ATHLETICS | The LMU men’s soccer team picked up the win of the season on Thursday night, defeating 13th-ranked CSUN at Sullivan Field. Lions’ goalkeeper Paul Lewis had eight saves against Northridge, including seven in the second half. LMU returns to Sullivan Field on Thursday, Sept. 27, for its next match vs. Cal State Fullerton, with another 7 p.m. start for the Latinx Heritage Night Game with exclusive T-shirt giveaway, while supplies last.
Conference season is underway for women’s volleyball and the Lions split their opening two games in the Northwest. In Saturday’s game against Portland, LMU won the first two sets, but had to come-from-behind in the fifth to secure the 25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13 victory. The Lions have a full week ahead, with a Tuesday home match against nationally-ranked San Diego before heading on the road for a pair of games at Santa Clara then San Francisco.
In Saturday’s home men’s water polo opener, the Lions picked up a conference win over Air Force, topping the Falcons, 15-8. LMU never trailed after jumping out to a 3-0 lead. WWPA play continues this week with a road trip to UC San Diego on Wednesday and a return to Burns Aquatic Center on Saturday for a noon contest against Fresno Pacific. Saturday will be Family and Kids Day/YMCA Day/Community Day with a giveaway to fans while supplies last.
The comeback was in full effect on Saturday as the women’s soccer team erased a two-goal deficit to close out non-conference play with a 2-2 road draw at Long Beach State. The focus now shifts to WCC opponents as LMU opens in the Bay Area against St. Mary’s on Friday and Pacific on Saturday.
Sixty NCAA men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Emma Tyrnauer has been selected as one of the 30 women’s soccer candidates who excels both on and off the field.
The men’s golf team officially kicked off their season last week with the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Loyola Marymount shot a 295-290—585 to place 11th and finish 9-over in the 16-team tournament.
Raymond Navis finished tied for 13th with a 69-73—142, just ahead of Kyle Kinnane’s 76-69—145 which tied for 26thoverall. This week, the team heads to the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate hosted by University of New Mexico on Sept. 28-29.
The LMU men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the UC Riverside Invitational last Saturday morning. For the second race in a row the Lions ran a partial squad holding out some of the top runners. In spite of this, LMU was able to place 11th (men) and 10th (women) out of 21 teams. This Saturday, the team will be in Sacramento for the Capital Cross Challenge.
The men’s basketball team’s nonconference schedule is finalized. Mark your calendar for the seven games at Gersten Pavilion in November and December, before WCC action begins in January.
The first look at the men’s and women’s basketball team happens at this year’s MADNESS. LMU’s annual pre-season party to welcome in the new college basketball season is set for Thursday, Oct. 18, at Gersten Pavilion. The night will begin at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. All around campus, the community, and the general public are welcome to see the men’s and women’s basketball teams before the season tips off. Seating will be first come, first serve, with no tickets required.
Continuing the growing national conversation surrounding mental health in high-performing student-athletes, the LMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), headed by SAAC President Keara Reilly, created a #HearUsRoar mental health awareness video. Directed by LMU student athletes, Hear Us Roar is a campaign to promote discourse concerning the mental health and wellness of student athletes. Students nationwide are negatively affected by the stigma that it is not normal to have internal struggles. The campaign is aimed at promoting a movement to break the stigma and to promote discourse on and off the bluff.
The second Pintens Presser is this week as LMU’s athletic director goes live on Facebook with volleyball players, Savannah Slattery and Tess Reid. Tune in Wednesday at noon.