In the first home game of the season, the Cal Lutheran football team dropped a heartbreaker 28-24 to Willamette after the Bearcats rallied from a 21-point deficit early and scored a touchdown with less than a minute remaining to top the Kingsmen at Rolland Stadium on Saturday.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Cal Lutheran football team squared off against Pacific Lutheran in the season opener and for the fourth time in five years the game was decided by a touchdown or less. After a sensational comeback on their home field against the Lutes a season ago, the Kingsmen were on the other end of a second half comeback by PLU and dropped the first game of the year 17-14 on Saturday afternoon at Sparks Stadium.
After a strong start to the 2015 season was washed away by a multitude of injuries, the Cal Lutheran football team will look to stay healthy and put a full season together as they compete for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title. The Kingsmen will have a new look in 2016 as they bring in over 50 newcomers while returning more than 40.
The 2015-16 academic year was a memorable one for the Cal Lutheran athletics department. With 430 student-athletes occupying 460 roster spots, a number of milestones were met including the first NCAA Division III National title in school history, which was achieved by the women’s volleyball team, and an individual national champion crowned to round out the year.
Throughout the school year, much of the day-to-day focus is directed towards the successes of the Cal Lutheran athletics programs, but on Saturday, May 7, a group of 150 student-athletes, with their families and friends, gathered inside of the Gilbert Arena for the 13th CLU Scholar-Athlete Society Induction ceremony where academics were praised.
Every child dreams of something and Jesse Cerdas dreamt of playing collegiate football. By attending Cal Lutheran, he was able to achieve that goal while learning so much more than the ins and outs of the game on the gridiron.
Cal Lutheran is one of 450 Division III institutions around the country. During the week of April 4-10, all members will host Division III Week, aimed at celebrating what those schools have to offer student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of play and in the community during the 42nd year of the NCAA.
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