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Men’s Soccer Slips to Taylor in OT

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Grace’s men’s soccer team came up just short in its pursuit of a Crossroads League championship, falling 3-2 to Taylor in overtime on Saturday.

The Lancers (11-5-1, 6-2-1 CL) end the regular season in second place heading into next week’s CL Tournament. Grace will host seventh-seeded Huntington on Oct. 31 at Miller Athletic Complex.

Grace had the lead twice on Saturday. The Lancers got on the scoreboard early against the Trojans (4-11-2, 2-6-1 CL). Dominic Harris passed a ball along the top of the penalty box to Nakilee Weni, and Weni placed his shot around Taylor’s goalkeeper three minutes into the match.

Taylor responded in the 28th minute, scoring on a counterattack to level the score 1-1.

Ten minutes later, Grace went in front again. Dominic Harris muscled through a pair of Trojan defenders and left a ball for Mitchell Zeilenga who converted his clean finish at the 37:03 mark.

The Trojans were swift in response, however. After a mispass by Grace’s defense, Taylor capitalized on Grace slipping on the slick pitch to score a 1v1 less than two minutes after Zeilenga’s goal. The match went into halftime tied 2-2.

For all of the offensive fireworks in the first half, there were zero goals in the second half. The squads combined for 19 shots over the final 45 minutes of regulation. Taylor looked more dangerous in the initial stages of the second half, but the home side swung momentum late and kept pressure on the Trojans’ backline. But a winner was not found in regulation.

The game went to overtime where Taylor netted the golden-goal winner. Grace failed to clear a corner kick, and Taylor made the Lancers pay with a tap-in from close range in the 95th minute.

Grace took 15 shots in the match compared to 17 for Taylor. Weni, Kyle Hamlin, Daniel Smith and Damon Binkley each fired three shots apiece.

Robbie Barnhill had six saves in goal for Grace.

Grace XC Runners Have Final Tuneup Before League Race

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Grace’s cross country team took on the Great Lakes Challenge on Saturday in its final race before the Crossroads League Championships.

The women’s squad ended 11th out of 26 teams, and the men’s team finished 21st out of 25.

Katelyn McCullough had a standout performance. In the field of 296 runners, the junior placed 21st in a time of 19:36.

Ariel Arellano had a top-50 finish in 20:26, and Raven Arellano was 66th in 20:51. Karla Singer crossed the finish line in 21:49, Sarah Hoff ended the race in 22:05, and Liz Fox had a time of 22:29.

On the men’s side, Tyler Houvener was the Lancers’ top finisher in 28:01. Brandon Smith had a time of 28:54, and Brendan Hamilton was not far behind in 29:19.

Sam Hall crossed the finish line in 30:42, and Tim Drew had a time of 34:32.

“With nearly 30 schools and a very tough course, this was a challenging meet for us. Even some of the top runners were nearly a minute slower than normal,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Kate[lyn McCullough] had a very strong race. To place 21st out of almost 300 runners is a nice accomplishment. We held a couple of guys out to make sure they’re healthy at our conference meet, so the men’s team was a bit short-handed. But Tyler [Houvener] had one of his better races and should be ready for a big race in two weeks.”

The Lancers will take two weeks off before tackling the Crossroads League Championships at Huntington on Nov. 7.

Lady Lancers Draw with Taylor

Monday, October 26th, 2015

In the regular-season finale on Saturday, Grace’s women’s soccer team and Taylor played to a 1-1 draw.

Both goals were scored within the final 10 minutes of regulation in a wild finish.

Meredith Hollar scored first, netting the go-ahead strike in the 83rd minute. Taylor found an equalizer with just 3:34 remaining in regulation, canceling out a win for the Lady Lancers (13-1-3, 5-1-3 Crossroads League).

Grace had already secured the No. 2 spot in the league standings prior to Saturday evening’s match. The Lady Lancers will play host to seventh-seeded Mt. Vernon Nazarene in the first round of the CL Tournament on Oct. 31.

“Our women played really well today. Our staff is proud of the women on multiple levels. We held excellent possession and played at a quick pace,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “We had a few new people holding down significant minutes, and we were still super solid. I’m proud of the women for holding very respectable composure and joy the whole match. We made the jump in what we intended to so we move forward in great position as a team.”

Both teams were credited with 10 shots, although seven of Grace’s 10 shots were on goal.

Hollar had four shots and two shots on goal for the No. 10-ranked Lady Lancers. Mallory Rondeau, Kaitlyn Hayes, Aubrey Feipel, Jordan Hairgrove, Kristen Bellinger and Shelby Fort took one shot apiece.

Abby Schue made four saves in 110 minutes of action as Grace’s goalkeeper.

As the No. 2 seed in the league, Grace will host the CL quarterfinals and the semifinals with a win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Offensive Woes Plague Grace in Opener

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Grace’s women’s basketball team kicked off the 2015-16 season with a 56-47 loss at Holy Cross on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (0-1) struggled mightily with their offense, connecting on just 34 percent from the floor on 18-of-53 shooting. Saturday’s game was also the first in the new format for women’s basketball — a game of four 10-minute quarters rather than two 20-minute halves.

Grace’s offensive issues began right after tipoff. Over its first six possessions, Grace missed four field goals, missed two free throws and had a turnover. The Lady Lancers recovered to cut the Saints’ lead to 20-14 after one quarter.

Grace outplayed the Saints (1-0) in the second quarter, trimming the deficit to 30-25 at the halftime break.

The third quarter was a defensive stalemate with only 13 combined points in the 10-minute period.

Grace entered the fourth trailing by six, but the Saints refused to let the Lady Lancers taste the lead. Holy Cross pulled ahead by 12, forcing Grace to put the Saints on the line. The Saints hit 11-of-14 from the free throw stripe in the second half to ease away for the 56-47 victory.

As a team Grace was outrebounded 37-23. Grace committed 16 turnovers and forced the Saints into the same number of turnovers.

No player for Grace scored in double figures. Sarah Feasby led Grace with eight points and six rebounds, and Jesse Feitz had seven points and six boards.

Haley Richardson scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting in her first game with the Lady Lancers, and Brooke Sugg tallied seven points in her first collegiate contest. Kelsie Peterson and Gabby Miller scored six points apiece.

The Lady Lancers will return to the Manahan Orthopaedic Center on Wednesday for their home opener against IU-South Bend at 7 p.m.

Grace Spikers Miss Upset Bid Against No. 23 IWU

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Grace’s volleyball team seemed well on its way to an impressive sweep of No. 23 Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday, but the Wildcats had other plans.

IWU survived several match points and ultimately rallied for a five-set, come-from-behind win over the Lady Lancers (17-14, 8-7 Crossroads League) at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Grace jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match, winning 25-15 and 25-21 over the first two sets. Kelsee Zuidema was a central figure in the opening set, sparking Grace to an 8-0 lead with three consecutive service aces. The Lady Lancers rolled away to a 10-point win in the opener.

Grace’s momentum continued in the second set in a four-point win, and the Lady Lancers’ strong play carried into the third game.

The score remained close in the latter stages of the set until Grace pulled ahead 24-22, serving for the match. IWU held off two straight match points in front of a standing crowd, but Grace won the next point to go ahead 25-24. The Wildcats survived their third match point, then rattled off two more to sneak away for a 27-25 win.

The Wildcats, emboldened with their newfound lifeline, cruised to a 25-16 win in the fourth. They clinched the comeback victory 15-11 in the tiebreaker as Grace struggled with unforced errors.

Tori Bontrager was the only Lady Lancer to reach double-digit kills, tallying 12 kills on 22 attempts. She also led Grace’s blocking efforts with four block assists.

Kari Feddema produced eight kills on a .318 percentage, adding two block assists, and Zuidema finished with 9 kills, 4 aces, 6 digs and 2 block assists. Sara Miller had a team-high 29 digs, and Taylor Baird had 16 assists, 2 aces and 12 digs.

The Lady Lancers return to action Oct. 28 with a match at Taylor at 7 p.m.

Grace Climbs into Second with Win over Marian

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

In a crucial late-season matchup with Marian, Grace’s No. 10-ranked women’s soccer team came up big with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Mallory Rondeau scored her fifth game-winning goal of the season, finding the decisive strike in the first half for the Lady Lancers (13-1-2, 5-1-2 Crossroads League)

It took Grace less than 15 minutes to get on the scoreboard against Marian. Grace was fouled just inside its half of the field. Meredith Matson fired a hard shot off the restart which took a short hop in front of the Knights’ goalkeeper. After Matson’s shot was deflected down, Mallory Rondeau flashed into the penalty box and knocked in the rebound for a 1-0 lead at the 14:58 mark.

The Lady Lancers gained more possession in the latter half of the opening period, leading to a 7-5 advantage in shots for the half.

In the second half, Grace had its best chances off set pieces. Grace had a number of looks off free kicks and corner kicks, but the Lady Lancers were unable to produce an insurance goal.

Fortunately for Grace, the Knights (11-6, 5-3 CL) could not find the back of the net. Marian’s best look came on a fastbreak with a shot that clanged off the goalpost.

Grace outshot Marian in each half, including 7-4 in the second half and 14-9 for the match.

Defensively, Grace earned its 10th shutout of the season. Abby Schue made three saves in 90 minutes to pick up the win. She was protected well by the backline of Erica Manchess, Faith Voehringer, Meredith Matson and Kristelle Jadoo.

Rondeau led Grace with four shots and two on goal. Meredith Hollar, Matson, Aubrey Feipel and Meghan Wiles took two shots apiece.

The win means Grace will lock up the No. 2 seed in the league with a victory in its final match. Grace will travel to Taylor on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the regular-season finale. The first round of the CL Tournament is Oct. 31.

Keiser Makes History at NCCAA Nationals

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Lauren Keiser wasted little time making history for Grace’s women’s golf team.

The freshman became the first Lady Lancer to compete at NCCAA Nationals, participating in the championship event as an individual in Grace’s first season of collegiate competition.

Keiser finished 32nd out of 47 golfers, scoring 278 over the three-day event.

She was in 24th place after the opening round, carding a 93 on Monday. Keiser started strong, parring out three of the first four holes at nationals. In the second round, she lowered her score by two strokes for a 91. On the back nine, Keiser parred five of the nine holes for a solid finish.

The final round was played on Wednesday. She picked up a birdie on the 15th hole — a 375-yard par-four — and ultimately finished with a 94.

The Lady Lancers will wrap up the fall season on Oct. 25-26 with Davenport Invitational.

2015-16 SEASON PREVIEW: Grace Women’s Basketball

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The pieces are in place for a strong season for Grace’s women’s basketball team in 2015-16. How those pieces will fit together is another question.

The Lady Lancers are coming off three winning seasons in four years under head coach Scott Blum, including last year’s 18-17 mark. Grace has also won back-to-back NCCAA Midwest Regional championships, enjoying a period of unparalleled success in the program’s 39 seasons.

The team is replacing seven players from last season’s squad, including All-American Allison Kauffman who graduated No. 2 in career points and career rebounds for Grace.

But Blum has brought in several talented newcomers to fill those gaps, making for a season marked by anticipation.

“This is going to be an interesting year. We are optimistic but cautious at the same time for what this group can do,” Blum said. “We have the experience to be dangerous in the league, but we also have a lot of youth. Our success will depend on how we respond to the tough stretches that every team has. We need to turn tough losses into learning experiences, and this group has the mentality that can do that.”

Highlighting the returning group is the senior class of Gabby Miller (Bryant), Sarah Feasby, Kelsey Sule and Jesse Feitz. Miller is a four-year starter at the point guard position and averaged 7.7 points and 2.1 assists per game. Sule is a long-distance sharpshooter who hit 37 percent of her 3-pointers last year, Feasby brings athleticism to the post and shoots at a high percentage (56 percent), and Feitz adds length and rebounding talent to the frontcourt.

The senior captains—Miller, Sule and Feasby—will play an important role this season, according to Blum. “Each of the captains has a different personality. They’ll help us stay together through the tough times that every team goes through.”

On the court, the Lady Lancers hope to take on a different persona in 2015-16. With a fast, athletic roster at all five positions, Grace has plans to ramp up its playing speed. Whereas in years past the Lady Lancers were known for their interior muscle, Blum wants Grace to unleash its fastbreak attack on offense.

Ball State University transfer Haley Richardson instantly becomes one of the quicker post players in the Crossroads League. She brings tremendous length at 6-foot-3, an ability to guard multiple positions and the speed to outrun teams on the break. She will be counted on to be a primary scorer and rebounder for the Lady Lancers.

Joining Richardson, Feasby and Feitz in the post are juniors Chloe Pridgen and Hannah Adams as well as freshman Pam Miller (Warsaw).

“We want to push the ball this year and create easy baskets for our posts running the floor,” Blum said. “Not too many players in our league can keep up with our quicker posts, so we’re creating a lot of problems defensively for other teams.”

On the perimeter, Grace boasts a wealth of outside shooting threats. Kelsie Peterson returns for her sophomore season after posting 8.9 ppg to earn a spot on the Crossroads League All-Freshman Team. Junior Darian Patton led Grace with 82 assists in 2014-15, and Jenna Kieper played in 11 games last year.

The newcomers in the guard rotation bring offensive versatility to the lineup. Brooke Sugg graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Fishers High School history and drilled 10 3-pointers in a single game. Maycee Davis, Catherine Weaver and Lauren Godfrey give Blum a wealth of options at his disposal.

Blum believes the combination of improved outside shooting and athletic post play will create a more unpredictable offense than in the past. “We will be very athletic. Our outside shooting will be better, and we plan to run the ball to get some easy layups. We’ll get up and attack when we have the opportunity, but we also like to get into our set plays as well. It will be a balance.”

The Lady Lancers will be tested immediately during the nonleague season with five of their first seven games on the road. But Blum is confident that Grace is up for the challenge.

“We have a lot of returning talent already on the team and then we added some key pieces. They’ve gelled together very well and are meshing as a group, which is great to see,” Blum said. “I’m excited to see what this group can accomplish.”

The Lady Lancers begin their season on Saturday with a trip to Holy Cross at 1 p.m. Grace’s first home contest is on Oct. 28 against IU-South Bend at 7 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Grace College

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

As part of their 90th year, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their family show to Grace College’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Globetrotters, who also came to Grace in 2011, are embarking on their 90th Anniversary World Tour.

“We are excited to host an event of this magnitude on our campus. The Globetrotters always put on a one-of-a-kind evening, and we are thrilled to bring this experience to Northern Indiana,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe. “This will be a memorable night of family entertainment for Kosciusko County, and we’re grateful that the Globetrotters chose our arena to showcase during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.”

On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster, the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.

Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over nine thrilling decades.

For tickets, contact Grace’s athletic office at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 or order online at General admission is $26.50 and limited courtside tickets are $53.50. Special pregame festivities are available as a Magic Pass for $15.

Grace Sinks Pilots 3-2

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Nikola Djordjevic scored the game's first goal against Bethel on Saturday.

Grace’s men’s soccer team won its fourth straight one-goal contest, defeating Bethel 3-2 on Saturday night.

The Lancers remain in first place in the Crossroads League with the victory, needing two wins next week to secure its first league title since 1992.

“We did not defend well in the first half. We gave them too much space, and they were dangerous in that space. I thought the guys played much better in the second half. They were more connected on offense and on defense,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “Damon [Binkley] was fast all night. Jon Christensen played strong, and Daniel Smith was very craft in the second half. The team wanted that win.”

Damon Binkley was a central figure in the rivalry game in the first half. After a balanced start to the game, Grace struck first. Binkley made a weaving run through Bethel’s backline and laid off a pass to Kyle Hamlin in the penalty box. Hamlin’s shot was saved, but Nikola Djordjevic slid in to score on the rebound.

Bethel responded, scoring on a 20-yard shot in the 22nd minute.

The Lancers (11-4, 6-1 CL) took their second lead of the game off the foot of Binkley. The freshman took on a defender on the right sideline. He faked a cut inside, dribbled hard toward the endline and beat the Pilots’ goalkeeper with a hard, slicing shot. Binkley thought he had scored again off a counterattack, but he was ruled offside.

The Pilots (8-6-1, 3-3-1 CL) found an answer again, converting on a cross into the box at the 31st minute to tie the score 2-2.

Binkley just missed out on the go-ahead goal late in the period. He stole an attempted clearance by Bethel’s goalkeeper but couldn’t direct his shot inside the goal frame, and the score remained 2-2 at the half.

The game-winning goal came 10 minutes into the second half. Binkley sent in a cross from the right endline, and Kyle Hamlin volleyed in the game winner on his birthday at the 55:11 mark.

Both teams had strong looks to score again over the final 30 minutes, but the score would remain 3-2 in Grace’s favor at the final horn. Goalkeeper Robbie Barnhill made eight saves in the match, including a few key ones in the second half, to earn the win for Grace.

Hamlin and Binkley took three shots apiece, and Daniel Smith fired two.

“We still have areas in which we need to improve. These guys work hard in practice every day, and we will be back at it on Monday to prepare for the next game,” Hotchkin said. “Thanks everybody for coming out to Miller Field to support the guys on a cold night!”

The Lancers’ final week of the regular season includes a trip to Marian on Wednesday night and a home match against Taylor on Oct. 24.