NWC honors — George Foxs record-setting goalie led the conference with 160 saves as a senior

Capping a stellar career and leading a pack of Bruins to earn all-conference recognition after the fall sports season, George Fox senior goalie Alyssa Montero was named the Northwest Conference defensive player of the year by the league’s nine coaches.

Montero led the conference with 160 saves and set a school record for save percentage, allowing 27 goals for a 0.856 mark. Montero eclipsed Jessica Cardwell’s 2005 GFU record of 0.847 (144 saves on 170 shots).by: COURTESY OF GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY - Last line of defense - GFU senior Alyssa Montero drops to make a save this fall. Montero was named Northwest Conference defensive player of the year after leading the conference with 160 saves and setting a school record for save percentage at .856.

The senior from Hermosa Beach, Calif., started 17 of the 18 games in which she appeared. Her 160 saves rank third all-time on the GFU single-season list and her 8.89 saves per game also led the Northwest Conference this fall.

In NCAA Division III national statistics, she was 22nd in total saves, 35th in saves per game, and 50th in save percentage.

Montero posted double-figure saves six times, including a 21-save effort while facing 51 shots in a 0-0 double-overtime tie with then nationally-ranked and eventual conference champion University of Puget Sound that tied the record set by Cardwell vs. Whitworth University in 2004.

The Bruins final record of 3-15-2 placed them ninth, but Montero kept her team close in just about every game, including eight 1-0 setbacks.

“I’m really glad for Alyssa that her skills were recognized by the rest of our conference coaches,” first-year George Fox coach Cory Hand said. “I can’t imagine where we might have been without her. I had numerous coaches and officials tell me throughout the season that they thought she was the biggest game-changer in the conference. She’s a great team leader and a great player, and we have been fortunate to have her here.”

Montero completed her four-year career with 455 saves in 64 games, 58 of them starts, for an average of 7.11 saves per game. Her save percentage was 0.823, and she had a goals against average of 1.57 with four shutouts. Her overall record in goal was 10-42-11 while facing 1,201 shots. Her saves total and save percentage rank third all-time at George Fox, and she finished seventh in shutouts.

Three players from George Fox’s fifth-place volleyball team were honored with all-NWC recognition, led by middle blocker Tiffany Burk, who was named to the second team for the second consecutive year.

The junior amassed 228 kills in 24 matches and 90 sets, an average of 2.63 kills per set, and had a team-leading 0.242 hitting percentage. She had 23 solo blocks, 62 block assists and 0.94 blocks per set, all team-leading figures.

Senior Chelsea Wilson and junior Erin Campbell were given honorable mention.

Wilson established a new George Fox record with 6.02 digs per set this season, breaking the old mark of 5.88 by Patti Reeves in 2010. She made 560 digs, the second-highest total in one season in school history.

An outside hitter, Campbell led the Bruins with 288 kills, 3.27 kills per set, and 832 total attacks while hitting 0.181. She was sixth in the NWC in kills per set and 16th in hitting percentage.

Luke Hammer of the men’s soccer team repeated as a second-team all-NWC performer as a junior this season.

Hammer paced the Bruins in virtually every offensive category for the second year in a row, including goals scored (five), total points (12), shots (44), and shots on goal (24) while tying for the lead in assists (two). In conference statistics, he ranked fifth in shots on goal, seventh in shots, and tied for 11th in goals and 16th in points.

While no member of the men’s cross-country team earned all-NWC honors, Joseph Pia became the Bruins’ first all-region runner since Cam Eberhart in 2009 by posting a person-best time of 25:55.13 to finish 17th in the West Regional race.

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