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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sports Briefs

Men’s Soccer

Former New Mexico goalkeeper Michael Lisch signed to play for the Houston Dynamo, the Major League Soccer franchise announced Wednesday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to a release from the Dynamo, citing club and league policy. 

The Dynamo selected Lisch with the 54th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. At UNM, Lisch had a 0.84 goals-against average and 11 shutouts last season, including three shutouts in the NCAA tournament, as the Lobos reached the College Cup for the second time in school history.

Houston also signed another draft pick, Memphis’s Mark Sherrod. The Dynamo picked Sherrod with the 32nd overall pick.
UNM also announced its upcoming spring exhibition schedule on Wednesday. The Lobos will play Phoenix FC of the USL in Casa Grande, Ariz., on March 15; Denver University in Taos on April 5; the Air Force Academy in Albuquerque on April 12; Fort Lewis in Taos on April 19; and FC Tucson of the PDL in Tucson, Ariz., on May 3.

Tennis

The UNM men captured their first win of the season over a ranked tennis opponent when they defeated No. 57 Denver 4-3 on Saturday at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex.

The Lobos (12-4) earned three singles wins from Samir Iftikhar at the No. 1 position, Hayden Sabatka at No. 2, and James Hignett at No. 5, and the team swept all three doubles matches.

UNM’s women’s team, meanwhile, won both its weekend duals with a 5-2 win over No. 54 Colorado on Friday and a 6-1 victory over Ball State on Saturday. The Lobos snapped a four-game losing streak with the weekend sweep.

Against Colorado, UNM grabbed singles wins from Meredith Hopson at No. 3, Natasha Smith at No. 4, Dominique Dulski at No. 5 and Rachana Bhat at No. 6, as well as doubles wins at No. 2 and No. 3.

The Lobos won all three doubles matches against Ball State and took five of six singles matches with wins from Lizette Blankers at No. 2, Hopson, Smith, Dulski and Bhat.

Skiing

UNM Nordic skier Eva Severrus, along with alpine skiers Karoline Mykelbust and Joonas Rasanen, earned spots on the All-Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association first team, UNM announced Thursday.

The Lobos had nine all-RMISA selections total. UNM’s second-team selections were Anni Nord, Mats Resaland and Aku Nikander in Nordic skiing, and Mateja Robnik, Sean Horner and Juho-Pekka Penttinen in alpine skiing.

Swimming and Diving

The Mountain West Conference named seven Lobo athletes to its all-conference team, UNM announced Wednesday.

Monica Dudley, Jorgi Hobson and Megan Harper made repeat appearances on the list, while Kaela McKee, Shayla King, Caitlin Gardiner and Ashley Blanchette were first-time picks.

Swimmers and divers who finished eighth in the conference championships, or relay teams who were third, are tabbed as all-conference.

Hall of Honor nominations

The UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Association has started accepting nominations for the school’s Athletic Hall of Honor.

According to a release from UNM, nominees include athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, groups or civic contributors “whose accomplishments have gained widespread acceptance and whose lives and careers are an inspiration.”

The nomination deadline for this year’s class is March 14. For nominations, forms and a list of required criteria, go to the UNM athletic website at www.golobos.com and click the ‘Inside Athletics Alumni Letterman tab.’ Call the Letterman’s Association at (505) 925-5905 with questions.