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Warriors Advance to Quarterfinals

November 30th, 2015
Jackie Lopez  ( Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
November 30, 2015

It took a pair of back-to-back goals scored in under a minute for #8 Westmont (16-3-2) to prevail over #9 Grace (Ind.) (15-3-3) in a Round of 16 game of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament. The final score was 2-0.

“My main word for them before the game was, ‘you have to come out with urgency and intensity in the first half and you have to set the tone of the game’,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I felt they did that in the first half. It was well done to get two early goals and dictate the momentum in the first half. In this tournament, you have to start each game that way.”

The first goal began in the 21st minute when senior Kaitlyn Swift, on the dribble, muscled her way past a Grace defender and bolted down the right sideline towards the end line. She then served a beautiful cross towards the back corner of the six-yard box. Sophomore Jackie Lopez arrived right when the ball did and volleyed it into the right-upper side of the goal for a one-time finish.

Forty seconds later, senior Kelsey Steck scored her 23rd goal of the season in an impressive individual showing. It began when Steck stripped the ball off of the foot of a Lancer defender at 25 yards out. She immediately accelerated towards the goal, with several Lancer defenders on her back. She beat two more lancer defenders while dribbling across the top of the 18-yard box until the Lancer goalkeeper rushed off of the goal line to confront her. She dove, and Steck touched the ball past her hands, calmly slipping the ball into the back of the net.

With this goal, Steck is tied for second, with Karin Sullivan (2003), for number of goals scored in a season.

Warriors Edge Raiders

November 28th, 2015
David Gunn

Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-2) warded off a late charge by the Raiders of Southern Oregon (7-2) to claim an 84-82 win on the final day of the Bud Presley Classic at Menlo College. Cory Blau led the Warrior scoring with 20 points.

“I thought we played with really good energy tonight against a very strong team that is very well coached,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We shot well from the three-point line and were 80 percent from the free throw line.”

Westmont, ranked at number 17 in the NAIA Division I, made 10 of 18 three-point shots (55.6 percent) and completed 20 of 25 free throws. From the field, the Warriors made 27 of 48 attempts (56.3 percent)

Down 7-6 early in the first half, the Raiders put together an 11-1 run to go up by ten (18-8) with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Jerry Karczewski (8 points) ended the streak with three-pointer but the Raiders answered in kind on the other opposite end. Karczewski drained another three that not only cut the deficit to seven, but started a Warrior 10-0 run to tie the game at 21 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

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Blau Notches 26 Points in Warrior Win

November 27th, 2015
Sean Harman

Cory Blau tallied 26 points, including 18 in the first half, as #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball (4-2) posted a 76-66 win over Cal Maritime (5-3) in the first game of the Bud Presley Classic at Menlo College. Blau made 10 of 14 from the field including five of six from beyond the arc.

“Cory played very well in both halves and carried us on his back in the first half,” noted Westmont head coach John Moore.

The Warriors scored first on a layup by Blau but it proved to be their only lead for the next 24 minutes. The Keelhaulers shot 52.9 percent from the floor and took advantage of Westmont mistakes in the first half, scoring 10 points off of turnovers. Cal Maritime led by as much as 12 points in the first half and took a nine-point lead into the locker room at intermission.

The second half was an entirely different story. The Warriors connected for 54.5 percent of their field goal attempts (12 of 22) while holding the Keelhaulers to 34.8 percent. Westmont also took control of the boards in the second half, outrebounding Cal Maritime 15-7.

The Warriors used a 14-5 run to start the second half and take a 51-48 lead with 13:14 to play. Menlo’s Devin Williams forced a 51-all tie with a three-point shot, but Blau responded in kind to spark an 8-0 run and give the Warriors the lead for good.

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Warriors Win with Epic Comeback

November 24th, 2015
Amy Brakken

Lauren McCoy notched a double-double and Aimee Brakken lit up the three-point line as #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball (6-1) rallied from a huge deficit to defeat host Azusa Pacific (5-1) on Tuesday night in the Felix Events Center by a score of 71-65.

McCoy tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds to record the ninth double-double of her Westmont career. Brakken put up 15 points – the second highest of her career – and five rebounds.

The Warriors outscored the Cougars 29-10 in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-point deficit (55-42) at the end of the third.

“In one 40-minute span we saw how terrible we could be and we saw how great we could be,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “At the core of the comeback for us was a fight and a toughness – an attitude that we are going to fight for everything and not give up. Things were not going our way for the majority of the game. But we continued to fight and compete, one possession at a time, and we worked our way back.”

A 15-2 run in the first four and one-half minutes of the final frame tied the score at 57. McCoy accounted for eight of the Warriors’ points during the stretch.

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Warriors Run Well at Nationals

November 21st, 2015
Jessica Meyers

By Kaci Mexico
November 21 2015

In the NAIA Cross Country National Championship Race held in Charlotte, North Carolina, out of 36 men’s and women’s teams, the Westmont Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Teams placed tenth and eighteenth respectively. Each team placed higher than the final Top 25 Coaches Poll ranking they held prior to the race – the men jumped from 26 to 18 and the women from 13 to 10.

“We wanted to run as well at nationals as we did at conference and today they actually ran better than they did at conference,” explained head coach Russel Smelley. “We had our best team spreads of the year – under one minute for both teams – and that gave them a good spread towards finishing well. This season has been a process of getting better and working towards running up to their potential and I think today they ran up to their potential which feels really good.”

A team spread is the time difference between the first and fifth runners on a single team. The score of each of the top five runners, out of the seven women and men that run for each team, is combined to create the team total. Thus, a great team spread (a low time) is crucial for overall team success.

In the men’s 8k race, Westmont had a spread of 51 seconds with senior Evan Kramer finishing first for the Warriors at 25 minutes and 52 seconds and sophomore Jacob Grant finishing fifth at 26 minutes and 43 seconds. Finishing second, third, and fourth respectively were sophomore Thomas Hamlin (26:08), freshman Blake Fonda (26:36), and senior Nate Evans (26:36).

In the women’s 5k race, Westmont had a spread of 54 seconds with senior Jessica Meyers finishing first for the Warriors at 18 minutes and 27 seconds and senior Sierra Wallen finishing fifth at 19 minutes and 21 seconds. Finishing second, third, and fourth respectively were junior Kelly Collins (18:38), senior Alexandria Adams (19: 01), and junior Olivia Wood (19:03).

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Warriors to Roll into Alabama after 6-0 Win

November 21st, 2015
Brooke Lillywhite kicks the ball past the keeper of the Warriors' third goal

Westmont Women’s Soccer (15-3-2) had little trouble advancing to the second round of the NAIA National Championship on Saturday afternoon at Thorrington Field. The eighth-ranked Warriors defeated Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) by a score of 6-0 to punch their ticket to the final site in Orange Beach, Ala.

“It was a strong performance in the opening round of the national tournament,” said Westmont head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I was very pleased with our consistency over the 90 minutes. No matter who stepped on the field today, I felt like the effort and the mentality were the same. That is a positive thing headed into the round of 16.

The scoring started early for the Warriors when Alanna Richards headed in a corner kick from Angela Brown with just 15 minutes expired from the clock. Kaitlynn Durham earned the corner kick by forcing a ball off of an Eagle’s defender. Brown earned her 10th assist of the season by delivering the ball from the right corner across the face of the goal. Richards scored her fifth goal of the year by heading the ball sharply to the ground where it bounced over the keeper on its way to the opposite side of the net.

Less than three minutes later, Sophie Fuller, who was playing in her first game after sitting out with an injury, dribbled from the back to midfield. Fuller advanced the ball to Brooke Lillywhite on the left side who then redirected it to Kelsey Steck in front of the goal. Steck, left undefended, settled the ball and fired from just inside the top of the box.

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Dahlberg, Beckman, McCann Honored by GSAC

November 16th, 2015
Top: All-GSAC Selection Jessica McCann, Taylor Beckman. Bottom: All GSAC Selection and GSAC Freshman of the Year Libby Dahlberg.

Westmont middle blocker Libby Dahlberg has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and a member of the All-GSAC Team. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Beckman and junior outside hitter Jessica McCann also received all-conference honors.

Dahlberg tallied 230 kills (2.61 per set) and recorded a team-high .342 attack percentage (third in the GSAC). She also led the Warriors’ defense at the net, notching 12 solo blocks and 72 block assists for a total of 84 (seventh in the GSAC).

“Libby was so much fun to watch and coach this year,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We knew when we got her as a recruit that she was going to be a good player for us, but she exceeded our expectations. She just got better and better as the season progressed. I think she absolutely deserves this and I’m glad the GSAC coaches agree. She is a major impact player for us.”

McCann was the team leader in kills with 244 (2.68 per set – ninth in the GSAC), while posting a .205 attack percentage. McCann’s season totals include 148 serve receptions, 75 digs, and 26 total blocks.

Women’s Soccer to Host Embry-Riddle

November 16th, 2015

By Kaci Mexico
November 16 2015

The official Opening Round pairings for the 2015 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship have been announced: The #8 Warriors (14-3-2, 7-1-2) will host the Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Eagles (13-3-3, 7-1-2) this coming Saturday.

Though not ranked in the most recent (Nov. 15) Coaches’ Top 25-Poll, the Eagles earned an automatic bid into the National Tournament when they tied UC Merced and then advanced in penalty kicks (5-4) in the California Pacific Conference Championship game.

Their head coach is Todd Poitras and it is his eighth season coaching the women. The team’s top goal scorer is freshman forward Krista Lee with 11 goals on the season. The team is also led by senior forward Kalyn Goodenough who is second on the team in goals (9), assists (5), and points (23). Last season, Goodenough was named CalPac Player of the Year.

The Warriors and Eagles have only played each other once prior to this upcoming game. They met in October of 2006 and the Warriors prevailed with a score of 4-0.