A five-game winning streak—the program’s longest in 13 years—propelled UIndy into the regional rankings for the first time since 2007 and on the verge of entering the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Greyhounds’ success (7-2, 6-2 GLIAC as of 11/4) has been predicated on being the best in the nation at protecting the football. The Hounds have just two turnovers and are within striking distance of both the Division II and overall NCAA records for fewest turnovers in a season. The former mark of eight is shared by Lenoir-Rhyne (1994), Winston-Salem (2004), and Abilene Christian (2010), while the latter record of six is shared by three D-III teams in Mount Union (1995), McDaniel (1999), and Tufts (2009).
Individual highlights include junior wide receiver Mar’Quone Edmonds setting a school record with 13 receiving touchdowns in a season, while senior wide receiver Ryan Forney surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards and became the fourth Greyhound to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Sophomore quarterback Chris Mills set a school record with 24 touchdown passes in a season with two games to play and at 65.8% was on pace to break the UIndy record for single season completion percentage (the record is 63.1%).
This season is another nationally ranked campaign for the Greyhounds. UIndy started the season ranked No. 14 in the country and have been in every poll the rest of the season except one. They have beaten nationally ranked teams and broken records as well. Kristina Kerrigan, Kristina Hefferan, and Courtney Anglemyer have all surpassed 1,000 career kills, while Amy Oldenburg reached 1,000 career digs.
The UIndy men’s soccer team has set new standards for the program this year with a program-best win streak of nine contests between Sept. 9 and Oct. 9. Along with the wins, 15 UIndy players put the ball in the back of the net to mark the second-consecutive GLVC Men’s Soccer Championship appearance. The UIndy men’s soccer team achieved its highest ever NSCAA Top 25 ranking this season, coming in at No. 19 in the Oct. 11 version of the weekly poll after beating defending national champion and No. 4 Northern Kentucky, 1-0, in double overtime. In just two years at the helm, former Greyhound student-athlete John Higgins has amassed a record of 22-13. This year he coached a trio of All-GLVC players in Bobby Adkins (first team), Casey Castle (third team), and Matt Franco (third team).
With a seven-win turnaround from four wins to 11 wins, the Greyhounds had a successful season under first-year head coach Kiley Cirillo, including a 1-0 win against No. 3 Quincy on Sept. 25. Sophomore forward Nicole Duncan was 10th in the nation with five game-winning goals in 2011 and 10 total on the way to being named First Team All-GLVC. She was joined by Megan Grassly, Lauren Soza, and Shelby Spinelli on Third Team All-GLVC.
The UIndy men’s and women’s cross country team had a solid fall season. Highlights included both teams placing first at the Madison Kiwanis Invite at Hanover College and earning seconds in the invites at Wabash and Kentucky Wesleyan. The UIndy men’s cross country team took fifth of 13 teams and the women’s squad took sixth of 13 at the 2011 GLVC Cross Country Championships. Mark Martinez led the Greyhound men, finishing 17th with a time of 25:35.2. The women were led by Stephanie Cave, who traversed the 6K course in 22:59.8, good for 18th overall.
—Kristen Conway, women’s soccer student-athlete & Sports Information assistant