Oct. 2, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif., -- Now that the first full month of the 2008-09 season is in the books, the West Coast Conference has announced its Players of the Month for September. Portland's Danielle Foxhoven won the WCC's women's soccer Player of the Month honor, while Loyola Marymount's Patrick Sampson took home the men's award. Portland had a second athlete honored as Sifrash Ademe took home the honor for WCC women's cross country Player of the Month, while Saint Mary's Mario Mendoza took home the men's honor. In golf, Pepperdine's Jayvie Agojo won WCC women's golf Player of the Month, while San Francisco's Domingo Jojola received the men's award. Closing out this month's honors is Pepperdine, also with its second athlete honored, with Julie Rubenstein taking home the WCC women's volleyball Player of the Month.
In the month of September, Danielle Foxhoven led Portland with an impressive 10 goals and helped the Pilots go 8-0 during that time. Among Foxhoven's notable goals for the month were a goal against No. 22 Penn State, the only two goals Portland scored against Florida, and a goal against cross-town rival Oregon. She has also had four multi-goal performances so far, including a hat trick in the win against Colgate University.
Patrick Sampson, goalkeeper, helped lead the Lions to a 1-1-2 record for the month, all while playing three ranked teams. Sampson's play was definitely noticed as the Lions were able to shutout No. 11 UIC and No. 24 Cal Poly. Sampson has 30 saves for the season and ranks No. 1 in the conference in saves, saves per game, and shutouts.
Julie Rubenstein had an impressive month, leading the Waves to one of their best starts in school history at 12-0. For the month, she hit at a .354 clip and averaged 4.27 kills per game, 2.27 digs per game, and .83 blocks per game. Rubenstein currently leads the conference in points and kills per game and is ranked 10th in the country in kills per game. For her efforts, she was awarded the CVU.com National Player of the Week for the week of September 9th.
Mario Mendoza had a great opening to the cross country season for the Gaels as he twice broke the school's record for an 8K time. At the Aggie Open, he finished second overall in a time of 25:20. He then went on to shatter that record at the Sundodger Invite finishing 16th overall with a time of 24:35, which was the fastest WCC time in September.
Sifrash Ademe led the Pilots at the Roy Griak Invite, which featured three ranked teams, finishing 15th overall with a time of 21:50, which helped Portland to a fifth place finish. After her performance, Portland moved closer to garnering a national ranking as the Pilots received votes for the first time this season. Portland is currently ranked No. 6 in the Western Region.Domingo Jojola led the way for the Dons as he finished in the top 20 in three different tournaments, including an individual medalist honor at the Saint Mary's Tournament, which was the third for his career. In that tournament, Jojola broke two personal records when he finished with a total of 207 for the 54-hole tournament and when he shot 66 in round two.
Jayvie Agojo finished third at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Pepperdine's only tournament for the month, helping the Waves to a second place finish behind No. 12 host New Mexico. Agojo averaged 72.00 for the three rounds, including two rounds under par. Among other notable teams Agojo helped the Waves defeat were No. 27 UNLV, No. 32 Colorado, and No. 42 TCU.