Sonoma State University sports update, November 30-December 6. Men's basketball head coach Pat Fuscaldo wins his 300th game at SSU after beating Cal State LA; women's basketball loses two games in heartbreaking fashion; women's volleyball superstar Rachel Andrews ranked No. 13 player in the nation; three women's and two men's soccer players named to their respective National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-West Region teams.
Coach Pat Fuscaldo Wins 300th Game at Sonoma State With Cal State LA VictoryJackson Gion came off the bench with a team-high 15 points as the Sonoma State men's basketball team held off a late rally by host Cal State L.A. to win 78-75 on Dec. 3 at the Eagles Nest in Los Angeles.
The win by the Seawolves (5-2, 1-0 CCAA) marked a milestone 300th win at Sonoma State for 23-year head coach Pat Fuscaldo, who now has 330 wins in 26 seasons as a head coach overall, including the three seasons he spent at Notre Dame de Namur (1991-94).
Seawolves Fall to NCAA Division I UC Santa BarbaraNathan Molony-Benjamin was the lone Seawolf with double-digit points, scoring 10 points off the bench while shooting a perfect 4 for 4. Even with this effort, the Sonoma State men's basketball team lost to NCAA Division I UC Santa Barbara 75-51 on Dec. 2 at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara.
Sonoma State Falls to Cal State LA in CCAA OpenerSonoma State fell to Cal State LA 56-63 on Dec. 3 to open conference play for the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Madison Burroughs led Sonoma State with a team high 19 points. The Seawolves are now 4-2 on their season overall and 0-1 in CCAA play.
Seawolves Take First Loss Against Menlo College in OvertimeThe Seawolves were handed their first loss of the season in overtime on Nov. 29 against Menlo College 68-67. Kim Savio scored the game high 24 points. Savio was 9 for 12 in the field and six for six from the free-throw line and also had the team high of 12 rebounds.
Rachel Andrews Earns AVCA And D2CCA All-West Region HonorsSonoma State University volleyball senior middle blocker Rachel Andrews was selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Second Team All-West Region on Nov. 29 and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-West Region Team on Nov. 30. Andrews is ranked No. 13 in the nation and leads the CCAA with a hitting percentage of .379.
Sifuentes, Bloom and Van Wagoner Selected to NSCAA All-Region SquadThree Sonoma State University women's soccer players were selected on Dec. 1 to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women's Soccer All-West Region Team. Junior defender Cecilia Sifuentes and sophomore midfielder Miriam Bloom garnered First Team All-Region accolades while junior forward Sara Van Wagoner earned a Second Team nod.
Cecilia Sifuentes, from Alameda, California, also earned D2CCA All-West Region honors this year, both All-Region honors are a first for her career. Sifuentes was one of the anchors of the Sonoma State defense that was ranked No. 14 in the nation in goals against average and 15th in the nation in shutout percentage. An All-CCAA Second Team selection this season as well, Sifuentes scored a goal and added two assists in 18 games played.
Miriam Bloom, a native of Encinitas, California captures her first-career All-Region honor after tying for second on the team with 10 points, netting two goals and assisting on six others. Bloom was the Seawolves' lone representative on the All-CCAA First Team this season following her freshman season in 2015 in which she earned an All-CCAA Second Team award.
Sara Van Wagoner, also a two-time All-CCAA Second Team performer, earns All-Region honors for the first time in her career. Van Wagoner, a native of San Jose, led the team with 12 points (two goals and a team-leading eight assists).
Alvarado, Coronel Garner NSCAA All-West Region AccoladesSonoma State University junior defender Eric Alvarado and senior midfielder Armando Coronel were named to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Men's Soccer All-West Region Team on Dec. 1. Alvarado, who also earned D2CCA All-Region honors this season, was selected to the NSCAA All-West Region Second Team and Coronel was a Third Team pick.
Eric Alvarado, from Escondido, earns his first-career NSCAA All-Region honor as one of the anchors of the Sonoma State defense that ranked 14th in the nation in goals against average. An All-CCAA Second Team selection this season as well, Alvarado tied for second on the team with four goals, all of which came on penalty kicks; he was a perfect 4 for 4 in penalty kick attempts.
Armando Coronel, a native of Sebastopol, snagged his first-ever All-Region award after scoring three goals and assisting on another for the Seawolves in 2016. He was also the Seawolves' lone representative on the All-CCAA First Team this season; it is also his first All-Conference award of his career.