The Maroons look to take momentum from their six-match win streak into this weekend at the Wheaton College Invite.
Chicago comes off a strong win against Elmhurst College at home last weekend to tally its sixth straight match win. The match came down to a nail-biting finish, and now the Maroons feel strong going into this weekend. Despite many injuries throughout the season, Chicago has remained strong and supportive as a team.
“We just came off a great win against Elmhurst, so we’re feeling good about that,” said fourth-year team captain Adam Wyeth.
“The team is pretty confident right now, especially coming off of a huge win against Elmhurst last weekend. We have dealt with many injuries this season but everyone keeps stepping up to help the team succeed,” fourth-year Will Long said.
Chicago prepares for a weekend of big competition. The Wheaton College Invite has a history of bringing in a lot of good competition. The Maroons expect to see nationally ranked teams at the Invite, including No. 2 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and No. 3 Wabash.
“Wheaton brings in many of the top teams from around the country,” Long said.
“Wheaton’s one of the best DIII tournaments of the year, so everyone there is going to be pretty good…I can’t comment on this year in particular, but some DII teams also do come,” Wyeth said.
The brackets will not come out until Friday morning after the weigh-in. Despite not knowing whom they will be playing, the Maroons have been practicing just as they always have.
“We have been practicing with high intensity this week…we just take it one match at a time,” Wyeth said.
A strong performance can help the Maroons as their postseason lurks around the corner. The Wheaton College Invite will be the last away meet Chicago has until its postseason. After one last match against Augustana at home, Chicago has the UAA Championships and then the NCAA tournament ahead of them. A huge performance at the Wheaton Invite will help boost the Maroons to a solid mentality going into their postseason.
“We’re just looking to bring everything we have got into Wheaton, while we also keep improving with the end of the season in mind,” Wyeth said.
“This tournament is always a good measuring stick for how well our guys are prepared for UAAs and regionals at the end of the year. A strong performance this weekend will show us how far we have come as a team this season and will help us determine what we need to work on in order to finish the year off strong,” Long said.
First matches start at 11 a.m. on Friday at Wheaton College, followed by semifinals on Saturday and the championship finals on Sunday.