HAMMOND, Ind. -- The Purdue University Calumet athletics department had a banner year in 2014-15, highlighted by plenty of firsts, school records, and other academic and athletic success.
Each weekday in July, we will add a new 'moment' to our top 20 countdown of the greatest moments from the 2014-15 academic year. These moments could include individual accomplishments or team accomplishments.
Congratulations to #PeregrineNation on a fantastic year in both the classroom and the playing field!
#9: Cordova Cousins Break 8K School Record Four Different Times; Finish Season Tied for Mark
Newcomers Alex Cordova and Salvador Cordova – both teammates and cousins – made their mark right away for the Peregrine Men’s Cross Country team, as the junior and freshman broke the 8-kilometer record five different times over the course of season. Alex broke it first, breaking 27 minutes for the first time in Peregrine history with a 26:38 at the Brissman Lundeen Invite, before both Cordovas broke the mark at the Bethel College Invite, led by Salvador’s 26:31. Alex would then go on to tie his cousin’s mark at final meet of the season, finishing 21st with a 26:31 at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
#10: Softball Wins Two Games in First-Ever Appearance at CCAC Postseason Tournament
In just their second season, the Peregrines not only qualified for the postseason tournament in their first season eligible, but also went on to win two games as the No. 6 seed. In the tournament opener, senior Alison Kimble (four hits, three Ks) delivered a masterful performance in the circle to give the Peregrines a 5-0 shutout win over No. 3 seed Judson. Purdue Calumet needed one more stellar performance from Kimble in a 1-0, elimination game win over fourth-seeded Calumet College of St. Joseph. Kimble allowed just three singles and struck out three in her second shutout of the tournament.
#11: John Cristo Belt’s Baseball Program’s First Home Run in School History Against His Former Team
In the second inning of a series finale that took two days to complete, Peregrines’ junior John Cristo made Purdue Calumet baseball history with a home run against his former team, Purdue North Central, to score three runs put the Peregrines ahead, 3-2. After the game was suspended due to rain, the Peregrines would go on to win, 13-9, the following day, and capture the conference series, 2-1.
#12: Rachel Shmagranoff’s Hat Trick and Game Winner Lift Women’s Soccer to Win at Bethel
With seconds remaining in regulation, senior Rachel Shmagranoff capped a career performance with her third goal of the day to give the Peregrines’ Women’s Soccer team a huge 3-2 comeback win at Bethel College. Purdue Calumet trailed 2-1 at the break but came back with the help of Shmagranoff goals in the 51st and 89th minute, plus seven saves from keeper Erika Brinkman. The victory marked the first over Bethel in program history and gave Shmagranoff her first-ever hat trick.
#13: Victor Garcia’s Goal in Double-Overtime Snaps Roosevelt’s 11-Match Win Streak in Men’s Soccer Victory
Senior Victor Garcia’s goal midway through the second overtime spelled the end of an 11-match winning streak for Roosevelt and lifted the Peregrines’ men’s soccer to a thrilling – and important – 1-0 conference victory on the road. At the time, Roosevelt stood in first place in the CCAC standings and the win gave the Peregrines a share of third place with three games remaining. Freshman Miguel David picked up the shutout in goal, stopping three shots, including a point-blank strike in the second OT.
#14: Men’s Cross Country Captures Best-Ever Finish at CCAC Championships
A pair of Top 25 finishes by Alex and Salvador Cordova – not to mention six total Peregrine runners under the 30-minute mark—helped the Purdue Calumet men’s cross country improve a whopping five places from its 11th-place in 2013 to take fifth in 2014. Alex Cordova placed 21st and tied the school record in the 8K with a time of 26:31. Salvador wasn’t far behind, placing 24th (26:44).
#15: Volleyball Blanks Rival Indiana Northwest in Front of Packed House in Home Opener
The Peregrines began their home campaign under first-year head coach Julie Wiejak with a bang, sweeping the rival Red Hawks 25-18, 25-23 and 25-10 in front of more than 250 rowdy fans at the Fitness and Recreation Center. Freshman Gabrielle Martin led the way, recording a match-high 13 kills to go along with four aces while junior teammate Akeelah Muhammad added nine kills, four blocks, and swung for a .571 attack percentage.
#16: Patrick Mudd Shoots a 71 to Break Single-Round Record in Men’s Golf
Sophomore Patrick Mudd continued his hot start to the spring season with a career-low and school-record 71 to finish with runner-up honors at the University of Saint Francis Invite April 14. Mudd broke his previous best 18-hole mark of 72 to help the Peregrines place fifth as a team. Mudd would go on toe shoot one more 71 at the Pilot Invite three days later, carding a 1-under-par at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind.
#17: Softball’s Alex Morales’ Walk-Off Home Run Lifts Peregrines Over #22 ONU
With the Peregrines tied with the Tigers at 6-all in the bottom of the seventh, freshman Alex Morales took the first pitch she saw and drilled it over the fence for her second home run of the season and biggest hit so far in her career, as the freshman gave Purdue Calumet a thrilling walk-off victory in a game that was played in Bourbonnais, Ill. The win marked the fourth over a ranked team for the Peregrines.
#18: Freshman Heather Kristensen Captures IU-East Red Wolves Regional Rumble Title to Lead Women’s Cross Country Team in Season Opener
Kristensen became the second-straight Peregrine female to win the meet in the freshman’s first ever-collegiate meet, following former Purdue Calumet runner Courtney Wagner, who finished first in 2013. Kristensen finished with a time of 21 minutes and 24 seconds in a race she never trailed to help the Peregrine women place second as a squad.
#19: Women’s Basketball Breaks Single-Game Scoring Record in 122-91 Win Over ONU
With Alexis Johnson’s layup with 2:13 remaining, the Peregrines’ set a new mark in scoring with 122 points against perennial scoring leader Olivet Nazarene in a conference contest at the Fitness and Recreation Center. The mark broke the previous record of 121, which was also set in a win over ONU during the 2012-13 season. Six players reached double-scoring figures for the Peregrines, led by Jada Buggs’ monster performance of 29 points and 20 rebounds.
#20: Men’s Tennis Captures 5-4 Victory Over CCSJ, Marks First Win in Two Seasons
After a tough stretch that saw the Peregrines’ men’s tennis team go winless since the 2011-12 season, Purdue Calumet broke through with a thrilling win over conference rival Calumet College of St. Joseph April 4. Alberto Monaco and Patrick Mudd led the way, winning at their respective singles spots and at the No. 1 doubles slot to stay perfect on that Saturday.