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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore
Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray works in the LMU Sports Media
department, is a leader of the ROAR Student Section, is a former sports writer
at The Los Angeles Loyolan, and is a member of The Crimson Circle service
organization. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every
Tuesday allowing for a quick glance at the week that was in Lion Sports.
With baseball and golf beginning
play last week, spring sports are now in full swing and hoping to provide some
Lion success as the basketball teams continue to struggle towards the end of
the winter season.
The baseball team
started their season at home over the weekend with a series against the
visiting Utah Utes. After a sloppy Friday game left LMU with a 6-3 loss, the
Lions then turned the series around with stellar pitching. The Lions won 1-0 on
Saturday and 11-2 on Sunday to take the series and advance to 2-1.
The golf team had its
first tournament of the spring last week at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa
Fe, Calif. The tough course conditions left the Lions scrambling all week,
which resulted in a tenth place finish out of 12 teams. Now, LMU is currently
playing in the Folino Invite at Industry Hills Golf Club in Industry Hills,
Calif., which will finish play later this week.
After a strong 3-1
start, the women's tennis team hit a bump last weekend in Santa Barbara. A long
match with UCSB brought play into dusk and with no lights on the court, two of
the singles matches had to be decided by quick tiebreakers rather than a third
set, which led to a heartbreaking 4-3 loss for the Lions. LMU was then defeated
again the next day 6-1 by the University of Colorado.
LMU track and field
competed at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet over the weekend. The highlight
of the meet for the Lions was junior Kevin Joerger winning the 3000-meter race.
Many other lions set personal records at the meet as well.
The men's basketball
team went 0-2 on the weekend yet again, extending their losing streak to ten
games and dropping them to 1-12 in WCC play. At Pepperdine on Thursday, it
looked as if the Lions were finally going to get a win but a pair of missed
free throws by the Lions and a basket by the Waves in the final minute gave
Pepperdine the 52-50 win. At home against Saint Mary's on Saturday, the Gaels
roster was just too big and too deep to handle, defeating the Lions 61-50 in
front of the parents' weekend crowd.
The women's basketball
team only had one game last week, which was a home loss against San Diego on
Thursday. The 66-59 defeat was close, but LMU trailed the entire game. The loss
dropped the Lions to 3-9 and seventh place in the conference.
Swimming, women's water
polo, softball, and men's tennis were off last week but will return to play
This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies
major from Eugene, Ore. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here
every Monday allowing for a quick glance for the week that was in Lion Sports.
The open to the 2012-13 LMU men's basketball season comes at
a perfect time tomorrow with midterms mostly finished and the student body at
the peak of their excitement in between two Halloween weekends. But let's talk
about what has already happened in the wide world of LMU sports.
Lion water polo got back on track this week when the 11th
ranked men's team won both of its WWPA matches to improve to 9-2 in conference
play. Friday, LMU scored the game-winning goal with nine seconds left to beat
#16 UC Davis on the road. Saturday, the Lions won again on the road when they
took down #19 Santa Clara 12-7.
Volleyball had a strong week as well, which began Thursday
in Malibu when they took #23 Pepperdine to a fifth set before losing a close
one. Pepperdine needed 32 points to win the first set and 28 to win the second
set before LMU took back the third and fourth sets, which led to a close loss
in the final deciding set. At home Saturday, the Lions took care of business
against Gonzaga when they won 3-0 in a quick and efficient sweep.
After a strong season of races, the Lion cross country teams
both took 5th place at the WCC Championship meet in Portland, Ore.
Leading the men was junior Weston Strum who finished seventh overall while the
women's race saw senior Sharee Shea take third overall. The Lions will compete
at the NCAA West Regionals in Seattle starting on November 9.
Men's soccer had their bye week the previous week and after
12 days without a match, the team came out slow on the road against WCC leader
San Diego when they fell 2-0 on Wednesday. Sunday, the Lions ended a four-match
losing streak when they drew a tie against San Francisco at home. This gave the
Lions their fifth point and keeps them at sixth place in the conference.
The women's soccer team also saw a streak end but
unfortunately this was not a good thing. After winning three games in a row,
the Lions had a tough stay in the Northwest, losing to Gonzaga 2-0 on Friday
and losing to Portland 2-0 on Sunday. Remaining with nine points, the women are
now tied for fifth place in the WCC.
Continuing its start to the season, the swim team had
another strong showing at the Malibu Invitational over the weekend. The LMU
women won two of the three distance events and won 11 out of the 14 sprint and
The LMU men's golf team wrapped up their fall season last
week at the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley,
Calif. After three rounds of play, the Lions finished the tournament in ninth
This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore
Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics
will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance for the week that
was in Lion Sports.
Friday, one of the biggest nights every year in Lion
Athletics occurred when LMU held its annual Madness at Midnight event. The
night got fans excited for the upcoming basketball season, introducing everyone
to the players of both the men's and women's teams. Players from both teams
competed in a free throw contest, a three-point contest, as well as a dunk
contest for some of the men. Along with showcasing the basketball talent,
Madness was also an opportunity for the student body to see all of the school's
Division I sports teams on display through dance competitions, which the
softball team won. The night included food trucks and giveaways for students as
The women's soccer team had a huge weekend, earning six
points through two conference victories. On Friday in Malibu, LMU destroyed
then ranked #15 Pepperdine 3-0 getting all three goals in the first eleven
minutes of play. Then at home Sunday, the Lions defeated San Francisco 1-0
after scoring 11 seconds into the first overtime period.
LMU Volleyball had an impressive weekend, also getting two
much-needed wins. In the Northwest for the weekend, the Lions improved to 5-1
on the road this season as they swept Gonzaga Thursday and beat Portland in
straight sets as well on Saturday.
An injury-filled men's water polo team continued to sink
over the weekend, losing to two conference rivals. The #9 Lions had been on a
roll with a seven-game winning streak before a series of setbacks led the Lions
to drop matches to #1 USC a week ago and to #10 Long Beach St. and to #11 UC
San Diego over the weekend.
In the final race before the WCC Championships, the men's
and women's cross country teams sent four runners a piece to tune up at the
Titan Invitational in Fullerton. The Lions did not have enough runners for the
teams to place but will be in full force at the conference championship meet in
Portland next weekend.
The men's tennis team competed at the ITA Regional
tournament in Irvine over the weekend. Four Lions competed in singles and
doubles events with the #7 seeded duo of Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian
Bustamante still alive in the doubles semifinals. In singles, Bjerke also
advanced to the round of 16.
The women's tennis team was in San Diego for their ITA
Regional tournament. April Bisharat and Reka Rohonyl both advanced to the round
of 32 in singles competition while Kristine Kouyoumjian made it to the
semifinals in the consolation bracket before the final two rounds were rained
The men's golf
team went abroad last week for the Cabo Collegiate tournament in Cabo San
Lucas, Mexico. What was meant to be a three round event turned into only 18
holes of competition as day two could not be finished and day three never began
due to rainy conditions. Tyler Torano's 72 was good for a tie for second place in
the tournament with his back nine score of 33 good for the best nine-hole score
in the event. The team finished in ninth place.
This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance for the week that was in Lion Sports.
It was another full weekend in the pool for the men's water
polo team as the 10th-ranked Lions competed at the SoCal Tournament in Santa
Barbara. On the first day, LMU fell to #7 Pepperdine before defeating #17 Santa
Clara. This Saturday split led to games against #11 UC San Diego and #9 Long
Beach St. on Sunday, two teams that had beaten the Lions earlier in the year.
Despite this, LMU took down both opponents, earning a ninth place finish and
improving to a 5-1 record in the WWPA.
The volleyball team continued to look sharp this weekend,
but were unable to finish against conference rival and 16th-ranked San Diego
Thursday. The Lions, who have beaten some top tier teams this season, took
their confidence into the home match against the Toreros. LMU won the first set
and looked as strong as ever. In the second and third sets, LMU had late leads
but could not finish as San Diego went to 27 and 28 points respectively in
order to win. San Diego finished it out in the fourth, making it a 1-3 loss for
the Lions. Saturday, the Lions took care of business quickly, defeating CSU
Bakersfield in straight sets. They are 9-6 overall and 1-2 in conference.
LMU women's soccer got back on track Sunday, earning their
first victory in three weeks. The 3-2 win over Utah Valley improved the team's
record to 6-3-2 overall. The strong preseason has the Lions feeling confident
as they head into WCC play this weekend when they play San Diego at home this
The men's soccer team opened up conference play on the road
over the weekend. The trip started off strong as the Lions had the lead for
most of the game on Friday at St. Mary's, the reigning WCC champions. However,
a late goal led to an ending result of a 2-2 tie, giving the Lions one point.
Sunday, LMU lost 1-0 to Santa Clara, sending the Lions to a 0-1-1 conference
In their second tournament of the fall, the LMU golf team
played at the Saint Mary's Invitational at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf
Course in Seaside, California. As one of the toughest courses the team will
play all season, the Lions struggled on both days, finishing in 11th place out
of 15 teams.
Both cross country teams competed in the Stanford
Invitational Saturday. In races that featured many conference opponents, the
women finished sixth out of 29 teams and first among WCC teams. The men also
ran well, finishing seventh out of 29 teams and second among WCC opponents.
This blog is written
by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. His
weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a
quick glance for the week that was in Lion Sports.
Starting on the home front, the men's soccer team lost a
tough battle with No. 7 UCLA. Despite the strong defensive showing, one goal
was all the visiting Bruins needed as they earned the 1-0 victory and sent the
Lions to 1-4-1 on the year.
Four men's tennis players competed at the Costa Mesa Pro
Classic over the weekend. Sophomore Todd Volmari and junior Daniel Simko were
bounced in the first round, while sophomores Felix van Kann and Othar
Kordsachia advanced to the second round of qualifying play but no further.
At the NorCal Invitational hosted by Stanford University in
Palo Alto, Calif., the men's water polo team played four ranked teams in less
than 48 hours. They had close losses to No. 7 Pacific and No. 9 Long Beach
State, but pulled out wins against No. 18 Concordia and No. 11 UC San Diego.
The tournament split gave the Lions a 10th-place finish.
Both LMU cross country teams competed at a conference
preview race at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. The women ran to a second-place
finish while the men finished fourth at the site that will hold the WCC
Championships at the end of the season. Senior Sheree Shea finished with the
fastest time among WCC female runners.
The women's soccer team visited Tucson, Ariz. this weekend
for the Arizona Cats Classic. After a rough 3-0 loss to Arizona State, the
Lions slightly salvaged the trip with a 0-0 tie against the University of
Arizona, continuing to show they can play with anyone and advancing to 5-3-1
for the season.
The volleyball team kept their strong season going this
weekend at the Golden Dome Invitational at Notre Dame University in South Bend,
Ind. The Lions dropped a close match to the University of Kansas before
defeating Xavier and the hosting Fighting Irish for a 2-1 finish that was good for
The golf team opened their season at The McLaughlin
tournament hosted by St. John's at Bethpage Golf Course in Farmingdale, New
York. After three days of play at the Red Course, the Lions finished tied for
eighth out of the 16-team field. Senior Bryan Bergna placed tied for fourth
after repeatedly shooting under par.