Another Loaded Schedule For Women's Water Polo
LMU's 2011 campaign will once again feature the nation's best as they get started earlier than ever.
Jan. 7, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Coming off one of the best season's in school history and with pretty much everyone back, the 2011 season for the LMU women's water polo program could be another good one. But they are going to have to do it against the nation's best as the Lions released their 2011 schedule.
The season will get started earlier than ever as the Lions will travel to face Western Water Polo Association foe Colorado State in Fort Collins on Thursday, Jan. 20. It is the earliest game in program history and will be the first WWPA game ever for the Rams. The game will be at 6 p.m.
It will kick-off a schedule worthy of a team that finished ranked fourth in the nation and with a 28-6 record.
"I am extremely happy with our schedule for the upcoming 2011 season," said Head Coach Kyle Witt, who enters his second season at the helm of the Lions. "We will play a total of 32 games before our conference championships in late April. Part of that schedule includes five tournaments that will challenge us greatly and prepare us for the WWPAs."
Right after the trip to Colorado, the Lions will take on the first of those tournaments, the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. All four of the opponents in that tournament will be ranked. They will start with Indiana and national runner-up Stanford on Jan. 22, followed buy Cal State Northridge and San Jose State on Jan. 23. Michigan will then host the 2011 NCAA Championships on May 13-15.
"Year in and year out we have had one of the more competitive schedules in the country and this 2011 season will be no different," said Witt. "We will play the top competition from nearly every conference in the MPSF, CWPA, WWPA, and the SCIAC."
The other schedules on the slate for the Lions will be the Triton Invitational hosted by UC San Diego Feb. 12-13, the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational Feb. 26-27, the Lions own LMU Invitational at the Burns Center Mar. 18-19, and the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara April 9-10.
In between the Triton and Anteater Invites is another WWPA match-up on the road, this one at UCSD on Feb. 18.
The Lions home slate will begin with a tripleheader on Saturday, March 12. The Lions will face UC Santa Barbara at 10:30 a.m., and Occidental at 3:30 p.m. UCSB and Oxy will face each other at 12 noon.
Following the four games at the LMU Invitational, the Lions will host Cal State Bakersfield at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, March 23 and then defending national champion USC on Saturday, March 26 at 12 noon.
After a trip to UC Irvine on March 31, the Lions will host another tripleheader on Saturday, April 2. They will face conference foes Cal State San Bernardino (9 am) and Santa Clara (3 pm). CSUSB and Santa Clara will play at 12 noon.
LMU will then face Hawaii at Santa Clara on April 8. After the Bronco Invite, the Lions will travel to UCLA on April 14.
The Lions will wrap-up regular season play with senior day on Thursday, April 21 against the Matadors at 3 p.m.
The WWPA Championships will take play on April 29 - May 1 at Cal State East Bay.