13 Days Later, The Story Just Keeps Getting BetterFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly two weeks ago, the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona hustled their way to the university’s first-ever NCAA Division I National Championship on the backs of four All-American performances—a race-best that tied a school record—and seven top-100 finishes—the only such team to do so.
Women's Basketball Rallies, Falls Shy to CSUN, 83-79, on Field Trip DayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team chopped their 16-point deficit to one, but their furious rally in front of a lively crowd of 1,440 kids ultimately fell short in an 83-79 loss to CSUN. The largest attendance in the four-year Field Trip Day event helped fuel NAU's comeback efforts until the final horn, but the 'Jacks dropped their season debut in the Walkup Skydome.
Swimming & Diving and New Mexico State Set for WAC Saturday ShowdownFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off the Thanksgiving holiday, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team returns to the Aquatic and Tennis Complex this Saturday in their second-to-final home meet of the regular season. The Lumberjacks will host New Mexico State at 11 a.m. in a dual meet between the top two teams at last season's WAC Championships. Admission is free for all fans to attend.
NAU Women's Tennis Inks London, England Native for Fall 2017FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University women’s tennis team and defending regular season Big Sky Champions recently signed one new addition to the roster. Director of Tennis Ki Kroll will officially welcome Worthy Goldman, a London, England native, in the fall of 2017.
Women's Hoops Moves in the Dome for Games Versus CSUN and DenverFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A busy week continues for the Northern Arizona women's basketball team as they will move inside the Walkup Skydome for the first time this season, Thursday versus CSUN at 11 a.m. The game will be the team's Fourth Annual Field Trip Day game designed for the community's youth with NAU holding a 2-1 record in past years. The 'Jacks will then host Denver on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Skydome prior to the men's basketball game at 2 p.m.
Lumberjacks Crash the Glass to Snap Skid Versus Youngstown StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – As hard as everyone across the country was hitting the web for sales on Cyber Monday, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team hit the glass and then some in their 70-49 victory over Youngstown State Monday night in the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks destroyed the Penguins on the boards, 51-29, and righted the ship in the turnover column to snap their three-game losing skid and even their season record to 3-3.
Lumberjacks Fall to Jacksonville State, 76-63LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Northern Arizona minimized its turnovers and spread the ball well, but Jacksonville State out-rebounded the Lumberjacks on its way to a 76-63 win at the Thomas and Mack Center in both teams’ final game of the Global Sports Classic.
'Jacks Start Homestand Monday with Youngstown State in RolleFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women’s basketball team hosts Youngstown State at 6:30 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center in the first of four straight home games, marking their longest homestand of the season. NAU hopes the return home is a remedy to its recent struggles, as the Lumberjacks have dropped three straight since opening the season with a pair of victories. The 'Jacks defeated Antelope Valley, 109-60, on Nov. 13 in their lone home game thus far this fall.
Martin, NAU Take Care of Alabama State, 71-57LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Another solid performance from Jordyn Martin helped Northern Arizona top Alabama State 71-57 today in the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Lumberjacks out-rebounded Alabama State 46 to 37 hold off the Hornets and improve to 2-5 on the season.
Coggins' Night Not Enough to Offset Turnovers in NAU's Loss to LamarBEAUMONT, Texas – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team was in a giving mood on Wednesday on the night before Thanksgiving. A season-worst 24 turnovers was far from a winning recipe and led to the Lumberjacks' demise as their halftime lead evaporated into the night in an eventual 75-60 loss to Lamar in the Montagne Center.
UNLV Runs Past NAU, 110-71LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas native Jordyn Martin led all players with 21 points, but it wasn’t enough as Northern Arizona men’s hoops fell to UNLV 110-71 at the Thomas and Mack Center in the preliminary round game of the Global Sports Classic.
Swimming & Diving Receives 10 Commitments for 2017-18 SeasonFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A little short on depth this season, head coach Andy Johns and diving coach Nikki Huffman addressed the issue and then some with their fall additions to the Northern Arizona swimming & diving roster for the 2017-18 season. The Lumberjacks received commitments from 10 student-athletes, all of whom will be incoming freshmen next fall.
Heins Receives USTFCCCA's 2016 Bill Dellinger AwardNEW ORLEANS – Northern Arizona University Director of Cross Country Eric Heins received the 2016 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Bill Dellinger Award Tuesday afternoon, given to the men’s national coach of the year.
Gonzales Earns First Career WAC Diver of the Week HonorDENVER, Colo. – Sophomore Raquel Gonzales earned her first career WAC Diver of the Week award on Tuesday, and became the third Northern Arizona diver honored this fall, for her performance in the Lumberjack Diving Invitational this past weekend.
Women's Basketball Takes on Lamar on Wednesday in TexasFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In the final road game of a four-of-five stretch to start the 2016-17 season, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team travels to the Lone Star State for the second time this season on Wednesday. The Lumberjacks will play Lamar at 6 p.m. Arizona time and look to get back into the win column after losses at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara this past weekend.
NAU Football Holds End of the Year BanquetFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team held their end of the year banquet on Sunday to close out the 2016 season. The Lumberjacks' season included a four-game win streak, three ROOT SPORTS Player of the Week honors, and a win over a top 10 team.
2017 Road to Reno Tickets Now Available for PurchaseOGDEN, Utah – For the second straight year, the Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be held in Reno, Nev. and tickets for the 2017 installment are now available for fans to purchase.
Forged in Flagstaff, Achieved in Terre HauteFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Here we are: 48 hours removed from arguably the greatest sports moment in the history of Northern Arizona University athletics, and it still feels somewhat like a dream.
Washington Uses Inside Game to Top NAU 92-58SEATTLE, Wash. – Sophomore wing Felix Rivera-Vega registered 11 points and six rebounds and senior forward Ako Kaluna had 10 points and five rebounds as Northern Arizona fell to Washington 92–58 at the Alaska Airlines Arena tonight.
NAU Swimmers Excel on Final Day of Kansas ClassicTOPEKA, Kan. – Junior Alina Staffeldt and senior Urte Kazakeviciute each placed second in their respective individual events on the final day of the Kansas Classic, capping a success-filled weekend in Topeka, Kan. by the Northern Arizona swimmers. The Lumberjacks finished fifth in the six-team meet with 353 points and garnered 13 second-session swims on Sunday before heading back to Flagstaff.
Lumberjacks Conclude Weekend with 60-51 Loss at UCSBSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Despite a strong performance by senior Brittani Lusain, the Northern Arizona women’s basketball team dropped a tough 60-51 decision to UC Santa Barbara Sunday afternoon in the Thunderdome to fall to 2-2 this season. Lusain recorded 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals, but shaky free throw shooting down the stretch hurt the Lumberjacks’ chances to earn a weekend split of their California road trip.
Football Falls in Season Finale to Southern Utah, 48-21FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (5-6, 4-4 BSC) fell to Southern Utah (6-5, 5-3) today in the HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy game, 48-21. The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 14-0 lead, NAU fought back to tie it up before heading into halftime, but the Thunderbirds outscored the Lumberjacks on Senior Day to come away with the victory at the Walkup Skydome.
Volleyball Falls to UND in Straight Sets in Big Sky Championship MatchGRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team was determined to become the first back-to-back conference tournament champion in four years, but North Dakota made sure their home crowd of 1,512 saw otherwise. Although the Fighting Hawks ultimately denied the Lumberjacks of a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in straight sets, Saturday's championship match was anything but a walk in the park for the home team.
Swimmers Tally Three Top Eight Finishes, Divers Wrap Up Home InviteFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. and TOPEKA, Kan. – The Northern Arizona swimmers made big moves and continued to record season-best times on the second day of the Kansas Classic, while the divers concluded the Lumberjack Diving Invitational at home on Saturday with another set of impressive results.
The Lumberjacks are NCAA National ChampionsTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – If you ask most people around the country to point out Flagstaff, Ariz., on a map, there would be some trouble doing so. Even more would have a hard time telling you that city is home to Northern Arizona University—a haven for distance runners.
Women's Hoops Struggles, Comes Up Short at Cal PolySAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – A strong fourth quarter did not even out three lackluster quarters for the Northern Arizona women's basketball team on Friday, as they suffered their first loss of the season, 58-53, at Cal Poly. The Lumberjacks struggled all night long in the Mott Athletics Center shooting just 31.7 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc in seeing their two-game win streak to start the season come to an end.
Gonzales Wins Platform, Swimmers Collect Season-Bests to Start Weekend InvitesFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. and TOPEKA, Kan. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team got their invitational-filled weekend off to a successful start on Friday at the Lumberjack Diving Invitational and Kansas Classic respectively. Highlighting the day was sophomore Raquel Gonzales' win on platform in the divers' season debut on the tower.
NAU to Play for Big Sky Title After Knocking Off Sacramento StateGRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senior Lauren Jacobsen was not about to let the Northern Arizona volleyball team head to a fifth set, and with three final emphatic kills she propelled the Lumberjacks to their second straight Big Sky Tournament finale. No. 3 NAU overcame a first set loss and knocked off No. 2 Sacramento State in Friday's semifinal, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-23, and improved to 24-7 overall this season.
Senior Feature: Jake Thomas - Coming Full CircleFor a young guy from Mesa, Ariz., playing football comes natural for senior linebacker Jake Thomas. He started at a young age and now as he’s about to play his last college game, the passion and love for the sport continues to shine.
Men's Hoops Cruises Past Benedictine Mesa, 92-63TUBA CITY, Ariz. – Northern Arizona never trailed in the game, as it cruised to a 92-63 win over Benedictine Mesa today. The game was played at Tuba City High School on the Navajo Nation. Tonight marked the second straight season that NAU has played a game on the Navajo Nation.
Volleyball Advances to Big Sky Semifinals with Portland State SweepGRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team absolutely dominated at times, and showed grit when they needed to in sweeping Portland State, 25-18, 25-10, 25-22, in their first match of the Big Sky Championships. NAU (23-7) will next meet Sacramento State in Friday's first semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Arizona time.
NAU Hopes to Carry Success into California Weekend Road TripFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team travels to California to face a pair of Big West teams this weekend - Cal Poly on Friday and UC Santa Barbara on Sunday - with an opportunity to do something only one other team in school history has done. NAU will take on Cal Poly at 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Sunday with a chance to join the 2001-02 team as the only other team to start a season 4-0. Both game times are listed local to Flagstaff.
Volleyball Places Four on All-Conference Teams, Akin Voted Top FreshmanGRAND FORKS, N.D. – Deserving of the honors, seniors Jensen Barton and Lauren Jacobsen, redshirt sophomore Brittni Dorsey and freshman Abby Akin were recognized by the league's head coaches on Wednesday with spots on the All-Big Sky teams. Barton and Jacobsen were voted to the First Team, while Dorsey and Akin were selected to the Second Team. Akin was also named the conference's Outstanding Freshman. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Swimmers Head to Kansas, Diving Hosts Invitational This WeekendFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will get a good look at quality competition this weekend as the team will split up for a pair of multi-day invitationals. At home in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex, the divers will host the Lumberjack Diving Invitational Friday and Saturday, while the swimmers will make the trek to Topeka, Kan. for the Kansas Classic running Friday through Sunday.