The Chapman football team (8-2) celebrated its most successful season in the history of the program, going undefeated in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), winning its first conference championship and earning its first NCAA playoff berth. Chapman’s only losses came at the hands of Linfield (10-1), who beat the Panthers in the first and last games of the season. iiiJunior running back Jeremiah McKibbins led the best offense in the SCIAC, 38.6 points-per-game, averaging 116 rushing yards-per-game during conference play, and accounted for a SCIAC best 14 rushing touchdowns. Senior quarterback Michael Lahey repeated his 2013 success, completing 68.5 percent of his passes, throwing for 17 touchdowns and rushing for five more. Lahey was named as the Offensive Athlete of the Year by the SCIAC for the second year in a row.
The women’s program earned its best finish at the SCIAC championships and at the NCAA Western Regional’s, finishing sixth out of nine teams in SCIAC and 13th out of 19 teams at the NCAA’s. Sophomore Cathryne Ramirez earned All-Region honors, placing 35th out of 128 runners. Junior Chris Reid was by far the best mens’ runner, finishing 25th in the conference and 35th in the Region, earning All-Western Regional honors.
Chapman’s men’s soccer team (10-7-2, 10-4-2) reached the SCIAC tournament semifinal for the second time in two years before losing to Pomona-Pitzer (14-6-2) 2-1. A four-game conference win streak to open the season helped Chapman lock in a postseason berth. Sophomore midfielder Marco Saglibeni led Chapman in scoring, with 11 goals, followed by junior center Boston Kimmel, with seven. They were the only two Panthers to score more than three times.
Chapman’s women’s soccer program missed the SCIAC playoffs for the first time in the school’s three-year stint in the conference. Any playoff aspirations were dashed during October, when Chapman won one-of-nine games. Senior forward Rebeccah Bortz led the Panthers with seven goals, while goalkeeper Kristin Kleinow’s 114 saves led the SCIAC and was third in the conference in saves percentage, with .814.
Chapman’s volleyball program suffered through its worst season since 2002, when it won seven games, and failed to make the SCIAC postseason for the first time. Despite its early season struggles where Chapman won three of its first 14, the Panthers still had a shot at making the SCIAC tournament, but back-to-back losses to California Lutheran, 3-1, and Pomona-Pitzer, 3-0, in the third and second to last regular season games knocked Chapman from postseason contention. Junior outside-hitter Michele Hammer led Chapman with 288 kills, with senior middle-blocker Val Geiger in second with 233.
Men’s water polo:
The men’s water polo program enjoyed its best year in its three year SCIAC tenure, finishing third during the regular season and taking third at the conference tournament. The water polo program also set a school record in wins, with 17. After winning its opening matchup in the SCIAC tournament against Pomona-Pitzer (8-19, 4-7) 9-4, Chapman lost its semifinal matchup with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (13-14, 9-2) 10-7. Chapman secured third place defeating Redlands (9-21, 5-6) 11-10 in the third place game. Senior driver Mark Alvarado led Chapman in goals, 65, and assists, 56, and was named to the first team All-SCIAC. Senior utility Jake Gross was the only other Panther honored by the conference, earning second team honors.