June 21, 2013
LOBO FLASHBACKS: Lobo Flashbacks is a summer feature of GoLobo.com looking back on special teams, players, games or moments from the 2012-13 University of New Mexico athletic season.
Flashback No. 1: Kasey Carrier - UNM's workhorse has a special season
Flashback No. 2: Jeremy Fishbein's Lobos throw out some big numbers
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
When you have as many special moments as Jeremy Fishbein's Lobos, it's difficult to narrow it down. So, we'll throw out three numbers: 2, 11 and 13.
We'll start with No. 2.
Fishbein's Lobos really didn't have to wait for the 2012 season to begin before making a huge impact - and statement - on the national level.
"We're No. 2."
The Lobos were able to shout that out before the first soccer ball had been rolled onto the pitch. Fishbein's Lobos opened the season with the College Soccer News' No. 2 ranking on their broad shoulders.
And, really, that No. 2 mark was nothing more than a target on the backs of the 2012 Lobos, who inherited that target from the 2011 season of 18-0-4 which pushed UNM into the No. 1 spot.
That No. 2 ranking didn't come alone. It brought with it pressure, responsibility and a whole lot of teams looking to knock the Lobos down a peg. Not too many teams had the luck, or the skill, to do that to this group.
UNM rolled out a 17-4-1 record and spent the entire 2012 season ranked in the Top 20, finishing in the No. 10 spot in the NSCAA final poll. UNM ended the season in a 2-1 double-overtime, sudden-death NCAA loss at UConn.
The next number - 11 - isn't how many goals the Lobos scored in the month of November. It's how many goals the Lobos scored in an 11-0 romp over UNLV. That number set a UNM program record for goals scored against an NCAA Division I opponent. Devon Sandoval had three goals and two assists.
Yes, it was a wipeout.
The next number - 13 - is the number of assists dished out by Blake Smith and it brings back the number "2." The 13 assists were good for the No. 2 spot in UNM single-season history and was No. 2 in the nation in 2012.
The Lobos had a ton of special moments in 2012. It was a season in which the Lobos dominated the Mountain Pacific by placing 10 players on the All-MPSF Team. Sandoval and Kyle Venter were named All-Americans by the NSCAA and Soccer College News. Sandoval, Venter and Blake Smith were named to the NSCAA Far West All-Region Team.
We'll end this Lobo Reflection going back to the numbers 11 and 2. The Lobos registered 11 shutouts in 2012 and had two players - Sandoval and Smith - drafted into Major League Soccer