What A Saturday
It was a memorable weekend for Loyola Marymount athletics thanks to a 5-0 Saturday.
Nov. 21, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Nov. 21) - In college athletics, cool, crisp, Fall days usually bring memories of football glory. However, for Loyola Marymount University athletics, this past Saturday will long be a memorable one as the program had one of its more successful single days in athletic history.
LMU finished Saturday, Nov. 20 going a perfect 5-0 in head-to-head competition. Of late, having LMU teams go undefeated on a single day is not really new. It was the type of games that were played and how they were won all on the same day that brought it some extra meaning as men's water polo, men's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball claimed wins through total team efforts.
For the first half, it seemed to work as CSUN had a 7-0 edge in shots. However, the Lions' entire defense kept it scoreless and as the teams switched sides, so to did the momentum. The Lions used their home court advantage, dominated the second half of play and left an impression on the more than 1,000 at Sullivan Field that they, from top to bottom on the roster, would not be denied. Final Result: LMU 1, CSUN 0.
The win puts the Lions in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year as they will take on a familiar foe in UCLA. It will be the third time in four years the cross-town rivals will meet in the NCAAs. The game will be played in Westwood at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
The second half saw the balanced Lions attack force more turnovers and run out to a 16-point lead. All 10 players that entered the game scored and they finished with 52 points in the second half, the most in over three years to knock off Monmouth. It was the first time since 1994 the Lions opened the season against a team that went to the NCAA tournament the season prior and the first time in school history the Lions claimed a win in that type of match-up. Final Result: LMU 83, Monmouth 70.
The Lions were playing in their fifth straight Western Water Polo Association championship game, taking on a team in Redlands team that just two weeks prior defeated the Lions at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center.
The Lions, as they have done most the season, fought from behind and took a two-goal lead in the second half. Despite having one of the top goal scorers in the nation, the Lions success all season has come on a balanced attack. It was no different against Redlands as five different Lions scored six goals to claim their third WWPA Championship in four years and their second straight to advance the final four of the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships in two weeks. Final Result: LMU 6, Redlands 3.
After dropping a tough game one, the Lions rebounded on senior day to cap a perfect day of Lions' athletics. Four different players earned double figure kills as the Lions took the final three games from the Broncos to finish ahead of Pepperdine for fourth place in the WCC standings and make a stronger case for the NCAA Tournament. Final Result: LMU 3, Santa Clara 1.
LMU - Building Champions.