Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga Headline All-WCC Men's Soccer Teams
Nov. 19, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Loyola Marymount won its first outright West Coast Conference Championship on Saturday and the Lions, along with a resurgent Gonzaga squad, litter the 2013 All-WCC Men’s Soccer Teams. LMU posted a 9-2-1 league slate and secured its second title in four years with a 1-0 shutout win at Santa Clara. The Lions shared the 2010 trophy with the Broncos.
Gonzaga senior midfielder Nick Hamer captured WCC Player of the Year honors, while teammate, senior defender Josh Phillips, was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year. LMU sophomore Paul Blanchette earned WCC Goalkeeper of the Year selection, while midfielder Eddie Sanchez of Portland was tabbed as the WCC Freshman of the Year.
LMU’s Paul Krumpe was chosen by his peers as Coach of the Year for the second time overall and the first since 1999. The Lions are poised to make their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance under Krumpe. All five individual awards - including the all-conference teams - were voted on by the WCC's 10 head coaches.
Hamer is the second Bulldog selected as WCC Player of the Year and the first since Jeff McAllister accomplished the feat in 1997. During league play, Hamer recorded three goals and three assists and helped Gonzaga to a six-victory improvement from 2012 and the program’s first double-digit win campaign since 2000.
Philips, is the second Bulldog named WCC Defensive Player of the Year and the first since Nick Barclay did so in 2008. The senior helped Gonzaga post three shutouts during league play and post an overall GAA of 0.90 (2nd) and shared the WCC lead in shutouts (7).
Blanchette is the first Lion named WCC Goalkeeper of the Year in the three-year history of the award. Blanchette led the WCC during league play in shutouts (5) and was second in GAA (0.94). As the final line of defense for LMU, Blanchette shared the league overall lead in shutouts (7) and was tops in GAA (0.85).
Sanchez is the eighth Pilot to capture WCC Freshman of the Year honors and made an immediate impact, scoring a conference-best eight goals (three game-winners) during league play. The Portland rookie was tops in the WCC in overall points (27), goals (12) and game-winners (4).
Loyola Marymount will represent the WCC in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship opening play Thursday, Nov. 21 at Stanford. Match time against the Cardinal is set for 7:00 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Palo Alto. The winner will advance to face No. 15 seed Cal State Northridge Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
In all, the WCC has made 87 NCAA appearances, culminating in 17 Final Four trips and five national titles.
Coach of the Year: Paul Krumpe, Loyola Marymount
2013 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
2013 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
2013 WCC Honorable Mention Selections
2013 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM