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Record Week Turns Into LMU Milestone

Oct. 7, 2003

Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 7) - What a week it was for Loyola Marymount University athletics. The four teams in action the week of Sept. 29 combined for a record of 10-1, including four wins against teams in the nation's top-25.

The result of that lofty mark is that all four teams that play in dual competitions - men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo - have earned rankings in the nation's top-20 for their respective sports. The four teams in the top-20 at the same time is a milestone at LMU, with no more than two teams being ranked in the schools rich athletic history.

Men's water polo has been ranked all season and currently sits at its highest ranking of the season at number eight. The Lions went 3-1 on the weekend in one of the nation's toughest tournament, the NorCal Invitational. With 13 ranked teams in the 16-team tournament, the Lions played the best and earned an overtime win over 10th-ranked UC Santa Barbara.

Women's volleyball first appeared in the nation's rankings this season on Sept. 8 with a ranking of number 22. After going 3-0 last week the Lions have moved to their highest ranking of the season at No. 20, according to the US Today/AVCA Coaches poll. Their move comes on the heals of a pair of victories to open conference play, including a 3-1 win over then 24th-ranked San Francisco.

Making their debut in the polls after impressive wins last week was men and women's soccer. After being ranked all of last season, the men's soccer team went 2-0 on the week, including a win over then ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara to move into the rankings. The wins jumped the Lions to 15th in the nation according to Soccer America and 24th in the NSCAA/adidas poll.

The women's soccer team was impressive in going 2-0 last week with wins over TCU and then 23rd-ranked Stanford to win the Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Lions earned a ranking of No. 20 by Soccer America.

The rankings will be put to the test this week as all four programs will combine to play six games over the weekend, all coming against teams ranked in the top-20.

Men's water polo will have three games on the week, facing No. 16 BYU-Hawaii and No. 2 Stanford at home on Thursday and Sunday, respectively. They will travel to Santa Barbara for a rematch against the 10th-ranked Gauchos on Saturday.

Women's volleyball will have just one game this week, and it is the featured game in the loaded West Coast Conference. The Lions will take on their rival, sixth-ranked Pepperdine, in Malibu on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The game will be on the Lions' Audio Network at www.LMULions.com.

Women's soccer will also just play one game this week, opening conference play against 8th-ranked Pepperdine in Malibu on Sunday.

Men's soccer will complete the foursome with just one game as well. They will take on 19th-ranked San Jose State at Sullivan field on Sunday at 1 p.m.

For tickets to the Lions' home games, call (310) 338-LION.

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