This Week in Mountain Lion Athletics

By Sports Information Staff published September 11, 2012

Women's soccer will end its six-game homestand with three games this week and will start the RMAC season this weekend along with men's soccer and volleyball. Men's golf wrapped up the Falcon Invitational on Monday and men's cross country will compete against Saturday in the Colorado College Invitational.

 Monday, September 10
Men's Golf UCCS at Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. 8:15 a.m.
 Wednesday, September 12
Women's Soccer UCCS hosts Western Colorado Mountain Lion Stadium 6 p.m.
 Friday, September 14
Women's Soccer UCCS hosts New Mexico Highlands Mountain Lion Stadium 7 p.m.
Volleyball UCCS at Colorado Christian Lakewood, Colo. 7 p.m.
 Saturday, September 15
Volleyball UCCS at Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. 7 p.m.
 Sunday, September 16
Men's Soccer UCCS hosts Metro State Mountain Lion Stadium 11:30 a.m.
Women's Soccer UCCS hosts Metro State Mountain Lion Stadium 2 p.m.

Volleyball (5-3 / 0-0 RMAC)

  • Nikki Kinzer finds herself moving up the all-time leader board for records at UCCS. She currently ranks No. 8 all-time in the rally scoring era (since 2001) for solo blocks, and needs just eight more to find herself in second. Kinzer also currently ranks No. 2 all-time in block assists in the rally scoring era, needing just 11 more to be No. 1.
  • UCCS opens its conference season this weekend as they go on the road to play Colorado Christian and Colorado Mines. The Mountain Lions currently have the overall edge on both these teams with a combined record of 44-29 against the two schools.
  • UCCS has won 13 out of the past 14 meetings with Colorado Christian, dating back to October 8, 2004 with an overall record of 23-15 against the Cougars.
  • The Mountain Lions currently have a record of 21-14 against Colorado Mines, splitting the two matches last season, with each team winning on their home court.
 Women's Soccer (3-0 / 0-0 RMAC)

  • Mountain Lions look to remain undefeated when they take on Western Colorado on Wednesday night. UCCS follows with games against New Mexico Highlands on Friday night at 7 p.m., and wraps up the homestand on Sunday afternoon against Metro State at 2 p.m.
  • Hannah Levett looks to continue her scoring this week after scoring a pair of goals in each of the last two games. She's currently fifth in Division II with two game-winning goals this season.
  • A win against the Mountaineers would be the first 4-0 start to a season in program history. It would also create the longest winning streak in program history.
  • UCCS improved from sixth to fourth in the latest NSCAA South Central Regional poll to match its highest ranking in the poll in program history.
Men's Soccer (1-2 / 0-0 RMAC)

  • UCCS opens the RMAC season Sunday morning with Metro State at Mountain Lion Stadium. The Mountain Lions will be going for their third straight home victory dating back to last season.
  • Mash Shaswar is ranked among the national offensive leaders among total goals and goals per game. He's scored two goals this season, including the game-winning penalty kick against Colorado College last Wednesday night.
  • The Mountain Lions are unbeaten against the Roadrunners in three of the last four home games.
  • Brandon Costa ranks among the top goalkeepers in Division II this season based on saves and saves per game. He's also third among RMAC goalies with 3.7 saves per game.
No. 13 Men's Cross Country

  • The Mountain Lions compete at Monument Valley Park for the second straight weekend for the Colorado College Invitational on Saturday morning. The eight-kilometer course begins at 9 a.m.
  • Emilio Trujillo won the Rust Buster last Saturday morning on the same course with 18:51 on the six-kilometer course. UCCS had three of the top eight overall runners and five of the top 12 collegiate runners in the race.
  • The Mountain Lions are ranked No. 13 in the USTFCCCA national preseason poll and fourth in the regional poll. The first regular season polls will be released by the coaches association next week.
Men's Golf

  • UCCS opened the 2012-13 season over the past weekend at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Air Force Academy. The Mountain Lions finished No. 10 among 15 other Division I programs.
  • Grant Dean led the team throughout the three rounds with a total score of three strokes over par. He was ranked as high as eighth among the field after the second round on Sunday afternoon.
  • UCCS beat teams over the weekend from the Big 12, Pac 12, Mountain West and Big Sky Conferences.
  • The Mountain Lions will prepare this week for the first RMAC meet of the season early next week in Montrose, Colo. Colorado Mesa will host the tournament at the Black Canyon Golf Course.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Nikki KinzerNikki Kinzer2MBSr
Hannah LevettHannah Levett18FSo
Mash ShaswarMash Shaswar7MSr.
Brandon CostaBrandon Costa0GKSr
Emilio TrujilloEmilio TrujilloSo.
Grant Dean Grant Dean Sr.
Mash ShaswarMash Shaswar7MSo.
Mash ShaswarMash Shaswar7MJr.
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