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Riley Platt

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Carter Hendricksen drives on defender

Men’s basketball’s struggles continue in road loss to North Alabama

January 30, 2023

FLORENCE, Ala. – Carter Hendricksen showed out yet again, scoring 31 points, but didn’t receive much help as the majority of the University of North Florida roster sputtered in a 91-78 loss to the...

Matthew Driscoll looks down at ground during timeout

Men’s basketball drops overtime heartbreaker against Central Arkansas

January 27, 2023

CONWAY, Ark. – Carter Hendricksen’s 32-point performance wasn’t enough for the University of North Florida (UNF) Ospreys on Thursday as they fell to the University of Central Arkansas Bears 88-85...

Carter Hendricksen drives to the paint

Hendricksen’s career night leads men’s basketball past Queens

January 20, 2023

The University of North Florida (UNF) men’s basketball squad got back on the right track with a win over Queens University on Thursday, highlighted by a 35-point performance by forward Carter Hendricksen. It...

Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams at training camp in 2022.

Jaguars look to continue miracle run against Chiefs in Divisional round

January 20, 2023

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already made noise throughout the league with their opening-round comeback win against the Chargers, but Saturday’s challenge might be the biggest of this season. Arrowhead...

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) sets back to pass during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game, against the Los Angeles Chargers, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Jaguars keep climbing, knock off Chargers in improbable comeback Wild Card win

January 14, 2023

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ return to the playoffs was as dramatic as possible Saturday night, winning their AFC Wild Card duel against the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30, once trailing 27-0. One of the...

Carter Hendricksen drives to the hoop

Strong night from stars not enough as men’s basketball falls in road duel

January 13, 2023

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – A combined 33-point effort from veterans Carter Hendricksen and Jose Placer on Thursday helped fuel a strong effort for the University of North Florida (UNF) Ospreys that ultimately...

Devin Lloyd #33 Linebacker of the Jacksonville Jaguars pushing the sled during training camp practice on August 8, 2022 at Episcopal’s Knights Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Jaguars’ improbable run to the playoffs

January 11, 2023

An early December blowout loss in Detroit seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for yet another disappointing Jaguars season. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s sophomore campaign and a new, Super...

Jose Placer goes up for a lay-in

Men’s basketball “shares the sugar,” rolls through Bethune-Cookman

December 12, 2022

The University of North Florida Ospreys utilized a full-team effort on Saturday to take down the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 88-48. Following a tough pair of losses, the Ospreys returned home to UNF Arena,...

Jarius Hicklen works his way down the court

Men’s basketball falls to top-ranked Houston

December 7, 2022

Featured image via UNF athletics HOUSTON, Texas – The University of North Florida Ospreys squared off with the Houston Cougars, who currently sit atop the AP Top 25 Poll, on Tuesday, falling 76-42. The...

Jose Placer shoots a three-pointer

Men’s basketball falls to High Point in high-scoring affair

December 5, 2022

Featured image via UNF athletics HIGH POINT, N.C. – Saturday’s showdown between the University of North Florida and High Point University featured plenty of scoring, but things didn’t go UNF’s...

Chaz Lanier drives to the rim

Men’s basketball thrashes Trinity Baptist with all-hands-on-deck performance

November 30, 2022

Following a rough week on the road, the University of North Florida (UNF) got back on track Tuesday with a 90-49 win over crosstown opponent Trinity Baptist College (TBC). UNF emptied its bench throughout...

Hendricksen drives along the baseline

Men’s basketball suffers heartbreaking loss to Duquesne on buzzer-beater

November 22, 2022

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of North Florida Ospreys went head-to-head with a talented Duquesne University squad on Monday, losing in the final seconds of the game in devastating fashion. The...

Placer drives towards the rim with defenders in pursuit

Men’s basketball fights back in final minutes to pick up win in home opener

November 21, 2022

The University of North Florida men’s basketball team took to the new CSI Companies Court for the first time, completing a lengthy comeback to defeat South Carolina State on Saturday. The UNF Ospreys...

UNFs women basketball team at the airport

Women’s basketball takes to Ireland for early-season test

November 17, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) women’s basketball is headed across the pond to participate in the Dublin Challenge, facing a pair of foes that will put the young squad to the test. While the...

Players high-five each other

Men’s basketball keeps it close, comes up short late against Washington

November 14, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) Ospreys found themselves in position to defeat the Washington Huskies late on Friday, but couldn’t close it out in a 75-67 loss. The Ospreys are no stranger to...

Head coach Kristen Wright, along with everyone in the program, was thrilled to finally be able to return home after spending months on the road.

[Photo] Volleyball defeats JU, secures positive ASUN win percentage in return to The Nest

November 9, 2022

Head coach Kristen Wright, along with everyone in the program, was thrilled to finally be able to return home after spending months on the road.

Opposing players battle for positioning near the rim.

Men’s basketball outmatched in season-opening loss to No. 2 Gonzaga

November 8, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash. – The University of North Florida (UNF) Ospreys began their 2022 season on Monday, falling to the second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs in a 104-63 loss. The Zags – as they’re affectionately...

Players huddle together on field

Men’s soccer’s season comes to an end with loss in ASUN tournament

November 7, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of North Florida (UNF) men’s soccer team faced defeat for the final time in the 2022 season on Saturday, falling 4-0 to the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) Eagles in the...

Coach Driscoll speaks with animation as usual

UNF basketball squads preview upcoming seasons at media day

November 2, 2022

The men’s and women’s basketball teams of the University of North Florida (UNF) took to the stage Tuesday, speaking about their upcoming seasons at their annual media day. For both groups, last...

Soccer player prepares to kick ball

Men’s soccer scoreless in Charleston, fights to non-conference draw

October 26, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) men’s soccer team went head-to-head with the College of Charleston on Tuesday, leaving the Palmetto State empty-handed after a defensive duel. This served as...

Corner view of UNF Arena

Osprey squads take to new arena floor for first time

October 25, 2022

After months of planning and construction, the University of North Florida’s (UNF) volleyball and basketball squads practiced on UNF Arena’s new CSI Companies Court for the first time on Monday, a...

Opposing players jockey for possesion

Women’s soccer draws with Kennesaw State in hurricane makeup match

October 20, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) women’s soccer squad faced off with the Kennesaw State Owls on Wednesday afternoon, but with one small twist: it was originally scheduled to be played nearly a month...

Saturdays match may have ended even on the scoreboard, but a sense of defeat still loomed.

Men’s soccer concedes last-minute goal, draws in heartbreaking fashion versus Bellarmine

October 17, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) men’s soccer team gave up two points in quite possibly the most brutal way imaginable on Saturday, with Bellarmine University scoring a goal with just 36 seconds...

Baseball player pushed by teammates in a shopping cart through the crowd

Baseball’s hottest ticket is on its way to Jacksonville

October 14, 2022

Drumroll, please. It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for: the world-famous Savannah Bananas are coming to Jacksonville. The team that has drawn mass attention for their antics-filled spin on...

Volleyball players high-five

All Things Osprey: Volleyball rallies to take match from North Alabama

October 11, 2022

It was a busy week for University of North Florida (UNF) athletics, with an impressive come-from-behind win by the volleyball squad on Sunday stealing headlines. The weekend didn’t get off to the...

A soccer ball sits motionless on the field

Gun’s strong week continues as men’s soccer draws with FGCU

October 10, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. – Goalkeeping was the name of the game on Friday, as University of North Florida (UNF) keeper Micah Gun stopped seven shots in a scoreless draw with the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) Eagles. In...

A soccer player running toward a ball

Men’s soccer takes inaugural meeting against ASUN’s newest member

October 4, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) men’s soccer team clashed with the new Atlantic Sun (ASUN) program, Queens University of Charlotte, for the first time on Monday, taking the match in a low-scoring...

Soccer player protects ball from defender

Late goal propels women’s soccer to shorthanded win in ASUN home opener

October 3, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) women’s soccer team picked up their second consecutive win on Sunday despite facing multiple setbacks in an exciting duel with Jacksonville State University (JSU)...

As Floridians rush to prepare for Hurricane Ian, this Shell gas station by the University of North Florida was already out of gas by Wednesday.

Category 4 Hurricane Ian brings ‘catastrophic’ storm surge, winds to Florida

September 28, 2022

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a Cat. 4 Wednesday afternoon, bringing maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour — two miles shy of a Cat 5. — and sending a flurry of alerts across the...

UNF flag flies in the wind

Hurricane Ian puts UNF athletic events on hold

September 28, 2022

Hurricane Ian’s impact on the University of North Florida (UNF) reached the sports world, as athletics announced multiple postponements late Tuesday. This release was no surprise, as UNF announced...

hurricane map

How UNF students should prepare for Hurricane Ian

September 27, 2022

With all University of North Florida (UNF) classes now canceled from Wednesday through the end of the week, students should be preparing for Hurricane Ian and the impact it may have on the Jacksonville...

A soccer ball sits motionless on the field

Women’s soccer takes road match from Stetson with high-scoring performance

September 26, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) women’s soccer team turned heads on Sunday with an impressive 3-1 win over conference rival Stetson University. The 2022 season started out rather rough for the...

Frank German stands on the mound

Former Osprey pitcher makes it Major, debuts with Red Sox

September 21, 2022

BOSTON, Mass. – Frank German made history on Saturday, becoming just the second Osprey in University of North Florida (UNF) Division I history to break into the highest echelon of professional baseball. German...

Soccer player high fives teammate

Men’s soccer breaks through, picks up first win of season

September 21, 2022

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The University of North Florida (UNF) men’s soccer scored only one goal through six winless performances, but none of that mattered on Tuesday when they won their first match of...


All Things Ospreys: Volleyball snaps losing skid, picks up win in Hawkeye State

September 19, 2022

The volleyball team highlighted a busy week of athletics at the University of North Florida (UNF), taking home a win after competing in the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa. The weekend didn’t get off...

Josh Allen sacks Matt Ryan, who subsequently goes down.

Defense shines as Jaguars dominate Colts in home opener

September 19, 2022

The Jacksonville Jaguars had their best performance in years on Sunday, shutting out the Indianapolis Colts in a wire-to-wire 24-0 shutout win. In life, some things are a given. The sky is blue. The...

UNF soccer player prepares to kick the ball downfield.

Men’s soccer can’t convert on plethora of chances, fall to Georgia Southern

September 14, 2022

Missed opportunities have plagued the University of North Florida (UNF) team throughout the opening stages of the season, something that yet again stung the Ospreys in a 1-0 loss to the Georgia Southern...


All Things Osprey: Women’s cross country shines bright in UNF Invitational

September 12, 2022

The women’s cross country team highlighted a busy week of University of North Florida (UNF) athletics, taking first place in the UNF Invitational on Friday.  Sophomore Emma Jane Schlageter made this...

UNF basketball players walking off the court

Big-name programs headline 2022-23 men’s basketball schedule

September 12, 2022

After months of anticipation, the full University of North Florida (UNF) men’s basketball schedule has been released, and it includes some of the nation’s top teams. Much of the earlier non-conference...

UNF soccer players walk down the field.

Men’s soccer drops road match against ranked FIU squad

September 7, 2022

MIAMI, Fla. — An away affair with one of the nation’s top teams didn’t go favorably for the University of North Florida (UNF) men’s soccer team on Tuesday, as the Florida International University...

Volleyball is midair while a volleyball player prepares to hit it

Volleyball completes early phases of gauntlet schedule

September 6, 2022

The record may not indicate it, but the University of North Florida (UNF) volleyball squad has put up a fight against many of the nation’s top programs in their first two weeks of action. The opening...

Doug Peterson talking to the team

With the 2022 preseason in the books, hope is on the horizon for the Jaguars

September 1, 2022

The Jacksonville Jaguars have wrapped up the 2022 preseason and look to charge full throttle into the inaugural campaign of new head coach Doug Pedersen.  The Jaguars played a total of four preseason...

UNF soccer team huddles around each other.

Late collapse sees men’s soccer fall to UCF in road duel

August 30, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of North Florida (UNF) men’s soccer team put on a strong showing Monday night against the University of Central Florida (UCF), but fell short late to suffer a 2-1 loss.  The...

Construction equipment sit on the arena floor.

UNF Arena renovations progressing, completion slated for October

August 25, 2022

After roughly six months of construction, renovations to University of North Florida (UNF) Arena are coming along nicely as the Ospreys anxiously await their newly-updated home. Plans for an updated...

Group of volleyball players huddle together following a point.

UNF volleyball poised to soar to new heights in upcoming season

August 25, 2022

The Ospreys are coming off their most successful season in program history, but head coach Kristen Wright believes this is just the beginning. Wright enters her fifth season at the helm of the University...

UNF left fielder Justin Holmes led the team in run production on Tuesday, bringing in two of the team’s five runs.

Baseball’s late push comes up short against UCF

May 4, 2022

The Ospreys went into Tuesday’s matchup against the University of Central Florida (UCF) with the season series on the line, but weren’t able to secure the win despite an eighth inning rally. Fans...

Through the eyes of a photographer: March

Through the eyes of a photographer: April

May 2, 2022

Check out Spinnaker Photographer Justin Nedrow’s best photos of April. For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected]


All Things Osprey: Olympic track star competes in UNF Invitational

May 2, 2022

An Olympic champion swinging by campus is far from ordinary, but Andre De Grasse did just that over the weekend, competing in the North Florida Invitational. The University of North Florida (UNF) hosted...

Peter Holden was full of passion after securing the win with a strikeout in the ninth inning.

Holden’s complete game shutout propels baseball to win over Kennesaw State

April 30, 2022

Pitching was the name of the game on Friday as the University of North Florida (UNF) took down Kennesaw State (KSU) 3-0 in the series opener. A pitcher lasting all nine innings is a rarity in college...

The Ospreys may have fallen short of the ASUN championship, but milestones were still made along the way in a successful season.

Beach volleyball’s season comes to an end in ASUN semifinals

April 26, 2022

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The University of North Florida (UNF) beach volleyball team advanced to the ASUN semifinals but came short of the championship, falling to Stetson University on Monday. Last year's...

Globie, who was recently inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame, smiles for the camera.

World-famous Harlem Globetrotters visit UNF

April 25, 2022

Basketball returned to the University of North Florida (UNF) on Friday as the Harlem Globetrotters visited as part of their 2022 World Tour. The Harlem Globetrotters are well known for their unique...


All Things Osprey: Women’s golf rallies to win ASUN championship

April 25, 2022

It’s not every day that multiple championships are up for grabs, but the University of North Florida (UNF) women’s golf team made the most of the opportunity on Sunday, taking home their third ASUN...

Kayla McGory’s 4th inning home run got the Ospreys on the board in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Georgia Southern.

Softball continues to dominate, takes down Georgia Southern in road doubleheader

April 21, 2022

It was more of the same for the University of North Florida (UNF) softball team on Wednesday as they picked up another pair of wins. The Ospreys have been on a tear as of late, winning 11 of their last...

It was an all-around team effort over the weekend for UNF, with pitching and batting contributing to the team’s third consecutive sweep of a conference opponent.

Softball rolls through Kennesaw State, picks up third consecutive sweep

April 19, 2022

The Ospreys softball team continued their successful 2022 campaign over the weekend, taking all three games from the Kennesaw State Owls.  With only a few more weeks left in the regular season, every...

Featured image: UNF forward Jazz Bond made history, becoming the first Osprey to be drafted to an American professional basketball team.

All Things Osprey: Jazz Bond makes UNF history

April 18, 2022

It was a monumental week throughout the world of UNF athletics, but women’s basketball forward Jazz Bond brought national attention to the University when she was drafted in the WNBA Draft on Monday.  Bond...

UNF Baseball.

Baseball falls just short in road duel against South Carolina

April 13, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Ospreys flew north to face the South Carolina Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), losing in a low-scoring affair Tuesday. Despite being in different conferences, the...

UNF infielder Abraham Sequera played hero in Friday’s win, coming through late in the game to secure the victory.

Baseball takes series from JU in first River City Rumble meeting of season

April 11, 2022

The Ospreys have had a rough start to the season, but taking two of three games from their arch rivals over the weekend could be just what the doctor ordered. Harmon Stadium was the epicenter of baseball...

Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani is greeted in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Seattle. Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way superstar, is the winner of The Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year award.

The long-awaited 2022 MLB season is finally here; everything you need to know for Opening Day

April 6, 2022

After an offseason that looked like it may never end due to a complex labor dispute, the Major League Baseball season begins this Thursday. Let’s take a look at some things to keep an eye on this weekend. The...

Top-ranked teams called the Cooper Beach Volleyball Complex home on Friday and Saturday at the North Florida Invite.

Gallery: Beach volleyball hosts nationally-ranked Georgia State

April 5, 2022

The UNF beach volleyball team hosted the North Florida Invite over the weekend, with fans getting to see some of the top teams in the nation. The Ospreys took on Pepperdine, Florida State, and Florida...


All Things Osprey: Men’s golf take down top programs at Hayt invitational

April 4, 2022

It was a busy week around campus for UNF athletics, but the top highlight came away from campus on the golf course. The men’s golf team turned heads, taking down a number of notable teams in the Hayt,...

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