ramblers No. 1 in nation!
loyola posts best graduation success rate in latest ncaa report
Men's Soccer Reaches new heights in 2016 jackson, doyle key men's basketball fast start women's volleyball earns mvc berth
NCAA GSR REPORT Ramblers No. 1 In Nation!
loyola, along with harvard, posts best graduation success rate Loyola University Chicago was one of only two NCAA Division I institutions to post a 99 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score according to the latest figures released last month by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The 99 percent GSR, tied with Harvard University for the highest in the country, also ranks first among Missouri Valley Conference institutions and Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. “This is another example of the outstanding academic performance of our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. “To have back-to-back years of finishing in the top three in the country in the GSR speaks to the kind of high school prospects our by winning back-to-back NCAA championships in coaches are recruiting and to the emphasis we put on 2014 and 2015. academic excellence.” Developed to more accurately assess the academic Nine of Loyola’s 11 programs recorded a perfect score success of student-athletes, the NCAA Graduation of 100 in the latest GSR report. Women’s basketball, Success Rate takes into account transfers, unlike the men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for golf, men’s and women’s cross country/track and midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport. Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized field, women’s soccer and softball all scored 100. for outgoing students who leave in good academic Men’s volleyball is a classic example of getting it standing. Outgoing transfers are included in the done in the classroom with a perfect score of 100, receiving institution’s GSR cohort. while at the same time getting it done competitively
The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 200609. The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshman class of 1995.
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men's soccer reaches new heights in 2016 The 2016 Loyola Men’s Soccer team can lay claim to a number of “firsts” and “bests” in program history. Loyola won the first Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship in any sport. The Ramblers captured their first NCAA tournament victory in November when they defeated UIC, 2-0. The 14 wins broke the program’s record for wins in a single season set by Loyola’s 1984 squad. Finally, Rambler fans helped set two different Loyola Soccer Park attendance records, with 867 attending the home opener vs. Valparaiso before the record fell again when 1,023 attended the NCAA tournament match. Andrew Chekadanov (left) notched 12 shutouts on the season en route to FirstTeam All-MVC honors and the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. The Ramblers season ended at 14-4-1 overall after a 1-0, second-round defeat at Notre Dame.
BASKETBALL UPDATE jackson, doyle key ramblers quick start
Loyola got off to a tremendous start, winning five of its first six games for its best start through a half dozen contests since 2010-11. After picking up three early home wins versus Alcorn State (69-44), IU Northwest (100-51) and Eureka (97-59), the Ramblers traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands to participate in the competitive Paradise Jam. Head coach Porter Moser’s squad bounced back from a 71-57 loss to Saint Joseph’s to post wins over Oral Roberts (78-53) and Washington State (88-79). The victory over Washington State was Loyola’s sixth in the last four-plus seasons over a Power 5, Big East or Mountain West conference team and clinched a fourthplace finish at the tournament. Right after Thanksgiving, Loyola’s upset bid came up short in a 79-77 loss at North Carolina State. Junior forward Aundre Jackson has gotten off to a blazing start, averaging 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game despite coming off the bench, while shooting a remarkable 77.6 Aundre Jackson percent (45-for-58) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-for7) from three-point range. Jackson has garnered MVC Newcomer of the Week honors and was on the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team. Senior Milton Doyle is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while leading the team with 37 assists. Iowa State transfer Clayton Custer is also averaging in double-digits with 12.7 points a game in his first year as a Rambler.
november results (5-2) Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov.
11 – vs. Alcorn State, W 69-44 13 – vs. IU-Northwest, W 100-51 14 – vs. Eureka, W 97-59 18 - vs. St. Joseph's, L 57-71 20 - vs. Oral Roberts, W 78-53 21 - vs. Washington State, W 88-79 26 - @ North Carolina State, L 77-79
upcoming schedule Nov. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec.
30 – vs. Norfolk State, 7 pm 3 – vs. San Diego State, 3 pm 7 – vs. Wright State, 7 pm 10 – vs. Milwaukee, 3 pm 17 – @ UIC, 3 pm 20 - @ Toledo, 6 pm
young Ramblers Learning the ropes Loyola’s women’s basketball team is in the early stages of its 2016-17 campaign. Firstyear head coach Kate Achter’s team has been led early on this season by the trio of junior Katie Salmon and freshmen Kiana Coomber and Kaitlyn Williams.
Salmon is off to the best start of her collegiate career as she leads the team in both scoring (9.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.0 rebounds per game). Coomber and Williams have impressed early on during their respective debut seasons in Rogers Park, with both collecting Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honors.
november results (0-5) Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov.
11 – vs. Northern Illinois, L 70-90 17 - @ Pittsburgh, L 35-59 20 - vs. Milwaukee, L 46-73 24 - vs. Clemson, L 40-61 25 - vs. Troy, L 67-91
upcoming schedule Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec.
1 – @ Central Michigan, 11 am 3 - @ Western Michigan, 1 pm 6 - @ Miami, 10 am 10 - vs. Chicago State, 12 pm 18 - vs. DePaul, 2 pm 20 - @ Lamar, 7 pm
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FALL SPORTS RECAPS men's soccer finishes record-breaking season
Loyola wrapped up a record-breaking 2016 season with a final overall record of 14-4-1. The Ramblers captured the program’s first Missouri Valley Conference regular season crown by going 6-1-1 in league play. Ten members of the team brought home All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, highlighted by First Team selections Andrew Chekadanov, Elliot Collier, Ryan Howe, Brody Kraussel and Grant Stoneman. Chekadanov was also named the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year. Loyola went on to earn Elliot Collier the program’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it would deal city-rival UIC a 2-0 defeat before a record-setting crowd of 1,023 at Loyola Soccer Park to pick up its first postseason victory in program history. The Ramblers would go on to bow out of tournament play after dropping a hard-fought 1-0 decision on the road at Notre Dame in the Second Round.
women's volleyball with second straight mvc trip Loyola faced a tremendous amount of adversity in the final month of the season as it lost its top two setters due to season-ending injuries, but the team persevered and earned its second straight berth to the Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Championship.
Head coach Chris Muscat’s squad matched a program record for MVC wins (9) and produced its first-ever First Team All-MVC selection in senior outsider Morgan Morgan Reardon Reardon, who closed out her illustrious career ranked fifth on Loyola’s all-time list with 1,386 kills. In addition to Reardon, sophomore Gabi Maciagowski collected Second Team All-MVC honors and Delilah Wolf and Quinn Spieker were named to the MVC All-Freshman Team. Loyola finished the 2016 campaign with a 1418 overall record and a 9-9 mark in Valley action.
women's soccer season ends in mvc semis
Loyola wrapped up the 2016 campaign by making its second appearance in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in as many seasons. The sixth-seeded Ramblers went on the road to stun third-seeded Northern Iowa en route to booking a spot in the final four of the league tournament, where they would drop a heartbreaking 8-7 decision on penalty kicks to Evansville following a 1-1 draw in double overtime with the Purple Aces. Loyola was well-represented on the All-MVC teams that were announced ahead of the semifinals, with Shelby Koch, Jenny Szczesny and Sienna Cruz all earning Second Team honors. Cruz also was selected to the Valley’s All-Freshman Team.
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home sweet home
Junior Donte Ingram rises for a jumpshot during Loyolaâ€™s 69-44 victory over Alcorn State in Gentile Arena to begin the 2016-17 season. Ingram is tied for the team lead in rebounding with 5.4 boards a game and is fourth in scoring at 9.6 points per game. The Ramblers return home tonight at 5-2 overall and begin a four-game homestand where they will face Norfolk State, San Diego State, Wright State and Milwaukee. Family Four Packs are available for all weekend home games this year. Packs include discounted tickets, concessions or parking perks, and postgame autographs with the team. Visit LoyolaRamblers.com for more.