BY NATALIE HEAVREN SPORTS EDITOR
Men’s soccer shut out the University of Rhode Island (URI) Wednesday night, collecting a 2-0 victory over a team who came into the game with a RPI ranking of 19.
URI played the last 65 minutes of the game with 10 players after their top scorer, Dominik Richter, received a red card and was ejected from the game.
After the win, Mason owned the tiebreaker over URI and received the third seed in the Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship. The Patriots (7-7, 5-3) hosted Saint Louis University (6-3-7, 3-1-4), on Sunday, not having met in the regular season.
Mason’s five conference wins are tied for the most in the program history, and Sunday marked the first home A-10 conference tournament game.
Men’s basketball got an early start to the season on the court Thursday night when they defeated Johns Hopkins University 60-50 in an exhibition match, the team’s first since the 2014-2015 season.
Three Patriots scored in double figures: junior Justin Kier led all scorers with 18 points, Otis Livingston II added 13 points and Jarred Reuter, a redshirt junior transfer from the University of Virginia, tallied the only double-double in the game, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Blue Jays, ranked No. 15 in Division III, are coached by Josh Loeffler, who served as an assistant coach under Dave Paulse at Williams College during the 2005-2006 season.
Women’s soccer lost 3-1 to the top-seeded Saint Louis in the A-10 Semifinals game Friday afternoon.
Mason’s lone goal was scored by freshman forward Jisca Adigo, her second goal of the season.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Morgan Symmers started in-goal and made two saves in the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Louisa Moser played the second half and made six saves.
The Patriots are 14-6 overall, went 8-2 in conference play and will find out if their season will continue on Monday after the NCAA Selection Show.
Women’s volleyball swept Davidson Friday night to improve to 7-4 in conference play and 9-12 overall. This is the team’s first sweep since Sept. 1 against Norfolk State.
With this win, the team clinched a spot in the A-10 Championship for the first time in the program’s six years in the conference. This is the first spot in a postseason tournament for the Patriots since 2009.
Junior Bailey Williams finished the night with a match-high 11 kills, sophomore Emily Konchan finished with 37 assists and freshman ShaLi Niu finished with 14 digs.