ELON, N.C. – Every Monday, Phoenix fans can get a look at the week ahead with our “Elon Athletics Weekly Update” feature when we will preview all the week’s upcoming events for our sports teams. “Follow us” on Twitter at @elonphoenix and @elonscores, “Like” Elon Phoenix on Facebook and continue to check elonphoenix.com to stay current on all things Elon Athletics.
Inside the Huddle Luncheon, Monday, Sept. 21, at 12 p.m., Best Western Plus
Elon Football Live Radio Show, Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., The Fat Frogg
Elon vs. Towson, Saturday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m., Rhodes Stadium
• In Saturday’s game against North Carolina A&T, the Phoenix defense amassed five sacks. It marked the second straight game with five sacks for Elon, the first time in over a decade that the maroon and gold has had five or more sacks in back-to-back outings.
• Elon now has 13 sacks by its defense through three games. In 12 games a year ago, the Phoenix defense tallied 20 total sacks.
• The Phoenix will open up CAA Football action by hosting Towson on Family Weekend. Saturday’s kickoff is set for 3 p.m. The maroon and gold is 0-4 all-time against the Tigers, but fell by just two points (21-19) at Towson last year.
Janney VCU Shootout, Sept. 21 – 22, The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
• Elon competes at the Janney VCU Shootout this week on Monday and Tuesday.
• Philip Loeb, playing his first event as a Phoenix, closed an impressive week with a 5-under-par round of 67 on day three, putting him in a tie for third on the individual leaderboard at the Golfweek Program Challenge.
• The Team used a final-round 288 to finish in a tie for seventh out of 18 teams in the squad’s first event of the fall season.
Men’s Soccer (7-0, 1-0 CAA)
Elon at South Carolina, Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., Columbia, S.C.
Elon at Delaware, Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., Newark, Del.
• The 18th-ranked Phoenix travels on road this week for matches at South Carolina on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and at Colonial Athletic Association favorite Delaware on Saturday, Sept. 26. This will be Elon’s first regular-season meeting versus South Carolina since the 2003 season.
• Elon went 2-0 last week to extend its best start in program history. The Phoenix earned a 1-0 win at No. 7 Wake Forest for its fourth straight win over the Demon Deacons and the third consecutive overall when Wake Forest is ranked. The maroon and gold then opened CAA play with a 3-1 win over Drexel last Friday in front of over 1,500 fans at Rudd Field.
• In the win versus Drexel, junior Taylor Adler and rookie Nicholas O’Callaghan scored their first career goals in the contest. O’Callaghan also tallied an assist in the contest versus the Dragons.
Elon at Northeastern, Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., Boston
Elon at Hofstra, Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., Hempstead, N.Y.
• The Phoenix fell to local rival UNCG in its lone match last week, 3-1, in Alumni Gym. Elon saw the fourth double-double of the season from Sydney Busa in the match after 12 kills and 13 digs, while Maddie Jaudon averaged 6.5 digs per set with her match-high 26 digs.
• Elon begins Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with a trip to Northeastern and defending CAA tournament champion Hofstra.
• Senior Megan Gravley need just five more kills to reach the 1,000-career mark.
Women’s Soccer (7-1-1)
Elon vs. Northeastern, Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., Rudd Field
Elon vs. Hofstra, Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., Rudd Field
• Elon’s 7-1-1 start to the 2015 season is the best start for the program in the Division I era. The previous best record in the first nine games was a 6-1-2 start in 2013.
• The Phoenix was successful this past weekend going 2-0 with wins at Gardner-Webb and at home against Charlotte on Hispanic Heritage Night.
• The team opens conference play next weekend with a pair of home matches, facing the reigning CAA champions Northeastern on Friday, followed by Hofstra on Sunday.