The Blitz

Katie LaDuke , Staff Reporter

Men’s Golf: On Monday, Sept. 25, Oakland men’s golf recorded a final score of 872 (+20) to come in second at the NKU Fall Classic at Elks Run Golf Club in Batavia, Ohio.

Jake Keen led the Golden Grizzlies tied for fourth at 216 (+3). Thomas Giroux and Connor Jones shot a round three score of 69 (-2) to tie for 16th place. Jones also matched a career low for a single round and recorded a hole-in-one. On day two, Oakland was the only team to shoot under par at 281 (-3) for the third lowest team round in the tournament’s history.


Women’s Golf: Oakland women’s golf finished the two-day Golden Grizzlies Invite on Tuesday, Sept. 26 with a score of 618 (+42) at Katke-Cousins Golf Course.

With a combined score of 150 (+6), Alexis Jones earned her first individual tournament title. This win marked the third consecutive time an Oakland player won the Golden Grizzlies Invite. Other Oakland golfers that found a spot in the top 10 players were Fiona Schmidt, Kylee Sullivan and Veronica Haque.


Men’s Soccer @ U of M: The Oakland men’s soccer team traveled to Ann Arbor on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The Golden Grizzlies defeated No. 20 Michigan 2-1 at the U-M Soccer Complex. This victory was Oakland’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2014.

The Black and Gold tailed 1-0 going into the second half, but eventually tied the game at 1-1 with a goal from Austin Ricci. Nebojsa Popovic and Evan Sawula assisted Ricci’s fifth goal of the season. At the 64th minute, Sullivan Lauderdale put up the game-winning goal with help from Nick Strack.


Swimming and Diving @ U of M: Both Oakland men’s and women’s swim and dive teams hit the pool in Ann Arbor for a dual meet Friday, Sept. 29 at Canham Natatorium. The Golden Grizzlies fell to the University of Michigan with the men’s team coming up short 203-91 and the women’s team failing 203-90.

For the men’s one-meter dive, Joe Smith placed second with a score of 342.82. Cassie Misiewicz also placed second for the women’s squad in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00:16.


Cross Country: Oakland men’s and women’s cross country teams attended the 16th Annual Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Louisville, Ky.

Bryce Stroede led the men’s team by finishing 17th out of 145 runners for the 8K with a time of 23:53.64 to break the school record. With a time of 24:28.68, Jacob Bowman finished 40th. For the women’s team, Rachel Levy finished 48th out of 290 runners for the Gold 5K with a time of 17:28.07, and Maggie Schneider finished at 17:29.04 to place 50th.


Men’s Soccer @ Green Bay: On Saturday, Sept. 30, Oakland men’s soccer visited Green Bay, Wis., to take on their Horizon League competitor. The Golden Grizzlies ultimately fell to Green Bay 2-4.

Austin Ricci tied the game in the first half 1-1 with his sixth goal of the season. Green Bay added two more goals in the beginning of the second half before Ricci, assisted by Nebojsa Popovic, put up his second goal of the night and the final one for Oakland at the 78th minute to make it 2-3. The Phoenix went on to add one more goal.