Spring 2020: Athletics Updates
The Greyhounds capped another successful football season with a program first: a third consecutive NCAA Division II postseason berth. UIndy ran off seven straight wins to start the season, including a 49-6 victory in front of nearly 8,000 fans during Homecoming. They went on to finish the regular season at 9-1 before dropping a first-round playoff game at Central Missouri.
UIndy garnered a league-high 20 All-GLVC honorees, including unanimous first-team selections for cornerback Mitch Dewitt ’21 (business administration & management), offensive lineman Clay Hadley ’21 (business administration & management), linebacker Joe Lambright ’20 (exercise science) and running back Al McKeller ’21 (criminal justice). McKeller had a particularly successful campaign, breaking both school and conference records for career rushing touchdowns (39). He also became the first rusher in program history with three 1,000-yard seasons to his credit and later went on to garner a nomination for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy and All-America Second Team honors from the Associated Press.
The UIndy women’s soccer team engineered a historic postseason run this past fall. After securing their first NCAA tournament berth under Head Coach Holly Cox, the Hounds posted back-to-back shutout wins to advance to the “Sweet 16” for the second time ever. Though the Hounds ultimately fell to Grand Valley State in the regional final, they finished the year at 15-5-1, matching the second-highest win total in program history.
The Greyhounds racked up a number of postseason accolades. Cox was voted the GLVC Coach of the Year by her peers, while junior Taylor Peck ’21 (exercise science) was dubbed the conference Offensive Player of the Year and goalkeeper Sophia Saucerman ’23 (exercise science) was named the league’s top freshman. Seniors Amanda Meyer ’20 (psychology) and Alyse Dutcher ’20 (chemistry) joined Peck on the All-Midwest Region team.
After steady improvements throughout the regular season, the UIndy cross country teams racked up a number of accolades when it mattered most. Both the Greyhound men and women placed third at the GLVC Championships, with the former’s finish good for their best showing since 2000. Lauren Bailey ’21 (public health education & promotion) took the runner-up spot in the women’s race, and Chris Switzer ’22 (exercise science) placed third in the men’s, both netting All-GLVC accolades.
Both student-athletes later garnered All-Region honors, while Bailey went on to earn All-America status after a ninth-place finish at the NCAA DII Championships.
The men’s soccer team’s magical season finally came to a close in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championship, as the Greyhounds dropped a 3-0 decision to third-ranked and top-seeded Cal State LA at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh on Dec. 12. After winning the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament game in late November, the Hounds’ postseason run extended all the way to the Final Four, where they finished the season with a 16-6-1 record to set a new school record for wins.
Five Hounds garnered All-GLVC accolades, while senior forward Javier Steinwascher ’20 (sport management) went on to become just the second player in program history to earn All-America honors after leading the nation in assists.
The Greyhounds earned their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2014, winning 21 matches for the team’s second-most victories under Head Coach Jason Reed. UIndy knocked off No. 6 Lewis during the season, while picking up victories over four regionally ranked programs.
Senior Alyssa Spears ’20 (social work) earned the program’s first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-America honor, posting a 3.91 GPA in Social Work and leading the GLVC in assists per set. The Heltonville, Ind., native was also a unanimous All-GLVC First Team selection, joining teammates Katie Furlong ’21 (exercise science) and Taylor Jacquay ’20 (elementary education) on the all-league list. Furlong was named to the All-Midwest Region squad for the second straight year.