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Winter 2003 | Volume 26, Number 1 | Athletics
Womenís Soccer Claims GNAC Title

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 menís 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.

With just 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.

Unfortunately, neither 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 wins to become college soccerís career coaching victory leader. McCrath will lose just three 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 Regional.

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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.

Homecoming 2003!
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 years. [Alumni]

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation
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]

My Response
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.