Soccer Team Makes NCAA Elite Eight, SMC Rugby Goes to Nationals
Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team had a record-breaking season in 2011, taking the WCC title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight. Senior defender Tom Mohoric was among the team’s standouts during the postseason. In November alone, he scored three goals and contributed to three SMC shutouts, including two during the final WCC weekend to clinch the title.
Coach Adam Cooper was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. In the Sweet Sixteen, the team won a thrilling 3-2 overtime match at Brown, advancing to the Elite Eight. A 2-0 loss to the No. 1-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels ended the Gaels’ run for the national title. But by then the team had racked up the most successful postseason run in the history of Saint Mary’s athletics program.
Saint Mary’s men’s rugby team also had a stellar year. The team claimed the California 7s title on October 30, 2011, with victories over Santa Clara, San Diego, UC-Berkeley, Cal Poly and San Diego State. With the California title in hand, the Gaels qualified for an automatic bid to Nationals at Texas A & M on December 16-17. Although Life University won the National Collegiate 7s Championship, the neverquit Gaels took the Plate Final and finished with a 5-1 tournament record, placing 5th in the 24-team tourney.