Athletic Roundup for 2006–2007
It’s been a season full of achievements for the Hilltoppers this year, including a remarkable turnaround in women’s soccer and strong showings for several teams in Heartland Conference games.
March Madness Hits
After topping the Heartland Conference with its regular season record and securing its second tournament championship, the men’s basketball team headed to the NCAA Division II Tournament with a 24–6 record. Unfortunately, the team struggled against Central Missouri in the first round of the tournament. Senior Shawn Weinstein, ’07, walked away from the court this season honored as Heartland Conference Player of
Baseball also experienced a great season, with 12 conference-play wins early on, putting St. Edward’s on top of the Heartland Conference. It wasn’t long before the team was ranked 16th in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Poll. For three consecutive weeks in April, Patrick Colgan, ’08, was named Heartland Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week. The team clinched the university's first ever Heartland Conference Championship.
While their season may have gotten off to a rocky start at 8–11, softball quickly turned things around. By mid-March, their record had improved to 24–13, and the team received its first-ever NCAA ranking — 21st in the country according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Poll. Outfielder Rebecca Ray, ’07, and pitcher Jennifer Bishop, ’07, were named Heartland Conference players of the week for the week of April 16. The team won their second consecutive Heartland Conference Championship and headed to the Division II tournament, where they fell to Angelo State.
The men’s and women’s golf teams had impressive seasons — the men finished the season ranked third, while the women finished their season ranked 12th in the seasons’ first Golf World/NGCA Coaches’ Poll. Five players from each team were named to the Heartland Conference All-Conference team, and both teams claimed the Heartland Conference Championship. Advancing to the NCAA
Division II West Regional tournament, the women placed third.
The men advanced to the South Central Regional tournament,
also placing third.
Their success even caught the eye of Austin American-Statesman correspondent Doug Smith, who featured them in a Feb. 15 article, “St. Ed’s quietly building men’s, women’s golf programs into winners: Both growing programs are ranked nationally.”
The 15th-ranked men's tennis team earned an NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen berth in May by defeating #28 Midwestern State 5-3, in the Central Regional at the South Austin Tennis Center — the team’s second-straight Sweet Sixteen appearance. And, after winning their Heartland Conference Championship, the women’s tennis team placed six athletes on the All-Heartland Conference team.
Winning Highlights from Fall Season
In one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation, women’s soccer ended the season with a program-best record. After finishing last season 6–11–2, the Hilltoppers achieved a remarkable 17–3–2 in 2006. The team also won the Heartland Conference Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
And, in just its third year of existence, the men’s cross country team won the Heartland Conference Championship and advanced to its first regional meet in school history, where the team placed 12th at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional.