Friday, Darien Pyka and Brianne Medved each tallied goals as the LMU women's soccer team handed
Saint Mary's its first home loss of the season in a 2-1 final in Moraga.
The win moved LMU to 7-5-2 overall and 1-1-1 in WCC play, while also snapping a
five-game winless streak. After the win the Lions had dinner at Senior defender Marissa Zamora's house in Danville, CA. Junior midfielder Cori McGovern was also able to stop by her house in Danville on the way to Marissa's home. She ran through her whole house, pet her dog, pet her cat and ran back in the van to head to Marissa's! It is always nice to go to a family's home when on the road. Thank you Zamora's for having the team!
On Sunday, Battling the No. 5 ranked team in the
nation, the LMU women's soccer team put up a fight, but ultimately fell 2-0 to
Pepperdine. The Lions move to 7-6-2 on the season and 1-2-1 in conference play. This was a special day for the Lions as it was their designated "Think Pink" game to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Lions wore pink uniform shorts, pink sweatbands, pink shoelaces and pink wristbands to
show their support of the most common cancer for women. A lot of the players
know someone directly who has been affected by cancer making this a very
special way to honor their friends and family. Some players honored their loved ones by
writing their names on their sweatbands with permanent marker. Below is a
picture of Whitney Sharpe, Yiana Dimmit and Rachel Fell wearing their pink
After splitting the games this past weekend
with a win and a loss, the Lions are looking to beat WCC newcomer BYU on
Thursday and San Diego on Sunday. Both games are on the road, but the Lions will
return home Friday, October 28th vs. Santa Clara and Sunday,
October 30th vs. Portland. Make sure to follow the Lions this weekend
and we hope to see you when the Lions come home to wrap up WCC play in two weeks!
traveled to USF on Friday night to open conference play. Above is a picture of the
team doing some sight seeing at the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, a late second half push, capped by sophomore defender Etajha Gilmer, left the LMU women's soccer team just short in it's conference opener in a 2-1 final score. LMU found itself down 1-0 just four minutes into
play. The Lions controlled the game outshooting the Dons 7-3 in the first half
and 16-9 in the entire game. Going into the second half down 1-0, the Dons extended
their lead to 2-0. The Lions continued to fight and Gilmer was able to send a ball in the back of the net off of Linda Bakker's
corner kick with 5 minutes remaining in the game. LMU was able to get two more shots off before the final whistle. Bakker's
shot went high and Brianne Medved's shot went right over the crossbar. This was
a tough loss on the road for the Lions. They were eager to get back home to
face the Gonzaga Bulldogs for their 100th Anniversary Centennial Match.
Above is a photo
of the Lions before their conference home opener against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
LMU athletics is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year and has
designated a game for each sport to represent the celebration match. This past
Sunday was the women's soccer team's Centennial Match. In LMU's third overtime
game of the season, The Lions and Bulldogs battled to a 0-0 tie in 120 minutes
of play. LMU moved to 6-5-2 on the season
and 0-1-1 in WCC play, picking up their first conference point with the draw. Even though LMU lead the shot count again in this match 9-4, they
were unable to capitalize on a goal. LMU goal keeper Brittany Jagger only had
to make one save in the game.
This Sunday's centennial celebration game lead me to reflect on the many ways the LMU athletic program is so special. The LMU athletic teams have always been very
supportive of each other. At every LMU sporting event you can see student
athletes from different teams in the stands cheering on their fellow Lions. On Sunday, the women's water polo team went above and beyond to support the
LMU women's soccer team. The women's water polo team made cookies with each
girl's number on them along with goodie bags put in each player's locker. They also
put up inspirational notes and quotes around the locker room. Above is a picture
of one of the notes they put up. Thank you women's water polo for your support!
The Lions will travel to St Mary's
this Friday, October 14th and will play at 4pm. They will return
home this Sunday, October 16th at 12 pm against their cross-town
rival Pepperdine Waves. We hope to see you there!
Tawni Martino scored her team-leading fourth
goal of the season, but UNLV snapped a tie eight minutes into overtime
and the LMU women's soccer team fell 2-1 to the Rebels in its final
game before opening WCC play next week.
Lions headed to Las Vegas on Friday and was able to enjoy some team
bonding on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday for lunch. Sophomore
transfer Deprise Brazel took some great pictures that you can see
below. Deprise transferred from Davidson College in North Carolina.
When she isn't on the soccer field she loves taking photos. She has
even entered some of her photos into online contests. Next contest she
enters I will post the link so you can vote!
This was the last preseason game for the Lions. After 11 games the
Lions are currently 6-4-1 going into WCC play. So far sophomore Tawni
Martino is leading the stat count with 10 total points. Martino has
scored 4 goals and has contributed with 2 assists for the Lions.
Brittney Sanford and Linda Bakker each have 7 points. Sanford has 3
goals and 1 assist while Bakker has 2 goals and 3 assists. Goalkeeper
Brittany Jagger has 6 shut outs so far this year. LMU opens WCC play at San Francisco on Friday. The Lions then return to
Sullivan Field Sunday at 1 p.m. to host Gonzaga. That match will also
serve as the women's soccer LMU Centennial Celebration Game. More
information about LMUat100 can be found at LMUat100
We will see you Sunday at Sullivan field when the Lions take on Gonzaga at 1pm!
Many of you have read about the NCAA Presidents meeting that was held in August. The result of that meeting has been the creation of five committees to address the following issues:
Collegiate Model - Committee on Academic Performance (CAP);
Student-Athlete Well-Being Working Group;
Allocation Working Group;
Collegiate Model - Rules Working Group;
Collegiate Model - Enforcement Working Group.
Here are some the the moves that you can expect to occur from each of the Committees.
- Committee on Academic Performance (CAP)You can expect the CAP to create a package of academic proposals aimed at
improving academic success. The package
of proposals will probably include increased initial-eligibility standards, increased
two-year college transfer standards, an increase of the penalty benchmark to
930, and amending the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program penalty
structure to include a postseason ban in the first year a team falls below the
930 benchmark. In sum, entering students will need to be more qualified than ever before to compete in their first year and teams will have to consistently perform well in the classroom in order to reach post season play. A dozen teams would not have qualified fro the NCAA tournament this year, including the Champion UConn team, because of the APR standard.
Our APR for this past year was a perfect 1000.
Well-Being Working Group.This group is addressing the value of
athletics grants-in-aid, terms of grants-in-aid and other ways to enhance the
well-being of student-athletes. They are suggesting a student-athlete who has received a
full athletics grant in aid receive additional athletic aid (or other
institutional aid, including use of Student Athlete Opportunity Fund) up to the
full cost of attendance or $2,000, whichever is less;
permit multi-year grants up to the full
term of eligibility; eliminate financial aid eligibility
restrictions (five years of aid within a six-year period) to permit former
student-athletes to return to the institution and receive unearned athletics
aid to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements; early graduation from high school and
enrollment in college should receive increased scrutiny to ensure that only
qualified student-athletes are permitted to engage in practice; and consideration of a category of student-athletes who may qualify for
financial aid and practice, but no competition in their initial year in
Allocation Working Group
Look for this group to eliminate non-traditional competition and reduce mandatory out-of-season practice; explore what a reduction in competition looks like for all
sports, including ramifications; eliminate all foreign travel; a reduction of scholarships in many sports and/or reallocation in others as well as reductions in coaching staffs.
- Rules Working GroupThis group is charged with a full evaluation of the NCAA rules and by-laws - a daunting task and one I won't comment on here.
Collegiate Model - Enforcement Working Group
This group will consider the guiding principles for action, milestones and
timeline, prior reviews of the enforcement program and penalty structure, and
violation and penalty structure background.
The winds of change lie not only in conference realignment as determined by football primarily, but also in the very structure of the NCAA and the guiding principles of collegiate athletics. Stay tuned, there will be more forthcoming.
As the 2011-12 Centennial Season
continues for LMU athletics, the first week of October will be a fun one as it
will be a week that features a Wells Fargo PCH Cup showdown on ESPNU on
Wednesday and then is capped by a Centennial Game celebration on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, LMU women's volleyball will host rival
Pepperdine in Gersten Pavilion at 6 p.m. The earlier start time is because
ESPNU will be broadcasting the game nationally. The game will also be the
second of the season in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup Series.
And to top it off, it's a big one in terms of the standings
early in West Coast Conference play. LMU improved to 3-1 in the WCC with a
sweep over Saint Mary's on Saturday and is tied for second. Pepperdine, ranked
19th nationally, is at 3-0 in conference play.
Then on Sunday, Oct. 9 women's soccer will host Gonzaga at
Sullivan Field for its 2011 Centennial Game. Start time of 1 p.m. It will be
the Lions first conference game at home as they travel to San Francisco on
Friday. The Centennial Celebration will offer special promotions, including a
food give-away to the first 100 students. Follow the Lions on Facebook and
Twitter to find out what the give-away will be.
It's all part of a busy week for LMU in conference play.
Men's golf plays Monday and Tuesday up in Reno, Nevada, at the Wolf Pack
Classic, taking on several WCC foes San Diego and Santa Clara in the process.
Then on Thursday, men's water polo returns home to face
conference foe Whittier at the Burns Aquatics Center on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Friday will feature more action at Gersten Pavilion as
women's volleyball hosts a non-conference match with perennial NCAA tournament
participant UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m.
The action will conclude on Sunday with the Centennial game
for women's soccer. All season the Lions will celebrate the 2011-12 Centennial
Season with special Centennial games for each of its varsity programs. Men's
water polo started the action with a standing-room only crowd of over 800 at
the Burns Center in September, followed by women's volleyball with nearly a
1,000 against BYU last Thursday. Following women's soccer will be a pair of
On Oct. 29 men and women's cross country will be at the WCC
Championships and in the process the Lions will celebrate its 100 years at the
races. Also that day, men's rowing will host UCLA at the Bove Boathouse for its
Follow the Centennial all season at LMULions.com/LMUat100.
LMU came out of the gates as the aggressor against
Cal State Northridge Friday at Sullivan Field. But despite unleashing four
shots in the opening 13 minutes of play, and 10 for the balance of the game,
the Lions could never find their mark, falling 3-0 to the Matadors. This was a
tough loss for the Lions, but with a new addition, Mental Fitness Coach Katie
Mckee, the Lions look to continue their win streak on the road as they head to
UNLV this weekend. The lions have a clean record of 3-0-0 on the road. I
sat down with Katie and asked her a few questions.
Hi Katie! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
My name is Katie McKee, and I am a Mental Fitness Coach working with the team
this year. I'm from Northern California, Danville specifically just like some
of our players. I went to the University of Redlands. I graduated from Redlands
in 2006 with my BA in Psychology and a Minor in Physical Education. I played 4
years of soccer and 1 year of softball at Redlands. I would have played 4 years
of softball but I was injured and needed surgery the other years. Growing up I
played every sport I could; soccer, softball, tennis, basketball, swim team.
Shout out to Danville, CA! That is where I am from along with Cori McGovern and
Marissa Zamora. Katie, the team seems to be responding well to you. What are
some of the activities you have done with the girls thus far?
This year I'm working with the team as the Mental Fitness Coach. What that
means is I'm mental teaching skills to help the team be able to perform at
their best. Some of those skills include goal setting, ways to focus and what
to focus on, helping maintain consistent confidence, breathing, etc. We've done
some team activities this year also. We went to the Tide Pools as a team this
year for some team bonding. We also did a team activity where everyone on the
team, including the coaches, got a piece of a puzzle. Each person had to write
on and/or decorate their piece with what motivates them or inspires them. It
could be a picture, quote, song lyric, movie, etc. When they were done, we put
the puzzle together, framed it, and it's hanging in the locker room. I did this
with them because I believe a puzzle represents a team. Each of us are
individuals on the team and bring something important to that team, and all the
pieces have to be in place for it to be complete. If one piece were missing, we
wouldn't be a team.
Gabby: Above is the picture of the puzzle. The puzzle is so unique and I know that the girls loved it. It was really cool
how you included all of the coaches as well as the players. Do you have any
specific goals for the lions this season?
Let's see. Some goals I have for the girls this season are to be able to look
back on the season and know that they did all they could so they feel happy
I would love for all the players and coaches to have also learned one or more
mental skills throughout the course of the season so that they can carry that
with them beyond the soccer field.
Mental skills are very valuable whether you are on the soccer field or off so
that is a very positive and important goal! Have you enjoyed working with the
I absolutely love working with the team this year. It's great to be part of a
college soccer team again. My favorite part is working with the team in a group
or individual setting and to see what we work on make a difference for them.
That's why I got into this profession, and if I can help at least one player or
coach this year, it makes is so worth it!
Thats awesome Katie! Now, can you give me three random facts about yourself?
This is probably the hardest question!! Ok. Elephants are my favorite animal.
I've had 5 sports injury related surgeries. And...I'm a milk chocolate kind of
Thank you Katie! You are a huge asset to this team! For more information about
Katie and her business,
click here for Katie's Website.
Check back next
week to see pictures and hear about the Lion's trip to Las Vegas after they
face the UNLV Rebels for their last preseason match. You can follow the game on
Sunday at 4pm by going on our website. Follow this link to gametracker: LMU vs. UNLV.
"What lies behind us and what lies beyond us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what lies within us out into the world, miracles happen." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Interview with Etajha Gilmer
The picture above is from the game vs. SMU on September 11, 2011. The color guard came out to do a special dedication in honor of September 11, 2001. The fans and players shared a moment of silence before taking the field. Thank you Pete Jagger for this amazing picture.
The LMU women's soccer team hosts Cal State Northridge Friday at 4 p.m. to wrap up its current three-game homestand. The Lions enter the week with a 6-2-1 record and winners of three of their last four match-ups.
Above is a link to an interview with sophomore defender Etajha Gilmer. The lion's defense has really proved themselves this year having six shutouts out of all nine games. The woman between the posts for the lions is redshirt sophomore Brittany Jagger. Here are 20 facts about goal-keeper Brittany Jagger:
1. My favorite color is blue.
2. I love football, especially the cowboys.
3. I really want a pit bull.
4. My favorite childhood movie is The Goofy Movie.
5. I like Flaming Hot Cheetos.
6. I am terrified of spiders.
7. I like all kinds of music.
8. My car's name is Corona the Carrolla
9. I am addicted to my cell phone.
10. My first concert was Britney Spears.
11. My favorite movie of all time is Million Dollar Baby.
12. I love Mexican Food.
13. I use to play for the Dallas Texans.
14. My favorite musician is Trey Songz.
15. My favorite video games are Mario Cart and Mario Party.
16. I like to cook.
17. I love fried pickles.
18. My Dream car is a Camero or a Ford F150
19. I took ballet and tap dance when I was 4... it only lasted a week.
20. I am a black belt in Taekwondo.
Here is a picture of Brittany Jagger and some young fans.
See you tomorrow, Friday September 23 at 4pm at Sullivan Field!
Today, the ACC accepted Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The main impetus of this move is football, the addition of two programs that have won national championships which enhances the stature of that conference in the BCS. The by products of such a move are the inevitable increase in the strength of the ACC as a basketball conference while also insuring its existence if/when the SEC comes calling for some of the ACC football programs that have been rumored moving. Football, and the associated dollars from television and bowl games, is THE and ONLY driver in these moves.
So what does this mean for the Big East and the Big 12? Will there be four, five or six super conferences founded on football? And what will happen to the rest of the collegiate athletic landscape?
Certainly the Big East has been weakened. Look for UConn and Rutgers in particular to attempt to flee that conference. If the Big East is going to survive, it must look west to the Big 12, which has its own issues in remaining intact. A year ago, there was a distinct possibility that Kansas would be left in the cold with conference realignment...amazing that one of the hallowed basketball programs could be without a conference home. Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are all mulling over the possibilities for their institutions.
A couple of years ago, my good friend Dave O'Brien a former athletics director and now the director of the Drexel University sports management program, suggested the creation of a Catholic basketball conference based upon the WCC model. Today, maybe more so than ever, this move appears to make great sense. Imagine an "East Coast Conference" with Georgetown, St. Johns, Villanova, Providence, St. Joseph, Marquette, Creighton, and a handful of other candidates creating a basketball rich environment.
I am very proud of the WCC, through the leadership of Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, taking the initiative in seeking out BYU to become a Conference member. We took decisive action to strengthen the Conference rather than watching curiously the happens around the college athletic scene hoping to be minimally negatively impacted. Certainly those Catholic schools mentioned above must feel somewhat powerless, but they shouldn't. They can take their fate in their own hands and create something that matches who they are.
Being proactive is what the non-football power schools should be doing in the Big East and the Atlantic 10 Conference. Basketball is the game for universities like LMU and basketball players want to go where they are the focus of the university rather than encore acts for football. Where all of this will end I am uncertain. But I do know, it isn't over.
LMU lost a great fan in Terry Sullivan. Terry was a frequent fan and attendee of our athletics contest as well as a great fan of LMU rugby. Terry was 49 when he passed away and his brother Dan was constantly by his side. He was also an athlete in his own right, having participated in LMU's Special Games for the past 20 years. Because of Terry's special needs, he made everyone else he came into contact special. His sister in-law Rhonda and niece both spoke at the eulogy and told of the lessons that they learned from Terry. This year, Terry will be in Heaven's front row with Hank and Pete and Bruce and so many others, cheering on the Lions.
This weekend the Lions lost in double
overtime to Rutgers University on Friday. The girls did not take this loss
lightly. The loss lit fire under their belts and the Lions took out their anger
on CSU Bakersfield and won 3-0 on Sunday. Sophomore defender Etajha Gilmer
scored for the Lions on Friday while Freshman Linda Bakker scored twice for the
Lions on Sunday and Junior Cori McGovern had the third goal.
This week we looked at Sophomore
Forward Tawni Martino's pre-game routine on Sunday vs. CSU Bakersfield. Every
athlete has their own superstition and ways to get ready for games. Here is how
Tawni Martino gets ready for hers...
Sunday September 4, 2011 LMU vs CSU Bakersfield
8:45 AM: Wake Up
9:00 AM: Team Breakfast in the coaches' offices. Breakfast included bagels,
cereal, fruit and yummy chocolate milk.
10:01 AM: Walked to the training room.
10:13-10:59 AM: Had treatment and took
an ice bath
11:00 AM: Walked to our brand new
awesome locker room.
11:07 AM: Made my Facebook status and tweeted, "GAME DAY! GO LIONS! Rawrrr!"
11:15 AM: Listened to music with all the girls in the locker room
11:25 AM: Started putting on socks, cleats, shin guards, etc.
11:35 AM: Put my own headphones in and listened to music to get in the zone.
11:52 AM: Team ritual "clap"
11:55 AM: Coaches came in for team
12:12 PM: walk out to field for warm up
1:00 PM: GAME TIME!
Gabby: Do you have any superstitions or routines that you do prior to every
Tawni: I have a couple superstitions
and routines that I do before every game. I always wear the same sliders for
every game and I have this yellow sweatband that I always wear on my left arm.
I also make sure to listen to my own music to "get in the zone" and
once we step on the field, I do a special handshake with Tata (Etajha Gilmer).
Gabby: What is your favorite part about game day?
Tawni: I think my favorite part about
game day is just the environment and enthusiasm from all of my teammates and
the fans. I love stepping on the field ready to play some soccer.
Gabby: What time of music do you listen to before the game to get ready?
Tawni: Most of the time I listen to
hip-hop, rap, and electronica music but sometimes I also listen to pop.
Anything that can get me amped up or if it's popular right now I'll listen to
Thank you Tawni for letting us see your
game day routine! The Lions will head to Fullerton at 7pm on Friday and will be
home again Sunday vs SMU at 1pm. See you there!