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15 Memorable Moments from 2015

  • Jan. 31, 2015 - Men's Basketball - Four starters scored in double-figures and James Robinson finished with a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) to lead Pitt to a 76-72 win over No. 8 Notre Dame in front of a capacity crowd at the Petersen Events Center. Two weeks later, six Panthers scored in double figures as Pitt topped No. 12 North Carolina for their second win over a top 15 team on the year. GAME STORY

  • Feb. 21, 2015 - Swimming & Diving - Dominic Giordano stole the show in the ACC Championships platform competition with a near-perfect final dive to claim the program's first ACC individual title. Needing to score more than 88.75 points in his sixth and final dive to take the lead, Giordano tallied 97.35 out of a possible 99.00 points on a Back 1 1/2 Somersault with a 3 1/2 Twist to claim the event with a new school record of 413.85 points. Giordano went on to win both the platform (814.50) and 1M (667.10), while taking fourth in 3M (717.20) place at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships in all three events. Kaleigh Ritter also had a tremendous showing at the NCAA Championships earning honorable mention All-America status in the 1650 free with a 15th place finish. Ritter, a medalist in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships, was also a CSCAA All-America Honorable Mention selection.

  • February 22, 2015 - Women's Tennis - The doubles tandem of Lolade Ogungbesan and Katherine Castro defeated 14th-ranked Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson of Notre Dame, 8-6.

  • March 8, 2015 - Wrestling - Tyler Wilps won his respective weight class at 174 pounds at the 2015 ACC Championships, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Wilps defeated sixth and seventh ranked opponents en route to the individual ACC title. Once in St. Louis for nationals, Wilps had a runner-up finish and earned All-America status. That was followed by more well-deserved honors including ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 First Team, and Academic All-American.

  • March 11, 2015 - Women's Basketball - Pitt earns its fourth NCAA Tournament in program history, the first since 2009, and the first for second-year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio.  The Panthers went on to defeat the seventh-seeded and 17th-ranked Mocs in the first round of the tournament 51-40, snapping Chattanooga's 25 game winning streak. McConnell-Serio, for leading one of the nation's biggest turnarounds, was named a Naismith National Coach of the Year semifinalist. 

  • March 15, 2015 - Baseball - Eric Hess delivered arguably the most memorable swing of the season when he delivered a walk-off RBI single in extra innings to hand the Panthers a series victory over No. 11 North Carolina. After falling behind, 0-1, the right-handed Hess went with an outside offering to right center field to plate Ron Sherman from second. The win moved Pitt to 4-1 at home on the season against teams ranked in the nation's top 15. 

  • March 22, 2015 - Gymnastics - Lindsay Offutt and Laura Kummerle highlighted the 2015 EAGL Championships for the University of Pittsburgh gymnastics team, as Offutt notched a first place finish on beam with a 9.950 and Kummerle was named EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Towson's SECU Arena. Offutt went on to qualify for the NCAA Regional Meet, hosted by West Virginia, where she tied for sixth place. 

  •  April 24, 2015 - Athletics - Nationally distinguished as one of the top administrators in collegiate athletics, Scott Barnes is named the new athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. Barnes arrived at Pitt following an impressive tenure at Utah State University, where he was honored as an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for his work elevating the Aggies' program. He owns 26 years of administrative experience at the collegiate level and recently served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee.

  • May 10, 2015 - Softball - Following a successful run in the 2015 ACC Softball Championship, Pitt earned the first NCAA Tournament invitation in program history on Selection Sunday. The Panthers defeated Cal and Oakland to earn a spot in the regional final, but fell to host and National Runner-Up Michigan to close out their season. Pitt finished with a 37-22 record, which marked the winningest season in school history. Head coach Holly Aprile and her staff were honored as the 2015 National Fast pitch Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year, while four Panthers were named to the NFCA All-Region team. 

  • May 16, 2015 - Track & FieldDesmond Palmer held off three UNC athletes in a photo finish to win the ACC 400 meter hurdle title. Palmer reestablished his own school record with a career-best time of 49.41 in the victory.  Palmer would qualify for the NCAA National Championship Meet, and ran a time of 49.97 in the national semifinal which advanced him to the title race.  In the national final, Palmer finished eighth overall to earn first team All-America honors. Palmer returns for his junior year as one of the favorites to win the 400 meter hurdles national title this season.

  • Sept. 24, 2015 - Women's Soccer - Taylor Pryce hammered home her own shot's deflection with seconds remaining in overtime to lift Pitt over Wake Forest for its seventh straight win, matching the program's single-season win mark at eight. Pryce broke away from the defense for a clean look at the goal - only to be turned away. With time winding down, she maintained her poise to collect the rebound and finished off the game-winner. The Panthers went on to win a program-best 10 games, including four ACC contests. 

  •  Oct. 17, 2015 - Football - Chris Blewitt drilled a school-record 56-yard field goal with 1:11 remaining to help Pitt to a 31-28 road win over Georgia Tech. The Panthers began the game-winning drive with 8:13 to go in the fourth quarter and converted two fourth downs to keep the drive alive. Tyler Boyd finished the game with eight catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns, becoming Pitt's career leader in receptions along the way. RADIO CALL  

  • Oct. 30, 2015 - Volleyball - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team upset No. 15 Florida State by way of sweep at the Fitzgerald Field House, marking the first time the Panthers defeated a top-15 team since 2005 when the squad took down the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in a five-set thriller. Pitt went on to register its second consecutive year having 20-plus wins and saw two student-athletes in Amanda Orchard and Kadi Kullerkann earn Honorable Mention All-America status.

  • Dec, 1, 2015 - Football -  Pitt became the first school in ACC history to sweep conference Rookie of the Year honors as strong safety Jordan Whitehead and running back Qadree Ollison were honored. Whitehead became the first defensive player to win the ACC's overall Rookie of the Year honor since North Carolina cornerback Dre' Bly in 1996.  The Panthers' leading tackler for the season, Whitehead compiled 109 stops, the most by a Pitt true freshman in 28 years. Ollison entered the 2015 season as the Panthers' third-string tailback. Three months later he became only the fifth freshman in Pitt history to achieve a 1,000-yard rushing season, netting 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns on 212 carries (5.3 avg.).Thrust into a prominent role when tailback James Conner, the 2014 ACC Player of the Year, was lost in the opener due to injury, Ollison responded by rushing for 207 yards in his collegiate debut against Youngstown State. He would go on to compile five 100-yard games on the year, going over the 1,000-yard mark in the season's 11th game, a 45-34 win over Louisville (Nov. 21). His 1,121 rushing yards are the seventh-most by a freshman in ACC history. Head coach Pat Narduzzi led the Panthers to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Military Bowl in his first season at Pitt. 

  • December 4, 2015 - Men's Soccer - Jay Vidovich was named the new men's soccer head coach. Vidovich comes to Pitt after 21 seasons at Wake Forest where he turned the Demon Deacons into a national powerhouse and won the 2007 NCAA Championship. He spent this past year in professional soccer, coaching the Portland Timbers 2 (T2) in the United Soccer League (USL). Vidovich is a two-time NSCAA National Coach of the Year and five-time ACC Coach of the Year. RELEASE

VIDEO: Pitt Defeats Niagara 78-45

Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Niagara
1st Half 2nd Half Final
Pitt 46 32 78
Niagara 22 23 45

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