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Westmont Clips Redhawks

November 11th, 2016
Sam Bentz

Sean McDonnell put up 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (2-0) to a 95-72 win over Benedictine of Arizona (3-2).

A 19-8 run in the first half gave the Warriors an 11-point lead (26-15) eight and one-half minutes into the game. However, Bendictine turned the tables with a 12-0 run that gave the Redhawks their only lead of the game (27-26). The rest of the half remained close, resulting in a 44-41 halftime score.

Up 46-44 in the second half, McDonnell scored on a layup and converted a free throw to spark a 12-2 run. McDonnell scored the next four points of the run with two more free throws and a layup. Sam Bentz added a free throw before Cory Blau completed the run with a jumper and two free throws.

Benedictine responded with a dunk by Gus Leon and a three-pointer by Troy Conley to cut the Warrior advantage to 58-51. However, that proved to be just a momentary resurgence. Westmont rolled out a 13-1 run to take control of the game and turn the scoreboard to 71-52. Five different Warriors scored during the run, including Sean Harmon who tallied five points on a three-pointer and a jumper.

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Warriors Fall Short in Semis

November 11th, 2016
Haley Johnson (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 10, 2016

In the semifinal round of the Women’s Soccer Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, tenth ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (15-3-2) fell to #8 Biola (15-0-2) by a score of 0-1.

“Within the first half we were able to implement what we needed to tactically to dominate,” explained head coach Cappuccilli. “All in all we had a significant amount of opportunities within the first half to potentially put us in a position to get a goal, however it didn’t come off how we would have hoped and they connected on one of their opportunities.”

In the first half the Warriors had 14 shots and Biola had 5. Overall, the Warriors had 26 shots and Biola had 12.

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Men’s Soccer Moves on to Championship Game

November 10th, 2016
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Francisco “Panchito” Castro drilled a 30-yard free kick into the back of the net in the third minute of overtime to give Westmont a 1-0 victory over The Master’s in the GSAC Tournament semifinals.

“Francisco has demonstrated on a number of occasions that he is a gamer,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “He is not intimidated by the big moment and the big responsibility. He is defying the odds. To have the gall to shoot that was something else.”

The free kick was won as the result of a foul on Jeremiah Anderson.

“Jerry went on what I would call a great gap dribble,” said Wolf. “He picked the ball up on our side of the midfield stripe, and knifed between a couple of people and got himself into a dangerous situation. He did great all day in those particular moments.

“What we didn’t do particularly great today, and why we needed a play like that, was because we didn’t pass the ball great in the final third,” assessed Wolf. “It isn’t easy to do, but you know you need to do it at least five times to get the kind of chances that you need. We usually win games through some passing quality in the final third of the field. Today, that wasn’t a part of our game so Jerry and Panchito conjured up something different.”

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Warriors Put on Quite an Exhibition

November 9th, 2016
Sean McDonnell

Westmont Men’s Basketball (1-0), ranked at number 12 in the NAIA, hosted News Release in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. This is the third time in as many years that the Warriors have welcomed News Release to Murchison Gymnasium. Westmont prevailed 97-80.

News Release is a composed of post-collegiate basketball players who seek to utilize the sport of Basketball to fulfill a Christian mission throughout the world.

Sean McDonnell led the way for the Warriors offensively with 22 points and also collected seven rebounds. Sean Harman added 16 points while Sam Bentz notched 14 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Also scoring in double figures were Olisa Nwachie (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Jerry Karczewski (10 points).

The first 13 minutes of the game was closely contested with neither team taking more than a five-point lead. With Westmont trailing 21-20 and six and one-half minutes remaining in the opening frame, The Warriors went on an 11-0 run.

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Nemeth Receives GSAC Honor

November 8th, 2016
Kira Nemeth (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 8, 2016

Freshman Kira Nemeth was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in Westmont’s 1-0 second overtime victory over Menlo last Friday. Nemeth scored the game winning goal to advance the Warriors to the semifinals of the GSAC Tournament.

The game was scoreless throughout regulation play and the first overtime period; and then Nemeth entered the game for the first time at the start of the second overtime period and scored within 22 seconds of play.

Westmont Falls to UC Berkeley

November 6th, 2016
Kayla Sato (photos by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 6, 2016

In their third game in under a week, second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (1-0) played in an exhibition match against the University of California Berkeley in the incredible Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears defeated the Warriors by a score of 87-48.

In the first quarter, the Bears outscored the Warriors 19-10, but the Warriors answered back in the second quarter with 15 points, to the Bears 17 points. The first half ended with Berkeley ahead by 11 points in a score of 36-25.

In the third quarter, the Bears increased their lead to a decisive 28 points when they outscored the Warriors 26-9; and in the fourth quarter the Bears put up 25 more points, with the Warriors scoring 14.

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Undefeated

November 5th, 2016
Amy Buffham

For the first time in school history, Westmont Athletics has a team that has gone undefeated in the regular season. With a three-game sweep (25-18, 25-17, 25-12) of Hope International (11-14, 5-9 GSAC) in the final Golden State Athletic Conference game of the year, #1 Westmont Volleyball has completed the regular season with a perfect record of 31-0 overall and 16-0 in conference play.

“I told the team before this game to appreciate the moment,” said head coach Patti Cook, “and to realize that we have been making history and we are about to make history one more time tonight by sweeping the GSAC. I told them to look around and appreciate their teammates and know that we have something very special going on here.”

An outstanding accomplishment by any accounting, the feat is made more remarkable when one considers that the Warriors played just eight matches on their home court in Murchison Gymnasium. Westmont was 13-0 when playing on their opponents’ courts this season and 10-0 in matches played at neutral sites.

In 16 conference matches, the Warriors lost just one set, giving them a set record of 48-1 (.980) in GSAC play. That mark is the best in GSAC history since the first year of the conference in 1986 when Fresno Pacific claimed the conference crown with a 5-0 record by sweeping all five of its matches for a 15-0 set record.

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Westmont Second and Third at GSAC Championships

November 5th, 2016
GSAC Championship

Westmont Men’s Cross Country finished second at the GSAC Championship today at Springview Park while the women’s team placed third. Six Warriors brought home All-GSAC honors by finishing in the top 14 – three from the men’s team and three from the women’s.

In the men’s race, The Master’s claimed the GSAC Championship by scoring 29 points. Westmont and Biola tied for second with 63 points, but the Warriors won the tie breaker which is determined by the sixth finisher for each team. For the Warriors, that was Michael Conant who finished the 8,000-meter race in 19th place in a time of 25:56 – four places and 12 seconds ahead of Biola’s Robbie Gleeson.

“The men ran strong, but we had a couple of lapses that would have given us a clean win over Biola,” noted Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “The team spread was only 37 seconds. We had a couple of people step up and replace a couple of people who didn’t run as strongly.”

Michael Oldach was the first to cross the finish line for the Warriors, placing seventh in a time of 25:03. Oldach earned All-GSAC honors along with 11th place finisher Blake Fonda (25:16) and Roberto Bazan (25:20).

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