Lions Finally Home in 2011
The women's water polo team will play first home games of the season when they host tripleheader Saturday.
March 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Fourteen games into the 2011 season, the 6th-ranked LMU women's water polo team will finally play at home. The Lions will play their home-opener on Saturday, March 12 when they host a tripleheader with UC Santa Barbara and Occidental. The action begins when the Lions take on No. 13 UCSB at 10:30 a.m. The Gauchos will then face Occidental at 12 noon. The action ends with the Lions taking on the Tigers at 3:30 p.m.
While the Lions started the season with the first 14 games away from home, the Burns Aquatics Center will be a busy place through the end of March. The Lions will host 21 games, including the 16-game LMU Invitational, at the Burns Center through the end of March. For the Lions, it will be a eight-game homestand, their longest of the season.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The early season numbers have several Lions climbing the career record book at LMU. Campos now has 162 goals in her career, climbing to fifth all-time at LMU. Benedetti has 115 in her career to rank 11th, while senior Diana Romero has added 15 goals this season, giving her 108. She is ranked 13th. In just one-plus season, Manke is already eighth all-time with 57 assists. Junior Casey Flacks is within shot of the all-time record, moving to a tie for third with 76 career assists. She is second on the team this season with 11.
The Lions will host UC Santa Barbara and Occidental in a tripleheader. It will be the 13th meeting between LMU and UCSB, while it will be just the fourth meeting for LMU against Occidental. Combined, the Lions are 12-3 combined against the two, going 9-3 against UCSB and 3-0 against Occidental. This will be the third straight year the Lions face UCSB, winning 9-6 on March 7 a year ago in Santa Barbara. They met on April 17, 2009 in the last meeting at the Burns Center, with LMU winning 14-6. The Lions have won the last five meetings, last falling in triple overtime in Santa Barbara on April 23, 2005. Against Occidental, this will be the fourth meeting, but the first since 1999. This will also be the first at the Burns Center as the Lions won the last two on a neutral court. The first came in 1998 at Occidental.