ATHLETICS | The men’s basketball team has announced their 2019-20 schedule, as well as opening the doors of practice to the public on Oct. 4. Head Coach Mike Dunlap and LMU Athletics have announced the team’s 14-game non-conference schedule, including a game against Colorado State at Gersten Pavilion, a trip to the Pac-12’s Colorado, and the matchups for the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. Opening night will be played at home on Nov. 5 against a Westcliff team that LMU beat by 32 points to begin last year’s 22-win season. The LMU basketball team will open the doors to Gersten Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 4 for a public practice that includes a scrimmage for the men’s basketball team. The event is free for everyone starting at 5:30 p.m.
The women’s volleyball team swept Santa Clara in its home opener and first conference match of the season on Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion, then followed that up with a second sweep of the week, topping San Francisco in straight sets on Saturday. The Lions will head to Provo, UT to take on No. 9 BYU for their first conference road match of the season on Tuesday, before returning home to host three-straight games, beginning with Gonzaga on Oct. 3 and Portland on Oct. 5. The first 100 Students will receive a free pumpkin spice latte.
LMU men’s water polo started their big week off with a road win under the lights against UC San Diego. The #13 Lions and #11 Tritons fought through several lead changes in the thrilling game, before LMU earned the victory, 17-16. The Lions then went on to co-host the 2019 SoCal Invitational facing four ranked teams, losing to #4 Pacific on Friday, topping #14 Princeton 15-13 in the noon game before losing to #9 UC Davis by the same margin, 18-16, to close out the day Saturday. On Sunday, the Lions benefited from seven unanswered goals and stellar goalkeeper play from Jon Lien and five goals from David Carrasco to take down #10 UC Irvine in the 11th-Place Game of the 2019 SoCal Invitational. LMU hosts Navy on Sunday morning, Oct. 6, for a 10:30 a.m. game from Burns in their only game of the week.
LMU women’s soccer scored in the 45th minute for the only goal of the game to defeat Seattle University on Thursday to pick up the team’s first win of the season. Only the West Coast Conference portion of the schedule remains. LMU returns to Sullivan Field on Oct. 5 to face Pacific at 7 p.m. This will be the first Pride in Pink game of the year!
Ranked 24th in the nation, LMU men’s soccer left Sullivan Field for a pair of games last week. On Thursday, the team dropped just their second game of the season, falling to Cal Poly in overtime. The Lions followed that overtime performance on Sunday night, going the full 110 minutes with the #13 Cal State Fullerton Titans in a seesaw battle of two of the nation’s top #25 ranked soccer teams and left Titan Stadium with a 1-1 draw. Following a tough three-game road stretch, LMU is back on Sullivan Field this Thursday for a home match against UC Irvine, before flying east to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face Western Michigan on Sunday.
Both the Lions and each of the top two LMU finishers rose in the field on Saturday’s final round of the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. As a team, men’s golf shot their lowest three-round total of the young season, finishing at 11-over, 293-386-296—875. LMU returns to action Oct. 7-8 for Cal’s Alister Mackenzie Invitational from Fairfax, Calif.