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A trophy in the works?

Watch that man: Lowry is in the running to be top soccer player in the nation.
Watch that man: Lowry is in the running to be top soccer player in the nation.     
Photo: Don Jedlovec
Santa Clara seniors Peter Lowry and Meagan Snell were both named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy watch list this fall. The M.A.C. Hermann Trophy is presented each year to the outstanding player in Division I soccer for both men’s and women’s soccer. Lowry is one of 29 male soccer players from around the nation on the list and Snell is one of 45 female players.

Lowry, a three-time All-WCC selection, is hoping to lead the Broncos to the College Cup in his final season on the Mission Campus. As a junior in 2006, he helped SCU reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and was named All-Far West Region First Team. A native of Fair Oaks, Calif., Lowry scored six goals and notched two assists to tie for the team lead in scoring with 14 points. With five goals already this season as of press time, he has moved into the top 10 all-time in goals scored at Santa Clara.

Snell, who led SCU with 11 goals in 2006, also has high hopes for the 2007 season. An All-WCC honoree last year, Snell and the Broncos have their sights set on the program’s 11th College Cup. She helped SCU post a 15-5-1 record last year and earn a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. For her career, she has scored 17 goals and recorded 11 assists. —JM

Coaching changes in tennis



Husack finishes on a high note: the best season ever for men’s tennis.
Husack finishes on a high note: the best season ever for men’s tennis.
Photo: David Gonzales

No limit, says women’s coach Cabell. Photo: Don Jedlovec

No limit, says women’s coach Cabell. 
Photo: Don Jedlovec

Mills dons the jacket as new men’s tennis coach.

Mills dons the jacket as new men’s tennis coach.
Photo: Charles Barry

The Bronco tennis programs had some changes over the past summer. Interim women’s head coach Ben Cabell shed the interim label on July 16, while longtime men’s head coach George Husack stepped down on Aug. 10. Husack has been replaced by former Saint Louis University head coach Derek Mills.

Cabell led the shorthanded Broncos to a strong season in 2006-07. With injuries knocking out a number of key players, SCU has an 8-12 record and a fifth-place finish in the West Coast Conference. Three players, Erika Barnes, Kim Daniel, and Casey Knutson, were named All-WCC under Cabell. He becomes the 10th head coach in program history.

“I am very excited to be named the head coach at Santa Clara,” said Cabell. “SCU is a great fit for me and I think that we have everything in place to build a great program. There is no limit as to how far this program can go, so I am looking forward to continuing my work here.”

On the men’s side, Husack stepped down after 12 seasons at Santa Clara as an assistant coach and head coach. He posted a 68-63 overall record on the Mission Campus and led the team to a number of wins over nationally-ranked opponents. This past year, the Broncos had the best season in program history, posting a 20-8 mark and earning a No. 59 ranking in the country. Eight players received All-WCC accolades and the team earned the number two seed in the conference tournament.

“I am truly grateful for the many opportunities given to me here at Santa Clara University,” said Husack. “The relationships established with players, coaches, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and fans have meant so much to me as they impacted my life both personally and professionally.”

Mills, who headed both men’s and women’s tennis at SLU from 1999-01, coached three All-Conference USA players, and his team posted a GPA of 3.3. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Brigham Young and Northwest Missouri State. —JM

More accolades for a pair of Bronco legends

Bronco basketball stars Bud and Ralph Ogden have been inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. In a ceremony that was slated to take place in mid-November, as this magazine was going to press, the San Jose natives were recognized for their contributions to sports in San Jose.

The Ogden brothers helped Bronco basketball reach new heights in the late 1960s and early 1970s, setting program records and elevating the team to a number three national ranking in 1969. Here at the Mission Campus, Bud had his jersey raised to the Leavey Center rafters, alongside teammate Dennis Awtrey’s, in a halftime ceremony on Feb. 5, 2007.

The brothers are not the only former Broncos to be inducted into the Hall of Fame recently. In 2006 former Bronco football player and coach Bill McPherson was inducted. McPherson is best known for being the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator and helping them win five Super Bowls. A year before, in 2005, Brent Jones, a former Bronco football player who had an illustrious career at tight-end with the San Francisco 49ers, was also inducted. —SBS

WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll


Running for the gold: cross country ace Bell
Running for the gold: cross country ace Bell
Photo: Don Jedlovec
More than 100 Bronco student-athletes were honored this summer by being named to the West Coast Conference 2006-07 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Earning Gold, Silver, or Bronze honors were 122 SCU students—an increase of nearly 50 student-athletes over the 2005-06 academic year. The honor roll honors student-athletes that attained at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Cross country runner Shannon Bell led the way once more with a perfect 4.0 GPA, which she has maintained her entire college career. Women’s cross country also had six members earn gold honors. —JM

On the Web Exclusives

Bronco sports fans, make sure to stay connected to the Broncos Web site for all the information about Santa Clara athletics during the 2007-08 seasons. The official Web site of Santa Clara athletics features live audio and video streaming as well as GameTracker for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. And be sure to check out the latest Bronco Blog.