As October ends and November begins, the stakes continue to be raised in the fall season and the winter sports campaigns keep getting into swing.
FOOTBALL (LINK) – The Eagles (7-2 overall, 5-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will play their last regular-season game at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field in 2016 on Saturday (Nov. 5) at 1 p.m. against Walsh (1-8, 0-8). On Senior Day/Band Day, Ashland will look to clinch the GLIAC South Division, as it comes into the week with a percentage-points lead over Ohio Dominican.
ONE TO WATCH: Junior tight end Adam Shaheen has set a new AU single-season record with 13 touchdown catches, and needs two more to tie the NCAA Division II tight ends mark.
CROSS COUNTRY (LINK) – Ashland's men and women will look for spots at 2016 nationals when they compete at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional on Saturday at Southern Indiana (men's 10K at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, women's 6K at 12:45 p.m. Eastern). The top five men's and women's teams plus the top five individuals in each gender not on a qualifying team advance to the Division II Championship meet, Nov. 19 in St. Leo, Fla.
ONE TO WATCH: Senior Nick Hall finished sixth at the Midwest Regional meet in 2014, crossing the 10K finish line in 30:47.8.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (LINK) – The Eagles (10-2-4, 7-2-2) have qualified for their fourth GLIAC Tournament in a row and fifth in the last six seasons, and will play host to a quarterfinal on Tuesday (Nov. 1) at 3 p.m. against Walsh (9-5-4, 4-4-3). The Final Four will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Friday (Nov. 4) and Sunday (Nov. 6).
ONE TO WATCH: Junior forward Morgan Bittengle has eight goals (five game-winners), three assists and 19 points in 2016, and her 35 career goals are fourth all-time at Ashland.
VOLLEYBALL (LINK) – The Eagles (16-8, 7-5) will look to extend their six-match winning streak during a three-home-match week at Kates Gymnasium. Ashland will play host to Tiffin (16-10, 6-6) on Tuesday at 7 p.m., Lake Erie (16-13, 7-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Ohio Dominican (8-14, 3-9) on Saturday at 6 p.m.
ONE TO WATCH: Senior outside hitter Alli Cudworth needs 91 digs to become the third player in program history to have 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
MEN'S GOLF (LINK) – Ashland will finish the fall portion of the 2016-17 schedule with a trip to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Trevecca Nazarene Fall Invitational on Monday (Oct. 31) and Tuesday.
ONE TO WATCH: Sophomore Austin Kondratick finished the Motor City Invitational earlier in October at an 8-over-par 152 (78-74).
WRESTLING (LINK) – The No. 11-ranked Eagles officially will open 2016-17 on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Michigan Open. Ashland prepped for the opener with the outdoor Alumni Dual on Oct. 22.
ONE TO WATCH: Senior 133-pounder Michael Labry is ranked No. 2 at his weight class in the D2Wrestle.com preseason national rankings.
SWIMMING/DIVING (LINK) – Ashland's men and women will go on the road for the first time in 2016-17, traveling to Wayne State for a dual meet on Saturday at 1 p.m. It is the Eagles' third meet of the season.
ONE TO WATCH: Junior Grace Reichard finished first in the 100-yard freestyle and 200 free on Oct. 22 at home against Findlay.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (LINK) – Before starting 2016-17 at home on Nov. 11-12, the Eagles will play an exhibition game at Division I Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday (Nov. 6) at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. Ashland was 31-2 in 2015-16, and was chosen last week to repeat as GLIAC South Division champions, while the Buckeyes were 26-8 a season ago and were picked to finish second in the Big Ten this season.
ONE TO WATCH: Junior forward Laina Snyder is a preseason All-GLIAC South selection and needs just 20 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
MEN'S BASKETBALL (LINK) – Ashland will begin 2016-17 at the Indianapolis Tournament on Nov. 12-13, but before that, there is the exhibition game on Friday at 7 p.m. against The College of Wooster at Monroeville High School. In 2015-16, the Eagles were 25-6, and last week, they were picked to finish second in the GLIAC South. The Fighting Scots were 24-8 last winter.
ONE TO WATCH: Senior guard Boo Osborne earned preseason All-GLIAC South honors and is coming off a 2015-16 season where he led the Eagles with 57 3-point field goals and 47 steals.