Men’s Basketball At NDNU: A Recap

The NDNU men’s basketball team recently completed their 2014-2015 campaign under the watchful eye of head coach George Puou this past week with a two game road trip through Southern California, which unfortunately both ended in loses. The season was one of many ups and downs for the Argonauts, however, there were some positives from the season that can be salvaged. Although the Argos posted a record of 4-22 many fans did witness moments of potential from a multitude of players.

The Argos offense was led by Sophomore guard Jalen Young and his relentless drives to the basket and silky smooth mid-range game, which ended with the Ventura Community College transfer posting a team leading 16.6 points per game average. Senior center Don Washington and Junior Jamaal Davis also contributed offensively posting point per game averages of 10.6 and 9.7 respectively. Junior guard James Northrup also contributed heavily leading the team in assists, along with averaging around six points per game.

The Argos defense was anchored by their squadron of big men down low led by Senior Don Washington, Senior Zach Ginter, and Sophomore Korey Serna. Washington used every inch of his 6-6 frame to constantly toss opposing players shots towards the stands. Ginter, who is known for his constant and relentless motor on the court, made countless hustle plays grabbing rebounds and getting essential put backs. Serna saw a lot more playing time in his second year as an Argo and saw a lot of development in his game, which he quote, “hopes to continue on into next year”.

Overall the Argos have a long road ahead of them if they want to see success next season. They graduated two essential players in the front court who will be dearly missed by Argo fans. The team, however, has huge upside especially at the guard positions returning all players (including their leading scorer) from this year’s squad. Freshman guard Chad Schaper hopes to, “learn from his freshman season and use that knowledge to accept and play a bigger role on next years team”. No one knows what is in the cards for the NDNU Argos Men’s Basketball team but with a young crop of talented players the hopes and goals will continue to be set high.

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The 2014-2015 NDNU Men’s Basketball Team

 

Missed It By That Much

The Notre Dame De Namur University men’s soccer team took their final road trip of the season this past weekend. It was a rough trip for the Argos who lost both games. They came up short against Point Loma University losing 0-1 as well as losing a tough game to Cal Baptist 3-2.

Oct. 30 – The first match against Point Loma was a long defensive battle. The Argos only took 15 shots in the double overtime loss. Point Loma, took 17 shots but the last one was all they needed to come away with the 1-0 victory.

“It was tough game, I thought were played pretty well but it came down to that last free kick and they hit it,” said junior defender Tyler Matas.

Nov. 1- In the second match against Cal Baptist, the Argos came out slow in the first half. Cal Baptist was able to score late in the first half to take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break. The Argos turned it around in the beginning of the second half scoring twice, one goal coming from junior striker Jack Ewert and freshman midfielder Oscar Ledesma. It looked good for the Argos but Cal Baptist came charging back with two goals of their own taking back the lead 3-2. Cal Baptist was able to hang on to the lead for the remainder of the game.

“Cal Baptist is a good team, once you have a lead on a good team we can’t make some of the mistakes we did to let them back in the game. Its tough to play from behind especially against good teams,” Ewert said.

The Argos next match is their last one of the season. They play Academy of Art University Nov. 8 at AAU.

Men’s soccer splits on the road

Notre Dame De Namur University men’s soccer weathered the Red Storm at Dixie State University scoring a 1-0 victory. But they came up short, losing by one goal against the Cougars at Azusa Pacific University (final score 1-2).

Argonauts fight through the storm

In the first half Dixie State started aggressively, getting several shots at the goal with 10 total attempts throughout the game, three that hit their target. NDNU goalkeeper Jay Tsuruoka turned away three shots on goal and shut out the Red Storm for the game.

In the second half the Argos came alive. Senior center midfielder Hunter Le Blanc attempted three total shots on goal, finally finding the back of the net late in the second half scoring the game-winning goal.

“Matt [DeQuiroz] made a phenomenal pass and I was just happy to put my team ahead. I’m glad we could get the win on the road,” Le Blanc said.

 

Cougars claw past Argonauts

NDNU striker Jack Ewert found an opening to score but the ball that hit the cross bar. The tide quickly changed APU was able to score giving them the lead 1-0 at the end of the first half. The Cougars stayed strong to start the second half scoring again making it a 2-0 lead. Towards the end of the game the Argos made things interesting when Ewert was able to find the back of the net.

The Argos would get another shot to tie with a LeBlanc kick from the top of the box that was deflected by the Cougars goalie. NDNU lost 1-2 falling to a 5-2 record in PacWest conference play.

“They were a good team. We made a few costly mistakes that we can’t make when we play good teams,” Ewert said,

The Argos next games are Thursday, Oct. 23 against Chaminade University and Saturday, Oct. 25 against BYU Hawaii both games will be played at home down at Koret field

Men’s Soccer Kicking Their Way to the Top

Almost half through the Pacific West Conference the Argonauts are kicking their way to the top, sitting at 4-1, while winning their last four in a row. The Argos defeated Dominican University and Holy Names University in their last two matches.

Now the Argos are on the road to Utah to face Dixie State University on Thursday, Oct. 16, then off to Azusa Pacific University in Southern California on Saturday, Oct. 18.

“Dixie will be tough, they’re fast physical and athletic, and they always play well at home,” said Director of Soccer B.J. Noble. “Azusa is also a very good team that’s balanced all the way through,” Noble said.

These two upcoming games can have a huge impact on the conference standings, according Noble.

“Our attacking style has been good, but we need to tighten up defensively and limit our mistakes,” Noble said.

One new challenge for the Argos may be the grass field at Dixie State. To some this may seem like a big deal, but not to coach Noble.

“The grass field is really nice, so I don’t think it’ll be a factor,” Noble said.

Rough Trip to Washington

The NDNU men’s soccer team went up to Washington this past weekend, Saturday September 13th through Monday September 15th, where they played Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University. It was a tough trip for the Argos losing both games, despite playing extremely well.

The Argos played Seattle Pacific in their first game. It was a long battle throughout with two goals coming from SPU one late in the first half and then another late in the second half.

Next was Western Washington, another rough game. The first half was a defensive battle, then luck struck for the Argos but unfortunately they couldn’t capitalize on a penalty kick. After that, the momentum was all for Western Washington who ended up with a late second half goal. The final score was 1-0.

The Argos are now 1-3 with their next game on Saturday September 20th against San Francisco State University.

 

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Danny Miller from WWU with control over the ball.

Lady Argos: Unstoppable

The Notre Dame De Namur women’s soccer team’s season is now underway. Currently the Lady Argos are 2-0 with wins coming against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. The Lady Argos have several new pieces to their team along with some key returners. Seniors Jessica Santos and Rebecca Yim look to lead their team to a lot more victories this year.

In their first game, the Argos played against Cal State Monterey Bay. Within the first half the game was extremely close with only a few shots on goal but no goals scored. The second half was a whole different story; CSUMB got on the board scoring their first goal of the game.

10 minutes later CSUMB scored their second goal. However, the Lady Argos turned around quickly scoring 3 goals to finish the game with a victory. First goal was scored by senior Bianca Lemus followed by Monica Barrios; with the game-winning goal coming from senior Massiel Castellanos.

When asked about the game Santos confidently stated, “ We played really good. I thought we played hard and played as a team and that’s why we were able to come back and get the win.”

NDNU’s second game against CSUEB wasn’t as high scoring as the first. The first half was scoreless until late when Senior Rebecca Yim sunk a free kick from 35 feet out putting the Lady Argos up 1-0 to close the half. The second half was all about freshman goalkeeper Abigail Cebrero making incredible save after save. She finished the game with 10 saves earning her 1st career shutout.

The Lady Argos take their 2-0 records up to Washington this weekend playing Seattle Pacific University on Saturday September 13th and then Western Washington University on Monday September 15th.

Season Kick-off

The Notre Dame De Namur Men’s Soccer team have officially started their season. They have played 2 games and are currently 1-1. They have many key returners coming back: senior goal keeper Jay Tsuroka, 2013 Pac West defender of the year; junior, Tyler Matas as well as junior mid-fielder Omar Herrera. With those three leading the way the Argos have high expectations this coming year. With the addition of nine new players the Argos are going to need to build team chemistry quickly if they want to meet their team goals.

In their first match the Argos beat Cal State Monterey Bay 2-0, with two first half goals coming form freshman Esteban Berumen.

When asked about how he felt he played in his first collegiate game Berumen said, “I thought it went well, I was fortunate enough that my teammates were able to put me in a good position to score but more importantly I’m really happy we came away with the win.”

The Argos second game was against Cal State Stanislaus. It was a defensive battle throughout both halves with Stanislaus managing a late goal in the second half earning them the victory.

When junior striker Jack Ewert was asked about the game he replied with, “It was a tough game both teams played well, it was just too bad we couldn’t come away with the win.”

The Argos next 2 games are this coming Saturday, September 13th and Monday September 15th in Seattle, Washington. They look to get two big wins against Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University.