Sports: Mustangs announce 2010 recruits on National Signing Day

SMU Signing Day 2010On the heels of its bowl-winning 2009 season, Mustang football has announced the signing of 26 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Feb. 3. The 2010 incoming class has 16 three-star recruits, surpassing the number of such recruits in the 2007 (4), 2008 (4) and 2009 (7) classes combined. Two signees are junior college transfers, and 24 are high school student-athletes; 18 are from Texas, while 8 are out-of-state recruits. Read more.

Meanwhile, women’s soccer has announced that 5 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join SMU’s class of 2010. The group includes 2 of the top 100 recruits nationally and 3 regionally ranked recruits. Three players have trained with U.S. National Teams at various levels, and 4 have Olympic Development Program experience at the regional level or higher. Read more.

In other recruiting news, midfielder Dane Saintus was selected 54th in the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by FC Dallas. Saintus was the team’s 4th-round selection. He rejoins former SMU coach Schellas Hyndman and becomes the 4th SMU player on the squad; midfielders Daniel Hernandez and Bruno Guarda and defender Ugo Ihemelu all attended SMU. Saintus was named First Team All-Conference USA in 2009 after registering 8 goals and 5 assists on the season. He concludes his SMU career with 14 goals and 15 assists in 69 total games. Read more.

Two former Mustang men’s soccer players were named to College Soccer News‘ Team of the Decade in January: forward Luchi Gonzalez to the first team and midfielder Diego Walsh to the second team. Gonzalez is SMU’s only recipient of the Hermann Trophy, winning the award honoring NCAA Division I’s top male soccer player in 2001 after scoring 21 goals and 12 assists in 22 games. Walsh was a two-time first-team All-America selection, in 2001 and 2002. Both were members of SMU’s 2000 College Cup team. Read more.

Sports: Saintus posts first hat trick for men’s soccer since 2004

Dane SaintusSenior forward/midfielder Dane Saintus (left) scored three goals against Centenary to post SMU’s first hat trick since 2004 and power the men’s soccer team to a 4-1 win at Westcott Field Sept. 30. It was Saintus’ second multi-goal game of the 2009 season; he scored twice during the Mustangs’ 3-2 victory over Yale Sept. 13. Read more.

The women’s soccer team hosts Rice and Houston Oct. 3-4 to start the home portion of its 2009 Conference USA schedule. The Houston match, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, will be televised on CBS College Sports. SMU holds 9 wins against Houston without a loss or tie, its best record against any program. Read more.

The football team meets longtime rival TCU in the 2009 State Farm DFW Duel/Battle for the Iron Skillet Oct. 3. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will be broadcast on The Mtn. as well as on KTCK Radio (1310 AM). Find more information at SMU Gameday.