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Autumn 2003 | Volume 26, Number 4 | Athletics
Women’s Soccer Reaches NCAA Tournament; Falcon Harriers Stall at West Regional

come easily, but they’ve certainly come quickly for the Seattle Pacific University women’s soccer program. This fall, the Falcons demonstrated that winning a conference crown in their second year was no fluke. They took two more steps forward in their third season, not only topping the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, but also earning a national ranking and an NCAA tournament berth.

Under new coach Chuck Sekyra, Seattle Pacific had a record of 17-2-2 to earn a ranking of No. 10 in Division II. Shannon Lovejoy, a star as a freshman, scored a school-record 17 goals in her sophomore campaign, while goal-keeper Jennifer Hull had 12 shutouts — third in the NCAA.

Unfortunately, SPU’s 17-game unbeaten string was snapped as No. 17 Cal State Domin-guez Hills beat the Falcons 2-1 in the opening game of the NCAA Division II Far West Regional in La Jolla, California, November 15. “It was great to play at the NCAAs, because no one expected us to do this well or get this far,” says senior sweeper Nicole Ruiz. “But it would have been nice to be there longer.”

Another nationally ranked autumn team was women’s cross country. Led by juniors Jamie Witt and Josie Lavin, the Falcons won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship and were ranked No. 23 in Division II. Their hopes for a berth in the NCAA Championships came to an end November 8 as the Falcon women finished fifth in the NCAA West Regional and no men’s or women’s runners finished among the top five.

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From the President
“What is a college education really worth?” asks President Philip Eaton. With universities under scrutiny today, SPU must reflect about its influence and impact.

Closing the Gap
In the final year of The Campaign for SPU, the University has strong momentum heading into the stretch. [Campaign]

A Record-Setting Autumn
SPU welcomed its largest and most academically prepared freshman class in Autumn Quarter 2003. [Campus]

Fighting for Family
The U.S. Marines asked Les and Leslie Parrott for help to strengthen the home life of soldiers returning from long Iraq deployments. [Faculty]

Creativity Takes Flight
Theatre graduate Sam Vance '96 is a man with the kind of vision needed by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. [Alumni]

My Response
“Dear Time Capsule Openers,” wrote Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Bruce Congdon to SPU students, faculty and alumni in 2053. His letter is now in a time capsule in SPU's new Science Building.