This Week in Mountain Lion Athletics

By Sports Information Staff published October 1, 2012

Three of the six University of Colorado Colorado Springs fall teams will be in action home for Homecoming, with two more teams in action along the Front Range and the final team taking on the nation's top teams in the Northwest in a busy week for Mountain Lion athletics. 

 Monday, October 1
Men's Golf UCCS at Golfweek Division II Preview Bend, Ore. 10 a.m. MDT
 Tuesday, October 2
Men's Golf UCCS at Golfweek Division II Preview Bend, Ore. 10 a.m. MDT
 Thursday, October 4
Volleyball UCCS hosts Western New Mexico Gallogly Events Center 7 p.m.
 Friday, October 5
Men's Soccer UCCS hosts Colorado Christian Mountain Lion Stadium 5 p.m.
Women's Soccer #17 UCCS hosts Colorado Christian Mountain Lion Stadium 7:30 p.m.
 Saturday, October 6
Men's Cross Country #14 UCCS travels to Metro State Invitational Denver, Colo. 10 a.m.
Women's Cross Country #31 UCCS travels to Metro State Invitational Denver, Colo. 10:45 a.m.
Volleyball UCCS hosts New Mexico Highlands Gallogly Events Center 5 p.m.
 Sunday, October 7
Men's Soccer UCCS hosts Colorado Mesa Mountain Lion Stadium 11:30 a.m.
Women's Soccer #17 UCCS hosts #13 Colorado Mesa Mountain Lion Stadium 2 p.m.

Volleyball (9-5 / 4-2 RMAC)

  • UCCS is looking to extent their current six game home winning streak, which is the best start since 2007 when UCCS finished 9-0 at home.
  • The Mountain Lions have won the previous eight meetings against this weeks opponents. This includes seven in a row vs. New Mexico Highlands, dating back to Sept. 22, 2005.
  • The Mountain Lions attack proves to be the greatest indicator of their success. The team is 9-0 this season when they have a higher attack percentage than their opponents and they are 7-0 when they win the first set.
  • Kinzer is currently No. 1 at UCCS in block assists in the rally scoring era (since 2001), and No. 3 all-time in school history with 291.  Kinzer needs just 15 more to become No. 2 as she currently trails Tara Henry (1994-1997) who who has 305 career block assists.
No. 17 Women's Soccer (8-2 / 4-2 RMAC)

  • The Mountain Lions host Homecoming games on Friday and Sunday with Colorado Christian and No. 13 Colorado Mesa, respectively. Sunday's game could turn into another top 20 matchup depending on the release of the new national polls on Tuesday.
  • UCCS crossed the midway point of the season over the past weekend and tied the season win record with a 3-0 victory at Colorado State-Pueblo. The Mountain Lions are fourth in the RMAC standings and four points behind conference leader Regis.
  • Kelly Schroeder recorded her fifth shutout of the season and No. 11 of her career against the ThunderWolves on Sunday. She needs one more to tie for No. 10 in RMAC career records./li>
  • Hannah Levett scored her fifth goal of the season on Sunday and moved into fourth in program season records and seventh in program career records.
Men's Soccer (5-4 / 4-2 RMAC)

  • UCCS carries a four-game winning streak into this weekend's Homecoming games against Colorado Christian and Colorado Mesa. The win streak is the longest since the 2003 season.
  • The Mountain Lions upset two nationally-ranked teams within the span of six days, with No. 17 Fort Lewis last Sunday and No. 23 Colorado last Friday. The wins have moved UCCS into second in the conference standings.
  • Mash Shaswar scored two goals against Colorado State-Pueblo on Sunday to move him into a tie for fourth in the RMAC statistics. He is ranked No. 13 in UCCS career records with 11 in his three seasons.
  • UCCS has won its last 12 games against Colorado Christian since 2005.
No. 14 Men's Cross Country

  • The Mountain Lions will send runners to the Metro State Invitational on Saturday for the final regular season meet of the year before the RMAC Championships in Monument Valley Park later this month.
  • UCCS claimed the Maroon II title at the 27th Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday. The Mountain Lions finished 27 points ahead of runner-up Minnesota State for the second team championship of the season.
  • Emilio Trujillo remained perfect on the season with his third win at the Griak Invitational. He finished the eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes and 22.6 seconds and by a 12-second margin over the second-place runner.
  • UCCS remained steady in both the national (No. 14) and regional (No. 4) in last week's rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The new regional rankings be released on Tuesday before the national rankings on Wednesday.
No. 31 Women's Cross Country

  • UCCS will compete during the regular season for the final time on Saturday at the Metro State Invitational at Denver's Washington Park. The Mountain Lions will open the championship season on Oct. 20 with the RMAC Championships in Monument Valley Park.
  • The Mountain Lions won the Maroon II championship at the 27th Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota last Saturday. UCCS defeated eight Division II teams ranked above them in last week's national poll.
  • Megan Burrell, Angie Martell and Veronica Sandoval placed in the top 20 of the overall results among the 413 runners. Burell led the team with 22:39 on the six-kilometer course to finish seventh among collegiate runners.
  • UCCS remained at fifth in last week's South Central Regional rankings but dropped down one spot to No. 31 in the national rankings. New regional rankings will be released Tuesday with the national rankings to follow on Wednesday.
Men's Golf

  • The Mountain Lions will take on the top teams in Division II on Monday and Tuesday at the Golfweek Division II Fall Preview in Bend, Ore. The tournament will feature 12 teams, including UCCS, either nationally ranked or receiving votes in the national poll.
  • Spencer Biersdorff finished in a tie for No. 12 at the second RMAC event of the season last week in Lakewood with a score of four strokes under par. He's ranked No. 86 in the GolfStat Head-to-Head Standings.
  • UCCS finished seventh at the RMAC event with a junior varsity squad, and finished ahead of the varsity squads from Western New Mexico, Regis and Adams State. Matt Vanderbreek led the team with a score of two strokes under par.
  • The Mountain Lions are competing in the Fall Preview for the first time since the RMAC and regional championship season of 2008-09.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Nikki KinzerNikki Kinzer2MBSr
Kelly SchroederKelly Schroeder1GKJr.
Hannah LevettHannah Levett18FSo
Mash ShaswarMash Shaswar7MSr.
Emilio TrujilloEmilio TrujilloSo.
Megan BurrellMegan BurrellSr.
Angie MartellAngie MartellSo.
Veronica SandovalVeronica SandovalJr.
Spencer Biersdorff Spencer Biersdorff Sr
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