TEAM PLAYERS

Fall semester saw 197 CLU athletes competing aggressively in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC). Kingsmen football finished second in SCIAC (with only two losses) while Regals volleyball also took second place, boasting a nine-game winning streak before reaching the NCAA West Regional Finals. Regals soccer also finished an impressive second place in the conference, while Kingsmen water polo went all the way to the SCIAC championship finals before finishing as tournament runners-up and third overall. // Among the CLU athletes distinguishing themselves were junior Jericho Toilolo, leading the Kingsmen in football, and senior Sarah Rickert, finishing her fourth year with Regals soccer.

JERICHO TOILOLO, JUNIOR

Position: Quarterback, Football
Hometown: San Diego, CA

SARAH RICKERT, SENIOR

Position: Forward, Soccer
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

After throwing for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2007, quarterback Jericho Toilolo played a huge role in the Kingsmen’s 2008 season as well. This business marketing major has played football all three years he’s been at Cal Lu, and as a sophomore was named to the Weekly Gazette National Players of the Week Team and the Second Team All-SCIAC. In addition, he sustained—and recovered from—some major sidelining injuries his sophomore year, returning his junior year in top form to lead the team. Jericho is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Marketing Club, and he enjoys spending time working out in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center.

On CLU Athletics:

The team is great; it’s a real family atmosphere and an excellent program to be a part of. Offensive coach Richardson has taught me a lot of stuff I didn’t know, instruction I didn’t get in high school. I think our coaching staff is the best in the conference. They’re there for you in the game, or just in life.”

On Tradition:

During Homecoming, the atmosphere at the game is electric. People pack in, alumni come back, and players get fired up, not just to play for our team but for our school. It’s great to get that kind of support and it’s a blast. You really see how many people respect and support the football program, wishing us good luck.”


Sarah Rickert knew she wanted to play soccer in college, but at the same time she didn’t want to miss out on other aspects of the college experience. So during her four years playing with the Regals, Sarah achieved a great deal both on the field and off. As a sophomore, she scored a team-high seven goals, including two game-winning goals, and as a junior she scored the game-tying goal in the SCIA C Tournament Championship that CLU then won in a penalty kick—going on to the NCAA Postseason for the first time since 2000. She spent a semester studying in Ireland and participates in ASCLU-G (Student Government) Programs Board, helping to plan CLU’s much loved “Club Lu” Friday night activities. A team captain her senior year, Sarah also has been vice president of CLU’s American Marketing Association club for two years.

On CLU Athletics:

I wanted to play at a competitive level but still have fun and be able to enjoy what college and California had to offer. CLU’s program allowed me to study in Ireland in the spring, and at a Division I school, you just can’t do that. When I came to Cal Lu as a freshman, I made friends the moment I met the people on the team.”

On Tradition:

One tradition is running up to the cross on top of Mt. Clef and having a team talk up there. Also, during the last practice of the season, we dress up goofy, wearing anything but soccer clothes, and just act wild and crazy. Every time we line up for the national anthem, everyone holds hands and touches feet and sends squeezes up and down the line. The traditions make you feel that you’re a part of something that goes beyond the seasons.”

   
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