Engelmann won’t be ready

In a press release from Milwaukee Athletics, the Sports Info Department let the cat out of the bag, stating that Engelmann Field will not be ready in time for the beginning of the season.

Engelmann Field's progress on Thursday, August 12th.

The bad news comes just two weeks before the women’s soccer team is slated to open its schedule against the New Mexico Lobos in the women’s Milwaukee Cup.  That game, as well as the second match against Auburn, will be moved to Marquette’s Valley Fields, where the other Cup games will be hosted.  Game time for the UNM contest is 5 p.m. and kickoff against Auburn will be 11 a.m.

The women’s team will also move games against Michigan State and Wisconsin.  The MSU game will be at noon at Shorewood High School, just a few blocks north of campus, while the Wisconsin game will move to the UW campus in Madison.

The biggest blow comes on the men’s side, as the Milwaukee Cup match against Marquette will move to Valley Fields.  No word on whether or not the team will play at home next season against MU or if it will be considered a “home” game on the MU campus.

The women’s soccer team has an annual series with UW, and it is unclear whether or not this game on September 12th will be considered a home game in Madison or if UW will gain a home game and come to Engelmann in 2011.

In the press release, head women’s coach Michael Moynihan talked about the benefits. “We are really restricted as far as space. We really haven’t had a practice facility since I’ve been here and the men have been in the same situation,” Moynihan said. “Both teams have been moving around and finding different solutions, which all involve travel off-campus. This is detrimental to the student-athletes as far as class time. With this field, we’ll be able to train on-campus and give our players more flexibility in their class scheduling, as well as give them a place to work on things outside of practice. We’ll have access in the spring, as soon as the snow melts, and that will be a huge advantage.”

The press release can be found here.


Travis to Harvard, Moats picks up “high” offer

Jonah Travis surprised many in college basketball circles by selecting a scholarship offer from Harvard among several mid-majors on Friday. Head coach Tommy Amaker was unable to comment on Travis’ commitment because of NCAA rules preventing coaches from discussing specific recruits prior to their signature on the National Letter of Intent.  The commitment, like any others to Harvard, is pending until Travis qualifies for admission to one of the toughest schools in the country.  While PantherU is saddened that he won’t be putting on the black and gold, we wish him all the best in his future at Harvard and beyond.

The news was reported on NBE Basketball Report, the same recruiting site that came out with other news.  Shelby Moats, who has standing offers from Milwaukee and Green Bay and recently picked up an offer from Butler, just received a scholarship offer from Keno Davis and Providence of the Big East.  Moats, who has told PantherU that the timing of an offer is not important, now has picked up an eighth east coast scholarship offer; other “high” majors offering Moats include his hometown Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten conference.