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

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
SYMMONDS NAMED NWC MEN’S RUNNER-OF-THE-WEEK AFTER LEADING BEARCATS TO SEASON-OPENING WIN

Junior Nick Symmonds continued his impressive career at Willamette by leading the men’s cross country team to a first place finish in the Open Division of the Sundodger Invitational at the University of Washington this past Saturday.

Symmonds (Boise, Ida.), who is a five-time NCAA DIII outdoor track and field national champion, finished the 8000-meter course in 24:49, good for second place overall. For his effort, Symmonds was named Northwest Conference Men’s Runner-of-the-Week.

Each of the seven Bearcats men’s runners finished in the top 38. Scott Overby (SR, Gresham, Ore.) was 11th, Carlos Ruiz (SR, Salem, Ore.) finished 12th, and Ian Batch (SO, Eagle, Ida.) came in 13th to help the Bearcats first place finish.

The Bearcats women’s team finished in fourth place, led by the 12th place finish of sophomore Sarah Zerzan (San Carlos, Calif.). Zerzan ran the course in 22:33. Three of the top six Bearcat women were freshman, showing that the future could be bright for the women’s program.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are off until Saturday October 1, when they host the Willamette Invite at 9:30 am at Bush Park.


WOMEN’S GOLF

BEARCATS MAINTAIN OVERALL LEAD AS UENO WINS MEDALIST HONORS AGAIN

The Willamette women’s golf team held onto its overall lead in the Northwest Conference Southern Four-Way Tournament over the weekend, led by the continued strong play of freshman Whitney Ueno (Hilo, Haw.).

The Bearcats shot a team score of 369 this past Sunday during the second leg of the four leg tournament. Ueno, who won medalist honors during the first leg, again was the medalist, this time shooting a 2-under-par 74. Ueno’s score was 10 strokes better than the second place finisher, Kilah Simes of Pacific.

Linfield finished first on Sunday, and remained in second place after two legs, with an overall team score of 725. Willamette sits in first with a score of 715, while Pacific is third with a team score of 751.

The South Four-Way Tournament is unique, as it has four rounds played on four different courses over several weeks. The winner of the tournament will be determined by a team’s total score after all four rounds have been played.

Sunday’s round was hosted by Pacific University and was played at Quail Valley Golf Course. The third leg will be hosted by Lewis & Clark on October 2 at Langdon Farms Golf Course in Wilsonville.


WOMEN'S SOCCER

BEARCATS GET A SPLIT OVER THE WEEKEND IN NWC ACTION

The Willamette women’s soccer team split a pair of Northwest Conference games over the weekend, first losing to Whitworth before picking up a win against Whitman.

In their NWC opener on Saturday against Whitworth, the Bearcats out shot the Pirates 19-15, but were not able to convert their shots, and fell to the Pirates 2-0.

Junior goalie Kari Woody (Boise, Ida.) recorded nine saves for Willamette against Whitworth.

The lady Bearcats rebounded on Sunday to pick up their first NWC win with a 4-1 defeat of Whitman. Jessica Lammers (JR, Concord, Calif.), Laura Uhlmansiek (JR, Woodinville, Wash.), Kelsey Priest (FR, Portland, Ore.), and Samantha Post (FR, Philomath, Ore.) all scored for Willamette. The goals for Priest and Post were their first of their young collegiate careers.

Also on Sunday against the Missionaries, senior Brenna Hindman (Boulder, Colo.) assisted on two of the Bearcats goals, Uhlmansiek tallied an assist, and Woody recorded 11 saves

Willamette, 3-3 overall and 1-1 in NWC play, plays two conference games this week. On Thursday the Bearcats host Lewis & Clark at 7 pm. Saturday, Willamette travels to Tacoma, WA to play the University of Puget Sound at noon.


FOOTBALL

TURNOVERS DOOM BEARCATS IN LOSS TO AZUSA PACIFIC

Despite out-gaining Azusa Pacific in almost every offensive category, the Willamette football team dropped to 0-3 on the year after losing 31-13 to the Cougars this past Saturday.

The Bearcats were statistically better than Azusa in three offensive categories, but four turnovers, including two inside the Cougars twenty yard line, were too much for Willamette to overcome. Willamette out gained Azusa in both total offense (387-350) and rushing yards (267-183), and also had more first downs (23-17).

Senior running back Quentin Brock (Fresno, Calif.) led the Bearcats rushing attack with 117 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Quarterback Cameron Walton (SR, Arroyo Grande, Calif.) earned Northwest Conference honorable mention Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors after he completed 9 of his 18 passes for 120 yards.

One particular bright spot for the Bearcats was the play of punter Clint Moran (SO, Mission Viejo, Calif.), who was named NWC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week after punting the ball six times for an average of 35.2 yards. Two of Moran’s punts pinned the Cougars inside their own twenty yard line.

Defensively for Willamette, junior safety Tim Alton (Oregon City, Ore.) earned honorable mention NWC Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors after recording nine tackles against Azusa.

Rover Tyler Gill (SO, Fresno, Calif.) and linebacker Phil Sweet (SO, Albany, Ore.) each added eight tackles for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats return home to host Menlo College this Saturday at 1:30 pm. Menlo is in the third year of a three year process of joining the NWC in football.


MEN'S SOCCER

BEARCATS DROP FIRST TWO NWC CONTESTS

The Willamette men’s soccer team opened Northwest Conference play this past weekend by dropping games to Whitworth and Whitman.

On Saturday, No. 14 Whitworth only needed a second half goal from Jonathan Carlson to get by the Bearcats. Willamette goalie Dane Meier (SR, Reno, Nev.) had a busy afternoon as the Pirates were able to get 34 shots on goal. Meier, though, more than held his own, recording 12 saves.

Sunday’s contest against Whitman again saw the Bearcats again get out shot, this time 24-16. The Missionaries defeated Willamette 3-0 to drop the Bearcats to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in NWC play. Meier recorded eight saves against Whitman.

Willamette midfielder Daniel Park (SR, Mililani, Haw.) also played well over the weekend, as he was named honorable mention NWC Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

The Bearcats only game this week comes on Saturday when they travel to Tacoma, WA to face the University of Puget Sound at 2:30 pm in a NWC game.


WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

YOUNG BEARCATS STILL SEEKING FIRST WIN

A young Bearcats women’s volleyball team is still seeking its first win of the season after dropping a pair of games over the weekend, losing 3-1 to both Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.

In Saturday’s game against Puget Sound, which was the Northwest Conference opener for both schools, Jessica McGraw (FR, Gaston, Ore.) led the Bearcats offense with 15 kills. Marci Bird (SO, Grass Valley, Ore.) and Kelley Lindstrom (FR, Banks, Ore.) each added 13 kills. Also, Jessica Drumm (FR, Medford, Ore.) tallied 38 assists, while Roni Schneider (SR, Keizer, Ore.) had 32 digs.

Sunday against PLU, the Bearcats dropped the first two games (both 30-27), rebounded to win the third (30-27), and then lost the fourth game (30-21). McGraw (15 kills and 25 digs), Lindstrom (16 kills), Schneider (32 digs), and Drumm (41 assists) each had solid performances against the Lutes.

McGraw was named honorable mention NWC Player-of-the-week for her performance over the weekend.

The Bearcats, 0-6 overall and 0-2 in NWC play, return to action this Saturday when they play at George Fox in Newberg at 7 pm. On Sunday, they play at Lewis & Clark in Portland, also at 7 pm.