| Womenís Soccer Claims GNAC
WHEN THE FIRST Seattle Pacific University
womenís soccer team took the field in 2001, many figured it was just a matter
of time before the Falcons began following in the footsteps of the legendary
program. Well, it didnít take much time at all. Seattle Pacific claimed the Great
Northwest Athletic Conference title in 2002, clinching first place with a 2-1
overtime victory at Seattle University on the final day of the season.
one senior and one junior, the squad went unbeaten (10 wins, one tie) in the
final 11 games, finishing 13-4-2. Shannon Lovejoy earned co-Freshman of the Year,
and three others joined her on the all-conference team.
the womenís nor
menís team, which finished 11-6-2, received an invitation to the NCAA playoffs.
Falcon Coach Cliff McCrath and his
good friend, Wheatonís Joe Bean, will both begin the 2003 season needing four
to become college soccerís career coaching victory leader. McCrath will lose
starters this year to graduation.
A current challenge for the womenís
team is finding a new coach. The Falconsí Bobby Bruch, named GNAC Coach of the
Year in 2002, resigned his position to pursue new career opportunities in soccer.
In the other fall sports, volleyballís Monica Herrera was voted the GNAC Newcomer
of the Year after setting SPU and conference records for kills. In cross country,
Tim LeCount was the conference Freshman of the Year and took eighth in the West
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From the President
SPU aims to take its vision to new spheres of influence and effectiveness. "I
love finding those strategic, economic levers that allow us to allocate,
align, realign and increase our resources ó so that our vision might
bear fruit,Ē says President Philip Eaton.
On Homecoming weekend, SPUís campus lights up with music, theatre, high-flying
hoops, the Talent Show and much-anticipated class reunions. [Campus]
An SPU Icon
Danna Wilder Davis completed what few others ever did at Seattle Pacific:Between
1924 and 1939, she went from first grade to college graduation in consecutive
Three faculty-led initiatives received SPUís 2002-2003 Faculty Grants for Theology
and Vocation. The grants support projects that weave vocational themes
into the curriculum. [Faculty]
ďIím the father of an AIDS orphan,Ē says Tim Dearborn, dean of the chapel at
SPU, as he recounts his teenage daughterís trip to Uganda. There she visited
an AIDS orphan sponsored by the Dearborn family.