College notebook: Concordia's Danciu garners honor, near school goals record

Evergreen graduate moves up NAIA, conference lists

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Concordia University senior Septi Danciu was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference's Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26.

The Evergreen High School graduate scored the game-winning goal last Wednesday in a 5-0 win over Corban University. He then scored one goal and asissted on the Cavaliers' other three in a 4-0 win Saturday over Northwest Christian University.

Danciu followed up that honor Tuesday by scoring the equalizer in Concordia's 2-1 home victory over The Evergreen State College. He leads the conference with 13 goals this season, and his 51st career goal brings him within one of the Cavaliers record of 52, set by Eric Desenberg from 1991-95.

Danciu, a Second Team NAIA All-American last season, also has 32 career assists, giving him 134 career points.

Concordia (12-4, 9-3 CCC) avenged a 3-0 loss against Corban, handing the NAIA No. 20 Warriors their first loss of the season.

It was scoreless in the 53rd minute when Corban goalkeeper Jordan Farr originally came up with the save on the play, deflecting Danciu's initial shot up in the air, but Danciu followed his own shot for the easy finish before the Warriror defense could clear the ball.

Danciu's sixth game-winning goal of the season has him tied for third in NAIA. With three assists against the Beacons, Danciu also took over the CCC lead (11).

Men's golf

NWC honors Kukula

Willamette University junior Ryan Kukula was named the men's golf Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for Oct. 21-27.

The Ilwaco High School graduate won medalist honors at the Culturame Men's Classic at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. He shot a 1-under-par 143 for 36 holes, carding 72-71 and leading the Bearcats to the team championship.

Willamette won the title by 31 strokes with a 36-hole score of 588.

Kukula followed that another 1-under-par score of 143 in the NWC Fall Classic, held Saturday and Sunday at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore.

This is the second consecutive Fall Classic individual title for Kukula, who was named to the All-West Region Team by PING last year, and was chosen as the 2012-13 Northwest Conference Player of the Year. He also won last year's NWC Spring Classic.

Kukula's 5-under-par 67 on Saturday was the top round of the tournament for any of the 44 competitors. He held a five-stroke lead entering Sunday's round and finished the tournament with a four-stroke margin of victory.

Willamette captured the team title. The NWC Fall Classic counts for one-fourth of the overall 2013-14 NWC championship, while the NWC Spring Classic counts for another fourth and the NWC Championship Tournament is worth one-half. The Fall Classic completed Willamette's fall schedule.

Cross Country

Boyd leads WWU at GNAC Championships

Western Washington senior Tanner Boyd placed sixth at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships held Saturday at the Ash Creek Preserve course on the Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth, Ore.

The Camas High School graduate finished the 8-kilometer (5-mile) course in 25 minutes, 7.75 seconds.

He was his team's second runner as the Vikings finished second -- by three points -- behind Alaska-Anchorage. The Seawolves won the title for the fourth year in a row.

Seattle Pacific University sophomore Lynelle Decker, a Mountain View High School graduate, was 24th in the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) women's race in 21:37.02.

The WWU women were led by sophomore Taylor Guenther, a Prairie High School graduate who finished 26th in 21:38.49.

Also for the Vikings, sophomore Austen Reiter (Camas) placed 29th in 21:49.51; and freshman Sara Taferre (Skyview) finished 53rd in 22:53.54.

Northwest Nazarene sophomore Jadyn Gourley (Hockinson) placed 57th in 23:10.92.

• University of Portland freshman Lindsay Tompkins placed second Saturday at Oregon State University's Beaver Cross Country Classic at Avery Park in Corvallis. UP sent its runners outside its top seven to the meet.

The Prairie graduate ran the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) course in 22:08. She was 11 seconds behind the winner, unattached runner and former Pilots runner Kellie Houser.

Volleyball

Tuholski steps into former role for NNU

Northwest Nazarene University junior outside hitter Kaitlin Tuholski got a blast from her past in an Oct. 10 Crusaders home victory over Montana State-Billings.

The Heritage High School graduate, who shared setting duties with teammate Michelle Terpstra when both were freshmen, returned to that role when an injury sidelined Terpstra.

Tuholski rose to the occasion, dishing out 48 assists as the Crusaders cruised to a 25-14, 25-19, 27-29, 25-16 victory.

"It was nice, just going back to freshman year, all the memories coming back," Tuholski told the university athletics website www.nnusports.com. "I missed it, so it was just nice stepping in, especially with Michelle being out, stepping in and the team not being at a deficit."

She also had six digs, four kills and two blocks in the win.

Tuholski has 100 kills and 28 blocks this season for the Crusaders (12-5, 8-3 Great Northwest Athletic Conference following a road sweep last weekend of Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks) and is second on the team with her 65 assists and 194 digs.

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