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Polar Bears ready for final regular season games and OAC Tournaments

ONU Athletics gets prepares to enter OAC tournaments. (photo/

As the 2013 fall sports season wraps up, many of the ONU athletic teams are preparing for those last-season contests and OAC tournaments, with hopes of getting into the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season. Here's how ONU fared in the last week as those teams make pushes for the final spots of the playoffs:

The men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up their conference seasons at the OAC Championships, held at Otterbein University this past Saturday. 

Junior Nathan Rosenbaum and senior Tyler Feitshans earned First Team All-Conference honors with top-nine finishes to lead Ohio Northern at the 2013 OAC Men's Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

The Polar Bears (73-12 overall) finished second out of 10 teams with 56 points.

Mount Union won the team title with 34 points, John Carroll was third with 61 points and Otterbein was fourth with 136 points. The top nine finishers earned First Team All-Conference honors.

The women's cross country team finished fifth out of 10 teams at the 2013 OAC Championships. The Polar Bears (46-40 overall) finished with 164 points. John Carroll won the team title with 34 points, Mount Union was second with 37 points and Otterbein was third with 86 points.

Senior Laura Avino led a tight pack of ONU runners across the finish line with a 32nd place finish out of 137 runners in 24:47 on the 6,000-meter course.

ONU also had Catie Huber (33), Brittany Lang (36), Erin Radigan (37) and Genevieve Marchese (42) finish in the top 45 spots.

The cross country teams, both men and women, will be competing at the Great Lakes regional competition on Nov. 16 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The men's and women's soccer teams both found success over the weekend as well, with both teams in action at home against Muskingum.

The women's soccer team scored four first half goals en route to a 6-0 victory over Muskingum in its OAC regular season finale on Senior Day at Kerscher Stadium.

The Polar Bears move to 10-8-1 on the season, while the Fighting Muskies conclude their season at 8-9-2, 1-8-0.

The Polar Bears wasted little time getting on the board, scoring 15 seconds into the game, followed by five more goals by four different players.

Sandy Plunkett, Sandra Thorarensen, Nicole Berry and Haley Napier all socred once for ONU, while Alaura Mikesell added two goals of her own for Northern.

ONU will now be the No. 3-seed in the OAC Tournament and will host Baldwin Wallace.

The No. 16 men's soccer team clinched the OAC regular season title by defeating Muskingum 5-0 on Senior Day at Kerscher Stadium.

The Polar Bears improve to 16- 3-0 and 8-1-0 in the OAC, while the Fighting Muskies conclude their season at 5-13-1, 0-8-1.

ONU got two goals from Austin Horton, and got one goal each from Matt Kinkopf, Jeremy Barnes and Tommy Troy to beat the Fighting Muskies 5-0 at home.

Due to a tie by John Carroll against Wilmington, Northern clinches the OAC title.

ONU will also be the top seed in the OAC Tournament and will host either Baldwin Wallace or Capital in the OAC Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday afternoon at Kerscher Stadium.

The volleyball team wrapped up its regular season with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 sweep at Muskingum on Friday night.

The Polar Bears improve to 18-8 overall and finish with a 7-2 Ohio Athletic Conference record, while the Muskies see their season end at 10-16 overall and 1-8 in OAC play.

Sophomore Ellie Gillespie led the Northern offense with 11 kills and 11 digs.

Freshman Kristin Sessler and freshman Kelli Weininger had seven kills each while Sessler added a team-best 23 digs. ONU will be the No. 3 seed in the OAC Tournament and will host Baldwin Wallace in the first round of the OAC Tournament.

The football team was led by quarterback Patrick Angle and WR Justin Buenger, as they connected twice on touchdown passes of 37 and 82 yards to lead Ohio Northern to a 49-7 football victory at Muskingum Saturday afternoon at McConagha Stadium.

The Polar Bears improve to 4-4 overall and are 3-4 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, while the Muskies fall to 1-7, 1-6. Angle completed 13 of 17 passes for 198 yards and 3 TDs and Buenger caught four passes for a career-high 138 yards and two scores to lead the ONU offense.

Devon Price was also named OAC special teams player of the week, thanks to his 84-yard return touchdown to make the score28-0 on the opening kickoff of the second half.

Northern struck first on its play from scrimmage when Angle found Buenger on a 37-yard TD pass.

Justin McCray, Devon Price and Will Bodden each found the endzone once for ONU, while sophomore Justin Magazine and Buenger each scored twice in the big win.

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