Xavier Sports 2018-19 Year in Review

Men’s Soccer: The Musketeers played particularly well against ranked competition, upsetting No. 2 Indiana and No. 8 Georgetown. They also tied with No. 7 Michigan State and No. 6 Kentucky is double overtime. Xavier finished with an overall record of 6-7-6. According to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Xavier brings in the seventh-best recruiting class nationally for the upcoming season.

Women’s Soccer: Xavier secured a playoff bid for the second straight season under head coach Nate Lie after going 4-3-2 in the Big East. The Musketeers advanced to the Big East Semifinals but fell to Georgetown, 3-1. Redshirt junior Samantha Dewey was named the Big East Midfielder of the Year and also included in the All-Big East First Team.

Volleyball: The Musketeers finished with an 8-10 conference record and 6-5 record on home court at Cintas Center. Xavier added three members to its 2019 signing class and has a youthful team heading into next season.

Cross Country: The women’s cross country team was ranked five times throughout the season. Sophomore Jenna Clayworth and Anna Kostarellis received All-Conference Honors at the Big East Championships. The women’s team finished 13th while the men’s team finished 20th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

Men’s Golf: Sophomore Garrett Wood won the individual Big East Championship by one stroke, becoming the 12th player in men’s golf history to be the top golfer in the conference. He played at the NCAA Louisville Regional and shot a total of 229 (+16) in three rounds.

Women’s Golf: Junior Mikayla Fitzpatrick’s stellar season helped elevate the Musketeers to their first team NCAA Tournament in program history. Fitzpatrick, the Big East Golfer of the Year and the first individual to play in the NCAAs, earned a qualifying spot at the East Lansing Regional before her season ended at the NCAA Championships where she shot a three-day total of 238 (+9).

Men’s Tennis: The Musketeers played to an even 3-3 record on neutral courts and finished 6-15 overall on the season. Xavier recruited two members to its 2019-20 roster.

Women’s Tennis: The Musketeers made an impressive win, tying a record for 22 wins on the season while also capturing 20 straight victories. They also finished the season with an undefeated 8-0 mark in conference play and qualified for the Big East Tournament final, falling to DePaul 4-3.

Swimming: Both swimming teams had impressive runs down the stretch. The men’s side captured a Big East title without fielding a diving squad and the women’s side landed a second-place finish.

Men’s Basketball: The Musketeers caught fire to end the season and entered the Big East Tournament as the No. 4 seed on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament. Xavier was not among the teams tabbed for March Madness, but the Musketeers played in the NIT Tournament where they took care of Toledo handily before bowing out to Texas in the second round.

Women’s Basketball: After an 11-19 season, Xavier hired its eighth head coach in program history, Melanie Moore. She previously spent seven seasons at Michigan including last year as the Wolverines’ associate head coach.  

Track & Field: Senior Kara Robinson and sophomore William Roberts earned All-Big East honors as they each won a silver medal at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Earlier in the season, Roberts set a personal best and school record in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Connor Meehan broke a school record in the 800-meter run on the first day of the Big East Outdoor Championships. Kostarellis set school records in the 3,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Baseball: The Musketeers surged through Big East play, amassing a 12-4 conference record to reach the playoffs. Xavier contended in the Big East Championship Game, but fell to Creighton, 9-8. Junior pitcher Conor Grammes was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth round of the MLB Draft while senior infielder Chris Givin was chosen by San Diego Padres in the 19th round.

By Luke Feliciano | Sports Editor