Top five stunning UD sports moments of the fall semester
By: Keith Raad – Sports Editor
- NEVER A BETTER HEADER
Three minutes after Dayton tied the score late in the Atlantic 10 women’s soccer championship, Megan Herr’s ridiculous header from Erin O’Malley put Dayton ahead 2-1. The Flyers hung on to down top dog La Salle at Baujan Field. Dayton scored at the 68 and 71 minute mark to play late-game killer while grabbing their ninth conference title.
- BACK TO BANNERS
Following a disappointing 2013 campaign that saw the lowest win total in 15 years, Dayton’s 2014 season was pinch-worthy. Under the direction of Tim Horsmon, Dayton’s Isolde Hannan smacked down the final kill at the Frericks Center against George Washington to win the A-10 Conference Title, the ninth in program history. The Flyers ended their season in the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with a 30-6 record. UD was one of only five teams in the country to amass 30 wins.
- 301 YARDS AND ONE ANNOUNCEMENT
Thirty-four touches and over 300 yards put senior tailback Connor Kacsor number one in the UD record books. The announcer eloquently filled in the Welcome Stadium crowd, Dayton coaches and Kacsor himself as they heard he amassed the 300 yard-mark in a single game. In a 23-14 victory over Georgetown, Kacsor kept quiet in the first quarter, being held to only 14 yards. The senior blew that number away totaling 287 yards in the final three quarters.
- “WILL DID WHAT?”
In a play that he and Dayton football fans everywhere will never forget, place kicker William Will scored a touchdown off of a Marist fumble. Colin McManamon’s strip forced the ball to the turf, and Will was in perfect position. The next few steps toward the end zone put the Illinois native on the national stage as his big play made ESPN’s Sportscenter Top 10 Plays. Take a look for yourself.
- BIG MISTAKE
After an alleged robbery connection in one of Dayton’s dorms, big men Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott were permanently dismissed from Dayton basketball. The junior high school buddies who played together in high school in Columbus, Ohio, combined for 36 percent of True Team’s rebounds, and 19 percent of the buckets. Only nine games into the season, head coach Archie Miller had to revamp his lineup, working now with a limited roster and nobody over 6 foot 6. The event stands as one of the darkest days in program history.
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