December 22, 2009
2000s: Performances You Might Have Missed
By Bryan Armen Graham,
1 Northwestern upends lacrosse establishment
When women's lacrosse became a varsity sport at Northwestern in 2002, coach Kelly Amonte Hiller could barely fill a roster. Just three years later, the Wildcats became the first men's or women's team outside the Eastern time zone to win an NCAA lax title, kick-starting a run of five straight national championships (with perfect seasons in 2006 and '09). Hiller's squad is 106-3 over that span and undefeated at home.
2 Iowa State's Sanderson writes perfect ending
In four years with the Cyclones, Cael Sanderson went 159-0 and captured four NCAA wrestling championships. The indomitable 184-pounder became just the second grappler to win four Division I titles and the first to go undefeated with more than 100 wins. After graduating in 2002, the three-time Hodge Trophy winner brought home a gold medal from the Athens Olympics.
3 Australia nets 31 (or 32) in World Cup qualifier
Who says there's not enough scoring in soccer? The goals came with such frequency during Australia's rout of American Samoa in a 2002 World Cup qualifying match that even the official scorekeeper lost count. The final score was either 31-0 or 32-0, with striker Archie Thompson punching in a record 13 (or 14) goals for the Socceroos to break a 93-year-old FIFA record.
4 Abdul-Qaadir breaks scoring record her way
That diminutive point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir of New Leadership Charter School (Springfield, Mass.) shattered the state scoring record in January 2009 and became the first player of either gender to score 3,000 points is impressive enough. That she did it in full Muslim dress -- with a hijab and Under Armour body suit to conceal her head, arms and legs -- is unforgettable.
5 De La Salle football wins 151 straight games
Under legendary coach Bob Ladouceur, the Concord, Calif., high school team rattled off a mind-boggling string of victories until a 2004 defeat to Washington's Bellevue High. The Spartans' record streak more than doubled the previous mark of 72. Famous alums of the program include NFL standouts Amani Toomer, Maurice Jones-Drew and D.J. Williams.
6 Penn State women's volleyball makes record run
Under the steady leadership of veteran coach Russ Rose, the Nittany Lions have rattled off 102 straight victories and a record three consecutive national titles. It's the second-longest winning streak in the history of Division I team sports behind the Miami men's tennis program, which piled up 137 straight victories from 1957 through '64. Penn State rallied from a two-set deficit to beat Texas in this year's NCAA final.
7 Prepster Schuster throws four straight no-hitters
J.W. Mitchell High's Patrick Schuster became a national celebrity after setting a Florida state record with four consecutive no-hitters in April 2009. The 18-year-old southpaw whiffed 60 batters during the improbable no-hit streak, which ended when Gaither High's Drew Doty ripped a double in the third inning of a district semifinal playoff game. Schuster signed with the Diamondbacks in August.
8 Lincoln University explodes for 201 points
Lincoln University, a Division III school on the outskirts of Philadelphia, sure didn't bring home any sportsmanship awards following an eye-popping 201-78 win against Ohio State-Marion in December 2006. Sam Wylie poured in a school-record 69 points -- including 21 three-pointers -- in just 24 minutes. Among the many scoring records to fall, Lincoln set the D-III mark for points in a half ... twice.
9 Colorado golf pro goes really low
Colorado's Jay Osmon posted a 15-under-par 56 on Sept. 5, 2007, the lowest recorded golf score in nearly four decades. An assistant pro at Cattails Golf Club in Alamosa, Colo., Osmon made five birdies and a pair of eagles on the front nine for a 26. He followed it up with one eagle and four birdies on the back nine for a 30. He missed a 25-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole that would've given him a 55.
10 Chestnut derails Kobayashi's dog-eating dynasty
At the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2007, engineering student Joey Chestnut consumed (and held down) a record 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes to dethrone six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi. The California native got the best of Kobayashi once again in '08, and made it three straight victories with another record-breaking effort (68) in '09.

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