Oct. 4, 2006
WCC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER SELECTED
WOMEN'S SOCCER - Meagan Snell, Santa Clara University
Despite playing arguably the most demanding schedule in the country, Santa Clara University, led by the play of junior forward Meagan Snell, posted a 7-2 overall record during the month of September. Six of the Broncos' seven wins came versus ranked opponents, including wins over then-No. 3 UCLA, then-No. 4 Texas A&M, then-No. 10 Tennessee, and then-No. 11 Connecticut. Snell was the catalyst for the Broncos, netting eight goals in their nine matches, including a stretch in which she scored a goal in four consecutive matches from Sept. 1-Sept. 10. The Arroyo Grande, Calif. native provided the game-winning goals in the Broncos' wins over the Bruins, the Aggies and the Lady Volunteers. Her performance earned her WCC Player of the Week honors twice (9/11, 9/25) and landed her on the Soccer America National Team of the Week twice (9/13, 9/27).Santa Clara's only losses during the month were at No. 1 Notre Dame and against No. 12 Boston University.
Men's Soccer - Aaron Chandler, University of San Francisco
Aaron Chandler paced the San Francisco attack during the month of September, leading the Dons to a 4-3-1 record and the program's highest national ranking since the 1994 season. The senior helped the Dons go undefeated through the season's first six matches, and got the month of September off to a fast start by assisting on teammate Conor Chinn's first collegiate goal during a 2-0 victory over San Jose State on September 3. Chandler was vital to the Dons' success during a road swing at Penn State, helping USF to a 2-0 victory over the host Nittany Lions and opening up the scoring with goal from eight yards out in a 1-1 tie with Ohio State. USF earned a No. 8 national ranking from Soccer America following the results at Penn State, marking the program's highest ranking in 12 years. The 2004 WCC Player of the Year continued to produce on the offensive end the following week, finishing off a cross to net the game-winner in the 87th minute as USF upended Cal State Northridge, 2-1. The Riverside, CA native closed out September in strong fashion, tallying the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Gonzaga on September 29. Chandler wrapped up the month with three goals and one assist, while attempting 17 shots in eight matches.
VOLLEYBALL - Heather Hughes, Loyola Marymount University
Heather Hughes led LMU to a 12-2 record and a 2-0 record to start conference play in September. The senior recorded 218 kills, 164 digs, 56 assists and 38 service aces during the month. Hughes compiled averages of 4.45 kills, 3.35 digs, 1.14 assists and .78 aces per game. Her service ace average ranks her sixth in the nation. Hughes is the WCC leader in double-doubles, posting 11 in the team's first 16 games, 10 of which were in September. Currently ranked in the top six in the conference in both kills and digs, Hughes earned one WCC Player of the Week award, the LMU Four Points Sheraton-LAX Classic MVP and the Miami Hurricane Invitational MVP in September.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Laura Mickelson, Loyola Marymount University
In three meets during the month of September Laura Mickelson took two individual titles and recorded one third place finish. Mickelson won both the Cal State Fullerton Invitational and San Diego State Aztec Invitational 5K titles. The junior's time of 17:20.9 helped LMU to a second place finish at Cal State Fullerton to open the season, while her first place finish in 17:19 at San Diego State on September 9 set a new Lions' course record. At the Stanford Invitational on September 30, Mickelson took third place behind two runners from No. 1 Stanford. Mickelson's time of 20:22 at Stanford is the top 6K time in the conference, and helped the Lions to a seventh place finish out of 17 teams.
Men's CROSS COUNTRY - John Moore, University of Portland
Although he only participated in one event in September, John Moore led the No. 7 Pilots to a second place finish at the highly competitive Bill Dellinger Invitational at the University of Oregon. Moore finished third overall in a time of 23:19.08 behind runners from then-No. 10 BYU and then-No. 17 Oregon. Moore now holds the conference's top 8K time, finishing just 21 seconds behind the first place finisher. The meet featured 13 teams, including six ranked in the national top 30.
WOMEN'S GOLF - Christina Stockton, University of San Francisco
Christina Stockton enjoyed a pair of strong tournaments to open the 2006 Fall campaign, propelling the Dons to a No. 37 GolfWeek ranking. In her first six rounds as a collegiate golfer, Stockton owns a 74.91 stroke average, good for 90th place on the GolfWeek Individual Leader board. In her Green and Gold debut at the 2006 Dick McGuire Invitational, Stockton carded eight birdies and 30 pars in helping the Dons to a share of ninth place in a strong field. Stockton finished with a four-over 223 (74, 76, 73) on the par-73 course. Stockton was even better in USF's second event of the Fall, finishing as the Dons' top individual at the 2006 Jeannine McHaney Invitational with a fifth place showing. The Auburn, Calif. native shot a one-under 215 (72, 73, 70) in helping the Dons to a runner-up finish. Stockton leads the Dons with three rounds at par or better and her two-under 70 in the final round at Lubbock matches the second lowest round turned in by USF this season.
MEN'S GOLF - Josh Kelley, Saint Mary's College
Saint Mary's junior Josh Kelley made the most of his lone tournament during the month of September. Kelley shot a 54-hole score of 213 even-par to help the Gaels post a first place finish at the Del Walker Intercollegiate in Long Beach, CA. In the final group of the day in the third round, Kelley made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole to give Saint Mary's the team title. The Upland, Calif. native finished tied for third in the individual tournament, one shot off the lead of the two top individuals. Kelley had rounds of 70, 71 and 72 at the par-71, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. Led by the play of Kelley, the Gaels finished five shots ahead of conference foe San Diego, 20 shots better than Santa Clara, and 23 shots better than LMU in the same tournament.