While fall sports are over for many collegiate teams across the Rocky Mountain region, Orediggers on the football field, soccer pitch and cross country courses are still kicking — quite literally.
The Colorado School of Mines football, women’s soccer and cross country teams are hoping to bring some trophies and medals back to Golden in the coming weeks. With their respective NCAA Division II championships fast approaching, the Transcript offers a look at each team as it prepares for the national stage.
The Orediggers closed out the regular season Nov. 11 by absolutely demolishing the Fort Lewis Skyhawks 82-0 in Durango, and securing their fifth consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title.
During the Nov. 11 game, senior quarterback John Matocha set a new record in all of college football for total touchdowns. He’s currently 181 touchdowns with at least one more game still to play.
On Nov. 12, the Orediggers were named a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II tournament bracket. After a first-round bye week, they will host the winner of No. 4-seed Augustana and Minnesota State for the Nov. 25 second-round game.
Rounding out Mines’ region in the 2023 bracket is RMAC rival Western Colorado as the No. 2 seed and Texas Permian Basin as the No. 3 seed.
The Orediggers are hoping to return to the title game Dec. 16 in McKinney, Texas and bring home the program’s first national championship.
Last week, the Mines women’s soccer team competed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament this week, hoping to keep its championship crown.
After beating Fort Lewis Nov. 5, the Orediggers braved the Nov. 8’s rainy and snowy conditions and beat the Regis Rangers 4-0.
On Nov. 12, Mines hosted No. 18 Colorado Mesa for the tournament championship game. Although the Orediggers put up 15 total shots and four on goal, the Mavericks stifled them 3-0 and took the trophy back to Grand Junction.
Bella Campos, Reese McDermott, Natalie Rouse and Cloey Seltzer were named to the 2023 RMAC All-Tournament Team, after strong performances throughout the entire tournament.
The NCAA Division II tournament bracket was scheduled to be announced Nov. 13. The Orediggers, who were ranked No. 4 in national polls ahead of the RMAC tourney, were hoping to be among the selected teams. For more information, visit MinesAthletics.com.
The Mines men’s and women’s cross country teams are heading to Joplin, Missouri this week to compete in the NCAA Division II championship races Nov. 19.
The Mines men, who are the reigning national champions, took first place at the Oct. 21 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship race and at the Nov. 4 NCAA South Central Regional Championships.
On Nov. 19, the women will kick things off at 9 a.m. MST. The men are scheduled to race at 10:15 a.m. MST. Follow the team on social media for updates, or visit MinesAthletics.com for more information.