Lions Look To Bounce Back Against Portland And Gonzaga

Oct. 29, 2003

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Just Briefly

Loyola Marymount fell to 0-3 in conference play with a 2-1 overtime loss to San Diego at Torero Stadium. It was the Lions' fourth straight overtime contest, and their third straight overtime loss in WCC play. Sophomore Jimmy Burling tallied his first collegiate goal in the loss to San Diego. Freshman Junior Ybarra is tied for the conference lead in assists during WCC play after picking up his second assist of the season in Friday's contest. LMU has now lost three straight contests for the first time since the 2001 season, when they dropped their first three games of the year

Up Next

LMU continues WCC action on the road this week. The Lions head to the Pacific Northwest for games at Portland and Gonzaga. LMU will take on the Pilots on Friday, Oct. 31 and the Bulldogs on Sunday, Nov. 2. Both games are slated for a 1p.m. start.

Rough Start

Not since 1999 had the LMU men's soccer program started WCC action with three straight losses. This year's slump comes after three losses with identical scores of 2-1; all of which were overtime losses. They are the first overtime losses of the season for the struggling Lions.

A First For Burling

Sophomore Jimmy Burling recorded his first collegiate goal against No.15 San Diego last Sunday. Burling, who played in 11 games last season, has started in all 14 games he has played this season. The Colorado native has also collected two assists on the year for a total of four points.

Erush Moves Up In Record Book

Senior defender Michael Erush continues to provide the Lion offense with a boost. The Van Nuys native not only anchors the Lions defensively but he gets a foot in on offense as well. Erush has collected a total of 15 career assists. That total pushes him into a tie for third place on LMU's all-time assists chart. He is just two assists shy of the No.2 spot and seven shy of the record (22) held by former Lion and current MLS Galaxy member Arturo Torres (1999-02). The Lion captain has also moved into a tie for fifth on LMU's single-season chart.

Kovar Continues To "Assist" Offensively

Junior Matt Kovar leads his team and the West Coast Conference with seven assists on the year. He is also tied for 30th in the nation in that category. His seven assists gives him a share of the second best single-season total in LMU history. He is just three shy of the record (10) which is held by former Lion standout Arturo Torres. His career total of 13 is tied for fifth on the all-time assist chart. Kovar isn't shy when it comes to attempting to score himself either, he is second among Lions in shots taken with 28.

Injury Report

The Lions will be without the services of senior Kevin Novak for the remainder of the year. The midfielder and leading scorer for LMU and the conference suffered a season-ending leg injury in a game against Saint Mary's.

Krumpe Reaches Milestone

The 4-1 victory over UC Irvine on Sept. 12 gave Head Coach Paul Krumpe the 50th win of his career. Krumpe's 50 wins is not only the most by any coach in six years at LMU, but also the most wins in LMU men's soccer history.

Home Not So Sweet Home

Sullivan Field was not so sweet to Head Coach Paul Krumpe and the Lions two weeks ago, recording two losses at home. Not since 1996 had the Lions recorded back-to-back losses at Sullivan Field; not since 1995 had those losses come in the same weekend. Coach Krumpe has compiled a 28-16-5 record on Sullivan Field in his six years at LMU. The Lions excelled with their home field advantage in 2002 finishing with a 7-1-2 record which included a 2-0 shutout of the national champion UCLA Bruins. Krumpe's .591 winning percentage on Sullivan Field is the best ever by any previous coach.

Lions In The Rankings

The Lions have fallen out of NSCAA/adidas Division I Men's Top-25 Poll for the second time this season. LMU is still receiving votes by

Lions On The Radio

This 2003-04 season, check out the LMU men's soccer team on the Lions' Audio Network. Thanks to an agreement with Yahoo! Sports, more than 110 LMU games will be aired live via the Internet throughout this season. This year the men's soccer team will be a part of the broadcast schedule, which includes these games:

? Wednesday, Nov. 5 vs. San Diego State - 2:00 p.m.

? Saturday, Nov. 15 vs. Santa Clara - 1:00 p.m.

? NCAA Postseason Games - TBA

In addition to the increased number of broadcasts, Yahoo! Sports will bring its state-of-the-art technology to the Lions' Audio Network. To ensure the best product for our listeners, the Yahoo! Sports partnership is a subscription-based program. Live programming is a hallmark of every major athletics program in the country and LMU's commitment is an example to our student-athletes and fans of our continuing efforts to Build Champions and Championship programs! To follow the Lions live, go to:

Lions On The Web

Can't make it to a game? Not to worry. Now you can follow all the Lions home games and WCC away games live on the internet! Just log on to and catch each goal, assist, save and corner kick through the Lions' live stats programs. It's the next best thing to being there, so don't miss it!!

LMU Head Coach

Paul Krumpe is in his sixth season at the helm of the LMU men's soccer program and led the Lions to their second-straight invitation to the NCAA College Cup Tournament in 2002. The 1999 WCC Coach of the Year, led the team to its most successful season in program history last year, establishing a new LMU men's soccer record for single-season wins (15-4-2). A 1986 graduate of UCLA, Krumpe came to LMU after spending three-seasons as an assistant with the Bruins. During those seasons, he helped lead UCLA to a record of 56-9-1, three NCAA regional appearances, three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles and a national championship in 1997. As a player for UCLA, Krumpe was a four-year starter (1982-85), co-captain of the 1985 NCAA Championship team and a two-time All-Far West Region selection. He also has extensive international experience, playing in over 40 games with Team USA including the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Recap at No.15 San Diego (Oct. 24)

The men's soccer team dropped its third straight overtime loss, this time 2-1 in double overtime at San Diego last Friday. Sophomore Jimmy Burling scored his first collegiate goal for the Lions in the second half. It seemed as if nothing was to be decided Friday night at Torero Stadium between San Diego and Loyola Marymount- until San Diego's Sy Reeves scored with 25 seconds remaining in double-overtime to give San Diego its tenth straight win. A season-high 1,210 fans witnessed both teams exchange offensive chances throughout. Torero Eric Wunderle initiated the scoring eight minutes into the contest on Friday night, netting a rebound off the hands of Loyola Marymount goalkeeper Shaun Kalnasy. LMU had an opportunity to respond moments later when San Diego was whistled for a foul inside the penalty area. USD goalkeeper Lance Friesz made a diving stop, denying the Lion's penalty attempt to keep the score 1-0. Loyola Marymount (8-6-1; 0-3 WCC) was able to even the score just minutes into the second half when Burling headed in a corner kick from teammate Junior Ybarra . The score stood at one goal apiece throughout the remainder of the second half and into a pair of overtime sessions despite numerous opportunities by both clubs. As time ticked down in the second overtime period, Torero Kellen Hiroto ricocheted a shot off the hands of Kalnasy that was immediately fired into the back of the net by Reeves.

Profiling The Pilots

Portland welcomes the Lions with a 7-7-0 overall record and a 2-1-0 mark in WCC action. The Pilots had won four straight before their recent back-to-back overtime losses. Alejandro Salazar leads the way with 15 points and seven goals. Christopher Alexander is a close second with 14 points and six goals. Luis Robles has spent the most time in goal for UP. Robles has made 53 saves and collected four shutouts while registering a 1.17 goals against average. The Lions will be looking for only their second win ever against the Pilots who own a 12-1-2 advantage in the all-time series. LMU has never won at Harry A. Merlo Field.

About The Bulldogs

Gonzaga enters the weekend 5-7-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the WCC. The Bulldogs are looking to snap a four-game losing skid which began with back-to-back losses at home. Arni Pjeturrson leads Gonzaga's offense with 15 points, five goals and five assists. He is followed closely by Scott Yuska who's 13 points have come off five goals and three assists. Vito Higgins and Kris Wright have both spent time in goal this season. Higgins has made 60 saves and posted a 5-4-1 record with his 1.70 goals against average. Wright's record of 0-3-0 comes with 14 saves and a 1.77 goals against average. LMU is looking for its second straight win over Gonzaga after last year's 1-0 victory at Sullivan Field. It is one of only two wins the Lions have recorded over the Bulldogs who still own an 8-2-1 advantage in the series. LMU's only win (2-1) at Martin Field came back in 1997.




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