Men’s BasketballThe Elmhurst men’s basketball team advanced to the CCIW Tourney Title Game by holding off 11th ranked North Central College in a 60-58 win. The win secures a spot in the CCIW Tournament final for the Bluejays who are ranked 17th in the latest D3hoops.com poll. Senior Will Nixon nailed a winning three-point play with less than a minute left in the game to earn the victory for the Bluejays. North Central outshot the Bluejays in game play, but Elmhurst won the battle in rebounds to help earn the win. The Bluejays led for the most of the first half, trailing for a short time at 6-4. Senior Pat Coleman scored back-to-back fast break layups to keep Elmhurst on top. With three minutes remaining, senior Peyton Wyatt sank a three-pointer, while a free throw by senior Eric Leonard helped to give Elmhurst their biggest lead of the half. A final bucket by Nixon gave Elmhurst a 34-28 lead at the end of the first half. A three-point bucket by Wyatt made a 46-36 lead in the second half possible. North Central scrambled for a comeback, but after a North Central miss Nixon hit a jump hook to put the Bluejays back up by six with five minutes left on the clock. Elmhurst finished the game when Nixon hit a shot and was fouled with just 50 seconds left in the game. Nixon hit the free throw and gave Elmhurst the 60-58 win. North Central outshot Elmhurst 47.9 percent (23-of-48) to 39 percent (23-of-59), but the Bluejays controlled the rebounds by 38-21 over the Cardinals. Nixon scored a game high of 16 points while shooting 6-of-13 from the floor. He also had a team best of seven rebounds in the win. Senior Kyle Wuest added 14 points in the win, shooting 6-of-15 from the floor and had two steals. Coleman scored 10 points while shooting 4-of-6 from the field. Senior Erik Crittenden and Wyatt each scored six points for the Bluejays. Elmhurst faced the winner of the Augustana/Illinois Wesleyan game on Feb. 27. The Bluejays made it to the CCIW Tournament only to be defeated in the second round by the University of St. Thomas. Men’s Lacrosse After a comeback in the second half, the Elmhurst men’s lacrosse team lost 8-7 to Hendrix College. By the end of first quarter play, Freshman Mac Harden brought the Bluejays within one goal. With just one minute into the second quarter, junior Matt Westhaver scored the game-tying goal with an assist by freshman David Fracassa. As the Bluejays headed into the half, Elmhurst was down 5-2. By the end of third quarter play, Elmhurst trailed by one (6-5). Sophomore Jake Cambron scored his first and second goals of the game and for the year with a Harden assist on the second goal. Harden netted his second goal of the game and freshman Carter Meyer netted his first goal of his career while junior Jackson Mandli scored his first goal of the season. With two goals each, Harden and Cambron led the Bluejays in the offense. Harden also led the team with five groundballs and five caused turnovers. Westhaver, Mandli, and Meyer all scored goals, while Cambron picked up four ground balls. Junior Nick Bonastia garnered 10 saves in the loss. Elmhurst lead the game with shots on goal 20-18. The Bluejays also lead in turnovers and conversions with 15-of-18 clears. Elmhurst capitalized on 3-of-4 man-up opportunities. On Wednesday, Mar. 2, Elmhurst hosted Benedictine at 7 PM.
Men’s Tennis The Elmhurst men’s tennis team defeated Monmouth College 6-3 in the season’s home opener. The Bluejays took the top four singles matches and the top two doubles matches in the home opener victory. The No. 1 doubles pair of seniors Chris Harrison and Quinn Jennings took the first match 8-1. The No. 2 pair of junior Kyle Endicott and senior Justin Delawder also took their match in an 8-3 victory. The Bluejays took the singles matches with a 5-2 victory. In the No. 1 position, Harrison clinched the win with a 6-0 and 6-3. Jennings scored 6-0 and 6-1 to take the win in the No. 2 spot. Senior Alex Abbuhl sealed the match with a 6-3 and 6-2 win in the No. 3 position. In the No. 4 position, Endicott scored a three set, 6-3, 6-7(4),10-8 win in the final match. On Friday, Mar. 4 at 6 PM, the Bluejays hosted University of Illinois at Chicago at Courts Plus.