Nov. 3, 2006
WCC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER SELECTED
CO-WOMEN'S SOCCER - Marian Dalmy, Santa Clara University
Santa Clara senior defender Marian Dalmy turned in a big month for the Broncos, leading SCU to a 5-1-1 record. With the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Award nominee leading the way, the Broncos' logged three shutout victories during October to bring the team's season total to 11. A dual threat, Dalmy netted three goals and recorded five assists on the month, making her the WCC's leading scorer among defenders.
CO-WOMEN'S SOCCER - Michelle Enyeart, University of Portland
Portland's Michelle Enyeart enjoyed an outstanding month of October, establishing herself as one of the top players in the nation and arguably the best freshman in the country. Enyeart guided Portland to a 6-1-1 record during the month with a WCC-best eight goals to go along with two assists for 18 total points. The Hemet, CA native scored the game-winner in five of UP's six wins. She either scored or assisted on 10 of Portland's 19 goals during the month, and tallied at least one point in all eight matches.
MEN'S SOCCER - Joseph Buttitta, Santa Clara University
Goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta led a stifling Santa Clara defense during the month of October, as the Broncos posted an undefeated 6-0-2 mark and clinched the program's ninth WCC men's soccer title. The sophomore kept clean sheets in four of Santa Clara's eight matches, increasing his conference-leading shutout total to seven, and did not allow more than one goal in any game as the Broncos posted the program's first undefeated month since 2003. The San Jose, CA native surrendered just four goals in 764:54 minutes in net, posting a 0.47 goals against average to lower his season GAA to a WCC-best 0.76. The Broncos clinched the WCC Championship at Loyola Marymount (10/29), as Buttitta made five saves and withstood a 10 shots in the opening 20 minutes of the game to lead SCU to the 2-0 win. He was tabbed for WCC Player of the Week honors on October 30 for his role in the title-clinching weekend.
VOLLEYBALL - Kristen Carlson, University of San Diego
During the month of October Carlson helped lead the Toreros to a perfect 7-0 record to take first place in the WCC. The senior outside hitter recorded 134 kills for a 5.58 kills per game average, while hitting at a .331 clip and chipping in 4.08 digs per game in October. Carlson posted a double-double in each of the seven matches, notching her biggest match against Pepperdine when she recorded 26 kills and 19 digs. The Purcellville, VA native laid down at least 19 kills in five matches last month and added 19 total blocks. Carlson earned back-to-back WCC Player of the Week honors and the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week award during October.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Laura Mickelson, Loyola Marymount University
Mickelson continued to dominate WCC cross country in the month of October, taking individual titles at both the Cal Poly Invitational as well as the WCC Championships. Mickelson was the first winner on the new 6K championship course, finishing in 21:16, over one minute ahead of the next closest runner. The El Segundo, CA native is the third conference champion in LMU cross country history and the second Lion to take the title since 2001. With the title, Mickelson helped lead the Lions to a third place team finish, just one point behind second place USF. Mickelson now holds the top two 6K times in the WCC, heading into the NCAA West Regionals on November 11.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Mike Quackenbush, University of Portland
Although he ran in just two races in the month of October, Quackenbush helped the Pilot men earn their 28th straight WCC title on October 28. The sophomore used a late kick to take the individual title at the WCC Championships, finishing the 8K course in a time of 25:19. Quackenbush continued Portland's streak of 28 consecutive individual champions with the win. In his only other race in October, the Spokane, WA native finished 30th in a field of over 400 runners at the Jim Drews Invitational in La Crosse, WI. The Pilots took second place at the meet, which included runners from nationally ranked Wisconsin and Minnesota.
WOMEN'S GOLF - Misun Cho, Pepperdine University
In just her first season with the Pepperdine women's golf team, Misun Cho is already making an impact. During the month of October, the freshman finished fourth at the 15-team field Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational that included seven top 30 teams. Cho, a native of Cheongju City, South Korea, carded rounds of 75-74-70 for a 219 total to help the Waves to a fourth-place finish. She closed out the month with a 21st place finish at the 17-team field Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown that included nine top 30 teams. Cho posted scores of 72-76-71 for a 219 total to help Pepperdine finish third.
MEN'S GOLF - Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount sophomore Brian Locke was outstanding during the month of October, leading the Lions in a pair of tournaments. Locke opened the month by tying for fourth place at the Santa Clara Invitational with a one-under 215. The Los Angeles, CA native followed that up with his third career tournament title with a nine-under 207 at the Bill Cullum Intercollegiate. Locke fired rounds of 70, 69 and 68 to lead LMU to the team title at the BCI. The team title was the Lions first regular season championship at a tournament they did not host since 1998-99.