Nov. 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Riding a five-game unbeaten streak and currently sitting in a three-way tie for second in the WCC standings, the LMU men's soccer team hosts two key match-ups at Sullivan Field this weekend. The Lions take on Portland at 3 p.m. followed by Gonzaga on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
LMU vs. Gonzaga
LMU vs. Portland
Location: Sullivan Field
Date: Friday, Nov. 4
Time: 3 p.m.
Series: LMU trails 10-19-2
Last Result: Oct. 9, 2011 at Portland: W, 3-2
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network
Sunday, Nov. 6
LMU trails 12-14-1
Oct. 7, 2011 at Gonzaga: L, 3-2
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions returned from a bye week right where they left off, stretching their unbeaten streak to five games with a 0-0 draw at Santa Clara and a 1-0 overtime win at San Francisco. The four-point weekend moved LMU into a three-way tie for second place in the WCC standings with four games remaining. On Sunday against the Dons, senior goalkeeper Jack McCormack had a career-high nine saves and Craig Nitti headed in the game-winner 36 seconds into overtime off of a throw-in from Tyler Krumpe.
Senior goalkeeper Jack McCormack was named to the Collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for games on Oct. 24-30, 2011. McCormack is the second Lion honored this season as Artur Jozkowicz made the list for games on Oct. 10-16. McCormack recorded a career-high nine saves as the Lions defeated San Francisco, 1-0 on Oct. 30, stretching their unbeaten streak to five straight. The game-winner, scored by Craig Nitti, came just 36 seconds into overtime off a throw in by Tyler Krumpe. McCormack made four saves in the first half and five in the second for his second shutout of the season and the eighth of his career.
TALE OF TWO TEAMS
A season that began with a 2-8 record has taken a 180 as the Lions are unbeaten in their last five outings and currently sit in a three-way tie for second place in the WCC standings. During the month of October (seven games), the Lions have scored a combined nine goals, posted three shutouts and netted a pair of golden-goal overtime winners. The five-game unbeaten streak is the second longest since the 2002 season, coming in just behind last year's eight-game streak. In 2002, the Lions went unbeaten in their first 13 games.
The senior duo of Artur Jozkowicz and Phil Da Silva lead LMU with 11 points each. Jozkowicz has a team-high four goals to go along with three assists while Da Silva has three goals and is tied for the team high with five assists. Ten other Lions have tallied at least one goal while Logan McDaniel has chipped in five assists and Connor Hunsicker and Tyler Krumpe have four assists each.
HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH PORTLAND
The Lions have won four straight against Portland and hold a 10-19-2 record in the all-time series. LMU's most recent win over the Pilots was a 3-2 final at Portland on Oct. 9. That result, which featured goals by Phil Da Silva, Fernando Barba and Dylan Seedman, also kick started the Lions' current five-game unbeaten streak.
The Pilots enter the week at 8-6-2 overall and 3-4-1 in WCC play, placing them in a tie fifth in the tightly packed standings. Portland has hit a hot streak as of late, winning its last three games, including a 2-0 shutout over Gonzaga and 4-0 shutout over Saint Mary's last week. Michael Nielsen leads the Pilots with six goals and was named WCC Player of the Week on Oct. 31 after scoring four goals in UP's last two games. Justin Baarts has played all 1,492 minutes in goal for the Pilots, making 53 saves while allowing 23 goals (1.39 goals against average).
HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH GONZAGA
LMU is 12-14-1 all-time against Gonzaga following a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 7. In that match, Phil Da Silva scored back-to-back goals in a seven minute span of the second half to five LMU a 2-1 lead. But an unlucky own goal in the 77th minute tied the match and the Bulldogs scored the game-winner in the fifth minute of overtime.
The Bulldogs enter the week with a 4-9-2 overall record and 2-5-1 mark in the WCC. Last week they suffered a 2-0 loss at Portland, then, despite holding an early 2-0 lead, also fell 3-2 to Saint Mary's. Gonzaga's last win was on Oct. 9, a 3-2 overtime decision against San Diego. Seven different players have scored this season, including Clark Phillips and Colin Flynn with three goals apiece. Phillips also leads the team with three assists. In goal, Ryan Caballero has 79 saves and three shutouts, but has also surrendered a 1.58 goals against average.
The battle for the 2011 WCC title continues as just four points separate the top six teams with four games remaining on everyone's slate. Saint Mary's enters the week atop the standings with 14 points and a 4-2-2 record. Sitting in second with 13 points each are LMU, San Diego and San Francisco, all at 4-3-1. Tied for fifth with 10 points are Portland and Santa Clara, each with a 3-4-1 record. Bringing up the rear is Gonzaga at 2-5-1 and seven points. Earning three points for a win and one for a draw, each final match down this final two-week stretch is key as the teams vie for the league title and NCAA Tournament bid.
MCCORMACK MAKING HIS MARK
Senior goalkeeper Jack McCormack earned his 17th career win on Oct. 30 in a 1-0 shutout of San Francisco, moving him into sole possession of second place in career goalkeeper wins in LMU's all-time record book. Robert Flores (2002, 04-06) holds the all-time record of 24. The shutout of the Dons also gave McCormack his eighth career shutout, moving him into a tie for fourth with Chris Walter (1993-96).
Artur Jozkowicz was honored for his performances in the Lions' wins over Santa Clara and San Francisco, earning WCC Player of the Week honors for Oct. 17. The senior midfielder also earned recognition on the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for games on Oct. 10-16. Jozkowicz was key in the Lions' two wins, assisting the game-winner against Santa Clara and scoring the game-winner against San Francisco.
LIONS TABBED WCC PRESEASON FAVORITE
After clinching a share of the team's first West Coast Conference title in program history last season, LMU was selected to repeat as WCC men's soccer champions this season. The Lions earned six first-place votes and 36 points overall in a preseason poll of the West Coast Conference's seven head coaches. San Diego (27 points) was picked to finished second followed by Santa Clara (26 points), Portland (21 points), Saint Mary's (19 points), Gonzaga (9 points) and San Francisco (9 points).
Two games remain on the 2011 schedule. LMU plays its final home match on Wednesday, Nov. 9, hosting San Diego in a key WCC match-up. The Lions then close out the regular-season at Satin Mary's on Friday, Nov. 11.
LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs, which will include men's soccer on Sunday, Nov. 6 against Gonzaga. The game will feature special promotions, giveaways and honor the history of LMU athletics and LMU men's soccer. For more information, visit LMULions.com/LMUat100.
CENTENNIAL SCARF SEASON TICKET
Fans can still be a part of LMU's Centennial Celebration with the 2011-12 Centennial Scarf Season Ticket. Pick up the limited edition Centennial Scarf and gain access to more than 60 LMU home events, including the rest of the 2011 men's soccer season. For just $30 fans get the Centennial Scarf which is also a season ticket to five LMU programs, including men's and women's soccer, men's and women's water polo and women's volleyball. Stop by the ticket office or call 310-338-LION today!
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 third 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. LMU and Pepperdine will be represented by over 12 of their intercollegiate athletic teams through both regular and post-season competitions over the course of the academic calendar. 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. The Waves have won each of the first two competitions, and currently lead the Lions, 4.5-0, in 2011-12. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html
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