TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman will play host to Defiance for its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener and homecoming game Saturday at Cook Stadium.
The Engineers enter the 2 p.m. matchup with a 0-2 overall mark after a tough 27-17 loss to Centre last Saturday.
Senior quarterback Ryan Landwehr had one of the most prolific passing games in Rose history with a 36-for-60 performance with 303 yards and two touchdowns. His completions and attempts ranked second in school history.
The Engineers enter the game with two HCAC Defensive Player of the Week award winners this season. Senior Cody Rivers received the honor after the Kalamazoo game, while Josh Sonneberger is the reigning HCAC Defensive Player of the Week after his effort against Centre.
Defiance features the HCAC rushing leader in Sean Washington and the conference sacks leader in Andrew Leverenz. The Yellow Jackets also have dropped their first two games to members of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, 32-29 to Albion and 14-0 to Adrian.
After Saturday’s game, Rose-Hulman hits the road for Manchester on Sept. 28.
• Rose standout mentioned — Rose-Hulman has been named a “possible breakthrough” men’s team and senior Julian Strickland has been named an honorable-mention All-American in the Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook, available on newsstands Thursday.
The Sporting News Yearbook listed a preseason top 10 poll for NCAA Division III, then mentioned several other teams in the possible breakthrough category. The Engineers were mentioned in the list after completing a 24-4 season last winter.
Rose has qualified for two consecutive NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournaments after capturing two consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles. The Engineers were ranked as high as No. 18 nationally last season, led NCAA Division III in scoring defense by allowing just 51.8 points per game and hosted their first NCAA tournament game since 1997.
Strickland was a second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American last season and leads two returning starters for this year’s squad. He also was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player after leading the Engineers in scoring at 14.6 points per contest.
Strickland enters his season with 1,099 career points, including 65 games scoring in double figures and eight games of 20 or more points. His career-high 30-point game came in the 2012 HCAC tournament championship game at Transylvania, a victory that lifted Rose-Hulman to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999.
Rose will open its season with a scrimmage against Indiana State on Nov. 3. The Engineers will open their regular season Nov. 22 at Washington (St. Louis) University, which also was listed as a possible breakthrough team in the magazine.
• More racing coming — Racing is scheduled for this week with a tripleheader involving some Wabash Valley drivers in Ohio.
U.S. Auto Club features for Silver Crown, sprint and midget cars will be run in the 33rd 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway on Saturday in Rossburg, Ohio.
The Silver Crown championship will be decided by the results of the 50-lap main. Seven drivers have been the winners in the seven SC races and five drivers have a chance to win the title.
Bobby East has a five-point lead over Jerry Coons Jr. going into the finale. Tracy Hines, Chris Windom and Kody Swanson round out the top five.
Bryan Clauson is five points up on Dave Darland in the sprint totals. Sullivan native Chase Stockon is fifth.
Darland has had 21 podium finishes in the 4-Crown Nationals.
Christopher Bell is the leader in the midget standings with a seven-point lead over Clauson. Hines also is third in those totals and is sixth in the sprint division.
Regular racing with special events are set for Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway and Crossroads Dragway. King of the Non-Wing Sprints is on the LP card and a Fast 33 at the 330 race is on the Crossroads schedule.
USAC point leaders
Silver Crown — Bobby East 339, Jerry Coons Jr. 334, Tracy Hines 323, Chris Windom 318, Kody Swanson 310.
Sprints — Bryan Clauson 1,577, Dave Darland 1,572, Brady Bacon 1,521, Kevin Thomas Jr. 1,396, Chase Stockon 1,392, Hines 1,291, Robert Ballou 1,231.
Midgets — Christopher Bell 672, Clauson 635, Hines 596, Coons 564, Darren Hagen 543, Andrew Felker 531.
• Rose-Hulman 2, Fontbonne University 1 — At St. Louis, Ben Lyon scored his second game-winning goal in as many games to lift the Rose-Hulman to a riveting 2-1 double-overtime win Wednesday.
The freshman Lyon drilled the game-winner in the 104th minute of play, aided by an assist from classmate Brad Rostron. The goal ended the sudden-death final frame to give the Engineers their second straight victory.
Rose sophomore Mike Smyser opened the scoring early for the Engineers (3-1-2, 0-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), as he connected on his first goal of the season in the 6th minute to give RHIT a 1-0 lead. Senior teammate William Senat was credited with the assist.
Fontbonne (3-3-1) responded in the 25th minute behind a goal by Zach Schuchardt and assisted by Justin Williams to knot the score at 1-1 entering the half. Both defenses held in the second half to force overtime, until Lyon’s score gave Rose-Hulman the victory with five minutes remaining.
Junior keeper Drew Miller picked up his second straight win in goal for the Engineers, who were outshot by a 12-11 margin.
Fontbonne also held a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Engineers will return to action Sunday when they travel to Centre for a 4 p.m. matchup.
• Rose-Hulman 1, Fontbonne University 0 — At St. Louis, Nicky Wheeler extended her offensive hot streak with her fourth goal of the season to lift Rose-Hulman over Fontbonne on Tuesday.
With the score knotted at 0-0 late in the second half, Rose’s Kate DeMoss cleared a ball from a Fontbonne free kick near midfield to junior teammate Haley O’Neil. O’Neil dribbled the ball down the right side of the field before delivering a perfect cross to a sprinting Wheeler, who one-touched the pass just in front of the post for the game-winner in the 84th minute.
Wheeler has scored in three straight games for the Engineers, including a two-goal performance in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Millikin. O’Neil also picked up her second assist in as many matches, as the Engineers (4-1-1, 0-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) are winners of three in a row.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lucinda Combs recorded the shutout for the Engineers, as she tallied a match-high seven saves in the tight contest.
Rose-Hulman was able to come away with the victory despite being outshot by Fontbonne 11-5. Both teams were even in corner kicks with three apiece.
Rose returns to the field Sunday with a road matchup at Centre College, starting at 2 p.m. Fontbonne fell to 2-2-2 with the loss.