The Trine wrestling team is off to a solid start to the season with several wrestlers placing at two tournaments along with starting the season with a 2-3 record in dual meets. The Thunder faced several teams ranked in the Division III Top 25 while defeating Alma and Bridgewater State.
Junior All-American Elias Larson has been near perfect this season with a 9-1 record. Larson won his weight class at the Indiana Little State Invitational and finished runner-up at the Michigan State Open. Larson’s only loss of the season was to a wrestler ranked in the top 20 in Division I from Michigan State.
Ryan Pieper finished third at the Indiana Little State Invitational and sixth at the Michigan State Open. Pieper is also 4-1 in dual matches.
Junior George Markou has also been solid this season starting the year with a 5-2 record, falling both times to Division I opponents at the Michigan State Open.
The women’s basketball team is off to its best start since the 1996-97 season, winning the first six games. The Thunder started the season 2-1 in the MIAA with wins over Saint Mary’s and Olivet, before falling for the first time this season to Calvin.
The Thunder held Anderson to just 32 points, the fewest the Thunder have allowed in over a decade. In her first game with Trine, junior transfer Megan Loveberry poured in 27 points against Lourdes University.
The team also won the 2011 Courtyard Chicago Naperville Tip-Off Tournament, defeating Rockford and host North Central. Senior Danielle Senf was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and junior Sydney Spragg made the all-tournament team.
The men’s basketball team is off to a solid 5-2 start under first-year head coach Brooks Miller. The men won their first game of the season over Aurora before falling in the championship game of the 2011 Courtyard Chicago Naperville Tip-Off Tournament to host North Central (IL).
Senior and MIAA Co-Player of the Week Tim Pearcy and junior Ian Jackson were named to the all-tournament team. The Thunder then won both games of the MIAA/HCAC Challenge, defeating Earlham in their home-opener and Manchester on the following night. The squad stretched its winning streak to four with a home victory over North Park (IL) and a road win at Purdue North Central.
Fall Sports Revisited
The Thunder football team finished the year with their fifth consecutive winning season with a record of 7-3. Kent Biller set a school record when he rushed for a 94 yard score against Wisconsin-River Falls. Biller, a senior, finished his Thunder career as the second all-time leading rusher. Wins this season included home victories over Wisconsin-River Falls, Bluffton and Kalamazoo along with a thrilling overtime win on the road at LaGrange (GA).
Trine finished the season third in the conference and qualified for the first-ever MIAA conference tournament where they fell to Hope. It was their best finish since joining the MIAA. The 13 wins by the squad are the most for a men’s team in over a decade and is the first time a squad has broken double digits in wins during the past 10 seasons. During the season, Nick Thon, Andre Hilson, Curtis Holcom, Andy Ohanesian and Foster Webb were also honored as Players of the Week throughout the season. Thon finished his final season with a single-season individual school record 11 shutouts. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) also announced that players Femi Adediji, Andy Ohanesian and Foster Webb have been named to the All-Central Region Second Team.
The Thunder women’s soccer team earned their first MIAA win since 2004 when they beat Albion College 1-0 in September. Since becoming an NCAA member in 2004, Trine has not amassed more than a single conference win in a season. The Thunder garnered five wins this season, the most since the 2003 squad (the final team that played under NAIA scholarship rules), collected eight wins. Goalkeeper Jen Wall earned MIAA Player of the Week honors twice and forward Kristin Elliott was honored in the final week of the season.
The Thunder men’s team finished sixth for the second straight season, and the women placed eighth for the fourth straight year at the MIAA Championship at Alma. The teams closed out their seasons at the NCAA regional meet at Oberlin College. The men’s team improved five places from a year ago to finish 22nd, ahead of both Adrian and Alma who beat them at the MIAA Championship.
The field hockey team dropped three close 2-0 games throughout the season and finished their second season, 0-12. The team played only two home games. Sophomore goalie Tristen Huntley finished the season with a school record 205 saves and finished as the NCAA Division III leader in saves per game with 18.64, which is also tops through all three NCAA divisions.
The volleyball team turned in one of their best seasons in recent history as they finished fourth in the conference and qualified for the four-team conference tournament, equaling their best finish in the MIAA. The Thunder ended their season 15-13 with their first winning record since 1999 and just the second in the past 18 years. The Thunder won six straight matches at one point, tying a school record for consecutive wins. Betsy Irwin and Sarah Radekin were honored as the MIAA Player of the Week.
Leading the Nation
In a career season, senior Nick Thon is ranked ninth all-time in NCAA Division III men’s soccer – leading the Thunder men’s soccer team and finishing with a school record of 11 individual shutouts.
Thon allowed only 12 goals in just over 1,800 minutes. He earned seven straight shutouts and a scoreless streak of 842:41. Thon was the last remaining goalie in Division III to allow a goal.
He ended the season fourth in the nation in save percentage, 16th in goals against average and helped the Thunder to the nation’s eighth best shutout percentage. As a team, Trine tied for the fourth most shutouts in the regular season with 12.
This season, seven student-athletes made the All-MIAA First Team and eight made the second team.
Thunder football’s wide receiver/return specialist Ja Vontae Hence, offensive lineman Ben Hendricks and defensive back Myron Puryear were named All-MIAA First Team for the first time in their careers.
Running back Kent Biller, defensive lineman Brock Reinig and punter Nick Muir were all named to the All-MIAA Second Team. Puryear was also named second team as a return specialist.
In volleyball, junior Betsy Irwin was named All-MIAA first Team for a second consecutive year. Junior Sarah Radekin was named All-MIAA Second Team for the first time in her career.
Women’s senior soccer player Jen Wall became the second player in program history when she made the All-MIAA Second Team.
For the first time, men’s soccer players made the All-MIAA first team and multiple players were named All-MIAA. Femi Adediji, Andy Ohanesian and Foster Webb have been named to the All-MIAA First Team. Sean Sullivan was named to the second team.
In mid-December, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced that Trine University men′s soccer players Femi Adediji, Andy Ohanesian and Foster Webb had been named to the All-Central Region Second Team. This marks the first time in school history that multiple players for Trine have been named All-Region since becoming an NCAA member. It also marks the second straight year that Trine has had a player named All-Region as Rudy Cantrell was named to the third team a season ago.
For the second consecutive year, two men’s golfers made the All-MIAA Second Team. Junior Pat Wolcott was tied for seventh in the conference with an average of 76.7. Senior Max Niehans also earned second team honors with a season average of 77.4.
Dress for Success
Be sure to check out the all–new Tgear store when you′re on campus. All the Trine gear and Thunder gear you could want – from sweatshirts to T–shirts to polo shirts and ties.
The store is within walking distance of the university, at 705 W. Maumee St. It will be open for business Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with special extended game–day hours)
You can also shop all things Thunder online. Go to trine.edu/tgear to access our online shop.