League Tabs Rondeau as Offensive Player of Week

October 21st, 2014

A remarkable week for Mallory Rondeau landed the junior forward as the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week.

Rondeau racked up 4 goals and 2 assists during No. 22 Grace’s first week as an NAIA-ranked school. She had a hat trick with an assist against Goshen, and she added a goal and an assist against Bethel. She has now scored 8 goals in 7 Crossroads League matches.

The Lady Lancers wrap up the regular season this week with two matches. Grace will play at Marian on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before hosting Taylor on Saturday 7 p.m. Saturday’s match with Taylor will be “Senior Night” and “Fireworks Night” with a 10-15 minute fireworks display to be held at the match’s conclusion at Miller Field.

Cole Named CL Defensive Player of the Week

October 21st, 2014

After posting two shutouts, senior goalkeeper Jacob Cole was the named the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Cole had a pair of shutouts to boost the Lancers into fifth place in the Crossroads League. Grace defeated Goshen 3-0 and Bethel 1-0 last week. He made five saves against Bethel to help Grace jump the Pilots in the CL standings.

The Lancers conclude the regular season this week with two matches. Grace will host Marian on Wednesday 7 p.m. for “Senior Night” before traveling to Taylor on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Kerrigan, Harp Garner Player of the Week Honors

October 21st, 2014

Following a strong week for Grace’s volleyball team, Kaitlin Kerrigan and Ellie Harp picked up weekly honors from the Crossroads League on Monday.

Kerrigan was named the Hitter of the Week and the Player of the Week for the league, and Harp picked up her third CL Setter of the Week award of the season.

Kerrigan was dominant with 32 kills in two matches for Grace, earning 4.6 kills/set. She had 18 kills and six digs in a victory over Taylor, and she added 14 kills in a sweep of Huntington. For the week she hit at a .316 percentage and had just seven errors in 79 attempts.

Harp impressed last week for Grace, producing 10.6 assists/set, 3.4 digs/set, 1.1 kills/set and 0.5 aces/set. In Grace’s win over Taylor, Harp exploded for 44 assists, 15 digs, 7 kills, 3 block assists and 2 service aces. She tallied 30 assists and nine digs in a three-set win over Huntington.

The Lady Lancers are in second place in the Crossroads League standings. Grace has one match this week at Marian on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Grace Blitzes Bethel for Four Goals

October 20th, 2014

Grace’s women’s soccer team picked up its 10th win of the season with a 4-0 handling of Bethel on Saturday.

The NAIA 22nd-ranked Lady Lancers (10-3-2, 6-1 Crossroads League) scored their ninth goal of the week and seventh shutout of the season after beating Goshen 5-0 on Tuesday.

Mallory Rondeau led Grace with a goal and an assist, and Grace held a dominant 23-9 advantage in shots for the match.

Despite 10 shots in the opening half, Grace only scored once before halftime. Carianne Sobey sent a long pass over the top of Bethel’s defense, leading Rondeau into a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Rondeau then slotted her goal under pressure inside the near post at the 23:34 mark.

Six minutes into the second half, Grace doubled its lead. Rondeau crossed a ball into the penalty box, and Kelsey Christner pounced on the loose ball and notched her first goal of the season at the 51:11 mark.

Meredith Hollar sparked the Lady Lancers’ third goal eight minutes later. She sped away from two defenders on the right side of the field and placed a perfect cross along the ground to Mimi Lozano for the point-blank finish.

The scoring was completed in the 83rd minute. Rondeau sent Sabina Meyers past Bethel’s offside trap, and the freshman netted her first collegiate goal around the charging goalkeeper and off the post for the final 4-0 scoreline.

Rondeau had six shots to lead Grace, and Hollar added five more. Abby Schue picked up the shutout victory with seven saves in 90 minutes. The defending line of Heather Martin, Meredith Matson, Faith Voehringer, Erica Manchess, and Marina Tolczyk limited the Pilots to few clear chances.

The Lady Lancers have two matches remaining in the regular season. Grace will play at Marian on Wednesday night before their regular-season finale at Miller Field on Oct. 25 against Taylor. Grace’s game with Taylor will be “Senior Night” to honor the graduating class of Christner, Holly Bennett, and Kaitlan Wiles. After Grace’s game with Taylor, there will be a fireworks show over the soccer stadium at Miller Field.

Altimus’s Goal Sends Lancers Past Pilots

October 20th, 2014

A memorable second-half fantastic finish from Austin Altimus lifted Grace’s men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Bethel on Saturday.

The shutout win propels the Lancers (8-5-1, 3-3-1 Crossroads League) into fifth place in the league standings, giving Grace two straight wins.

“The guys played brave tonight. Our defense held strong against a solid offensive team and limited Bethel to only a few good opportunities,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “The guys earned this road victory with a couple regular starters out. Many players played non-typical roles and played them with confidence. Now we will work to carry this momentum into Wednesday’s match with Marian.”

Saturday’s match was a physical battle that included 29 fouls and eight yellow cards. The Pilots (8-6-1, 3-4 CL) limited the Lancers to just two shots in the first half, both of which occurred within the first 14 minutes of play.

The Lancers’ offense found a spark immediately in the second half. Grace took three shots over the first eight minutes after halftime, but the match would not be decided until the 72nd minute.

Altimus subbed in during the 64th minute. It did not take long for him to make an impact. He unleashed a 25-yard blast with his left foot to beat Bethel’s goalkeeper at the 71:09 mark.

“Austin’s cracker of a goal from deep combined with our consistent play all around was all that we needed tonight,” Hotchkin said. “I’m not sure I’ve seen a more beautiful shot, which he hit with his weak foot.”

The Pilots took five shots down the stretch in search for an equalizer, but Grace’s defense denied their efforts. Senior goalkeeper Jacob Cole had the shutout victory for Grace with five saves in 90 minutes.

Although Grace was outshot 16-7 for the match, only six of Bethel’s 16 shots were on goal.

The Lancers’ final home game of the regular season is on Wednesday 7 p.m. against Marian. The match will be “Senior Night” to honor Grace’s graduating class.

Lady Lancers’ Offense Charges by Foresters

October 20th, 2014

pictured is Grace's team celebrating a late kill by Sierra Smith on Friday

Grace’s offense was explosive on Friday night in a 3-0 sweep of Huntington’s volleyball team at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

The Lady Lancers (22-7, 11-2 Crossroads League) had a .295 attacking percentage as a team, led by a match-high 14 kills by Kaitlin Kerrigan and 12 more from Calah Kruse. Friday’s match was a “Pink Out” to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Grace dominated the match, amassing 13 more kills over the three-set victory. Ellie Harp had 12 assists in each of the opening two sets, which Grace won by identical 25-15 scores. In the first set, Grace’s attack was particularly deadly with 15 kills and only one error.

The Foresters (4-16, 2-11 CL) put up a fight in the third set, staying within striking distance of the Lady Lancers. But timely kills down the stretch from Sierra Smith and Kerrigan crushed any hopes of a Huntington comeback.

As a team, Grace had 10 service aces with three from Kruse and two apiece from Sara Miller and Grace Woolsey. Woolsey also added seven kills and two block assists.

Harp finished with 30 assists and nine digs, Hannah Clemmons tallied 14 digs, and Tori Bontrager added four kills and three block assists.

The Lady Lancers resume league play on Wednesday night with a match at Marian.

Fireworks at Grace College Soccer Stadium

October 17th, 2014

Fireworks Night at Miller Field

The Grace College Athletic Department is hosting a Fireworks Night at Miller Field on Saturday, Oct. 25, in conjunction with the women’s soccer game.

The Lady Lancers will host Taylor at 7 p.m. in the regular-season finale. Admission to Grace’s game will include a view of the fireworks show over the field after the match. The fireworks will last approximately 10-15 minutes. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend the display, which will be launched over the soccer stadium.

All children wearing a soccer jersey will be permitted free of charge to the game.

Contact Grace’s athletic office at (574) 372-5100 x6266 for any further questions.

Volleyball Scores Pivotal Victory over Taylor

October 16th, 2014

The Lady Lancers’ volleyball team completed a crucial season sweep of Taylor on Wednesday, winning 3-1 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Grace improved to 21-7 on the season, including a 10-2 mark in Crossroads League. The Lady Lancers remain just one game behind Indiana Wesleyan atop the CL standings and moved two games clear of third-place Taylor in the process.

Ellie Harp had a standout performance with 44 assists, 15 digs, 7 kills, 3 block assists and 2 service aces, and Kaitlin Kerrigan recorded a match-high 18 kills.

In the opening set, Grace held a dominant 15-8 advantage in kills thanks to six kills from Calah Kruse en route to a 25-20 victory. The Trojans (18-9, 8-4 CL) returned the favor with a 25-20 win in the second set to even the match.

The Ellie Harp-led offense helped Grace to a come-from-behind 25-22 win in the third set. Harp had 13 assists in the set, seven of which went to Kerrigan.

The fourth set went down to the wire with Grace pulling out an emotional 26-24 victory. Harp appropriately ended the match with a kill on the final rally – her third kill of the set. Grace had 16 kills in the set on a .233 percentage.

For the match, Grace held Taylor to an attack percentage of .098 while hitting .152 on the offensive side of the net.

Calah Kruse notched a double-double with 14 kills and 17 digs, Hannah Clemmons finished with a team-best 18 digs, and Grace Woolsey tallied seven kills and three block assists.

The Lady Lancers continue league play with another home match on Friday 7 p.m. against Huntington. Grace squeezed by the Foresters 3-2 on the road on Sept. 19.

Men’s Soccer Nets Three to Knock off Goshen

October 16th, 2014

Grace’s men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 3-0 victory over Goshen on Wednesday.

The Lancers (7-5-1, 2-3-1 Crossroads League) went ahead early after just three minutes. Ben Cahill finished off his shot from close range at the 2:27mark to give Grace an early spark.

Grace doubled its advantage with a tricky combination play from Nikola Blazic and Danilo Carnelos. Blazic received a pass in traffic and played a perfect ball to Carnelos for the emphatic finish in the 22nd minute.

The teams went into the halftime break with Grace ahead 2-0. The Lancers outshot the Maple Leafs (7-7-1, 2-3-1 CL) 10-4 in the first half.

After several strong looks to start the second half, Dylan Andersen found Grace’s third goal in the 64th minute. Gift Sibukome found Andersen in the penalty box, and Andersen netted his goal off the crossbar.

The Lancers’ defense muted the Maple Leafs’ attack throughout the match, holding Goshen to seven shots and zero shots on goal.

Jacob Cole picked up the shutout victory as goalkeeper. The starting defending line of Jon Sands, Danilo Carnelos, Nakilee Weni and Justin Festa held Goshen to zero shots on frame.

Cahill paced Grace’s offense with three shots. Trent Smith, Kyle Hamlin, Carnelos, Andersen and Josiah O’Deens had two shots apiece.

The Lancers will look to continued their winning ways on Saturday with a match at Bethel at 5 p.m.

Rondeau’s Hat Trick Powers Lady Lancers

October 15th, 2014

Pictured above is Mallory Rondeau from earlier in the 2014 season.

Playing its first game as a ranked team, Grace’s women’s soccer team routed Goshen 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Mallory Rondeau netted a hat trick for the newly ranked No. 22 Lady Lancers (9-3-2, 5-1 Crossroads League).

Grace made the program’s first appearance in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll earlier on Tuesday afternoon, and the Lady Lancers proved their ranking with a five-goal spree.

In the 10th minute, Jordan Hairgrove appeared to open the scoring when she chipped the goalkeeper after a perfect pass from Maile Grout. But Hairgrove was judged to be offside.

Rondeau found the game’s first goal in the 18th minute off a free kick. Carianne Sobey rolled the ball back to Rondeau from a central position, and the junior forward netted her eighth goal of the match on a 23-yard blast.

Eight minutes later, Rondeau doubled Grace’s lead. Sobey found Rondeau past the defensive line on the right side of the field, and Rondeau faked past a defender and slipped her shot past the charging goalkeeper at the 25:19 mark.

Meredith Hollar jumpstarted Grace’s third goal in the 34th minute. Hollar charged through three defenders and passed to Maile Grout, and Grout’s pass in the penalty box to Mimi Lozano was converted for the freshman’s first collegiate goal.

Rondeau completed her hat trick 15 minutes into the second half. Sobey picked out Rondeau with a pass near midfield, leading Rondeau into a one-on-one with the goalkeeper which she clinically finished.

A well-worked corner kick six minutes later earned Grace’s fifth goal. Two quick passes found Heather Martin, and the junior defender whipped her shot from distance into the far corner.

Overall Grace owned an 18-6 shot advantage over Goshen, and 21 different Lady Lancers saw playing time in the match. Abby Schue, the reigning NCCAA Defensive Player of the Week, had the shutout in goal. Her starting defending line of Faith Voehringer, Erica Manchess, Heather Martin and Carlie Salinas allowed just two shots in the first 45 minutes of action.

The Lady Lancers will return to Miller Field on Saturday 7 p.m. for a match with Bethel.