Nov. 10, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Six Lions were honored today as the West Coast Conference announced it yearly awards. Lori Sims was named to the first-team for the second straight year, while Sara Aldama, Jennifer Horn, Kelly Lewandowski and Whitney Temple earned honorable mention honors. Michelle Kanama was named to the All-Freshman team.
Sims became LMU's career leader in points (55) and tied the career goals (20) record this season. She finished the season with six goals and five assists. She led the team and was second in the conference in shots with 84 this year. She scored the game-winning goal over UC Riverside, and has scored six game-winners in her career. The 17 points on the season is sixth all-time on the single season points chart, and the six goals ties for sixth place on the goal list. Additionally, the five assists ties for seventh place on the single season chart.
Aldama and Horn were integral members of the LMU defense. Both seniors helped LMU record eight shutouts this season. In addition, each player added to the Lion offense. Aldama recorded five assists on the season, good for seventh place on the single season list. With five points, she was third on the team in points. Horn scored the game-winning goal against Georgia, was named the Defensive MVP of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament, and was named to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week. She also assisted on LMU's game-winning goal over San Francisco.
Lewandowski was an offensive threat the entire season, scoring six goals and assisting on two others. Three of her goals were game-winners, helping LMU to victories over Utah, San Francisco and Cal State Northridge. She finished her career with 19 goals, good for third place on the career goals list, and just one behind the top mark of 20. She added her name to the single season record books as well, with her six goals (6th) and 14 points (8th). She concluded her impressive four year career with 44 career points, 4th all time.
Midfielder Temple rounds out LMU's all-conference award winners. She scored a goal against Navy and assisted on another against UC Riverside. She appeared in all 20 games and played a central role in the midfield.
Kanama earned All-Freshman team honors in her first season at LMU. She appeared in 17 games, starting three, and finished the season with one goal and one assist. She scored her goal against Princeton, and followed it up with an assist against Oakland in the next game.
WCC Champion Portland swept the top awards, with Christine Sinclair earning Player of the Year, Megan Rapinoe earning Freshman of the Year, Stephanie Lopez earning Defensive Player of the Year, and Garrett Smith earning Coach of the Year.
- GO LIONS! -