Holy Cross finished last season 302nd in RPI (13-47-10 record past four seasons). now 7-0-1 after beating NDSU today.
Also, loss or not, ample proof all afternoon that some team is going to pinch itself for getting in a few months.
Malibu to Honolulu to Cincinnati to Lexington past 2 weeks. wins season's craziest schedule. Also gets a big OT win at Kentucky.
It's worth a visit in January (no, really) just to see how they have mastered the indoor preseason in softball. I loved it.
Also finalists for espnW player of the week: 's Pamela Begič, , , and
The recognition continues for this week. MF named 's Soccer Player of the Week.
Strong endorsement. Anson Dorrance on this season's UCLA team: "That’s the best college team I have ever played against in my career."
I will never not think flip throws are cool.
Wow, don't see that often. UNCW scores with 1 second left in OT to beat Wake Forest 3-2. Ball crossed the line just ahead of the horn.
Rocky Rodriguez and No. 7 Penn State take on No. 14 UNC tonight at 5 ET on ESPN3 (Florida-Florida State, Arkansas-Duke also on ESPN3).
Rocky Rodriguez is key to Penn State's present. She is even more important to Costa Rica's soccer future. via
From last night, how second acts for FC Kansas City and Amy Rodriguez added up to the NWSL championship. via
Good reading as usual from and in advance of NWSL final (KC vs Seattle, ESPN2, 3 pm ET)
Attendance of 4,847 for Portland-Stanford soccer tonight, including 2,503 students (total UP enrollment is around 4,100).
Might be my favorite place to spend a night. Portland's Merlo Field for big game and half the student body kilted up.
In 24 hours we'll have an champion. Until then, 5 questions for FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign FC via
Back of a booth, although I'm sure Red Mill appreciates the endorsement of its decor ...
They don't forget easily in Seattle ...
Good NWSL championship weekend read from on FCKC's Becky Sauerbrunn.
she'll be back and even better! We'll make sure of it.
Vanden Avond registered 91 career goals in her first three seasons and is 34 shy of NCAA D-3 career record should she return in 2015.
Bummed to hear NCAA active leading goal scorer (St. Norbert) will miss season with an injury. Terrific kid with a great story.
Summer wrap: Cat Osterman perfection, Japan wins again, USA's 2020 hopes and the bittersweet Akron Racers. via
Wish I could have been two places at once, but congrats to both champion and on great softball show in NPF playoffs
FC Kansas City will play for championship because neither heat nor Vero Boquete beat via
Vlatko Andonovski on play of Jen Buczkowski: "I actually made this game a game between her and Vero, not between Portland and Kansas City."
I'll give credit for a unique perspective, but we need a consult on useful camera placement ...
How do you say 'The camera is still well and truly broken from Kelsey Stewart's foul ball' in Dutch?
She isn't listed. Seems an odd omission. Didn't Sarah Hagen get left off at one point? Perhaps they don't recognize WI.
Speaking of college soccer kicking off tonight, is at on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET.
As college soccer begins, a look at the champ (UCLA), stars (Morgan Brian), sleepers (La Salle) and more. via
NPF award winners: Andrea Duran (player), Osterman (pitcher), Tammy Williams (defense), Nerissa Myers (offense), Madison Shipman (rookie)
As playoffs begin, savor potential for Monica Abbott vs. Cat Osterman while you can. via
Lots of new softball: Part Paul Bunyan and part Lisa Fernandez, Yukiko Ueno still stands in USA's way. via
Nice start to the world championship for USA's Amanda Chidester. Three innings, 2 HR, 6 RBI, USA leads Netherlands 8-0.
Just for fun: MLB co-wins leader Clayton Kershaw (14-2) has 20% of his team's wins. NPF leader Cat Osterman (16-0) has 52% of USSSA Pride's.
Softball World Championships begin tomorrow. In era of challenge for USA, maintains CF legacy. via
Thanks for putting it in front of more eyes, Grant.
Thanks for getting the link out there.
Thanks for the kind words, Peter.
Thanks for reading it, Brittany.
You can catch Nadia Nadim and Sky Blue FC on ESPN2 tonight at 7 ET against Western New York Flash.
New feature on . From war and death in Afghanistan to soccer and life in Denmark. via
Wonderful piece in NY Times on the KC Royals and Korean fan Lee Sung-woo
Summer Green has been terrific as a sub in both US games. Her work sets up Lindsey Horan to finally get US on the board after 171 minutes.
Crowd of 10,025 on a rainy night in Edmonton for Germany/China and USA/Brazil in U20 Women's World Cup.
Germany allowed 6 goals combined in 2010 and 2012 U-20 World Cups, a span of 12 games, then allowed 5 in about 50 minutes today.
Germany 5, China 5. And I thought ketchup-flavored chips would be the strangest thing I saw in Edmonton.
Only other time US lost its opener in group stage in World Cup, Olympics or U-20 WC was 2008 Olympics. That team went on to win gold.
Germany beats USA 2-0 to open group play in U20 WWC. Germany also beat USA in group play in 2012, Americans came back to win title.
First U20 WWC goal by a US collegian goes to a German ... 's Lena Petermann
It would be a good atmosphere if we were playing in the FC Edmonton stadium next door.
USA-Germany on ESPNU at 7 ET. Story here on US standout Lindsey Horan, who turned pro out of high school. via
Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton for USA-Germany in U20 WWC. All that's missing is Bob Ley's panic…
Return of on ESPN2 at 10 ET from Portland. Here's a look at the genius of 's Vero Boquete. via
The disembodied airport public address voice just apologized for mispronouncing a name. I love Canada.
Uniforms change, but Angeline Quiocho remains. 's unlikely, indispensable franchise player. via
Japan run-rules USA for second time to win Canadian Open. Strange summer. Three USA-Japan games so far and three run-rule final scores.
Great day for softball rivalries. NPF's Bandits-Pride on CBSSN. Also, USA-Canada in Canadian Open at 8 ET. Winner gets Japan at 10:30 ET.
Portland erased three deficits in the first half, matching the total number of times it did so in its first 18 games.
Happy to see NWSL making its ESPN2 debut at 5 ET. Here is Friday's feature on Boston's Heather O'Reilly. via
Feature on why playing for Poland more than passport opportunism for 's Nikki Phillips. via
Japan leads USA 8-5 in overall series since 2011 in World Cup, Canadian Open, World Championship games.
USA run-ruled by Japan 9-2 in five innings in Canadian Open. Honestly can't think of the last run-rule loss for USA.
Rough night brewing for Team USA. Trails Japan 7-2 in the third inning in Canadian Open. Kicking the ball around a bit.
Whatever you're doing tonight cancel it! Watch us on CBS Sports as we take on the Pride!
The World Cup final before the World Cup final: USA-Canada in World Cup of Softball, ESPN, 1 ET. (Just think of as Messi).
Thanks, Jeff, much appreciated.
Win keeps unbeaten (5-0) in World Cup of Softball, but hat tip to Mexico and Estela Pinon for nearly pulling off a stunner.
Forget Ikea. Sweden's greatest gift may be Californian Christen Press. via
Speaking of , four pitchers will be key if USA is to reclaim world title from Japan. via
Lots of softball on TV this week. Team USA on ESPN/ESPN2 all weekend. And NPF has Pride-Rebellion on CBSSN tonight/tomorrow.
Although that's easier to say since it wasn't my dinner getting cold ...
A very long day that ends siting around a table talking pitching with and is still a very good day.
I appreciate it, thanks. Sisters make for two good spokespeople for UH.
Thanks, Cassie. And thanks for your time.
On Rachele Fico, Haley Outon and life without your biggest fan. via
Finally a Hays with some talent. My brother's NY Review of Books piece on a book that is probably way over my head.
Apparently Brazil and Chile have nothing on Aggies and Longhorns.
For anyone looking to unwind from the World Cup with pro softball tonight, USSSA Pride vs Chicago Bandits on ESPN3 at 8 ET (also Fri/Sat).
Sam Fischer's debut was improbable. Her Team USA comeback is a perfect summer sequel. via
Happy ! Love this game and all of the opportunities it can bring to young girls with BIG dreams!
New feature: , and why it's a challenge to be to be a veteran. via
Good women's sports panel from Green Bay. Includes soccer's , and many alumni: VIDEO
Florida starting Lauren Haeger, not Hannah Rogers in Game 2
Only four pitchers with more career wins than Hannah Rogers won a title: Alicia Hollowell, Danielle Lawrie, Keilani Ricketts, Keira Goerl.
Hannah Rogers was nearly perfect for in Game 1. Her catcher wasn't bad either. via
Whitney Canion gets the start for Baylor against Florida's Hannah Rogers.
New feature. Forget the home runs and strikeouts. To understand WCWS, head outside to Tent-opolis. via
From last night on all that set the stage for a comeback for the ages. via
Baylor's Heather Stearns, not Whitney Canion, listed as the starting pitcher for game against Florida State. Waldrop for FSU.
From Friday, a day that saw Florida, and the SEC in general, look very comfortable in OKC. via
Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson on Jackie Traina: "In my opinion, she proved she’s the best pitcher in college softball."
A Florida win would guarantee two SEC teams in winners bracket on Sunday. Last time any conference had two teams start 2-0 was 2004.
Arin Gilliland to Receive 2014 Honda Inspiration Award
wonderful recognition and so deserved
From last night, how 's Lauren Cumbess/Kelsey Nunley made sure program enjoyed its debut via
For variety of reasons (tornado, scheduling, injuries), Kentucky has only seen Jaclyn Traina for 22.2 IP in her career. Rare for league foe.
On a day of one-hitters, would be remiss not to point out former LSU ace throwing a one-hit shutout for Akron to open NPF season.