Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Lipsher, Carlson get their kicks at NCAAs
The NCAA women's soccer tournament kicks off today with two local girls looking to help mainland schools make it all the way.
Duke goalkeeper Allison Lipsher (Punahou '04) looks to end her career on a high note when she leads the Blue Devils (8-5-6) against South Carolina in a first-round matchup. Lipsher made six saves in a loss to Wake Forest in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Despite the loss and a shaky win-loss record, The Blue Devils still managed to secure an at-large bid.
Sophomore midfielder Lizzy Carlson (Punahou '06) helped Denver (13-4-4) secure a bid in the tournament by winning the Sun Belt Conference.
Carlson had an assist in the Pioneers' 2-0 victory over North Texas in the championship game. She was selected to the all-tournament team.
» Occidental freshman forward Jesi Sasaki
(Iolani '07) was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year. She finished her first season with seven goals and four assists. Teammate Marci Kang
(Iolani '06) was named to the second team.
» Washington defensive tackle Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
(Hawaii Prep '05) had six tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble and Wilson Afoa
(Saint Louis '03) added two solo tackles and a sack in the Huskies' 29-23 loss to Oregon State.
Naymon Frank (Roosevelt '03) had two tackles and starting safety Al Afalava (Kahuku '05) had four solo tackles and forced a fumble for the Beavers. He also made a hit on Washington quarterback Jake Locker that forced Locker to be carted off the field in an ambulance.
» Mika Kane (Kamehameha '05) and Tyson Alualu (Saint Louis '05) each had five tackles in California's 24-17 loss to Southern California. Alualu also recovered a fumble for the Golden Bears, while Kaluka Maiava (Baldwin '04) had four tackles for the Trojans.
» Colorado senior linebacker and Butkus Award finalist Jordon Dizon (Waimea '04) had 10 tackles in a 3-point loss to Iowa State. Dizon leads the nation with 131 total tackles and 93 solo tackles.
» Hofstra senior Shellane Ogoshi
(Roosevelt '04) became the Pride's all-time assists leader in a five-game victory over James Madison. She finished with 57 assists in the match and now has 4,487 for her career, breaking the school record of 4,422 held by Naomi Shimada
. She has 1,628 digs for her career, which is also the most ever by a Pride player. She finished the regular season with a career-high 10 kills to go along with 60 assists and nine digs in a win over George Mason.
» East Tennessee State senior Kaena Apana (Nanakuli '04) broke the Atlantic Sun record for digs in a season in a four-game victory over Kennesaw State. She finished with 21 digs in the match and has 721 this season.
» Washington sophomore Tamari Miyashiro (Kalani '05) had 10 digs and four assists to help the Huskies' avenge one of their two losses for the season against California. She finished with 30 digs and Ashley Aratani (Iolani '04) added two aces in the Huskies' other loss this season in their previous game against Stanford.
» Siena College junior libero Kathi Kobayashi (Punahou '05) had 24 digs in wins over Marist and Iona. Defensive specialist Kaui Robello (Punahou '06) added eight digs and four aces in the Iona victory to help Siena earn the top seed in the Metro Athletic Association Conference championships beginning next weekend.
» Oregon State sophomore setter Camilla Ah-Hoy (Kahuku '06) combined for 69 assists, 31 digs and four kills in losses to UCLA and USC over the weekend.
» Derrick Low
(Iolani '04) scored a game-high 26 points to lead ninth-ranked Washington State to a 86-74 win over Boise State. Low was 7-for-12 from the field and added two assists and two steals in 37 minutes. His 7-for-7 shooting from the free-throw line was a personal best for a single game.
» Colorado School of Mines junior Kyle Pape (Iolani '05) was named to the preseason All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East Division team.
Pape was the only player to start all 27 games last season and led the team in assists (82) and steals (26). He had a team-high 16 points and added 11 rebounds in a 72-54 exhibition win over Johnson & Wales University.