April 15, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- There is always a first time for everything and for Sports Performance, the men's soccer team set a precedent. The entire team was named March Sports Performance Athletes of the Month, with three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week Hana Lee sharing the honor, Assistant A.D. for Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced on Monday. Pullara said, "This month is the first time we have honored an entire team. As a group, the men's soccer team has brought incredible energy to every workout this off-season." Equally impressive, Lee has emerged a leader on her golf team. "The effort and focus she puts forth in the Sports Performance facility does not go unnoticed by her teammates," Pullara said.
The Men's Soccer team has excelled not just this month but also the entire winter quarter. They have shown accountability and passion for improving and understanding the value of being strong. Every week, they embraced getting under the bar to squat and did an excellent job adapting to some new programming ideas. They pushed each other to add weight, go faster, or go harder each day. "This group of men have a desire to control their destiny in the fall. They understand that success in the fall starts with a commitment to be strong in the winter, spring and summer. They are a great group to coach and to witness this commitment first-hand has been one of my most enjoyable moments as a coach," Pullara said. Current members of the soccer team were recently honored by the Big Ten Conference, including forward Joey Calistri, named to the All-Big Ten First Team and Nikko Boxall, named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Midfielder Brandon Medina was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team.
Hana Lee (Women's Golf)
"Hana winning this award is a culmination of a few years of work," according to Assistant Director of Sports Performance Mike Schweigert. "Hana brings high energy to early morning workouts, has a great personality, and motivates her teammates to give their best." Schweigert witnessed Lee's transformation from "an athlete who came in hesitant and skeptical of the work done in the performance facility" to someone who, "through steady progress, has transformed herself into a confident and competent athlete." Lee's energy as a leader in the performance facility has transferred over to improved performance on the golf course, winning the Big Ten's Golfer of the Week award three times in her young career, and just most recently taking home co-medalist honors at the 2014 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic by matching a program record with a 6-under 66 score. "Hana is just one of those fun athletes that any coach loves to work with," said Schweigert.
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