2005 FALL BEARCATS SPORTS WEEKLY UPDATE A Weekly Review of Bearcat Athletic News

FOOTBALL

SWEET NAMED NWC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER BEARCATS PICK UP FIRST WIN OF SEASON AGAINST MENLO

Willamette senior flanker Steve Wilbon rushed for three second half touchdowns, and the Willamette defense allowed just one offensive touchdown, as the Bearcats picked up their first win of the season, 52-20 over Menlo this past Saturday.

Wilbon (SR, Stockton, Calif.), who earned honorable mention Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, racked up 85 yards on seven carries to help pace the Bearcats (1-3) rushing attack against Menlo (0-4). Wilbon’s three touchdowns came on runs of two yards, 55 yards, and five yards. His 55-yard run helped put the game out of reach, giving Willamette a 35-20 lead.

On the day, Willamette amassed a season-high 526 yards of total offense, including 417 on the ground.

Ryan Hernandez (JR, Portland, Ore.) led the Bearcats in rushing, gaining 94 yards on nine carries, including a 41-yard touchdown run. Quentin Brock (SR, Fresno, Calif.) added 73 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown.

Quarterback Cameron Walton (SR, Arroyo Grande, Calif.) also had a solid game, going 7-of-11 for 107 yards and one touchdown. Walton also rushed for 54 yards on seven carries, including several key runs on third down that gave Willamette critical first downs.

The Bearcats defense also played its best game to date, holding Menlo’s strong running attack to just 103 yards, while also forcing three fumbles.

Linebacker Phil Sweet (SO, Albany, Ore.) had 14 tackles against the Oaks and was named Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his effort.

Also defensively for the Bearcats, Megdy Khoury (SR, Elko, Nev.) and Ben Fennimore (SO, Salem, Ore.) each had eight tackles.

Kicker Matt Bicocca (SO, San Andreas, Calif.), who booted a 29-yard field goal and was a perfect 7-of-7 on his extra point attempts, also earned NWC honors, as he was named honorable mention Special Teams Player of the Week.

Willamette travels to the Tacoma, WA this Saturday for a 1:30 pm game against the University of Puget Sound. This will be the NWC opener for both schools.


WOMEN’S SOCCER

BEARCATS SPLIT PAIR OF NWC GAMES

The Willamette women’s soccer team split a pair of Northwest Conference games last week, winning 2-0 over Lewis & Clark, and losing 2-0 to the University of Puget Sound. The Bearcats followed up the weekend by winning an NWC game against George Fox Wednesday night.

Against George Fox, Susan Butler (JR, Boise Ida.) scored the game’s only goal, her third of the season to push the Bearcats past the .500 mark at 5-4 overall, 3-2 NWC.

In Thursday’s win over Lewis & Clark, Butler and Michelle Gregoire (JR, Olympia, Wash.) scored less than a minute and a half apart in the first half to give the Bearcats all the scoring they would need for the win.

Butler’s goal was unassisted, while Gregoire scored on a cross from freshman defender Jennifer Standifer (Medford, Ore.).

Goalie Kari Woody (JR, Boise, Ida.) recorded five saves for Willamette.

Against Puget Sound on Saturday, the Bearcats managed only nine shots while allowing the Loggers 19. Woody had eight saves in the game for the Bearcats.

Three of the Bearcats four losses this year have come to nationally ranked teams, including Saturday’s loss to Puget Sound, who is ranked 11th.

Gregoire, who is tied for the team lead in goals with three, earned honorable mention NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors for her play this past week.

Willamette has two NWC games scheduled this week. Wednesday, the Bearcats travel to George Fox for a 4 pm game, while Saturday they play at Linfield at noon.


MEN’S SOCCER

BEARCATS SPLIT GAMES THIS WEEK; PICK UP FIRST NWC WIN AGAINST GEORGE FOX TUESDAY NIGHT

Trevor Jones score his second goal of the season, and his second game-winning goal, as the Bearcats broke a five-game losing skid in defeating George Fox, 1-0 in NWC action Tuesday night.

The Bearcat defense held George Fox to its fifth straight NWC game without a goal in posting the victory.

The Willamette men’s soccer team also dropped Northwest Conference match to Puget Sound, 3-0, last Saturday.

The Loggers defense was impressive, as they did not allow Willamette a shot on goal during the game. UPS out shot the Bearcats 21-1 in the game.

The Bearcats did play to a scoreless tie with UPS through the first half, before the Loggers Mark Conrad scored the games first goal less than three minutes into the second half.

Goalie Dane Meier (SR, Reno, Nev.) allowed two goals and had two saves for Willamette, while sophomore goalie Reed Renfrow (Shoreline, Wash.) gave up one goal and had four saves in 22 minutes of play.

The Bearcats, 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the NWC play at Linfield on Saturday at 2:30 pm.


WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

YOUNG BEARCATS STILL WINLESS AFTER LOSING PAIR OF NWC GAMES

The Willamette women’s volleyball team is still looking for its first win of the 2005 season after losing a pair of Northwest Conference road matches to George Fox and Lewis & Clark last week.

Friday night’s match at George Fox pitted two of the nation’s best-digging teams, as the Bruins came into the match ranked first in the Northwest Conference and fourth nationally, while Willamette was ranked second in the NWC and fifth nationally.

The Bearcats were able to win game one against George Fox, before losing the next three.

For Willamette, Jessica Durham (FR, Medford, Ore.) had 18 kills, Jessica McGraw (FR, Gaston, Ore.) 16, and Kelley Lindstrom (FR, Banks, Ore.) 14, while Jessica Drumm (SO, Salem, Ore.) had 51 assists. Veronica Schneider (SR, Keizer, Ore.), the nation’s 4th-ranked digger (7.91) had a match-high 25 digs, with McGraw adding 21 and Drumm 14.

Against Lewis & Clark on Saturday night, the Bearcats again lost 3-1.

McGraw led the Bearcats offensive attack against the Pioneers with 14 kills, while Lindstrom added ten. McGraw also had 10 digs.

Durham garnered honorable mention NWC Player of the Week honors for her play in the two matches.

Willamette, 0-8 overall and 0-4 in NWC play, is at Northwest Christian in Eugene this Tuesday for a 7 pm non-league match, before hosting NWC-rival Pacific this Friday at 7 pm. On Saturday, the Bearcats travel to Linfield for a 7 pm contest.


MEN’S & WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

BEARCATS SET TO HOST 31st ANNUAL CHARLES BOWLES INVITE

The Willamette men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action this Saturday when they host the 31st Annual Charles Bowles Invitational at McCulloch Stadium and Bush Park. The meet is scheduled to start at 9:30 am. The two teams were off last week.

The Men’s College 8k (D-II, D-III, NAIA) is scheduled for 10:40 am, with the Women’s College 5k (D-II, D-III, NAIA) scheduled for 11:20 am. The meet also includes a Men’s (8k) and Women’s (5k) University race (D-I teams only), and a Men’s (8k) and women’s (5k) Open race (Club, JC, Unattached, All ‘B’ teams).