Athletes of the Week

Week of September 24, 2012

Eric Rogers


Eric Rogers broke the 38-year old CLU career TD reception record on Saturday night with three receiving touchdowns, adding a fourth on a 38-yard reverse play in the opening quarter. In the second stanza he caught a 19 yard pass for his first of the night and on the next CLU possession followed up with a nine yard TD reception to tie the mark. In the third quarter the wide receiver caught a 32 yard TD for the record 26th career TD catch.  The senior led all players with 173 all-purpose yards, which included nine catches for 135 yards as No. 8 Cal Lutheran defeated Pomona-Pitzer 38-10 in the SCIAC opener. Rogers also moved into second place in CLU history for receiving yards in a career (2,617) and to fourth in CLU history in career receptions (159). He should break both marks this season.

Taylor Will

Women's Soccer

Taylor Will scored three goals this past week including the game-winner against Chapman on Saturday (Sept. 29). For the season, Will leads the Regals with six goals. She also leads the SCIAC in shots and is second in goals. The 2011 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year needs just three more goals to break into the top-ten for career goals at CLU.

Rachel Smith


Rachel Smith broke the 16-year old CLU career digs record  earlier this season and added to her total this past week when she had a combined 66 kills in three matches including a career-high 32 against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Sept. 25). Smith also hit .600 on nine kills with no errors on 15 chances against Redlands (Sept. 29).

Smith's school-record for career kills now stands at 1,424. Smith may not be done rewriting the record books, however. With her 13 service aces this season, she is now third in career totals for the Regals and she needs just 40 more kills to break into the CLU top-five for career kills.