First Roadtrip Takes Lions to Stanford, Cal

Freshman Paul Blanchette has earned the GK start in the last two games.

Sept. 19, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's soccer team hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to the Bay Area for their final two non-conference games of the 2012 slate. On Friday, Sept. 21, the Lions face Stanford at 4 p.m., followed by a noon match-up at Cal on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Friday, Sept. 21 - LMU at Stanford, 4:00 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 23 - LMU at Cal, 12:00 p.m.
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The Lions (1-4-1) put up a fight against then seventh-ranked UCLA, but an early second-half goal by the Bruins was the difference maker as the Lions fell, 1-0 on Sept. 16... Freshman goalkeeper Paul Blanchette came up with three first-half saves as the Bruins went on the attack early. Just five minutes in, Blanchette deflected a strong close-range shot by Reed Williams, then came up with another save on a Grady Howe shot on frame in the 14th minute... John McFarlin nearly gave the Lions a chance to take the lead in the 21st minute when he took a pass from Dylan Seedman and one-touched a shot on frame. But UCLA's Earl Edwards made one of his three saves on the attempt... Following a scoreless first half, the Bruins broke through at the 53:55 mark when Evan Raynr worked the ball to the right endline, then chipped a pass back towards the front of the goalmouth. Hollingshead, who finished the day with five shots, was there to one-touch the ball past Blanchette and into the net... Neither team offered much offensive threat for the remainder of the game and the Bruins secured their third shutout in their past four games. UCLA finished with a 15-4 shot advantage, as well as a 13-0 corner kick edge.

Freshman Pedro Velazquez leads the Lions with two goals while sophomore Craig Nitti has scored once... Four players have started all six matches thus far while 15 other players have also earned at least one start as the Lions work to find the most effect lineup... In goal, redshirt junior Billy Thompson earned the start in the first three games, making 10 saves and posting a 1.55 GAA... Vince Paldino earned his first start of the year against Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 7), picking up the win while making three saves... Paul Blanchette made his first collegiate appearance at the end of the CSUF game, and then earned his first start against Tulsa... The freshman has now appeared in the last three games, making seven saves and holding a 1.81 GAA... The Lions have been outscored 9-3 overall in their five matches thus far... 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...

This marks just the third meeting between LMU and Stanford since the 1983 season... The Cardinal won both previous matches, 9-1 in 1983 and 1-0 in 2001...

Stanford is 3-3-0 on the season and has won two of its last three games... The Cardinal earned a 2-0 shutout of UC Irvine and a 2-1 overtime victory over San Jose State before falling 2-1 to Santa Clara in their last outing... Adam Jahn has led the Cardinal offensive charge, scoring four of their seven goals while also chipping in two assists... Three other players have scored once for Stanford... Drew Hutchins has played every minute in goal, making 14 saves, recording two shutouts and holding a 1.16 GAA...

This marks the first meeting between LMU and Cal since the 2002 season when the teams played to a double-overtime scoreless draw... Prior to that, the Lions won back-to-back 1-0 decisions against the Bears in the 1999 and 2001 seasons... Both of the LMU victories came in Berkeley...

Cal enters the week with a 3-2-1 overall record... The Bears host Duquesne on Friday prior to their match against LMU on Sunday... Cal is riding a three-game unbeaten streak in which they have outscored their opponents 9-1... That includes a 4-1 victory over UCF, a 5-0 shutout of Houston Baptist and a 0-0 draw against San Francisco... Tony Salciccia leads the Bears with three goals whole Alec Sundly and Kyle Marsh have each scored twice... Seth Casiple leads the team with four assists... Kevin Peach has started all six games in goal, making 20 saves while allowing eight goals for a 1.37 GAA...

West Coast Conference play begins for the Lions as they hit the road for a second straight week. LMU heads north once again, this time to open WCC action at 2011 league champ Saint Mary's on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 30, LMU faces off against Santa Clara at 2 p.m.

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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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