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Santa Clara's Lowry and Roberts, Gonzaga's Josten, Earn All-America Honors

Dec. 17, 2007

Santa Clara University seniors Peter Lowry and Jamil Roberts both earned spots on College Soccer News' All-America teams and Lowry was also named Lowe's Senior Class Award All-Senior All-America Second Team. Lowry was named first-team All-American by College Soccer News, while Roberts grabbed a spot on the third team. The last time two Broncos earned All-America honors in the same year was 1999 when Eric Denton and Adam Eyre both received the honor.

Lowry, who has already been named the WCC Player of the Year and a National Soccer Coaches Association of American All-Far West First Team selection, continues to pick up the honors following an outstanding final season at SCU. He led the Broncos in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for a career best 23 points in the regular season and also led the conference in goals, while placing second in points and tied for third in assists from his central midfield position. His goals also came in key moments for the Broncos, netting two game-winning goals and two game-tying goals in the closing minutes of regulation. For his career, Lowry netted 22 goals, good for seventh all-time at SCU, and had 15 assists for 59 total points, placing him just one point from a spot in the SCU all-time top 10. He is the 12th player in Bronco history to earn a conference player of the year award and first since Mehdi Ballouchy in 2005. Lowry had previously been named All-WCC Second Team twice and All-WCC Honorable Mention once and he was an All-Far West Region First Team selection in 2006 as well.

Lowry was one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which was in its first year for men's and women's soccer after being started in 2001 for basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards that a senior season can bring. Lowry was one of two players from the WCC to be recognized, along with Trini Gomez of Loyola Marymount.

Roberts, who has twice been All-Far West Region selection, provided steady play throughout 2007 for one of the top defenses in the nation. He had a standout senior season for SCU both defensively and offensively during the regular season. With Roberts at center back, the Broncos led the conference in goals against average at 0.62, a mark that also placed 11th in the nation, and posted nine shutouts. The Fremont, Calif. native also scored a career high three goals and notched a career best five assists to place 10th in the conference in points. He finished his career with 80 games played and he scored five goals and notched seven assists.

Peter Lowry was also named a first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this past weekend, becoming the sixth Bronco player in program history to earn first team status. Lowry led Santa Clara to a 16-2-4 record and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament this past season while moving into the Top 10 in school history in scoring.

"Peter really was a focal point for our team's play this season," said Santa Clara head coach Cameron Rast. "He played a big role in helping build our attack and he came through with a number of critical goals and assists for us throughout the season. He is very deserving of all of the honors he has been receiving. He had a great career for Santa Clara and helped us achieve a lot of success the past four seasons."

Lowry has piled up the honors this season after brilliant senior campaign for the Broncos. His other honors include: WCC Player of the Year, All-WCC First Team, All-Far West Region First Team, College Soccer News First Team All-American, Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Senior All-America Second Team.

Lowry led the Broncos in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for a career best 23 points in the regular season and also led the conference in goals, while placing second in points and tied for third in assists from his central midfield position. His goals also came in key moments for the Broncos, netting two game-winning goals and two game-tying goals in the closing minutes of regulation. His play helped the Broncos post an 18-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 9-Nov. 28 that helped SCU reach as high as No. 3 in the national polls.

For his career, Lowry netted 22 goals, good for seventh all-time at SCU, and had 15 assists for 59 total points, placing him just one point from a spot in the SCU all-time top 10. His 22 goals place him seventh all-time in goals scored in program history. He is the 12th player in Bronco history to earn a conference player of the year award and first since Mehdi Ballouchy in 2005. Lowry had previously been named All-WCC Second Team twice and All-WCC Honorable Mention once and he was an All-Far West Region First Team selection in 2006 as well.

The Broncos have had 12 players receive All-America honors in program history: Dave Palic (1988), Cameron Rast (1989, 1991), Paul Holocher (1990), Matt Rast (1991), Peter Cochran (1992), Mike Lynch (1994), Joe Cannon (1995), Jason Annicchero (1996), Eric Denton (1998, 1999), Adam Eyre (1999), Ryan Cochrane (2002, 2003) and Mehdi Ballouchy (2004, 2005). Palic, Cameron Rast, Holocher, Denton and Ballouchy were first team selections.

Gonzaga senior forward George Josten was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American. Josten, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, paced the Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points while leading the Bulldogs in goals (5) and assists (7). His 34 career goals tie him with Brian Ching for third on the all-time Gonzaga charts, his 17 assists rank third and his 85 points rank fourth.