LMU this Week

ATHLETICS | LMU’s Athletics Department is hosting a Facebook Live Q&A event with Craig Pintens, Loyola Marymount’s athletic director. All fans, alumni, students, parents, and community members are invited to ask the new AD questions about the Lions programs. The Facebook-based session will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and can be accessed exclusively by logging into Facebook.com.

This is a first-chance opportunity to ask questions of the new athletics director, learn more about his path, and understand his direction for the Lions. Questions can be submitted live throughout the event or posted to the event’s Facebook page leading up to Wednesday morning.

Several teams announced their 2018 schedules this past week. Mark your calendars and don’t miss a moment of the action for men’s soccerwomen’s soccervolleyballmen’s water polocross country, and golf.

In addition to our fall sports, women’s basketball has announced that the team will travel to Puerto Rico in December for the 2018 Puerto Rico Classic, a high-level women’s college basketball tournament organized by Sport Tours International. The Lions will join Grambling State, South Dakota and 2018 WNIT Champions, Indiana in the Puerto Rico Classic, with games to be played Dec. 19-21 at Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo.

The best way to catch all the action is with season tickets. This is the easiest way to ensure entry into every home game of the season and support your Lions as they compete against the best. Season tickets are now available for Loyola Marymount’s men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball seasons. Additionally, men’s and women’s basketball season ticket deposits are also now available.

A pair of Lions heard their names called as their road to the big leagues continue. Junior infielder Niko Decolati was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, nabbed by the Colorado Rockies with the 186th overall pick. Senior Billy Wilson was drafted in the 28th round (853rd overall), selected by the Cleveland Indians.

Following an exceptionally strong year of competition, LMU took second in the 2017-18 West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the WCC institution enjoying the most success during conference play, finishing behind BYU. LMU’s second-place finish in overall standings is the best since winning the Commissioner’s Cup in 2005-06. The second-place finish in the women’s standings is also tied for the best mark in LMU history – matching the effort from 2006-07. The Commissioner’s Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league’s top performing school in conference play and is based on a point system, reflecting the finish of each team in conference play. The institution with the highest point total after combining the men’s and women’s point totals is honored with the Commissioner’s Cup.

The WCC recognitions continued as John Bovill of the Loyola Marymount men’s soccer program was named the male recipient of the 2018 West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship. The West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded to two student-athletes pursuing graduate school or professional school education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, who demonstrate significant athletic contributions to his or her sport for a minimum of two years, and have a record of participation in campus or community activities. The student-athlete also must submit a personal statement of intention to attend graduate or professional school for which this scholarship would be awarded. Bovill graduated from Loyola Marymount with a 3.91 cumulative GPA in biology and departed campus with the best GPA of all graduating student-athletes in his class. A four-year member of the Dean’s List and a two-time WCC All-Academic First Team selection, he served as team captain as a senior capping a three-year career as a starter.

Men’s golfer Mason Glinski is a two-time Ventura City Champion after repeating last summer’s title with the 2018 Championship over the weekend. The tournament was played at Buenaventura Golf Course of June 9 and Olivas Links on June 10. Glinski shot a 65-66 — 131 to win the tournament, a five-stroke improvement from a season ago.

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