Sept. 28, 2001
by Erin Chambers, Assistant Sports Editor
Men's soccer has one of the best recruiting classes in the nation going into the 2001-02 season. Two Under 18 National Team Players head the class of five freshmen, all of whom are expected to have an immediate impact on the program. Both Ryan Cochrane and Steve Cronin were members of the National Team, and Cochrane was the only player to start in all 19 matches of the 2000 season. Both men were recipients of All-American honors from Parade Magazine, while Cronin was selected National Player of the Year and Cochrane was selected National Defender of the year. The accolades continue as Cronin earned Sports Illustrated Magazine's Old Spice Athlete of the Month honors in October 2000, and Cochrane was named Gatorade Player of Year in his home state of Oregon.
In addition to the two National Team members, freshmen Jason Pan, Eric Irvine and Devin Skrade also join the 2001-02 Bronco men's soccer team. Aside from earning All-State, All-Conference, and All-Area honors in Milwaukee during his senior year at Wauwatosa East High School, Pan also earned All-Midwest Region honors from the NSCAA. Skrade, also from Milwaukee, boasts three all-conference performances and an all-state selection during his senior year at Pious XI High School. This duo from the Midwest teamed up on the Milwaukee Kickers Club Team as well, winning three state championships. Irvine, a graduate of La Canada High School in Irvine, Calif. stands out for the impressive 26 goals and 14 assists he had on the 2000 season. He led his team to a 22-1 and earned first-team CIF honors.
Women's cross-country also gained some young talent this season. Freshmen Robin Bell of Gonzaga Prep has proved to be a huge asset to the team early in the season. In high school, Bell earned First Team All-League honors and led her team to a second place finish in Regionals and a fourth place finish in state competition. She was also class Valedictorian and a National Merit Finalist. After just three weeks of practice with the Broncos, Bell posted a first mile time of 5:55 and a staggering three-mile time of 19:24.
"Robin is a strong runner and supportive teammate," sophomore teammate Natalia Lely said.
Bell is joined by freshmen Katie Hansen, who was named Athlete of the Year at El Toro High School, Katherine Heffernan, an All-Conference player, and Chrissie Moreno, captain of her team in 2000 and First Team All-State member.
Women's soccer received its share of top recruits as well. Ten freshmen joined the team for the 2001-02 season, and these are just the highlights: Taline Tahamsssian is currently a member of the U-19 National Team, was on the U-18 Team last year, and was also selected to the 2001 All-American Team for the Adidas Cup. Her prep career included 98 goals, 32 assists, honors as Gatorade and NSCAA Player of the Year, Parade Magazine Player of the Year, and Washington Post Player of the Year. Freshmen Jessica Ballweg and Leslie Osborne are also a members of the U-19 National Team, widely known for their determination teamwork and versatility on the field.
Women's volleyball also boasts four nationally ranked freshman additions to their 2001-2002 team. Toni Muratore, Jennifer Ryan, Megan Johnston, and Christina Vick were all included in Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 Players. Muratore was named Central Conference MVP last year, and her high school teammate Ryan was the first at La Reina High School to reach 1,000 kills.
Across the board, the Bronco Class of 2005 represents all parts of the country and all styles of athletic talent. They are sure to contribute the pride, determination and team spirit that make our Bronco athetic tradition so unique.