Volleyball Team Picks Up Momentum

ATHLETICS | After picking up a pair of conference wins last week, LMU women’s volleyball team is set to host the top two teams in the WCC in Gersten Pavilion. The 6-2 Lions bested both Saint Mary’s on Thursday, then Pacific on Saturday, in five sets each to set up the big week ahead. The Lions host nationally ranked BYU on Thursday at 7 p.m. then conference-unbeaten San Diego on Saturday. Tickets are still available for each game.

The men’s water polo team also went unbeaten in a pair of conference games this week following a pair of spectacular individual performances. In Thursday’s home game against Santa Clara, David Carrasco scored seven goals to beat the Broncos, 15-9. Then, on the road at Air Force, Blazo Mitrovic’s eight-goal day lifted the Lions past the Falcons, 16-14. The Lions will take a break from conference games to compete in Santa Clara’s Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament. The tournament will open with LMU taking on Brown on Oct. 25, before facing off against Bucknell and Princeton on Oct. 26.

Following a 4-1 decision in their last nonconference game of the season against the No. 21 Marshall Thundering Herd at Sullivan Field on Tuesday night, the LMU men’s soccer team returned focus onto WCC opponents. On Saturday night, the Lions played in their fifth overtime game in the last seven outings and needed almost every minute of it, getting the game-winning goal from Bastien Oberli in the 107th minute propelling LMU to a 2-1 victory over Portland. LMU’s next opportunity on the pitch will be in Stockton, California, on Saturday, Oct. 26 against the University of Pacific with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

LMU’s women’s soccer team dropped their only game of the week Friday after a back-and-forth battle finished in San Diego’s favor. LMU now returns to Sullivan Field for a pair of home games next week. The Lions host Gonzaga on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game, and close out the weekend on Oct. 26 for a Saturday night game against St. Mary’s.

The women’s swim team traveled to Seattle on Friday and Saturday for two competitions against host Seattle University and Grand Canyon University. Senior Lanna Kozlowski was LMU’s standout performer battling SU and GCU’s top distance swimmers in four separate races. Two Lion first-year students achieved top-five finishes in the double-dual competition: Kelli Andrade, the reigning Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference swimmer of the week, placed fourth in the 100 Breaststroke, while Mikayla Tseng placed fifth in the 100 Freestyle.

The Loyola Marymount University Lions men’s and women’s cross country teams returned to the course over the weekend and competed in Santa Clara’s Bronco Invitational at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, California. With just two weeks until the West Coast Conference Championships in Van Nuys, California, the Bronco Invitational provided the Lions with another tune-up before the championship season begins. The Lion men were sixth overall and third among conference opponents, while the women were 10th overall and also finished third against conference opposition. Next up for the Lions is the Titan Invitational on Friday, Oct. 15. Seven days later on Friday, Nov. 1, the Lions will host the WCC Championships in Van Nuys.

LMU continued to post strong GSR numbers in the latest announcement from the NCAA on Wednesday, surpassing last year’s overall mark of 92 with a new mark of 94. This year marks the seventh straight time in the 14-year history of the metric that LMU has reached or exceeded 90 percent, and the 11th straight year the campus has posted a mark of 88 percent or higher. Overall, LMU’s graduation success rate of 94 percent is five percentage points better than the NCAA average of 89 percent. In this most recent data, 15 LMU teams recorded marks of 86 percent or better. Every one of LMU’s teams are above the fed rate. Eight LMU teams registered perfect 100 GSR marks, including men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country and track, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, and women’s water polo. The perfect score is the eighth straight for women’s water polo, the sixth straight for women’s tennis, the fifth straight swimming, the fourth straight for golf and women’s cross country and track, and the third straight for men’s soccer.

LMU Athletics will celebrate the 150th anniversary of College Football by hosting a reception and halftime recognition on Saturday, Nov. 16, for all football alums and their families. The pre-game reception will start at 5:45 p.m. in the Lions Athletic Center. The LMU men’s basketball team hosts Colorado State that evening at Gersten Pavilion at 7 p.m. At halftime of the game, the LMU Athletic Department will recognize and honor the 1969 Football team. All members of the Football team will be provided two complimentary tickets to attend. If family and friends wish to attend, they can purchase additional tickets at the group ticket rate through the ticket office. We look forward to bringing you back to LMU and honoring your team and accomplishments. RSVP here.