A complete sport-by-sport recap of Duquesne University athletics:
Men’s basketball, despite ending the season in the quarter finals of the A-10 Tournament against George Washington, the Dukes had a strong season on the court, along with several individual accomplishments. The Dukes ranked:
- 38th in the nation for their three-point field goal percentage per game
- 50th for total assists
- 54th for total three-point field goals made
- 67th in the nation for their field goal percentage
In addition, Micah Mason ranked 7th in the nation for his three-point field goal percentage and Derrick Colter hit the 1,000 point mark in his career this season.
The women’s basketball team finished the regular season 20-11, their 7th consecutive 20+ win season. The Dukes also made their 7th straight post-season appearance, entering the WNIT tournament with an automatic bid. The team defeated Youngstown State and a familiar A-10 foe, Richmond, to advance to the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. This is the farthest the program has gone since a third round appearance in 2011. Several individual milestones were hit this season: junior April Robinson reached one thousand career points and senior Jose-Ann Johnson broke a 26-year-old record of 62 blocks in a season. April Robinson led the A-10 conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and three-point field goals per game.
Women’s soccer finished their 2014 campaign with a 5-10-3 overall record, and a 2-4-1 record in the A-10 conference. Sophomore Maddie Laymen finished off the season leading the Dukes in goals and points, five and 11 respectively. The Dukes have something to look forward to in the coming years as freshman Linea Faccenda finished off her first year on the Bluff tallying up two goals, three assists, giving her seven points overall. The Dukes also have to look at their younger goalies, as senior Devon Tabata finished her career as a Duke this past season.
Men’s soccer finished off the 2014 season putting up a record of 8-7-3 overall with an A-10 record of 3-4-1. The Duke’s men’s soccer team was led by senior Kadeem Pantophlet, who finished his season with eight goals, three assists and 19 points overall. The team posted a 7-2 record at home, which the Duquesne student section Rooney’s Goonies may have had some say in that record. The Dukes posted 32 goals on the season and only look to improve on that next season and the years to come.
The football team looked to defend their NEC championship from 2013 in their 2014 season. The season didn’t start as planned, going 0-2 in their first two games, but the team bounced back and won their next four, before eventually ending the season 6-6. The turning point in the season was a game against Sacred Heart, which resulted in a crushing loss. The Dukes almost knew after that game that the hopes for another NEC championship were slipping away. After that game, the Dukes ended their season 2-3. Chris King led the team in receiving touchdown’s with 14, while Ryan Ho led the team in rushing touchdowns with five. Austin Whalen led the D with five sacks, and Malik Shegog led with four passing interceptions. The Dukes look to bounce back next season and bring home another NEC title to the Bluff.
Women’s lacrosse began their 2015 season with a handful of tough matchups. They found themselves on the wrong end of high scoring games against Penn State, Ohio State, Louisville and Marquette, before tackling Saint Francis for the first home win of the season. The team looks to improve their 3-5 overall record beginning A-10 Conference play soon at Rooney Field. The team has not been without individual accomplishments though, with sophomore Kaelin Shaw being named A-10 Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week with a career-best seven caused turnovers. Stay connected with the Dukes, as there is much more lacrosse to be played this season.
Women’s swimming began their 2014-15 season with three straight losses and then four straight wins going into the Cleveland State Invitational. There, the team claimed all three first place finishes out of 10 total teams. The Dukes finished out the season 1-1, before heading into the A-10 Championship. Here, the team broke three school records, earned two third place finishes and two 5th place finishes out of 11 teams. The team finished in third place, with Head Coach Dave Sheets also bring named A-10 Swimming Coach of the Year. The team was not without individual accolades throughout the season, including Kayla Owens being named A-10 Rookie of the Week twice, in late October and late November.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS
Both men’s and women’s tennis teams kicked-off their seasons in early January. The women now hold an 8-7 overall record, being 1-1 in A-10 Conference matches. While the men are 8-4 overall, 1-0 in the A-10 Conference. Alex Aleman was chosen as A-10 Player of the Week in late January and again in late February. Recently, the men swept the weekly awards taking both the A-10 Rookie of the Week by Tim Kane and the Player of the Week by Rich Robbie. Both teams are gearing up for the A-10 Conference Championships held at the end of April.
Women’s rowing began their season in the fall with the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The Dukes earned two medals for second places, the junior four and freshman eight. At their final race of the fall season, the Dukes varsity eight earn a silver medal at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta. While gearing up for the spring season the team also earns two medals in a spring training exhibition race at the Annual Metro Cup Regatta, and almost a full sweep over the Lake Dillon race—where the team won seven of eight races. The team will begin the spring season out in California for the San Diego Crew Classic and then return home to begin several races in NY, NJ, W. VA and PA to round out the season.
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Men’s track and field split up to open their seasons in late March at Wake Forest and California University of Pennsylvania. At Wake Forest, senior Evan Gomez placed fifth of 46 runners in the 1,500 meter run, followed by sophomore Rico Galassi in twelfth. In addition, junior Aaron Wilkinson finished seventh of 54 runners in the 5,000 meter run and senior Ian Welch captured third of 30 in the triple jump with a school record distance. At Cal., senior Kevin Yacker placed sixth of 31 in the javelin while freshman Matt Dombrowski took ninth of 42 in the shot put. Women’s Track and Field team opened the 2015 outdoor season also in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Open. The Dukes had four top 3 finishes. Anna Simone improved on her 100m hurdles school record, and she won the 400m hurdles, in a field of 40 runners. She was also third in the 100m hurdles finals. The 4×400 team of Simone, Louise Prevoteau, Kim Watterson, and Abby O’Connell were second out of 27 teams. Then, the throwers and jumpers participated in the CalU Early Bird Meet. Sherie Key finished in first place in the triple jump and second in the long jump. Sophia Fustos placed second in the shot put her first outdoor event of her career. Finally, Julia Franzosa was third in the javelin. Both Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams look to continue their momentum into the rest of the outdoor season.
Women’s volleyball finished 16-12 overall and 9-5 in A-10 Conference play. Returning with the 2013 A-10 Championship title, the Dukes had a lot to defend being chosen to repeat again this year. The season was filled with many individual achievements. Arielle Love was named A-10 Player of the Week three times this season, while also being named Sports Imports/AVCA Division 1 Women Player of the Week and ECAC Player of the Week. Lacey Levers was the named A10 Player of the Week as well as ECAC Player of the Week. The team had a record setting 9 straight wins at the end of the season. Arielle Love, Molly Davet and Patty Abshire were all named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference. The Dukes finished the season with a loss in the A-10 Quarterfinal to Saint Louis. Arielle Love was then named to the All-AVCA Division 1 Midwest All-Region team and the ECAC All-Star Second Team, as well as being names the 2014 AVCA Division 1 Honorable Mention All-America.