Mason Sports Roundup
Posted: July 15, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
George Mason senior first baseman Chris Looze won yet another Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) scholar-athlete award last week, this one the most prestigious of the bunch, as he was named the conference’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in voting by the league’s 10 sports information directors. This is the first time in the three-year history of the award that a George Mason student-athlete has received the honor.
Just two weeks ago, Looze was named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Baseball. Last month, Looze was selected as the 2005 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic Player of the Year for Baseball, as well as being named to the Academic All-America first team. Looze concluded his George Mason career with a 3.93 GPA and a degree in biology.
“This is a special honor for Chris, one that emphasizes the true meaning of what it is to be a student-athlete,” Athletic Director Tom O’Connor says. “We are not only proud of his on-field success, but of his extraordinary commitment to excellence in the classroom. Chris epitomizes the caliber of student-athletes we are striving for at George Mason University.”
George Mason golfer Nick DeSimone earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. DeSimone qualified after shooting 70-72-142 and finishing in second place at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., in June at a Public Links qualifier.
He joins women’s golf standout Michelle Wie as one of 156 players playing at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio, this week. The championship includes 36 holes of stroke play to get the field down to 64 golfers. After that, the overall champion, who earns a spot in next year’s Masters, will be determined by match-play rounds.
This past season, DeSimone participated in nine tournaments as a sophomore. He finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 75.9 strokes per round. He was a top 20 finisher in two tournaments, placing seventh at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate (73-71-144) and 16th at the Pirate Fall Intercollegiate (75-73-71) 219. He recorded a low 69 at the Rutherford Invitational, the last tournament of the season.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links is open to any bona fide public-course player whose USGA Handicap Index does not exceed 8.4.
Three members of the 2005 George Mason women’s lacrosse team were named to the 2005 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association National Honor Roll. Senior attackers Jeannine Ohler and Tracy Waterson and rising junior defender Katie Linnertz were among the 152 student-athletes selected for the academic award.
To be nominated for the National Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have achieved junior or senior standing academically and earned a GPA of at least 3.2 for the 2005 spring semester.
Ohler and Waterson received the award for the second consecutive season. Ohler is a health, fitness, and recreation resources major; Waterson majored in administration of justice; and Linnertz is a government and international politics major who sat out the 2004 season as a red-shirt. A rising senior academically, she is entering her junior year athletically, and is ranked seventh on the Patriot career lists with 65 caused turnovers. She started 34 of 34 games in 2003 and 2005.