The women’s volleyball team won yet another Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, once again proving to be the pride of ULV athletics. Each of the fall sports, however, worked hard and showed signs of greatness at times.
The ULV football team continued to gradually move forward. After finishing with an overall record of 1-8 and a conference record of 0-6 in 2003, the Leopards made large strides improving to 4-5 and 3-3 in 2004.
The 2005 season saw the Leopards first winning season since 1999 as they finished with a 5-4, 3-3.
The Leopards success was largely due to the play of seniors who have been in the program for at least two years.
“We had a lot of guys who put in a lot of effort into this program,” senior safety Jeff Magdaleno said. “I hope this program continues to improve.”
The Leopards looked to contend for a conference title early in the season as they got off to an impressive 3-1 start, but consecutive losses to
Redlands and Cal Lutheran ended any hopes of a SCIAC title.
“We had a really talented team this season,” senior offensive linemen Josh Koepfer said. “We caught some bad breaks and it’s too bad we couldn’t get that championship we all wanted.”
Leading the offense was quarterback Brian Guerrero, receivers Dustin Elliot and Roger Logan, the dynamic duo of running backs Phillip Craig and Mike Anello and offensive linemen Josh Koepfer, Mike Meyers and Andrew Rodriguez.
Guerrero finished the season with 2,145 yards passing and 17 touchdowns while Craig rushed for 691 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Elliot finished the season with 43 receptions for 643 yards and seven touchdowns while Logan had 31 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns.
Tight end LeAndre Allen finished the season with an impressive 28 catches for 426 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The defense was led by senior linemen Nate Mendoza and Kevin Knosp, linebackers Sam Toilolo and DeAndre Valencia and safeties Magdaleno and Gabe Segovia.
The ULV men’s soccer team finished second this year in conference competition. Finishing the year off at 11-5-3, La Verne had the most wins since 1987 and posted seven shutouts in conference action, showing a competitive group of veterans returning for next year. Senior Eddy Geenan and juniors Gilad Hoffman and Daniel Aguirre were first team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selections while senior Edgar Manzo and Ruben Trujillo received second team honors.
Head coach Cres Gonzalez saw his team come together playing close to their potential but still seeing that this team has a lot more to give
“This year we competed as one of the top three teams in conference and there are still many doubters about that,” Gonzalez said. “We can play for the conference championship next year but a lot of work has to be done recruiting wise to help achieve that goal.”
?Gonzalez also added that the key to keep success is up to the players and their off season workout routine.
“If our team takes the responsibility to prepare it will do wonders for the program and the school,” Gonzalez said.
Look for the men’s soccer team to complete their SCIAC championship goal next fall.
The ULV men’s water polo team took third place in SCIAC play with three of its members earning All-SCIAC honors. Jared Carvitto and Andrew
McPartland made first team honors while Seth Shelton earned a second team invitation. McPartland led the team in goals scored with 60.
“We did well this year, but there were a lot of games we should have won such as Claremont and Whittier,” two-meter Duncan Cox said. “We threw those games away.”
Cox also noted the importance in off-season training for the upcoming year.
“Everything depends on how hard we work,” Cox said. “Some play club water polo, other guys swim year round, but we need to be doing something.”
Overall, the team improved in the 2005 season.
The women’s soccer team finished the season boasting an overall record of 8-7-5 and 4-5-3 in SCIAC.
Led by Amber Lejay, Rebecca Berry, Mercedes Bermudez and Chelsea
Riggins, the Leopards finished in the middle of the pack in the race for the SCIAC title.
Goalkeepers Lauren Britt and Wendy Lopez helped lead the defense, as they were each spectacular at times.
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