Feb. 26, 2009
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The ninth-ranked Loyola Marymount women's water polo team will play their first home game of the season when they welcome a familiar foe to Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 12 noon. The Lions will face 10th-ranked Cal State Northridge for the second time in a week when the two teams meet on Saturday. The Lions defeated the Matadors on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the UC Irvine Invitational, 8-7.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU has opened the season at 6-3 after going 3-1 against ranked opponents at the UC Irvine Invitational, Feb. 21-22. It has become a tradition for the Lions in their schedule to play the best in the nation and this season has started the same way. The Lions have played eight straight against teams in the top-20 and will run that stretch to nine with No. 10 CSUN on Saturday. All four of the Lions' opponents at the UCI Invite were ranked as the Lions lost a heartbreaker to No. 7 San Jose State while defeating No. 16 UCSD, No. 14 CSUN and No. 12 UCI. To the surprise of no one, senior Nicole Hughes, who is closing in on the LMU career scoring record, leads the team with 30 goals after nine games. Sophomore Mary Ann Campos is second on the team in scoring with 13 goals while junior college transfer Anne Scott has 12 goals in seven games. Freshman Elise Ponce and junior Eliana Arellano have both seen time in net for the Lions, with Ponce playing in 19 quarters and Arellano 17. The freshman has made 54 saves, including 19 in the win over Long Beach State.
Senior Nicole Hughes entered the 2009 season with a chance at some lofty numbers. And after nine games this season, she is on her way. With 30 goals so far this season, she now has 221 in her career. She moved into third place with her 15 in four games to start the season and needs just 6 to tie Stacia Peterson and 18 to tie Lucy Windes for the all-time record. Scoring isn't the only thing she is climbing the records on. She is tied for 9th in assists with 40 and third in shot attempts with 453. She also holds the record for goals in a game (seven) and goals in a season (90 - 2008). On the season, she leads the team in goals (30), assists (9), kickouts drawn (31) and is second in steals (11).
Junior college transfer Anne Scott, who is in her first season with the Lions after transferring from American River Community College, has made quite the impact for the Lions, not just in water polo but in swimming as well. While the Lions played the UC Irvine Invitational Feb. 21-22, Scott missed the first two games while swimming at the Pacific Coast Swim Conference Championships. She helped the Lions to a second place finish while being named the PCSC Swimmer of the Year. For the water polo team, she is third on the team in goals with 12, second in assists with 8 and third in steals with 9.
WWPA HONORS, ALREADY
Nicole Hughes entered the season ranked fourth all-time with 191 career goals, 48 from tying the school record. After four games of the 2009 season, she was well on her way to that record. She scored 15 goals in four games to be named the Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week for Feb. 11, helping the Lions move to No. 9 in the nation in this week's national poll. Hughes scored five goals in the wins over Cal Baptist and No. 15 Long Beach State in the first two games of the Triton Invitational last Saturday then added five more in the games against No. 9 UC Davis and No. 8 Michigan. The Lions finished in the third place with a 3-1 mark, moving them from No. 11 in the national polls to No. 9.
For the eighth straight season, the Loyola Marymount women's water polo team finish a season with at least 20 years and made it to the championship game of the Western Water Polo Association tournament in 2008. The Lions finished the year 20-11 and for just the second time in eight years missed out on a title with a one-goal setback to UC Davis.
Junior Nicole Hughes set the all-time single season scoring record was named first-team All-Conference by the Western Water Polo Association. Joining Hughes in earning WWPA honors is Alex Wike as a second-team selection, and Diana Romero as an honorable mention selection. Romero and fellow Mary Ann Campos were also named to the WWPA All-Freshman Team, which is in its first year as an award in 2008 for the women.
Nicole Hughes and Alex Wike of the women's water program at Loyola Marymount have earned All-America honors by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, as released on Wednesday. Hughes, the all-time single season goal leader, earned second-team ACWPC honors while Wike earned honorable mention honors. Hughes who became the first Lion to score 90 goals to set the all-time single season record was named one of the top-12 players in the nation, earning second-team ACWPC honors. She is the seventh Lion since 2001 to earn first or second-team honors. As for Wike, she finished a break-out senior season with 22 goals and a team-high 45 steals. She also set the record with field blocks at 19. Hughes and Wike bring the total number of All-Americans to 16 since 2001. It is the sixth season the Lions have had at least two All-Americans. Hughes finished the season with 23 games scoring multiple goals, including 20 games with three or more. In addition, she tied the single game scoring mark with seven in the WWPA tournament against Cal State San Bernardino. Wike, who was also a conference champion in swimming, scored a pair of goals in the WWPA championship game and had a four-goal game in the win over Cal State Bakersfield. She also had a school-record with five field blocks in win over UC Irvine.
LMU has been named one of the top-16 programs in the nationally academically by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. The Lions finished with a 3.07 team GPA to claim team All-America Academic honors as eight players were also honored for their achievements in the classroom. The Lions, who posted their eighth straight 20-win season in 2008, had four players earn "superior" or second-team All-America Academic honors. Lauren Barlow, Meghan Moore, Alissa Volosin and Alex Wike were all named to the second-team with GPAs between 3.41 and 3.70. Volosin and Wike both graduated this past May while Barlow and Moore will both be juniors in 2008-09. Earning "excellent" or third-team All-America Academic honors were Stephanie Bours, Sheena Carter, Charis Ceniseroz and Sasha Fuller for earning a GPA between 3.20 and 3.40. Carter and Ceniseroz were part of the 2008 graduating class with Wike and Volosin while Bours and Fuller were freshman.
WINNING THE WWPA
LMU has won six of the last eight WWPA titles and is 28-4 all-time in the WWPA touranment. Here is a look at the Lions, year-by-year, in the WWPA Championships:
2008 - 2-1 - Lost in finals to UCD
2007 - 3-0 - Won WWPA title
2006 - 2-1 - Lost in finals to UCD
2005 - 3-0 - Won WWPA title
2004 - 3-0 - Won WWPA title
2003 - 3-0 - Won WWPA title
2002 - 3-0 - Won WWPA title
2001 - 3-0 - Won WWPA title
2000 - 3-1 - Lost in semis to UCSD
1999 - 3-1 - Lost in semis to UC Davis
Totals: 28-4 overall
2008 WWPA FINALS
Loyola Marymount and UC Davis entered the final of the 2008 Western Water Polo Association Women's Championship as the top defensive teams in the 12-team field, allowing a combined four goals per contest. They went for a combined 13 in the first half of their final as UC Davis held on in the final seconds to win a wild one in the WWPA title match, 10-9 over the Lions at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center. LMU, who had allowed just three goals in each of their first tournament games, jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the break, but trailed 7-6 at the half as the teams scored six combined goals in the first quarter and seven in the second quarter. The teams would play even in the final two quarters as UC Davis would hold on to the one-goal halftime lead at the end. The Aggies improve to 26-8 while LMU falls to 20-11. LMU's Nicole Hughes and UCD's Christi Raycraft led all scorers with three each in the shootout. The 6-on-5 power play was a factor as ejections proved big in the contest. LMU finished the game 7-for-9 on the 6-on-5 while UC Davis went 5-for-9.
Since it opened in the fall of 2000, the Burns Aquatics Center has seen the Lions win 13 championships, post 147 wins and has been host to two NCAA championships in just seven seasons. The Burns Center has helped the women's water polo team claim six conference titles, the men's water polo team claim six and the women's swim team winning their first title in 2008. In addition to hosting the two NCAA Men's Water Polo National Championship in 2002 and 2005, LMU has also hosted four Western Water Polo Association Championships - two for the men (2001, 2005) and two for the women (2003, 2008). The Lions have won three of them, both for the men and then in 2003 for the women. The Lions have thrived in the state-of-the-art facility, earning a record of 147-46 in eight seasons. The men's team went 5-3 in 2008 and have compiled a record of 63-30 (.677) during its stay at the Center. As for the women's team, they won their first 21 games at the Burns Aquatics Center and have posted a 84-16 record (.840) in eight seasons, going a perfect 14-0 in its first season in 2001.
In the past 12 years, Head Coach John Loughran has been going about his business in developing the Loyola Marymount water polo programs (both the men and women) into one of the nation's best. Loughran has won 12 conference titles in his time at LMU, taking six in eight years for the women's team and sixth in the last eight years for the men (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 for women; 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008: for men). He has posted an overall record of 201-158 (.551) for the men's team in 12 seasons and a record of 247-101 (.709) with the women's water polo program. The recent success has been yet another step in the accolades Loughran has brought to the program. He has earned four WWPA Coach of the Year honors and has coached the six WWPA Players of the Year in Peterson (2007), Rachel Riddell (2005), Devon Wright (2004), Teresa Guidi (2003), Devon Courtney (2002) and Lucy Windes (2001).
In addition, Loughran has had 17 All-Americans, 37 All-WWPA selections and 13 All-NCAA Tournament selections.
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