November 9, 2012

Today's Blue & White - Nov. 9, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Opening Kickoff/Opening Tip!

While Equipment Manager Kevin Yeager has the responsibility of transporting the coveted Silver Shako to the VMI football game in Lexington, Va., this weekend, Spike is of the opinion that he should just leave it here because he’s going to have to bring it right back to Seignious Hall where it comfortably resides.

If you can’t make it to the Military Classic of the South, Spike invites you to stay close to McAlister Field House for the beginning of Coach Chuck Driesell’s third season as the Bulldogs host the two-day Army ROTC All-Military Classic, presented by USAA and Schupp Enterprises, Inc.  The Bulldogs play rival VMI on Saturday at 4 pm (around the same time the football team retains the Shako) while Air Force and Army tangle at 2 pm.  On Sunday, the winners play at 4 pm while the preliminary game is set for 2.

Congratulations to senior Mike Groselle, who was one of 60 candidates named for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award.  Get used to hearing his name a lot this season.

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Citadel Holds on to Defeat Elon in Homecoming Victory

Darien Robinson rushed for a career-high 178 yards and scored the clinching touchdown with 2:33 remaining in a 38-24 victory over Elon at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Phoenix and pulled the Bulldogs within one victory of clinching their first winning season since going 7-4 in 2007.

Aaron Miller added a pair of rushing touchdowns and connected on a 51-yard Hail Mary to Matt Thompson to end the first half and give The Citadel a 24-6 lead at intermission.

Ben Dupree rushed for 100 yards while Miller had 60 as part of a 366- yard ground game for the Bulldogs.  

The Citadel lead quickly grew to 25 when Miller went in from three yards out at the outset of the third quarter. Robinson ran for 60 yards on the first play of the drive to set up the Miller score.

Two Phoenix touchdown passes and their third field goal of the game trimmed The Citadel’s lead to 31-24 before the Bulldogs went on a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ate more than six minutes off the clock.  Robinson scored from the three to seal the win.

Freshman James Riley led the Bulldogs in tackles for the second time in as many games with 11, and Brandon McCladdie had his second interception of the season while holding Elon’s All-American wide receiver Aaron Mellette in check most of the day.

The Citadel Visits Rival VMI for the Silver Shako

The Military Classic of the South returns with the Bulldogs holding a 35-30-2 lead in the all-time series and have won five in a row.  The teams battle for the coveted Silver Shako, which has been awarded since 1976, and the Bulldogs own a 21-10-1 mark since then.

The only school The Citadel has played more than VMI is Furman with91 meetings.  After VMI left the Southern Conference, the teams did not play in 2004 and from 2008-10, and the series was renewed a year ago with The Citadel winning 41-14 in Charleston. 

The last game played in Lexington resulted in a 70-28 Bulldog win in 2007 while VMI’s last win was a 23-21 victory in 2002 in Charlotte (the game was also played in Charlotte in 2003 with the Bulldogs winning 27-23). 

Kevin Higgins is 4-0 against VMI while Sparky Woods is 4-3 vs. The Citadel (4-1 at Appalachian State; 0-1 at South Carolina; 0-1 at VMI).  Of note, Woods was the head coach at South Carolina for The Citadel’s historic 38-35 upset of the Gamecocks in 1990.

Volleyball Tripped by Paladins, Terriers & Cougars

The Citadel's front row duo of Rachael Farrell and Ise d'Angelo combined for 14 kills, but it was five College of Charleston players with four or more kills that proved to be the difference as the Cougars completed a 25-14, 25-18 and 25-21 sweep of the Bulldogs at TD Bank Arena on Tuesday night.

Farrell and d’Angelo had seven kills, respectively, to highlight a Citadel unit that totaled 25 team kills.  The Bulldogs also collected four kills each from the front row of Bailey Kernodle and Jessica Maxwell.  Erin Bucherl continued her solid defensive play, totaling a team-high 13 kills.  She was joined by Farrell who had nine digs and setter Rachael Keefer posted a team-best 19 assists.

Ise d'Angelo drove home a team-high 10 kills, while Farrell added six, but it was Wofford that emerged with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 victory on Saturday at Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg.

The combination of d'Angelo and Farrell were the bright spots for a Citadel offense that mustered 28 kills.  Erin Bucherl continued to be the leader defensively for the Bulldogs, tallying 11 digs, while Farrell added eight.  The Citadel also got 16 assists and six digs from freshman setter Mikaela Tracy.

In Greenville, Farrell totaled 11 kills and four digs for The Citadel on Friday evening, but it was not enough to turn back rival Furman who earned a 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 sweep of the Bulldogs.

Farrell converted her team-high 11 kills in 25 total attacks to finish with a .360 attack percentage.  D'Angelo (seven kills) and Maxwell (six kills) rounded out key offensive contributors, who tallied 36 kills as a unit.  The defense was anchored by Erin Bucherl, who totaled 18 digs, while the combination of Maxwell, Lauren Hurt and Kernodle each managed two assisted blocks.  Kernodle was also an integral part of the offense with 26 assists in the match.  

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Jackson Fires Career-Best 581 to Lead Rifle against No. 3 Kentucky and No. 15 NC State

Robert Jackson carded an impressive air rifle mark of 581 to lead all Bulldogs in Saturday's NCAA open match against No. 3 Kentucky and No. 15 NC State at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.  The Citadel finished the match in third place with an aggregate score of 4,409.

Jackson has now led his team in air rifle in four of the team's five matches this season and has eclipsed his air rifle career-best in consecutive weeks.  The sophomore also led the Bulldogs in small bore action, firing a mark of 557.

Joining Jackson was William Wutzer who posted an air rifle score of 573.  The Wright brothers, Franklin and Thor, rounded out the top-5 for The Citadel with marks of 572 and 570, respectively. 

Julia McCullohs led The Citadel women with an air rifle score of 567, while sophomore Teddi Haliscak fired a season-best 566 in the same event.

Kentucky took the team honors with an aggregate total of 4,686 while the Wolfpack took second with a 4,604.  Kentucky's Emily Holsopple took first place in small bore with a mark of 590.  UK’s Jon Pinkel carded an air rifle score of 591 to lead all shooters in the event.

Rifle Receives Grant from NSSF to Help Promote Program

The rifle team collected a $6,000 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation this week to offset the costs associated with travel and ammunition as well as help increase the awareness and participation in shooting sports on a collegiate level.

The purpose of the NSSF is to increase shooting sports opportunities through grant assistance to colleges and universities to establish shooting clubs and teams or to support existing programs. The grant program's focus is on recruitment and retention of the sport.

The Citadel, who most recently entered the NCAA rankings at No. 20, have already competed against some of the nation's top teams this season, hosting six of the NCAA's Top 20 programs in No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Texas Christian, No. 5 Jacksonville State, No. 11 Nevada, No. 13 NC State and No. 19 Columbus State.

Groselle Named As Candidate for 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award

Senior Mike Groselle was one of 60 candidates named for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award.  To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

As for Groselle's classroom performance, by the close of the 2011-12 academic year he posted a 3.661 GPA in civil engineering. He earned the rank of Captain at The Citadel, because of being a team captain for the 2012-13 basketball team.

Since coming to The Citadel as a freshman in 2009, Groselle has been a member of the Dean's List on five occasions, which he achieved by carrying a GPA of 3.2 or better for a semester.  He has also earned four Gold Stars, which is awarded to a cadet that maintains a 3.7 GPA or better.

Those distinctions in the classroom have allowed Groselle to twice earn Southern Conference Academic All-Conference recognition over the course of his career in 2010-11 and 2011-12 as well as earning the team's academic award in 2011-12.  His involvement in a Citadel mentoring program allows the senior center to work with local and non-local businesses in preparing graduates for entering the work force.  Groselle is also involved in Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society.

The Plano, Texas native is an integral part of The Citadel basketball program's relationship with nearby MUSC Children's Hospital. MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) is dedicated to enhancing the health of children throughout South Carolina, and to provide an environment that supports excellence in pediatric patient care, teaching and research.

CLASS Candidates
God'sgift Achiuwa, St. John's (N.Y.)
O.D. Anosike, Siena
Ben Averkamp, Loyola (Chicago)
Brian Barbour, Columbia
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Mike Groselle, The Citadel
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Gabe Knutson, Lehigh
JP Kuhlman, Davidson
Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston
Jonathan Lee, Northeastern
Scott Martin, Notre Dame
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Brock Motum, Washington State
Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Robert Olson, Loyola (Maryland)
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Colt Ryan, Evansville
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Andrew Smith, Butler
Michael Snaer, Florida State
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

Wrestlers Battle at Hokie Open; Host The Citadel Open

A second place finish by redshirt freshman Undrakhbayar "Ugi" Khishignyam along with a pair of third place finishes by preseason all-conference members Turtogtokh Luvsandorj and Odie Delaney highlighted the start to the 2012-13 season for The Citadel wrestling team on Sunday at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Va.

En route to his second place finish, Ugi downed the No. 9-ranked wrestler in the country, Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech), with a fall at the 6:59 mark before beating the 2012 Southern Conference Champion at the 141-pound weight class in Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou by an 8-3 decision.

In the heavyweight division, returning SoCon Champion Delaney dominated his first match, taking just 35 seconds to pin Hofstra's Zeal McGraw in the opening round. Delaney would win two more decisions before falling to Indiana's Adam Chalfant by a 3-1 decision. A win over Chris Penny in his final bout by 6-2 decision would give the redshirt senior a third place finish on the day.

In the 184-pound weight class, the two-time SoCon Champion and three-time NCAA qualifier Luvsandorj went 4-1, nabbing a technical fall in the first round before posting three more decisions to take third place in his class.

In a competitive 64-man 133-pound bracket, redshirt freshman Aaron Hansen opened the day with two wins by decision before falling to No.1 overall seed Erik Spjut from Virginia Tech.  Hansen came back in the consolations to take two decisions before losing by fall in the fifth place bout to Indiana's Quintin Murphy.

The Citadel wrestling team concluded its annual season-opening tournament, The Citadel Open, on Saturday at McAlister Field House.  The event included more than 275 wrestlers from 25 colleges from around the Southeast.

Nicholas Grossi led the way for the Bulldogs as the freshman went 2-2 on the day, recording pins against Central Florida (4:53) and Life University (1:00) to lift him into the championship semi-final round.

In his third bout of the day, Grossi dropped a 4-3 decision to Limestone (unattached) to drop him into the wrestle-back semi-final match for third place.  In that match, the freshman battled with Appalachian State-unattached) for three rounds before falling by a 9-8 decision to take fourth place in the 197-pound weight class.

For more information, including the entire list of matches at both the Hokie Open and The Citadel Open, please refer to

Basketball Tickets Are on Sale

  Season tickets for all 14 basketball home games are now on sale for $180 while the special Courtside Season Plan is $300 per person.  Tickets for the Army ROTC All-Military Classic, presented by USAA and Schupp Enterprises, Inc. are $20 per person per day, which is the same price for the College of Charleston game on Jan. 14.  All Southern Conference games are $14 each while non-league games are $13 each.  Also, if you are interested in attending the College of Charleston game at TD Arena on Jan. 24, those tickets are available for $20 each (but you better get them early).  We also have Southern Conference Tournament (in Asheville, NC) tickets available and they are $18 per session.

As always, if you need tickets to any Citadel event, please call us at 843/953-DOGS (3647) or you can order online at

Design a Blue Out Rally Towel for Basketball Game

The basketball team wants your help designing the Blue Out Rally Towel that will be distributed at the Blue Out basketball game versus Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm.

The design may consist of up to three colors on one side of a blue towel.  The fan with the best design, as voted on by members of the athletics department staff and Coca-Cola, will win a $250 VISA gift card, courtesy of Coca-Cola and an autographed team basketball.

All designs must be submitted via email to or in person by bringing a CD to the sports marketing office in McAlister Field House, by Nov. 2, at 5 pm.

The winner will be announced Nov. 10 on the official Citadel Sports Athletics Facebook page at  For more information or questions please contact or 843-953-8303.

David Orces Falls in the Finals at USTA Clay Court Invitational

David Orces fell short in the finals of the USTA Clay Court Invitational on Sunday as he closed out the three-day tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with a 3-1 singles record.

Orces was seeking his second singles tournament title of the fall, but lost to Florida State's Cristian Gonzalez Mendez in the garnet bracket finals match.

The Bulldog ace played well over the weekend as he defeated three different opponents.   The senior netter defeated a fierce field of competitors representing Florida State, Duke and a USTA top junior player.

In the final match of the tournament Orces fell to his FSU challenger, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2).  

Orces and partner Jonny Wong from Southern Cal were eliminated in garnet doubles action on Friday by the Seminoles' duo of Gonzalez Mendez and João Gauer, 8-6.

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Another Citadel-Furman Competition Looms

In conjunction with The Citadel playing rival Furman in football, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is seeking golfers in which to battle the Paladins on the links.  Anyone interested in playing on Friday, Nov.16, at The Furman Golf Course (1 pm tee time) are asked to contact Jerry Baker at (843) 953-5277 or email him at

Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Hay Tire
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Radiste Tech
  • Wilson & Quirk
We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.

Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!

And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics

We're No. 2 (and it's a good thing)!

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Says the site, which rated 500 communities between 100,000 and 300,000 people: "Broad Street is just a starting point to what makes downtown Charleston great. Downtown is loaded with high caliber restaurants and pubs that draw international attention. The area also features several lush parks and gardens, and several historic attractions can be found in and around the downtown area." 

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They Said It:

“Our mantra this week is, ‘Don’t do the math.’  Don’t worry about numbers, don’t worry about who is going to beat who.  We can worry about that later. … If and when we beat VMI, then we’ll have an opportunity to talk about the numbers after that.  But let’s go beat VMI.”

 - Coach Kevin Higgins, on the wacky Southern Conference race and the potential for The Citadel to reach the FCS playoffs, which would be the first time since 1992.

“He’s brought a lot of energy and he’s fun to play with.  It’s neat to watch a freshman do that.  On tape, when he see his window, he’s going to hit it and not hesitate.  It’s fun to see a freshman who is able to do that.”

 - Defensive end Bay Amrhein, on freshman linebacker James Riley, who was "unredshirted" prior to the Wofford game and who has made an immediate impact on defense.

“Matt has competed hard and has picked up what we are trying to do.  He’s got a good feel for the game and is really a good passer for a guy his size, and a good shooter.  That’s what we have not had from that position, a consistent 3-point shooter, and I feel like he can give that to us.”

 - Coach Chuck Driesell, on 6-6 freshman forward Matt Van Scyoc, of Green Lake, Wis.


Nov.  9                        Caleb Davis                           Brigadier Foundation

Upcoming Events

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House

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