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The Lions beat Long Island University on Friday 3-0 with goals from Tawni Martino, Erin Rementer and Britney Sanford. On Sunday the Lions played 110 minutes, including two over times, and walked away with a 0-0 tie against Fresno State University. The defense was nothing but strong this weekend as they continue to shut out their opponents for the third game in a row. This weekend was the first weekend at home and they did not disappoint!

 

This week I chatted with Senior Forward Erin Rementer. She shared with me 20 things that you might not know about her...

 

20 things about me, Erin Rementer:

 

1.     I played for Leahi premiere Ho'okalakupua club in Hawaii.

2.     I have about 20 ducks in my backyard as pets.

3.     I hate Mayonnaise and I tell people that I am allergic to it.

4.     I love the Lakers.

5.     I am obsessed with Kobe Bryant.

6.     I am not a typical Asian driver. I am actually a very good driver.

7.     I want Strawberry shortcake to be my wedding cake.

8.     My favorite ice cream in mint chocolate chip.

9.     My favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice.

10. Traffic makes me grouchy.

11. My favorite soccer player is David Beckham.

12. I wish that Hawaii had In N Out Burger.

13. I love my 6-year-old nephew more than anything.

14. Benihanna is my favorite restaurant.

15. I have met Mia Hamm twice at an airport.

16. N*sync was my first concert.

17. I played basketball when I was eight years old...it didn't work out.

18.  Pineapple is my favorite fruit.

19. I won an art contest in 3rd grade and every elementary school on my island was entered in the contest.

20. My role model is my Aunt Noreen because she recently had a stroke that paralyzed her, but she has one of the most positive outlooks on life and her recovery. It is truly inspirational.


I find it hard to believe that Erin is a good driver! This weekend Erin the

Lions are home again vs. Rutgers University (Friday at 4pm) and Cal State

Bakersfield (Sunday at 1pm). We would love to see you out there! The

energy in the stands is contagious!


GO LIONS!

Gabby Parisella class of 2011


As LMU celebrates its Centennial, a big part of LMU's history within Athletics are athletes going to have success within International experience. Reid Priddy experienced Olympic Gold in 2008 with U.S. Men's Volleyball team. He wasn't the first to do so.

Paul Sunderland helped Team USA earn gold in men's volleyball in the 1984 Olympics right here in Los Angeles.

In 1964, Hugh Foley won gold for Team USA Rowing. He was a member of the Rowing Eight with Coxswain team that claimed the top prize.

The first part of this month saw SEVEN Lions competing at the 2011 World University Games.

Women's water polo incoming senior Kimberly Benedetti was the lone current student-athlete to play in the games, winning a Silver Medal for the U.S. Women's Water Polo Team.

In the women's beach volleyball competition, former LMU teammates Heather Hughes (2004-07) and Emily Day (2005-08) joined forces to capture a silver medal in Shenzhen, China.  The silver is the first beach volleyball medal ever for the United States at the World University Games.

Also participating in the games were Andy Stevens (2008-11) for the U.S. Men's Water Polo Team and Diana Romero (2008-11), Daisy Carrillo (2009-11) and Mary Ann Campos (2008-11) for the Mexican Women's Water Polo Team.


GO LIONS!

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This past weekend the Lions hooked the Longhorns and won their first game 3-1 at the University of Texas! They continued to shine on Sunday when they beat Texas State 1-0. The goal scorers of the weekend were Tawni Martino, Brittney Sanford, Darien Pyka and freshman Brianne Medved. Even though these girls put the goals away it was an entire team effort. I talked to the three Lion captains: Jaide Garcia, Brittney Sanford and Rachel Fell to see what they had to say about the winning weekend!


Gabby: How was starting off the season beating a top ranked opponent? (Texas was ranked #18 going into the game on Friday).

Jaide:  Starting off with a big win is exactly what our team needed to get our season going. We have worked really hard this month and the two wins solidified our confidence for the games ahead. We really proved our potential this weekend so now we just have to focus on capitalizing on it. We are determined to make the NCAA tournament this year and we are off to the best possible start!


Gabby: How is the team chemistry after the road trip to Texas?

Jaide: The team chemistry has been great this season and this trip made it better. We are missing  Whitney but she has kept in great touch with us via texting. The games brought the team together because all 23 players were needed to keep the energy up to get our wins. We learned how to rely on each other this weekend and were able to show the 8 new members what being a lion is all about!


Gabby: How important was not only beating the Longhorns, but beating Texas State for the weekend sweep on the road?

Rachel: Bringing home two wins this weekend is massive for us. With no pre season games to prepare us we went into this weekend inexperienced compared to both teams. We have very few away games so to capitalize on these is a great way for us to get ahead.


Gabby: What was your favorite part of the trip?

Rachel: My favorite part of the trip was the experience we had at the University of Texas. We were lucky enough to have been given a tour of their football stadium and behind their facilities. For me, who has never seen the football side of college athletics, it was a great experience.,,one that many do not get to see. From the huge stadium to the marble flooring and Heisman Trophy collection, it didn't take long to feel the high end of college football. Then later that day we played a hard fought game that all 23 players came together for a historic win. It was a great day in all.


Gabby: Brittney, What were your feelings going into the penalty kick knowing that if you scored, your team would take the lead against the University of Texas? Did you have a specific approach?

Brittney: My feelings stepping into take the PK was a mixture of nervousness as well as confidence. I believe that PKs are just as much mental as they are skillful. I couldn't think about the repercussions of this penalty kick if I missed. Instead, I went into the PK knowing that I was going to make it. I stared at the keepers eyes while running toward the goal and I struck the ball as hard as I could to the left side of the net. I will never forget it.


Gabby:  Do you have any funny stories from the trip?

Brittney: A few of our teammates thought it would be funny to steal Ojo, Whitney Sharpe's stuffed bear. Whitney was unable to attend the trip because of transfer rules with the NCAA. We were going to miss Whitney and we needed someone to take her place. We ended up treating Ojo like a part of the team. We documented his trip with us. He did things like eat pizza, pick up baggage, hydrate etc. We ended up taking several comedic pictures which gave us all a good laugh...except for whit of course! Sorry we aren't sorry whit! (pictures of Ojo below)


Sounds like an amazing weekend filled with great team chemistry, great soccer and a 2-0-0 record! I don't know if you are as superstitious as I am, but it seems to me that Ojo needs to make an appearance at every home game, get his own plane ticket and own seat on the bus for every road trip!


Hopefully we will see YOU and Ojo at the Lions first home game this Friday at 4pm vs. Long Island University!


GO LIONS!

Gabby Parisella Class of 2011

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The WCC announced the 2011-12 women's basketball schedule and the Lions will host 16 games at home. Add to that the games in the Thanksgiving Classic and the 21 games on the men's side, that is 37 games from Nov. 13 through Feb. 25! It will be a busy Centennial Season at LMU. Here is a look at the complete WCC schedule:

2011-12 WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(All times Pacific; date and times subject to change)
Schedule as of August 22, 2011
 
Thursday, December 29
Gonzaga at Portland
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at San Francisco
 
Saturday, December 31
BYU at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at Santa Clara
 
Monday, January 2
BYU at Portland
 
Thursday, January 5
Loyola Marymount at BYU
Gonzaga at Pepperdine
Portland at Santa Clara
San Francisco at Saint Mary's
 
Saturday, January 7
BYU at San Francisco
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Portland at Pepperdine
San Diego at Saint Mary's
 
Monday, January 9
San Diego at Santa Clara
 
Thursday, January 12
Pepperdine at BYU
San Francisco at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at San Diego
Saint Mary's at Portland
 
Saturday, January 14
BYU at San Diego
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Pepperdine
San Francisco at Portland
 
Thursday, January 19
BYU at Loyola Marymount
Gonzaga at Santa Clara
San Francisco at Pepperdine
Portland at San Diego
 
Saturday, January 21
Portland at BYU
Gonzaga at San Diego
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's
 
Monday, January 23
Saint Mary's at San Francisco
 
Thursday, January 26
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's
San Diego at San Francisco
 
Saturday, January 28
BYU at Santa Clara
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's
Loyola Marymount at Portland
Pepperdine at San Diego
 
Thursday, February 2
BYU at Pepperdine
Portland at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco
Santa Clara at San Diego
 
Saturday, February 4
Saint Mary's at BYU
San Diego at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at San Francisco
 
Monday, February 6
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount
 
Thursday, February 9
Gonzaga at BYU
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara
Portland at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at San Diego
 
Saturday, February 11
Gonzaga at San Francisco
Portland at Loyola Marymount
San Diego at Pepperdine
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara
 
Thursday, February 16
San Francisco at BYU
Santa Clara at Gonzaga
San Diego at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at Portland
 
Saturday, February 18
San Diego at BYU
Pepperdine at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's
Santa Clara at Portland
 
Thursday, February 23
Santa Clara at BYU
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
Portland at San Francisco
Saint Mary's at San Diego
 
Saturday, February 25
BYU at Gonzaga
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine
San Diego at Portland
San Francisco at Santa Clara
Editor's Note: This is a blog from LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak, who will be blogging throughout the 2011-12 season. Here are his first thoughts of the season.

The 2011-12 season is the Centennial campaign of LMU. And it got off to a big start. The women's soccer team beat the University of Texas 3-1 in Austin this evening.  Game time temperature was at 101.  Back-up goalie Paige Pennington relieved starting goalie Brittany Jagger after Brit suffered an injury and did a commendable job in goal.  They played a perfect game plan that saw them overwhelm the Longhorns late. Congrats to the soccer team. GO LIONS!

The West Coast Conference announced the 2011-12 schedule, and with the addition of BYU to the league, its a schedule the league has never seen before. The Lions will play five of first seven on the road.  They will have a Monday conference game, a Wednesday conference game and the traditional travel partner set-up is the thing of the past, as evident by the Lions opening stretch. The Lions are one of just two teams (USF is the other) that has to play Gonzaga-BYU in back-to-back games. Here is the whole schedule:

2011-12 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(All times Pacific; dates and times subject to change)
as of August 19, 2011

Wednesday, December 28
Portland at Gonzaga

Thursday, December 29
BYU at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at Pepperdine

Saturday, December 31
San Diego at BYU
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine
 
Thursday, January 5
BYU at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Portland
Saint Mary's at San Diego
 
Saturday, January 7
San Francisco at BYU
Santa Clara at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at San Diego
Pepperdine at Portland
 
Monday, January 9
San Francisco at Saint Mary's
 
Thursday, January 12
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
Portland at San Francisco
San Diego at Santa Clara
 
Saturday, January 14
BYU at Santa Clara
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at San Francisco
Portland at Saint Mary's
 
Monday, January 16
BYU at San Diego
 
Thursday, January 19
San Francisco at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at BYU
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's
San Diego at Portland
 
Saturday, January 21
BYU at Pepperdine
San Diego at Gonzaga
San Francisco at Portland
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara
 
Monday, January 23
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara
 
Thursday, January 26
Gonzaga at Portland
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at San Diego
San Francisco at Santa Clara
 
Saturday, January 28
Saint Mary's at BYU
Portland at Loyola Marymount
Santa Clara at Pepperdine
San Diego at San Francisco
 
Thursday, February 2
Gonzaga at BYU
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount
Portland at Santa Clara
San Diego at Saint Mary's
 
Saturday, February 4
BYU at Portland
Gonzaga at Pepperdine
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount
Santa Clara at San Diego
 
Thursday, February 9
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at San Francisco
Loyola Marymount at Portland
San Diego at Pepperdine
 
Saturday, February 11
Pepperdine at BYU
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at San Diego
 
Wednesday, February 15
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's
 
Thursday, February 16
Gonzaga at Santa Clara
BYU at San Francisco
Portland at San Diego
 
Saturday, February 18
BYU at Santa Clara
Gonzaga at San Francisco
Portland at Pepperdine
 
Thursday, February 23
BYU at Gonzaga
San Diego at Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine at Santa Clara
Saint Mary's at Portland
 
Saturday, February 25
Portland at BYU
Gonzaga at San Diego
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount
Saint Mary's at San Francisco
 
Wednesday, February 29
Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships
No. 8 seed vs. No 9 seed
 
Thursday, March 1
Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships
8/9 winner vs. No. 5 seed
No. 6 seed vs. No. 7 seed
 
Friday, March 2
Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships
Quarterfinals
5/8/9 vs. No. 4 seed
6/7 winner vs. No. 3 seed
 
Saturday, March 3
Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships
Semifinals
4/5/8/9 vs. No. 2 seed
3/6/7 vs. No. 1 seed
 
Monday, March 5
Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships
Championship game

Preview in Daily Breeze

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Women's soccer was previewed in the South Bay Daily Breeze. Check out the story at:

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The Lions start their season today against Texas at 5 p.m. GO LIONS!

Every week I will be writing a blog giving all of you LMU soccer fans an update on how the girls are doing. So far, the Lions have just wrapped up double days! Double days consisted of fitness testing, 11 v. 11 scrimmages and weight lifting. They are looking great and ready to start the season!

Off the field the lions have done a lot as a team. Along with having team dinners every night, Coach Joe and his family hosted the team at his house for dinner and after dinner the lions surprised a South Bay Force club team at their team party! The Lions answered questions about work ethic, academics and bouncing back from tough losses. The team also went to tide pools in Palos Verdes for some team bonding. The girls hiked down to the tide pools and found a lot of different sea creatures. A lot of girls did not mind touching them, but there were a lot of that would not go near them!

The team is now ready for season to kick off! The lions will leave Thursday to take on the University of Texas (Friday) and Texas State(Sunday)! The Lions will return HOME on Friday, August 26th at 4pm vs Long Island University. We would love to see you there for the 2011 season home opener!


The Lions look forward to your support! Look for an update on how they are doing every week!

GO LIONS!
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Men's soccer continues to build its resume as one of the top programs in the west and in the nation. For the second time in three years a Lion has been named to the Herman Trophy Watch List, the men's soccer equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. The watch list honors the top 42 players in the nation. Rafael Baca was the first, earning watch list honors in 2009.

Congrats Roger and men's soccer!
Men's water polo joins men's soccer in the preseason national rankings. Water polo, who are coming off four straight conference championships, are ranked eighth to start the 2011 Centennial Season. Men's soccer has been ranked has high as 19th by CollegeSoccerNews.com.

Men's Water Polo in the Rankings.

Men's Soccer in Rankings.

GO LIONS!

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Welcome to the LMU Lions Blog!

LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and we thought this would be a great opportunity for us to create a blog for multiple members of the Athletics Department to share their thoughts and feelings.

As the year progresses, look for student-athletes to talk about their experiences. For Dr. William Husak, LMU Athletics Director, to give some thoughts. Look for special thoughts from Iggy.  And lots more.

Look for more to come very soon. And, the action is about to get started. Women's soccer heads to Texas tomorrow (Thursday) to take on the Longhorns for the first game of this Centennial Season.

As always, GO LIONS!

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