bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 08/26/14

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the start of the season?
Doug Martin: There’s just a lot of excitement going on here right now for us with the new conference, the new field, we just practiced on it for the first time today and the players just loved that. We’ve got a lot of great things going on. New weight room, new field, new conference. It just feels like a rebirth for us.

bc.net: There’s been a lot talk about the new field, you mentioned that you were able to get out there and practice on it for the first time. What does the new playing surface bring to the table?
DM: There are a couple things, first i think just the wear and tear of the grass. Everyone knows that by the end of the year, the last couple of games our field would be really worn out and we weren’t able to use it. We weren’t able to practice on it, you weren’t able to use it for any other events. I think that’s the biggest thing. Now we have a surface that can be used as much as we want, we can practice out there any time we want, we can have other events in the community out there that get the community and students involved in our football program. Not to mention the recruiting aspect of it. We’re already hearing great things from the recruits who have seen pictures of it and things like that. All-in-all it’s just a much more usable and player friendly surface.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Signs Local Star And Hawai’i Standout

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head softball coach Kathy Rodolph announced Monday the signing of Lucy Mendoza and Nue Sivia to the Aggie softball squad. The pair begins their freshman campaign during the 2014-15 season.

One of the names might sound familiar to softball fans in the Las Cruces area as Mendoza was a key member of the Onate High School softball team that came within one inning of winning the New Mexico state championship in May.

Mendoza was an all-district and all-state shortstop for the Knights last season, helping Onate to a 30-4 record. Onate was ranked No. 2 in New Mexico throughout the season and lost to top-ranked Rio Rancho in the state championship game in extra innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Drops Home Opener To Texas State 2-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Jennae Cambra scored her second goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Texas State squeaked past New Mexico State, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the Soccer Athletic Complex.

It didn’t take long for the Bobcats (1-0-1) to find the back of the net. Less than three minutes into the first half Maddie Nichols fired a high-arching shot from 30 yards out that found its way past Tayler Hammack to give TSU a 1-0 advantage.

“It’s always tough to give up an early goal,” NM State head coach Freddy Delgado said. “Besides the opening minutes of the game I thought we played well.”

The Aggies found pay dirt moments into the second half when Cambra received a beautiful pass from Holly Abdelkader and headed it home to tie it at 1-1.

However, 10 minutes later Kassi Hormuth took advantage of a rebound right in front of the net and booted it home to give TSU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Current And Former Aggie Volleyball Players Play Spirited Five Set Match

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The two-time defending Western Athletic Conference volleyball champions got back on the court for the first time this season on Saturday as the New Mexico State volleyball team played its annual Alumni Match inside the Pan American Center.

The current Aggies beat a feisty alumni team in five sets, 19-25, 25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 15-10. Among the former NM State greats playing for the alumni team was 2013 WAC Player of the Year Desiree Scott and Aggie all-time kills leader and former All-American Stevi (Adams) Maytubby.

“We saw a lot of good things, a little messy at times, but that happens in these types of matches,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “We played a lot of different lineups and everybody got a chance to play. Some players improved their stock, others struggled a little bit.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Soccer Falls 3-1 To Loyola Marymount In Season Opener

LOS ANGELES, CA - The New Mexico State women's soccer team kicked off the 2014 campaign in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday night falling 3-1 to the Loyola Marymount Lions. Senior forward Jennae Cambra scored the Aggies' first goal of the season in the 15th minute of play by putting a head into the back of the net off an assist from fellow senior forward Layla Todd. The Aggies' lead held up until the 35th minute of play when LMU redshirt freshman Sydney Zuccolotto scored the equalizer.

The teams would go into halftime tied at one goal apiece but goals from LMU junior Callie Taylor in the 59th minute and true freshman Jill Farley in the 60th minute would give the Lions the lead for good.

Aggie freshman Holly Abdelkader would put a header on frame in the 63rd minute but the shot was saved by LMU goal keeper Sophia Leksan, one of two saves on the night for the sophomore. The Aggie offense mustered just six shots on the evening, three of them on goal while LMU peppered the Aggies with 18 shots, nine of which were on frame. Aggie goal keeper Taylor Hammack recorded five saves but allowed the three goals. The Aggies were able to generate just two corner kicks while they allowed 11 by LMU.

New Mexico State returns to action on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. when they open up the home slate with a game against former WAC member Texas State. The Aggies are 0-1-0 all time against Texas State losing 3-0 in the lone meeting in 2012.

NOTES:

  • Cambrae's goal is the ninth of her career and moves her into fourth place alone on the career goals list, one short of Crystal Burns (10) and two shy of current fellow teammate Layla Todd (12). Yolanda McMillion tops the list with 15 career goals.
  • The Aggies are now 1-4-1 all time in season openers and 0-5 in true road openers.


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    New Mexico State Athletics Director McKinley Boston To Step Down At End Of 2014

    Written By: Justin Bannister, New Mexico State University

    The employment agreement for New Mexico State University Athletics Director McKinley Boston has been extended until Dec. 31, when he will step down from his post. Meanwhile, Boston will continue to work with NMSU President Garrey Carruthers on a number of issues facing the Athletics Department, including conference realignment, athletic finances and the day-to-day operation of the department.

    The employment agreement for New Mexico State University Athletics Director McKinley Boston has been extended until Dec. 31, when he will step down from his post. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)
    “Dr. Boston has done a fine job in leading our athletics department over the past 10 years,” Carruthers said. “I am most pleased with his attention to academics and the development of support groups for our student athletes during his time at NMSU.”   Continue Reading This Post >>

    Aggie Volleyball Picked To Win League; Three Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

    Written By: WAC Media Relations

    DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected New Mexico State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2014. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Utah Valley junior middle blocker Lauren Bakker was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

    New Mexico State received six of the first-place votes with Seattle U earning the other two. The Aggies earned 48 total points, followed by Seattle U with 43. Utah Valley was picked to finish third with 35 points, followed by Missouri-Kansas City in fourth with 27 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fifth with 26 and Grand Canyon in sixth with 22 points. Texas-Pan American and Chicago State rounded out the poll with 16 and seven points, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

    New Mexico State Men's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

    Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A challenging non-conference slate, 17 home games and an appearance on ESPN’s 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon highlight the 2014-15 New Mexico State men’s basketball schedule.

    “Overall, I really like the depth of our schedule,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies, who enters his eighth season at the helm. “It’s going to be a very tough, demanding and challenging for our young men and staff. We aren’t going to shy away from anyone and our schedule proves that. Our schedule is going to be exciting for the community and our fans.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

    Aggies Picked To Finish Sixth In Coaches Poll; Layla Todd Named Preseason All-WAC

    Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

    DENVER, CO - Seattle U was selected as the favorite to win the 2014 Western Athletic Conference women’s soccer title as determined by a vote of the league’s eight head coaches. The 2014 WAC preseason all-conference women’s soccer team and preseason Players of the Year were also announced as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

    Seattle U was selected first in the poll as the team received seven first place votes for 49 total points. The Redhawks return six of their 11 starters from a team that went 17-3-2 in 2013 and finished first in WAC play with a perfect 12-0-0 record. The team also claimed the WAC Tournament title and made it’s first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division I Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>