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WCC Announces October Players of the Month

Nov. 6, 2008

With the end of the fall season just around the corner, it is time for the West Coast Conference to announce its Players of the Month for October. Pepperdine swept the golf honors as Andrew Putnam took home the WCC's men's golf Player of the Month award, while Lisa McCloskey won the women's Player of the Month award. Portland swept the cross country awards as well as the women's soccer honor. David Kinsella and Dana Morgan won the men's and women's cross country Players of the Month, while Sophie Schmidt took home women's soccer Player of the Month honor. San Francisco rounds out the last two honorees, taking home the award for men's soccer and women's volleyball. Conor Chinn won the WCC's men's soccer Player of the Month award, while Carly Babin received the women's volleyball Player of the Month accolade.

MEN'S GOLF - Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine
During the month of October, Andrew Putnam competed at the Prestige at PGA West as well as the UNGC Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, recording two top 20 finishes in both tournaments. Putnam took fourth place at the Prestige and tied for 19th at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. Through both tournaments, three of his six rounds were under par, including a 4-under 68 performance in the first round of the Prestige. For the month, Putnam averaged 72.67 strokes per round to lead the Waves.

WOMEN'S GOLF - Lisa McCloskey, Pepperdine
Lisa McCloskey had an impressive month for the Waves, competing at the Las Vegas Collegiate Shootout and the Stanford Intercollegiate. In Las Vegas, McCloskey had a record-setting performance en route to her first place finish as she set an NCAA record and became the first women's golfer to break 200, finishing 17-under 199. Her three rounds (67-65-67) in Las Vegas were all good enough for Pepperdine's all-time top 12 single round performances and led the Waves to a first place finish as well as an NCAA-record team score of 41-under 823. For her efforts, she was awarded Golf World's Player of the Week and averaged 69.33 strokes per round over the month.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - David Kinsella, Portland
David Kinsella had a great showing at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, winning the meet, which featured four other top 30 ranked teams, including No. 1 Oregon. His time of 24:02 at the Bill Dellinger was the fastest time by a male runner in the WCC for an 8K this season and helped the Pilots to a second place finish at the meet. The Pilots are currently ranked fourth in the nation.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Dana Morgan, Portland
Dana Morgan also competed at the Bill Dellinger, which featured four nationally ranked women's teams, and had a good showing, finishing in a time of 21:35, for 23rd place. Her time at the Bill Dellinger is the fourth fastest time in the WCC for a 6K this season and the Pilots are ranked No. 7 in the West Region.

WOMEN'S SOCCER - Sophie Schmidt, Portland
Sophie Schmidt had an amazing month for the Pilots, leading them to a 6-0 record for the month, scoring a total of six goals and adding two assists. In both road victories against San Francisco and Saint Mary's, Schmidt scored a total of three goals, including game-winners in both matches.

MEN'S SOCCER - Conor Chinn, San Francisco
Conor Chinn led the Dons to a 5-2-1 record for the month of October, scoring an impressive seven goals in eight matches. Chinn had two goals in a 3-0 victory over Portland as well as back-to-back game-winners against Gonzaga and Portland earlier in the month. With nine total goals in conference matches, Chinn set the WCC record for single-season goals and a tie for single-season points with 19.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL - Carly Babin, San Francisco
Carly Babin led the Dons to a 7-1 record in October, including wins over three nationally ranked teams. For the month, Babin was the team leader with 98 kills, on .402 hitting, and 40.0 blocks. She received WCC Player of the Week honors for her 19 kills, on .826 hitting, seven block performance against No. 15 San Diego. Through her efforts, the Dons received their highest national ranking (No. 22) in school history as well as back-to-back national rankings for the first time in Dons history.