[MEN'S COLLEGE CUP: Creighton]In two seasons at Creighton, Elmar Bolowich has guided the Bluejays to back-to-back College Cup appearances. This year's campaign was one of the former North Carolina coach's most challenging in his 24 years as a head coach. He had to replace seven starters from the 2011 team that finished 21-2-1. With four freshmen and two transfers in the starting lineup, he has the Bluejays back in Hoover, Ala., after snapping Connecticut's 38-game home winning streak in the quarterfinals.
Jose Gomez, a senior transfer from Cal State Fullerton, is a finalist for the 2012 MAC Trophy. The 2012 Missouri Valley Player of the Year has scored 21 points on six goals and nine assists.
Co-captain Andrew Ribeiro, one of four returning starters, claimed Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year recognition -- the ninth time that a Creighton player claimed the award.
Timo Pitter, one of two freshman starters Bolowich brought in from his native Germany, leads the Bluejays with 24 points and 10 goals -- the most goals by a Creighton freshman since 1990.
Creighton comes into the 2012 College Cup with a 14-match unbeaten streak -- the longest among the four semifinal squads.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
“By the end of August, I thought [a College Cup appearance] was questionable. By the end of September, I thought it was a long shot.” -- Bolowich (Omaha World-Herald)
30 Jeff Gal FR. Bartlett, Ill.
3 Benito Amaral JR. East Palo Alto, Calif.
6 Brendan Hines-Ike FR. Denver, Colo.
27 Brent Kallman SR. Woodbury, Minn.
4 Vincent Keller FR. Germany
28 Andrew Ribeiro SR. Green Bay, Wis.
7 Bruno Castro JR. Costa Rica
10 Jose Gomez SR. Santa Ana, Calif.
12 Zach Barnes JR. Flower Mound, Texas
15 Eric Miller SO. Woodbury, Minn.
18 Timo Pitter FR. Germany
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