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UNF surf team takes fourth overall honors at National Championships

Andrew Nichols June 20, 2014
And three surfers placed in their events. Captain Adam Bartoshesky won Captain of the Year. Emily Ruppert won the Chuck Allen Memorial Trophy. The surfers return triumphant.

UNF Surf Team takes on Cali waves in NSSA National Championships

Andrew Nichols June 13, 2014
After a successful season, many practices, and fundraisers, seven Ospreys travel to the opposite coast to compete in the NSSA Interscholastic National Championship held in Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, Cal.

North Florida surfing takes fourth overall at East Coast Regional Championships

Andrew Nichols April 8, 2014
North Florida won three competitions during the regular season on the NSSA circuit. When it came down to it, unfortunately, UNF ended up fourth at the East Coast Regional Championships.

Men’s soccer seniors have aspirations beyond Hodges Stadium

Andrew Nichols February 26, 2014
Two UNF soccer seniors have aspirations beyond Hodges stadium. Both hope to play professional ball. Read on...

The Armada unveiled

Andrew Nichols February 19, 2014
The Armada FC, the newest addition to the North American Soccer League, has arrived in Jacksonville.

Ospreys impress on opening day

Andrew Nichols February 14, 2014
Defeating Liberty University 11 - 4 on opening day, the UNF men's baseball season looks off to a promising start...

Men’s Soccer challenges Philadelphia Union

Andrew Nichols February 10, 2014
UNF men's soccer challenges the Philadelphia Union in a demanding exhibition match.

UNF set to play Philadelphia Union in exhibition match

Andrew Nichols February 3, 2014

When the whistle blows Saturday night to begin a friendly game, the UNF men’s soccer team will find itself with an extraordinary opportunity. The team will be looking across the field at the Philadelphia...

Robin Confer looks to bring attacking mindset to UNF

Andrew Nichols January 31, 2014
Growing up in Clearwater, Fla., Robin Confer was always an active kid. With parental guidance, she focused her energy in soccer, which guided her through a record setting college career and she was a player on a U.S. national team. She now has her first head coaching job at UNF.

UNF surf team continues dominance

Andrew Nichols January 21, 2014

Frigid waters and inconsistent conditions at New Smyrna Beach were no problem for the UNF Surf Team, continuing its dominance of NSSA competitions with a sweep of the event. The team had four of...

UNF women’s soccer gets new start, reasons undisclosed

Andrew Nichols December 27, 2013
Robin Confer will replace Linda Hammilton as UNF's women's soccer coach.

UNF’s men’s soccer finishes historical season

Andrew Nichols November 23, 2013
Head coach Derek Marinatos and the men’s soccer team left their seats and shouted in excitement when Simen Solstad blasted a goal off a free kick, drawing UNF one goal closer to equalizing ETSU in its first Atlantic Sun Conference final Sunday.

ETSU ends UNF’s Cinderella run

Andrew Nichols November 17, 2013
With the loss, UNF’s season is likely done. UNF would finished the season with a record of 8-6-3, a four win improvement from last season when the team didn't play in the conference tournament.

No Goals, No Playoffs for Women’s Soccer

Andrew Nichols November 16, 2013
UNF’s (6-9-4, 3-4-2 A-Sun ) season ended the way it should have began. Losing only one game in its last six, the Ospreys made a run for an Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament spot but fell one game short.

UNF downs FGCU, continues historic run

Andrew Nichols November 15, 2013
Luis Daniel Camejo found the net for the first time this season inside the box after receiving the ball from Alex Morrell.

Soccer men beat Mercer to advance in A-Sun playoffs

Andrew Nichols November 14, 2013
UNF dominated Mercer through the first 65 to 70 minutes of the game, earning a penalty that would be the game winner scored in the 32nd minute.

UNF Unable to Upset #1 Seed, Save Legs for Tournament Play

Andrew Nichols November 11, 2013
The Ospreys came out with a lineup containing some unfamiliar faces in order to save legs for tournament play Wednesday.

Soccer rumble ends in 1-1 stalemate

Andrew Nichols November 7, 2013
“We had the game won,” Marinatos said. "When we got our goal we got stretched and didn’t stick to the game plan. We were pressing high up the field like we needed a second.”

Golden goal lifts men’s soccer past Stetson

Andrew Nichols November 3, 2013
“It’s Jon-Michael’s first goal, we’ve been on him about scoring and taking chances,” Marinatos said.

Men’s soccer returns to Hodges Stadium Saturday

Andrew Nichols November 1, 2013
With only three games remaining in the UNF men’s soccer season, the team returns to Hodges Stadium for the first time this season Saturday. Issues with the field kept the men’s and women’s teams off of it a month and a half after its original game-ready date of mid-September.

Only the strong survive: UNF overcoming injury adversity

Andrew Nichols October 31, 2013
An array of injuries have been part of the UNF men’s soccer season, causing key players to miss games as conference play begins.

Freshman goal leads UNF men to first conference win

Andrew Nichols October 28, 2013
“Morrell cut up defenders and then delivered a low cross,” Young said. “I took it one time and was able to find the net.”

UNF’s golden coach: a part of history

Andrew Nichols October 22, 2013
“My playing days were what they were and I was so lucky to play the game with who I think were some of the best players in the world that have ever played the game,” Hamilton said.

Men’s soccer drops conference opener in final minutes

Andrew Nichols October 6, 2013
Though injuries may have slowed down the game that UNF were fluently possessing, Sienkiewicz says that is no excuse for the loss.

Men’s soccer unable to finish chances, lose 2-0 to Wofford

Andrew Nichols September 30, 2013
The coach also said that UNF were chasing the game in the second half, instead of its game plan of holding the ball in the attacking third and wearing them down.

Women soccer shutout in conference openers

Andrew Nichols September 30, 2013
UNF dropped two conference games on a weekend road trip.

Road games a mixed bag for Men’s soccer

Andrew Nichols September 24, 2013
Giving up two p.k.s and an own goal is a tough way to lose though there was more the Ospreys could’ve done better.

UNF beats South Alabama part of weekend split, gives Hamilton her 50th career win

Andrew Nichols September 23, 2013
“Finally having a game with a shutout felt great. I really have to give it all up to my defense,” said Dorsey. “South Alabama only had a couple of shots on goal and the defense worked their butts off.”

UNF keeper joins new team: A family of five

Andrew Nichols September 17, 2013

At dinner with the Ayres family in 2011, Brad Sienkiewicz broke down in tears. The loss of his mother one year earlier had weighed on him and his emotions poured out in front of the family of five....

Women’s soccer scores 12 goals in two games — wins one, ties another

Andrew Nichols September 16, 2013
The 78th minute had fans yelling. The keeper for Columbia looked to have slid out of the box with the ball still in her hands.

Tempers flare in Men’s Soccer 4-1 victory

Andrew Nichols September 16, 2013
“It was crazy out there,” said Morrell. “We all got together and said we’re going to follow this game plan and we did. We were calm the whole time.”

Men’s soccer beats UCF in extra time

Andrew Nichols September 9, 2013
“Its one of the biggest wins in the programs history.”

UNF ties Valpo, wins Mike Gibbs Tournament

Andrew Nichols September 1, 2013
“We had them,” Coach Marinatos said. “We put a goal away and had a chance for a second. I think we earned some of the yellows but there were a lot of fouls we didn’t deserve.”

Top recruit helps Men’s soccer win season opener

Andrew Nichols August 30, 2013
“I was pleased as we started strong and got an early goal which is what you want,” said Marinatos. “A great over overlapping run from Simen and a great header from Alex.”

Men’s Soccer Preview: Ranked last in pre-season polls, but reasons to be hopeful

Andrew Nichols August 20, 2013
To help improve Marinatos brought in an array of talent. The new international, junior college players and freshmen players started to adjust to college over the summer.

Soccer pitch turns to dust for renovation

Andrew Nichols August 12, 2013
When you take a look at Hodges Stadium, you might something is missing -- grass. In fact, field inside the track more closely resembles a African desert than a grassy pitch.

Former UNF baseball player Sam Perry dies suddenly

Andrew Nichols July 29, 2013
A young man with great ambition, former UNF baseball player Sam Perry, was found dead Sunday morning, July 21. The cause of death is unknown.

New Aquatics Center, Rec Center, sand volleyball court on tap for campus

Andrew Nichols July 17, 2013
A 3 million dollar crack in the Aquatic Center pool has UNF looking to build a new Olympic size swimming pool facility and stay out of the deep waters of debt.

Kevin Phelan makes splash, cut at U.S. Open

Andrew Nichols June 19, 2013
Phelan's first round put him in a good position to make the cut, but with weather delays and rough that could make a small child disappear, playing into the weekend would prove to be difficult on the monster known as Merion Golf Club.

UNF Golf set for Nationals

Andrew Nichols May 28, 2013
“These guys are so talented that you’re working on more mental stuff than you are physical,” said Schroeder. “It’s about learning from their mistakes and making them better down the road.”
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