The Year in Sports

May 3rd, 2007

– Junior John Curran and the Blue Streak basketball team shared the OAC regular season title with Capital. JCU finished the season with a 21-10 record.
The Blue Streaks won 11 of 13 games late in the season and made a trip to the Sweet 16 before losing to Wooster.
On February 23, JCU beat Baldwin-Wallace for the first time in three tries in the OAC semifinals. That win enabled JCU to receive an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

– The John Carroll women’s basketball team finished the 2006-07 season with an 11-16 record but had its share of fantastic moments throughout the season. In a thrilling 83-81 overtime win against Otterbein on Jan. 20, sophomore Rachael Price hit a game winning lay-up with 1.1 seconds left.
Another highlight came on senior night when JCU beat Baldwin-Wallace for the first time in 14 years.
Not only did the Blue Streaks stop a 30 game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets, but they did it in dramatic fashion. Down 19 points at halftime, JCU battled back and won the game 61-58.

– JCU sophomore swimmer Heather Gilmour won the 200 and 1650 Free final in the OAC championships.
Senior Ben White placed second in the 100 m and 200 m Fly. Both teams placed third in the OAC championships.

The JCU wrestling team beat every team it faced in the OAC regular season. However, in the OAC tournament the team finished third.
One of the highlights of the year came when sophomore Matt Harmon beat former Division I wrestler Paul Burger of B-W to give JCU an exciting win against their cross town rival.
Two members of the wrestling team won their respective weight classes and made it to Nationals.
Junior Adam Pizzurro (133 lbs.) and senior Ryan Summers (184 lbs.) tore through the OAC in the process.
Both combined for a perfect 17-0 in OAC matches. At Nationals, Summers finished 8th in the country.

– The JCU men’s tennis team finished the OAC with a 7-2 record before falling to Ohio Northern in the semifinals. Sophomore James Steward won 13 of 14 singles matches that he participated in this year.

– The JCU women’s tennis team finished the year 5-4 in the OAC and won their last three matches of the regular season. Senior Elizabeth Spirk also won the last three matches of her college career.

– The John Carroll women’s golf team finished second in the OAC championships.Junior Amanda Shannon shot two rounds of 80 to finish second in individual standings. The performance earned her All-OAC accolades.

– Women’s softball finished with a 8-10 record in the OAC but there were many bright spots in their season.
Freshmen Samantha Thompson and Laura Boselovic excelled on the mound and at the plate. Both freshmen won seven games as pitchers and hit three home runs apiece.
Sophomore Jamie Smrdel hit a team leading six home runs and nine doubles to anchor the JCU offense.

– Men’s baseball beat defending National Champion Marietta College on April 21 thanks to a walk-off, bases loaded single by senior Warren Ciabattoni.
Other highlights on the season thus far have been the pitching of senior Matt McKinnon and junior Brandon Kurtz. McKinnon is 8-1 on the year, while Kurtz is 6-2.

– Senior wide receiver Joseph Konrad led the JCU football team this year to a 5-5 record. After a 1-4 start, the Blue Streaks finished the season winning four of their last five games.
Konrad finished the season with a team high in 61 receptions, 987 yards and was second on the team in 13 touchdowns.

– Freshman forward Caitlyn Walton excelled in her first year at JCU, leading the women’s soccer team this year with six goals and five assists.
On September 19 against Wooster, Walton scored both goals in a 2-0 win. The women’s soccer team finished the season with a 9-9-1 record.

– Junior Alex Bernot led the men’s soccer team with nine goals this season. After a slow start to the 2006 campaign, the Blue Streaks won their last five games of the regular season to make it into the top four in the OAC.
Bernot scored three goals in a 5-0 JCU win against Marietta on October 28.

– Freshman Becky Blackley shined in her first year on the volleyball court for JCU. For the season, Blackley led the team in digs with 343 and finished third on the team in kills with 224.

– Senior Chris Kempf finished in the top three in four different races in the fall. Kempf won the Western Michigan George Dales Invitational on October 13.