WCC Play Continues at Sullivan Field
Men's soccer hosts Gonzaga on Friday and Portland on Sunday.
The Lions (5-6-0, 0-1-0 WCC) seek to snap a six-match skid dating back to a 2-1 loss to New Mexico. One bright spot during the struggling stretch has been the play of Alvaro Madrigal. The sophomore midfielder has scored four goals in the six-match stretch and currently leads both the team and the WCC with six goals on the year. Add his two assists to that and he also carries a league-best 14 points.
The Lions opened the season with five straight wins for the first time in program history.
The Lions ran off a program record 405:40 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal this season. The overall streak dated back to Nov. 4, 2014 and totaled 529:36 minutes. The streak was finally snapped on Sept. 11 at Bakersfield when the Roadrunners found the back of the net 40 seconds into the second half.
Paul Blanchette was named WCC Player of the Week for Sept. 7 after being credited with a pair of shutouts at Harvard and Boston College last week. The senior goalkeeper also contributed the assist on Grant Sampson's game-winner at BC, the second assist of his career.
Sophomore midfielder Alvaro Madrigal and junior defender Mark Dotseth were named to the All-Tournament team at last week's TLC Heating & Plumbing Invitational, hosted by New Mexico.
Paul Blanchette's shutout at Boston College (Sept. 6) was the 15th of his career, breaking the all-time LMU record of 14, held by Jerad Bailey (1997-00).
Sophomore Grant Sampson scored twice in the Lions 2-0 shutout of UNLV (Aug. 30) and tallied the game-winner at Boston College on Sept. 6, giving him three goals on the season.
Junior midfielder Adrien Perez was named to the 2015 All-WCC Preseason Team.
LMU was picked fourth in the West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Lions return 16 letterwinners and nine total starters from last year's squad that went 9-4-6 overall.
The 2014 Lions matched the program record for fewest losses, most unbeaten matches and goals against average.
In addition to 11 newcomers, LMU also welcomes back redshirt-senior John McFarlin, who was sidelined in 2014 with a knee injury. When last on the pitch, McFarlin finished the 2013 season ranked in a tie for third nationally in assists per game (0.61) and tied for fourth with 11 total assists. McFarlin entered the season with 18 career assists and sits three shy of the LMU record of 21, held by Arturo Torres (1999-02).
SERIES HISTORY VS GONZAGA
With records dating back to the 1992 season, LMU holds a 15-16-2 record against Gonzaga. The Lions won six of seven between 2009 and 2012, dropped both matches in 2013 and played to a scoreless draw in the lone meeting of 2014. Since 1992, LMU is 9-6-1 against the Zags on Sullivan Field.
ABOUT THE ZAGS
Gonzaga enters the week at 6-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in West Coast Conference play following a 2-1 overtime win at Portland on Oct. 11. Seven total Zags have combined for the team's 12 goals through 12 matches. Ben White leads the team with three goals, including two game-winners. Also netting two game-winning goals apiece are Conner Bevans and Jakob Granlund. Four Zag wins have been by shutout for goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore who holds an 0.81 GAA while making 27 saves.
SERIES HISTORY VS PORTLAND
With records dating back to the 1988 season, LMU is 13-21-3 against the Pilots. That mark includes a 7-11-0 record on Sullivan Field. LMU is unbeaten against Portland in the last four meetings, including three straight wins followed by a scoreless draw in last year's meeting.
ABOUT THE PILOTS
Portland enters the week at 2-7-2 overall and 0-1-0 in WCC play after dropping its opener, 2-1, to Gonzaga. The Pilots have lost three straight, though previous to that, earned a 1-0 shutout of then No. 8 Oregon State and drew a 0-0 draw against then No. 10 Washington. Hugo Rhoads has three goals and three assists for nine points to lead the Pilots. Three other players have scored twice. In goal, Paul Christensen has three shutouts, a 1.82 GAA and 59 saves.
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