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Going Clubbin' - Friday, February 13

Your weekly update on 'Bama's club teams.

Dan Nolte (left) and Brandon Dickerson (right) celebrate after a goal against Auburn during this year's Iron Cup series in Pelham, AL on Friday, Jan. 16.
Dan Nolte (left) and Brandon Dickerson (right) celebrate after a goal against Auburn during this year's Iron Cup series in Pelham, AL on Friday, Jan. 16.
Mark Almond (malmond@al.com)

Nick Saban's arrival in Tuscaloosa brought an unprecedented run of success for Crimson Tide football. Coincidentally, many of Alabama's non-revenue, club, and adapted athletics teams have seen results that mirror the football team's winning ways. For the University of Alabama, this is a golden age of athletics.

The athletes who play for the Tide's club and adapted athletics teams are the same as the superstar football players whose every move is tracked on the Crimson Tide message boards by the Finebaum faithful. They are 18- to 22-year old students who devote precious time to put on their university's colors and represent it on the field of play. They deserve the same support and every ounce of recognition that Crimson Tide fanatics give the football team. The first step for 'Bama fans to do that is to read my articles stay informed about these teams. Hopefully, Roll 'Bama Roll will be the first outlet Tide fans look to for news on club and adapted athletics.

Frozen Tide Hockey

The Frozen Tide defeated Vanderbilt 5-4 in overtime of the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference Tournament consolation game to finish third. Alabama beat Tennessee by a score of 9-2 to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinal game the Frozen Tide fell to tournament runner-up South Carolina 3-4.

Alabama has put in great work this season to compile a 24-4-2 American Collegiate Hockey Association record. They currently sit in second place in the ACHA Division III South region and look like a lock to seal a spot in the ACHA Division III Championships as tournament seeding is announced later today. Since the ACHA D-III National Championships are held in Pelham, Alabama, the Tide would have a significant home ice advantage. The Frozen Tide expect to play in the tournament that begins on March 10.

Club Baseball

The Tide began their season against a tough LSU squad last weekend, dropping two of three games to the Tigers. The Tide have an open weekend before heading to Atlanta to open conference play against Georgia Tech next weekend.

Rugby

The women's rugby team has started 2015 undefeated after beating Emory at home 19-10 on January 31 and benefiting from a forfeit courtesy of Georgia Southern. Their next game versus Kennesaw State University is on Feb. 21.

Alabama's men's rugby team ended up on the wrong end of a comeback in their matchup versus South Alabama. After leading 17-12 at halftime, the Crimson Tide were outscored by a 26-5 margin in the second half to lose 38-22.

Adapted Athletics

The Crimson Tide women's basketball team has opened 2015 in style, winning five in a row before losing to Shepherd last Saturday. They now sit at 16-3 (8-0 conference) on the season and traveled to Arlington, Texas yesterday to face University of Texas-Arlington this weekend in their final road conference game of the season.

The Crimson Tide men's basketball team is riding a four game winning streak into Arlington this weekend after a 1-3 start to the year. The Tide sit at 14-9 (4-7 conference) on the season.

Both teams are playing at UT-Arlington this weekend. After their road trip, both teams' next games are at home Saturday, Feb. 28 against Illinois as part of the ABC Medical Classic being held in Foster Auditorium on UA's campus.

Women's Lacrosse

Alabama began their spring season with a resounding 17-5 victory over rival Auburn. Morgan Hunter led the team with six goals. The Tide play again at Clemson University on February 22 versus the University of North Carolina.

This should be a great semester for our club teams as many of them look to compete for conference and even national championships. Continue to show them how great the Capstone is by supporting these teams!