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Freshman Derrick Bassi — recently named to Canada’s Under-20 National Team — was part of SFU’s historic GNAC Championship squad.

Promising NCAA debut

December 2, 2010

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SFU’s historic start as the first Canadian university in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has produced some outstanding and surprising performances to date.

Heading into the season it was unclear how competitive the university would be in its first year in the NCAA’s Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), particularly because of the large roster turnover due to new eligibility rules.

However, the men’s and women’s soccer teams proved the Clan were more than prepared for the rigors of a GNAC conference schedule.

The men’s team made history Nov. 6, downing St. Martin’s University 2-0 to snatch the GNAC title and become the first international institution to win an NCAA conference championship. They also set a new team record for consecutive wins in a season, going 16-0 before their first loss, and are currently 19-1-0 on the year.

The women’s soccer team was 9-4-3 in the regular season, finishing second behind former NCAA Division II champions Seattle Pacific. As SFU is still eligible for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) postseason play in 2010-11, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams won their respective Association of Independent Institutions conference championships to advance to the NAIA national championships.

While the Clan football team beat UBC 27-20 in the 2010 Shrum Bowl they finished 1-9 in regular season play on the year. SFU was competitive, losing two nail biters to Dixie State, but the team will enter 2011 still looking for its first conference victory.

The volleyball team finished 4-18 on the season, downing Alaska Fairbanks twice and MSU Billings and St. Martin’s to earn a mark of 4-14 in the conference.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are not yet eligible to compete in the GNAC championship due to SFU’s provisional status, and instead competed in the NAIA national championships on Nov. 20.

SFU men’s and women’s basketball teams are about to kick off their seasons, and fans can check out the men’s and women’s GNAC conference openers on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4, respectively, when SFU takes on Montana State Billings.

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