Raelene Blanton recorded her first colligate hat trick and the Lady Trojans picked up their second straight win Saturday against Benedictine University at Springfield. Hannibal-LaGrange (3-5-1, 2-0 AMC) pummeled the Lady Bulldogs 11-0 in the American Midwest Conference contest.

Lady Trojans pummel
Raelene Blanton recorded her first colligate hat trick and the Lady Trojans picked up their second straight win Saturday against Benedictine University at Springfield. Hannibal-LaGrange (3-5-1, 2-0 AMC) pummeled the Lady Bulldogs 11-0 in the American Midwest Conference contest.
The Lady Trojans outshot Benedictine (0-8, 0-3 AMC) 33-5 and put 20 shots on goal in the blowout. Sophomore Jamie Helfer started the game at goal but never had to make a save as she picked up her second win of the season. Senior Whitney Voepel replaced Helfer at goal in the second half and came away with two saves to preserve the shutout.
Blanton, a junior, highlighted the win for Hannibal-LaGrange with goals in the 18th, 47th and 61st minutes to come away with the hat trick.
Sophomore Sarah Hammock and freshman Jamileh Abdal-Kadar each came within a goal of recording hat tricks as well. Hammock had unassisted goals in the 48th and 56th minutes while Abdal-Kadar picked up the final two goals for Hannibal-LaGrange. She was able to find the back of the net in the 81st and 82nd minutes thanks to assists from sophomores Sarah Schmidt and Brittany Johnson.
The Lady Trojans score their first goal in the sixth minute after the Lady Bulldog keeper fouled Hammock in the box to set up a penalty kick. Sophomore Marion Bravo took the penalty kick and hit the ball toward the left post and past the keeper to get the Lady Trojans on the board.
Minutes later, freshman Stephanie Hall set up junior Samantha Boyle for Hannibal-LaGrange's second goal of the game. The goal was Boyle's first of the season.
Hall picked up her first goal of the year in the 23rd minute, after her first two shots hit off of the post and crossbar. The goal was set up after Bravo found freshman Shelby Blanchard on the right side of the box. Blanchard then hit a cross deep in the box where Hall finished the play off with a blast past the keeper. Blanchard added her first goal of the season to go along with her assist in the 58th minute.
The 11 goals in one game are the most scored by Hannibal-LaGrange since 2009. Coincidently, that was also played on September 29 and featured a hat trick by former Lady Trojan Fernanda Miaci.
The Lady Trojans will try to carry their momentum over into a midweek conference contest against Columbia College. The October 3 match is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.

Trojans Fall to No. 16 Ashford
Hannibal-LaGrange (No. 19) lost 4-0 Saturday in a non-conference top 25 match against No. 16 Ashford University (8-1-2). The match was played in Clinton, Iowa.
Junior Trojan goalkeeper Colby Keller came away with six saves in the loss while Hannibal-LaGrange (5-3) was outshot 13-9 and only placed three shots on goal.
The Trojans gave up two early goals in the eighth and 12th minutes of play and Ashford scored again in the 62nd minute to go up 3-0 and put the game out of reach. The Saints scored their final goal in the closing minutes to finish off the Trojans 4-0.
Junior Felipe Silva was the only Trojan to put a shot on goal as Hannibal-LaGrange struggled to come up with any offense.
The Trojans played a man down during the closing minutes of the first period and the entire second half as junior Victor Alvarez received a red card in the 41st minute.
Hannibal-LaGrange will try to rebound this Wednesday at No. 8 Columbia College. The conference contest is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.

Trojans finish 12th at Rim Rock Classic
The men's cross country team finished 12th Saturday at the University of Kansas' Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence Kansas.
Freshman Taylor Whitmore led the Trojans with a 98th overall finish. He ran the eight kilometer course in 26:30.30 with an average mile time of 5:20. Close behind Whitmore was sophomore John Bedsworth who finished 112th in a time of 27:17.10.
Sophomore Troy Pace finished third for Hannibal-LaGrange and 144th overall with a time of 29:19.10 while senior Zach Lewis finished in 29:33.30 to place 147th. Senior Edward Gregg and freshman Tyler Brockhouse rounded things out for the Trojans, finishing in 150th and 155th place finishes. Gregg finished the Trojans' second race of the year in 29:57.30 while Brockhouse crossed the finish line in 31:03.90.

The race was the Trojans' first since the Illini Challenge on August 31.

In women's action, the Lady Trojan cross country team finished 12th Saturday at the Rim Rock Farm Classic.
The ladies were led by freshmen Kristen Garwood who set a new school record in the five kilometer race to finish 71st overall. Her time of 23:12.8 broke junior Breanna Newton's previous record time of 23:50 set last year at the Illinois Collegiate Invite.
Newton hung close with Garwood to also break last season's record. The Rochelle, Illinois native's personal best time of 23:13.3 placed her 72nd overall and gave her a 6:13.8 mile pace.
Senior Nicole Griesbaum was the next Lady Trojan to come in as she finished in 25:04.6 to place 112th. Following Griesbaum was fellow senior Sarah Erickson who placed 121st with time of 25:56.6. Sophomore Jennifer Yoder and senior Jessica Bailey rounded things out for the ladies. Yoder finished 133rd with a time of 21:11.0 while Bailey came in 141st at 28:45.2.
Hannibal-LaGrange men's and women's cross country teams will now prepare for the 8 a.m. home meet on Saturday. The Trojan Invite will follow the Scarlet and Blue Scramble, a 1.5 mile fun run, to kick off the Saturday homecoming events.

C-SC soccer shutout over
Playing No. 21 ranked Benedictine, the Culver-Stockton men's soccer team lost 4-0 Saturday afternoon. Benedictine scored its first goal in the first half, before adding three more goals in the second half. As a team, the Wildcats managed just six shots the entire game, only two of which were on goal.
The women's team didn't fare much better as it was also shut out. The Lady Wildcats fell 3-0. Like the men, Benedictine scored once in the first before adding a pair in the second half. The Lady Wildcats finished the game with just five total shots, with two of them being shots on goal.
The men fall to 3-6-1 while the women are 7-2-1.

Missouri Valley dominates Wildcat football

The Culver-Stockton football team fell behind quickly Saturday as the Wildcats lost 47-7 to Missouri Valley.

Missouri Valley took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter behind a safety, a field goal and finally a touchdown. The Vikings then scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to build up a 40-0 halftime lead. Missouri Valley reached the end zone one final time in the third quarter to go up 47-7.

Culver-Stockton broke up the shutout when Curtis Widener found Nick Hill for a seven yard touchdown pass. The TD capped off a 17 play drive that used up 8:01 of the clock and covered 88 yards.

As a team, Culver-Stockton managed just 167 total yards while turning the ball over four three times, twice on interceptions and once on a fumble. Allen Overton led the Wildcats ground game with a team-high 29 yards while Kevin Chism had a game-high 51 yards receiving.

With the loss, Culver-Stockton falls to 0-5 on the season.

Culver-Stockton volleyball wins in four

The Culver-Stockton women's volleyball team earned its second conference win of the year on Saturday as the Lady Wildcats be Peru State 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 29-27.

Ruthie Wheelock and Jacklyn Strouse tied for the team lead with 13 kills while Savannah Day registered 12 for the Lady Wildcats. Abbie Foster came up with 26 digs and Katie Flynn finished with 18 for Culver-Stockton. Brooke Carroll had a team-high 37 assists for the Lady Wildcats.

With the win, Culver-Stockton improves to 8-11 overall and 2-3 in the Heartland of America Athletic Conference.