Although the Razorbacks won two games in pool play at this year’s National Tournament by defeating Fairfield (6-2) and Calvin (9-2), a 6-1 loss to Florida Gulf Coast derailed the team’s plans to advance. Arkansas therefore finished pool play with a 2-1 record and ends its season with an overall 29-10-2 record. Looking back, the season was a memorable one loaded with highlights including an eleven game win streak, three victories over a Division I opponent, a fifth SEC playoff championship, and two victories at Nationals. Collectively, the team’s play over this past season and the several before it also enabled the program to, beginning with the 2015-16 season, become the first ever SEC school to advance to Division I.
As the season winds down, Arkansas says goodbye to graduating seniors Easton Oliver (#39), Marcel Toure (#33), Taylor Jones (#79), Connor Crumblish (#26), and Spencer Mulgrew (#37). Oliver played for the Razorbacks for parts of six seasons and was the first ever Razorback player selected to play for the ACHA Division III Selects team. He will graduate with his degree in Mechanical Engineering and hopes to continue his playing career next season as a professional in Europe. A staple in the Razorbacks’ lineup over the last several years, Toure’s scoring presence will be missed. He will graduate with a degree in Business Management.
Crumblish leaves the program as the only player in the team’s history to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Recognized consistently on the SEC All-Academic Team, Crumblish also earned 2015 SEC Tournament MVP honors. He will graduate with his degree in Management this May. Taylor Jones transferred as a sophomore from Oklahoma State whose finishing ability around the net will be missed. Jones will graduate with a Small Business Entrepreneurship degree. Finally, Mulgrew leaves the program after having backstopped the team to numerous victories including notable wins over UCF in the 2014 National Tournament, Division I Midland University this season, and Fairfield University in this year’s National Tournament. He will graduate with his degree in Marketing.
As we say goodbye to our five seniors, we are excited to introduce our new recruiting class. Stay tuned during the off-season for stories about the newest incoming Hogs who will compete for a roster spot in August. Thank you again to all of our fantastic fans for another memorable season.