One of the somewhat recent traditions for the Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team is its annual team retreat to Lake Tahoe. Each preseason, head coach Adam Cooper takes his team away from campus for a little team building, bonding and, of course, fitness and soccer training.
The team opens its season a week from Friday with a 5 p.m. (Pacific) contest at Colgate University in upstate New York. The Gaels’ home opener is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. against Central Arkansas.
Former Saint Mary’s midfielder Agustin Cazarez signed a professional contract with Sacramento Republic FC today, just hours prior to the USL Pro roster freeze deadline.
Cazarez joins Republic FC after playing the 2014 USL PDL season with Ventura County Fusion. Cazarez appeared in 12 matches for the Fusion. Cazarez also started and recorded an assist against Republic FC on May 14 during the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
A native of Reseda, Calif., Cazarez played the 2010 and 2011 seasons at SMC following two seasons as an all-conference and team MVP performer at Moorpark College. He was a first team all-West Coast Conference selection in 2011 and helped lead the Gaels to the league title and NCAA quarterfinals.
Republic FC plays the first of its five remaining regular season matches Wednesday night at 8 p.m. against Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads FC at Bonney Field in Sacramento. With a win Republic FC will earn a home playoff match for the first round of the USL PRO playoffs.
The West Coast Conference is unveiled its 2014 broadcast schedule for men’s soccer. The upcoming season features the most comprehensive slate of matches on traditional and digital spaces to date.
During the 2014 season, 39 West Coast Conference men’s soccer matches will be aired live and free of charge on TheW.tv. The majority of the schedule will feature contests produced by member institutions.
All nine SMC home games will be streamed free on SMCGaels.com and TheW.tv for computer, smartphone and table display.
During non-conference play, the Saint Mary’s at Washington match on Sept. 7 will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. For a complete schedule of Saint Mary’s games, click here.
The Saint Mary’s athletic department and director of athletics Mark Orr would like to wish lacrosse coach Lauren Uhr well in her new position as the head coach at Claremont McKenna, a program she coached prior to arriving at Moraga to lead the Gaels eight years ago.
“Lauren did a wonderful job in guiding our lacrosse program during her eight years at Saint Mary’s,” said Orr. “I’m sure I can speak for the entire Gael athletic community in wishing her the best in her new position.”
The Gaels will immediately begin the search process to determine Uhr’s replacement.
The Saint Mary’s men and women’s soccer and volleyball teams got geared-up this morning for the annual Fall Sports Photo Day. The teams each posed for portraits, team photos and various marketing shots taken by the department’s popular official photographer Tod Fierner.
Check out this video depicting today’s activities.
Former Saint Mary’s golfer Dalan Refioglu carded a 2-over par 74 in the first round of the U.S. Amateur Championship on the Riverside Course today at the Atlanta Athletic Club in John’s Creek, Ga.
With several golfers still on the course, Refioglu’s placing isn’t final. He is currently tied for 110th in the 312-golfer field. The top 64 golfers advance to match play, which determines the U.S. Amateur champion.
Refioglu is scheduled for a 5:30 a.m. (Pacific) tee time off the 10th tee at the AAC’s Highlands Course on Tuesday. He is paired for the second-straight day with American Luke Crapo, a junior at Weber State, and Welshman Rhys Pugh, a senior at East Tennessee State.
Last week the San Francisco Examiner published this story about Dalan’s career and previewed his participation in the U.S. Amateur, his final amateur tournament before turning professional.
Former Saint Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian National Team play the first of nine games in Europe tomorrow morning as they prepare for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
The Boomers play Finland tomorrow morning at 6:15 a.m. (Pacific) in a 3-game tournament in Lithuania. They face Ukraine on Saturday at 6:15 a.m., then play the hosts on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Other warm-up games include a contest at Finland and five games in France (3 in Nice, 2 in Strasbourg) before opening the World Cup on Saturday, August 30 against Slovenia.