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Lions Face Arizona State, Arizona in Arizona Cats Classic

Senior defender Whitney Sharpe.

Senior defender Whitney Sharpe.

Sept. 13, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The Lions travel to Tucson, Ariz., to take part in the Arizona Cats Classic on Friday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 16. LMU first faces Arizona State in a neutral site match-up Friday at 5 p.m. The Lions then take on host Arizona on Sunday at 7 p.m. Also competing in the tournament is Florida State.

FOLLOW THE LIONS
Friday, Sept. 14 - LMU vs. Arizona State, 5:00 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 16 - LMU at Arizona, 7:00 p.m.
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LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions went 1-0-1 last week, including a 1-1 draw against then No. 1 UCLA and a 2-0 shutout of Idaho State... On Friday at Drake Stadium, Jenni Benger gave the Lions a 1-0 first-half lead over the Bruins when she headed home a corner kick cross by Jocelyn Blankenship... UCLA evened the score in the 49th minute and the teams remained scoreless the remainder of the 110-minute game... The Bruins held a 27-4 shot advantage, but the LMU defense held its ground, including Brittany Jagger making six big saves in goal... The tie snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Lions against UCLA... Two days later, Tawni Martino and Cori McGovern each tallied their second goal of the season to lead LMU past the Bengals... Brianne Medved and Whitney Sharpe had assists in the game...

JAGGER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Jagger was named the West Coast Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week for September 10, 2012... She was also named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Honor Roll for the week of Sept. 3-9... On Friday, Jagger had six huge saves as the Lions drew a 1-1 tie at then-No. 1 UCLA... On Sunday, she recorded five saves and picked up her third shutout of the season as LMU topped Idaho State, 2-0. For the week, Jagger made 11 saves (.917 save %) and allowed just one goal...

INSIDE THE LIONS
2012 marks the third time in the last four seasons that LMU won four of its first five games... The last time the Lions had a four-game wins streak was in 2010... Junior Darien Pyka tallied at least one point in four straight games (UC Irvine, Houston Baptist, CSU Bakersfield and Wisconsin) and now leads the squad with seven points on three goals and one assist... Freshman Madison Heilmann and sophomore Brianne Medved each have two goals and one assist for five points... Freshman Jocelyn Blankenship has one goal and a team-high three assists for five points... In all, eight different Lions have scored at least one goal while six players have tallied at least one assist... In goal, junior Brittany Jagger has played every minute, making 25 saves while holding a 1.21 goals against average... The shutout of Idaho State was the third of the season and 18th of her career, which ranks fourth in LMU's all-time record book... Jagger also now has 21 wins for her career, which puts her in a three-way tie for third in LMU's all-time record book... Tawni Martino's goal on Sept. 9 vs. Idaho State was the 14th of her two-plus year career, moving her into a three-way tie for sixth in LMU's career record book...The Lions have started the same 11 players in all eight games this season, including a pair of freshmen in Heilmann and Blankenship... The win over Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 19 was the first career victory for head coach Michelle Myers who takes the reigns of the program after serving as an assistant for the past 15 seasons... In a preseason poll, the Lions were picked to finish seventh in the highly competitive WCC... The nine-member league sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2011...

HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. THE SUN DEVILS
This will be jus the third all-time meeting between LMU and the Arizona State Sun Devils... The teams are 1-1 against each other... LMU won the first meeting, a 3-0 decision during the 1996 season... One year later ASU claimed a 4-2 victory on their home turf...

THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State is 2-4-1, with wins coming over Northern Arizona, 4-0, and then No. 10 Pepperdine, 1-0... The Sun Devils have been shut out in three matches (versus Cal State Northridge, San Diego State and Houston), while also holding their opponents scoreless twice... Devin Marshall leads ASU with four goals for eight points... Cali Farquharson has three goals and one assist for seven points... Chandler Morris has seen the majority of the action in goal for the Sun Devils, making 16 saves (.615 save percentage) and posting two shutouts whole holding a 1.44 GAA...

The Last Meeting
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Martino Strikes Again to Take Down Arizona, 2-0
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Tawni Martino had a goal and an assist to help LMU to its seventh win in the last eight games, 2-0 over visiting Arizona on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. Martino found the net for the sixth time in nine games this season for the Lions (7-2-0), who close out a their four-match homestand with their third consecutive shutout victory.

HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. THE WILDCATS
LMU is 4-2-0 all-time against Arizona... The Wildcats won the first two meetings, back in 1994 and 1995... The Lions have since won the last four straight, most recently a 2-0 shutout in 2010... In that match, Brittany Jagger had six saves in goal and Tawni Martino tallied the game-winning goal and assisted the insurance strike...

THE ARIZONA WILDCATS
Arizona enters the week at 3-3 overall... The Wildcats opened the season with a 2- loss at Long Beach State and a 1-0 loss to BYU before beginning a three-game win streak with a 3-0 shutout of Northern Arizona... Their two other wins have been against Creighton (3-1) and Houston (2-1)... Jazmin Ponce leads the Wildcats with three goals and one assist for seven points... Ana-Maria Montoya has two goals and one assist for five points and Hannah Wong leads a team-high three assists... In goal, Gabby Kaufman has played every minute of all six games, making 26 saves, recording one shutout and holding a 1.16 GAA...

COMING UP NEXT
The Lions wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule on Sunday, Sept. 30, hosting Utah Valley University. Kick off at Sullivan Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

WELLS FARGO PCH CUP
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 fourth 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...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...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first three seasons...to learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html.

SEASON TICKET SCARF
This season, LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to all home preseason and regular season events for men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, women's basketball, baseball and softball - a total of more than 100 home games for just $30! And, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket is the limited edition LMU Scarf. Call the LMU Ticket Office at 310-338-LION or go online today!

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