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Gunn grad McElfresh a Division II All-America men's soccer

 

UC San Diego men's soccer stars Cameron McElfresh, a Gunn grad, and Kuba Waligorski were officially unveiled as National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II All-Americans.

McElfresh is the consensus top goalkeeper in the land in Division II, adding NSCAA All-America First Team distinction to Wednesday's announcement of being the first-team Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America goalie.


Katherine Hobbs
McElfresh is one of 11 standout players on the NSCAA's first team. Waligorski, a native of Szczecin, Poland, three-year Triton and captain, is a second-team All-America pick by the D2CCA and NSCAA.

McElfresh becomes the sixth UCSD player to earn first-team NSCAA All-American honors and the first since former teammate and predecessor as starting net-minder Josh Cohen in 2013. McElfresh joins UCSD Athletics Hall of Famer Chris Romey (1993), Bobby Saadati (2000), Matt Davey (2003), Jonathan Shum (2003) and Cohen.

McElfresh and Waligorski anchored the nation's No. 4-rated defense, with a 0.52 team goals-against average and 14 shutouts over 24 contests. The Tritons allowed 13 goals all year, and only eight of them were from the run of play, with four others coming from penalty kicks and one a free kick.

McElfresh finished fourth in individual GAA (0.534), and second in save percentage (.854), shutouts (13) and goalie minutes played (2191:24).

Women's soccer

Middlebury College women's soccer player Katherine Hobbs, a Castilleja grad and Menlo Park resident, has earned All-American accolades from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) when the teams were recently announced.

The senior midfielder was named to the second team, becoming the 11th player in the program's history to earn the honor and the first since Julia Favorito '14 and Elizabeth Foody '14 in 2013. Hobbs helped lead the Panthers to a 15-5 mark with a trip to the NCAA Sectional round.

Hobbs was both a First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team All-Region selection as a midfielder. The fourth-year Panther made the most of scoring chances this season, with four of her six goals being game winners.

That mark tied her for third in the conference in that category. Hobbs also assisted on the game-winning goal in the final minutes of an October 8 conference victory over Tufts. Her six goals and 13 points both ranked second on the team.

Missing one match this season due to injury, the senior captain played in 64 career contests for Middlebury with 53 starts in the last three seasons, scoring 11 goals along with five assists for 27 points.

Hobbs was also named a CoSIDA District I First-Team Academic All-District selection for her efforts in the classroom.

Boys lacrosse

The ADVNC 2021 boys' lacrosse team went undefeated over the weekend and won the Adrenaline Blackjack Classic in Henderson, NV, just outside of Las Vegas.

ADVNC 2021, ages 14 and under, draws its players from Palo Alto, Woodside, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and nearby communities.

The tournament hosted roughly 100 teams in various age groups from as far away as Canada and Denver.

The locals finished 6-0 overall, and defeated Denver Elite, 8-5, in Sunday's championship game.

Football

For the fourth time in the past five years, Stanford has been named the winner of the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis.

The Cardinal shared the honor with Northwestern and Miami (Fla.).

Stanford recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2009.

Stanford (9-3) plays North Carolina in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30 in El Paso.

Stanford football awards:

Tommy Vardell Award

Presented to the junior or senior who epitomizes excellence in both athletics and academics: Christian McCaffrey

Team Technician Award

Presented to the player whose commitment to technique, effort, attitude and mental discipline enhance their performance on the field: Peter Kalambayi

Billy Anderson Commitment to Community Outreach Award

Presented to an offensive player who displays a special commitment to community outreach: Michael Rector and Christian McCaffrey

Chris Draft Commitment to Community Outreach Award

Presented to a defensive player who displays a special commitment to community outreach: Harrison Phillips

Outstanding Freshman Award

Presented to the top first-year player: Nate Herbig

Deswarte-Eller Award

Presented to the most outstanding second-year player: JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Gundelach Award

Presented to the top third-year player: Solomon Thomas

Outstanding Senior Award

Presented to an exceptional graduating senior player: Conrad Ukropina

Frank Rehm Award

Presented to the most valuable back and most valuable linemen in the big game: Christian McCaffrey and Peter Kalambayi

Phil Moffat Award

Presented to the most outstanding special teams player: Brandon Simmons and Craig Jones

Greg Piers Award

Presented to the most valuable scout team members: Dorian Maddox (offense), Lewis Burik (defense) and Treyvion Foster (special teams)

Jim Reynolds Award

Presented to the senior player whose courage on the field and dedication to the game are an inspiration to all: Zach Hoffpauir

Jack Huston Award

Presented to the player exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance, and unheralded efforts: Johnny Caspers

Al Masters Award

Presented to the player displaying the highest degree of leadership and respect of his teammates: Dallas Lloyd

Irving S. Zeimer Award

Presented to the team's most valuable player: Christian McCaffrey

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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