Leahi Alumni News...
SMU midfielder and Punahou grad Adria Campbell's(84/85) Mustangs won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this Sunday at University of Hawaii's practice field. The game had been delayed and the venue changed due to the extremely wet weather the last few days. Adria was the WAC Player of the Week for the Week of October 11th. SMU lost in the First round of the NCAA tournament to West Virginia.
On the other side of the country, Romy Trigg-Smith(82/83/84), also a Punahou grad, scored her first collegiate goal and added an assist as her Princeton University Tigers defeated Penn 4-1 and finished the Ivy League with an undefeated league record. Romy hasn't set many collegiate records, but in a testament to her dedication, dependability (and a good athletic trainer!), according to the Princeton website, Romy WAS one of 12 NCAA Division 1 players that had played every minute of every game this season. That string was broken Sunday as the coach "substituted freely" on Senior Day at Princeton, and with the League title already secured. In Princeton's best ever season, the Lady Tigers advanced all the way to the NCAA Final Four. Princeton lost to UCLA 2-0 in the semifinals. Romy was named 1st Team All Ivy League.
On a sad note, the University of Hawaii's season ended in a shoot-out defeat to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Since UH did not receive an at large bid to the NCAA tournament, the collegiate careers of Joelle Sugai(83/84) (Aiea), Krystalynn Ontai(83) (Kamehameha), Erin Chow(83) (Moanalua) and Robyn deHay(82)(Kamehameha) have come to a close. But the good news is Joelle Sugai was named to the 2004 All WAC Tournament Team. Joelle, along with UH's Natasha Kai(83) (Kahuku) (also a Leahi alum), and Adria Campbell were named to the All-WAC First Team. Krystalynn Ontai and Robyn deHay were named Second Team All-WAC.
Despite an assist by Carmen Calpo (84) (Pearl City), her Eastern Carolina Pirates season is over with a loss to University of Louisville in the Conference USA Tournament. Carmen started 18 of 19 games for Eastern Carolina and finished the season with 3 goals and 4 assists.
At Sacramento State , the only fourth-year senior on the squad is Jennifer Iha(83/84) (Mililani). She played in her 66th career game, which is sixth in program history. She finishes four seasons at Sacramento State with three goals and two assists.
At Division III Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, Joni Kaitoku(83) (Iolani), Kari Hata (83)(Maryknoll) and Mariel Kim (83)(Punahou) finished their collegiate careers as Pacific fails to move in to the playoffs.
Junior Tiffany Taylor(83)(Punahou) played in 14 of 20 games for the Boston University Terriers, notching 1 assist.
Jolie Nitta’s(84) (Mililani) Returned to Azusa Pacific this year after a year off, but Jolie will only be able to watch from the sideline. The 2002 All-GSAC selection sustained a season ending injury in early October 2004. Also sidelined is St. Mary’s Sarah Takekawa(84)(Kailua) who tore her ACL in early September.
If you have news on a Leahi “alum” playing somewhere, let us know and we will follow up and make sure they are covered in the next update....and if you are one of our alums, drop us a note and let us know how you are doing!
Kai Garners Regional Honors
Release Date: 01/06/05
NEW YORK - University of Hawaii soccer player Natasha Kai was named to the Soccer Buzz All-West Region second team as voted by NCAA Division I coaches and Soccer Buzz Staff. It's the third straight year that Kai has earned all-region honors and the second time in the last month she has been recognized.
The junior striker was also named to the NSCAA All-West Region second team last month. The native of Kahuku, Oahu has been honored all-region by Soccer Buzz each of her three seasons as a Rainbow Wahine, gaining a spot on the first team in her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Kai, who was a 2004 Western Athletic Conference first-team selection and Hermann Award semifinalist for national player of the year, led UH in goals (12) and points (29) and set a new school and WAC record for single-season shots (119). She finished third in WAC play in points (13) and goals (5). UH finished the season 12-6-3, one win shy of its school-record total.