April 28, 2011 Page 20
Giving an Iggy Awards Honors Top Athletes of 2011 honorable mention Rafael Baca men’s soccer
After attending the Iggy Awards, Michael Goldsholl hands out a few awards of his own to end 2010-11.
inally, it’s that time of year again. No, not the time where I pull all-nighter after all-nighter in an attempt to complete the work that I’ve put off all semester long (OK, maybe it’s that time of year too). But with the 2010-11 LMU varsity athletics’ year winding down, awards season is once again among us. And after attending the 2011 Iggy Awards, which honored the best LMU student-athletes of this school year, it only seems fitting that, as the sports Two Plus the Foul Loyolan’s editor, I hand out By Michael Goldsholl a few end-of-theyear honors of my Asst. Managing Editor | own to the people Sports Editor whom I’ve chosen to follow instead of the majority of my class reading assignments this year. Anyone with a blog can name an Athlete or Most Improved Athlete of the Year – so the awards I “hand out” are going to diverge from the cliché honors you’re used to seeing at the end of every season, in every sport on this planet. To build up the momentum, I’ll start with the lesser-desired awards and work my way up to the crown jewel of athletic honors. (Who doesn’t want praise from a college sophomore who thinks that he’s better than everyone else simply because he works for a twice-aweek university newspaper?) So, with that being said, here are your 2011 award-winning student-athletes.
For a list of all the award-winners, check out the info-graphic on p.18.
women’s cross country indoor & outdoor track
men’s water polo
See Two Plus the Foul | page 18 Photos: Allie Shorin | Loyolan, LMU Athletics; Graphic: Dol-Anne Asiru | Loyolan
Softball falls short in battle with Aggies, 11-2 The Lions are unable to get back on the winning side of things after suffering yet another loss. By Daniel Raffety Staff Writer
Caroline Patten | Loyolan
Senior outfielder Jennifer Nayudu (pictured in a game earlier this season) recorded one run and one hit in the Lions’ 11-2 loss to New Mexico State on Wednesday.
After a heartbreaking series against conference rival Sacramento State where the Lions were outscored 9-6 in the entire series, the LMU softball team returned to Smith Field on Wednesday in its final nonconference game, only to be lit up by the No. 28 New Mexico State Aggies 11-2 in a five-inning effort. The Lions have now dropped four of five series and rank second in their conference, just behind perennial powerhouse University of San Diego. The Lions started the game on an unstable note, as sophomore starting pitcher Erica Grady allowed three walks and a wild pitch in the top of the first to give the Aggies from Las Cruces, N.M., a 1-0 lead. The lead increased in the top of the third as Grady got into more trouble. Aggie left fielder Tiare Jennings singled to center field with one out to set up her teammate, cleanup hitter Hoku Nohara. Junior pitcher Corie Goodman came in to relieve Grady. Nohara came into the contest leading the NCAA in home runs with 20 and wasted no time adding to her total. She crushed the offering over the net in left field to land on the tennis courts. Her blast gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead. But the Aggies weren’t done: After a walk and wild pitch, third baseman
Ashley Maroda extended the New Mexico State lead by hitting a home run, this time over the center field fence. The Lions, however, had a comeback in them, cutting the lead to three. In the bottom of the frame, freshman Meghan Harman put the Lions on the board with a solo blast that barely cleared the wall in center field. After a Jennifer Nayudu single and Danielle Smith reached a base on an error, junior shortstop Sam Fischer drove a ball down the left field line to score Nayudu. But the Aggies responded in the top of the fourth, scoring four more runs and putting the contest out of reach with an RBI single by Jennings and an RBI double by first baseman Teresa Conrad, respectively. Second baseman Vanessa Valles reached base on an error in the game, landing on second base and driving in two runs in the process. The Aggies ended the game in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run by right fielder Tehani Kaaihue, giving them 11 runs, which called the game short due to the mercy rule. Wednesday’s contest came after a heartbreaking four-game series against conference rival Sacramento State, where the Lions came out on top in only one game and dropped the other three. “Our goal was to at least split the series,” said LMU Head Coach Gary Ferrin. The Lions went into the series tied for first place in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference and in the
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