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    UIC Athletics 2013-14 Recap: Awards & Accomplishments

    June 6, 2014

    2013-14 UIC Athletics Accomplishments

    2013-14 UIC Athletics Accomplishments

    POINTS OF PRIDE
    • UIC Athletics cut the ribbon on new $10 million Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The $5 million donated by Granderson is the largest one-time gift ever recorded from a pro athlete to their alma mater, according to Sports Illustrated.
    • Men’s Soccer won the 2013 Horizon League Regular Season Title for the first time since 2008 by going undefeated in conference play. The squad also reached a season-high No. 23 national ranking on Nov. 12 by the NSCAA.
    • Women’s Tennis Coach Shannon Tully received UIC’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (VCSA) Outstanding Staff Award.
    • Women’s Volleyball Coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley was given UIC’s INSPIRE award, which recognizes individuals who have based their work and daily attitudes on UIC’s core values of Integrity, Nurturance, Service, Pride, Intellect, Respect and Excellence.
    • UIC Athletics hosted inaugural “Night to Ignite”, a first-class awards ceremony dedicated to Flames’ student-athletes.
    • Women’s Basketball mounted the largest turnaround in the nation (+17 wins) and claimed the postseason WBI Championship.
    • UIC Women’s Soccer announced its very first 25-member recruiting class for the inaugural 2014 season.

    - 14 Individual Specialty Award Winners
    • Horizon League Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Tess Ehrhardt, Junior
    • Horizon League Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year Sean Phillips
    • Horizon League Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Year, Bob Novak, Senior
    • Horizon League Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, Slobodan Aleksov, Senior
    • Horizon League Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, Josh Beard, Senior
    • Horizon League Men’s Soccer Goal Keeper of the Year, Andrew Putna, Freshman
    • Horizon League Men’s Soccer Freshman of the Year, Andrew Putna
    • MIC Gymnast of the Year, Catherine Dion, Senior
    • MIC Senior Gymnast of the Year, Catherine Dion, Senior
    • NCAA Regional Gymnast of the Year, Catherine Dion, Senior
    • Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, Ruvanna Campbell, Sophomore
    • Women’s Basketball Invitational Most Valuable Player, Ruvanna Campbell, Sophomore
    • Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month (October), Tess Ehrhardt, Junior, Cross Country
    • Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month (February), Jacki Fletcher, Senior, Softball

    - 11 Regional and National Honors
    • Men’s Soccer: Bob Novak, Sr. (NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region Second Team)
    • Men’s Soccer: Josh Beard, Sr. (NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region Third Team)
    • Men’s Soccer: Slobodan Aleksov, Sr. (NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region Third Team)
    • Men’s Soccer: Jesus Torres, Jr. (NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region Third Team)
    • Men’s Soccer: Andrew Putna, Fr. (College Soccer News All-Freshman Third Team)
    • Women’s Cross Country: Tess Ehrhardt, Jr. (NCAA Midwest All-Regional Team)
    • Softball: Jacki Fletcher, Sr. (Capital One Academic All-District 5 First Team)
    • Softball: Jacki Fletcher, Sr. (NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team)
    • Softball: Natalie Hernandez, Sr. (NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team)
    • Softball: Paige Peterson, Jr. (NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team)
    • Softball: Jacki Fletcher, Sr. (Capital One Academic All-American First-Team)

    - 46 Horizon League, MIC or ECAC Player/Athlete of the Week selections

    - 71 Horizon League, MIC or ECAC All-League Selections

    - 10 Individual NCAA Championship Participants
    Catherine Dion, Senior (Women’s Gymnastics)
    Gabrielle May, Junior (Women’s Gymnastics)
    Bryan Pusateri, Junior (Men’s Gymnastics)
    Lukasz Adamczyk, Senior (Men’s Gymnastics)
    Brett Valin, Junior (Men’s Gymnastics)
    Jason Gaides, Junior (Men’s Gymnastics)
    Joseph Hodges, Senior (Men’s Gymnastics)
    Connor Howard, Junior (Men’s Swimming & Diving)
    Tyler Pastore, Freshman (Men’s Swimming & Diving)
    Whitney Johnson, Junior (Women’s Swimming & Diving)

    TEAM SPORT NOTABLES
    - Women’s Basketball
    2012-13 Record: 9-21 (5-11 Horizon): .300 winning %
    2013-14 Record: 26-9 (10-6 Horizon): .743 winning %
    • Largest turnaround in the nation (+17 wins)
    • Set program record for most wins in a single season (26)
    • Won postseason WBI Championship
    • Defeated Big Ten-member Wisconsin during program record 11-game win streak

    - Men’s Soccer
    2012-13 Record: 7-8-2 (3-3-1 Horizon): .467 winning %
    2013-14 Record: 16-4-0 (7-0-0 Horizon): .800 winning %
    • Set program record for most wins during the regular season (15)
    • Set program record for most wins during the conference season (7)
    • Won Horizon League Regular Season Championship for first time since 2008
    • Ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA Poll on Nov. 12

    ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
    • During the 2014 Spring Semester, UIC student-athletes averaged a 3.01 cumulative GPA.
    • During both Fall and Spring Semesters, UIC student-athletes produced 55 unblemished 4.0 individual semester GPAs.
    • Nearly 25 percent of UIC student-athletes earned a spot on the Horizon League honor roll with a 3.20 GPA or better.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
    • UIC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) teamed up with the nation-wide movement of Giving Tuesday for two service related projects. The group collected and organized supplies for Operation Care Package, a public charity whose goal is to remember the U.S. service members stationed overseas by providing them with care packages. SAAC also
    worked with Lifesource to organize a department-wide blood drive which yielded more than 100 donors.
    • SAAC volunteered with the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament housed in UIC’s Physical Education Building.
    • UIC’s individual varsity sport teams engage in various additional community volunteer work throughout the year.

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