Athletics Wrap-Up: 2017 Spring summary


The baseball team powered its way to an overall record of 27-16 and a 16-8 mark in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to tie for second and advance all the way to the championship game of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Among the many individual awards, Felix Minjarez ’18 was named the SCIAC’s Pitcher of the Year and became a two-time All-American for the Bulldogs.

As new talent rose to the occasion, the men’s golf team fired off a solid campaign that included a winning performance at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Spring Invite, a final national ranking of 24th, and a second-place result at the SCIAC Championships. Individually, the Bulldogs gained two All-SCIAC nods.

With only five competing members, the women’s golf team finished second at the always-challenging SCIAC Championships. Furthermore, this season saw many individual achievements, including a three-peat by Caroline Ordian ’18 as the SCIAC Athlete of the Year and third consecutive top-10 finish at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships.

Amid record-breaking performances, the women’s lacrosse team advanced to the inaugural SCIAC Postseason Tournament en route to a 9-8 overall record and a 4-6 mark in conference. The Bulldogs hauled in six All-SCIAC awards and four Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Region nods.

Equipped with a solid national ranking throughout the year, the men’s tennis team registered a 16-7 overall record and an 8-2 mark in conference for second place. Furthermore, Redlands registered Head Coach Geoff Roche’s 300th men’s tennis win and sent three Bulldogs to the NCAA Individual Championships. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America nod to Chase Lipscomb ’19 highlighted the team’s postseason success.

Highlighting the women’s tennis team’s success, Elizabeth Johnson ’19 and Sarah Ikioka ’20 shined during their inaugural appearance at the NCAA Individual Championships with a semifinal appearance in doubles for
All-America honors. As a team, the Bulldogs clawed their way to a 10-11 overall record and a solid 7-3 mark in SCIAC for third place.

Amid multiple single-season and career achievements, the softball team battled through a campaign of change as it embraced a new philosophy under first-year Head Coach Liz Slupinski. With heart and determination, the Bulldogs finished the 2017 season with a 14-26 overall mark and a 10-18 record in the SCIAC that resulted in three All-SCIAC honorees.

With 27 All-Region selections, 11 national qualifiers, and one national championship, the track and field program enjoyed an unforgettable season. The Bulldog women finished second, while the men took fifth in the standings. However, the year was sprinkled with endless highlights that extended well beyond the conference into a national presence, as the individual NCAA title by Alison Smith ’17 in the 100 hurdles served as an incredible pinnacle to a fine season.

A roster filled with young talent, the Bulldog women’s water polo team showed resiliency and focus while re-entering the double-digit win column for the first time in three seasons. During the 2017 campaign, Redlands registered a 10-23 overall mark en route to a 5-7 record in conference.


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