Marquette Athletic Teams Announce MVPs At All-Sports Awards Banquet

April 29, 2001

Milwaukee -- The following Marquette student-athletes have been announced as their team's respective Most Valuable Players for the 2000-2001 season. These student-athletes, as well as all members of the school's intercollegiate athletic program, were recognized at the school's annual All-Sports Awards Banquet held Sunday, April 29, at the Hyatt Regency.

Men's Basketball -- Brian Wardle (Sr., Clarendon Hills, Ill.) -- Became the first Marquette player to land All-Conference USA First Team honors after averaging a team-high 18.8 points per game, good for the No. 2 spot among league performers. Concluded his career as Marquette's No. 3 and C-USA's No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 1,690 points. Was named MVP of the Blue & Gold Coca-Cola Classic. Started all 29 MU games and registered double-figure scoring on 27 occasions.

Women's Basketball -- Heidi Bowman (Sr., Piercy, Calif.) -- Started 28 of the team's 29 games and finished as the squad's leading scorer (14.5 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (4.9 rpg). Was an All-Conference USA Third-Team selection. Hit a team-high 47 three-point field goals and scored in double figures in 23 contests.

Women's Soccer -- Heather O'Neil (Sr., Shoreview, Minn.) -- Earned numerous honors as she helped the team to a record of 20-3-1 that included a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Started all 24 games en route to All-Conference USA First-Team honors. Earned a berth on the All-Great Lakes Region Third Team and was tabbed as the Most Valuable Defender in the C-USA Tournament.

Men's Soccer -- Steve Lawrence (So., Brookfield, Wis.) -- As starter in all 17 games, he was an anchor in Marquette's defense and chipped in a pair of assists for two points. Brought home All-Conference USA Third-Team honors.

Volleyball -- Liz Egasti (Sr., St. Charles, Ill.) -- Became C-USA's all-time leader in assists during the 2000 season and concluded her career with 5,180. Ranked first on the squad and was No. 8 among C-USA players in assists (10.76 apg).

Women's Cross Country -- Susan Barth (So., Bluffton, Ind.) -- Played a vital role in helping the team qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Finished 11th out of 217 runners at the NCAA Great Lakes Region Meet. Helped MU to the C-USA championship by finishing second out of 85 entrants. All-Conference USA and All-Great Lakes Region honoree.

Men's Cross Country -- Joel Brusewitz (Sr., Stevens Point, Wis.) -- Was Marquette's top finisher in five meets during the 2000 campaign. Earned All-Conference USA honors. Finished ninth out of 136 competitors at the Bradley Invitational.

Men's Tennis -- Peter Mojzis (So., Capetown, South Africa) -- Helped Marquette record a successful dual-meet record of 14-6. Was selected as C-USA Player of the Week (Apr. 11) and was an ITA Singles Qualifier. Finished with a 14-5 record at No. 1 singles during the spring season, 18-11 for the entire year.

Women's Tennis -- Laura Garcia (Sr., Zargoza, Spain) -- Helped the Marquette team to a third-place finish in the C-USA Championships. Compiled an overall record of 29-10 at No. 1 singles for the entire year. Was ranked 66th in the nation. Captured the Singles Flight I champion at the Notre Dame Invitational.

Golf -- Mark Wentz (Sr., DeForest, Wis.) -- Finished with the team's best average for the year, averaging 74.29 per round over the course of 10 tournaments. Registered the team's low round of the year, a 68 at the Legends of Indiana Tournament. Finished fourth out of 96 competitors at the Billikin Invitational.

Wrestling -- Peter Butville (Sr., Levittown, Penn.) -- Was hampered with injuries throughout the year, but did capture second place at the NCAA West Region. Was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation in his weight class during the year. Was a first-place finisher in the Marquette Open.

NOTE -- The Marquette men's and women's outdoor track teams are still competing and will announced their MVPs at a later date.

In addition, senior Joe Herington (Westerville, Ohio) of the cross country/track teams was awarded the 2001 Cura Personalis Award, presented annually by the athletic department to a senior who has gone beyond the athletic arena to make a significant contribution to his/her teammates and fellow student-athletes.

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