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Warriors Advance by Taming Lions

November 12th, 2015
Destinee Adams, game winning goal scorer. ( Photo by Ron Smith)

Kaci Mexico
November 12, 2015

The #8 Westmont Warriors (13-3-2, 7-1-2) earned their ticket to the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship game when they restrained the #10 Vanguard Lions (14-5-1, 7-2-1) with a first period overtime goal in today’s semifinal contest. The final score was 2-1.

The Warriors were quick to go to goal when they took three of their four first half shots within the first ten minutes of the game. This shooting streak came to an end and Vanguard responded with four shots in the subsequent 11 minutes.

“I think our presence in the first half wasn’t there,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “Stylistically Vanguard does a good job of making a mess of how we try to play and that is not easy to adapt to. I think that is a bit of what happened in the first half and today there was a challenge in adjusting to the game. We knew it was going to be like that but that still doesn’t mean that it was easy to adjust.”

In the first half, the Lions held the Warriors to a total of four shots – a low amount compared to their 9.7 first half shooting average.

With three minutes remaining in the first half, the Lions pounced on an opportunity to end the half on top. The first goal of the game began when Nicole Dunn found the foot of Maddison Farell with a pass towards the right side of the goal box. Farell received the ball in stride, took an advancing touch, and slipped it into the lower left corner of the goal.

In the second half, it took the Warriors 14 1/2 minutes to achieve the

Warriors Remain Undefeated

November 11th, 2015
Krissy Karr (photo by Nathan Ngo)

By Kaci Mexico
November 10, 2015

The #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (3-0) remained undefeated after conquering Cal State Maritime 71-46 in their third consecutive win of the season.

Down by four with four minutes remaining in the first period, the Warriors harnessed momentum when they went on a seven point run – a run that established a lead that they maintained for the entirety of the game. The run began with a jump shot by the game’s leading scorer, junior Aimee Brakken. She had a game total of 19 points. Senior Krissy Karr and Freshman Kayla Sato each followed with a jump shot of their own and Karr also added on a three-pointer to give the Warriors a four-point lead (14-10).

Cal State Maritime had a notable run towards the end of the second period when they scored five points to bridge the gap and make it a three point game (24-27). This run consisted of a three-pointer by Joie Camalo followed by a jump shot by Kedina Monroe.

Bush, Crowe Honored as Preseason All-Americans

November 10th, 2015
NAIA Preseason All-Americans Alex Bush (1B) and Ryan Crowe (C)

Seniors Alex Bush and Ryan Crowe have been named NAIA Preseason All-Americans as chosen by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Committee. Westmont – ranked at #16 in the NAIA Preseason Poll released today – and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) are the only institutions to have multiple preseason selections.

“I am excited for Alex and Ryan to be recognized in this way,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “As a program, we try to not get wrapped up in awards or personnel recognition. Those two guys would be the first to tell you that they care more about how good we can be collectively as a team – which is probably why they put themselves in a position to be recognized in the way that they did.”

Bush, who hails from Menifee, was named to the 17-man team as a first baseman. The second-year captain, who received NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition last year, was the 2015 NAIA Gold Glove winner at first base. He was also the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a member of the All-GSAC team.

Second Half Woes Lead to Loss

November 9th, 2015
David Gunn

Westmont Men’s Basketball (2-1) suffered its first loss of the 2015-16 campaign on Monday night, falling on the road to Azusa Pacific 100-86.

“I thought we played very well in the first half,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We shot 53 percent from the floor and 57 percent from beyond the three-point line and only had two turnovers.”

As a consequence, the Warriors took a 51-43 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“In the second half, however, we turned the ball over way too much (10 times) and shot just 34 percent,” said the coach. “You can’t win a game when you have that shooting percentage in the second half.”

The Warriors also struggled defensively in the second half, allowing the Cougars to make 74.1 percent of their field goal attempts (20 of 27). Azusa only missed one of 16 shots from within the arc in the final frame.

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Warriors Headed to Charlotte for Nationals

November 9th, 2015

Both Westmont Cross Country teams have received at-large invitations to the NAIA National Championships, which will be held at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, November 21. The men’s 8,000 meter race will begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. PDT) with the women’s 5,000 meter race starting one hour later.

The 13th ranked women’s team was awarded the fourth of 12 at-large berths in a field that consists of 36 teams. Twenty-four teams earned a berth through automatic qualification through their respective conferences. 82 individuals from teams that did not qualify also earned a spot in the championship event.

Westmont Women’s Cross Country will be making its 22nd trip as a team to the National Championship, all under head coach Russell Smelley. The Warriors have qualified as a team each of the last four years. In the 2014 championship, which was held in Lawrence, Kansas, the Warriors finished in eighth place.

Cross Country Teams Both Third at GSAC

November 9th, 2015
Jessica Meyers and Evan Kramer.

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country competed at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Irvine Park in the City of Orange. Both teams finished third in their respective races.

“The third paces finishes were disappointing,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “They were solid races, but not outstanding races like we had hoped we would have. My hopes were for a chance to win both events. We are looking to be better when we get to nationals.”

In the women’s 5,000 meter race, #2 Biola finished first with a team score of 26 (low score wins) to claim the conference’s automatic qualification into the NAIA National Championship. The Master’s, ranked 11th, placed second with 49 points. The eighth-ranked Warriors finished with 62 points.

Westmont’s Jessica Meyers and Kelly Collins claimed All-GSAC honors. Meyers finished fourth in a time of 18:33 while Collins came in 11th in a time of 19:03.

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Volleyball Downs Sea Beggars

November 8th, 2015
Alexa Nestlerode

Samantha Neely tallied 11 kills on 16 attempts without committing an attack error as #14 Westmont Volleyball (20-6) swept the Sea Beggars of Providence Christian (6-22) in a non-conference volleyball match on Saturday. The Warriors won by set scores of 25-13, 25-11, 25-20.

Providence Christian College, founded in 2005 and based in Pasadena, is in its first year as a member of the NAIA. This is the inaugural season for Sea Beggars Volleyball.

Neely posted a hitting percentage of .688. Taylor Beckman recorded seven kills with a .429 attack percentage while Emma Harrah and Mila Maricic both had a .385 attack percentage with seven kills each.

Tied at eight in the first set, Westmont scored five of the next six points to take a 13-9 lead and spark a 17-5 run to claim the opening frame.

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Men’s Basketball Outpaces Slugs

November 8th, 2015
Olisa Nwachie

David Gunn made five of seven field goal attempts on his way to a game-high 15 points and five rebounds as #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball (2-0) posted a 96-70 victory over the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz. Olisa Nwachie added another 13 points on three buckets from the floor and seven free throws.

The Warriors opened play with a jumper by Sean McDonnell (10 points, 4 rebounds), which was answered with a layup by Jared Ponce (9 points). Ponce was fouled on the play and completed the old-fashioned three-point play.

Another free throw put the Banana Slugs up 4-2 before Cory Blau produced an “and-one” play to give Westmont a 5-4 advantage. That was the beginning of a 19-5 run that put Westmont ahead 21-9 with 13:38 remaining in the opening frame.

UC Santa Cruz responded with a 12-3 run to pull within three (24-21). However, the Warriors turned the tables with a 20-5 run to go up 44-26 with 3:20 left in the first half. At intermission, Westmont held a 52-32 advantage.

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