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Sports Illustrated rates Bronco athletics in top 20

SCU is among the top 20 schools in the country according to Sports Illustrated’s fall all-sports rankings. Published in the magazine’s “On Campus” online edition on September 28, the rankings were compiled from each of the fall sports and took in to account the schools that had the most success during the first few weeks of the season.

Santa Clara was ranked 19th among the 25 schools listed and was the only Division IAAA (non-football) institution to make the rankings. “Every sport that has competed this fall has had some type of noteworthy achievement and three of our six teams in season are ranking among the top 15 nationally. It is great to be able to give our students and fans winning programs to support,” says Dan Coonan, SCU’s director of athletics. For a link to the story, visit www.scu.edu/athletics.

Bronco sports teams rank among nation's elite

The SCU men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball teams continue to compete among the nation’s elite. The Bronco women, coming off their national semifinal appearance a year ago, entered the season ranked as high as fourth nationally and defeated top-ranked and defending national champion Notre Dame 2-1 on Sept. 9 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The men’s squad also rose to a number four ranking early in the year after knocking-off then second-ranked UCLA 3-2 in Fullerton, Calif. The SCU volleyball team ranked 17th in the national polls after defeating nationally ranked Arizona and U.C. Santa Barbara to win the Bronco Invitational in the Leavey Center. 

SCU athletes receive national recognition

Senior volleyball player Cassie Perret was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week in September after she led the Broncos to a sparkling 6-0 record to start the season. The Menlo Park native was also named the Most Valuable Player in the Bronco Invitational and was the West Coast Conference Player of the Week after her offensive prowess powered Santa Clara to the tournament title.

Men’s soccer junior Keith DeVey started off the season with a bang as he earned WCC Player of the Week honors in each of the two opening weeks. The Kula, Hawaii, native scored the game-winning goals against UCLA and Fullerton, then added an assist against Maryland and two goals against Georgetown.

Women’s soccer coach Jerry Smith moved sophomore Jordan Angeli from the defensive midfield position to a new spot at forward, and she immediately made an impact. She scored both goals in SCU’s win over Notre Dame and was named the WCC Player of the Week as well as several national teams of the week.

New athletics coaches

The athletic department welcomes the following new head intercollegiate sport coaches: Steve Rianda, softball; Rob Miller, men’s golf; Carlo Facchino, women’s crew; and Wieslaw Kujda, men’s crew.

WCC hoops travel north

SCU women's basketball team
In March, the SCU women's basketball team beat Gonzaga 77-66, snapping the nation's longest winning streak and winning the West Coast Conference tournament.
Santa Clara hoops fans who travel to the annual WCC Basketball Championships will get a chance to take in some new scenery for the next two years as the tournament moves to the Northwest for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The 2006 event will take place March 2-6 in the new McCarthy Center at Gonzaga University, while the 2007 tourney will be held at the University of Portland. This March, the men’s and women’s tournaments will maintain the same formats as the 2005 event, which was held at Santa Clara’s Leavey Center. Tickets for Bronco fans will be sold through the SCU Athletic Ticket Office at 408-554-4660 or online at www.santaclarabroncos.com.

In March, the SCU women’s basketball team beat Gonzaga 77-66, snapping the nation’s longest winning streak and winning the West Coast Conference tournament. Michelle Cozad scored 22 points, Ashley Graham had 17 points, and Quinn Thomas added 14 points. It is the Broncos’ third WCC title and first since 1998.

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