Seniors reflect on their four years as Bulldogs

March 5, 2015 11:00 AM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

As the Drake Men’s Basketball season wraps up, there are five men who will soon be donning the Bulldogs uniform for the last time.

“I have a great amount of pride for these guys,” head coach Ray Giacoletti said. “They’ve been catalysts for this team, and I’ve never seen a team improve over two months as much as these guys have. It’s a testament to their attitude and work ethic.” (more…)

Women’s Tennis battles for two victories

March 4, 2015 1:15 PM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

The Women’s Tennis team came away with two wins at home last weekend against St. John’s University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

Drake and UWM, two very high-energy teams, faced off at the Knapp Tennis Center at noon on Friday in front of one of the biggest crowds of the season. The fans were treated to hard-fought competition right from the start. (more…)

Moving on up! Bulldogs now ranked 24th in the nation

11:00 AM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

DRAKE TENNIS players’ intensity on the court transfers into their celebrations earning taking big points. Ben Mullis cheers in victory after scoring against Louisiana. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

DRAKE TENNIS players’ intensity on the court transfers into their celebrations earning taking big points. Ben Mullis cheers in victory after scoring against Louisiana. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The Bulldogs earned three big wins this past week, taking down two top-100 opponents and starting the conference season off with a win.

Drake trounced in-state rivals University of Iowa for the fourth consecutive year on Feb. 27.

“(I’m) really pleased with the way the guys came out. Again, dominated doubles, got us off to an early lead which has been really helpful,” head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.

Senior Ravi Patel did not play due to an illness, but freshman Calum MacGeoch filled the role and took away a win on the way to a 5-2 Bulldogs victory.

Drake entered March ranked 29th in the nation and only improved that standing with their performances on Sunday.
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Men’s Soccer signs six recruits

March 2, 2015 6:00 AM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

MEN’S SOCCER ended their fall season with a record of 5-11-3 overall and went 3-3 in conference play, landing them in fourth place of seven teams overall in the MVC. All 11 starters will be returning next year. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

MEN’S SOCCER ended their fall season with a record of 5-11-3 overall and went 3-3 in conference play, landing them in fourth place of seven teams overall in the MVC. All 11 starters will be returning next year. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The Men’s Soccer team has signed six new players to the squad for the 2015-2016 season. Head coach Sean Holmes made the announcement on Thursday, Feb. 19, excited about what these current high school seniors could contribute to the Bulldogs.

“All-around pretty good. All different positions. All very good students,” Holmes said about the new acquisitions. (more…)

Drake athletes assess the validity of home-field advantage

February 28, 2015 1:15 PM

STORY BY EMILY LAMBIE

MEN’S BASKETBALL faced off with Wichita State on New Year’s Eve in front of a crowd of 4,170 at the Knapp Center earlier this season, the second biggest turnout of the 2014-2015 season. Home court advantage has spelled good news for the Bulldogs thus far in the season, 8-5 at home as opposed to 1-10 on the road, but they still fell to the Shockers 58-66. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

MEN’S BASKETBALL faced off with Wichita State on New Year’s Eve in front of a crowd of 4,170 at the Knapp Center earlier this season, the second biggest turnout of the 2014-2015 season. Home court advantage has spelled good news for the Bulldogs thus far in the season, 8-5 at home as opposed to 1-10 on the road, but they still fell to the Shockers 58-66. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

In the world of sports, travel is inevitable. This has led to the concept of home field advantage, the idea that teams at home are more likely to win than when they are on the road, and the research seems to support this superstition. The atmosphere is different and so is the attitude towards the game.

Harvard professor Jeremy Jamison developed a study based on home advantage, looking into sports ranging from baseball to rugby to cricket, and found strong correlations between playing at home and win percentage.

Drake University athletes may not know the statistics, but agree that home advantage does have an effect on the outcome of the game. (more…)

Let’s see how far we’ve come

February 27, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY CARLY GRENFELL

Carly Grenfell can be reached at carly.grenfell@drake.edu or @Car1y_g

Carly Grenfell can be reached at carly.grenfell@drake.edu or @Car1y_g

I can hardly grasp that February is almost over and our season is winding down.

We are 13-1 in conference play and have arguably the toughest road swing coming up this weekend.

We face Wichita State on Friday, Missouri State on Sunday and come back home for Bradley and Loyola the following week. That leaves us with just four conference games left and then a whole new season begins. (more…)