|Centre College: Making the grade on the playing fields
Colonel football team posts best mark since famous 1921 season
RELEASED: November 15, 2001
DANVILLE, KYLegends of the Fall.
This is a good moniker for Centre College athletes who have been hitting the playing fields this autumn. Centre athletic teams all had banner years in the recently concluded fall sports season. Each of Centre's seven fall sports teams football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, field hockey and volleyball finished with winning records.
The fall sports teams (not including cross country) won 61 of 98 games, 61 wins, 32 losses and five ties.
"I can't remember a time in my 22 years here that we've had such an outstanding fall for all of our sports teams," said Joe McDaniel, director of athletics. "It's difficult to have that type of balance across the board. It was a remarkable fall season."
The football team had a banner year. The Colonels had a remarkable come-from-behind win Nov. 10 against Rose-Hulman (winning 34-31) to complete its season at 9-1. It was the Colonels' most wins in a season since the famous 1921 Praying Colonels went 10-1, and only the fourth time in school history the team had won nine games.
The Colonels completed the season in second place of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The women's soccer team finished the season at 9-5-3, good for a third-place finish in the SCAC. The men's soccer team finished with a 9-6-2 record for fifth place in the conference. Centre was ranked as high as 14th in the country at one time in men's soccer.
In volleyball, head coach Stephanie Dragan recorded her 100th career win during the 2001 season. The team finished with a 23-14 record despite losing all but two players from 2000's 26-8 team.
The field hockey team finished with a 10-6 record after rattling off a six-game win streak during an early stretch of the season. The team's final three losses were all heartbreakers, as the team lost by just one goal in each of those contests.
The women's cross country team had a fourth-place finish its best ever this past weekend in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Jackson, Miss. The men's and women's cross country teams each placed third out of 10 teams in the SCAC Championships held at Centre the previous week.
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