Lions Tabbed Third in WCC Preseason Poll

Pedro Velazquez earned Preseason All-WCC honors.

Aug 23, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - LMU men's soccer has been selected to finish third in what should be a hotly contests West Coast Conference title race this fall. Five of the seven teams received at least one first place vote in the 2013 WCC Preseason Poll, as voted on by each team's head coach.

Santa Clara, with one first place vote, edged the field with 47 points to be selected as the preseason favorite. San Diego, with two first place votes, was picked second with 45 points, followed by LMU with two first place votes and 44 points.

Picked fourth was San Francisco with one first place vote and 41 points, followed by Saint Mary's in fifth (one first place vote and 38 points), Portland in sixth (34 points) and Gonzaga in seventh (six points).

Also released was the 2013 Preseason All-WCC Team, including LMU sophomore striker Pedro Velazquez. The 2012 WCC Freshman of the Year, Velazquez was also named to the All-WCC second team and the WCC Freshman Team after leading the Lions in total points (14) and goals (six).

LMU kicks off its "Season Under the Lights" on Saturday at 7 p.m., hosting Cal State Northridge in an exhibition match at Sullivan Field. The Lions official season opener is Friday, Aug. 30 against Florida International, also at 7 p.m. on Sullivan Field.



For the third year in a row, the LMU Scarf Season Ticket will be available for men's soccer. For just $30 the Scarf Season Ticket allows the bearer entry to all regular-season men's soccer matches, as well as all other LMU home ticketed events (excluding men's basketball). To purchase your 2013-14 Scarf today, contact the LMU Athletics Ticket Office at 310-338-LION (5466).

Team (First Place Votes), Points

1. Santa Clara (1), 47
2. San Diego (2), 45
3. Loyola Marymount (2), 44
4. San Francisco (1), 41
5. Saint Mary's (1), 38
6. Portland, 34
7. Gonzaga, 6

Player, School, YR, Pos.

Miguel Aguilar, San Francisco, Jr., F
Derek Boggs, Portland, Jr., M
Mark Daus, Santa Clara, Sr., D
Mauricio Diaz De Leon, San Francisco, Sr., M
Elijah Glabraith-Knapp, San Diego, Sr., M
Nick Hamer, Gonzaga, Sr., M
Liam Kelly, San Francisco, Sr., F
Lars Ludwigs, Gonzaga, RS-Jr., M
Ryan Masch, Santa Clara, So., F
Julian Ringhof, San Diego, RS-Sr., D
Pedro Velazquez, LMU, So., F

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