Aggie Softball Earns NFCA All-Academic Team Honors; Eleven Aggies Named Scholar Athletes

STARKVILLE, MS - The New Mexico State softball team has been named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Girls Got Game All-Academic Team for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The Aggies ranked 40th out of 132 Division I programs with a team GPA of 3.305 and were the only WAC team on the list.

Eleven Aggies were also individually honored as NFCA Scholar Athletes. Amber Olive, Ashley Maroda, Kandis Jones, Kristi Covarrubia, Kylie Randall, Lauren Morizi*, Sarah Byrne, Sydney Williard, Tehani Kaaihue, Teresa Conrad and Torrey Schroeder all earned individual honors with GPAs over 3.50 during the 2009-2010 academic year.

The Girls Got Game Academic Awards program honors both collegiate and high school teams for their submitted GPAs for the 2009-2010 academic year. As a second component of the program, all submitted student-athletes who achieved a 3.50 GPA during last academic year are named as girls got game/NFCA Scholar Athletes.

*Lauren Morizi has transferred to Long Island University

The Daily Aggie :: 10/11/10

Aggie teams win, the awards come pouring in. Kayleigh Giddens was named the WAC Volleyball Player of the Week for her performances last week against San Jose State and Fresno State. Giddens dominated the two California schools recording 45 kills, four service aces, 21 digs and four blocks in the two matches combined.

After the weekend the Aggies sit alone in second place behind Hawai'i. The Aggies have a chance to further distance themselves from the rest of the pack as they host the three teams directly behind them in the standings. Boise State visits on Thursday night with a conference record of 3-3, Idaho visits Saturday night with a conference record of 4-3 and then Nevada comes in on Sunday with a conference record of 3-2.

Idaho will face Louisiana Tech on Thursday night (most likely a win for the Vandals) while Nevada hosts Utah State on Friday night for what should be an outstanding conference battle.

The Aggie football team's victory over New Mexico netted a pair of awards for the Aggies as Donte Savage picked of the WAC Defensive Player of the Week award while Tyler Stampler earned WAC Special Teams player of the week.

Savage helped the Aggie defense break out of its funk recording nine tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes defended.

Tyler Stampler hit all three of his field goal attempts, a 39-yarder, 34-yarder and the game-winning 22-yarder.

This week's Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week honors mark just the second time in school history that two Aggies have earned Player of the Week honors in the same week. The only other time it's happened was in 2004 when Buck Pierce and Dustin Sober were named Sun Belt Offensive and Defensive Players of the week respectively after a 44-10 victory over Middle Tennessee State in Las Cruces.

It'll be back to work this week for the Aggies as they'll be traveling to Fresno State this week to take on the Bulldogs. Fresno is coming off a 49-27 loss to Hawai'i this past weekend.

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Donte Savage Named WAC Defensive Player Of The Week; Tyler Stampler Named WAC Special Teams Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Junior defensive lineman Donte Savage and freshman place kicker Tyler Stampler have been named WAC Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively as announced by the conference office Monday morning. This is the first WAC Player of the Week awards for the Aggies this season.

Savage, a native of Portland, Ore., had a career night for the Aggies in a 16-14 win over New Mexico. He led the team with nine tackles, while recording the Aggies’ first two sacks of the season. He also tallied four tackles for a loss of 33 yards and forced two fumbles, one of which gave NM State the ball back and led to the game-winning field goal. Savage also recorded two pass break-ups.

Stampler, from Lauderdale, Fla., hit three field goals in the Aggies’ win over New Mexico, 16-14. He recorded a long of 39 yards in the first quarter, followed by a 34 yarder late in the same quarter. Stampler would hit the game-winning field goal with just 1:56 left in the game, a 22-yard attempt. Stampler becomes the first Aggie kicker to hit three field goals in a game since Nov. 6, 2004.

The Aggies travel to Fresno, Calif., this week to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs beginning at 8:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised on ESPNU.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4-10. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the fourth of her career.

The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to road wins at San Jose State and Fresno State. She hit .357 with 6.43 kills, 3.00 digs, 0.57 service aces and 7.50 points per set.

"We had a good week on the road and our team played well against two pretty good teams," Giddens said. "I am happy to receive the honor and I hope we can continue to play well."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls 4-1 At Idaho

The Aggie soccer team scored in the 2nd minute of their match with Idaho but a pair of goals by Idaho in the waning minutes of the first half were too much for the Aggies to overcome as they fell 4-1 to Idaho on Sunday afternoon. "We started very well and did a good job of sticking to what our gameplan was but then kind of got away from it in the last 10 minutes of the first half," said head coach Michael Needham after the match. "The last five minutes of the first half they [Idaho] put a lot of pressure on us and we made a couple of mistakes."

Lauren Cope put the Aggies on the board just a minute and fifty five seconds into the contest as she knocked in a rebound off a shot by Kristen Powers putting the Aggies ahead 1-0. It was Cope's second goal of the 2010 season and Powers' first assist of the season and it ended a nearly 193 minute scoreless drought by the Aggie offense.

The Aggies would hold on to the 1-0 lead until the 42nd minute when Idaho's Erica Hart found the back of the net. Idaho's Lauren Layton and Chelsea Small were credited with assists on the play as Layton threw in to Small who headed the ball to Hart.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/10/10

Tough Enough To Wear PinkOn a day of exciting football across the country, two winless teams provided one of the most entertaining games of the day and one of the most entertaining three point fourth quarters we can ever remember. It wasn't the prettiest football game played, seven combined turnovers, 16 combined penalties for nearly 200 yards. In fact, the Aggies had more penalty yards (75) than passing yards (38) and the Lobos had more penalty yards (115) than net rushing yards (114) but in the end, it was another classic Battle of I-25.

Saturday night was also the Tough Enough To Wear Pink game supporting breast cancer research. The Las Cruces community helped raise $506,939 in cash and in-kind donations for the Cowboys for Cancer Research foundation.

There are so many standout players for the Aggies in this game, it's nice to finally be able to point to great performances in a win instead fo pointing to good performances in a loss. The heros of the game. There are two who are obvious, Andrew Manley who came in off the bench cold and threw an amazing pass to Marcus Allen that got the Aggies down to the Lobo four yard line on the game-winning drive. No disrespect intended for the Aggie quarterbacks but we haven't seen that kind of pass from an Aggie since the Chase Holbrook days. And of course kicker Tyler Stampler who nailed three field goals on the night, including the pressure-packed game-winner. It's been a very long time since Aggie field goal kicking hasn't been an area of major concern, who knows, maybe even as far back as the Danny Villanueva days.

Robert Clay came out of virtually nowhere to make his presence felt in this game as well. He ran the ball nine times for 44 yards and was the Aggies' second leading rusher on the night. But more importantly, he was the player who came out of the scrum in the endzone with the ball that kept the Aggies in the game. To that point, the Aggies were treading water after falling behind 14-6 after grinding out a 6-0 lead. It was the only touchdown the Aggies scored but it was a huge boost heading into halftime.

Defensively, Donte Savage and Pierre Fils played like they had played all last season they both had their names called several times during the game for tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, particularly Donte Savage. The Aggies had five takeaways (forcing three fumbles and an interception, the fourth fumble came on special teams) and generated two sacks and six tackles for loss which is something that will no doubt please Coach Walker and Coach Lindsey who is calling defensive plays for the Aggies now.

The Aggies still have a long way to go, nobody's denying that, but at least they don't have to worry about a winless season (something that is a distinct possibility for UNM).

The Aggies now focus on the conference schedule. It's a wide open league from spots 4-9, Boise State, Nevada and Hawai'i are clearly the cream of the crop right now. Can the Aggies steal a game or two from Fresno State/Idaho/Nevada/Hawai'i? We'll see. Certainly the Aggies' most winnable games will be San Jose State/Utah State/Louisiana Tech. The good news is that two of those three are at home.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today as they look to break through in the points column in conference play. The Aggies need to get some points as they try to qualify for the WAC tournament. Their task will not be easy today as they take on Idaho in Moscow. The Vandals are 11-3 on the season and are shooting for a school record 12th victory today.

It sounds easy but it probably isn't but the key to stopping Idaho is stopping Chelsea Small. She leads the Vandals in goals scored with 11. Nearly 60 percent of her shots are on goal and she has six game winning goals in 14 matches played. She leads the WAC in shots per game at 5.43 and haas naken 30 more shots than the next closest player in the WAC. She's also tied for the league lead in goals scored with 11.

The Vandals have scored 26 goals on the season while only allowing 14. Much like Boise State this past Friday, the Vandals have made their living scoring in the first half as 17 of their 26 goals have come in the first 45 minutes. Lauren Layton is the Vandals' most dangerous assist person with five.

Conference soccer is interesting in that, the Aggies can actually have a better outcome with a win and a loss this weekend than they would have with two ties. Since three points are awarded for a win, one point for a tie and none for a loss, the Aggies, if they're able to upset Idaho, would come away from the weekend with three points. Two ties would have given them just two. Just something to keep in mind.

Also, Idaho probably has a little extra motivation facing the Aggies. Last season the Aggies stunned Idaho 3-2 in Las Cruces. Idaho was up 2-0 after just 21 minutes of play but the Aggies stormed out of halftime scoring three goals. No doubt Idaho remembers that match and will be out for a little payback today.

The match is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. MT start. There are no live stats or streaming video that we're away of. If we get scoring updates, we'll pass them along via our Twitter page (@AgsBleedCrimson).

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AggieVision :: NM State vs. UNM Game Highlights

Aggie Football Uses Late Field Goal To Defeat Lobos 16-14

Seth SmithNM State vs. UNM Photo Album - Tim Barnett-Queen
NM State vs. UNM Photo Album - Rich Chavez

The 101st renewal of the in-state battle between New Mexico State and New Mexico provided another classic ending in the series as the Aggies once again used a late fourth quarter drive to stun their rivals. Aggie true freshman quarterback Andrew Manley led the Aggies on an 8-play 40 yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard field goal by redshirt sophomore Tyler. The Aggie defense would force five Lobo turnovers and the fifth, an interception by senior Davon House, would seal the victory for the Aggies as they snapped an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season.

Taveon Rogers took the opening kickoff to the Aggies' 46 giving them outstanding field position to start the game. The Aggies converted a pair of third downs before facing a 4th and 2 at the Lobos' 21. Head coach DeWayne Walker sent in the field goal unit and kicker Tyler Stampler nailed a 39-yard field goal to put the Aggies up 3-0 with 9:57 left in the first quarter.

UNM started their first drive on their own 18 and after a converting a first down on 2nd and 2the Lobos' drive stalled at their 35 as Pierre Fils broke through the offensive line and got pressure on quarterback Brad Gruner whose pass sailed over the head of Bryant Williams forcing a Lobo punt.

The Aggies would take over on their own 27 and on second and seven, Robert Clay took the pitch took it to the 33 yard line but a personal foul foul penalty on UNM's Jake Carr gave the Aggies a first and 10 at their 48. Two plays later Taveon Rogers made a big gain run on the end around 29 yard gain down to the Aggie 19 yard line. The Aggie drive would stall at the UNM 15 bringing Tyler Stampler on to try a 34-yard field goal. Stampler would nail the field goal giving the Aggies a 6-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Defeats Fresno State 3-1

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team improved to 4-1 in WAC play as they defeated Fresno State 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies dropped the first set 25-23 but bounced back to win the next three sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-14. Kayleigh Giddens continued her solid play finishing with 25 kills while setter Jennah DeVries recorded 54 assists.

The Aggies and Bulldogs battled closely in the first set as the Aggies held an early 9-6 advantage after a kill by freshman middle blocker Desiree Scott. The Bulldogs would cut the Aggies' lead to one at 10-9 on a kill by Lauren Berger but a service ace by Rocio Gutierrez a few plays later would give the Aggies a 13-10 lead. The Bulldogs would respond with three straight points to tie the set at 13-13. The Aggies would regain a two point advantage at 16-14 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens but two straight points from Fresno State would tie the set at 16 all. The Aggies would score four of the next five points to take a 20-17 lead and would hold a 22-19 lead after a block by Whitney Woods. However, the Bulldogs would take a timeout to try to stop the Aggies' momentum. Out of the timeout the Bulldogs would score six of the final seven points to take the set 25-23.

The Aggies would jump out to a quick 3-1 lead in the second set but the Bulldogs would tie the set at 4-4 on a kill by Brianna Clarke. The Agies would respond with a 4-0 run to take an 8-4 lead but Fresno State would once again answer tying the set at 9-9. Kayleigh Giddens would record back-to-back kills which was followed by a service ace by Kelsey Brennan and another kill by Giddens giving the Aggies a 13-9 lead. The Aggies would maintain their four point advantage at 19-15 on a kill by Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies would end the set on a 6-2 run to take the set 25-17 getting a service ace by Jennah DeVries on set point to seal the set win.  Continue Reading This Post >>