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Pervan first Lion to find favor with MLS

By Steve Lee
Published January 31, 2007


ST. LEO - Striker Asmir Pervan, one of the most prolific scorers in Saint Leo history, is the first Lion to be drafted by Major League Soccer.

Pervan, planning to graduate in May, was selected by the Chicago Fire with the 34th pick of the supplemental draft this month. He will visit with coaches and management staff this weekend in Chicago.

"It still kind of feels really unreal," said Pervan, who will train with the Fire Feb. 7-22 at the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton.

Pervan, 23, ranks third all-time in goals 44 and points (103) at Saint Leo. He was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association and Sunshine State Conference first-teamer.

As a junior, Pervan played on the only conference championship team in school history. That season, he tallied 22 goals and 51 points, and was named the SSC Player and Offensive Player of the Year.

TWO HALLS: Desi Croteau, the second-best softball pitcher in school history, has been chosen for two halls of fame. She will be inducted into the Saint Leo hall in February and SSC hall in June.

"I think they're both great honors," said Croteau, who starred at Land O'Lakes. "The conference thing was a big shock."

As for the call to the Saint Leo hall, Croteau said, "I was hoping."

Croteau, 27, is a 2001 Saint Leo graduate who ranks second all-time in wins (103), ERA (1.20) and strikeouts (945).

MORE AWARDS: Swimmer Brooke Bennett, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, will receive Saint Leo's Women in Sports Achievement Award Feb. 8 at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.

As part of the 21st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a female athlete will be chosen for the Elaine Evans Spirit of Saint Leo Award and scholarships will be presented.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Rowland, who had back-to-back 20-point games in leading the men's basketball team to two conference wins, was named SSC Player of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore forward scored a career-high 25 in helping Saint Leo (10-9, 4-5 SSC) overcome a late eight-point deficit in a 102-95 overtime win over Florida Southern on Jan. 24.

Rowland, who has an 8.9 scoring average, scored 23 in Saturday's 64-62 defeat of Lynn, the Lions'. That gave the Lions their first win over Lynn, snapping an 0-22 mark.

Steve Lee can be reached at or (352) 521-6517.

[Last modified January 30, 2007, 23:24:53]

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