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Worth the Wait

September 17th, 2016
Mila Maricic

After spending the first month of the 2016 season on the road, #3 Westmont Volleyball (14-0, 3-0 GSAC) was excited to finally have a chance to play in front of its home fans this evening. However, the Warriors would have to wait even longer before taking on Arizona Christian (1-5, 0-3) in the Golden State Athletic Conference match on Friday night.

Unfortunately, the Firestorm’s bus blew a tire near Phoenix and was delayed arriving at the Westmont campus. When the game finally got underway an hour and twenty minutes late, Westmont was ready to go. In a 56-minute affair, the Warriors defeated the Firestorm in straight sets (25-13, 25-10, 25-9).

“Today was a good solid team win,” offered Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We came out strong. Arizona Christian came out strong as well. I was really impressed with their aggressiveness after dealing with a popped tire. They came out aggressive and strong, but we just played our game. When we play our game, we can overpower a lot of teams.”

The Warriors produced a .426 attack percentage by committing just four hitting errors over the three-set match while connecting on 33 of their 68 attacks. The Warriors’ offensive efficiency in the match ranks sixth best in program history.

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Ron Smith Receives Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award

September 16th, 2016
Ron Smith

By Kaci Mexico
September 16, 2016

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Westmont’s Ron Smith is the recipient of the 2016 Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award. This honor is named for the former statistical crew chief for the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship and is given annually to honor an outstanding NAIA Sports Information Director and their significant contributions to the profession. This lifetime achievement award is the highest honor given by the NAIA-SIDA (a professional association for sports information directors within the NAIA).

“I feel very honored,” said Smith. “This is a very significant award and I know many of the people that have received it and I have a lot of respect for all of them. So, to be included among them is very honoring and humbling.”

Parzonko Earns Hat Trick to Extinguish Flames

September 14th, 2016
Haley Parzonko (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
September 14, 2016

Seventh ranked Westmont Women’s soccer (7-0) remained undefeated after Haley Parzonko earned a second-half hat trick to lead the Warriors to an 8-0 victory over the Bethesda Flames.

“It was fun to witness Haley get her first collegiate hat trick – that is always a special moment for a player,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I feel like we are constantly seeing numbers produced whether that is 16 different players scoring or that is a few players getting a number of goals. That to me says consistency within our offensive front – which moving forward into conference, will be a valuable asset that we can carry with us.”

The first goal of the game came in the third minute when Renee Gonsalves headed in a perfectly placed corner kick by Grace Lemley.

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Lillywhite Named GSAC Offensive Player of the Week

September 13th, 2016
Brooke Lillywhite (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
September 13, 2016

Brooke Lillywhite was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals in two Westmont victories this past week.

Last Wednesday, in the Warriors’ 4-0 win over Division III University of Redlands, Lillywhite initiated the scoring when in the third minute of the game, she hit a volley off of a corner kick by senior Grace Lemley.

Lillywhite also triggered the scoring for the Warriors in their 5-1 victory over #24 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) when she scored the first two goals of the game in under four minutes of play.

Warriors Win in Overtime, Hand Coach 300th Career Win

September 12th, 2016
Westmont Head Coach Dave Wolf

Westmont Men’s Soccer (3-1) took 94 minutes before it scored against #21 Marymount (3-1-1). When the golden goal from the foot of Augie Andrade found the back of the net to give Westmont a 1-0 win in overtime, head coach Dave Wolf became the 18th NAIA coach to reach 300 career wins.

Austin Lack received a pass in the middle of the field about 40 yards out. Lack passed the ball to Nate Ruble near the right touchline and then broke towards the goal. Ruble passed the ball back to Lack inside the box. Lack then flicked the ball on to Andrade who went one-on-one with the keeper to score the game winner.

“It was a little bit of a back heal by Austin, kind of a little cheeky against-the-grain type of a pass,” said Wolf of Lack’s pass.

“I thought that the first half felt a little bit like (Saturday’s) UC Merced game in the sense that I thought we were second best in a number of areas,” assessed Wolf. “I suppose that holding on and getting the game into the second half was a key part of the game for us.”

“We had a quick turnaround and you are never sure how that effects your group. We made a few changes and tried to get some fresh legs on the field. We still looked caught a little bit in the moment of Saturday. The first half was a lot for us.

“I really liked our team a lot in the second half. I really liked us in the final third of the field. It was the first time all season that I felt like we were dangerous. We looked really comfortable in the final third of the field in the second half. There was something about the mixture we had in the second half that really worked well.

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Volleyball Makes It Official, Best Start in Program History

September 10th, 2016
Amy Buffham 18) sets Mila Maricic

Westmont Volleyball, ranked number three in the NAIA, has achieved a milestone. By defeating Menlo 3-0 (25-9, 25-19. 25-22), the team is off to its best start in program history with a 13-0 record. The Warriors, who have yet to play at home this year, are looking forward to finally playing in front of their own fans on Friday, September 16.

At Menlo (5-8, 0-2 GSAC), Westmont (2-0 in conference play) posted a .315 attack percentage over three sets while holding the Oaks to .051. Sam Neely led the way for the Warriors offensively with 10 kills and a .368 attack percentage. Jessica McCann, who did not have a hitting error, notched nine kills and a .474 attack percentage.

The Warriors cruised to an easy victory in the first set. Like last night against William Jessup, Buffham proved her value from the service line. The sophomore setter served for seven straight points to move the Warrior advantage from 8-4 to 15-4.

The second set was more closely contest. Down 9-8, Westmont scored the next six points to take a 14-9 lead, and never looked back.

The third set was closer still. With the game tied at 17, Menlo scored the next two points on a couple of Warrior errors. Westmont responded by scoring the next four points including a kill by Mila Maricic, a block by Maricic and Sarah McGough and a block by Maricic and McCann.

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Lariviere Helps Warriors Pass Through Troubled Waters

September 10th, 2016
Austin Lack

Down two to one late in the game, Westmont’s Matt Lariviere opened the flood gates and scored two goals in the span of 20 seconds to give Westmont (2-1) a three-to-two victory over the visiting Bobcats of UC Merced (1-3).

“The overriding impression is that the team found a way to win the game,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “Even though I don’t think it was necessarily a great performance, and at one point a win didn’t look very likely, I give them credit for staying with it.”

The Warriors struck first when Austin Lack, playing in his first game after recovering from an injury, headed in a pass from Augie Andrade from eight yards out.

In the sixth minute, Andrade took a free kick from near the end line on the right hand side, about five yards from the touch line. Audrade’s pass went parallel to the net and found the head of a leaping Lack on the far side.

“It has been a long time coming for Austin, in terms of working his way back to fitness,” said Wolf. “We didn’t have any idea of what he was going to be capable of today. He has been training full on for about a week, but that is not necessarily a very good indicator of what someone is going to be capable of on game day. I thought he looked very sharp for not having a lot of game minutes. That (first goal) was a big moment for us in the game. He did very well on the return.”

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Warriors Ground Eagles

September 10th, 2016
Grayce DeGroot (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
September 10, 2016

Led by senior Brooke Lillywhite, seventh ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (6-0-0) grounded #24 Embry-Riddle of Arizona when they defeated the Eagles by a score of 5-1. Lillywhite scored the first two goals of the game to ignite the Warriors’ offensive momentum.

The first twenty-one minutes of the game were scoreless until Lillywhite scored back -back goals in just under four minutes of play.

Haley Parzonko initiated the first of these goals in the 22nd minute when she played a firm ball from the left sideline into the six-yard box; Lillywhite capitalized with a slotted shot into the lower right corner of the goal.