Bearcat Sports Weekly #3

Football (1-2, 0-0 NWC)

Last Week’s Result:
Leslie and Washington Score Touchdowns, as Bearcats Defeat Kingsmen, 14-7

Junior quarterback Grant Leslie (Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) and senior running back C.J. Washington (Spokane, WA/Shadle Park HS) each scored a rushing touchdown, and the Willamette University defense allowed just 115 total yards, as the Bearcats defeated California Lutheran University, 14-7, Saturday, Sept. 15 at McCulloch Stadium. Willamette, playing its first home game of the season, improved to 1-2. California Lutheran fell to 0-2.

WU and CLU almost played a scoreless first half, but the Bearcats drove 80 yards on 14 plays to set up Leslie’s 1-yard touchdown run with six seconds left in the second quarter.

Matt Bicocca (Sr., PK, San Andreas, CA/Calaveras HS) added the extra point, giving Willamette a 7-0 lead. WU was able to run out the final six seconds, when Bicocca’s squib kick bounced off a California Lutheran player and rebounded back toward the kicking team. Bicocca recovered the ball at the WU 26.

Early in the fourth quarter, Willamette added an insurance score. The ‘Cats started at their own 40-yard line and moved five yards upfield on a run by Whitcomb to open the drive. Whitcomb carried again on the next play and dashed 34 yards to the Cal Lutheran 21-yard line. Washington followed with an 11-yard gain.

Dan King (Jr., RB, Nevada City, CA/Nevada Union HS) added four yards for WU, as the ball moved to the CLU 6. Washington ran up the middle, used a spin move at the 3-yard line to avoid a tackle and battled into the end zone. Bicocca’s extra point kick gave WU a 14-0 lead with 10:26 left in the fourth quarter.

Each team had one quick possession before Cal Lutheran took over at its own 33-yard line following a punt. The Kingsmen marched 67 yards on 11 plays, with Jose Rojas scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run with 3:16 remaining in the game. Connor Pearce booted the PAT to pull Cal Lutheran within seven points.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Bearcats Take on Southern Oregon University at Home

The Bearcats remain at home this weekend to take on Southern Oregon University on Saturday, Sept. 22. Game time at McCulloch Stadium is set for 6 p.m. (PDT). Willamette and Southern Oregon did not play last season, but the Bearcats edged the Raiders, 34-28 in two overtimes, at McCulloch Stadium on Oct. 8, 2005.

Bearcat Notes:

• Ryan Whitcomb (So., Oak View, CA/College of the Canyons) led the Bearcats’ rushing attack with 102 yards on 11 carries and completed 2 of 6 passes for seven yards.
• C.J. Washington (Spokane, WA/Shadle Park HS) added 92 yards on 18 carries.
• Cory Lowe (So., DE, Beaverton, OR/Beaverton HS) led the WU defense with seven tackles, including six unassisted tackles. He recorded two quarterback sacks and was credited with three tackles for losses.
• Phil Sweet (Sr., ILB, Albany, OR/West Albany HS) provided the Bearcats with six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for losses.
• Overall, WU achieved 258 rushing yards on 60 carries.
• Willamette gained 339 total yards to nearly triple CLU’s 115 yards. The Bearcats also ran 83 offensive plays, compared to 50 plays for the Kingsmen.

Volleyball (2-8, 0-2 NWC)

Last Week’s Results:
Bearcats Lose to Pacific Lutheran and Linfield

Pacific Lutheran University, ranked #21 in NCAA Division III, defeated Willamette University, 3-0, in a Northwest Conference match at Olson Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 14. The Lutes won 30-19, 30-16, 30-16 to improve to 6-3 overall, 1-0 in the NWC. Willamette dropped to 2-8 overall, including 0-2 in the NWC.

Willamette and PLU were tied 10-10 partway through the first game, but the Lutes went on a 6-0 run to move in front. After WU scored the next point, the Lutes added a 5-0 run to take control of the game at 21-11. In the second game, Pacific Lutheran surged out to a 13-4 lead, then outscored the Bearcats 14-11 the rest of the way. PLU, which tied for the 2006 Northwest Conference title, held a 10-4 lead early in the the third game.

Earlier in the week, Linfield College pulled out a slim two-point win in Game #2, helping the Wildcats sweep past Willamette, 3-0, in a Northwest Conference match on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Ted Wilson Gym. Linfield defeated the Bearcats, 30-16, 32-30, 30-14, to improve to 5-4 on the season, 1-0 in the NWC. Willamette fell to 2-7 overall, 0-1 in the NWC.

The Bearcats opened their NWC schedule with road matches against both of last year’s NWC co-champions. Linfield, which tied PLU for the title, downed Willamette, 3-0, on Wednesday (Sept. 12).

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Bearcats to Host Whitworth University and Whitman College

WU’s next two matches will be at Cone Field House in Salem, Ore. The Bearcats will host Whitworth University on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. (PDT), before taking on Whitman College on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. (PDT).

Bearcat Notes:

Against Pacific Lutheran -
• The Bearcats were led by Kelley Lindstrom (Jr., OH, Banks, OR/Banks HS), with six kills, and by Brooke Smith (Jr., MB/RS, Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS), who achieved five kills.
• Clare Chedester (Jr., LIB/DS, Encinitas, CA/San Dieguito Academy) topped the ‘Cats with 11 digs.
• Brittany Ashby (Jr., S, Federal Way, WA/Decator HS) recorded 18 assists.
Against Linfield -
• Jessica Durham (Jr., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) led Willamette with 12 kills and also provided seven digs.
• Kelly Lindstrom (Jr., OH, Banks, OR/Banks HS) contributed nine kills and a .240 hitting percentage.
• Christine Dion (So., RS/LIB, San Jose, CA/University of Portland) and Clare Chedester (Jr., LIB/DS, Encinitas, CA/San Dieguito Academy) registered 10 digs each for the Bearcats.

Men’s Soccer (2-3-1, 0-2 NWC)

Last Week’s Results:
Bearcats Fall to George Fox and Puget Sound in First NWC Games of the Season

George Fox University took the lead against Willamette University on an own goal at 64:56, then added an insurance goal roughly seven minutes later, as the Bruins defeated the Bearcats, 3-1, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Morse Field, in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams. Willamette gave up the own goal just 31 seconds after the Bearcats tied the game. GFU improved to 3-3 on the season, while WU dropped to 2-2-1.

At 64:25, Trevor Jones (Sr., MF, Portland, OR/Grant HS) scored his second goal of the season for Willamette on an assist from Luke Lagattuta (So., D, Albuquerque, NM/Highland HS), as the Bearcats pulled even at 1-1. Lagattuta crossed the ball from the right side to Jones, who was near the left post. Jones headed the ball into the right side of the goal.

About one-half minute later, the Bearcats put the ball into their own net and George Fox took the lead for good. The own goal occurred following a shot by GFU’s Keith Marshall. Willamette goalie Scott Klein (Fr., Coeur D’alene, ID/Lake City HS) punched out the ball to prevent a goal, but it struck a defender in the back of the head and rebounded into the net. The Bruins recorded the game’s final goal at 71:51 on a shot by Garrett Blizzard.

Later in the week, Freshman forward Kyle Benson scored a hat trick in the second half for the University of Puget Sound, as the Loggers pulled away from a 0-0 halftime tie to defeat visiting Willamette University, 5-0, in a Northwest Conference game on Sunday, Sept. 16. The offensive surge by Puget Sound in the second half improved UPS to 6-0, 1-0 in the NWC. Willamette fell to 2-3-1, 0-2 in the NWC.

The Loggers, ranked 12th in the D3Kicks.com NCAA Division III Poll, outshot the upset-minded Bearcats 19-4 in the first half, but WU goalie Scott Klein (Fr., Coeur D’alene, Idaho/Lake City HS) registered seven saves to keep the game scoreless. The Loggers outshot the Bearcats 15-3 in the second half and recorded all of their goals after 50 minutes of scoreless action.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Willamette to Face Whitworth and Whitman at Home

Willamette will host Whitworth University on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Whitman College on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Northwest Conference matches at Sparks Field. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. (PDT) for both games.

Bearcat Notes:

• Against Puget Sound, WU goalie Scott Klein (Fr., Coeur D’alene, ID/Lake City HS) accumulated 10 saves for Willamette.
• Michael Rodrigues (Sr., MF, Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS) leads the Bearcats in scoring so far this season, with one goal and three assists for five points.

Women’s Soccer (1-3, 0-2 NWC)

Last Week’s Result:
George Fox and Puget Sound Hold Off Bearcats

Amber Stevens scored two goals for George Fox University to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over Willamette University in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams on Thursday, Sept. 13. George Fox improved its overall record to 3-1, while WU fell to 1-2.

Stevens opened the scoring at 26:03 on an unassisted goal. The Bruins increased their advantage to 2-0 later in the first half, when Kirsten Cardwell scored on an assist from Jessica McMorran at 40:55. GFU outshot Willamette, 11-3 in the first half.

In the second half, Willamette cut the lead to a single goal when Michelle Noelke (Fr., F, Edmonds, WA/Roosevelt HS) scored her first gal as a college player at 61:07. Kelsey Rogel (Jr., D, Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep) registered an assist on the play.

WU’s starting goalkeeper, Lo Holahan (Jr., Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS), made four saves and allowed two goals in 45 minutes of action. Kelli Gano (Fr., Portland, OR/Cleveland HS) played in goal in the second half and provided the Bearcats with five saves, while allowing one goal.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, the University of Puget Sound, ranked #7 in the D3Kicks.com NCAA Division III Poll, built a 3-1 lead in the first half and held off Willamette University for a 3-2 win in a Northwest Conference game. Puget Sound upped its record to 6-0 overall, including 2-0 in the NWC. Willamette fell to 1-3 overall, 0-2 in the NWC.
Puget Sound claimed a 1-0 lead just 12:46 into the contest on an unassisted goal by Adrienne Folsom. The Bearcats tied the game about eight minutes later at 20:50, when Lauren Miller (Jr., F, Portland, OR/Northwest State, La.) scored on a shot from the left corner of the box into the upper right corner of the goal.

UPS regained the lead at 25:25 on a header from Janece Levien into the net. Fiona Gornick recorded an assist on the play. Alyx Tilley provided the Loggers with another goal at 33:10, when she redirected a shot following a corner kick. Assisting on the play were Kandace Logan and Lauren Gehring. USP remained in front, 3-1, at the half.
Emily Gross (Jr., MF, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) cut the lead to 3-2 with her second goal of the season for Willamette at 77:36. She scored on a lengthy shot from 45 yards out. The Bearcats were unable to get a shot in the closing minutes, as UPS secured the win.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
WU Set to Face Whitworth University and Whitman College at Home this Weekend

WU returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 22, when the Bearcats will host Whitworth University. Kickoff at Sparks Field is scheduled for 12 p.m. (PDT). On Sunday, Sept. 23, WU will host Whitman College at Sparks Field. Kickoff is at 12 p.m.

Bearcat Notes:

• Lo Holahan (Jr., GK, Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) recorded five saves for Willamette in the first half against UPS, but gave up all three UPS goals.
• Kelli Gano (Fr., GK, Portland, OR/Cleveland HS) played the final 45 minutes for WU and did not allow a goal, while making four saves.

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country

Last Week’s Result:
Batch and Coffman Win Individual Titles as Willamette Hosts Grass Course Meet

Maddie Coffman (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) took first place in the women’s race and Ian Batch (Sr., Eagle, ID/Capital HS) won the men’s race, leading Willamette University to both team titles at the WU Grass Course cross country meet, Saturday, Sept. 15 at Bush’s Pasture Park. The Willamette women’s team took five of the top eight places, while the WU men’s squad provided five of the top six finishers in the men’s race.

Coffman completed the 5-kilometer women’s course in 18:52.92 for roughly a nine-second lead over teammate Jena Winger (Jr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS), who took second place in 19:01.97.

Willamette completed its team score with the sixth, seventh and eight place runners. Molly Lewis (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) was sixth at 19:12.70, while Ashley Sharratt (Jr., Union, OR/Union HS) with seventh with a time of 19:16.44 and Hannah Vietmeier (So., Shoreline, WA/Shorewood HS) was eighth less than half a second later at 19:16.87.

A total of 47 runners entered the women’s race. Sarah Zerzan (Sr., San Marcos, CA/Notre Dame HS), the defending NCAA Division III national champion from Willamette, did not compete this weekend.

Willamette won the women’s team title with a score of 24. Whitworth claimed second place with a score of 57 and Team GFR (Gallagher Fitness Resources), a club team from Salem, Ore., was third at 82. A split squad from Oregon State University finished fourth with a score of 83. Pacific University entered three runners in the women’s race, but did not have a complete team.

In the men’s race, Batch completed the 7,085-meter course in 22:18.63. Second place went to Willamette’s Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (Jr., Juneau,AK/Juneau-Douglas HS), who clocked in at 22:26.06. Nick Gallagher of Whitworth took third place with a time of 22:28.15.

WU swept the next three places. Lucas May (So., Portland, OR/Franklin HS) was fourth in 22:30.06 and Taylor Roholt (So., Albuquerque, NM/Sandia Prep) was fifth at 22:43.75. Lucas Nebert (Sr., Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming HS) achieved sixth place, as he crossed the finish line in 22:53.56.

The Bearcats won the men’s team championship with a score of 18. Whitworth placed second with a score of 41 and Pacific was third at 85. There were a total of 43 runners in the men’s race.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
WU to Race at Bear Fete Invitational at Willamette Mission State Park

Willamette’s next action is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Bear Fete Invitational, hosted by George Fox University at the Willamette Mission State Park. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. (PDT).

Bearcat Notes:

• Willamette University senior Ian Batch (Eagle, ID/Capital HS) was named NWC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after winning the Willamette Grass Course individual championship and leading the Bearcats to the team title on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, Ore. Batch completed the 7,085-meter course in 22:18:63 for roughly an eight-second lead over teammate Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (Jr., Juneau,AK/Juneau-Douglas HS), who finished in second place.

Men’s & Women’s Tennis

Players from Men’s and Women’s Teams Qualify for ITA Scholar-Athlete List

Four players on the Willamette University men’s tennis team have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2006-07 season, as selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Willamette men’s team also received the ITA Team All-Academic Award.

Bearcats included on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list for NCAA Division III men’s tennis teams were Geoff Klein (Jr., Sagle, ID/Sandpoint HS), Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS), Micah Mack (Fr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) and Dmitriy Semeniakin (Jr., Woodburn, OR/Woodburn HS). In order to achieve ITA Scholar-Athlete status, tennis players were required to achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average (4.0 scale) during the 2006-07 academic year. They also had to be letterwinners on their respective teams and had to attend their current colleges or universities for at least one full academic year by the end of the 2006-07 season.

The Bearcats finished fifth in the Northwest Conference with an 8-8 record and received an NWC Tournament berth. Willamette edged the University of Puget Sound, 5-4, in the first round of the tournament, before falling to Whitman College, 9-0, in the semifinals. Linfield College claimed a 5-4 victory over the Bearcats in the third place match. Willamette finished the season with a 10-12 overall record.

Five players on the Willamette University women’s tennis team have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2006-07 season, as selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The WU women’s team also qualified for the ITA Team All-Academic Award.

Bearcats chosen for the list of ITA Scholar-Athletes from NCAA Division III women’s tennis teams were Alaine Anderson (Jr., Santa Ana, CA/Foothills HS), Susan Butler (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS), Elise Helvie (So., Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly HS), Tiffany Kam (Jr., Pearl City, HI/Punahou HS) and Amy Omens (Fr., Murrieta, CA/Murrieta Valley HS). In order to attain ITA Scholar-Athlete status, student-athletes were required to achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average (4.0 scale) during the 2006-07 academic year. They also had to be letterwinners on their respective teams and had to attend their current colleges or universities for at least one full academic year by the end of the 2006-07 season.

Head Coach Becky Roberts was in her seventh season at Willamette in 2006-07. She guided the Bearcats to a Northwest Conference Tournament berth. Willamette lost two close matches in the NWC Tournament by 5-4 scores to end the season with a 7-15 overall record.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Men’s Tennis to Compete at ITA Regional Championships

The Willamette men’s tennis team will travel to McMinnville this weekend (Friday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 23) to compete in the Wilson/ITA Men’s Tennis Small College Regional Championships. Regional champions in singles and doubles will advance into the ITA National Small College Championships presented by Outback Steakhouse and the United State Tennis Association. The ITA Nationals are set for Oct. 11-14, 2007 in Mobile, Ala.

Bearcat Club

Luncheon to Feature Three Hall of Fame Football Teams

The first Bearcat Club luncheon of 2007-08 will take place Wednesday, September 19 at 12 p.m. (PDT) at the Mission Mill Museum’s Dye House in Salem, Ore., and will feature three former Bearcats discussing their teams’ championship seasons. All three teams are members of the Willamette Athletics Hall of Fame, with the 1997 team set to be inducted October 27, 2007.

Join us for lunch and a discussion with three influential members of three of the top football teams in Willamette history. We’ll learn what was special about each of these teams and the coaches who guided them. The program format will be a panel discussion, with time for questions from the audience. The guest football alumni include Gary Reid ‘59, offensive tacle; Jim ‘Tiger’ Nicholson ‘69, running back; and Chuck Pinkerton ‘98, quarterback. In addition to the program, two senior scholar-athletes will also be featured, as well as brief team updates from head coaches.

Bearcat Club luncheons are open to fans, friends and supporters of Willamette University Athletics and guests are always welcome. Luncheons cost $5.00 for Bearcat Club members and $7.00 for non-members.