Fall Sports Kick Off, Men’s Basketball Completes Australia Tour

ATHLETICS | The 2018-19 LMU athletics season is underway, as LMU women’s soccer kicked off fall action last week with a pair of matches played in Hawaii at the Outrigger Soccer Kickoff.

The Lions managed a 1-1 draw with Bowling Green on Friday, as Sarina Bolden headed in the first goal of the season off a pass from sophomore transfer Dana Reed at the five-minute mark. Bolden’s 13th career goal pushed her into the program record books, moving her into a tie for 10th all time. Women’s soccer finished tournament play on Sunday, suffering a 3-0 setback at the hands of No. 11 Texas A&M.

Women’s volleyball and men’s soccer also opened the 2018 campaigns with exhibition scrimmages last week. LMU volleyball welcomed San Diego State to Gersten Pavilion on Friday morning, and the two teams played five regulation sets to 25. The Lions took sets one, two and four, eventually settling on match scores of 25-12, 25-17, 28-30, 25-23, 22-25.

See the post-match interview with head coach Aaron Mansfield.

LMU men’s soccer hosted Cal Baptist in an exhibition match on Saturday night, with the Lions scoring a pair of second-half goals to record a 2-1 victory. Daniel Garcia provided the equalizer on a corner kick in the 70th minute before Francis Avoce put LMU on top with a shot past the Lancer keeper in the 81st minute.

See the post-match interview with head coach Paul Krumpe.

Prior to the Friday exhibition, volleyball received word from the West Coast Conference that the Preseason Coaches’ Poll has LMU tabbed to finish third in the competitive WCC. The third-place selection is the best for LMU since earning a share of second in the 2004 preseason poll. The coaches also voted on the preseason All-WCC squad, with LMU earning a pair of selections in juniors Megan Rice and Savannah Slattery. The 2018 LMU volleyball season is set to begin Aug. 24, and in preparation, LMU Athletics announced the upcoming promotions schedule. Some of the highlights of this year’s promotions schedule include a fanny pack giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 6; a collector’s cup giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 17; and crimson volleyball shirt giveaway on Tuesday, Nov. 20. LMU’s first home match is scheduled for Sept. 15 at noon against Lamar.

LMU men’s basketball return from a tour of Australia after finishing the three-game set with a 2-1 record, including come-from-behind wins over the Aspiring Stars All-Stars and Dandenong Rangers. The Lions closed the tour against the reigning national champions of the National Basketball League, Melbourne United, falling by a score of 100-80 in front of a sold-out crowd.

LMU Athletics has announced the date for the annual LMU Women in Athletics event. Join us on Sunday, Oct. 21, at St. Supery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You’ll enjoy an interactive experience that includes aromatherapy stations, wine from St. Supery, heavy hors d’oeuvre and a gift basket raffle. This LMU Women in Athletics Event is open to the public and registration will open Sept. 13. The cost to attend is $100 and there is a limited capacity, so be sure to sign up when registration opens. Guests will need to be 21 and older to attend. For event registration questions, please contact the events hotline at 310.338.2926 or patrick.mccoy@lmu.edu.