WATERTOWN, Wis. -- After five months of no intercollegiate competition, the Maranatha community finally enjoyed a day that seemed normal.
At least, it was as close to normal as it could've been.
The Alumni Day games are technically scrimmages, but in the context of 2020, they felt like a lot more than that. Finally, the Sabercats had a chance to continue a normal preseason, and the Alumni teams had a chance to relive the nostalgia of their days in the Blue and Gold.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (Alumnae 3-2 Sabercats)
A star-studded Alumnae squad took home a 3-2 win in the scrimmage after falling behind 2-0 in sets. The comeback was fitting, as the squad included a host of All-Americans and recent graduates alike:
|2020 Alumnae: WVB||Notes|
|Allyson Brimer*||2020 Graduate|
|Gabby Carpenter*||2020 Graduate, AD3I 1st-Team Selection|
|Karley Hockema*||2x National Champion|
|Kelsey Johnson*||NCCAA DII Player of the Year/2x National Champion|
|Emily Mowry||NCCAA GP4L Award: Women's Volleyball|
|Torey Rosen||Multiple (link)|
|Stacy Rueb*||2xNCCAA DII 1st-Team All-American|
|Jessica Ureke*||2020 Graduate, AD3I 1st-Team Selection|
*Member of NCCAA DII national championship team
WOMEN'S SOCCER (Alumnae 2-6 Sabercats)
The Women's Soccer scrimmage was a goal-fest, as eight shots found the back of the net. Alexis Sponable netted four times while Kseniya Hassenplug and Makayla Willette each pitched in a goal for the 2020 Sabercats.
On the Alumnae side, Alyssa Wright and Ali Hernandez notched the goals, as a shorthanded group rounded out their squad with some help from the current team:
|2020 Alumnae: WSOC||Notes|
|Julie Allweil||NCCAA DII 1st-Team All-American|
|Ali Hernandez||Only 4-time NCCAA All-American in the program|
|Lindsay Hodgs||Former assistant coach|
|Audrey Knoedler||Multiple (link)|
|Nina Riley||2020 Graduate|
|Alyssa Wright||Current assistant coach|
MEN'S SOCCER (Alumni 0-0 Sabercats)
The Men's Soccer scrimmage was a stalemate. The teams settled things with an informal penalty-kick shootout at the end of the game, and the 2020 Sabercats took a 3-1 win after penalty-kick conversions from Braeden Hansel, Kyle Cummins, and Zeke Steuerwald.
|2020 Alumni: MSOC||Notes|
|Taylor Dafoe||2020 Graduate|
|Austin DeAngelo||2020 Graduate|
|Drew DeLozier*||3x NCCAA All-American|
|Caleb Hockema||2020 Graduate|
|Charlie Leeds*||NCCAA 2nd-Team All-American|
|Nate Lyle||NCCAA 2nd-Team All-American|
|Taylor Pill*||3x NCCAA All-American|
|Kevin Risma||2020 Graduate|
|Andy Taylor||NCCAA National GP4L Award|
|Peter Wright||MBU Alumni Director, Father of Joshua Wright|
*Member of 2014 NCCAA DII national championship team
For the collegiate teams, the 2020 season begins this weekend and will feature only non-NCAA DIII opponents. To stay current on the teams this year, visit mbusabercats.com/schedule.