Hawaii Grown Report:
Lipsher last local girl in NCAA soccer tourney
(Punahou '04) is the only Hawaii athlete remaining in the NCAA women's soccer tournament.
Lipsher led the Blue Devils to back-to-back wins over South Carolina and No. 13 Georgia to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second time in her career.
Duke got lost on the way to its opener against the Gamecocks and arrived at the field just 35 minutes prior to match time.
Lipsher made two stops in the match and helped the Blue Devils win 4-1 on penalty kicks to advance to the second round.
"It might have worked in our favor because we had a lot of adrenaline getting off the bus and going right onto the field," Lipsher was quoted as saying in a Duke press release about being late to the game.
She continued her stellar play with three saves in recording her 32nd career shutout as Duke got past the Bulldogs 1-0. The Blue Devils play Indiana in the round of 16 on Sunday.
"At this point all the teams are good, and games are going to come down to the team who can stay focused and keep fighting for the full 90 minutes," Lipsher said.
Marisa Schoen (Punahou '07) came off the bench and had a shot on goal in Pennsylvania's 2-0 loss to James Madison in the opening round.
Alyssa Chun (Kamehameha '06) did not see the field in Santa Clara's 2-0 opening-round loss to California, and Lizzy Carlson (Punahou '06) started for Denver in its 5-0 loss to Portland.
» Max Bowman
(Honokaa '04) scored four goals in the NCAA tournament to lead Redlands to an Elite Eight appearance. He scored on a bicycle kick in the 3-1 loss to Loras College.
Brother Eli Bowman (Honokaa '06) also plays for Redlands, which had back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.
» St. John's junior Lena Yee
(Moanalua '05) was named the Big East's libero of the year for the second straight season. She had 21 digs to lead the 18th-ranked Red Storm over Louisville to win the Big East title and earn an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
» Kelli Grobe (Iolani '05) had nine kills in a four-game victory over Penn to lead Princeton to an undefeated Ivy League season and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
» Hofstra senior Shellane Ogoshi (Roosevelt '04) wrapped up her career with a third consecutive selection to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team. She had 37 assists and 10 digs in the Pride's loss to Delaware in the conference championship match. She finished her career with 4,597 assists and 1,660 digs, both school marks.
» Marya Kaminski (Iolani '06) is a freshman middle blocker for Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.), which won its ninth NCAA Division III national title. She played in 18 game and had 23 kills and a .345 hitting percentage.
» Sophomore defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
(Hawaii Prep '05) had eight tackles, including two for loss, and senior defensive tackle Wilson Afoa
(Saint Louis '03) had a solo tackle and fumble recovery in Washington's 14-point win over California.
Golden Bears defensive end Tyson Alualu (Saint Louis '05) finished with seven tackles, and Mika Kane (Kamehameha '05) added four.
» Freshman defensive end Nai Fotu (Kahuku '07) had two tackles and half a sack, and Kepa Gaison (Kamehameha '05) added two more tackles and a fumble recovery in Utah's 28-10 victory over New Mexico.
» Al Afalava (Kahuku '05) had two tackles and Suaesi Tuimaunei (Kahuku '06) added one in Oregon State's 52-17 thrashing of Washington State.
» Kepua Lee
(Moanalua '04) finished with 29 points, 13 rebounds and four steals to lead Menlo College (Atherton, Calif.) to a 54-53 victory over Lewis & Clark (Portland, Ore.) to win the Bon Appetit Classic Tournament. She averaged 28.5 points a game in the tournament and was named Menlo's athlete of the week.
» Nicole Anderson
(Iolani '05) helped Amherst win its first NCAA Division III national title after a 69th-place finish in the championship meet.