Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, October 5, 2012

 

Opening Kickoff!

It will be Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs in Saturday afternoon’s football game as The Citadel Bulldogs battle the Samford Bulldogs in Birmingham.  Their Bulldogs are playing well and we’ll have to be at our best once again to leave Alabama with a victory. 

Despite our two-game skid, we continue to be ranked – which is always nice.

Our marketing department wants your creative design for the Blue Out Rally Towel that will be distributed at the basketball game versus Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 16.  Look for the information below as we want to see your resourcefulness. 

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

  

Mocs Upend Bulldogs

Chattanooga scored 21 unanswered points covering the second and third quarters and went on to hand The Citadel its first SoCon loss of the season, a 28-10 setback at Johnson Hagood Stadium. 

The Bulldogs dominated the first quarter, compiling 122 yards of total offense, but could manage only a 32-yard field goal by Thomas Warren for an early 3-0 lead.  The Citadel was held in check the next two quarters, putting up only 91 yards while falling behind. 

The quarterback tandem of Terrell Robinson and Jacob Huesman both threw touchdown passes in the second quarter to give the Mocs a 14-3 halftime lead, and Robinson added a three-yard run in the third to boost The Citadel deficit to 18. 

Aaron Miller sprinted 32 yards for a touchdown to bring the Bulldogs within 10 in the final seconds of the third quarter, but a 29-yard run by Kendrix Huitt sealed the win for Chattanooga. 

Darien Robinson led the Bulldogs with 132 rushing yards, his third straight game over the 100 mark and fourth on the year. Miller and Ben Dupree combined for pass for 125 yards. 

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com

 

Despite Defeat, Bulldogs Remain Ranked

Despite losing its past two games, The Citadel remained in the Top 25 in both national polls. 

The Bulldogs are ranked 19th by The Sports Network and 22nd in the FCS Coaches poll. The Citadel has been ranked as high as No. 10 by TSN and No. 14 by the coaches following its win over Appalachian State. 

When the Bulldogs reached the No. 10 spot in the TSN poll, it marked the first time they had been in the Top 10 since finishing the 1992 regular season at No. 1. 

This is the third season The Citadel has been ranked in eight years under head coach Kevin Higgins. The Bulldogs made a brief appearance at No. 25 in 2007 and spent seven weeks in the rankings the following year. 

Prior to that, The Citadel had not been ranked since spending two weeks in the polls during the 1993 campaign. 

 

Bulldogs Battle Bulldogs 

The Citadel looks to avoid a three-game losing streak and get back on track in its pursuit of its first Southern Conference title since 1992 when it visits Samford on Saturday. 

Both teams dropped to 2-1 in the conference and one-half game behind Wofford (along with Georgia Southern) with losses last week.  The Citadel fell at home to Chattanooga, 28-10, while Samford lost for the first time in five games this season with a 35-16 setback at Georgia Southern. 

After starting 3-0 for the first time since that SoCon championship campaign of

1992, The Citadel has lost to NC State and Chattanooga.  Since 1992, the Bulldogs have suffered a losing streak of at least three games in 17 of 19 seasons.  Samford was ranked No. 25 in the FCS Coaches poll before its loss at Georgia Southern, the first time it had been nationally ranked since 1995.

 

Noting The Citadel vs. Samford Matchup

The Citadel holds a 3-2 lead in the series with Samford and the teams have split the four games played since Samford joined the Southern Conference in 2008. 

The last two games have been nail biters, with Samford winning, 19-14, at Johnson Hagood Stadium last year and The Citadel taking a 13-12 victory in Birmingham in 2010. 

Kevin Higgins is 2-2 vs. Samford while Pat Sullivan, the former Heisman Trophy winner, has the same record against The Citadel.

 

The Citadel vs. Samford

Year    Score

1989    The Citadel 35, Samford 16 (Charleston)

2008    Samford 28, The Citadel 10 (Birmingham)

2009    The Citadel 28, Samford 16 (Charleston)

2010    The Citadel 13, Samford 12 (Birmingham)

2011    Samford 19, The Citadel 14 (Charleston)

  

"Rally to the Alley" -- Greet the Bulldogs on Their Arrival at Johnson Hagood Stadium 

Join the Stray Dog Society as they meet, greet and cheer the Bulldogs two hours prior to every home game at the Altman Athletic Center parking lot on Hagood Avenue.  The group invites everyone to join them as they help welcome the football-playing Bulldogs strut up “Stray Dog Alley,” accompanied by our cheerleaders and Spike.  The Stray Dog Society Tailgate hosts a pregame social and celebration following the Dog Walk two hours before every game with live entertainment, fellowship and loads of fun.  This is evolving into a great place to mix and mingle before the Regimental Band leads the Corps of Cadets as they march down Hagood Avenue and into Johnson Hagood Stadium. 

 

Sweet Johnson Hagood Stadium Suite Is Available

An environmentally-controlled luxury suite at Johnson Hagood Stadium is available for the rest of the season.  If you have an interest, please contact Senior Associate Athletics Director John McAleer ’72 at 843/953-1354 or email him at john.mcaleer@citadel.edu.

  

Rent a Luxury Suite for the Elon Game

Have you always wanted to entertain and impress your friends at Homecoming and enjoy one of the luxury suites at Johnson Hagood Stadium?  One suite (#617) is now available to rent for the Elon (Homecoming) game on Nov. 3.  For more information, please contact TCBF Executive Director Jerry Baker at 843/953-5277 or email him at Jerry.Baker@citadel.edu.

 

 Soccer Falls to UNCG; Ties Elon

Mariana Garcia drilled her seventh goal of the season to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at the half, but UNC Greensboro's two second half goals were enough to edge The Citadel, 2-1, at UNCG Stadium on Sunday. 

The Bulldogs struck first in the 43rd minute as Garcia dribbled the ball past the Spartan defense and lobbed a perfect drop shot over the UNCG keeper to give her team a 1-0 lead at the half.  The score was Garcia's seventh of the season and 24th of her career leaving her just four shy of the school record. The Bogota, Colombia, native also added two shots on goal, giving her 82 for her career leaving her 11 shy of the program's all time record. 

The Citadel's defense held strong through two overtime periods after Nicole Levermann's 65th minute header found the back of the net to even the score at one goal apiece on Friday night against Elon at Rudd Field.   Levermann's second goal of the season came off a perfectly dropped pass into the box by Anastasia Mesa, who posted her team-leading fifth of the season and sixth of her career moving her into a tie for third place in Citadel history. 

Goalkeeper Sarah Katchen recorded another quality game as the junior posted nine saves, two in the second overtime period, while playing all 110 minutes in net.  The Bulldogs edged the Phoenix in shots with a 21-20 advantage.  Jannel Johnson posted another seven shots, five on goal. 

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com. 

 

Volleyball Falls at Georgia Southern, Davidson

Cassie Uribe led all Citadel hitters with eight kills, while Amanda Rudnik and Jessica Maxwell each finished with seven, but Davidson emerged with a sweep of the Bulldogs by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 27-25.  Uribe highlighted a Citadel offensive unit that totaled 35 kills, while Rachael Farrell tacked on 14 digs.  Also with solid defensive outings for the Cadets were Mikaela Tracy (12 digs) and Lauren Hurt (10 digs).  Hurt also made her presence felt with two solo blocks and a pair of assisted blocks. 

The team struggled to find its offensive rhythm in the weekend opener on Friday at Georgia Southern, which completed a three-game sweep by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-13 at Hanner Field House.  Farrell led the Bulldogs with eight kills, while Ise d'Angelo added three.   Rudnik highlighted the back row defense with seven digs, while Lauren Hurt tallied a solo block and an assisted block. 

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com. 

 

Keene Takes the Crown at the Inaugural Bulldog Cross Country Invitational

Senior captain Kyle Keene finished in the top spot in the men's 8k race on Saturday morning at the new Laurel Hill Plantation course as the Bulldog men took first place overall while the women nabbed second. 

Keene posted a time of 25:53, 35 seconds ahead of the second place finisher to take the individual crown.  Pacing Keene in the 8k race for the Bulldogs was Austin Waldrop (6th place; 26:57), Atom Young (7th; 27:15), Raeven Lantz (8th; 27:15) and Miles Keohane (12th; 28:16). 

Danielle McKee took second place overall in the women's 5k with a 19:06.  She has now led the Bulldogs in each of her 15 career races.  Following McKee was freshman Jacqueline Thompson, who recorded a 20:09 to take fifth place.  Jessica DeWitte (8th; 20:49), Caillian Colquitt (10th; 20:52) and Christina Shonbeck (11th; 21:04) rounded out The Citadel’s top five. 

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com

 

Hunton Leads Shooters to Second Place Finish at SEARC 1 Competition

Richard Hunton took fourth place overall and tops among his teammates as he carded a 579 at the first Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season this weekend in Dahlonega, Ga. to help lead the Bulldogs to a second place finish and combined air rifle score of 2,296. 

Hunton's 579 is a career-best in air rifle for the sophomore who has now led the Bulldog marksmen in both matches this season. The Citadel trio of Franklin Wright (573), Robert Jackson (572) and William Wutzer (572) finished in seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively, to record the team's top four spots. 

Freshman Thor Wright collected his first varsity letter of the season in air rifle with a 567.  A varsity letter is achieved when a marksmen cards an air rifle or smallbore score of 560 or above.

 

The Bulldogs finished just 21 points behind 2012 conference champion NC State.

Terri Craig led the women for the second consecutive week, carding an air rifle score of 567 to take 12th place overall.  Captain Julia McCullohs took second with a 564. 

The Bulldogs closed the weekend on Sunday in NCAA smallbore action as Jackson posted his first career varsity letter in smallbore with a 563 to lead all Cadets and nabbed fourth place overall. 

The men's smallbore team took second place to the Wolfpack, collecting a 2,189 and aggregate score of 4,485 for the weekend. 

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com. 

 

Golf Finishes Fifth at S.C. State Bulldog Invitational

Sophomore Kellie Anderson fired a three-day score of 237 (+21) and placed 20th at the S.C. State Bulldog Invitational, piloting the Cadets to a fifth-place showing at Patriots Point. 

The Bulldogs posted a three-day total of 953 (310-323-320), one shot behind Towson (952).  Southern Conference rival Wofford captured the three-day event with an 884, followed by Bethune-Cookman (895) and host S.C. State (931). 

Anderson (80-76-81=237) finished one shot in front of teammate Erica Pellegrini (71-90-77=238), who was the lone Citadel participant to post two rounds of 70 at the par 72, 5,799-yard course. 

The Bulldogs also counted scorecards from Eraina Manor (82-79-80=241), who tied for 25th, Hollie Salvo (77-80-89=246) and TaKima Butler (87-88-82=257). 

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com. 

 

Tennis Teams Bow in Flight Finals

The tennis team ended doubles draw play with pair of losses in the Steve Baras Fall Classic, hosted by Chattanooga at the Champions Club.  In a battle for a championship spot in Flight 3, the tandem of Peter Bleach and Oliver Dedding fell to the duo from East Tennessee State early Saturday morning by a score of 8-4.  In Flight 4 action, the freshmen pair of Matt McGill and Jackson Pride was defeated, 8-6, by UNC Greensboro. 

Individually, The Citadel wasn't able to make it past the first day in singles draw, as all four Cadets were defeated on Friday. 

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com. 

 

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 SportMarketing@Citadel.edu 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 http://www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs.  For more information or questions please contact SportMarketing@Citadel.edu or 843-953-8303. 

 

TCBF Launches New Website

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and we’ll ask that you make www.brigadierfoundation.com one of your bookmarks.  The site is clean and easy-to-navigate site, and is full of information on facts and events surrounding TCBF.  We hope you find it beneficial. 

 

22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Is Nov. 2

The 22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Nov. 2 at Patriots Point Golf Club on Mt. Pleasant.  Registration is set from 7:15-8am with the shotgun start going at 8:30.  Participants that sign up prior to Sept. 30 get a discount ($125 as compared to $135 AFTER Sept. 30).  Fee includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverage, Citadel Titleist golf cap, Citadel Footjoy Golf shirt, sleeve of Prov1 golf balls, range balls and more.  Hole sponsorships are available as is the opportunity for Reunion Classes to battle each other for a tournament within a tournament.  Early registration is encouraged as we are sure to sell out.  For more information, please call The Citadel Brigadier Foundation 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 www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports.  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball.  Follow them today!

  

Upcoming Birthdays

Oct. 7                         Gerald Dixon                          Football

Oct. 13                        Rob Burke                             Basketball

Oct. 14                        Fred Jordan                           Baseball

 
 

Upcoming Events

Nov. 2             22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament @Patriots Point

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

 

 

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Today’s Blue & White is the official electronic publication of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc. with its office located at The Citadel, McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC  29409 (office 843/953-5277).

Publishers…………….......Jerry Baker & Larry Leckonby

Editor………………….........Andy Solomon

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