Bearcat Sports Weekly #10

Football (4-5, 3-2 NWC)

Last Week’s Result:
Willamette Gains 681 Yards in 77-17 Rout of Lewis & Clark

Willamette University ran the ball with 19 different players and never had to punt, as the Bearcats routed Lewis & Clark College, 77-17, in a Northwest Conference game at Fred Wilson Field on Saturday, Nov. 3. Willamette set school record for points in a game, touchdowns in a game (11), rushing touchdowns in a game (11) and rushing yards in a game (599).

The Bearcats improved to 4-5 overall, while moving to 3-2 in the NWC. Lewis & Clark dropped to 0-8 on the season, 0-5 in the NWC.

Both teams scored in the first minute of the game. Willamette’s Jose Green (Fr., RB, Downey, CA/Warren HS) returned the opening kickoff 70 yards to the L&C 14-yard line, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Skylar Swinford (Sr., RB, McCall, ID/McCall-Donnelly HS) two plays later with 14:53 left in the first quarter. On Lewis & Clark’s first play after the ensuing kickoff, A.J. Brown completed a 79-yard touchdown pass to James Connelly, as the Pioneers tied the score, 7-7, at the 14:05 mark.

Willamette added two more touchdowns in the first quarter, while Adam Foote scored on a 40-yard field goal for L&C, leaving WU with a 21-10 advantage to open the second quarter. Three touchdowns in the second period extended Willamette’s lead to 42-10 at the break. WU tacked on 14 points in the third quarter and 21 points in the fourth quarter.

The 77 points broke Willamette’s previous high of 75, set in 1934 during a 75-0 win over Whitman College. The Whitman game also featured 10 rushing touchdowns and 10 total touchdowns, which were school records until Saturday’s win at Lewis & Clark.

The Bearcats’ 599 rushing yards against the Pioneers broke the WU single game record of 554 yards, set against Montana Tech in the NAIA Playoffs on Dec. 6, 1997. Against L&C, the Bearcats also threw for 82 yards to give Willamette 681 yards of total offense. The school record of 738 yards was set against Bethany College (Kan.) in the NAIA Playoffs on Nov. 23, 1996. Willamette currently competes in NCAA Division III.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Bearcats to Host Pacific Lutheran

Willamette will conclude the season at home on Saturday, Nov. 10, when the Bearcats host Pacific Lutheran University at McCulloch Stadium in Salem, Ore. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PST).

Bearcat Notes:

• Matt Bicocca (Sr., PK, San Andreas, CA/Calaveras HS) of Willamette University has been named Northwest Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week for his place-kicking efforts in the Bearcats’ 77-17 win over Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Portland, Ore. Bicocca set a school record by connecting on 11 of 11 extra points against the Pioneers.

Bicocca’s place-kicking success helped the Bearcats set a team record for scoring in a game. The 77 points accumulated by Willamette broke the old school record of 75, set during a 75-0 win over Whitman College in 1934.

In addition to kicking all 11 extra points, Bicocca was involved in four kickoffs. He averaged 54.5 yards per kickoff. WU punter Clinton Moran (Sr., Mission Viejo, CA/Capistrano Valley HS) never had to punt, but took eight kickoffs for the Bearcats.

Volleyball (4-22, 0-16 NWC)

Last Week’s Results:
Boxers and Loggers Hold Off Bearcats in Final NWC Matches of 2007

The Bearcats lost two Northwest Conference matches this past week. Pacific University defeated Willamette, 3-0, and the University of Puget Sound downed the Bearcats, 3-1.

Pacific University received 11 kills from Jill Peacock and 10 kills from Joanna Delanty, as the Boxers defeated Willamette University, 30-18, 30-25, 30-15, at the Pacific Athletic Center on Friday, Nov. 2.

Pacific built leads of 9-4 and 13-7 in the first game, but Willamette rallied to achieve a 16-16 tie. Pacific answered with eight consecutive points to start a game-ending 14-2 run. The Boxers held off the Bearcats again in the second game and Pacific never trailed in the third game. In Game #3, Boxers moved out to a 12-6 lead. WU recorded the next point, but Pacific countered with a 7-0 run for a 19-7 advantage.

The next day, senior middle blocker Monica Groves provided 18 kills to lead the University of Puget Sound to a 30-27, 30-14, 24-30, 30-11 victory over Willamette, in a Northwest Conference match at Cone Field House. Groves made just three attacking errors on 39 total attempts and earned a .385 hitting percentage to carry the load for UPS. Willamette concluded its season at 4-22 overall and 0-16 in the NWC, while the Loggers improved to 17-8, including 12-4 in the NWC.

The opening game was a battle, as neither team led by more than six points. UPS held leads of 6-1, 23-17 and 27-21, but WU climbed back to within a point at 27-26 off an error by the Loggers. However, Puget Sound won three of the next four points to win the game, 30-27.

In the second game, the Loggers surged out to an 11-5 lead. Later in the game, Puget Sound claimed 15 of the last 20 points to win, 30-14.

WU took a 13-9 lead in the third game, but the Loggers kept it close, as neither team led by more than five points. The score was tied at 21 apiece before Kelley Lindstrom (Jr., OH, Banks, OR/Banks HS) added a kill that ignited the Bearcats on a 9-3 run to a 30-24 win. The Bearcats registered 18 kills and a .229 team hitting percentage in the game, while holding the Loggers to a .096 hitting percentage.

Puget Sound registered 18 kills in the fourth game to complete the match. The Pioneers opened the game with a 10-1 run and held off a late Willamette charge to finish off the game at 30-11.

Bearcat Notes:

• The Puget Sound match was the final match for senior co-captain Jordyn Smith (RS, Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS). She ended the night with 10 kills on 28 total attacks, to go with nine digs, four block assists, two service aces and one assist.

For the season, Smith achieved 116 kills on 459 total attacks, plus 26 assists, 31 service aces, 137 digs and 31 block assists. During her career, Smith played in 90 matches and 311 games. She achieved career totals of 417 kills, 88 aces, 295 digs, 108.5 blocks, and 93 assists.

• On the Willamette season stats, Lindstrom led the team with 319 kills, averaging 3.16 kills per game. Julie Stutzman (So., MB, Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) led the team with 27 solo blocks, 50 block assists and 77 total blocks. Stutzman also led the team with 47 service aces. Brittany Ashby (Jr., S, Federal Way, WA/Decatur HS) led in assists with
830, while Clare Chedester (Jr., LIB/DS, Encinitas, CA/San Dieguito Academy) earned 463 digs to rank first for the Bearcats.

Men’s Soccer (2-15-2, 0-13-1 NWC)

Last Week’s Results:
Pacific and Pacific Lutheran both Defeat Bearcats in Final Two Games of the Season

Danny Williams scored two goals and Robin Grossman added two assists, as the Pacific University Boxers defeated the visiting Willamette University Bearcats, 3-0, in a Northwest Conference men’s soccer game on Friday, Nov. 2 at Lincoln Park Stadium. Pacific scored all three goals in the first half.

Williams opened the scoring just 1:30 into the game, on a shot from three yards out that was assisted by Grossman. Kevin Fujimoto provided Pacific with the next goal on a 3-yard shot at 17:15. Grossman set up the play with a corner kick. Williams completed the scoring on a 15-yard shot at 30:22, following a throw in by Neal Avery. The shot deflected off a Willamette defender and into the net.

The Boxers held a 21-4 margin in total shots, including a 13-1 advantage in the first half. Pacific achieved 11 shots on goal, while Willamette had just one shot on goal. The Boxers earned eight corner kicks to the Bearcats’ two.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Greg Beasley (Fr., F, Camas, WA/Camas HS) pulled Willamette into a 1-1 tie with Pacific Lutheran University by scoring at 31:04, but PLU scored late in each half for a 3-1 victory over the Bearcats. Pacific Lutheran broke the tie with a goal 2:04 before halftime, then added an insurance goal with 4:17 remaining in the game.

The Lutes improved to 13-6-1 overall, 11-2-1 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette ended its season at 2-15-2 overall, 0-13-1 in the NWC.

PLU scored the opening goal just 4:38 into the contest on a penalty kick into the right half of the net by Michael Ferguson. Beasley scored the equalizer on a five-yard header, as he converted a corner kick pass from the right side by Michael Rodrigues (Sr., MF, Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS).

The Lutes took a 2-1 halftime lead on Brennan Brown’s first goal of the year. Trevor Jacka added PLU’s third goal at 85:43 on another header, this time on a corner kick

Bearcat Notes:

Against Pacific -
• Greg Beasley (Fr., F, Camas, WA/Camas HS) had the only shot on goal for the Bearcats. His shot from the top of the penalty area at 37:40 was saved by Pacific goalkeeper Andrew Stevermer.
• Willamette goalkeeper Mark Bennett (So., Salt Lake City, UT/West HS) made eight saves while playing the entire game.

Against Pacific Lutheran -
• Goalkeeper Mark Bennett (So., Salt Lake City, UT/West HS) of Willamette registered five saves.

Women’s Soccer (8-9-2, 7-7-2 NWC)

Last Week’s Result:
Bearcats Conclude Season with Wins against Pacific and Pacific Lutheran

Willamette University scored three goals in the second half to rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit and defeat Pacific University, 3-1, in a Northwest Conference women’s soccer game at Lincoln Park Stadium on Friday, Nov. 2. Kelsey Rogel (Jr., F/D, Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep) scored the tying goal just over five minutes into the second half and Alex Batzer (Fr., MF, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) tallied the go-ahead goal with 7:47 left in the game.

Pacific scored on a 10-yard shot by Meghan Fredette at 41:41 for a 1-0 lead. Willamette tied the score at 50:22 on a free kick by Rogel from the top of the 18-yard box. Rogel’s shot sailed over the head of the Pacific goalkeeper and into the net.

The Bearcats took a 2-1 lead when Batzer scored at 82:13, after Rogel sent the ball into the box on a corner kick. Lauren Miller (Portland, OR/Grant HS/Northwestern State, La.) added an insurance goal at 87:53.

WU concluded the game with a 23-17 deficit in total shots. Pacific also held an edge in shots on goal, taking 12 to the Bearcats’ eight. The Bearcats achieved eight corner kicks -- four in each half, while Pacific earned two corner kicks during the game.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Michelle Noelke (Fr., F, Edmonds, WA/Roosevelt HS) scored her third goal of the season just over 10 minutes into the game, and the Willamette University defense kept Pacific Lutheran University off the scoreboard for the second time this season, as the Bearcats shut out the Lutes, 1-0, at Sparks Field. Kelli Gano (Fr., Portland, OR/Grant HS) recorded her sixth shutout (4-0-2) to finish the year with a 0.89 goals against average.

Willamette concluded its season at 8-9-2 overall, including 7-7-2 in the Northwest Conference (5th place). Pacific Lutheran ended the year at 5-13-2, 4-11-1 in the NWC (7th place). Willamette started the season 1-4, but went 7-5-2 the rest of the way. The Bearcats were 4-1 in their last five games, losing only to Chapman, 1-0 in overtime, in a game that Willamette dominated statistically with a 21-5 edge in total shots.

Bearcat Notes:

• Freshman goalkeeper Kelli Gano (Portland, OR/Cleveland HS) of Willamette was named Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, after allowing just one goal in the Bearcats’ final two games of the season. Gano also registered a total of 16 saves, while earning a 2-0 record during the week ending Nov. 4.

A week ago, Gano was chosen Defensive Player of the Week for the first time, after allowing only one goal in 275 minutes in Willamette’s three games between Oct. 23 and Oct. 28. In those games, she went 2-1 with 11 saves and a 0.33 goals against average.

This past weekend, she achieved a 0.50 goals against average for the Bearcats. She allowed one goal in Willamette’s 3-1 win over Pacific University (Ore.) on Friday, Nov. 2 and recorded a shutout against Pacific Lutheran University in a 3-0 win over the Lutes on Saturday, Nov. 3. She made 11 saves against Pacific, then contributed five saves versus PLU.

Gano finished the year with a 6-7-2 overall record and a total of six shutouts (fours wins, two 0-0 ties). She also earned a solid 0.89 goals against average and a .870 save percentage. She achieved 94 saves, while playing in all 19 of Willamette’s games, including 13 starts.

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country (Men Ranked #5, Women Ranked #5)

National Rankings:
Willamette's Cross Country Teams are Both Ranked #5 in NCAA Division III

The Willamette University men’s and women’s cross country teams are both ranked #5 this week in the NCAA Division III National Rankings released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Willamette’s men retained their #5 ranking from a week ago, while the women’s team moved up two spots from #7.

The Bearcats swept the men’s and women’s team and individual titles at the Northwest Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27. Head Coach Matt McGuirk was named NWC Coach-of-the-Year in both men’s cross country and women’s cross country. He has been chosen NWC men’s cross country Coach of the Year six times (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and has been named NWC women’s cross country Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2007).

Willamette’s next event will be the NCAA Division III West Regional on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Regional meet will be held at McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore. Race time is set for 11 a.m. (PDT).

Calvin continued its hold on the #1 spot in the men’s rankings and received all eight first place votes. New York University remained #2 and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse stayed #3. Haverford College (Pa.) at #4, Willamette at #5, and SUNY Cortland at #6 all remained the same as s week ago. North Central College (Ill.) moved up one spot to #7, St. John’s University (Minn.) moved up a spot to #8 and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point jumped two spots to #9. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville fell four spots to #10.

In the women’s rankings, Amherst College kept its #1 ranking, while holding onto all eight first place votes. Calvin remained #2, with Washington University (Mo.) continuing at #3 and SUNY Geneseo still at #4. Willamette’s leap of two spots put the Bearcats at #5, followed by SUNY Plattsburgh holding at #6 and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) moving up one spot to #7. Williams College (Mass.) dropped three spots to #8, with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire remaining #9 and UW-Platteville still at #10.

Willamette was the only NCAA Division III university on the West Coast with both of its teams ranked in the Top 10. Nationally, the only other Division III members with both teams ranked in the Top 10 were Calvin College, Mich. (men #1, women #2), and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (men #10, women #10).

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Willamette to Compete at NCAA Division III WEst Regional in Estacada, Ore.

The Bearcats will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the NCAA Division III West Regional at McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore. Race time is set for 11 a.m. (PDT).

Men’s and Women's Swimming (Men: 0-2, 0-2 NWC; Women: 0-2, 0-2 NWC)

Last Week’s Results:
Lewis & Clark Defeats Bearcats in Season Opener; Willamette also Falls at Puget Sound

Lewis & Clark College defeated Willamette University in men’s and women’s swimming on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Willamette Natatorium. The Pioneers won the men’s competition, 100-58, and defeated WU in the women’s competition, 133-68. It was Willamette’s first home swim meet since the 2005-06 season. The Bearcats traveled to all of their meets last season, while repairs were made to the Willamette Natatorium.

Greg Henselman (Sr., Oregon City, OR/Kamiah HS) won two distance events for Willamette, as he finished first in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. The women’s 200-yard medley relay was a close race, with Willamette claiming victory by 0.37 seconds with a time of 2:00.06. WU’s team included Shannon Gima (Sr., Alameda, CA/Lick Wilmerding HS), Connett, Gwen Schulze (Fr., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS) and Brittany Thiemens (Sr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue Senior HS). Lewis & Clark earned a time of 2:00.43 in the event.

The University of Puget Sound swept Willamette University in swimming at Henry Foss High School on Saturday, Nov. 3, as the Loggers won the women’s meet, 106-85, and took first in the men’s meet, 132-46. The UPS women improved to 2-0, while the UPS men went to 1-1. Both of Willamette’s teams fell to 0-2 on the season.

Brittany Thiemens (Sr., Belleville, WA/Bellevue Senior HS) of Willamette won the women’s 50-yard freestyle for the Bearcats in a time of 26.54 seconds and took third in the women’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.57.

Thiemens also provided the anchor leg of Willamette’s 400-yard medley relay team that took first place in 4:28.43. Joining Thiemens on the relay squad were Gwen Schulze (Fr., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS), Hanna Connett (Fr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) and Bridget Sutherland (Sr., Everett, WA/Everett HS).

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Willamette to Host Whitworth University

Willamette’s next swim meet is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Willamette Natatorium. The Bearcats will be hosting the men’s and women’s teams from Whitworth University in Northwest Conference action. Competition is set to start at 1 p.m. (PST).

Bearcat Notes:

Against Lewis & Clark -
• Kevin Tangeman (So., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) of Willamette placed second in in the 50-yard freestyle (24.48 seconds) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.41).
• WU’s Hannah Connett (Fr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) finished second behind Susie Trexler of L&C in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. Connett was timed at 59.13 seconds in the 100 free and clocked in at 1:17.80 in the 100 breast.

Against Puget Sound -
• Jenna Larrow (So., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) earned second place in the 1,000-yard freestyle at UPS with a time of 11:51.05. She earned a similar time, 11:50.26, in WU’s home meet against Lewis & Clark College.
• Tangeman swam well against UPS and achieved two strong third place finishes. He was timed at 1:59.73 in the 200 free and was just 1.53 seconds out of second. He was beaten by a touch in the 100 free. He clocked in at 52.44, just 0.06 behind Matt Salter of UPS at 52.38 and only 0.12 behind the winner, Aaron Hughes of UPS at 52.32.