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

CROSS COUNTRY: BEARCAT MEN SECOND, WOMEN THIRD, AT CHARLES BOWLES INVITATIONAL

The Willamette University men’s and women’s cross country teams ran well over the weekend, as the men placed second in their division, and the women third, at the 31st Annual Charles Bowles Invitational. The event, hosted by the Bearcats at Bush Park and McCullough Stadium, is the largest on the west coast, featuring 77 teams and 1,300 runners.

This year’s event was expanded from four races to six to accommodate the growing number of teams and runners. Willamette ran in the College Division, which included teams from Division II, Division III, and NAIA.

The Bearcat men finished second, losing to Division II Chico State which had the top six finishers in the college division race.

Scott Overby (SR, Gresham, Ore.) was the top Willamette runner, placing 10th with a time of 24:52.60. Nick Symmonds (JR, Boise, Ida.) finished three spots behind Overby, clocking a time of 25:04.45.

Also contributing to the Bearcats second place finish were Ian Batch (SO, Eagle, Ida.), who was 16th, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (FR, Juneau, Alaska), who was 22nd, and Carlos Ruiz (SR, Salem, Ore.) who was 42nd.

On the women’s side, Sarah Zerzan (SO, San Carlos, Calif.) came in 13th with a time of 18:29.40 to pace the Bearcats. Alison Maki (FR, Shoreview, Minn.) finished in 29th (18:51.60) to aid in the Bearcats third place finish.

Both Overby for the men, and Zerzan for the women, earned honorable mention Northwest Conference Runner of the Week honors for their performance on Saturday.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are off until Saturday October 15, when they run at Clackamas Community College at 11 am.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: BEARCATS PICK UP TWO SHUTOUT VICTORIES LAST WEEK

The Willamette women’s soccer team picked up a pair of big Northwest Conference wins last week, defeating George Fox and Linfield by identical 1-0 scores.

Susan Butler (JR, Boise, Ida.) scored the Bearcats lone goal in the win over George Fox last Wednesday. The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first half, although Willamette out shot the Bruins 12-4 in the half.

Butler’s goal came at the 50:41 mark, and came via a loose ball.

Freshman goal keeper Laura Holahan (Anacortes, Wash.) played well in her first collegiate start, recording four saves. Holahan, who was starting in place of regular goalie Kari Woody (JR, Boise, Ida.), earned NWC honorable mention Defensive Player of the Week honors for her shut out of the Bruins.

Butler also received NWC honors, earning honorable mention Offensive Player of the Week.

Saturday at Linfield, the Bearcats were able to pull out a 1-0 victory despite being out shot 15-6 in the game.

Forward Emily Gross (FR, Medford, Ore.) scored the games only goal midway through the first half on a one-touch pass from Brenna Hindman (SR, Boulder, Colo.).

Woody returned to the goal for Willamette against the Wildcats, and posted eight saves.

Willamette, 6-4 overall and 4-2 in NWC action, has two games this week. They host Pacific Lutheran on Saturday at noon, before traveling to Forest Grove to play Pacific on Sunday, also at noon.


FOOTBALL: LATE TOUCHDOWN PASS GIVES BEARCATS 21-17 WIN OVER PUGET SOUND

Cameron Walton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Michael Plank with 57 seconds left Saturday night to give Willamette a thrilling 21-17 Northwest Conference victory over the University of Puget Sound.

Down 17-14 with just over three minutes remaining, and with Puget Sound driving the ball and attempting to run out the clock, Willamette defensive back Tyler Gill (SO, Fresno, Calif.) recovered a fumble by Loggers running back Rory Lee to give the Bearcats the ball back.

Two minutes later, Walton (SR, Arroyo Grande, Calif.) found Plank (JR, Stockton, Calif.) in the left corner of the end zone to give Willamette the lead, and the win.

Walton earned NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors after he ran the ball 14 times for 128 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown run. He also passed for 86 yards on six-of-14 passing.

Gill earned NWC honorable mention Defensive Player of the Week honors for his decisive play that helped give the Bearcats the ball back.

Defensively against UPS, linebacker Phil Sweet (SO, Albany, Ore.) led the Bearcats in tackles for the second week in a row, recording 12. Defensive lineman Chris Mulitalo (SO, San Leandro, Calif.) added nine tackles, and linebacker Devin O’Rourke (SO, Eatonville, Wash.) had seven stops.

Saturday’s win is the Bearcats second in a row, and brought their record to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in NWC play. They return home this Saturday to host Southern Oregon University in a non-conference game at McCulloch Stadium. Kick-off is 6 p.m.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
BEARCATS PICK UP FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON BEHIND LINDSTROM’S STRONG PLAY

The Willamette women’s volleyball team notched it first win of the season with a 3-2 home victory over Pacific on Friday night behind the play of freshman outside hitter Kelley Lindstrom.

Lindstrom (Banks, Ore.) led the way for the Bearcats against the Boxers, recording 20 kills. Three other freshmen also reached double digits in kills for Willamette. Jessica McGraw (Gaston, Ore.) had 15, while Jessica Durham (Medford, Ore.) and Mary Butler (Robbins, Calif.) each had 10.

Willamette and Pacific were tied at two games apiece before the Bearcats were able to dominate the fifth, and final, game, winning 15-6.

On Saturday, the young Bearcats could not keep the momentum from their first win going, as they lost 3-1 to nationally ranked Linfield.

Willamette won the first game 30-26, and made the ninth-ranked Wildcats work for every point they scored in the other three games, but still could not get the win.

For the Bearcats, Lindstrom again led the way, recording 16 kills. McGraw added 14 kills and seven digs, Jessica Drumm (SO, Salem, Ore.) dished out 45 assists, and Veronica Schneider (SR, Keizer, Ore.) had 18 digs.

Lindstrom, who is tied for the team lead in kills with 124, earned honorable mention NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors for her performances over the weekend.

Willamette, 1-9 overall and 1-5 in NWC play, has a long road-trip this weekend to Eastern Washington where they will take on Whitworth on Friday night and Whitman on Saturday. Both matches are set for 7 pm.


MEN'S SOCCER
BEARCATS GET A SPLIT OF NWC GAMES

The Willamette men’s soccer team split a pair of Northwest Conference games last week, defeating George Fox 1-0 on Tuesday, and losing 4-0 to Linfield on Saturday.

Tuesday’s victory over George Fox was the Bearcats first NWC win, and it also stopped a five-game losing streak for Willamette.

The Bearcats lone goal came Trevor Jones (SO, Portland, Ore.) just 10 minutes into the game. It was Jones’ second game-winning goal of the year, and helped him earn honorable mention NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The Bruins out shot Willamette 15-11 in the game, but senior goalie Dane Meier (Reno, Nev.) had seven saves for the Bearcats to help keep George Fox scoreless.

Saturday’s game at Linfield saw the Wildcats out shoot Willamette 24-3 on their way to the 4-0 victory. Sophomore Michael Rodrigues (Portland, Ore.) had two of the Bearcats three shots.

The Bearcats, 3-7 overall and 1-4 in NWC play, host Pacific Lutheran this Saturday at 2:30 pm, and play at Pacific University on Sunday, also at 2:30 pm.


WOMEN’S GOLF

BEARCATS OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 11

The Willamette women’s golf team is not in action this week, and they are off until they host their leg of the Northwest Conference Southern Four-Way Tournament on Tuesday October 11.
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.

The Bearcats currently are in first place after two legs of the event. Freshman Whitney Ueno (Hilo, Haw.) has been the medalist in both events so far, and has helped the Bearcats to the overall team lead. Willamette holds a ten-stroke lead over Linfield (715-725).

Tuesday’s leg will be played at Creekside Country Club in Salem.