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Lions Name Athletes of the Year

May 16, 2003

Los Angeles, CA (May 15) - Loyola Marymount University announced that men's soccer senior Arturo Torres, women's soccer junior Laura Trask and women's tennis senior Penka Fileva are the 2003 LMU Athletes of the Year. Torres becomes the first men's soccer player to earn male athlete of the year while Trask and Fileva become the first pair to earn co-female honors.

Each year the coaches select an athlete of the year from their respective programs. From that group the male and female athlete of the year is chosen. Last year Edit Pakay from corss country/tennis earned female athlete of the year honors and Kevin Paulsen from men's water polo was the male selection.

Torres completed an amazing four-year career at LMU. He finished his final season earning second-team All-America honors and his fourth-straight All-West Coast Conference first-team award. He was the first player in LMU soccer history to be named to the first-team all four years, just the fifth player to do so in WCC history.

He holds the career goals (45), points (111) and assists records (21) at LMU, which tied him for eighth on the WCC all- time goals chart and fifth on the all-time points list. Torres helped the Lions to advance in the NCAA Tournament with the only goal in the 1-0 win over Cal State Northridge in the first round this past season.

Trask completed her third season and earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honors. Playing and starting in all 19 games, Trask finished with two goals and an assist. However, it wasn't her offense that turned heads in the top-ranked conference in the nation. It was her defense and leadership.

The Lions, behind the leadership of Trask, continued to be one of the best in the WCC and nationally. LMU ranked second in the WCC and 17th in the NCAA in goals against average (0.74) and has allowed the second fewest goals (14) of any WCC member. LMU had 10 shutouts on the season, two behind national champion Portland for the league lead. The 10 shutouts in 19 games tied for 18th nationally with Sacred Heart and UCLA.

Fileva finished her four-year career at LMU as one of the most successful tennis players in LMU's rich history. In 2002 she helped the Lions to their first conference title and this past season she finished with a singles record of 21-15 and a doubles mark of 17-12. She was named first-team All-WCC in both singles and doubles.

In her four-year career at LMU, Fileva had 20 or more wins in three of her seasons, earning 19 as a sophomore in 2001. She finishes with an overall record of 85-57, the second-most career wins in LMU history, one shy of Julie Oshiro's record of 86. Her doubles record of 62-47 is tied for seventh in program history.

The nominations for the 2003 Athlete of the Year were:

Basketball - Adrianne Slaughter
Rowing - Vanessa Blendenning
Cross Country - Erin Junkin
Soccer - Laura Trask
Softball - Sami Strinz
Swimming - Krista Zabor
Tennis - Penka Fileva
Volleyball - Kealani Kimball
Water Polo - Teresa Guidi

Baseball - Jonathan Higashi
Basketball - Charles Brown
Crew - Jarret Carle
Cross Country - Bernardino Ochoa
Golf - Chaz Inouye
Soccer - Arturo Torres
Tennis - Tigran Martirosyan
Water Polo - Kevin Witt



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