October to Bring Spooky Match-ups

Sept. 26, 2004

Los Angeles, CA - As Sunday, Sept. 26 marks the final day of play in the month of September, October looms large for the Loyola Marymount University athletics fall sport programs. The month brings the start of conference play and some of the season's spookiest match-ups.

Men's soccer will get things started with play in the double round robin of the West Coast Conference. The Lions will play each team twice at will start October with a bang on Oct. 1 as they host Gonzaga and then on Oct. 2 against Portland. In the month the Lions will play every conference team and will close on Halloween weekend the same way the month started, taking on Gonzaga in Spokane on Oct. 29 and then Portland on Oct. 31.

During that stretch the Lions will host a key match-up against Santa Clara on Oct. 17 and then take on San Diego on the road on Oct 22 and then back home two days later on Oct. 24.

Women's soccer will also get the WCC play started with its rival showdown against Pepperdine at Sullivan Field on Oct. 8. Their tour of conference play will also build throughout the month and end on Halloween with another big match-up against Santa Clara at Sullivan Field.

The first day of October will also start conference play for women's volleyball. They will start on the road at Saint Mary's and San Francisco, Oct. 1 and 2. They will then open at home with the biggest match-up, taking on rival Pepperdine on Oct. 8. Another big showdown in the month will be Santa Clara on Oct. 22 and San Diego on Oct. 23.

The men's water polo team will also see where they sit in the Western Water Polo Association as they continue their defense of the WWPA title won a year ago. After playing in the NorCal Tournament, which features 20 teams ranked nationally, the Lions will take on foes from the WWPA, including a showdown with UC San Diego on the road Oct. 15.

LMU and UCSD have played for the WWPA Championships the last three seasons with LMU winning two. The Lions will also play WWPA foe BYU-Hawaii at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on Oct. 7, and UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz on road on Oct. 30.

In the middle of the conference clashes, the Lions will host a pair of top-ranked opponents at Burns when they play defending champion USC on Oct. 20 and UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 24.

Closing out the month with the biggest test of the month will be the cross country team as they run in the West Coast Conference Championships on Oct. 30. The surging Lions have turned heads the past season and will look to climb up the standings in Belmont to close the month.

Follow all the action this month and every month on LMULions.com. For tickets call 310-338-6095.





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