Geyer among leaders in Canadian Tour event

Former Saint Mary’s golfer Ben Geyer is among the leaders after the first two rounds of The Great Waterway Classic, a Mackenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada) event at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Kingston, Canada.

The Arbuckle, Calif. native fired rounds of 67-67 for a 10-under par 134. He eagled the par 5 18th hole today to place himself among the leaders heading into Saturday’s third round.  Canadian Brad Clapp leads the 156-golfer field at 14-under par.

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Champenois listed among PDL’s best goalkeepers

Saint Mary’s senior Lucas Champenois was named as one of 10 top professional goalkeeping prospects that played in the summer’s Premier Development League.  The Mountain View, Calif. native played for Albuquerque Sol FC for the second-straight summer.

He started 10 games, recorded six shutouts and ranked fourth in the league in goals against average at 0.6.  Champ’s six shutouts was the third-most in the league.

Saint Mary’s opens the 2015 season next week on the road at a tournament hosted by Duke University.  The Gaels host La Salle in their home opener on Sept. 4.  For a complete schedule, click here.

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WBK | Beck And Tall Ferns Fall Short Against Opals

Stella Beck and the New Zealand national team fell short in its automatic qualifying bid to the 2016 Rio Olympics, falling to Australia, ranked No. 2 in the world.

Beck, who was named the 2014-15 West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year, returns for her sophomore season with the Gaels in 2015-16. She helped the Tall Ferns to one of their closest games against the powerful Opals, as New Zealand trailed by about 10 points entering the final period. Beck and New Zealand still have a shot at qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. The Tall Ferns face a repechage series in the middle of 2016 with a bid on the line.

In her first season with the Gaels, Beck started all 33 games she appeared in, averaging 8.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg. She also led the WCC in field-goal percentage, shooting at a .550 clip.

Saint Mary’s opens the year on November 13th in Northridge. The Gaels home opener is set for Sunday, November 15th against San Jose State in McKeon Pavilion.

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De Los Reyes’ US Amateur run comes to an end

Saint Mary’s senior golfer Johnathan De Los Reyes’ run at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championships came to an end today with a 2-up loss to second seeded David Oraee of Greeley, Colo. at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.

Oraee jumped out to a quick lead when he recorded a birdie on the second hole of the round to go 1-up.  De Los Reyes responded by taking the seventh and eighth holes to grab a 1-up lead until Oraee made the match all square on the ninth.

After the turn, the two golfers each made par on the 10th through 12th holes until De Los Reyes carded a pair of birdies on 13 and 14 to to 2-up with four holes to play.  Oraee, however, finished strong by winning the final four holes of the match to advance in the match play competition.

The Saint Mary’s golf team opens its season on Sept. 14 by hosting the annual Saint Mary’s Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.  To read more about that tournament, click here.

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SMC golfer qualifies for match play at US Amateur

Saint Mary’s senior Jonathan De Los Reyes eagled the par 5 18th hole at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club to shoot a 2nd round 69 and join 17 other golfers in a playoff for a spot in match play at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championships.  The Antioch native was able to advance out of the playoff intoto the first round of match play and will face 2nd seeded David Oraee of Colorado at 12:45 p.m. today.

De Los Reyes is one of two current Gaels to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.  Sophomore Roman Aragon missed the cut by just one stroke after consecutive rounds of 72 to finish at 4-over par.

Saint Mary’s has had at least one qualifier into the U.S. Amateur for each of the last five years and at least 11 different Gaels have played in the event over the years.

Roman Aragon, 2015
Chadd Cocco, 2005
Daniel Cone, 2008 & 2009
Jonathan De Los Reyes, 2012 & 2015
Ben Geyer, 2011
Scott Hardy, 1999
Mac McClung, 2010, 2011 & 2013
Mike McRae, 2005 & 2006
Robert McRae, 2008
Hunter Rappleye, 2012
Dalan Refioglu, 2013 & 2014

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Delly & Patty lead Boomers to Olympic qualifying victory

Australia’s point guard duo of Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills along with David Andersen have carried the Boomers to a 71-59 victory against the New Zealand Tall Blacks in Game 1 of the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship.

The back court pair combined for 32 points including 5-13 three-point shooting as the Boomers overcame a sluggish start to record a convincing win.

The Boomers will now fly to New Zealand to face the Tall Blacks in Wellington on Tuesday night.

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Barraclough earns first major league victory

Former Saint Mary’s pitcher Kyle Barraclough earned his first major league victory last night when the Miami Marlins defeated Boston 14-6 at Marlins Park.

The Santa Clara, Calif. native entered the game in the fifth inning, and pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four batters.  He has appeared in three games since joining the Marlins recently.  In those three games, Barraclough has faced 11 batter and has allowed just one hit with five strikeouts.

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