Saint Mary’s Volleyball Takes Time Out For Community Service

IMG_3874On Saturday, members of the Saint Mary’s volleyball team and its extended family got up a little earlier than they might normally on a weekend to help do their part on California Coastal Cleanup Day.

The Gaels partnered with The Watershed Project in Orinda to help pick up trash and remove harmful plants from local creeks and shorelines. That meant, not even 14 hours removed from playing Friday night’s match against Cal, the team broke out the rakes, picks and shovels to help chop, pull and weed to do their part for the environment. In the process, the Gaels helped contribute to The Watershed Project’s mission of inspiring Bay Area communities to understand, appreciate, and protect our local watersheds.

For more information on The Watershed Project, click here. For more info on the Saint Mary’s volleyball team, visit SMCGaels.com.

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Saint Mary’s Stadium getting a new rug

sodWorkers from Delta Bluegrass Company are laying new sod today and tomorrow in Saint Mary’s Stadium.  Under the direction of Mercado Landscaping, they are installing a total of 102,226 square feet of sod that should provide the Gaels one of the top natural grass competitive surfaces on the West Coast.  A total of 16 trucks delivered 342 rolls of three types of sod:  Hybrid Bermudas for the field, 90/10 Tall Fescue and a Special Shade Blend for the outlying areas adjacent to the field.

The stadium also features a new state-of-the-art Daktronics scoreboard.

The first game date for the SMC men and women’s soccer teams to play on the new field has not been set.

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Live Blog: #2014SMCInv Day Two

Welcome back to Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course for day two of the Saint Mary’s Invitational. After two rounds, the host Gaels own a five-shot lead over West Coast Conference foe San Diego. On the individual side, San Diego’s Mathias Dahl owns a two-stroke lead over SMC’s Jonathan De Los Reyes and Florida Gulf Coast’s Jake Sherwin. Sette in for one more round from scenic Seaside, Calif.!

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Live Blog: #2014SMCInv Golf Day One

Welcome to another season of the Saint Mary’s Golf Invitational coming to you live from Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif. Follow along here for all the news and notes from around the course today as we track all 16 teams for today’s 36-hole throwdown. For live scores, visit our tournament page at BirdieFire.com. And, follow @SMCGaels and the hashtag #2014SMCInv on Twitter for photos, quips and the day’s events.
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Geyer is in the hunt at eGolf Tour event in Mississippi

Former Saint Mary’s golfer Ben Geyer fired rounds of 68-66 for a 10-under par 134 after two rounds at the Island View Casino Championship, the second of two events that make up the eGolf Tour’s Million Dollar Championship Series.

The Arbuckle, Calif. native raced around Gulfport, Mississippi’s Windance Country Club with eight birdies and two bogeys today.  His 14 birdies over the first 36 holes was the second-highest total in the tournament.

He is tied for eighth overall in the 140 golfer field.  The top 60 golfers after today’s second round, who all finished at 5-under or better, made the cut to advance to Friday’s third round.

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Sanchez receives honor for defensive effort at UW

Saint Mary’s sophomore Rafael “Junior” Sanchez was named one of Inland NW Soccer’s “Best XI” for his defensive role in the Gaels’ upset victory over 4th ranked Washington last weekend in Seattle.

The Selah, Wash. native played the entire overtime match and helped key a defensive effort that limited UW to just one goal in 10 shots on frame.

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SMC keeper named Big Man On Campus

After holding 4th ranked Washington to just one goal on a reported 33 shot attempts and registering nine saves in the Gaels’ 2-1 upset win over the Huskies, Saint Mary’s senior goalkeeper Andre Rawls was lauded by MLS On Campus as one of the websites’s Big Men On Campus.

So far this season, the native of nearby San Ramon has played much like his doppelgänger – Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa.  He is the WCC leader in saves with 18 in 3 matches.

SMC returns to action Friday in its home opener – a 4 p.m. match against Central Arkansas at Garaventa Soccer Field.

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