2011 WCC Title on the Line

Jack McCormack is one of 10 seniors being honored Wednesday.

Nov. 8, 2011

LOS ANGELES - The rollercoaster season that has been 2011 for the LMU men's soccer team takes its final twist this week as the Lions continue their quest for the WCC title. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, LMU welcomes San Diego to Sullivan Field for a 2 p.m. kick off. On Friday, Nov. 11, the regular season comes to a close in Moraga, Calif., with a 2 p.m. match at Saint Mary's.

LMU vs. San Diego
Location: Sullivan Field
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9
Time: 2 p.m.
Series:LMU trails 11-21-3
Last Result: Sept. 28, 2011 at San Diego: L, 2-0
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network
GameTracker: LMULions.com



LMU at Saint Mary's
Location: Moraga, Calif.
Date: Friday, Nov. 11
Time: 2 p.m.
Series: LMU trails 13-18-2
Last Result: Oct. 2, 2011 at LMU: L, 1-0
Live Video: Gaels Live
GameTracker: SMCGaels.com

The Lions has a season-high five-game unbeaten streak snapped on Friday, Nov. 4 with a 3-1 loss to a surging Portland squad. But LMU bounced back with a vengeance on Sunday, Nov. 6 with a dominating 4-1 win over Gonzaga. The Lions had a season-high 27 shots in the match as Artur Jozkowicz, David Ponce, Fernando Barba and Dylan Seedman all tallied goals in the win. John McFarlin added a pair of assists, while Ponce and Alex Greenman also had one assist each.

With two games remaining for each of the seven WCC squads, the 2011 league title is still up in the air for the taking. Saint Mary's enters the final week of play with a 5-3-2 WCC record and 17 points. Right on their heels are LMU, Santa Clara, Portland and San Diego, which are all tied for second with 16 points. Wednesday's match between LMU and San Diego will briefly push at least one of the squads into first place - or both teams into a three-way tie with Saint Mary's should the match result in a tie. Friday's match-ups include Santa Clara at Gonzaga, LMU at Saint Mary's and San Francisco at Portland. WCC play concludes Sunday with San Francisco at Gonzaga, San Diego at Saint Mary's and Santa Clara at Portland.

Ten LMU seniors will be honored prior to Wednesday's match - the final home contest of the season and the 2011 senior class. Closing out their collegiate careers are Fernando Barba, Phil Da Silva, Roger Downes, Alex Greenman, Kyle Johanson, Artur Jozkowicz, Tyler Krumpe, Jack McCormack, Logan McDaniel and Jonas Reiter.

A season that began with a 2-9 record has taken a 180 as the Lions are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and currently sit in a four-way tie for second place in the WCC standings, just one point off the leader. During the months of October and November (nine games), the Lions have scored a combined 14 goals, posted three shutouts and netted a pair of golden-goal overtime winners. The five-game unbeaten streak they rode from Oct. 9-Oct. 30 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 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Jozkowicz has a team-high five 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 Tyler Krumpe has four.

The Lions hold an 11-21-3 all-time record against San Diego. The Toreros have won the last two meetings, including the 2011 WCC opener on Sept. 28. In that match, USD scored one goal midway through each half on its way to a 2-0 win.

San Diego enters the week with an 8-8-1 overall record and 5-4-1 mark in WCC play. The Toreros are coming off a home split last week, earning a 2-0 win over Gonzaga before falling 2-1 to Portland. The loss to the Pilots was USD's third loss on the last four games. Eleven different players have scored at least once this season, led by Eli Galbraith-Knapp's four goals. Dan Delgado leads the team with five assists. In goal, Adam Campbell has been the goalkeeper of record in 13 matches, recorded six shutouts to go along with 29 saves and a 1.08 goals against average.

LMU is 13-18-2 all-time against Saint Mary's, including winning both meetings during the 2010 season. Earlier this fall, the Lions fell 1-0 to the Gaels, despite holding a 12-4 shot advantage. The lone goal of that match came in the 25th minute when a blocked penalty kick by Saint Mary's came back into play and Riley Hanley was there to put the ball back into the open net.

Saint Mary's enters the final week of the regular-season at 6-6-5 overall and 5-3-2 in the WCC. The Gaels earned a split in a pair of WCC games last weekend, beginning with a 2-1 double-overtime win over San Francisco and ending with a 2-1 loss at Santa Clara. After scoring just three goals in their first eight games this year, Saint Mary's has scored 14 goals in its last nine games, including four multi-goal outputs. Julian Godinez, Agustin Cazares and Justin Howard have three goals each while Godinez leads the squad with five assists. In goal, Doug Herrick has a WCC-best seven shutouts and a 0.94 goals against average.

Senior goalkeeper Jack McCormack earned his 18th career win on Nov. 6 in a 1-0 shutout of San Francisco, good for 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. McCormack also has eight career shutouts, moving him into a tie for fourth with Chris Walter (1993-96).

Senior goalkeeper Jack McCormack was named to the Collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for games on Oct. 24-30, 2011. McCormack was 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.

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.

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).

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 includes men's soccer on Sunday, Nov. 6 against Gonzaga. For more information, visit LMULions.com/LMUat100.

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. 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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