Key HCAC clash at Rose-Hulman ahead

Key HCAC clash at Rose-Hulman ahead

A Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Rose-Hulman is next for Manchester University Saturday, Nov. 2.

Match specifics: Kickoff times are 1 p.m. for the women and 3:30 p.m. for the men at Jim Rendel Field on Rose-Hulman's campus … Live statistics for both matches are available at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Women – MU (11-6-1 overall, 7-1 HCAC) remains in the thick of the conference championship chase. They trail Hanover by just a match in the loss column going into the final weekend … The Spartans have already earned a spot in next week's postseason tournament. Seeds and locations will be announced following the Saturday's matches … A seven-match win string is in tow going to Terre Haute. The team's numbers are glittering in the run having out-scored the opposition 16-6 and out-shot their opponents 125-74 overall and 59-37 on goal. Manchester University's reliable offensive combination of junior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind.) and sophomore forward Brandy Crouse (Cleves, Ohio) has totaled six goals each amongst a group of 10 individuals that has earned at least a point in the span. Junior Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) and freshman Adrianna Brown (Columbia City, Ind.) have combined for a miniscule 0.83 goals-against average, 31 saves and an 83.8 save percentage during the string … Barta and Crouse recently captured some Spartans' history. Crouse's 10th goal of the season, during MU's 4-0 victory over Anderson Oct. 30, made them the first duo to reach double-figure goals for the program in the same year since 2006 … They also head a strong Black and Gold flavor to the HCAC's statistical report. Barta is tied with Franklin College's Vanessa Benham for the goals (13) and points (34) lead, is first in assists (eight) and is fourth in shots (59). Crouse is tied for third in goals and ranks fourth in points (21), while Willmann is among the top five in saves (123 – 2nd), save percentage (85.4 – 4th) and goals-against average (1.18 – 4th).