Michael Erush enters his fourth season at LMU?one of the best servers in college soccer?was a second-team all-conference selection for the third-straight year in 2002?can organize the defense efficiently and intelligently?will therefore serve as a sweeper?posseses natural leadership ability?excellent tackling skills.
Started in all 21 games for the Lions?took 22 shots, eight of which were on goal?scored goals in back-to-back games against UCLA (Sept. 22) and Sacramento State (Sept. 27)?tallied one assist against UC Irvine?converted 2-of-3 penalty kick attempts?named to the LMU Fall Classic and Vanderbilt all-touranment teams.
Earned his second-consecutive all-conference honor?played in 16 games and made 14 starts?recorded 31 shots on the year, 10 of which were shots on goal?tallied a season-high of 13 shots against Cal State Northridge (Oct. 8) ?scored his only goal of the year against San Francisco (Nov. 11)?collected four assists and six points for the season.
As a true freshman he was fourth on the team with six points and earned second team all-conference honors? started all 18 games for the Lions? had a goal and four assists?scored the game winner in the 1-0 win over Loyola of Chicago (Sept. 3) to win the Jesuit Cup? had first collegiate assist against UNLV (Sept. 8), setting up the game winner? assisted on another game winner in the 2-1 victory over Saint Mary?s (Oct. 8)? also had assists against Michigan State (Sept. 15) and UC Irvine (Sept. 29).
Erush is a 2000 graduate of Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, CA?a three-year letterwinner?served as team captain as a junior and senior?a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection and a two-time All-Valley and and All-West Valley League pick?garnered All-America honorable mention honors as a senior?named 1999 LA Times and Daily Breeze Player of the Year?prep coach was Jose Friere.
Michael Erush was born on Jan. 24, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA?the son of Lazar Erush?has one brother, Gary?also recruited by UCLA, San Jose State and Santa Clara?enjoys running and working out in his free time?names steak sandwiches as his favorite food?a business major.