College Sports Archive

  • Softball power rankings: IPFW ace a big-time talent

    Hays: IPFW ace a big-time talent

    Pitcher Miranda Kramer doesn't have her IPFW team in our rankings, but after leading the Mastodons past Texas, it's clear she's not someone the power programs should want to face.

    Feb 19 5:06 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • More autonomy possible for power conferences

    A seven-member steering committee with the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors is working to provide wealthier conferences with "a range" of autonomy and hopes to have a new structure in place by August.

    Feb 12 8:18 PM ET | By Heather Dinich

  • Ball State senior Jenny Gilbert turns on the hitting power

    Hays: Ball State's Gilbert turns on the power

    From Canada to Indiana by way of Texas, and from slap hitter to home run record-setter, Ball State's Jenny Gilbert has traveled a unique path to stardom.

    Feb 6 2:36 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Softball rivalry heats up between Alabama and Auburn

    Hays: Alabama-Auburn softball rivalry heats up

    Alabama has the 2012 national championship. Auburn now has top coach Clint Myers. The schools' softball rivalry could soon be taking on a football-esque look.

    Feb 6 1:37 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Five burning questions for 2014 NCAA softball season

    Hays: Five burning questions for NCAA softball season

    Some things we know for certain -- Lauren Chamberlain will dominate, for instance. But in a softball season without a clear favorite team, it's only fitting that we begin by throwing out some questions.

    Feb 4 8:48 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Lady Vols No. 1 in softball preseason poll

    Tennessee holds the No. 1 spot in the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball announced Tuesday.

    Jan 28 6:58 PM ET

  • Mullins, Brian are top NCAA soccer players

    Maryland senior forward Patrick Mullins became the seventh back-to-back Hermann Trophy winner as the best player in NCAA Division I soccer, and Virginia junior midfielder Morgan Brian took the women's award Friday night.

    Jan 10 11:11 PM ET

  • Waldrum leaves Notre Dame to coach NWSL's Houston Dash

    Hays: ND's Waldrum makes Dash for NWSL

    Last year, B.J. Snow left UCLA to coach the Under-17 U.S. national team. Now, Randy Waldrum is leaving South Bend for his native Texas, where he'll coach the expansion Houston Dash of the NWSL.

    Jan 3 10:43 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Evergreen Valley College prepping soccer players for future

    Smith: Evergreen Valley prepping soccer players for future

    Evergreen Valley has become a women's soccer power in California Community College system since coach Felicia Perez arrived in 2006. But it's her drive to send first-generation Latina athletes to four-year schools that she considers her greatest success.

    Dec 10 2:06 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • College Cup champion Bruins have that unbeatable feeling

    Hays: UCLA has that unbeatable feeling

    The College Cup is going to Los Angeles not because UCLA proved once and for all it was demonstrably better than every other team, but because it proved over the past two weeks it was simply unbeatable.

    Dec 9 1:27 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • UCLA wins women's soccer title in overtime

    Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first NCAA women's soccer title Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State 1-0 in overtime in cold and rainy conditions.

    Dec 9 12:25 PM ET

  • FSU's path to title game starts in Iceland

    Hays: FSU's path to title game starts in Iceland

    If Florida State women’s soccer team is to win its first national championship against UCLA on Sunday, it’ll likely need a boost from Icelandic duo Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who are at the forefront of the Seminoles’ attack.

    Dec 8 10:21 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Timing is everything for UCLA, FSU

    Hays: Timing is everything for UCLA, FSU

    With dramatic victories in the semifinals, and after 16 combined appearances in the College Cup, either UCLA or Florida State will finally win its first championship on Sunday.

    Dec 7 2:25 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Va Tech's Kelly Conheeney paying price for head injuries

    Hays: Virginia Tech's Conheeney paying price for previous injuries

    Her soccer career ended early by repeated head injuries, Virginia Tech's Kelly Conheeney can only watch from the sideline as her teammates battle for the College Cup.

    Dec 5 4:40 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Four burning questions for women's College Cup

    Hays: Four burning questions for College Cup

    Heading into this weekend's College Cup, we know there will be a first-time champion this season in women's soccer. What we want to know is how anyone can slow down Virginia.

    Dec 4 11:49 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • UCLA chases UNC in 2 OT to advance to College Cup

    Hays: UCLA chases UNC in 2 OT to advance to College Cup

    UCLA wanted to end its season in North Carolina, just not this Saturday. After two overtimes, the Bruins defeated defending champion UNC 1-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals to advance to next week's College Cup in Cary, N.C.

    Nov 30 11:22 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Virginia headed to College Cup for first time since 1991

    Hays: Virginia heading to College Cup

    Disappointed last year, the Cavaliers would not be stopped this time around -- not even by the five defenders Michigan put out. The 2-1 victory was a long time coming.

    Nov 30 8:46 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Santa Clara recruit can't forget Afghans' courage

    Smith: Soccer player humbled by Afghans' courage

    Playing for the Afghan national soccer team, which took to the field against all odds, opened Santa Clara recruit Hailai Arghandiwal's eyes to the privilege she's experienced growing up in the United States.

    Nov 29 11:03 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Five burning questions for NCAA women's soccer quarterfinals

    Hays: Five burning questions for NCAA women's soccer quarterfinals

    With the ACC claiming six of the remaining eight teams, the league has almost all the answers to our five burning questions for the NCAA women's soccer quarterfinals.

    Nov 27 10:21 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Summer Green's two goals lift North Carolina over Texas A&M

    Hays: Summer breeze lifts North Carolina

    North Carolina, minus injured star Crystal Dunn, rode two goals from Summer Green and key saves from Anna Sieloff to a 2-0 shutout of Texas A&M.

    Nov 25 7:01 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • North Carolina is next obstacle for Texas A&M soccer

    Hays: UNC next obstacle for Texas A&M soccer

    No school has more NCAA tournament wins (27) without ever reaching the College Cup than Texas A&M. Now, the Aggies face North Carolina, winner of 21 championships, in the third round.

    Nov 23 12:04 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • British accent

    Hays: British accent suits St. John's

    U.K. natives Rachel Daly and Georgia Kearney-Perry found more opportunity to play in the U.S., and now they hope to lead St. John's to the Sweet 16.

    Nov 21 1:30 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Five questions for NCAA soccer second and third rounds

    Hays: Five burning questions for women's soccer second and third rounds

    After perhaps the biggest first-round upset ever, Western Michigan is savoring every moment. But just where did these Broncos come from?

    Nov 18 7:37 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Five burning questions for women's soccer tournament

    Hays: Five burning questions for NCAA women's soccer tournament

    Virginia became the imperfect favorite after cracking open the College Cup door for other teams to slip through after its loss in the ACC tournament. Here's what you need to know about the teams and players to keep an eye on.

    Nov 13 11:33 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • 19 suspended after women's hockey brawl

    A brawl at the end of Friday's women's hockey game between Ohio State and Bemidji State led to 19 players being disqualified and set an NCAA record for penalty minutes in a game.

    Nov 11 4:32 PM ET