The University of New Mexico football team beat their in-state rivals, the New Mexico State University Aggies, 34-23 in front of a strong crowd of 28,470 fans at University Stadium on Saturday. This is the first time UNM has won their first two games of a season since 2005.

UNM got off to a quick start, opening the game with a 3 play, 64-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 4-yard rush from running back Bobby Cole.

 The only score NMSU was able to manage as a response in the first quarter was a 43-yard field goal from kicker Ethan Albertson before the Lobos got another touchdown from a Terry Wilson Jr. 15-yard pass to tight end Connor Witthoft.


 

The University of New Mexico volleyball team played their first home tournament on Friday and Saturday, beating Southeastern Louisiana University and Seattle University before suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of the University of California San Diego.

The UNM Tournament began with a match against Southeastern Louisiana, which the Lobos secured with a score of 3-0. The Lions had lost all four of their matches this season (excluding exhibition games) before their match with UNM. The Lobos dominated Southeastern Louisiana with their height, and UNM was able to win with ease.

This lopsided win was also an opportunity for UNM to show off their freshman middle blocker Elizabeth Woods. 

 

On Sept. 11, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University — home to the two major football programs in New Mexico and respective rivals — will face off for the first time since 2019.

The UNM-NMSU rivalry has been competitive recently, as UNM has been holding a 6-4 record against NMSU since the 2010-11 season. The last game these two teams played took place back in 2019, and ended in a 55-52 final score in favor of the Lobos for former head coach Bob Davie’s final win with the program.

 

Football fans are eager for the upcoming rivalry game between the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University on Sept. 11 at University Stadium.

The Lobos are coming off of their 27-17 win against Houston Baptist University last week; meanwhile, the Aggies are already on a two-game losing streak at the start of their season.

Red Rally will preface the game on Sept. 9. This event, taking place on Johnson Field, will feature a 25-foot-tall Aggie effigy on a stake that will be burned to the ground.


UNM women’s soccer topples formidable Washington opponent

 

The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team made a statement to the entire women’s soccer industry on Sunday, Sept. 5 by beating the University of Washington at University Stadium. The 2-1 win against Washington proved an impressive feat as Washington was ranked nineteenth in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll.

The Lobos originally went into Sunday’s match 1-2 overall after suffering a tough loss to Oregon State University on Aug. 29. The Huskies came to Albuquerque 1-3, but had so far only lost to one opponent outside the preseason top 25.

Lobos volleyball rolls through Wildcat Classic

 

Six games into the 2021-22 season, UNM volleyball hasn’t lost a single set, placing them at 6-0. The Lobos dominated the Wildcat Classic last week, beating University of Wisconsin and Abilene Christian University on Friday and then destroying Texas Southern University on Saturday.

Wisconsin’s Green Bay came out of the weekend as the second-best team, losing only to UNM and winning both other matches 3-0. Even against a fairly strong team, the Lobos dominated across the board, besting the Phoenix in kills, assists and digs. UNM outside hitter Kaitlynn Biassou was everywhere, collecting 9 kills, 2 aces, 3 blocks and 9 digs. 

2021 UNM Athletic Hall of Honor inductees announced

 

Just like every year since 1986, the University of New Mexico Alumni Lettermen’s Association released their list of new inductees into the UNM Athletic Hall of Honor and other special awards. This list, announced on Sept. 3, distinguishes athletes, coaches, officials, groups and more as particularly outstanding individuals and teams.

“In addition to their athletic prominence, emphasis is placed on professional achievement, civic contributions and exemplary citizenship,” the Letterman Hall website says.

Former Lobos basketball guard/wing combo Hunter Greene is one of the inductees. Greene had a stellar career, going from seldom playing his freshman year to leading the team in points during his junior season and graduating as the all-time leading scorer in Lobos history. 

UNM women’s basketball to play difficult non-conference competition

 

After a shortened season that only featured three non-conference games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team finally has a full slate to go up against starting in November.

The first three non-conference games of the season will be against Lamar University, Northern New Mexico College and Prairie View A&M University. UNM hasn’t lost one of their first three games of a season (not including exhibition games) since 2018, and they will more than likely beat their first three opponents this year as well. 

Track and field to enter indoor season at UNM with rejuvenated roster

 

The University of New Mexico track and field teams will have four indoor meets at home this winter, and both the men’s and women’s teams are hoping to show off some of their new additions. The UNM women’s team finished fourth at the Mountain West Conference Championship last season while the men’s finished fifth.

The UNM women lost school-record high jumper Jamari Drake to the University of Georgia and conference champion 3000m steeplechase veteran Charlotte Prouse to graduation; both finished top 10 in their respective events at last season’s NCAA National Championship and will be hard to replace.

Highlights in the incoming class this season include Lauren Fowler, a sprinter and long jumper out of Alta Sierra High School. 

UNM women’s swim and dive returns after season lost to COVID-19

 

The University of New Mexico women’s swimming and diving team is back after missing the entire 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 concerns. After missing a whole season, the team has changed in some profound ways, losing top swimmers but also bringing in a good mix of new recruits.

The 2019-20 UNM swimming and diving team finished eighth in the Mountain West Conference Championship, winning three silver medals and one bronze. One of the major departures from the 2019-20 team is Hedda Øritsland, the top swimmer for UNM in 4 of the 15 individual swim events.

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