Nov. 5, 2009
As the Fall sports season is coming to a close with one week left in women's soccer, two weeks in men's soccer, three weeks in women's volleyball, and the recently completed WCC cross country championships, the WCC has announced the October Players of the Month. In soccer, Portland's Danielle Foxhoven took home the women's award, while San Diego's Patrick Wallen represented the men. In cross country, Santa Clara's Stephanie Wilson was awarded the women's honor and Portland's Alfred Kipchumba won the men's. In golf, the women were represented by Pepperdine's Lisa McCloskey, while Santa Clara's Scott Travers won the men's award. Shannon Lowell of Saint Mary's took home the award for women's volleyball.
Foxhoven scored 15 goals and added five assists to lead the No. 2 ranked Portland Pilots to a 7-0-0 record for the month. She was named the WCC Player of the Week in three of the four weeks in October and was the Soccer America National Player of the Week on Oct. 13 and Oct. 27. Foxhoven became the only player in UP history with two four-goal games in the same season, recording four goals and an assist vs. both Gonzaga on Oct. 10 and San Francisco on Oct. 25. She also had a hat trick vs. Montana on Oct. 2. Foxhoven leads the nation in goals and points this year.
Wallen lead the team to a 7-1-0 overall and conference record in October as well as a 3-1-0 record at home and an undefeated 4-0-0 mark on the road. He finished with four goals and three assists for 11 points. He recorded 19 shots and 10 shots on goal for a .526 SOG%. Wallen had two game winning goals, the first on October 4 vs USF at Torero Stadium in their WCC opener (with a man on, jumped with his back at the goal connecting with a header re-directing it to the upper corner) and the second on October 16 vs Saint Mary's at home (In the first 45 seconds, leaped and connected on a header which sailed over SMC goalkeeper towards the far post in the top left corner of the net). His third goal was at home against Loyola Marymount and his fourth goal was on the road against LMU. Wallen tallied one assist at Portland and two at Loyola Marymount. He's been involved in seven of the team's 17 goals in October and was a key factor in USD entering major national polls as a ranked team.
Wilson finished as runner-up, the first collegitate, at the Bronco Invitational on Oct. 17. She broke the school record and the course record. Wilson's time of 16:53 smashed her personal best time by more than a minute. She followed up two weeks later by winning the WCC Cross Country, tying the WCC course record at 20:32. It was also a personal best and a school record. It was the first title ever won by a Bronco cross country runner. More impressive about her finish at the WCC meet - two years ago she wasn't on the team's seven-deep depth chart for the meet.
Kipchumba posted three quality finishes at elite events during the month, including winning the 2009 WCC Championship and setting a course with a time of 24:20 (33 seconds faster than the previous best). Kipchumba also placed eighth individually at the NCAA Pre-Nationals White Race on Oct. 17, crossing the 8K line in a time of 23:53 and helping the Pilots to a fourth-place finish. He started the month by placing sixth at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, despite falling late in the race. Portland is currently ranked No. 7 nationally after winning its 31st consecutive WCC title.
McCloskey had a couple of strong showings at the Waves' two October tournaments. She tied for 14th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, and then took 29th at the Landfall Tradition. The Landfall Tradition doubled as the NCAA Preview and featured 14 of the nation's top 20 teams. She averaged 75.50 strokes in her six rounds. She is at #59 in both the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin ratings systems.
He turned-in top 10 finishes in all three October events - placing second twice. He has moved up to 51st nationally in the latest individual rankings by Golf Week. He has led the Broncos to one of the team's most successful fall seasons in school history. In October Travers placed 2nd overall at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Oct. 5-6 with rounds of 71 (-1), 71 (-1), and 69 (-3). Followed that up with another 2nd place showing at the Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic on Oct 22-23 with rounds of 66 (-4), 68 (-2), and 67 (-3), where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. Completed the month with his fourth top 10 finish in as many chances this fall, tying for 7th at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Oct. 26-27 with rounds of 70 (-1), 67 (-4), and 70 (-1).
Lowell was huge for the Gaels in October, and was the driving force behind their 8-1 month. She was named the WCC Player of the Week on for her efforts against LMU and Pepperdine on 10/28 and 10/31. For the month she hit an astounding .397, notching 95 kills, on 199 attempts. She hit over .350 in six of the nine matches the Gaels played. She also notched nine aces, 18 digs, and led the team with 45 total blocks. Lowell averaged 2.79 kills per game, and 1.41 blocks per game. She recorded her first double-double of the season against Santa Clara on 10/8, recording 14 kills and 11 total blocks. In the match against Gonzaga she notched a season-high 18 kills on 24 attempts for a career-high .667 hitting percentage. In the five set match against Pepperdine, Lowell notched 17 kills on 34 attempts with no errors for a .500 hitting percentage. She also notched five total blocks. She was at her best when the Gaels needed her most in that match, notching the final two kills and a block for the Gaels in the fifth set to seal the win.