John Carroll's Defense Looks Even Better In Hindsight: Division II III College Insider

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John Carroll's defense looks even better in hindsight: Division II-III College Insider

John Carroll rolls over Heidelberg, 44-16 Heidelberg quarterback Michael Mees of North Ridgeville throws a pass against John Carroll on September 20. Mees was benched in the loss to JCU, but came back last week with a record-setting performance against Ohio Northern. (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer )

By Tim Warsinskey, The Plain Dealer

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – John Carroll's defense looked awfully good last week in Tiffin, Ohio, even though the Blue Streaks were home in University Heights.

JCU's defensive performance the week before against Heidelberg looked even better when seeing what Heidelberg did last week against visiting Ohio Northern.

A week after getting benched in a 43-16 loss to John Carroll, Heidelberg quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) turned around and produced some eye-popping numbers in a 69-52 defeat of ONU.

Mees had six total touchdowns, leading Heidelberg to a school-record 729 total yards, and he was named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the third time in his career.

Mees ran seven times for 116 yards and a touchdown, and he completed 24 of 32 passes for 410 yards and five TDs without an interception. Two of his TD passes went to his brother, James.

"We stumbled on offense last week so we definitely wanted to come out and play much better,'' Heidelberg coach Mike Hallett said. "I think we did that.''

JCU's defense, meanwhile, put on another dominant performance last week in a 45-7 victory against Baldwin Wallace. The Blue Streaks are ranked fifth in Division III in total defense.

Rankings: John Carroll moved up to No. 6 from No. 8 last week in the D3football.com Top 25. Mount Union (3-0) remained at No. 3 behind Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mary Hardin-Baylor. Heidelberg, despite the win over ONU, dropped out of the poll after being ranked 23rd last week.

In Division II, Ohio Dominican stayed at No. 7 according to D2footall.com heading into its game at Lake Erie College on Saturday.

A real homecoming: Ashland sophomore running back Vance Settlemire of Findlay scored on runs of 56 and 47 yards in a 45-23 upset of host Findlay, which was ranked 24 in Division II. He had 121 rushing yards on eight carries and is the GLIAC leader in yards per carry at 13.4 on 27 attempts. Ashland improved to 3-1.

Tennis upset: Baldwin Wallace junior Peter Harris (Revere) upset No. 3 seed John Carswell of Washington (Mo.), 7-6 (6), 6-2 and went on to win two more matches at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Championships in Indianapolis.

"Peter's victory against the third seed in his opening match was the biggest individual win in my time at BW," said 26th-year coach Brian Rector. "I could not be happier for Peter. This was a great victory for him and our program."

Hall of Famers: Baldwin Wallace will induct nine new athletic Hall of Famers on Friday: Dan Andrews '90 (football), Tim Budic '02 (cross country and track), Cassie Palmer Fox '04 (volleyball), Mike Graven '82 (football), Erika Schultz Greenberg '04 (basketball), Tina Lokar Jicha '97, '00 (cross country and track), Julie Jenks Lefelhoc '95 (swimming), Brian Rudloff '98, '04 (baseball), and Vern Sharbaugh '69 (football and baseball).

Before she led a turnaround as coach of the Case Western Reserve softball team, Josie Henry was an All-American pitcher at Ashland University. She will be inducted into AU's athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Shutout streak: John Carroll senior soccer goalie Haley McDonald posted her third consecutive shutout Tuesday in a 1-0, double-overtime victory against Grove City. She was coming off a 0-0 draw against Case Western Reserve that also went two overtimes. JCU is 6-2-1.

Top scorer: Sophomore forward Alexis Manoa (Strongsville) has six goals and seven assists for Notre Dame College's 6-1 women's soccer team.

Honors: Case Western Reserve freshman wide receiver Luke DeFrancesco is the University Athletic Association offensive Player of the Week. He caught the game-winning, 23-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 remaining in a 23-16 victory over Thiel, and had four receptions for 75 yards. He leads CWRU in catches with 12 receptions for 141 yards and one TD.

Cuyahoga Community College soccer players Tevin Williams and Jeremiah Carsten earned offensive and defensive Player of the Week honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. Williams scored six goals and assisted on another score during the three victories for the Challengers (4-5-1). The freshman from Westmoreland, Jamaica, led the OCCAC with 13 goals. Carsten (Highland) is a second-year goalie who posted two shutouts.

Ashland's Alli Cudworth (Kent Roosevelt) is the GLIAC South volleyball player of the week after recording two double-doubles in three victories last week. She had 45 kills in nine sets, and averaged a .349 hitting percentage.

Source : http://www.cleveland.com/sports/college/index.ssf/2014/10/john_carrolls_defense_looks_ev.html

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