ATHLETICS | It was a busy week for athletics as seven LMU sports teams competed between Thursday and Tuesday. The women’s water polo team opened their 2019 campaign in in dominating fashion as No. 15 Loyola Marymount (2-0) outscoring opponents 31-7 in two games in Saturday’s Cal Baptist Mini Invitational. They return to the pool this week with the UCLA mini-tournament Saturday morning.
Both basketball teams were on the road for a pair of WCC games last week. The men dropped a Thursday game in San Diego, but put together a memorable come-from-behind victory Saturday at Santa Clara. The women’s team also earned a split, winning their Thursday game at Pacific before falling to Saint Mary’s on Saturday.
Both basketball teams will be in action this Thursday at Hank’s House for a conference doubleheader. The women’s team will tip off at 5 p.m. against BYU and the men’s team will follow at 7:30 against Pacific. Admission to one game will grant access to both. In honor of Catholic Schools Week upcoming, Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, LMU Athletics has partnered with Catholic Schools in Los Angeles to bring out their students, staff and parents to basketball games next Thursday, Jan. 31. Elementary-aged students are free, while staff and families are eligible to receive a discounted ticket rate of $8. In addition, there will be an LMU sock giveaway at the men’s game for the first 200 fans, it will be the annual GO GREEN game, and a tailgate will begin outside the arena at 5:30 with food trucks.
The women’s basketball team then returns on Saturday at 2 p.m. to host San Diego. The team will stay for autographs following the game. We will be observing National Girls and Women in Sports Day, as well. Girl Scouts of Los Angeles will be in attendance and will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-game clinic with the Spirit Squad then perform their routine at halftime and receive a Spirit Squad patch. The Girl Scouts Troop that sells the most tickets to the game on Feb. 2 will be invited back to the game on Feb. 23 to sell Girl Scout Cookies to fans. Tickets are only $12 and you can register here.
LMU’s swim team ventured to “The Last Frontier” over the weekend and split their two-day dual meet with the Nanooks of Alaska-Anchorage. The Lions dropped the first meet 108-97, but managed to get back on track for the second day’s meet posting a 110-94 victory. San Diego State pays a visit to the Burns Aquatics Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, at noon, for swim’s final meet of the season before competing in the PCSC Championships.
The men’s golf team is in competition at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Riley Elmes, Raymond Navis, Gavin Cohen, Matthew Carungay, and Mason Glinski will be the five competing for LMU, while Cameron Meeks and Samuel Su will be entered as individuals in the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
The Loyola Marymount women’s tennis team split at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, as it swept FIU on day one, advancing to day two, where the team couldn’t hold on, as they lost to No. 8 UCLA, 4-0, in Los Angeles. The women close out the month Wednesday at USC for a 1 p.m. match.
The men’s tennis team put up a fight on its first road trip of the season on Saturday, but fell to No. 1 seeded TCU. The Lions are off until hosting New Mexico and UNLV on Feb. 10 and 11, respectively.
Head Coach Scott Guerrero has announced the spring track schedule. The Loyola Marymount men’s and women’s track and field teams open up the 2019 season on Saturday, Feb. 16, on the campus of Pomona College for the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet, followed by the West Coast Invitational (Quad Meet) in San Jose on Feb. 23.