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Lions Continue With Hot Start

Sept. 9, 2002

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Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 9, 2002) - The Loyola Marymount University athletic department, who started the 2002-03 season with a 5-1-1 record over Labor Day weekend, continued the hot start with an impressive showing in the second full week of action.

The Lions finished the week with an 8-2 record as both the men's and women's soccer teams remain undefeated in the young season. The women's team is 3-0-0 and has not allowed a goal yet this season. They earned a 3-0 win over Loyola-Chicago on Sunday, bringing their season total for goals to seven. They finished 2001 with 20.

With a 3-1 win over UC Irvine on Sunday, the men's soccer team claimed the Nike Gold Rush Classic Championship in Fresno. The Lions started the tournament with a 2-1 win over Ohio State to improve their record to 3-0-1.

In hosting their second consecutive four-team tournament, the LMU women's volleyball team earned three straight wins in the LMU Volleyball Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Lions posted an emotional 3-0 win over perennial top-25 power Notre Dame on Friday night, which featured the retiring of former All-American Sarah McFarland's jersey.

LMU continued its march to the Classic Championship with a come-from-behind win over St. Louis, 3-2, and then another impressive win over Colorado, 3-0.

The men's water polo team started its season with a 2-2 record, with included a 40-goal outburst on the weekend. Also in action was the cross country team, as the men finished fourth and the women fifth in the USD Invitational in San Diego.

With 11 home games in two weeks, the LMU teams will go on a tough road-trip. The men and women soccer teams will be in the south. The men will be in the SEC at the Vanderbilt Tournament, taking on host Vandy on Friday, Sept. 13 and then playing Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 15. The women will be in the ACC, taking on Wake Forest on Friday and then Vanderbilt on Sunday in the Wake Forest Tournament.

The women's volleyball team will be on the road for the first time this season as they play in the Terrapin Invitational at College Park, MD. They will face Boston College on Friday and then Indiana and Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The men's water polo team will play in one of the toughest tournaments of the season at the Southern Cal Tournament. All 12 teams in the tourney finished the 2001 season in the top-20. The Lions will face both Pacific and host USC on Saturday before advancing to the championship round on Sunday.

The cross country team will be in San Diego again this Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Aztec Invitational.

- Go Lions -


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