UAA Teams Complete Record Fall Season

Rochester, NY – November 29, 2010 - The 2010 UAA fall sports season was one to remember — from outstanding performances to record numbers of teams earning bids to the NCAA championships, and a first-time Association champion. 

Here are the highlights.


Emory advanced to the NCAA volleyball championship final match

Men’s Cross Country: Washington claimed this year’s UAA cross country title with a nine-point win over NYU.  Five of the eight UAA men’s cross country teams finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Division III national championship race in Waverly, Iowa.  Washington paced the five UAA schools with a ninth-place finish.  NYU finished 10th, Brandeis finished 16th, Rochester finished 17th, and Carnegie Mellon University finished 20th.   Junior James Vavra of Rochester was highest finisher for the UAA, placing 23rd in a time of 24:50.1 at the national championship.  Vavra and Michael Burnstein of Washington garnered All-America honors. During the regular season, the UAA had six of eight men’s cross country teams ranked in the national polls.

Washington   9th
NYU   10th           
Carnegie Mellon
All-Americans:  James Vavra, Rochester - 23rd, Michael Burnstein, Washington - 24th

Women’s Cross Country: The 2010 UAA women’s cross country title was claimed by Washington as the Bears repeated their 2009 performance.  Junior Elizabeth Phillips, who was the top finisher for Washington at the Association championship, paced the Bears.  Phillips also helped her team to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III national championship race this year.  She finished 23rd  individually.  Five other UAA teams finished in the top 30 at the national meet.  Chicago was 10th, Case Western Reserve University finished 18th, Emory finished 26th, and NYU finished 28th.  Justine Jeroski of Case, Liz Lawton of Chicago, and Taryn Surtees of Washington earned All-America honors.

Washington   2nd             
Chicago   10th            
  Liz Lawton, Chicago - 4th,
Taryn Surtees, Washington - 6th, Justine Jeroski, Case - 8th

Football: This year, the four UAA football teams totaled 27 wins combining for an overall winning percentage of .675.  This was the second highest overall winning percentage in UAA football history.  The highest percentage was .690 in 2007 when the Association teams combined for a total of 29 wins.

Men’s Soccer:  After finishing the 2009 UAA season with a 2-3-2 record, NYU claimed its first-ever UAA soccer title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament with a 4-0-3 UAA mark and an11-3-4 overall record.  All season the Violets fought hard to keep the top spot in the UAA with Washington University ever on their heels.  The Bears finished a point behind the Violets with 14 points and a UAA record of 4-1-2 and an overall mark of 14-1-5.  The Association had four teams selected to compete in the Division III tournament.  NYU earned its playoff berth as the Association champion.  Washington, Emory University, and the University of Rochester received at-large bids.

Emory received a first round bye            
lost to Lynchburg College, 2-1, in the second round
NYU lost to SUNY Brockport, 3-2, in the first round
Rochester lost to Medaille College, 1-0, in the first round
Washington received a first round bye
Washington lost to Loras College, 1-1 (2 OT), in the second round - lost on penalty kicks, 2-0

Women’s Soccer:  The UAA sent a record five women’s soccer teams to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship.  Two years ago, four teams were selected to compete and that stood as the high-water mark for the Association until this season.  The University of Chicago claimed its first UAA title in 11 years to earn the automatic bid.  The University of Rochester, Emory University, Washington University, and Brandeis University all received at-large bids.  Emory advanced the farthest, reaching the quarterfinals before falling 2-1 to eventual national champion Hardin-Simmons University.

Brandeis def. Castleton State, 2-1, in the first round
Brandeis lost to Williams College, 6-0, in the second round            
tied Wartburg College, 0-0 (2 OT), lost on penalty kicks, 4-3
def. Maryville College, 2-0, in the first round
Emory def. Lynchburg College, 1-0, in the second round
Emory tied Wheaton College (IL), 1-1, in the third round – advanced on penalty kicks 9-8
Emory lost to Hardin-Simmons, 2-1, in the quarterfinals
Rochester def. Western Connecticut State, 1-0, in the first round
Rochester lost to Oneonta State, 2-0, in the second round
Washington def. Allegheny College 2-1, in the first round
Washington lost to Otterbein College, 2-0, in the second round

Volleyball:  Year in, year out UAA volleyball never disappoints anyone in the Association or on the national stage.  With Washington and Emory holding the top two spots in the national polls for most of the season, the UAA had a strong presence in Division III volleyball circles.  Five UAA teams, the highest total in Association history, were selected to participate in the NCAA Division III championships.  Emory clinched the automatic bid with a 3-1 win over Washington in the UAA Championship match.  Washington, NYU, Case, and Chicago all earned at-large bids to the tournament.  Emory, NYU, and Washington each won their regional championships and earned a spot in the quarterfinals which were hosted by Washington University in St. Louis.  Washington and NYU met in the Elite 8, their third meeting this season. The Violets won the regular-season match, but Washington won in the UAA semifinals, and then won the Elite 8 encounter.  That win earned the Bears a spot in the Final Four where they met Emory for the third time this year.  Emory and Washington split their first two UAA matches — Washington won the regular season match, and Emory took the UAA title match.  In the NCAA semifinal match, Emory defeated Washington to claim a spot in the national championship match against Calvin College.  Emory finished as the national runner-up after Calvin won the NCAA title, 3-1.

Case lost to Cortland State, 24-26, 18-25, 25-23, 25-17, 11-15, in Frostburg State Region first round
Chicago lost to Hope College, 12-25, 22-25, 15-25, in Wittenberg Region first round
Emory def. Piedmont, 25-15, 25-15, 25-18, in Emory Region first round
Emory def. Washington & Lee, 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 25-17, in Emory Region second round
Emory def. Cal Lutheran, 21-25, 25-20, 25-11, 22-25, 15-12, in Emory Region third round
Emory def. Christopher Newport University, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11, in the Quarterfinals
Emory def. Washington University, 18-25, 29-27, 25-21, 25-20, in the Semifinals
Emory lost to Calvin College, 14-25, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, in the Finals, finished Runner-up
NYU def. Westfield State, 25-10, 25-9, 25-18, in NYU Region first round
NYU def. Clarkson University, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, in NYU Region second round
NYU def. Stevens Institute of Tech., 25-12, 23-25, 25-10, 22-25, 15-9, in NYU Region third round
NYU lost to Washington University, 16-25, 16-25, 10-25, in Quarterfinals
Washington def. Beloit, 25-18, 25-13, 25-11, in Beloit Region first round            
Washington def. Wartburg College, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, in Beloit Region second round             Washington def. UW-Platteville, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19, in Beloit Region third round            
Washington def. NYU, 25-16, 25-16, 25-10, in Quarterfinals            
Washington lost to Emory University, 25-18, 27-29, 21-25, 20-25, in Semifinals