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Men's soccer advances to College Cup
The Santa Clara's men's soccer team enjoyed another successful season, finishing with a 16-4-4 record that included an appearance in the 2003 College Cup, a 5-1-0 league mark, and a ninth West Coast Conference championship.
Head coach Cameron Rast was named the league's 2003 Coach of the Year, becoming the first person ever to win individual playing and coaching honors in league history. He was twice named the WCC's Defender of the Year during his playing days.
In addition to Rast's accolades, Will Weatherly, Steve Cronin, and Ryan Cochrane all earned All-WCC first-team honors. Freshman Erik Ustruck garnered second-team all-league accolades. Sophomore Kelechi Igwe earned a spot on the All-WCC honorable mention squad.
The Broncos advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 14th time and were among the final four teams, despite playing most matches without Cochrane and Cronin, who left the team due to commitments with the U.S. Under-20 National Team that participated in the FIFA World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.
The Broncos dropped a 1-0 double-overtime match to eventual champion Indiana at the College Cup in Columbus, Ohio. The women's soccer team was ranked third in the country when its season ended with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded and undefeated North Carolina in an NCAA quarterfinal match.
SCU to host WCC basketball tournament
The WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament will return to the Leavey Center this March to determine which men's and women's teams will represent the league in the NCAA Tournament. Scheduled for March 4-8, tickets are now on sale through the SCU Athletic Ticket Office by calling 408-554-4660 during business hours or by logging on to www.santaclarabroncos.com.
Men's tennis honored for community service
The Santa Clara men's tennis program, led by second-year head coach George Husack, received the inaugural United States Tennis Association and Intercollegiate Tennis Association Community Service Award for the Northern California Section. The award honors a coach for significant contributions in developing community-based tennis programs.
In June, the tennis program successfully completed the Pathways to Success Program (PSP) through a partnership with Youth Tennis Advantage and local middle-school Peter Burnett Academy. An after-school pilot program designed to expose low-income students to the college environment, PSP began last spring at Santa Clara with six weeks of tennis instruction and development, academic tutoring, and personal mentoring. Coaches and players from both Bronco tennis teams worked with up to 16 Peter Burnett Academy students twice a week at the SCU Tennis Center.
In November, the team hosted a day of tennis, food, and fun for nearly 50 boys and girls of Youth Tennis Advantage in San Francisco and Oakland.
"The goal of the University and our tennis program is to develop the whole person," Husack says. "This is done in the classroom, on the courts, and in day-to-day life."
Potter earns All-American status again
Volleyball middle blocker Becky Potter earned third-team All-American honors after leading the Broncos to a 20-11 record and the program's sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The award is her second All-American honor in as many years. The senior earned second-team honors in 2002 as a junior, which marked the first-ever All-American selection in Santa Clara volleyball history.
Athletes find success in the classroom as well
Seven SCU student-athletes were named to the 2003 West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic team, including five from men's and women's cross-country teams. Benjamin Gauen and Pat Green from men's cross country; Robin Bell, Katie Hansen, and Cara Payne from women's cross country; Megan Kakadelas of women's soccer; and Will Weatherly of men's soccer were among the 64 athletes honored by the conference. To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.