Dor Saar, University of Maine
Saar looking to make her own points this year for UMaine
women’s basketball team
By Mike Lowe, Staff Writer, Portland Press Herald, ORONO, ME.
On the University of Maine’s first possession
Saturday, Blanca Millan stood in the right corner and, after a quick look at
Dor Saar, broke to the basket.
Saar, standing out beyond the 3-point line, never hesitated,
throwing a perfect bounce pass off her dribble to the cutting Millan, her
defender unaware of the pass that would lead to a Millan layup 29 seconds into
the 2018-19 season. That play highlighted just what Saar, a sophomore point
guard from Israel, means to the Black Bears women’s basketball team. It’s her
job to direct the offense and she does it expertly.
“She’s very smart, has a very high basketball IQ,” said
Maine Coach Amy Vachon, a former point guard for UMaine. “For a coach, to have
a point guard with a high basketball IQ, it’s amazing. It’s really great to
work with her. She’s better than I was.”
That’s heady praise from someone who as a player led the
Black Bears to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and still holds the
school records for career assists (759) and single-season assists (234).
But she’s not alone in thinking that Saar makes a
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Men's Water Polo 11/15/2018 Mark Honbo
Goldschmidt named WWPA Player of the Year
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis senior utility Ido Goldschmidt
captured his second career Western Water Polo Association Player of the Year
award as the conference office announced its year-end awards on the eve of the
championship tournament. The psychology major from Herzliya, Israel led a total
of four Aggies on the All-WWPA rolls: he made the first team, senior attacker Marcus Anderson
appeared on the second team, while senior utility Riley Venne
garnered honorable mention. Additionally, center Nir Gross
represented UC Davis on the WWPA All-Freshman squad.
Goldschmidt is the fourth consecutive Aggie and the sixth
overall to capture Player of the Year plaudits. He also becomes the first
two-time winner in program history, having previously scored the award in 2016.
Like Goldschmidt, Gross previously played for Asa Tel Aviv and the Israeli
National Team before his arrival at UC Davis. He has 31 goals with 24 drawn
exclusions in his rookie season, ranking fourth in scoring behind Goldschmidt,
Anderson and sophomore Jack Stafford (33). Gross' most important goal was
arguably the game-winner with less than a minute remaining in the Aggies'
November 1 conference win over LMU.
Jalon Named to the C-USA All-Academic Team
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Hagay Jalon of the
Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team has been named to the InTouch
Credit Union Conference USA All-Academic Team. Jalon is one of just eleven
players on the team. "I'm very happy for Hagay to have his hard work recognized with this
award," said head coach Joey Worthen.
"He's a captain and leader of our team both on and off the field. He does
an excellent job in the classroom. He's one of the most mature players I've
ever coached. I'm happy for him to be able to receive this award."
The Haifa, Israel native is working towards a bachelor's degree in psychology
and has held the top GPA on the men's soccer team since arriving on campus.
Jalon serves as the team's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative
and has been heavily involved in community service, logging over 30 hours since
On the pitch, Jalon played in every game for the Owls this season. His 76 total
saves and 5.07 saves per game lead C-USA and are top-15 nationally. His two
shutouts on the season are tied for the fifth most in the league.
USC Men's Tennis
| November 22, 2018
tennis comes to a close, the ITA has released its latest set of individual
rankings. A wildly successful fall for several Trojans has seen a powerful
representation of USC in those rankings, with six Trojans ranked in the top-60
in singles and one doubles team in the top-50.
Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) leads the way, now ranked No. 8 in the
nation in singles after starting the fall at No. 31. He's also locked into the
doubles list as well, teamed up with senior Tanner Smith as
the nation's No. 45 doubles duo. Smith also boasts his first-ever singles
ranking, standing tall at No. 34 in the nation after a strong fall.
Verboven has also upgraded his singles status, going from No. 81 to
tower in the top-20, now a career-best No. 19 in the nation. So, too, has
senior Logan Smith
climbed the ranks, now slotted at No. 32 in the land. Meanwhile, freshman Bradley Frye is
on the scene at No. 47, with redshirt junior Jake DeVine also
enjoying his best career ranking at No. 56.
These Trojans all had impactful falls, with Cukierman winning the SoCal
Intercollegiate title and reaching the Oracle ITA Fall Singles Final, Logan Smith
winning the ITA Southwest Regional title, Verboven claiming the ITA Oracle
Masters championship, and Tanner Smith
reaching the ITA Southwest Regional final.