Conference recognizes Saint Mary athletes, including Lansing grads Jennifer Nye and Jake McCurry

Though both University of Saint Mary soccer teams saw their seasons end in defeat last week, a large batch of Spires received good news over the weekend.
Eight USM student-athletes — three from the men’s team and five from the women’s squad — were named to the all-conference teams by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The recognition praises the players’ achievements during the recently-concluded regular season.
The honorees from the Lady Spires team, which finished 9-8-2 overall and 5-4 in the KCAC, include Jennifer Nye, a forward from Lansing. The sophomore was named first-team All-KCAC.
“I’m very proud of all the girl’s on the team this year, and am excited to see us getting a bit of recognition in the conference,” USM women’s coach Justin Seever said. “Jen Nye came on very strong this season, especially picking her play up as conference action began. She tied for the conference lead in goals with 13 and finished with 28 points, one off from the lead in conference. I feel we are just starting to see the true potential for her as a goal scorer for us.”
Earning All-Conference honorable mention were defenders Alexis Williams, a junior from Scotts Valley, Calif.; Jessyca Eagle, a junior from Yuma, Ariz.; Stephanie Chapman, a senior from Gerald, Mo., and midfielder Claire Beebe, a senior from Wichita.
“Claire Beebe has been a strong performer for us, leading by example on the field,” Seever said. “Stephanie Chapman and Jessyca Eagle played the most minutes out of everyone on our team this season. Alexis Williams battled injuries all season, but was still a top contributor.”
From the Saint Mary men’s soccer team that finished 5-13 overall and 2-7 in conference action forward Jake McCurry, a freshman from Lansing, was named to the KCAC All-Conference second team. Mid-fielder Christian Smith, a senior from Kansas City, Kan., and goalkeeper Jeremy Herrman, a senior from Raytown, Mo., were named All-KCAC honorable mention.
“Jake has been a solid performer all year for us,” USM men’s coach Derek Mazeitis said. “He has a very bright future with our program. Jeremy is a very good goalkeeper and I am glad he received recognition for his efforts.  He will be tough to replace. Christian scored some big goals for us this year and we will miss in the future.”