Men's Soccer Hosts UNLV, Cornell

Senior co-captain Sean Sears.

Aug. 30, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The Lions season-opening, six-game homestand continues this week at Sullivan Field. LMU hosts UNLV on Friday, Aug. 31 and Cornell on Sunday, Sept. 2. Both games kick off at 3 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31 - LMU vs. UNLV, 3:00 p.m.
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Sunday, Aug 26 - LMU vs. Cornell, 3:00 p.m.
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The Lions fell just short of a potential upset bid of then No. 4 UC Santa Barbara in both teams' season-opener on Aug. 26... Trailing 1-0, sophomore Craig Nitti tied the game, 1-1, on a direct free kick at the 88:08 mark but the Gauchos responded with the game-winner less than one minute later to escape with the victory... The Lions started seven underclassmen in their season opener, including two freshmen in Mark Dotseth and Akio Ohtake-Gordon... The 31-member side features 12 freshmen, 12 sophomores, four juniors and three seniors... Head Coach Paul Krumpe is in his 15th year at the helm of the Lion program... The Lions were picked to finish fourth in the 2012 WCC Preseason Poll... LMU went 7-12-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the WCC, good for fifth place, in 2011...

The Lions are 2-4-1 all-time against UNLV... The teams have not met since the 2000 season when LMU earned a 3-2 overtime win in Las Vegas... This marks the third meeting at Sullivan Field where the teams split a pair of match-ups... The last meeting on the Lions' home turf came in 1998...

UNLV is seeking its first win in 2012 after opening the season last week with a 1-0 loss at UC Davis and a 2-1 at Saint Mary's... Joaquin Rivas scored the lone goal for the Rebels... UNLV went 3-14-0 overall and 2-8-0 in the Mountain West in 2011... All three wins came on the road... Sophomore Salvador Bernal leads the Rebels returners after scoring a team-high six goals one year ago...

Sunday's game against Cornell marks the first ever between the Lions and Big Red... The Lions have just five all-time matches against Ivy League institutions, having faced Columbia once, Dartmouth once and Harvard three times.

Cornell opens the 2012 season at Cal State Fullerton on Friday before facing LMU on Sunday... Last fall, the Big Red went 8-2-6 overall and 3-1-3 in Ivy League play... Junior defender Patrick Slogic was named to the 2012 Hermann Trophy Watch list after earning first team All-Ivy League honors in 2011...

The Lions' six-game, season-opening homestand continues on Friday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 9 when they host Cal State Fullerton and Tulsa, respectively. Kick off at Sullivan Field is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge...the series, which is in its fourth year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference...any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur...for the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first three learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit:

This season, LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to all home preseason and regular season events for men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, women's basketball, baseball and softball - a total of more than 100 home games for just $30! And, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket is the limited edition LMU Scarf. Call the LMU Ticket Office at 310-338-LION or go online today!



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