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					                  GAEL REVIEW ● WINTER/SPRING 2007-08 RECAP ● SMC

                                     Strong 2007-08 Finish For Gael Athletics
The awards kept coming for Gael Athletics as the spring sports wrapped up another round of successful seasons. In the
Winter/Spring seasons alone four coaches were named WCC Coach of the Year, 13 athletes were selected for 1st team all-
conference awards and 17 others received various conference and national honors. Not only did individuals shine, but teams
did as well. Five Gael teams finished second in conference play, two teams were selected to compete in the NCAA Champi-
onships, one team competed in the National Semi-Finals and four were consistently ranked nationally throughout the sea-
son. For a complete summary of honors and standings please see page 4.

Men’s Basketball:                                                  Softball:
Finish Season with NCAA                                            Gaels Take Home a
Tournament Appearance                                              Winning Season
The Saint Mary’s Men’s Basketball team                             For the first time in
finished a great season with a 25-7 re-                            SMC history the soft-
cord, a second place finish in the WCC                             ball team finished the
and a NCAA tournament                                              season above .500
appearance, the fifth in SMC history.                              with a record of 27-26.
The Gaels defeated #11 Oregon as well                              In Pacific Coast Softball Conference play the Gaels
as strong wins over conference rivals                              ended 12-8 and were in first place going into the final
Gonzaga and Santa Clara.                                           weekend of play.
Throughout the season each team mem-                               All-PCSC 1st Team selections, Molly Bergeson and
ber added to the Gaels success, which                              Bronwyn Russell, led the team in batting with .366
included several standouts, junior Dia-                            and .361averages respectively, as well as leading the
mon Simpson and freshman Patty Mills,                              conference overall in stolen bases, 20 and 18 respec-
both of whom were selected as All-WCC                              tively. During the season the Gaels had several im-
1st Team Selections among several other                            pressive wins over ranked teams including #17 Hawaii
honors. The team will miss seniors Todd                            and #9 Fresno State and had series sweeps over con-
Golden and Tron Smith but look forward to another                  ference opponents Santa Clara and San Diego.
successful season next year.


                           Men’s Golf:
                           Capture 30th Place at NCAA Championships
                           Completing one of the best seasons in SMC golf history, the Gaels earned 2nd Place in WCC
                           play and earned a bid to the NCAA Championships. At the Championships the Gaels ad-
                           vanced to the Championship round and finished 30th in the nation. Throughout the season the
                           Gaels consistently finished tournaments ranking in the top four, finishing 9 of 11 tournaments
                           in fourth place or better.
                           Leading the team were seniors Mike McRae and Chadd Cocco, both All-WCC 1st Team
                           selections for the fourth time and now rank third and fourth respectively in the Gael record
                           books for best career scoring average. McRae, also named as a Golf Coaches Association of
                           America All-America Honorable Mention, led the team throughout the season with a stroke
                           average of 72.5 going into the NCAA Championships and Cocco finished tied for 1st in the
                           WCC Championships and at the NCAA Championships led the Gaels with a 24th place
                           finish.
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                            Men’s Rugby:
                            Gaels Compete in National Semi-Finals
                            After a stellar season the Saint Mary’s Men’s Rugby team finished ranked #2 in the nation
                            with a 20-4 record. The Gaels competed in the National Semi-Finals where they lost to the
                            Cal Bears, the eventual National Champions. Although the team lost to Cal, Saint Mary’s
                            scored the most points against the Bears than any other American rugby team. The Gaels
                            also finished second in the Northern California Rugby Football Union, once again behind
                            Cal.

                            Some of the other highlights from the season include a South American tour where the
                            Gaels took home two wins against international opponents and several upset wins against
                            five other top 25 teams. Senior Kevin Swiryn was a strong force for the Gaels throughout
                            the season and recently received the 2008 High Performance Grant from the United States
                            Rugby Football Foundation in which he was awarded the opportunity to travel to New
                            Zealand and participate in a three-week training and development course.


Women’s Basketball:
Increase Wins with Tough Schedule

The SMC Women’s Basketball team finished off a tough season with a 15-17
record. The Gaels had a strong schedule, facing ten teams that made the post-
season and three top 25 teams. For the first time since 2002 the Gaels also took
home a WCC Tournament win when they defeated Loyola Marymount in the
first round.

There were many key players that led to the Gael success this year, including
seniors Lauren Shaughnessy and Serena Benavente. Junior Jontelle Smith led
the team in points per game with an average of 16.8 and freshman Louella
Tomlinson stood out as she broke the NCAA record for blocks in a single sea-
son totaling 156 during her first season at Saint Mary’s.



                                                  Men’s and Women’s Tennis:
                                              Best Seasons in Saint Mary’s History

                  Both the Men’s and Women’s tennis teams finished off the best seasons in SMC tennis history
                  with 2nd places finishes in the WCC and records of 16-7 overall. The Women’s team finished
                  with a 8-2 record in WCC match-ups and a final standing of #54 in the nation.
                  The Gaels were led by All-WCC 1st Team singles and 2nd Team doubles hon-
                  oree, senior Jessica Hoath who played at the #1 spot in both singles and doubles,
                  as well as All-WCC 2nd Team honoree, senior Stef Ordoza, who shined in the #2
                  doubles position.

                The Men’s team ended the season 6-2 in WCC match-ups and with an overall
                NCAA ranking of #47. During the season the Gaels took on several ranked oppo-
                nents and took wins from #70 Utah and #58 San Diego. Senior Joel Kusnierz led
                the way for the Gaels at the #1 spot in both singles and doubles where he gar-
    nered All-WCC 1st Team selections. Freshman Lucas Tirelli also had a strong season earning
    All-WCC 1st doubles and 2nd Team singles selections as well.

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Baseball:                                                                                    Women’s Lacrosse:
Gaels Enter Record Books                                                                     Young Gaels Make Strides

The Saint Mary’s Baseball team ended their season strong                                     Women’s Lacrosse struggled with
with a sweep of the University of Portland and ended 26-26-                                  some of their top ranked opponents
1. The Gaels reached 26 wins for the second time in the last                                 and ended the season at 2-16 over-
three seasons, a first since 1989-91.                                                        all. The young Gaels did have a
                                                                                             mid-season two game win streak
Sophomore Kyle Jensen, an All-WCC 1st Team selection                                         facing off on the road against East
and Rivals.com Second Team All-American, had a standout                                      Coast teams which kept the team
season leading the West Coast Conference and the Gaels in                                    motivated for the rest of the sea-
almost every offensive category. He has rewritten the record                                 son.
books for Saint Mary's including
the all-time batting average record                                                           Junior P.J. Hainley, a MPSF All-
with .421; second in all-time hits                                                            Tournament selection, led the team
with 82; second in doubles with                                                               in goals this season and is currently
17; third in RBI with 52; and fifth                                 sixth all-time in goals, assists and points. Other top per-
in home runs with 13.                                               formers included sophomore Abbie Coleman, who led the
                                                                    team in assists and draw controls, as well as sophomore
Senior Brian Hawkins, an All-                                       Maggie Schawb, one of SMC’s top defenders that led the
WCC Honorable Mention, joined                                       team in ground balls and was second in caused turnovers.
Jensen in the .400 club finishing
his season at .402, becoming just                                                       Upcoming Gael Events!!!
the fourth Gael in history to
achieve that mark. Other Gaels                                      Come support Gael Athletics at some of our upcoming
receiving awards included junior                                    fundraising events:
Joel Staples, All-WCC 1st Team                                      July 30th -
and freshman Justin Fazio, All-                                     USA Women’s Volleyball National Team Send-Off Dinner
WCC Freshman Team. Staples was                                      September 8th -
also drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 44th round of the        Northern California Gael Classic Invitational Golf Tournament
2008 MLB Draft.                                                     For more information go to: www.SMCGaels.com

 Women’s Rowing:
 Solid Year for Gaels

 The Women’s Rowing team had a solid year with several top finishes and wins over many
 strong teams. The Gaels started out on top at the Sacramento Invitational finishing with a first,
 two seconds and a third place finish. Again at the Crew Classic in San Diego two petite final
 wins were posted and a finish of 7th out of 23 teams was posted. Other impressive wins were
 over Arizona Sate and Cal in head to head races.

 In the West Coast Conference Rowing Championships the Gaels took home an overall fourth
 place finish, with the top boat coming in third in the varsity eight event. Finally, in the Western
 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships the lightweight 4 took home the best finish
 of the day, third place. Final rankings of the season from WIRA had the Women’s Varsity 8
 ranked 7th out of 30 and second Varsity 8 ranked 8th out of 24 teams.

 Top honors of the year go to junior Johanna Timmer who earned All-WCC Rowing Team
 honors. Timmer was also invited to the 2008 Women’s National Team/U23 Summer Selection
 Camp along with Freshman Jacqui Lindo who was invited to the 2008 Women’s National
 Team Freshman Camp.
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                                    WINTER/SPRING 2007-08
                                      ATHLETIC AWARDS

Men’s Basketball
Randy Bennett: WCC Coach of the Year
Patrick Mills: All-WCC 1st Team; All-WCC Freshman Team; WCC Newcomer of the Year;
                   Mid-Major 2nd Team All-American
Diamon Simpson: All-WCC 1st Team; WCC Defensive Player of the Year;
                   Defensive All-America Team; Mid-Major Defensive Player of the Year
Omar Samhan: All-WCC Honorable Mention
Todd Golden: Jewish Sports Review All-America Team                              Winter/Spring 2007-08
                                                                        Final Team Conference Standings
Women’s Basketball
Jontelle Smith: All-WCC 1st Team                                       Men’s Basketball         2nd
Louella Tomlinson: All-WCC Freshman Team                               Women’s Basketball       5th
Lauren Shaughnessy: WCC All-Academic Team                              Baseball                 6th
                                                                       Men’s Golf               2nd
Baseball                                                               Women’s Lacrosse         6th
Kyle Jensen: All-WCC 1st Team, Rivals.com Second Team All-American     Men’s Rugby              2nd
Joel Staples: All-WCC 1st Team                                         Women’s Rowing           4th
Brian Hawkins: All-WCC Honorable Mention                               Softball                 4th
Justin Fazio: All-WCC Freshman Team                                    Men’s Tennis             2nd
Men’s Golf
Scott Hardy: WCC Coach of the Year
Chadd Cocco: All-WCC 1st Team
Mike McRae: All-WCC 1st Team, Golf Coaches Association of America All-American Honorable Mention
Josh Kelley: All-WCC Honorable Mention

Women’s Lacrosse
P.J. Hainley: MPSF All-Tournament Selection

Men’s Rugby
Kevin Swiryn: Down Under Rugby All-American Team; United States Rugby Football Foundation High
              Performance Grant
Chad Clark: Down Under Rugby All-American Team
Brandon Vedder: Down Under Rugby All-American Team

Women’s Rowing
Johanna Timmer: All-WCC 1st Team

Softball
Bronwyn Russell: All-PCSC 1st Team; CoSIDA District 8 Academic All-American 1st Team
Molly Bergeson: All-PCSC 1st Team
Sadie Dolcini: All-PCSC 2nd Team
Megan Galloway: All-PCSC 2nd Team
Sandra Ruezga: All-PCSC Honorable Mention
Maryanne Cronin: All-PCSC Honorable Mention

Men’s Tennis
Michael Wayman: WCC Coach of the Year
Joel Kusnierz: All-WCC 1st Team, Singles & Doubles
Lucas Tirelli: All-WCC 1st Team, Doubles; All-WCC 2nd Team, Singles
Marek Dvorak: All-WCC Honorable Mention, Singles & Doubles
Achim Chrisnter: All-WCC Honorable Mention, Doubles; CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 1st Team

Women’s Tennis
Lisa Alipaz: WCC Coach of the Year
Jessica Hoath: All-WCC 1st Team, Singles; All-WCC 2nd Team, Doubles
Alex Poorta: All WCC 2nd Team, Women’ Singles & Doubles
Stef Ordoza: All-WCC 2nd Team, Women’s Singles
Claire Soper: All-WCC 2nd Team, Doubles; All-WCC Honorable Mention, Singles


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