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The Master's College Year in Review: That’s entertainment

Posted: June 26, 2009 10:54 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
There was a lot to be excited about in 2008-09 at The Master’s College.

Whether senior outfielder Eric Blackwell was launching home runs or junior runner Jeff Jackson was paving the way for the new track and field team, the Mustangs were all over the place.

The women’s soccer team even advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I national championship game.

Meanwhile, basketball players such as Ryan Zamroz, Jeremy Haggerty, Stacy Nanninga and Erica Inge were lighting up the hardwood.

Between the upsets, the buzzer-beaters and the playoff pushes, the Mustangs gave fans plenty of excitement.

And with several young stars across the athletic landscape, there should be more excitement in the years to come.

Sept. 16
The Mustangs women’s volleyball team is unable to capitalize on Rachel Roleder’s strong performance, falling 3-0 to Westmont. Roleder’s 12 kills move her within 21 kills of second place on the school’s all-time career kills list.

Sept. 23
Guilherme Mitrovitch, Jon Roberts, Chris Williams and Marlon Lindo each score for the Mustangs men’s soccer team, which blanks Soka 4-0.

Sept. 27
The Mustangs women’s soccer team wins its Golden State Athletic Conference opener over Biola 3-0 with goals from Andie Reyes, Katie McMannis and Emily Bruton.

The men’s soccer team remains unbeaten thanks to a 79th-minute goal from Fabio Joaquim in the conference opener, tying Biola 1-1.

Sept. 30
The TMC women’s volleyball team sweeps Vanguard 3-0. Sarah Oskam has six kills to lead the Mustangs, followed by Rachel Roleder with four.

Oct. 4
The Mustangs women’s soccer team loses its first conference game of the season, falling 3-2 to Concordia in double overtime.

Mustang David Alegria scores with 2:09 left in overtime to give TMC men’s soccer the 2-1 victory over Concordia. Playing from behind for most of the game, Joel Peluffo ties the game on an unassisted goal in the 71st minute.

Oct. 11
The Mustangs men’s soccer team suffers its first loss of the season with Vanguard’s 2-0 shutout at Reese Field.

Oct. 14
The Mustangs men’s soccer team is unable to break through despite double overtime and Fabio Joaquim’s three shots on goal, tying NAIA No. 5 Azusa Pacific 0-0.

The Master’s men’s golf team begins the season with a third-place finish at the TMC Fall Invitational held at Robinson Ranch Golf Course. Jordan Andrews and Kevin Anderson lead the Mustangs with eighth-place finishes, shooting 18-over on the three-day par 231.

Oct. 21
Ranked sixth in the NAIA, the Mustangs women’s soccer team is unable to edge Hope International, falling 2-1 in overtime. Mustangs midfielder Sierra Goff scored the team’s only goal.

Oct. 31
The Mustangs women’s basketball team falls 86-66 to Oklahoma City in its season opener. Annie Gillespie scores 19 points and Erica Inge adds 17.

Nov. 6
Marlon Lindo, who was earned All-GSAC honors along with Fabio Joaquim, Guilherme Mitrovitch and Andy Hegg, scores in the 46th minute to give the Mustangs 1-0 win over Fresno Pacific in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.

Nov. 7
The Mustangs women’s basketball team gets its first win of the season behind 22 points and six assists from point guard Erica Inge, beating Cal State Maritime 83-51. Amanda DuRocher scores 13 points for TMC.

The Mustangs women’s soccer team, ranked No. 4 in the GSAC, manages just two shots on goal against the conference’s No. 1 team, losing 3-0 to Azusa Pacific.

TMC’s men’s basketball beats Pepperdine 82-79 in an exhibition game in Malibu. Ryan Zamroz leads all scorers with 26 points and seven rebounds.

Nov. 21
Annie Gillespie scores 19 points with 10 rebounds, Amanda DuRocher scores 18 points and Stacy Nanninga posts 14 points for the Mustangs women’s basketball team, beating Academy of the Arts 70-55. TMC improves to 5-2 with the win.

Nov. 22
Junior runner Jeff Jackson places 18th at the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship with a time of 25 minutes, 2.7 seconds. He becomes the first Mustang to be named an NAIA Cross Country All-American.

Dec. 6
Mustang Andie Reyes scores in the 64th minute on an assist from Robyn Estrada to tie the game at 1 in the National Christian College Athletic Association national championship game. But Olivet Nazarene’s Michelle Davis scores in the 87th minute — her second goal of the game — to give her team the 2-1 win. TMC women’s soccer finishes the season 13-9-1.

Dec. 9
Ryan Zamroz scores 19 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.6 seconds left in regulation, to beat Division II No. 22 Cal State Dominguez Hills 75-74. Canyon graduate Jeremy Haggerty scores 15 points and Drew Menez posts 10 for the Mustangs.

Dec. 12
Led by Dean Hadley’s 20 points, Ryan Zamroz’s 19 points and Jeremy Haggerty’s 16 points and 11 rebounds, the Mustangs stun the NAIA’s No. 11 team Azusa Pacific 79-69.

The women complete the day’s sweep of APU with a 75-68 win behind Erica Inge’s 13 points. The Mustangs overcome injuries and illness to drop the NAIA’s No. 5 team.

Dec. 15
The Mustangs beat another Division II opponent. Led by Dean Hadley’s 21 points, TMC tops Cal Poly Pomona 72-63. Jeremy Haggerty and Drew Menez each contributed 12 points.

Jan 17
The Mustangs men’s basketball team regroups after a slow start, getting 25 points from Jeremy Haggerty and beating Hope International 89-71.

TMC jumps out to a 25-point halftime lead and never looks back in a 98-52 rout of Hope International. Morgan Schwegler and Jennifer Ritter each have strong games off the bench, scoring 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Jan 24
Tyler Bersano picks up a 9-5 win in the third game of the TMC baseball team’s season-opening series with Patten. The Mustangs sweep the series to start 3-0 on the year.

Ryan Zamroz scores a career-high 34 points as the Mustangs men’s basketball team tops Point Loma Nazarene 69-62.

The Mustangs women’s basketball team falls 75-64 to Point Loma Nazarene in a battle of two of the NAIA’s top 25 teams despite 27 points from Amanda DuRocher.

Jan. 31
Up against the No. 2 team in the NAIA, the TMC women’s basketball team is unable to close out Vanguard despite a slight lead with just over a minute and half left in regulation, losing 70-65.

Feb. 6
Graham Miller and Brock Heerdt combine to pitch a 12-0 shutout over Bethany, getting run support from Ben Ives, who finish with four RBIs.

Feb. 7
Thomas Miller hits a game-winning shot with 1.6 seconds remaining on the clock to beat San Diego Christian 60-58.

The Mustangs women’s basketball team snaps its five-game losing streak thanks to 16 points from Amanda DuRocher and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Stacy Nanninga, routing San Diego Christian 76-41.

Feb. 12
Tyler Diamond hits a home run with two RBIs, while Pete Goeman and Dustin Jones each record three hits and The Master’s beats Avila 5-4. The Mustangs are now 10-2.

Feb. 14
The Mustangs complete the double-header sweep 10-1 against San Diego Christian after a 5-0 win in game 1. Between the two games, Tyler Woodward and Tyler Bersano pitch a pair of gems.

Feb. 19
The Mustangs men’s basketball team falls into a tie for eighth place in the GSAC with the 71-53 loss to California Baptist. Its playoff hopes taking a severe hit.

Losing 74-70 to California Baptist, its second loss in a row, the Mustangs women’s basketball team falls out of the mix for one of the top four spots for the GSAC tournament.

Feb. 24
Ryan Zamroz pours in 31 points, but the Mustangs fall 63-51 to Biola, dropping their record to 15-13 overall and 7-11 in conference.

TMC tops NAIA No. 18 Biola 65-50 thanks to another strong performance from Annie Gillespie, who scores 21 points.

Feb. 28
The TMC women’s basketball team snaps Point Loma Nazarene’s 20-game winning streak thanks to 18 points from Stacy Nanninga, 17 from Jenna Reed, 13 from Erica Inge and 12 from Amanda DuRocher.

March 2
Ryan Zamroz and Jeremy Haggerty lift the Mustangs 75-70 over Fresno Pacific in the regular season finale, knocking off the GSAC’s No. 1 team.

The Mustangs allow the Sunbirds back into the game, but Amanda DuRocher makes sure to close the door as The Master’s College women’s team beats Fresno Pacific 67-63 in overtime. DuRocher finishes with 23 points and 11 boards.

March 4
The Mustangs women’s basketball team losses to Westmont 87-73 in the first round of the GSAC Tournament, finishing with a 16-14 record. Erica Inge, Amanda DuRocher and Stacy Nanninga each finish with 14 points in the game.

March 5
The Master’s men’s basketball team’s season comes to an end with a 73-66 loss to Concordia in the first round of the GSAC Tournament. The team finishes with a 16-15 record.

March 11
Eric Blackwell caps a three-run rally with a walk-off home run to beat Fresno Pacific 6-5 in 11 innings.

April 21
The Master’s College men’s golf team takes fifth place at the GSAC Championships held at Diamond Woods Golf Course in Eugene, Ore. The Mustangs are led by Jordan Andrews, who shoots a three-day 227 and ties for seventh. Andrews is followed by Kevin Anderson, who finishes in a tie for 12th, Daniel Mothershead (tied for 19th), Zach DeKruyf (tied for 25th) and Stephen Johns (47th).

April 28
Needing a win to clinch the third seed in the GSAC tournament, the Mustangs’ baseball team falls 20-6 to Concordia in their regular-season finale, and Tim Woodward’s final start at Reese Field.

May 4
David Goodenough earns the win as the Mustangs baseball team edges Azusa Pacific in a 6-5 win in 11 innings in the first round of the GSAC Tournament.

May 5
Mustangs baseball loses to Point Loma Nazarene 4-0 despite a complete-game effort from starting pitcher Tim Woodward, but is still alive in the double-elimination tournament.

May 6
The Mustangs baseball team scores a pair of big wins to earn a chance to avenge its loss to Point Loma Nazarene from the previous day. In the first game, TMC beats Biola 13-7, highlighted by Eric Blackwell’s two home runs. He finishes 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Michael Bando and Jared Otto also hit home runs and David Goodenough gets the win on the mound.

In the second game, the Mustangs beat Fresno Pacific 6-5 thanks to two home runs by Caleb Mintz and one home run from Bando and Blackwell. Blackwell’s home run is his 19th of the season, a school record. Goodenough picks up another win. It is the first time in the school’s history that one pitcher records two wins in the same day.

May 7
TMC baseball falls 6-1 to top-seeded Point Loma Nazarene for the second time in the tournament. Surprising many as a five-seed, the Mustangs now turn their attention to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

May 12
In the NAIA National Championship Opening Round, The Master’s College falls 4-3 to Taylor University of Indiana at Bowdoin Field in Mt. Berry, Ga. Taylor gets runs in the top of the eighth and ninth inning to get the win.

May 13
Needing a win to stay alive, The Mustang’s baseball team beats Malone University of Ohio 6-4 thanks to a strong effort on the mound by Joe Zeller, who also hit 2-for-4 with a home run.

After earning a second chance to beat Taylor, TMC lets the game get away, losing 5-4. Up 4-1 through six innings, Taylor gets three in the seventh and what proved to be the game-winner in the eighth inning, ousting the Mustangs from the tournament and ending their season. The Master’s College finishes with a 37-22 overall record.

May 22
The NAIA Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Edwardsville, Ill. comes to a close. During the meet, TMC junior distance runner Jeff Jackson finishes seventh in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14 minutes, 55.77 seconds and seventh in the 10,000 (31:12.25). His four points are the first in the Mustangs’ history. It is the first year the school has a track and field team.


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