Nov. 5, 2012
UCLA Athletics continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX with a series of profiles of UCLA's Title IX 40. This group of 40 Bruin women were game-changers in the Title IX era. The last group of honorees are four-time All-Americans Lauren Cheney and Tiffany Joh.
Lauren Cheney (2006-09)
One of the greatest players in the history of UCLA women's soccer, Lauren Cheney is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the only player in school history to earn four NSCAA/adidas first-team All-America honors. Cheney led her teams to four NCAA College Cup appearances, three Pac-10 team titles, and an overall record of 84-10-5 during her career.
As a freshman forward in 2006, Cheney earned first-team All-America honors, was the Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year and set the UCLA freshman record for goals with 19. She became the first freshman in eight years to lead the Pac-10 in points (39) and also led the conference in goals (19). A first-team All-Pac-10 selection and conference Freshman of the Year, Cheney scored goals in four of five matches during the NCAA Tournament.
As a sophomore, Cheney was the Soccer America National Player of the Year and UCLA's first-ever finalist for both the MAC Hermann Trophy (runner-up) and Honda Award. A first-team All-American, she became just the fourth player in UCLA history to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year, leading the conference in points (57), goals (23) and game-winning goals (9) and breaking the UCLA single-season school records for points and goals.
In 2008 as a junior, Cheney was a first-team NSCAA/adidas All-America and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. She earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and led the team in scoring for the third-straight year, registering 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists.
As a senior, Cheney, for the second time in her UCLA career, was one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, one of four finalists for the Honda Award, and a NSCAA/adidas first-team All-American for the fourth-straight year. She finished her senior season ranked second on the team in scoring with 46 points (18 goals, 10 assists).
During her UCLA career, Cheney rewrote the UCLA career record books. She ranks No. 1 in scoring (173 points), goals (71, tied for first) and game-winning-goals (28) and No. 2 in assists (31).
Internationally, Cheney played on the gold-medal winning U.S. team that defeated Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics. She also won gold at the 2008 Olympics, playing 49 minutes as the U.S. defeated Brazil, 1-0, in the championship match. Cheney had a hand in the winning goal in the sixth minute of overtime. In 2011, Cheney started in all six World Cup games, scoring two goals and leading the team with three assists to earn a spot on the Women's World Cup All-Star Team.
Tiffany Joh, Golf (2006-09)
Tiffany Joh was the first four-time All-American in UCLA women's golf history and won two U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (USWAPL) Championships while at UCLA. In her four-year career, she led the Bruins to a Pac-10 title, two NCAA runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place finishes.
As a Bruin freshman in 2006, Joh became one of just three UCLA players ever to earn first-team All-America honors in her first college season and was also named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year while receiving first-team all-conference honors. She tied for the team lead in scoring average and with five Top 10 finishes and led the squad with seven Top 20 finishes. She finished the season ranked 10th in the nation by GolfWeek and was a three-time member of the Director's Honor Roll. That summer, Joh won the first of her two USWAPL titles and tied for second in stroke play at the U.S. Women's Amateur before losing in the round of 32 in match play, ending her six-match U.S. Golf Association (USGA) winning streak.
As a sophomore in 2007, Joh was a second-team NGCA All-American and a first-team All-Pac-10 and second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection. She won the Pac-10 title with a birdie on the second extra playoff hole and tied for second at the NCAA East Regional and placed fifth at the NCAA Championship with scores of 73-70-76-72--291 (+3). Joh led the Bruins with a stroke average of 73.0, 14 rounds under par and nine rounds under 70. That summer, she advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur and earned a Top 25 finish at the LPGA Safeway Classic.
In 2008 as a junior, Joh earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was named the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year. At the NCAA Championship, she tied for first after 72 holes but lost on the first extra playoff hole. Joh led the Bruins in scoring average (71.8), Top 10 finishes (10), rounds under par (15) and rounds under 70 (6), and her season scoring average ranked second on the all-time UCLA charts. She also played on the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup team and won her second USWAPL title that summer.
As a senior in 2009, Joh earned honorable mention All-America honors to become the first four-time All-American in UCLA women's golf history. She was also a second-team All-Pac-10 selection and recorded six Top 20 results.
During Joh's Bruin career, she set the school season record for most rounds under 70 (nine, 2006-07) and shares the school season mark for most rounds under par (15, 2007-08). Her single round score of 65 (-7) at the 2007 Mason Rudolph Invitational tied the school record for best single round score.
A 10-time member of the UCLA Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Joh graduated in Spring 2009 with a 3.45 cumulative GPA and a degree in Communication Studies.
She joined the Futures Tour following graduation and has been on the LPGA Tour since 2011. Her career professional women's golf earnings totals over $286,000.
Previous Title IX 40 Profiles
Karen Moe/Janet Coles
Terry Condon/Jan Palchikoff
Sue Enquist/Ann Meyers Drysdale
Evelyn Ashford/Anita Ortega
Carol Bower/Denise Corlett
Denise Curry/Sharon Shapiro
Jackie Joyner-Kersee/Dot Richardson
Florence Griffith-Joyner/Liz Masakayan
Kay Cockerill/Gail Devers
Kim Hamilton/Stella Sampras
Natalie Williams/Lisa Fernandez
Annette Salmeen/Keri Phebus
Amy Acuff/Leah Homma
Nicolle Payne/Maylana Martin
Seilala Sua/Kristee Porter
Stacey Nuveman/Mohini Bhardwaj
Natasha Watley/Jamie Dantzscher
Monique Henderson/Kelly Rulon
Emily Feher/Noelle Quinn