ATHLETICS | After defeating San Francisco, 2-0, on Saturday’s final game of the regular season, the LMU men’s soccer team gathered Monday morning around a television as the selection committee called their name and rewarded the Lions with an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. The Lions will host an opening round contest at Sullivan Field against No. 19 Seattle University on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.
The LMU cross country team raced in the postseason on Friday, Nov. 15, for the NCAA West Regional Championships in Colfax, Washington. The championships, hosted by Washington State University at Colfax Golf Club, began with the women’s 6K at 11:30 a.m. followed by the men’s 10K at 12:30 p.m. The LMU women finished 26th with a 702 score, and the men finished 23rd with a 633 score.
The LMU women’s volleyball team closed out their home schedule on the right note. The Lions put up a dominating performance against Pacific on Thursday night, as the team swept the Tigers, 3-0, in Gersten Pavilion. LMU then beat Saint Mary’s College, 3-1, on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon. The Lions honored seniors Alexis Morrow, Emma Johnson, Bo Culo, Savannah Slattery and Tess Reid before the start of the match. The seniors were honored in front of the biggest crowd the team has drawn this season. The final three games of the season are on the road, with LMU traveling to San Francisco then Santa Clara this week.
In a thrilling, overtime contest between two of the nation’s top-15 teams, No. 13 LMU men’s water polo team came up just short from completing the upset against No. 8 Long Beach State in the final game of the regular season. A total of 41 goals were scored in the game, with The Beach pulling out the 21-20 victory after two overtime sessions. LMU now shifts focus to the WWPA Championships, which run next Friday through Sunday in Riverside, California, at Lancer Aquatics Center.
The Loyola Marymount University women’s basketball team had a stellar home-opener, as the Lions picked up an impressive 65-51 win over the University of Hawai’i, while Jasmine Jones had a double-double. On Friday, the Lions battled until the end, but fell 79-74 to Cal State Fullerton in an overtime clash. LMU is now on the road for three games before hosting the annual Thanksgiving Classic at LMU. The Lions play at UC Irvine on Tuesday, at Long Beach State on Saturday, and then fly to Oklahoma to face Tulsa on Monday.
For the third straight game, the LMU men’s basketball team never trailed in the first half. Despite holding a double-digit advantage, a quick run by Colorado State after the break put the Rams ahead for the rest of the night taking the game 72-63. The Lions will depart for the Bahamas this upcoming week, playing three games in Bimini for the Junkanoo Jam tournament. The team plays Air Force on Thursday, Indiana State on Friday, and Duquesne on Sunday.
The West Coast Conference revealed the 2019 Women’s Soccer All-Conference and All-Freshmen teams on Tuesday afternoon. Two LMU players received recognition as voted on by the league’s head coaches: Ali King was named to the Second Team All-Conference team and Gabriella Marchall has earned WCC All-Freshman team recognition.
The 2020 LMU women’s water polo schedule has been finalized by Head Coach Kyle Witt. The Lions will open the season with six road tournaments before making their home debut with the LMU Invitational at Burns Aquatics Center March 20-21 with two full days of action.
LMU rowing will once again participate in the 57th annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, with the festivities set for Saturday, Dec. 14. The Lions welcome fans and members of the community to join them at the Jane Browne Bove Boathouse for food, drinks and giveaways while watching the fireworks and boat parade.