Gober. "I thought we played very well in the Rockhurst match. During the Drury match, I was disappointed with the intensity and the lack of execution."

SIUE will look to bounce back as the Cougars travel to Kentucky Wesleyan before facing Tiffin in Evansville, Ind., on Saturday (9/24). "It is a lot of little things that I am not happy with at this point of the season," said Gober. "We have to make good things happen, and that starts with practice."

Junior Tricia Happe (St. Louis) notched a career-high 15 kills against Rockhurst. "Tricia played great against Rockhurst," said Gober. "She was finishing and did a nice job blocking."

Allison Buss (Normal) leads the GLVC with 5.73 digs per game and is tops on the team with 18 service aces. "She has played great," said Gober. "She has given us a consistent performance every match."

Senior Heather Bonde (Millstadt) and Tina Talsma (Orono, Ontario) each had solid weekends. Bonde leads SIUE with 181 kills, a .306 hitting percentage, and 3.55 kills per game. Talsma is second on the team with 126 kills.

The Cougars take on the Panthers on Saturday (9/24) at 1 p.m. before battling Tiffin at 5 p.m.

Men's Cross Country Off To Flying Start

After a string of strong performances, the SIUE men's cross country team will have a week off before hitting the stretch run of the season.

"We are in the middle of our most strenuous training period," said SIUE Cross Country coach Eileen McAllister. "The team has raced three weeks in a row; the fatigue was evident in several performances."

The Cougars are fresh off a third-place finish at the Panther Open.

"The men's team finish is not an accurate representation of their potential," said McAllister. "There was a much bigger time gap between runners 1 though 5 this week, and that really hurt us."

Senior Brian Taghon (East Moline) paced SIUE in the 8,000 meter event. He won the race with a time of 25 minutes, 46.82 seconds. Erik Steffens (Moline) was a close third with a mark of 26:08.46. "Taghon and Steffens had very strong performances," said McAllister. "They did a tremendous job of starting the team score with only four points."

Finishing 19th was Brian Getz (East Moline) with a time of 27:16.70. "The training will continue, but having next week off of racing will help rejuvenate the team for the big meets coming up in October," said McAllister.

The Cougars will be back in action at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Oct. 1.

Women's Cross Country Gets Set for Loyola Invite

The SIUE women's cross country team finished in fifth place at the Panther Open this past weekend. SIUE has the week off before the Loyola Invitational on Oct. 1.

The Cougar's top finisher was Heather Zipparro (Mt. Prospect) who placed 19th with a mark of 19:48.93. "I am so proud of Heather," said McAllister. "She has worked very hard over the summer and in practice to break out her senior year."

Chelsey Patterson (Sherman) came in 32nd for the Cougars with a time of 20:49.47. "Chelsey also had a big improvement from her first two races," said McAllister. "She's definitely getting back on track as evident in her improved race and practice times."

Cougar Soccer To Go On Extended Road Trip

The SIUE men's and women's soccer teams will enjoy an extended road trip with its home games next week to be played off-campus.

Moving the games will enable Bob Guelker Field, the home of the Cougars to make at least a partial recovery from poor playing conditions. The field was unable to hold up to this summer's heat and lack of rain.

SIUE men's coach Ed Huneke and women's coach Lynda Bowers jointly announced that the Great Lakes Valley Conference games Friday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 25, will be moved but played at the regularly scheduled times.

The Sept. 23 game, against Kentucky Wesleyan College, will be moved to Oerter Park in Columbia, which is located at the intersections of Illinois Route 3 and Gall Road. The women's game begins at 5 p.m. and the men's game follows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for SIUE faculty and staff. SIUE students are free with a valid ID.

The site of the Sept. 25 game will be finalized and announced next week.

The SIUE men are ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 5-1 record. The SIUE women are ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region and hold a 5-2 record.

Men's Golf Gains Early Season Success

After its first two tournaments in more than a decade, the SIUE men's golf team is off to a flying start in the fall season.

The Cougars won the Quincy University Hawk Invitational this past week and finished second at the University of Indianapolis Invitational on Sept. 6.

"It was nice to come out and make a statement against some conference teams," said SIUE men's golf coach Mark Marcuzzo. "The kids are really excited and playing well."

SIUE plays host to the Cougar Classic at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River this Sunday (9/18) and Monday (9/19). "We feel like we have a really good chance to win it," said Marcuzzo.

In the tournament win over Quincy, the Cougars shot a 300 the first day followed up by a 296 on the second. SIUE last played and won a tournament on April 1, 1991, at the Tommy Armour/ Rivermen Invitational at Whitmoor Country Club. "If we can get our (team) scores in the 290 range, we can compete nationally," said Marcuzzo.

Kyle Lickenbrock (Freeburg) and Craig Heinzman (Breese) both finished tied for second each shooting 146. "They have been real consistent for us," said Marcuzzo. "The team has a great atmosphere. They all get along. The sky is the limit."

Freshman Matt Lehl (Woodstock) was tied for fifth with a 147.

At Indianapolis, Kyle Gansauer (Centralia) led the way for the Cougars with a fourth place finish of 71 at the 18-hole tournament. Lickenbrock was four strokes behind in 15th place at 75.

The Cougars finished seven strokes behind the Indianapolis Invitational champion Kentucky Wesleyan.

Men's Soccer Grabs No. 1 Spot In National Rankings

The SIUE men's soccer team has claimed the top spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas poll.

This is the second time the Cougars have garnered the top spot in the poll this season. SIUE was ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA preseason poll.

The Cougars are riding a five-game winning streak with a 5-1 record overall, 1-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE coach Ed Huneke and his Cougars currently have gone 22 GLVC regular season games without a loss.

Senior Tim Collico leads the Cougars' scoring attack with three goals as SIUE has outscored its opponents 12-1 this season.

SIUE travels Saint Joseph's Friday (9/16) and 18th-ranked Indianapolis on Sunday (9/18) for GLVC matchups.

Steffens Named GLVC Runner Of The Week

SIUE sophomore Erik Steffens (Moline) was named the GLVC Cross Country Runner of the Week on Tuesday (9/13). Steffens finished 3rd (1st for non Division I schools) at the Bradley Open at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill., on Friday (9/9).

His time for the 8k course was 25:27, two seconds ahead of senior teammate Brian Taghon. Steffens' finish led the Cougars to a first place finish with a team score of just 24 points.

No. 2 Men's Soccer Rides Five Game Winning Streak

With five consecutive shutouts the SIUE men's soccer team has put defense first during a five game-winning streak.

Second-ranked SIUE holds a 5-1 mark, 1-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. "Our defense is really solid," said SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke. "That is a reason why we've had five shutouts in a row."

The Cougars visit Saint Joseph's on Friday (9/16) and 21st-ranked Indianapolis on Sunday (9/18). "They are both tough places to play," said Huneke. "You never know what you are going to find on the road. We can't afford not to bring out our best game."

SIUE notched wins against Truman State and Saginaw Valley over the weekend, outscoring the Bulldogs and Cardinals 6-0.

Tim Collico (St. Louis) netted the game-winner over Saginaw, and he leads the team with three goals. "He had a very nice goal set up by some very good passing," said Huneke.

Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles), who has been leading the Cougar defense and Adam Lanter (Edwardsville) notched the assists on Collico's goal.

Lanter added a goal and an assist in the victory over Truman State to cap a solid weekend.

SIUE has outscored its opponents 12-1 this season with eight different players netting goals.

Defensively, the Cougars lead the Great Lakes Valley with a 0.17 goals against average.

Goalkeepers Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles) and Greg Crook (Columbia) have been solid backstops for SIUE. Frasca had recorded three shutouts on the season, while Crook has two.

The Cougars battle the Pumas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the Greyhounds at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.

Women's Soccer Ready For Two Tough Road Matches

SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers knows that it is important for her team to gain early success in the Great Lakes Valley Conference season.

The Cougars head to the Hoosier State for matchups with Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis this weekend. "Both of those teams are the type of teams that can beat you," said Bowers. "They are at home and that will play to their advantage."

SIUE won its last three matches to run its mark to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. "If we do well in the conference, it will look good in our region," said Bowers. "The conference season is such a huge focus for us."

After starting last week with a lost to Southeast Missouri State, the Cougars rebounded with wins over Quincy, Trinity International, and Saginaw Valley State. "It was important to get back on a winning streak," said Bowers. "It's good for our team's confidence."

Kayla Fromme (New Berlin) notched her first two goals of the season in the win over the Cardinals. "She got moved up in the attack," said Bowers. She is playing more of a wing position, and having Kayla up there makes a lot of people on the team very happy."

Kristine Armstrong (St. Peter's) notched the game-winner over the Lady Trojans as well as handing out two assists in the three contests.

Freshman goalkeeper Kaci Backs (Greenville), who is filling in for injured starter Kim Roady (Granite City), has recorded three straight shutouts with a 0.70 goals against average. "She has stepped in for Kim and done a great job," said Bowers.

The Cougars are outshooting their opponents 103-56 this season mostly because of freshman Elizabeth Valenti (Overland Park, Kan.), who leads the team with 19 shots and is second on the club with five points.

The contest with the Pumas begins at 5 p.m. Friday (9/16), and the match with the Greyhounds begins at Noon on Sunday (9/18).

Gober Notches 100th Victory

SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober picked up this 100th victory as the Cougars' coach last Friday (9/9) in a 3-1 win over Pittsburg State.

Gober becomes the first volleyball coach in SIUE history to reach the 100-win plateau. He has amassed a record of 101-40 since coming to SIUE from Southwestern Illinois College in 2001. "That is one of those accomplishments that I will look back on at the end of the year," said Gober. "It is special, but the players are the ones who deserve the credit."

The Cougars are 9-3 as they begin Great Lakes Valley Conference play on the road with Drury and 22nd-ranked Rockhurst. "Rockhurst is a lot like the teams we have been playing this season," said Gober. "They are very smart and they are very well coached. I think our non-conference schedule is really going to help us prepare for this match."

SIUE ended its non-conference schedule with wins over Pittsburg State and Henderson State.

Senior Heather Bonde (Millstadt) leads the Cougars with 158 kills, a .322 hitting percentage, and 3.67 kills per game. "Heather had a great weekend," said Gober. "I think she has really settled into a comfortable role."

Freshman Mallory Clements (Mt. Pulaski) recorded two triple-doubles (double figures in three statistical categories) against Central Missouri and the Gorrillas. Clements is the only player in the conference to have recorded a triple-double this year, and she became the first Cougar since Amanda Wulfe in Nov. 2001. "Mallory had a huge weekend," said Gober. "She and Krystal (Majernik) are clicking on the way they run the offense."

Majernik (Normal) and Clements have combined for 13.33 assists per game and 4.94 digs per contest.

The Cougars take on Hawks at 7 p.m. on Friday before battling the Panthers at 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Men's Cross Country Finishes First At Bradley Invite

The SIUE men's cross country team placed first at the Bradley Invitational last weekend.

The Cougars travel to Charleston this Saturday (9/17) for the Panther Open.

"I was very happy with how the men ran at the Bradley Open," said SIUE cross country coach Eileen McAllister. "They are running together as a team which will be the key to success at the end of the season." SIUE scored 24 points ahead of second place Rend Lake, who finished with 63 points.

Erik Steffens (Moline) finished first with a time of 25:27.95. Brian Taghon (East Moline) came in second with a mark of 25:29.89.

Kyle Cameron (Moline) came in with a time of 26.17.83 in fifth place. Brian Getz (East Moline) finished in seventh place with a mark of 26.24. Just 15 seconds behind Getz was Josh Bozue (Fairborne, Ohio) in ninth place. "Steffens, Taghon, Cameron, Getz and Bozue all had terrific races," said McAllister. "Erik ran a very smart race. Kyle is impacting the team in a big way for a freshman. Getz and Bozue are leaps and bounds ahead of where they were last year."

The meet begins at 9:45 in the morning on Saturday.

Women's Cross Country Travels To Panther Open

The SIUE women's cross country team will compete in the Panther Open this weekend.

The Cougars finished third with 118 points at the Bradley Invitational over this past weekend. "The women's third-place finish was a pleasant surprise because they are so young and top runner Kelly Flounders (Homer Glen) sat out due to injury," said SIUE cross country coach Eileen McAllister.

Freshman Michelle Meador (Bower) placed 14th with a time of 20:08. Elizabeth Williams (Mt. Vernon) finished 17th with a mark of 20:19.

Freshman Alicia Riggs (Hanover Park) was 26 seconds behind Williams in 21st place at 20:45.

"Meador, Williams, and Riggs all competed really hard," said McAllister. "All the women have shown tremendous effort in practices. They will continue to get stronger and more experienced through out the season."

The meet at Eastern Illinois begins at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

SIUE Men's Golf in Second After One Round
18 of 36 holes
Quincy Invitational
ISU Golf Course
Quincy, Ill.

Rockhurst 298
SIU Edwardsville 300
Indianapolis 304
Lindenwood A 304
Culver-Stockton 308
Lindenwood B 311
Quincy 316
Hannibal LaGrange 330

Kyle Lickenbrock 72 (tournament leader)
Craig Heinzman 75
Matt Lehl 75
Brian Kuddes 78
Kyle Gansauer 79

Adam Grandidier 78

Cougars Blank Saginaw Valley

S IUE women's soccer posted its third consecutive shutout Sunday (911), downing Saginaw Valley State 2-0.

SIUE's Kayla Fromme scored both goals, one in each half. SIUE improved its season record to 5-2. Saginaw Valley fell to 2-2-1.

The Cougars dominated on offense, dominating the Cardinals by outshooting them 20-5.

Kaci Backs recorded another shutout with four saves. Stacy LaLond took the loss in goal for Saginaw Valley with nine saves.

Fromme scored from 12 yards out at 36:49 for the game's eventual winner. She scored again at 62:21, laying out for a five-yard header off a cross from Kelly Dill on the left side.

SIUE's next action is Friday (9/16) at Saint Joseph's. Game time is 5 p.m.

No. 2 Men's Soccer Outlasts Saginaw 1-0

SIUE men's soccer continued its streak of shutouts to a fifth straight game with a 1-0 win over Saginaw Valley State on Sunday (9/11).

Tim Collico netted his team-leading third goal of the year 9:05 into the contest. Kevin Thibodeau and Adam Lanter tallied the assists on the goal.

Nicholas Frasca made six saves for his third consecutive 1-0 shutout of the season.

The Cougars outshot the Cardinals 11-10 in the game. After an 4-0 advantage in the shots in the first period, Saginaw Valley outshot SIUE 10-7 in the second half.

SIUE goes back on the road this week for Great Lakes Valley Conferences matches with St. Joseph's at 7:30 p.m. Friday (9/16) and Indianapolis at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon (9/18).

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