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WCC Announces September Players of the Month

Oct. 4, 2007

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the first full month of the 2007-08 season in the books, the West Coast Conference honored eight student-athletes with WCC September Player of the Month awards. Portland's Michelle Enyeart was named the WCC's women's soccer Player of the Month, while Gonzaga's Daniel Scott and Santa Clara's Peter Lowry shared the men's award. San Diego's Laurel Abrahamson capped a brilliant month with WCC volleyball Player of the Month honors. Loyola Marymount's Laura Mickelson was selected as the women's cross country Player of the Month, while Portland's John Moore took home the men's award. Pepperdine swept the golf awards with Taylore Karle earning the women's honor and Jesse Barnsley being named the men's recipient.

WCC SEPTEMBER PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
SPORT NAME
PLAYER SUMMARY
WOMEN'S SOCCER

Michelle Enyeart, POR
SO - F
Portland sophomore Michelle Enyeart enjoyed a strong first month of the 2007 season, helping an injury riddled Pilots team to a 7-3-0 overall record and a No. 1 national ranking. The Hemet, Calif. native distributed a national-best 10 assists and chipped in two goals to lead the Pilots. Enyeart, who tallied six total assists last season, recorded at least one assist in seven of Portland's 10 matches, including a career-high three in the Pilots' 4-1 win over in-state rival Oregon State. In addition, Enyeart scored two goals during the month, tallying strikes in the Pilots' wins over Kansas and Portland State.
CO-MEN'S SOCCER

Peter Lowry, SCU
SR - MF
Peter Lowry helped the Broncos get off to a great start in 2007, scoring five goals during the month of September and leading Santa Clara to a 4-1-2 record. The senior tallied the game-winning goal in a pair of SCU victories, scoring in a 2-0 win over Vermont before netting both Bronco goals in a 2-0 victory over San Jose State on September 20. The M.A.C. Hermann Trophy candidate also tallied the tying goal in a draw with Stanford, and netted the equalizer in a 2-1 overtime triumph against then-No. 5 ranked UCLA. Lowry was named WCC Player of the Week on September 24, and was tabbed for College Soccer News National Player of the Week recognition following his performances against San Jose State and UCLA.
CO-MEN'S SOCCER

Daniel Scott, GON
SR - D
Daniel Scott anchored the Gonzaga defense during the month of September, helping the Zags post a 5-1-1 record en route to the program's first national ranking since 2001. Scott led a defense that surrendered just five goals, and led the Zags to victories over three ranked opponents during the month. He helped shut down previously undefeated Loyola (MD) at the Hensor/Zaher Classic at Oregon State, and contributed a team save in a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois as the Zags claimed the tourney title for the second straight year. Scott was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his efforts in Corvallis. With Scott leading the way, Gonzaga posted two shutouts for the month, and posted a team goals against average of 0.73.
Volleyball

Laurel Abrahamson, USD
SR - MB
Laurel Abrahamson, the senior middle hitter from Bloomington, Minnesota has been named the WCC Player of the Month. Tabbed Player of the Week three out of the last four weeks, Abrahamson has been a key player in San Diego's steady climb up the national polls. Abrahamson posted a .370 hitting percentage during September, leading the Toreros to a 9-3 record for the month. She also averaged 3.72 kills per game and tallied a career-high 25 kills in San Diego's victory over Oklahoma on September 9th. In San Diego's WCC opening victory over San Francisco, Abrahamson posted an impressive match-best .688 attack percentage with 12 kills on 16 attempts. Abrahamson also ranked fifth in the league with 1.17 blocks per game and was the only player in the WCC to be ranked in the top 10 in four different statistical categories for the month.
Women's Cross Country

Laura Mickelson, LMU
SR
Laura Mickelson has had a busy season thus far, competing in three events and one dual meet. Mickelson took home two individual titles and finished no lower than eighth in the others. Mickelson captured first place at the 5k UCI Asics Invitational with a time of 17:56 and finished second at the 5k SDSU Aztec Invitational with a time of 17:45, just two seconds behind the lead and nine seconds ahead of the third place runner, Jillian Rosen of #4 Arkansas. This past weekend, Mickelson led the Lions at the highly competitive Stanford Invitational 6k, and finished eighth with a time of 21:04.
Men's Cross Country

John Moore, POR
SR
John Moore, a senior All-American in both cross-country and track, continued to lead #11 Portland at the highly competitive Bill Dellinger Invitational last weekend. Finishing eighth overall with a time of 23:45. His time at the Bill Dellinger Invitational is the fastest pace in the WCC so far this season. Moore edged competitors from top ranked programs such as Wisconsin and Oregon, guiding the Pilots to a fourth place finish in the meet.
Women's Golf

Taylore Karle, PEP
FR
Pepperdine freshman Taylore Karle played extremely well in her first career collegiate tournament at the NCAA Fall Preview in New Mexico on Sept. 24-26. She led the Waves, tying for 11th overall with a 4-under 215, while competing against an outstanding field that featured the top 11 teams in the nation, and 16 of the top 18, according to Golfweek. Karle shot a first-day 6-under 67 and had the individual lead after the first round.
Men's Golf

Jesse Barnsley, PEP
SR
Pepperdine senior Jesse Barnsley opened the season with a strong showing at the William Tucker Intercollegiate, held from Sept.14-15. Barnsley captured individual medalist honors at the season-opening tournament by eight strokes after finishing the tournament 12-under par. Barnsley shot rounds of 66-67-71 to establish a new career-low 54-hole total of 204. The win was Barnsley's first career victory, as he helped the Waves capture the team title by four strokes over San Diego State. After the victory, Barnsley was named Golf World's College Player of the Week.