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Rafael Baca
Rafael Baca

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lawndale, CA

High School:
Animo Leadership HS

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 160

Position:
F

Experience:
3V



08/06/2014

Nitti Name to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

Craig Nitti is the third player in LMU men's soccer history to be named to the MAC Hermann watch list, joining the ranks of Rafael Baca (2009) and Roger Downes (2011).

12/10/2013

Nitti Named to NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Far West Region Team

Redshirt defender Craig Nitti was a second team selection on the NSCAA Continental Tire NCAA DI Men's Soccer All-Far West Region Team.

11/12/2013

Senior Night Celebration, Battle for WCC Title

It all comes down to the final week. Battling for top billing in the West Coast Conference, and a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the LMU men's soccer team celebrates Senior Night Wednesday, Nov. 13 against San Diego before traveling to Santa Clara on Friday, Nov. 15 for a battle with second-place Santa Clara. Kick off at Sullivan Field is scheduled for 6 p.m. while start time in Santa Clara is set for 7 p.m.

11/08/2013

Record Night as LMU Wins Sixth Straight

In a roller coaster of a game featuring seven goals, a hat trick, six cards, 33 shots and nine spectacular saves, the LMU men's soccer team built a 3-0 first-half lead and held on for a 4-3 West Coast Conference victory over Portland Friday night at Sullivan Field.

11/07/2013

Final Stretch Begins at Home

Holding a four-point lead in the West Coast Conference standings, the LMU men's soccer team begins a key three-game homestand this week as they chase their second league crown in four years. On Friday, Nov. 8, the Lions host Portland at 7 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. tilt on Sunday, Nov. 10 versus Gonzaga.

11/22/2010

Men's Soccer vs San Francisco - November 14, 2010

Men's Soccer vs San Francisco - November 14, 2010

11/01/2010

Men's Soccer vs. Santa Clara - Oct. 31, 2010

Photos by Jeff Sipsey

10/27/2010

Men's Soccer vs. Gonzaga - Oct. 8, 2010

Men's Soccer vs. Gonzaga - Oct. 8, 2010. Photos by Allie Shorin

10/19/2010

Men's Soccer vs. Portland - October 10, 2010

Men's Soccer vs. Portland - October 10, 2010

10/05/2010

Men's Soccer vs. Cal State Northridge

Sep. 05, 2010

Click here for Rafael's media guide bio

Click here for Rafa's Hermann Trophy page

Briefly...
Rafael Baca enters his senior season at LMU... first player in LMU history to be included on the Hermann Trophy Watch List... has incredible body control with the ball at his feet... great knowledge of spacing and where to be on the field... became a team leader the moment he arrived on campus... named team captain as a sophomore and a junior... 2009 LMU Male co-Athlete of the Year... 2008 and 2009 First Team All-WCC... 2009 Goal.com First Team All-American... 2009 NSCAA Second Team All-Far West Region... 2007 Second Team All-WCC and All-Freshman Team... 2008 Third Team NSCAA/adidas All-Region... spent summer of 2009 with L.A. Galaxy Under-20 team...

At LMU...

2010...
Third Team Preseason All-American by College Soccer News...

2009...
MAC Hermann Award Watch List... Preseason All-WCC Team... LMU Male co-Athlete of the Year... Soccer News Net Player of the Year candidate... Goal.com First Team All-American... Second Team NSCAA All-Far West Region... First Team All-WCC after leading LMU with nine goals, five assists, and 23 points... WCC Player of the Week (Sept. 21)... WCC September Player of the Month... Soccer America Team of the Week member (Sept. 21)... scored opening goal in 2-1 upset of #6 UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 13)... scored twice, including game-winning goal, in 3-2 upset of #5 Dartmouth (Sept. 20)...

2008...
First Team All-WCC... Third Team NSCAA/adidas All-Region... LMU Fall Classic All-Tournament Team... started all 20 games... logged the most minutes of any Lion player (1,850)... led team in scoring with five goals and 11 points... added one assist... attempted 67 shots, the second-most in a single-season in LMU history... had 27 shots on goal... scored the game-winning goals vs. #24 Cal Poly (Sept. 5) and Saint Mary's (Oct. 31)... also found the net vs. Gonzaga (Oct. 12), at Santa Clara (Oct. 17) and vs. San Francisco (Nov. 16)... assisted the goal at Gonzaga (Nov. 9)...

2007...
started all 19 of the games in which he appeared... led the team in scoring with two goals, five assists, and nine points... named Second Team All-WCC and to the WCC All-Freshman Team... scored first career goal at #23 Gonzaga (Oct 12)... scored against San Diego (Oct 26)... supplied two assists, including the game-winner, against #7 Harvard (Sept. 21)... also provided assists at Portland (Oct. 14), #23 Gonzaga (Nov. 9), and at Saint Mary's (Nov 18)...

Animo Leadership HS...
a 2007 graduate of Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood... All-CIF, All-State, All-Harbor League, All-Area, and All-City selections as a senior... team captain as a senior... two-year letterwinner under Coach Medrano... scored 58 goals... received Athlete Academic Award...

Mira Costa HS...
freshmen letterwinner... received Athlete Academic Award...

Personal...
Rafael Baca was born on September 11, 1989 in Tuxpan, Michoacan, Mexico... parents are Rafael and Graciela Baca... has a sister, Jennifer... chose LMU because of the atmosphere and the ability to be prepared as a professional in his career... majoring in Spanish...

Career Stats

	GP-GS	Sh	G	A	Pts
2007	19-19	31	2	5	9
2008	20-20	67	5	1	11
2009	20-20	67	9	5	23
Totals	59-59	165	16	11	43 

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