St. Norbert College has wrapped up a highly successful winter sports season, seeing one national champion crowned and narrowly missing a second title.
Emily Schudrowitz ’12 captured her first national championship in the 800-meter run at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Meet with a winning mark of 2:09.24, shaving more than five seconds off her trial time of 2:14.25. Schudrowitz’s win gives St. Norbert its second straight national title in the indoor event and the Green Knights’ third overall. Ashley Graybill ’09 swept the indoor and outdoor 800-meter championships in 2009.
In hockey, a record-setting performance by goaltender B.J. O’Brien ’11 was not enough to carry the Green Knights to victory in the championship game of the NCAA Division III Frozen Four at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. The team eventually succumbed to Norwich University 2-1 in double overtime.
Despite the loss, O’Brien was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after making 70 saves in 99 minutes and 29 seconds of action – the longest game in St. Norbert and NCAA Division III Tournament history. St. Norbert finished its season 24-4-3 and played in its fourth national title game in seven years.
Women’s basketball finished with a 23-4 record after losing 71-58 to UW-Stevens Point in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Schuldes Sports Center. The Green Knights won their NCAA opener 78-67 over Calvin College, which was ranked 12th nationally entering the game. St. Norbert ended the year with a No. 20 ranking in the D3hoops.com Top 25.
The men’s basketball team won a record 23 games against four losses and triumphed in one NCAA Tournament game. The Green Knights topped Hope College 72-65 in the first round before falling to eventual national champion UW-Stevens Point 63-48 in the second round. The men also finished the season ranked 20th nationally by D3hoops.com.