The University of Alaska Anchorage offers students free tickets to any of the UAA sporting events on campus. UAA athletic events participate in the Division 1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association and Division 2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference for volleyball, basketball, track and field, and many more sporting events.
The 2013-14 Season for the UAA hockey team finished with a historic season, the Seawolf hockey team qualified for the WCHA tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to the successful year by the team two of the star players for the Seawolves signed professional contracts, Goalie Rob Gunderson signed a contract for a try-out and was part of the playoff run with the Alaska Aces on their way to the Kelly Cup. Matt Bailey signed a two-year contract with the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks.
The 2014-15 Season Matt Thomas looks to continue the success from the prior year and added a total of eight freshmen to the roster. The following is the list of players for the defense line Tanner Johnson, Jarrett Brown. Forwards Austin Azurdia, Anthony Conti, Matt Anholt, and Tad Kozun. Goalies Oliver Mantha and Jared D’Amico.
Some key games for the Seawolf hockey team include the Kendall Hockey Classic at the Sullivan Arena the participants are UAA, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Maine, and University of Wisconsin.
Another key series is against Ferris State, who last year ended the Seawolves historic season, the first series against Ferris State will be on November 13 and 14 in Big Rapids, Michigan and UAA will host Ferris State on January 8 and 9 at the Sullivan Arena.
The in-state rivalry for the Governor’s Cup against the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, the series starts on January 16 and 17 in Fairbanks and concludes in Anchorage on March 6 and 7. Last season both teams split the four game series with two wins apiece and UAF won the Governor’s Cup in a shootout.
The Seawolves also contend in the GNAC in basketball. Incoming freshman for the women’s basketball team include from Dimond High in Anchorage, Sierra Afoa, Forward, two players from Kodiak Hannah Wandersee, Forward, and Jerica Nelson, Guard, and from Nampa, Idaho Leah Bonner, Forward.
The men’s basketball team welcomes three freshman this year from Palmer’s Colony High School Guard Damien Fulp, Kaildou Diouf, Forward, from Germany, and Brain Pearson, Forward, from Elko, Nevada.
The Seawolf Volleyball team will be the first team to open the new Alaska Airlines Center when they host the Spring Suites Invitational on September 5. The incoming freshmen for the Seawolves are Leah Swiss, a standout player from Dimond High in Anchorage and Kristi Farley from Las Vegas Nevada. The Seawolf Volleyball team finished the 2013 campaign losing to BYU-Hawaii in the NCAA Divisional II West Regional Championships.
In addition UAA competes in gymnastics, track and field, skiing, and cross-country. To stay up-to-date with all of your Seawolf athletics coverage follow The Northern Light on social media, in print every Tuesday a new issue is on the stands around campus and throughout the community, and on The Northern Light website at www.thenorthernlight.org