roundup: Football, cross country, and soccer teams give Maroons
good reason to cheer
75 years, the Chicago Maroons football team is back on top. The
Maroons ended the 1998 season with their first-ever University Athletic
Association title, the team's first conference championship since
1924, when Chicago belonged to the Big Ten. The Maroons clinched
the title in a 16-6 victory over Case Western Reserve University
on November 14.
consecutive winning seasons for the first time since football returned
to the quads in 1969, the Maroons finished with an overall record
of 7-2 and a five-game winning streak, the longest streak since
1929. The team had a 4-0 record in league play and held their nine
opponents to just 94 points, a school record.
tailback Brandon Way scored two touchdowns against Case Western,
becoming Chicago's all-time leading scorer with 208 points. A four-time
All-UAA pick, he finished with 3,253 rushing yards—the second most
in school history—and was also named the league's offensive player
of the year. Thirteen other players were also chosen for the All-UAA
first and second teams.
Dick Maloney and his assistants were named the UAA's coaching staff
of the year. Maloney improved his campus career record to 29-18
(.617). He's now had three winning seasons in the past four years—a
feat last matched by Amos Alonzo Stagg in 1921–24.
success, the Maroons didn't go to the Division III playoffs—a committee
of coaches and athletic directors picked four winning teams from
each of four regions, and Chicago didn't make the cut.
the women's cross-country team qualified for its Division III championship
competition, taking sixth place at the November 21 meet. The team
made it to the national competition only once before, in 1993, finishing
14th. This year, third-year Rhaina Echols led the way with a third-place
finish and a time of 18:02.95 over the 5-kilometer course. Earning
NCAA All-America status, she was also named the Midwest Region athlete
of the year.
Jim Spivey, a former Olympian, was named the Midwest Region women's
cross-country coach of the year in his second year at Chicago.
the season, the team placed second at the Midwest regional championship,
with Echols taking top honors and second-year Margaret Bradley coming
in ninth. At the UAA championships, Echols and Bradley led the team
to a fourth-place finish by running first and seventh, respectively.
Both women earned All-UAA first team honors, Echols for the second
year in a row.
Back on the
playing fields, the women's soccer team made its third consecutive
trip to the NCAA Division III championship, where the Maroons were
beaten 3-0 by Macalester College in the Central Region final on
November 7 after defeating Wheaton College 2-1 the day before. The
kickers finished the season with an overall record of 14-5-1 and
a UAA record of 4-3-0. Third-year forward Jessica Berry earned a
place on the All-UAA first team for the second straight year.
midfielders Kate Cortis and Cinnamon Pace—the Maroons' leading scorer
this season, with 22 points—joined Berry on the first team, while
goalkeeper Alexa Williams, a fourth-year, was named to the All-UAA