UD to be represented at NCAA conference

Rory MacCallum, Contributing Writer

Junior basketball player Lorenzo Gonzalez and junior soccer player Cascade Mayer are to represent UD at NCAA conference. Photo by Kaity Chaikowsky.

Lorenzo Gonzalez of the University of Dallas men’s basketball team and Cascade Mayer of the women’s soccer team will be traveling this weekend to Phoenix, Ariz., for an NCAA leadership conference.

Jarred Samples (basketball) and Angelina Pane (soccer), the head coaches of the two programs both nominated their respective players to attend.

The two players, along with Coach Pane, will leave for Phoenix on Thursday, April 7 and will stay through Sunday, April 10 for the duration of the conference.

At the conference, athletes from across the country will hear speeches from other coaches and athletes about being a leader, as well as participate in team building activities. Both Gonzalez and Mayer are expected to be key contributors to their respective teams this upcoming season, not just because of their abilities on the field and court, but also because of their leadership roles.

“I think it will be a good experience and it will help not only me but [also] Cascade become better leaders to improve our team on the mental side of the game,” Gonzalez said.

Mayer added, “It’ll be a really cool experience for the sole fact that you get to see what the NCAA portrays as a leader. I think it’ll help our team and programs because Lorenzo and I will be able to bring back what we learned and share that with our athletics program.”

Gonzalez is set to begin his senior year as the basketball team’s starting point guard for his second season. The native of San Antonio has logged a lot of minutes in his three-year career and plays point guard, a natural leadership position.

He was a captain for the team this past year as a junior and continues to be an important leader for a team that will lose just two seniors next year. Gonzalez’s on-court efforts earned him Honorable Mention All-SCAC honors this past season.

A native of Kapaa, Hawaii, Mayer has served as an integral part of the women’s soccer team since arriving on campus. The junior has started all but four games in her three seasons, and has lettered all three years. She earned Second Team All-SCAC honors in each of the past two seasons and looks to continue her excellence on the field for her senior season, as well as provide important leadership for the Crusaders.


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