Homestand Continues Friday, Sunday
Men's water polo continues key stretch of home conference games this weekend at Burns Center.
Oct. 31, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The 12th-ranked LMU men's water polo homestand continues this weekend with another key set of match-ups in Western Water Polo Association action as the Lions welcome to the Burns Aquatics Center UC Davis on Friday at 3 pm, and then Santa Clara on Sunday at 11 am.
The Lions sit at 11-10 overall and started their five-game homestand with a 16-13 win over then No. 20 Air Force last Sunday. It improved the Lions to 1-1 in the WWPA. UC Davis, ranked 17th nationally, is 9-12 overall and 1-0 in the WWPA after a 13-3 win over conference foe California Baptist last week. Santa Clara, who faces UC Davis and Pomona-Pitzer before taking on LMU Sunday, is 14-10 overall and 1-0 in conference after also beating the Lancers last weekend, 10-8 in overtime.
The Lions had their best offensive output against a ranked opponent of the season last Sunday against Air Force. Youth continues to be the Lions' theme for the season as 13 of the Lions' 16 goals were scored by underclassmen.
Injuries continue to stretch the young line-up as two of the Lions' top scorers, John Mikuzis and Vuk Cvetkovic, missed last week's game. Because of it, more Lions continue to step-up as freshman Jon Beck had a pair of goals, as did redshirt sophomore Kyle Etrata.
The Lions will continue to focus on defense heading down the stretch of the regular season. Youth will be a key to the defense as well, as LMU Sports Network sat down with redshirt freshman goalie Kirk Wilenius to talk about the Lions defense, how he got into water polo and more.
This week's water polo match-ups are part of First Look Week for LMU in Southern California. After water polo on Friday, the WCC Cross Country Championships will come to Southern California for the first time since the 1980s on Saturday, Nov. 2. The men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the championships on the campus of Pepperdine University. Click Here for more information.
Following the WCC Championships, will be the women's volleyball taking on ranked San Diego in a key WCC match on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12 noon. That night, the LMU men's basketball team will give fans their first look to the 2013-14 squad as they play their lone exhibition game, taking on Cal Lutheran at 7:30 pm.
As mentioned, men's water polo will be back in action against the Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 3 The First Look Week will end on Monday, Nov. 4 when the women's basketball team gives their first look to fans when they face Cal State San Bernardino in their lone exhibition at 7 pm.