Nov. 8, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Bobby Burling and junior Nick Blanco headlined the group of five Lions selected to the All-WCC teams as the West Coast Conference announced its honorees today. Burling and Blanco were both first team selections, and Diego Barrera was named to the WCC's second team for the second time in three years. Jawaan Delaney and Junior Ybarra both earned honorable mention honors.
Burling had an outstanding senior season, leading the team in scoring despite playing defense for most of the season. He finished the season with four goals and five assists, with two goals and four assists coming in WCC games. He scored twice, including the game-winner in LMU's 3-2 win at San Diego, and also added goals against Rhode Island and Marquette. He finishes his career ranked in the top six of the LMU career record books for goals, assists and points. He is tied for second in career assists with 18. Four of those assists came in WCC play this season, as he assisted on two goals against Gonzaga and two goals against Saint Mary's. It is the first career first team selection for Burling who earned honorable mention honors in 2003 and 2005.
Blanco excelled in WCC games, recording all of his points against conference opponents. He finished the year with two goals and four assists. His most memorable goal was the game-winner in double overtime against Saint Mary's. He tied the LMU single game record for assists when he recorded three in the first seven minutes of the game against Gonzaga. He also assisted on LMU's first goal in the 2-1 win at Santa Clara. Blanco was a second team All-WCC honoree in 2004.
Barrera earned second team honors for the second time in three years after earning a spot on the second team in 2004. He finished the season with three goals and one assist, and all three goals came in WCC games. He tied the game with a late penalty kick against San Diego, and put LMU ahead 1-0 on the road at Santa Clara. He also added a goal against Gonzaga.
Delaney was named honorable mention for the second straight year. The athletic defender was outstanding in the back, but also contributed on offense. He scored the game-winner at Santa Clara, and also added a goal against Gonzaga.
Ybarra rounds out the group of Lions to earn conference honors. The senior controlled the midfield, assisting on Delaney's game-winning goal at Santa Clara. He scored one goal this season, but it was one to remember. He rifled a shot from 40 yards out against Saint Mary's that pulled the net away from the goal post. Ybarra, a 2005 first team selection, earned honorable mention honors in 2003. He finishes his career ranked second in the conference in career assists in WCC games, and is fifth in the LMU record books with 15 career assists.
The Lions wrapped up the regular season with a 9-8-2 record and finished fourth in the conference with a 5-5-2 mark.