An 11-game mid-season win streak highlighted a 25-15 season as Cal Lutheran finished third in the final SCIAC standings. It marked the 19th time in 20 seasons the Kingsmen have placed in the top three in the conference.
Sophomore Nick Boggan became the first CLU player in six years to earn American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America status, earning third team honors in 2011. He was one of two Kingsmen to earn All-West Region recognition and one of five to receive an All-SCIAC selection.
The golf team’s fourth-place conference finish equaled the highest placing for the Kingsmen squad since the 2007 campaign. CLU finished fourth or higher in each of the six SCIAC competitions including a runner-up finish at the fourth regular season round hosted by Occidental. In that round, sophomore Chad Kimmelshue tied for the individual crown by shooting a 74 (+2) at Brookside Country Club in Pasadena. Host Cal Lutheran won the team title by seven strokes at the Kingsmen Invitational at La Purisima Golf Course in late March. The team finished the regular season ranked No. 20 in the nation.
Cal Lutheran finished the season ranked No. 19 in the country and in the top 30 for the fourth straight season. The Kingsmen were invited to play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Team Championships as one of the top programs in the nation.
Three players were named to the All-SCIAC team including firstteam pick Andrew Giuffrida, who became the first CLU player this millennium to earn three first-team selections.
Giuffrida was named CLU Senior Co-Athlete of the Year and ITA Arthur Ashe West Region Award winner. He was invited to play at the National Singles Championships in Claremont, Calif., where he advanced to the second round to secure his third straight All-America selection.
Men’s Track and Field
Senior Eric Flores was named the Division III United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) Male Field Athlete of the Year after winning the national title in both hammer throw and shot put.
Sophomore Eric Rogers also qualified for the NCAA OutdoorNational Championships, and his third-place finish in the triple jump earned him All-America status along with Flores. Their combined score of 26 points put CLU in eighth place in the final standings.
Cal Lutheran took fourth place at the conference championship meet with Flores earning SCIAC Track & Field Athlete of the Year honors. He won the hammer throw and shot put while teammate junior Adam Hayes was victorious in the discus. Both secured individual conference titles.
Seven seniors finished their collegiate careers in 2011 with a doubleheader sweep of Whittier on April 16 on Hutton Field. Those victories were two of the team’s 11 home wins, including a four-game win streak.
Danika Green hit .358 in conference play as a freshman and earned All-SCIAC Second Team honors. Senior pitcher Allyson Salas finished her CLU career with 169
strikeouts, ranking seventh all-time in program history despite playing only two years with the Regals.
Former head coach Mike Benson returned for the 2011 season on short notice and led Cal Lutheran to a fourth-place finish in the conference. The Regals debuted with a 6-2 victory over nationally ranked NAIA opponent Westmont College on Feb. 4.
CLU concluded a season-long four-match win streak by defeating Whittier in its opening round match of the SCIAC Championships.
Junior Kim Kolibas received All-SCIAC Second Team honors after winning 17 matches as the primary top-seeded player for the Regals.
Women’s Track and Field
Juniors Toccoa Kahovec and Britlyn Garrett each made their first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in late May. Kahovec finished eighth in the
3,000-meter steeplechase to earn All-America status and score for the Regals in the team competition.
Cal Lutheran took third at the SCIAC Championships featuring individual event titles by Kahovec (steeplechase) and sophomore Erica Whitley (high jump).
Kahovec was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) National All-Academic team, earned All-America status in track and field, and earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District VIII honors this past academic year.
Women’s Water Polo
Cal Lutheran closed out the season winning four of its final five matches to place fifth in the conference. Senior Bobby Sanders and junior Christina Messer were named to the All-SCIAC Second Team.
Sanders finished her career ranked in the program’s top 10 in all four major field player categories and holds the single season record for steals with 93 set in 2009.
She also was named Cal Lutheran Senior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was selected College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American Third Team and Academic All-District VIII At Large First Team. Following graduation, she became the first CLU athlete to receive a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.