Year in Review
2010-11 Year in Review Accolades
1Catcher Kevin Plawecki was selected 35th overall by the New York Mets in Compensation Round A of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the third-highest selected player in program history
2Big Ten Coaches of the Year – Doug Schreiber (baseball) and Dave Shondell (volleyball)
4Big Ten Team Championships: baseball (regular-season and postseason tournament), women’s basketball (postseason tournament) and women’s tennis (postseason tournament) – the most in school history
5Big Ten Individual Champions: Dani Bunch (weight throw – indoor track and field; shot put – outdoor track and field), Leah Eber (long jump – indoor track and field and outdoor track and field) and Laura Gonzalez-Escallon (women's golf)
5Big Ten Players of the Year: Leah Eber (indoor track and field), Laura Gonzalez-Escallon (women’s golf), Joe Haase (baseball), Kevin Plawecki (baseball), Ariel Turner (volleyball)
11NCAA Tournament appearances by men’s and women’s basketball teams under head coaches Matt Painter and Sharon Versyp (in 13 seasons)
15First Team All-Big Ten honorees
20All-America performances (by 16 student-athletes)
45Wins by the baseball team (school record)
158Academic All-Big Ten honorees
SportDual RecordBig Ten RecordBig Ten PlaceNCAA Place
Baseball45-1417-71stRegional
Men's Basketball22-1310-86thThird Round
Women's Basketball25-911-5T2ndSecond Round
Men's Cross Country--9th-
Women's Cross Country--11th-
Football7-64-43rd (Leaders)-
Men's Golf--5thRegional
Women's Golf--2nd9th
Soccer7-11-24-6-1T8th-
Softball31-2213-10T6th-
Men's Swimming and Diving5-43-47th39th
Women's Swimming and Diving5-33-36thT31st
Men's Tennis10-162-910th-
Women's Tennis18-77-35thFirst Round
Men's Indoor Track and Field0-2-11th -
Women's Indoor Track and Field1-1-9th38th
Men's Outdoor Track and Field--11th-
Women's Outdoor Track & Field--T10th-
Volleyball29-516-42ndSweet 16
Wrestling10-103-59th28th


Top 2011-12 Highlights
 
 
Baseball winning its first Big Ten championship since 1909
 
Robbie Hummel's return from two torn ACL's
 
Brittany Rayburn's NCAA-record-tying 12 three-pointers at Minnesota
 
Football returning to postseason play and winning bowl game
 
Women's Tennis winning Big Ten Tournament
 
Ariel Turner being named All-American, Academic All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year
 
 
Photos of the year
Men's and Women's Cross Country: The men won four races and the women two in a season without home meets for the cross country programs. The highlight of the season came at the Indiana Intercollegiates when the men's team won the state championship for the first time since 2001, led by junior Stephen Schulz. Schulz took the top overall spot with an 8K time of 24:48. Redshirt freshman Dana Payonk was a bright spot for the women's team as she finished first for the Boilermakers in three consecutive races, including a top finish at the IPFW Invitational. At the Big Ten Championships, the men finished in ninth place out of 11 teams. That finish is the best by the Boilermakers since 2005. The women finished 11th out of 12 teams. At the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, the men finished 10th (among 31 teams) and the women 14th (among 33 squads).

Football: By winning two of its final three games, the football team returned to the bowl scene for the first time since 2007. The Boilermakers defeated Ohio State 26-23 in overtime Nov. 12 and Indiana 33-25 on Nov. 26 to regain the Old Oaken Bucket. They were tabbed for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit and defeated Western Michigan 37-32 in a thrilling game Dec. 27. Purdue finished 7-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play (third place in Leaders Division). Defensive tackle Kawann Short earned first team All-Big Ten honors. He was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after his six-tackle, three-sack effort against Ohio State. The Boilermakers defeated 23rd-ranked Illinois 21-14 on Oct. 22. Three Boilermakers were second team All-Big Ten: cornerback Ricardo Allen, punter Cody Webster and kicker-punter Carson Wiggs. The Boilermakers led the nation in kickoff returns with a school-record 28.7-yard average, led by Raheem Mostert's NCAA-leading 33.5-yard average (second-best in school history).

Soccer: Home night games for the first time at the Varsity Soccer Complex and a resilient midseason stretch that kept the Boilermakers alive in the Big Ten Tournament chase until the final day of the season highlighted the 2011 campaign for the women's soccer team. The highlight of the year was an 8-2 win over Indiana on Oct. 13 at home. The Boilermakers (7-11-2, 4-6-1 Big Ten) tied a single-game record for goals while extending their unbeaten streak against the Hoosiers to 15 consecutive games (12-0-3). Highlighted by a hat trick from senior Kellie Phillips, the win allowed Purdue to retain possession of the Golden Boot, a traveling trophy that has not left West Lafayette since it was introduced to the series in 2002. Despite starting the conference season 0-2-1 and earning only seven of a possible 18 points at home during Big Ten play, Purdue was the last team officially eliminated from Big Ten Tournament contention. The Boilermakers failed to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 1999 in years the event was played. Purdue had qualified for nine consecutive tournaments from 2000 to 2008, compiling the third-longest active streak (behind Penn State and Illinois) in the league in the process. Phillips finished her career with 20 goals and 20 assists, becoming only the second player in school history to join the 20-20 club.

Volleyball: The volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the sixth time in program history and the fifth time since 2005, making it just one of nine teams nationally to make at least five third-round appearances in the last seven years. The Boilermakers, headlined by first team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Ariel Turner, unanimous All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America selection Tiffany Fisher and Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection Kierra Jones, posted a 29-5 record, including a 16-4 mark in Big Ten play, good for second place. AVCA Mideast Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year Dave Shondell led his team to its best overall mark since 1985 (34-4), best league mark since 1985 (17-1) and best conference finish since 1987 (second). The Boilermakers, who were ranked as high as eighth nationally, defeated a program-record seven ranked opponents. Turner capped her junior season as Purdue's first volleyball double All-American since 1984, garnering first team AVCA All-America and second team Academic All-America honors. Fisher's honorable mention selection gave Purdue its first pair of All-Americans since 1984.

Men's Basketball: The men's basketball team finished with a 22-13 record, tying the program record with its sixth-consecutive 20-win season. The Boilermakers were 10-8 and finished in sixth place in the Big Ten. They earned their sixth straight NCAA Tournament berth and won their opening game in the Big Dance for the 14th time in a row with a 72-69 second-round victory over Saint Mary's (Calif.). Robbie Hummel led the team in scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounds (7.2 rpg) and blocks (1.2 bpg) en route to first team All-Big Ten honors, while Lewis Jackson averaged a team-best 4.2 assists per game and earned honorable mention all-league accolades. D.J. Byrd had a breakout season, shooting 43 percent from three-point range and becoming the first Purdue player to earn Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year honors. Along the way, the Boilermakers made a school-record 284 three-point field goals. Ryne Smith was the team's catalyst from beyond the arc, making 89 three-pointers to rank third on Purdue's season chart.

Women's Basketball: The women's basketball team finished with a 25-9 record, including a tie for second place in the Big Ten with an 11-5 mark. The 25 wins marked the most since a 25-11 record in 2008-09. The Boilermakers won a conference-best eighth Big Ten Tournament title with a 74-70 double-overtime victory over Nebraska. Purdue hosted the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds for the 14th time at Mackey Arena. The fourth-seeded Boilermakers advanced to the second round to improve to 18-1 in first-round matchups. Purdue lost 72-61 to No. 5 seed South Carolina to end the season. The Boilermakers were ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll going into the NCAA Tournament. Three players earned Big Ten postseason honors: Brittany Rayburn (second team) and KK Houser and Sam Ostarello (honorable mention). Rayburn was recognized as a second team Academic All-American, finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and Naismith Player of the Year midseason nominee. She finished her career as Purdue's sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,795 points, while ranking second in three-point field goals with 201 and third in free throw percentage at 82.1 percent.

Men's Swimming and Diving: New program records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle relay as well as an NCAA Championships-qualifying relay team highlighted the 2011-12 season for men's swimming and diving. The Boilermakers also established team freshman records in four events. The 200 free relay team of Matt Friede, Danny Tucker, Ben Wachtel and Ben Ziolkowski broke the program record in a time-trial opportunity at the Big Ten Championships, punching their ticket to the NCAA Championships in the process. The quartet qualified for the consolation final at the national championship meet to earn honorable mention All-America recognition and give the Boilermakers a 39th-place team finish. It was Purdue's first NCAA-qualifying relay since 2006. Individually, Albert Miller broke the program record in the 100 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships. Three different freshmen accounted for the first-year records, highlighted by Guillermo Blanco's benchmarks in the 100 backstroke and 400 IM. The 400 IM record had been the longest-standing freshman mark in the record book, dating to 1994. Six-time NCAA diver David Boudia opted to forgo his senior season of collegiate eligibility to train for the 2012 Olympic Games, but he remained a constant presence around the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. In December, he won two more national championships at the USA Swimming's Winter Nationals.

Women's Swimming and Diving: Seven program records and three individual NCAA Championships qualifiers highlighted the women's swimming and diving season. Emily Fogle established team benchmarks in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM. She earned two honorable mention All-America awards at the NCAA Championships - after qualifying for the consolation final of the 100 and 200 breaststroke - enabling the Boilermakers to finish tied for 31st as a team. She broke the school record in the 200 breast for the fifth time while winning the consolation final. Lauren Roth and Rhiannon Sheets also represented the Boilermakers at NCAAs. Fogle and Sheets were named second team All-Big Ten as Purdue finished in sixth place at the conference meet. Roth (200 freestyle), Sheets (100 and 200 butterfly) and Francesca Marr (400 IM) also established individual school records. The 200 and 400 medley relay teams set program benchmarks at the Big Ten Championships. There also were seven freshman records established, including four by Sheets. Purdue only had two women's divers compete after Mary Beth Dunnichay, Michelle Cabasol and Casey Matthews exercised Olympic redshirt waivers in order to train exclusively for the U.S. Olympic Trials. All three are expected to return for the 2012-13 season.

Men's Indoor Track and Field: The men's track and field team wrapped up the season with an 11th-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Geoff Davis was a bright spot, finishing as runner-up in the high jump at the meet and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. He was named second team All-Big Ten and All-American. Purdue won the Gene Edmonds Cup in the annual meet against Indiana State for the 17th consecutive year. Brandon Winters earned a fifth-place finish in the 60m high hurdles at the Big Ten meet. Raheem Mostert was a pleasant addition after joining the team in January fresh off the football season. He was the team's top sprinter in the 60m and 200m dashes and ran a season best at Big Ten's in the 60m dash with a time of 6.77 seconds. That time is the fifth-fastest in school history and earned him a fourth-place finish.

Women's Indoor Track and Field: The women's track and field team finished the season with a 38th-place finish at the NCAA Championships following a ninth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships. Dani Bunch and Leah Eber were the league's best field athletes for the season. Bunch defended her Big Ten weight throw title with a throw of 20.93m (68-08.00) and also finished second in the shot put with a then-personal best of 16.34m (53-07.50). Those efforts earned her the title of Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships, the first time in program history that a Purdue woman has won the award. Bunch eventually set the school record in the shot put with a distance of 16.65m (54-07.50). Eber defended her Big Ten long jump title with a leap of 6.42m (21-00.75). She was a model of consistency, winning five of the seven long jump events in which she competed. She set the school record with a jump of 6.47m (21-02.75). Eber was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, making her the first woman in school history to earn that award. Combined with Bunch's award, the duo is the first pair from the same school to win the awards in the same year. Eber capped the season with a third-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Championships to earn first team All-America honors.

Wrestling: The wrestling team had another solid season, posting a 10-10 dual record (3-5 Big Ten), finishing ninth at the Big Ten Championships and tying for 28th at the NCAA Championships. It marked the sixth straight season at .500 or better, and the Boilermakers' top-30 finish at NCAAs was their fourth in the last five years, making Purdue one of just 25 programs nationally to accomplish the feat. Purdue was one of just 28 teams to qualify at least six individuals to the NCAA Championships. With two NWCA All-Academic award winners this season, Purdue boasts 13 over the past five years. The Boilermakers were ranked 25th in the final NWCA Coaches' Poll. A.J. Kissel tied the Purdue record for career falls, pinning 47 opponents in his four years, and became the first four-time NWCA All-Academic honoree in school history. He and four teammates set or equaled a combined 12 marks in the Boilermaker record book, including Matt Fields, who scored spots on five record lists. Cashé Quiroga had a team-best record of 22-8 and led the team with 97 takedowns, while Braden Atwood scored a team-best 48 team points in dual competition.

Baseball: The baseball team enjoyed a historic season, a campaign that legitimately could be considered the greatest in the 125-year history of the program. The Boilermakers went 45-14 - setting a school record for wins - captured the Big Ten regular-season title for the first time since 1909, claimed the Big Ten Tournament crown for the first time ever and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987. Purdue also was chosen as one of 16 NCAA regional hosts. During the final Big Ten weekend series in the history of Lambert Field (May 11-13), the Boilermakers clinched the Big Ten title in front of a large contingent of alumni that returned to campus to celebrate the program's home since 1965. On April 15 against Illinois, head coach Doug Schreiber won his 408th game to break the program's all-time wins record. Highlighted by a sweep of Big Ten Player (Kevin Plawecki), Pitcher (Joe Haase) and Coach of the Year (Schreiber) honors, the Boilermakers had a program-record eight players named All-Big Ten. Plawecki also was named the Most Outstanding Player at the conference tournament and a second team All-American. Plawecki, Cameron Perkins and Nick Wittgren were selected among the first 300 picks of the Major League Baseball draft. A program-record seven players were chosen in all.

Men's Golf: The men's golf team posted six top-five finishes in a dozen tournaments, culminating in the Boilermakers' second straight NCAA Regionals berth. The Boilermakers finished the year with a 106-59-5 record for a .638 winning percentage. Senior Tyler Duncan earned second team All-Big Ten honors after leading Purdue with a 72.58 stroke average. The only Boilermaker to play in all 12 tournaments during the season, he turned in six top-10 finishes and counted 32.5 of his 36 rounds to the team score. Sophomore Adam Schenk ranked second on the team with a 74.58 scoring average.

Women's Golf: The women's golf team finished ninth at the 2012 NCAA Championships, the seventh straight top-10 finish in its 13th-consecutive appearance at the NCAA finals. The Boilermakers were led by junior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon who tied for third as an individual, and junior Paula Reto who tied for 14th place. Purdue placed third at the NCAA Central Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. The Boilermakers were runners up at the Big Ten Championships for the second straight year, and Gonzalez-Escallon earned the individual title, the second of her career and a conference record fifth-straight for Purdue. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native garnered copious awards this season, including Big Ten Player of the Year, second team NGCA All-American, first team All-Big Ten, Mary Fossum Award for lowest-stroke average in the conference and Big Ten All-Championships Team. Reto also earned first team All-Big Ten honors. Purdue won one tournament, the prestigious Landfall Tradition, and had three other top-five finishes. Gonzalez-Escallon tied a 16-year-old school record by shooting a 65 in the second round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 13. Just over a month later, Reto broke the record with a final round 64 at the Lady Jaguar to win the event with a school-record three-round total of 207. The Boilermakers' final rankings were No. 22 on Golfstat and No. 27 by Golfweek. Gonzalez-Escallon was ranked No. 10 (Golfstat) and No. 15 (Golfweek), while Reto was No. 21 and No. 23.

Softball: The softball team finished the season with a 31-22 mark, including a program-best 10-0 start, despite having a roster with 14 underclassmen. The Boilermakers posted a 13-10 record in Big Ten play, good for the second-highest conference win tally in program history and a sixth-place league finish. Head coach Kim Maher posted her 200th career win, while the program has edged within three victories of the 600-win mark. The Boilermakers secured a .500 or better record for the 14th straight season and 17th in program history. The team also reached the 30-win milestone, which Purdue squads have done in 14 of the 18 previous seasons, including 11 of the last 12. Junior first baseman Ashley Courtney garnered third team All-Big Ten acclaim, while senior shortstop Molly Garst was named to the Academic All-District team. Garst also was one of 30 candidates selected nationally for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Nine Boilermakers received Academic All-Big Ten acclaim. In 2012, the Boilermakers racked up a season-record 74 doubles and a .395 on-base percentage, while also posting a record-tying 18 triples and a .313 batting average. Garst set career marks for runs (148) and steals (130).

Men's Tennis: The men's tennis team finished with a 10-15 record and a 2-9 mark in Big Ten play. Mark Kovacs was named second team all-conference for the second straight year. The sophomore played the majority of the season at No. 1 singles and also had the team's best doubles record at 16-7. Aaron Dujovne and Diego Acosta ended the season nationally ranked as Purdue's top doubles pair. The duo was ranked as high as No. 39 in the country. Dujovne and Acosta won four of their last five matches, including three against nationally ranked opponents. Their lone loss was against the top duo in the country from Ohio State. Freshman Evan Hawkins was a pleasant surprise, posting a 10-10 record in singles, mostly at No. 6. Early in the season, Purdue won five out of six matches, including three against ranked teams. Among those three, one came at No. 72 Arkansas, while another came against No. 58 Maryland, the Boilermakers highest-ranked victory of the year.

Women's Tennis: The women's tennis team enjoyed the most successful season in program history. The Boilermakers won their first-ever Big Ten Tournament Championship and were the first team ever to win that did not receive a first-round bye. The team's improbable run featured the three highest-ranked wins in program history over No. 17 Nebraska, No. 11 Northwestern and No. 15 Michigan. Jennifer Rabot was named first team All-Big Ten after knocking off the No. 17, 19, 45 and 98 players in the country in a two-week span. Laura Glitz was named the Ohio Valley Region Coach of the Year, while Roberto Aspillaga was Assistant of the Year. Lynda Xepoleas was Rookie of the Year in the region. Purdue played in its fifth NCAA Tournament where it lost in the first round to Pepperdine. The team racked up a school-record 18 victories. Rabot, Anna Dushkina and Kay Kay Magi leave Purdue as the winningest class in program history, as the trio was a part of 57 dual match wins during their careers. The team also earned the school's highest national ranking ever at No. 22.

Men's Outdoor Track and Field: The men's track and field team finished the outdoor season with an 11th-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and sent six individuals to the NCAA Prelims. Geoff Davis was top performer at the conference meet, tying for third in the high jump. Mitch Erickson had a fourth-place finish in the pole vault, while Brandon Winters took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles. Cale Allen ran the fifth-fastest time in school history in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays. Davis earned the conference's Athlete of the Week award after his performance at the Mike Poehlein Invitational. He cleared 2.20 meters (7-02.50) for what was then the best showing in the Big Ten and the seventh-best nationally. Davis earned the program's first outdoor award since the 2009 season. The Boilermakers helped the conference win the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, as Allen finished runner-up in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:14.13 - shattering the previous meet record by more than 17 seconds - and Jakob Engel placed sixth in the shot put.

Women's Outdoor Track and Field: The women's track team finished the outdoor season by sending two individuals to the NCAA Championships after qualifying six for the NCAA Prelims. Leah Eber and Dani Bunch qualified for the Championships in the long jump and shot put. There, Eber finished in ninth place, while Bunch took 15th. Those two also won Big Ten Championships earlier in the season. Eber repeated as the women's long jump champion, capping an indoor and outdoor sweep of the event for two straight years. Bunch won the shot put title for the first time in her career after finishing runner-up in the indoor event. The duo helped the Boilermakers finish in a 10th-place tie at the conference meet. Eber recorded a season-best jump of 6.45 meters (21-02.00), which would equal the school record but does not qualify because it was aided by a wind of more than 2.0 mph. Kaitlyn Brace was a pleasant addition to the program. The freshman javelin thrower won her first collegiate event at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, qualifying for the NCAA Prelims with a throw of 43.76 meters (143-07). Kari Shoolbraid had a good season in the 800 meters. She finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships and qualified for the NCAA Prelims, but just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships.