Go Gaels

The men’s rugby team was knocked out of the Round of Sixteen in April by Army, which beat the Gaels 33–26 at Life University in Atlanta. The Gaels ended their 2008–09 season with a record of 21–2–1.

The Saint Mary’s women’s rowing team has had six rowers named 2009 National Scholar Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. The list includes Michelle Burns, Whitney Medved, Sandra Pichelli, Miranda Ripoli, Johanna Timmer and Sierra Timmer. Of the six rowers, four are two-time National Scholar Athletes.

Volleyball Gears Up for Good Things

Saint Mary’s women’s volleyball looks to follow up last year’s phenomenal season with another great showing. The Gaels made it to the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005 and finished the season with a 19-7 record.

Tomlinson Shines in Tough Season for Women's Basketball

Sophomore Louella Tomlinson was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the All-WCC First Team. It was her second straight season of conference recognition, as she won WCC All-Freshman honors last season.

Up-and-Down Year for the Gaels

By Jordan Grief '09

The men's basketball team played into the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament in March, beating Washington State and Davidson at home before falling on the road to the SDSU Aztecs 70–66.

Volleyball Earns Postseason Bid

The women’s volleyball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but fell to New Mexico State in its first-round game at UC Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion. Head coach Rob Browning expressed disappointment, but complimented his team for playing hard in every competition.

Women's Basketball Seeks Success

Led by fifth-year senior Maija Lahde and sophomore Louella Tomlinson, who set an NCAA record for blocks last season, the women’s basketball team will be very competitive in WCC play, which started on Jan. 8.

Rucks and Scrums

After a stellar men’s 2007–08 rugby season that ended with a Final Four appearance and a No. 2 national ranking, Saint Mary’s is looking forward to another successful season on the pitch.

“Every year is a unique journey,” says coach Tim O’Brien. “We have a blend of brand-new players with some veteran players.”

With Diamon, the Gaels Aim for a Season to Treasure

Men’s basketball head coach Randy Bennett, now in his eighth season at the helm, has his sights set on the continued transformation of the Gaels into one of the nation’s elite programs. This passage to excellence has hinged largely on Diamon Simpson, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Hayward High School.

Baseball Team Has Talent

Kyle Jensen, center.

The men’s baseball team heads into its 2009 season with high hopes, led by junior outfielder Kyle Jensen — who earned national and conference honors after a sophomore season in which he set a Saint Mary’s batting-average record of .421.

Men's Golf Earns Bid to NCAA Championships

The Gaels finished second in WCC play and won a bid to the NCAA Championships to cap one of the best seasons in SMC golf history. At the championships in May in Indiana, the Gaels finished 30th in the nation.