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Nine Lions Named WCC Fall All-Academic

Dec. 15, 2004

San Bruno, California - The 2004 West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic teams honor some of the league's finest examples of the consummate scholar-athlete. Nine Loyola Marymount student-athletes were honored as members of the WCC fall All-Academic team.

Kylie Beren and Lori Sims of women's soccer, David Niemeyer and Diego Souza of men's soccer, Jody Carlson and Kelli Nerison of volleyball, and Kenny Arehart, Bernie Ochoa, and Andy Thompson of men's cross country were all selected from LMU's fall WCC athletes to represent the Lions on the All-Academic team.

"These honorees represent the commitment of WCC student-athletes to both academic and athletic excellence," said WCC Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "Every year, it's a difficult process to narrow the long list of qualified nominees from each institution. All of those nominated should be proud of their achievements."

Sims was LMU's leading scorer with eight goals and six assists on the year. She was in the top four in the conference for every offensive category and recorded the third hat trick in LMU history when she scored three goals against Oregon State on September 26th. The junior forward had three game-winning goals on the season in LMU's wins over Rutgers, Oregon State and Saint Mary's. Half of her 70 shots on the season were on goal. In just three years, Sims has carved her way into the LMU record books. She sits in the top 10 in every offensive category, both single season and career. Sims, a liberal studies major with a 3.29 GPA, was also named to the women's soccer Academic All-District VIII first-team.

Beren was an integral part of the LMU defense this season. The team allowed just 0.80 goals, 9.05 shots, and 4.20 shots on goal per game. They recorded eight shutouts, and had 14 games where the defense allowed five or less shots on goal. The Lions had four games where the defense did not allow a single shot on goal. Only once did LMU allow more than two goals this season, and the Lions allowed more than one goal just three times. The senior defender finished the season with one assist on the year against Rutgers. In addition to the conference academic honors, Beren also earned NSCAA/adidas second-team Scholar All-West Region honors. Beren is a business major with a 3.57 GPA.

The LMU women's soccer team finished the season with a 10-7-3 record, the sixth time in the last eight years that the Lions have won at least 10 games.

Souza, of LMU men's soccer, appeared in all 21 games, starting the first 11. He registered a goal and an assist against UC Riverside, and also added an assist against Southwest Missouri State in the season opener. For the season, the sophomore midfielder took 13 shots, seven on goal. He is a business major with a 3.86 GPA.

Neimeyer appeared in 16 games, starting three. He recorded three shots on the season against New Mexico, American, and San Diego. The sophomore midfielder is a political science major with a 3.81 GPA.

The LMU men's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with an 11-8-3 record. The Lions finished second in the West Coast Conference with an 8-3-1 record.

Carlson averaged 1.7 kills and 1.16 digs per game for LMU volleyball. The senior had her best outings against WCC opponents, tallying 17 kills, six blocks, and a .630 attack percentage against then-No.23 Santa Clara. She also had 11 kills, seven digs, and four blocks against then-No.14 Saint Mary's. Currently holding a 3.63 GPA, Carlson will graduate in May with a degree in liberal studies.

Named a first-team All-WCC and AVCA All-Region selection for the second straight season, Nerison was also the WCC Player of the Week twice this season. She ranked in the nation's top ten in blocks per game all season- currently sixth with 1.72. Nerison led the conference in hitting percentage and blocks per game in WCC play and was named the LMU/Enterprise Student-Athlete of the Month in October. She ended the season averaging 3.09 kills, 0.25 service aces, 1.71 blocks, and 0.42 digs per game. With a current cumulative GPA of 3.35, Nerison will graduate in May with a degree in business administration.

Carlson and Nerison led the LMU volleyball team to its second straight NCAA tournament berth, where the Lions concluded their 2004 season 17-12 overall. It was the eighth trip to the NCAA tournament in the last 11 seasons for the Lions.

For the second straight season, LMU men's cross country has placed the highest percentage of any LMU fall sports team on the WCC fall All-Academic team. The squad was also the recipient of the 2003-04 Dr. Maureen Schaukowitch Cup, presented to the LMU team with the highest GPA in an academic year.

Arehart posted a season-best time of 27:03 at the Stanford Invitational. He had a top-30 finish at the WCC Championship with a time of 27:12, good for a 26th place finish overall. A junior animation major, Arehart has a 3.47 GPA.

Ochoa also posted a season-best time of 26:53 at the Stanford Invitational. Currently holding a 3.77 GPA, Ochoa will graduate in May with a degree in physics.

Thompson finished his season strong, recording his season-best time at the WCC Championship with a 27:36. With a current GPA of 3.40, Thompson will graduate in May with a degree in business administration.

With a team time of 171:21 at the NCAA regionals in November, LMU men's cross country earned the Lions a 20th place finish, the top LMU finish at the NCAA Regional in program history.

At the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports. To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.

LMU's nine fall selections make the Lions among the most-represented schools in the conference, second only to Portland who placed eleven on the team.



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