Lions to Host Matadors in First Round of NCAA Tournament
Game is set for Saturday at noon at Sullivan Field
Nov. 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Loyola Marymount will host Cal State Northridge in the first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament, the NCAA announced today. The game is set for Saturday at noon at Sullivan Field on the campus of LMU. The Lions advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row, and face the Matadors in the first round for the second time in program history. LMU won the first meeting, 1-0, in 2002 at Sullivan Field. The winner of Saturday's game will face No. 6 seed UCLA in the second round in Westwood.
LMU concluded the regular season with a 10-7-3 record and finished second in the West Coast conference with a 8-3-1 record. The Lions are led by junior midfielder Armando Melendez who leads the team in scoring with 18 points (5 goals, 8 assists). Freshmen Diego Barrera and Nick Blanco each have 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in their rookie campaign. Robert Flores leads the Lions in net, recording a 1.33 goals against average with four shutouts.
The Matadors are 11-5-2 on the season, going 6-2-2 in the Big West conference. CSUN has just two losses in its last 13 games. Willie Sims leads Cal State Northridge in scoring with 16 goals and two assists. Ryan Rossi has scored five goals and added five assists, while Yossi Raz and Daniel Paladini each have three goals and eight assists. Radames Lafaurie has compiled a 1.37 goals against average, and has 4.5 shutouts this season.
LMU faced eight of the teams that qualified for the tournament, going 5-5-1 against the field. The Lions scored victories against Portland (twice), Santa Clara, San Francisco, and American University, and battled to a 0-0 tie with UCLA at the Home Depot Center on September 19th.
"We are excited about the opportunity to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Our team has been working hard for three months to get to this point, including five games in Europe. Our job now is to take it one game at a time, and win six in a row," said LMU head coach Paul Krumpe.
Tickets are available from the LMU Ticket Office at (310) 338-6095, or at the gate. Tickets for adults are $10, and $7 for students with ID, seniors and children.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Lions' Audio Network, with Toby Kennedy bringing you the action from Sullivan Field. Live Stats will also be available for the contest.