Despite high hopes entering the Opening Round Championship Series, Loyola University Mock Trial's season has come to an early end for the second year in a row. With two teams at the Anoka, Minnesota, ORCS, Loyola hoped to rebound on last year's National Championship absence and re-start the program's previous four-straight Championship appearance streak. Unfortunately, that new streak will have to begin next year.
1141 came closest to grabbing a bid to Cincinnati, despite a first-round blow to California-Berkeley. 1141 drew the Bears in the first round and suffered a two-ballot loss (-10, -9), putting them in an early hole. The Ramblers recovered, winning all four ballots on Saturday against South Dakota (+4, +2) and Washburn (+6, +5) to set up a final round showdown against Colorado. 1141 needed two ballots to qualify, but failed to get one as they lost one ballot (-3) and tied the other. The 4-3-1 result put them in 8th place, but it wasn't enough. Six ballots were needed to advance, and the Ramblers just missed out. The silver lining for 1141, however, was winning the Spirit of AMTA Award. This award is the only peer-voted mock trial award and is given to the team who best exemplifies collegiality and fair play. This marks the seventh-straight season in which the Loyola program has won at least one Spirit of AMTA Award during the year.
1142 also came close to earning a bid, and things were looking up after round one. The team drew Creighton, and the round ended with two ballots in Loyola's favor (+13, +2). Things took a turn for the worst on Saturday, however, as 1142 lost four close ballots to Penn (-4, -3) and Drake (-3, -3), effectively eliminating them from the tournament with one round left to play. They collected themselves nicely and went out with a bang: two ballot victories against Gonzaga (+14, +12).
The losses in Minnesota mark the end to LUMT's Road to Cincinnati. Thank you to everyone who supported the program this year, we hope you will join us next year on the Road to Greenville!
Team 1142 left no doubt that Loyola University Mock Trial would continue its streak of Opening Round Championship Series competition. The team went 7-1 at the Joliet Regional, good for second place and a direct bid to ORCS. For the seventh-straight year (the entirety of the ORCS system), LUMT qualified the maximum amount of teams for ORCS competition.
1142 started the tournament against North Central College, earning two ballot wins off the bat (+4, +2). In the next two rounds the team faced both squads from Michigan State, which are coached by LUMT alum Scott Shimkus. 1142 got the best of the former Rambler's team, winning all four ballots in round two (+14, +1) and round three (+15, +4). The last round pitted Loyola against Wheaton College. The round ended in a split (+8, -3), but that was all LUMT would need. Their 7-1 record put them in second place and secured the bid to ORCS. 1142 will head to Anoka, Minnesota, for the next stop on the Road to Cincinnati!
For the sixth time in seven tournaments in Washington, D.C., Loyola failed to break .500. 1142 started the weekend facing Rutgers, resulting in a split. In round two the team dropped a ballot to Pittsburgh, but managed to tie the other. The same result occurred in round three against Yale. The final round saw the Ramblers in a tough matchup against Maryland, which ended in two lost ballots, putting a cap on a dreary D.C. weekend. The team will have time to recover, though, as they have one more invitational before regionals in February.
For 1141 and 1143, the weekend's trip to Indianapolis served as a final tune-up before St. Paul's Regional tournament this coming weekend. 1141 started strong, winning two ballots in round one. They stumbled slightly in round two, losing both ballots to rival Lewis. Rounds three and four, however, brought two double-ballot victories. 1143 started the weekend 3-1, splitting in round one and winning both in round two. After dropping two ballots to Miami-Ohio in round three, they picked up both ballots in round four to finish the tournament 5-3.
1141 and 1143 will now try to continue their success in Minnesota at the Regional Tournament hosted by Hamline. 1142 will compete at the National Collegiate Invitational hosted by Loras before traveling to regionals at the end of February.
Coming off the longer-than-normal winter break, Loyola Mock Trial started the Spring Semester in fine fashion, with two Top-Ten performances. 1142, facing the equivalent of a strong regional schedule, earned a 6-2 record. The six wins was tied for the second best record - behind 6-1-1 winner Eastern Kentucky - but Loyola was bumped to 4th Place on tiebreakers. The team won two ballots against Lewis in round 1, split with Iowa and Cornell College in rounds 2 and 3, and won the final two ballots of the tournament against Northwestern in Round 4.
1141 started strong as well, winning two ballots against Pittsburgh in round 1 and splitting with Cornell College in round 2. After taking both ballots against Illinois-Chicago in round 3, the team lost and tied versus Cincinnati in round 4. The result was a 5-2-1 record, good enough for 6th place.
1143 was also in attendance, and they held up well against some good competition. They dropped both round 1 ballots against Northwestern before winning and tying versus Illinois-Chicago in round 2. On day 2, the team split with Cincinnati and Iowa to finish 3-4-1.
Next up: 1141 and 1143 will travel to Indianapolis for the Hoosier Hoedown while 1142 will jet off to Washington, D.C., for the Georgetown Hilltop Invitational.
Loyola Mock Trial had an excellent performance at Lewis University's Fantastic Flyer Invite. Team 1141 had an undefeated record of 8-0, taking first place and winning the tournament. Team 1142 came in right behind at 1141, with a winning record of 5-2-1, good for 6th place. Team 1143, comprised of entirely freshmen mockers, finished with a record 4-4 at their first invitational together as a full team.
Loyola Mock Trial will be on hiatus for a few weeks as finals and winter break roll in. Join us in January as we once again go downtown to Northwestern University's Windy City Invite in the Richard J. Daley Center!
For the first time ever, Loyola sent a team to compete at the Xavier University Invitational. The result was a 4-4 record for a team comprised of both veterans and new mockers. The first day was the one to forget - the team lost two ballots to Miami (-12, -3) and Bellarmine (-5, -4). Rebounding from the rough start, the team took all four ballots on day two from Wake Forest (+15, +2) and Xavier (+15, +7). The Ramblers hope their next trip to Cincinnati is a more successful one - the city is the host of this season's National Championship Tournament next April.
This year's Topeka Regional tournament was a more harrowing experience than usual. While 494 easily recovered from a first round split to finish 7-1, 495 stumbled to a 5-3 record and finished in 8th place - one spot behind the 7th place they needed for a direct bid to ORCS.
494 split in round one against Air Force (+3, -1), but swept the final three rounds against Colorado (+8, +2), Washburn (+8, +5), and Northwest Missouri State (+26, +20). The 7-1 record was tied for the best of the tournament, but their 11 strength of schedule placed them second behind Colorado College (strength: 19.5). 495 started strong, winning both ballots against Columbia College (+12, +6) and Washburn (+16, +21). The trouble started in round three, however, when they lost both ballots to South Dakota (-5, -20). Needing to win both ballots in round four against Washburn to advance, they could only manage a split (+3, -2). The 5-3 record tied for the last place to earn a direct bid to ORCS, but their 16.5 strength of schedule was one less than Creighton's strength, so the team was left empty-handed at the awards ceremony.
496 competed in Joliet a week later, needing to earn a regionals bid to ensure Loyola the maximum ORCS bids. Things started poorly with two losses to Washington University-St.Louis (-2, -12), but the team got back on track with +6 and +11 victories against St. Norbert. The team split the final two rounds against Michigan (+2, -5) and Lewis (+9, -11). Despite a whopping 22.5 strength of schedule (half a ballot shy of the Loyola record), the 4-4 finish was not enough to earn a bid to ORCS.
The Ramblers' hopes were then placed in 495's corner as everyone waited to see if there would be a second chance at ORCS via the Open Bid List. Fortunately, 495's record was enough to earn an Open Bid, thus giving Loyola Mock Trial the maximum number of bids to the first round of national tournaments for the ninth straight season. 494 and 495 will now compete at the Hamilton ORCS March 14-16.
For the third time this season, Loyola placed two teams in the Top-5 at an invitational tournament. 494 earned 3rd place with a 7-1 record, while 495 took 5th with a 6-1-1 finish. 496 had two strong bookend rounds to tally a 4-4 record.
494 started the tournament 6-0, taking two ballots each from Truman State (+6, +6), Central Missouri (+3, +15), and Creighton (+8, +8). Round four saw a split with Drake, leading the team to a 7-1 record which was good enough for 3rd place.
495 got a strong start against Iowa, taking two ballots by 14 points each. Round two saw a close split against Cornell College (+4, -1), and round three featured two more wins against Macalester (+7, +2). In round four against Hamline, the team won a ballot by 15 points but tied the other to finish 6-1-1. The result was good for 5th place.
496 started and ended strong, winning two ballots in both round one and round four. In the first round against Bradley, 496 won by 20 and 6 points. In the next two rounds, however, the team lost two ballots to DePaul (-10, -1) and Wisconsin-Superior (-7, -12). They managed to win two close ballots against Iowa State (+1, +1) to finish at .500. The 4-4 result was the best 496 finish since the Lewis Flyer tournament in November.
With the invitational season now over, Loyola Mock Trial is focused on regionals. In two weeks 495 and 494 will travel to Topeka, Kansas, while 496 will head to Joliet the week after.
Loyola has typically done well at the annual Illinois State University Invitational, and the 2013 version of the event was no different. For the first time this season, Loyola Mock Trial placed two teams in the Top Ten at the same tournament!
Both 1130 and 1131 bolted out the gates. 1131 swept the first three rounds, going 6-0 after taking two ballots from Culver-Stockton, Bradley, and Michigan State. Round four saw them take on Miami-Ohio, the eventual tournament champions. Despite losing both ballots in the fourth round, 1131 finished in 3rd place after winning the tiebreaker at 6-2.
1130 also had a strong start. The team split the ballots with Lewis in round one and then won two ballots against both Culver-Stockton and Ohio State. They then dropped two close ballots to Cornell College - the tournament runner-up - in round four. The 5-3 record put them in 8th place.
For the full ISU results, click here. Next up for the Ramblers is the Lewis Fantastic Flyer Tournament!
The Rambler mockers expected heightened competition after their first two tournaments of the season. Their opponents in Kentucky and New York certainly delivered, dealing the Loyola Mock Trial program one of its more forgettable weekends in recent memory.
At the Kentucky Classic in Louisville, two Loyola teams composed entirely of first- and second-year mockers faced some of the top teams in the south. Team 1131 started the weekend 2-2, taking both ballots from Cincinnati and dropping two to Eastern Kentucky. Team 1130 started 1-3, losing two ballots to a Bellarmine team full of experienced mockers and splitting the round against a Furman team coming off a national championship appearance last year. The last two rounds didn't get much better. In round three, 1130 lost twice to the other Furman team at the tournament, and 1131 split with Vanderbilt. Round four saw 1130 end the weekend with a split against Rhodes, which gave the team a 2-6 final record. Team 1131 dropped both to another Vanderbilt team, giving them a 3-5 record.
The results were unfortunately similar in New York at the Columbia University Big Apple Invitational. The team started the tournament with Saturday rounds against Fordham and Cornell University. They dropped all four ballots on the day, which set up a round three matchup against NYU. After splitting the ballots in round three, the team then won two ballots in round four against St. John's. Their final record was 3-5.
While the results left much to be desired, the competitors' memories must be short; the Illinois State Invitational starts in three days!