UCCS Mountain Lion teams finish strong

UCCS-Mountain-Lion-LogoUCCS athletics matched its best finish in school history with a sixth-place finish in the 2013-14 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Sport Competition Cup.

The Mountain Lions accumulated 600.5 points and matched the finishes from the 2012-13 and 1998-99 seasons.

UCCS finished seventh among the core sports required for RMAC membership with 226.5 points, led by the 86 points earned by men’s basketball. The Mountain Lions finished third in the regular season standings and made the RMAC Shootout Championship game for the first time in program history. UCCS qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in program history this winter.

Women’s basketball scored 57 points in the core sports category with a tie for sixth in the conference standings. Men’s soccer scored 44 points and lost in a shootout in the conference tournament to the eventual tournament champion, and volleyball scored 39.5 points in the first year with a new head coach.

Portrait of Steve Kirkham
Steve Kirkham, athletic director

The Mountain Lion golf team led the men’s wildcard teams with 78 points in its third-place finish at the conference tournament. UCCS advanced to the NCAA postseason for the 13th consecutive season and missed a sixth trip to the national tournament by two strokes in the regional round.

Men’s cross country scored 62 points in a sixth-place finish at the conference championships last October and men’s indoor track and field scored 38 in a sixth-place finish this winter as the other teams to score in the men’s wildcard category.

Cross country led the women’s wildcard teams with 79 points in a fourth-place finish at the conference championships last fall. The Mountain Lions advanced to the national championships for the second straight season and finished No. 20 in the national meet.

UCCS softball scored 62 points in a sixth-place finish in the regular season standings, but finished third in the conference tournament for the second straight season. Women’s soccer scored 55 points as the final wildcard team to be scored after a sixth-place finish in the regular season and the fourth conference tournament appearance in the last five seasons.

The RMAC All-Sport Competition Cup uses finishes from four core sports of football or men’s soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. The competition then uses the top three finishes in men’s and women’s wildcard sports, which are any other sports that the conference sponsors a championship in. The regular season finish is used for the sports of soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball, while the conference championship finishes are used for cross country, track and field and golf.

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