2 Michael Boxall
2 Michael Boxall
Birth Date: 08/18/1988
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
High School: Mt. Albert Grammar School
Position: Defender
2009: One of just three players to start all 24 matches for the Gauchos...Was first among field players with 2,185 minutes played, which set a school record for minutes played in a season...His first career goal - a header in the 72nd minute - proved to be the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Cal State Northridge in the Big West Tournament semifinals (Nov. 11)...Assisted a pair of goals, including the game-winner by David Walker in a 1-0 victory over Wofford during the NCAA Tournament First Round (Nov. 19)...Helped lead a UCSB defense that set school records for consecutive shutouts (six) and single season shutouts (16)...On Nov. 2, he was named to both the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and College Soccer News National Team of the Week after leading the Gauchos to a pair of shutout victories over Big West foes Cal State Northridge (Oct. 28) and UC Irvine (Oct. 31)...Was named First Team All-Big West. 2008 ALL-BIG WEST HONORABLE MENTION
2008: Played in all but one of the Gauchos' 22 games...Was one of five players to start in 20 or more games...Saw 1,706 minutes on the field, the fourth most on the team...Played 90 or more minutes in all but seven games he appeared in...Was one of eight players with two or more assists...In the 35th minute against Evansville (Sept. 18), he assisted Chris Pontius to tie the game at 1-1, leading to a 4-2 victory... Assisted the equalizer at UC Irvine (Oct. 4) in the 27th minute, which helped the Gauchos go on to win 2-1...Earned All-Big West Honorable Mention accolades. 2007: Appeared in 12 games for the Gauchos before suffering a season-ending knee injury...Made 10 starts in his first season, the most among UCSB's freshmen...Santa Barbara allowed a total of just eight goals in those contests for a .80 goals against average.

A member of New Zealand's 2008 Olympic squad that competed in Beijing, China...Started two of three Olympic matches as the Oly-Whites went 0-2-1 with a tie vs. China and losses against Belgium and Brazil...Came to UCSB after competing in the 2006 FIFA U-20 World Championships in Canada with the New Zealand National Team...Earned two international caps with the New Zealand 'A' squad...At the club level, he competed for Central United F.C. and led the team to the 2007 Northern Premier League title...Also played for his hometown squad, Auckland City F.C. and won the N.Z. Football Championship...Was named the Auckland City Young Player of the Year with Central United in 2006 and then again with Auckland City F.C. in 2007.

Played center and right back for four years at Mt. Albert Grammar School in Auckland...Named team captain as a senior in 2006 and led the Lions to a second Knockout Cup title in three years and to the Auckland Secondary School Soccer Association Championship...Mt. Albert went on to finish second at nationals that year...The Lions also won the league title in 2004 and 2005 and placed first at the national tournament in 2005...Won the Head Perfect Award for academics as a senior.

Michael Boxall was born Aug. 18, 1988 in Auckland, New Zealand...Majoring in business economics...When he is not playing soccer he is usually eating, sleeping, listening to music, or hanging out with friends...Roots for the Phoenix Suns...Is a big fan of Muhammad Ali...Would love to play with Tony Adams...Competing in the 2007 U-20 World Cup ranks as his most memorable sporting moment...His favorite movie is "Any Given Sunday"...Can be found reading the works of Dan Brown...Best described as motivated and he wants to get better every time he plays...Son of Murray and Aggie Boxall...Has an older sister, Casey and a younger brother, Nikko.