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2010-11 Year in Review
The 2010-11 athletics season was hugely successful as 14sports were represented at NCAA championship events, the second most since 15 went for the university in 2004-05. New Mexico finished 54th in the Learfield Director's Cup standings. The Lobos brought home conference championships in women's soccer, baseball, men's cross country, and women's cross country. New Mexico had four Academic All-Americans (Tor-Hokon Hellebostad-Skiing, Amanda Best-Women's Basketball, Kelly Williamson-Volleyball, and Travis Ross-Men's Golf) and 10 Academic All-District selections. Most importantly, all 21 programs broke the NCAA's 925 threshold in the Academic Progress Rate, a first for the university.
2010-11 NewMexicoSport-by-Sport Highlights
Women’s Golf (Jill Trujillo, head coach) * NCAA West Regional Participant
19th at NCAA West Regionals
*Qualified for the NCAA postseason for the 19th consecutive year
*Finished fourth at the Mountain West Championships
*Rebecca Hellbom and Sammi Stevens finished tied for 9th at MW Championships
*Team finished 19th at NCAA West Regional
Baseball (Ray Birmingham, head coach) * 20-41, 11-14 MWC;
MWC Tournament Champions
*Won their first Mountain West Tournament title, defeating #7 TCU 4-2 in championship game.
*Lobos became just the second 6-seed to win the MW Tournament
*D.J. Peterson Named to Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team
*Peterson was second in Division I with 32 doubles, breaking NCAA freshman record
*Rudy Jaramillo was named Tempe Region All-Tournament Team
Men’s Golf (Glen Millican, head coach)
*Travis Ross was runner-up for medalist honors at the MW Championships, losing in a playoff
*Earned First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors
*Team won season opening Mark Simpson Invitational.
*Ross also earned All-Mountain West honors, and qualified for the NCAA Regionals as an individual
Outdoor Track & Field (Joe Franklin, head coach) * Men - No. 18
*The men’s squad finished tied for 41st at the NCAA Championships.
*Rory Fraser and Keith Gerrard both earned First Team All-America honors in the 5k and 10k respectively, and Nicholas Kipruto was a Second Team All-America.
*Both men’s and women’s teams finished second at the Mountain West Championships, and the squads combined for 14 All-Conference honors
*Sent a school record 31 student-athletes to regionals, besting the 26 that went in 2010.
Men’s Basketball (Steve Alford, head coach) * 22-13, 8-8 MWC;
NIT Round of 16
*Qualified for postseason play for the fourth consecutive year, while winning at least 22 games for the fourth straight year.
*Had the conference’s Freshman of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year
*Dairese Gary became the Mountain West’s all-time assist leader.
*Defeated the #1-ranked team in the RPI twice during the season, defeating BYU 86-77 and again 82-64 in Provo.
*Steve Alford won his 400th career game as a head coach.
Women’s Basketball (Don Flanagan, head coach) * 13-18, 5-11 MWC
*Advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament
*Amanda Best earned Third Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, and she and Lauren Taylor were both First Team All-District.
*Porsche Torrance earned Mountain West All-Defense honors
*Don Flanagan announced his retirement as the all-time winningest coach in school history, regardless of sport.
Cross Country (Joe Franklin, head coach; * Men - No. 5 / Women - No. 5
Men’s and Women’s Mountain West Champions
Men’s and Women’s NCAA Mountain Region Champions
Women – 5th at NCAA Championships; Men – 16th at NCAA Championships
*The women won their third straight Mountain West title, and the men won their second straight.
*Both teams swept the NCAA Mountain Regionals.
*Joe Franklin was named Mountain West and Mountan Regional Coach of the Year for both programs.
*The women finished fifth at the NCAA National Championships and the men 16th, both finished the highest in school history.
*Keith Gerrard, Natalie Gray, and Ruth Senior all earned All-America honors, and 11 Lobos earned All-Mountain West honors.
Football (Mike Locksley, head coach) * 1-11, 1-7 MWC
*Lucas Reed earned First Team All-Mountain West honors, and four others were named to various All-MW teams as well.
*Linebacker Carmen Messina led the Mountain West in tackles for the second consecutive season.
*Thirteen student-athletes earned Mountain West All-Academic honors.
*Reed earned John Mackay Tight End of the Week award after a 7-catch, 100-yard, 2-TD performance in a win over Wyoming.
Skiing (Fredrik Landstedt, head coach) * No. 5
4th at NCAA Championships
* Lobos placed fourth at the NCAA Championships, UNM’s third straight top four finish. It was the 29th consecutive year UNM has placed in the top nine.
*Tor-Hakon Hellebostad was named Capital One/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America, his second straight CoSIDA Academic All-America honor.
*UNM had nine All-American
*Petter Brenna won the NCAA West Region championship in the men’s slalom
Men’s Soccer (Jeremy Fishbein, head coach) * 9-6-5, 5-2-3 MPSF
NCAA College Cup First Round
*Team advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the second straight year, and the eighth in the last 10 years.
*Michael Reed and Lance Rozeboom were named Third Team All-Region by the NSCAA.
*Five players earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors.
* The team earned its eighth straight National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic award in 2010. The award is given to teams that achieve a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
*UNM set a school record with a 652 minute, 44 second shutout streak, nearly 11 hours worth.
Women’s Soccer (Kit Vela, head coach) * 12-3-5; 5-0-2 MWC
Mountain West Champions
NCAA College Cup First Round
*First undefeated conference record in school history, and first conference title.
*Set a school record with seven straight wins, and tied a school record with 10 straight without a loss.
*Kit Vela was named Mountain West Coach of the Year, Kelli Cornell was Defensive Player of the Year, and Jennifer Williams was Offensive Player of the Year
* Kelli Cornell broke her own school record with a 0.52 goals against average, and she now has 23 shutouts in two seasons.
*Kelli Cornell and Jael Fanning were both named First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District
*Team advanced to their first NCAA College Cup in school history.
Softball (Erica Beach, head coach) * 19-26; 5-10 MWC
*Cassandra Kalapsa earned Second Team Capital One/CoSIDA All-District honors.
*Jessica Garcia was second in batting average in Mountain West, and her .418 mark was the third-best in school history.
*Garcia tied the school record with 13 home runs.
*Had their best overall and home record since 2008, and defeated BYU for the first time since 2003, on a walk-off home run from Danielle Castro
*Ranked first in the Mountain West in triples and second in doubles, and had its most home runs since 1999.
Swimming & Diving (Tracy Ljone, head coach) * 6-8, 1-7 MWC
*Placed four divers in the 3-meter springboard finals at the Mountain West championships, only the third time in conference history a team accomplished that feat.
*Four divers qualified at the NCAA Zones in Minneapolis, Minn.
*Abel Sanchez was named Mountain West Diving Coach of the Year
*Team picked up four All-Mountain West honors.
Men’s Tennis (Alan Dils, head coach) * 15-10, 4-2 MWC; No. 57
*Went 5-10 against nationally ranked opponents, and 10-0 vs. unranked foes.
*Jadon Phillips and Ben Dunbar earned All-Mountain West honors for singles, and Phil Anderson and Phillips and Conor Berg and Dunbar were so honored in doubles.
*Phillips went 25-12 on the year, and lost in the championship of the 2010 USTA/ITA Division I Mountain Regional Championships.
Women’s Tennis (Roy Cañada, head coach) * 8-15, 1-7 MWC
*Team improved 6.5 games from 2010.
*Michaela Bezdickova was named All-Mountain West Conference
*Picked up a 4-3 win over Colorado State for coach Roy Canada’s first Mountain West victory.
Indoor Track & Field (Joe Franklin, head coach) *
*Both men’s and women’s teams finished third at the Mountain West Championships, hosted by UNM.
*Fifteen Lobos were named All-Mountain West, including both distance relay teams, and four individual champions
*Richard York was honored for his conference title in the haptathlon being being named the MWC Championships Outstanding Performer.
*Ruth Senior finished fifth at the NCAA Championships in the 5k, while the men’s distance medley relay team finished sixth.
Volleyball (Jeff Nelson, head coach) * 20-11, 12-4 MWC
NCAA Tournament First Round
*Advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year after a 15 year absence.
*Jeff Nelson was named Mountain West Coach of the Year, a four Lobos; Jade Michaelsen, Lisa Meeter, Taylor Hadfield, and Allison Buck, all were named All-Conference.
*Kelly Williamson was named Third Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America, and Meeter and Michaelsen were both named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America.
*Michaelsen broke the school’s all-time assist mark, and was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award nominee.
*Meeter became the third player in school history with 1,000 digs, 1,000 kills, and 100 aces. She was a three-time MW Player of the Week.