Eagles Midseason Highlights
In the Eagle’s second match, at the University of California, Riverside, Jose Ortiz set a personal best at the 5K mark and finished the 8K at 27:52, ranking 5th among conference runners. Christopher Pouch ran a personal best of 30:47 despite limited training, and Victoria Woods finished her first 6K collegiate meet at 26:02. Our newcomers are adjusting to the added distance in college. The race courses are longer than high school by 3K for men and 1K for women.
At the 2017 Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento, on September 30th, our runners ran with 10 Division I colleges and the number one nationally ranked team in the NAIA. After a week of hard training, Ortiz proved consistent with a time of 28:46, and new member Erika McCormick finished her first 6K meet in 27:10.
The teams will be participating in two more meets this season; October 21st at William Jessup University, and the California Pacific Conference Championships on October 30th in Fresno, California.
SNC golfers Nick Yell and Parker Pilati (SR/Modesto, CA) captured individual medalist titles on October 3rd against Menlo College. The men played over 7,100 yards and the women over 5,900 yards in the first ever 36-hole Sierra Nevada College Golf Tournament at the Incline Village Championship Golf Course. The players were met by cold temperatures, 30 mph wind gusts, “firm to quite firm” greens conditions, and challenging hole locations.
Yell, team captain and SNC senior, led the men’s side, totaling 147 for the two days with a tournament low of 69 in the first round. A par on the last hole secured his title, edging off Menlo freshman Frederik Ingul by one stroke. Yell points to his putting as the driver behind his solid play.
Parker Pilati, a senior from Modesto, captured the individual title in the women’s field. Pilati’s consistent play gave her a five-stroke edge over Menlo’s Addison Flemming. Her round of 85 was the lowest throughout the tournament.
On Monday, junior Jacob Luas (SR/Whittier, CA) notched his 3rd hole in one in the span of two weeks on the 185-yard par 3 17th hole. The week before he recorded aces in two consecutive practice rounds. He finished the tournament in 3rd place with a total of 157.
Led by head coach Eric Tanguay and assistant coach Anthony Moncada, the team wrapped up their fall season at the Coastal Collegiate Classic in Gleneden Beach, OR on October 9th and 10th. The competition at the Salesian Resort included 5 teams ranked in the top 25 nationally by the NAIA. The Eagles showed consistent improvement in very variable conditions. The men’s team finished 8th our of fourteen, and the women finished 5th out of seven.
The Lady Eagles beat the Mariners of Marymount California University (MCU) for the first time on Thursday October 5th. Although the Mariners were able to take 14 shots on goal, goalkeeper Ashley Siwik (FR/San Ramon, CA) blocked every one. The Eagles got their lead late in the first half, when Bailey Sambrano (SO/Reno, NV) made a beautiful shot assisted by Hannah Hasbrouck (SR/Fenton, MI) and Ashley Agrella (SO/Reno, NV). In past matches SNC has fallen to MCU, losing 0-10 in 2015 and 0-7 in 2016. “That kind of determination is what can carry us in to the playoffs,” said head coach Christian DeLeon.
The men’s team played a tenacious defense through the scoreless first half of their game against Marymount on the same day. MCU stepped it up in the second half, managing a hard-fought 3-1 win.
The women’s team notched their first shoutout of the season the previous week against Mills College. In an improved passing game, Annie Clements (SO/Roseville, CA) gained the first goal in a one-on-one matchup against the Mills College goalie in the first half. Less than ten minutes into the second half, Bailey Sambrano got nothing but net with assistance by Allie Engberson (JR/San Ramon, CA), and the Eagles finished 2-0.
Image: Women’s Golf Team Captain Parker Pilati at Hole 7 of the SNC Invitational