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2013-14 TopCat Club Fund Report


Michael O'Neil '17The strength of the Linfield Wildcat athletic programs remains unwavering because of the community of donors supporting the TopCat Fund. Thanks to you, students are able to compete on some of the most successful NCAA Division III athletic teams while receiving a nationally ranked education.

Last year’s TopCat Club donors helped fund facility and technology upgrades that will continue to serve our teams and programs for years to come. Maxwell Field underwent a complete field turf replacement and will be ready for use in the coming 2014 fall season. The TopCat Fund, along with more than 270 donors, made this transformation possible. We are excited about this achievement and looking forward to the start of the season on new FieldTurf™.

The best thing about gifts to the TopCat club is that they reach all student athletes, regardless of their sport. Last year, Roy Helser Field was updated with a new outfield drainage system, as well as new foul-ball netting and poles. TopCat gifts helped Linfield purchase video cameras and a switcher for videocasting along with internet connectivity for the softball and soccer/lacrosse fields which enable video broadcasting. These upgrades keep Linfield athletics current in the latest trends and allow our coaches and administrative staff to recruit, train and support our outstanding student athletes.

“Running in college has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve made. I will remember the experiences I have with my coaches and teammates for the rest of my life and will take away countless lessons about hard work, dedication, and relationships.”

-Michael O’Neil ‘17
Cross Country & Track

Your donations support continued improvements and keep our programs competitive. From funding assistant coaching positions to providing bus fleet maintenance, your gifts go a long way. From all of us at Linfield, thank you for supporting our athletes and keeping the Wildcat spirit strong!

2013-14 ATHLETIC HIGHLIGHTS

TEAM

The Linfield football team won its fifth straight Northwest Conference championship and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Wildcats’ only loss of the season came against eventual national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. Linfield extended its own all-divisions record of consecutive winning seasons to 58. 

The Wildcats softball team won the Northwest Conference regular-season and postseason tournament championships and represented Linfield in the NCAA regional playoffs. Ranked among the Top 10 nationally all season long, Linfield finished with a 34-9 overall record and was 28-3 against NWC opponents. 

Linfield’s baseball team captured a second consecutive Northwest Conference crown by a considerable margin, emerged victorious from a difficult regional tournament and finished as one of the top eight programs among the hundreds competing in NCAA Division III. The Wildcats compiled a 37-9 record, including 33-5 against Division III foes and 22-2 in NWC games

The Linfield women’s soccer team enjoyed another spectacular year, compiling a 15-4-1 overall record, including an 11-4-1 mark against league opponents. Linfield was perfect (10-0-0) at home for the second straight season, generated the second-highest offensive output in program history, and employed a stingy defense that recorded nine shutouts. The Wildcats were included in the Top 25 for seven straight weeks.

INDIVIDUAL

Women’s soccer All-American Emily Fellows totaled 20 goals while scoring in 14 of 19 matches. She earned NWC Player of the Year honors for the third time of her career.

Football linebacker Dominque Forrest completed a marvelous four-year career. The first team All-American and NWC and West Region Defensive Player of the Year concluded his career sixth on Linfield's all-time total tackles list with 259. 

Sophomore swimmer Elizabeth Fry saved her fastest swim for the final race of the season, eclipsing the Linfield record in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NWC Championships. 

Kaely Maltman, a four-year starter in women’s basketball, graduated as the program’s third all-time leading scorer and rebounder after averaging 15.6 points and 9.1 rebounds en route to second team all-NWC honors.

Grace Middelstadt '15Baseball pitcher Chris Haddeland earned ABCA and D3baseball.com Player of the Year honors after assembling an 11-1 record, 0.97 ERA and 79 strikeouts. The junior right-hander threw seven complete games, including four shutouts, and also picked up a save in the championship game of the McMinnville Regional.

Freshman track and field star Dallas Edge made a splash in her debut season, registering Linfield Top 10 marks in four events, including a school record in the 100-meter hurdles and the
 ninth-highest point total of all time in the heptathlon.

Jacob Priester (football), Lisa Yamamoto (softball), and Nick Fisher (baseball) each earned prestigious Capital One Academic All-America honors for outstanding performances on the field of play and in the classroom.

 

Thank you

RenewWe are grateful for you support of Wildcat athletics and our student-athletes. For more information on Linfield athletics, please visit the Linfield Athletics home page.

For more information about making a gift to Linfield, contact the annual giving department by email or at 503.883.2111.