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GSU Athletics Season Highlights

The COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges for Governors State Athletics. Seasons were shortened and schedules shifted from the fall to spring. Jaguar student-athletes also competed in empty arenas and stadiums as spectators in most cases were not allowed to attend events.

Despite the changing landscape, GSU Athletics experienced a banner year, culminating with the department’s highest finish ever in the CCAC All-Sports Cup (11th out of 16 schools). In the classroom, Governors State produced 28 CCAC All-Academic Team selections while Women's Golf (3.50) and Women's Soccer (3.43) led the way in team grade-point averages.

Other highlights from 2020-21 included:

• Golfer Casey Domke became the first GSU athlete to win a CCAC individual championship and the second to qualify for an NAIA Championship.

Men's Soccer advanced to the CCAC Tournament Championship Game, losing to Cardinal Stritch in overtime.

• Soccer players Avery Damjanovic and Andy Latorre swept the CCAC Freshman of the Year Awards.

• Dunja Tatic became the first Jaguar to earn All-CCAC honors three times. She also recorded her 1,000th career kill.

• Amber Brooks made school history as the first basketball player to amass 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Golfer Patrick Guilfoyle pulled off the school's first CCAC treble, earning selection to the All-CCAC, CCAC All-Academic and CCAC All-Tournament teams.

• Payton Harley scored a school-record 42 points to lead GSU to an upset win in the CCAC Tournament Quarterfinals.

• Goalkeeper Luis Ramirez became the first Jaguar athlete to earn national player of the week honors from the NAIA.

Looking ahead to 2021-22, GSU will begins its seventh season of varsity competition on August 27 as the women’s volleyball team travels to the Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament in Upland, Indiana.