INSIDE THE LIONS: Against the Best
Inside the Lions features freshman Erin Byrne as she and the Lions head into a grueling stretch featuring the nation's best.
April 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Lions' All-Access continues its look at the 2013 LMU women's water polo team with its special feature Inside the Lions Spotlight presented by Muscle Milk. This edition features freshman Erin Byrne as she and the young Lions head into its toughest stretch to end the regular season, taking on five of the nation's top-seven over the next two weeks.
For the first-year Lion Byrne, coming to LMU has been about practicing with and going up against the best in the nation every day. She talks about that and more in the latest video on Lions' All-Access. Byrne is one six freshman who have played at least 19 games on the season.
Byrne has seen her playing time increase over the season, scoring seven goals in 19 games of action. She had the young Lions head into a stretch on the schedule that will seen them take on five of the nation's top-seven teams heading into week No. 12 of the season.
It all begins with the nation's best, No. 1 USC at the Burns Aquatics Center on Thursday, April 4 at 4 pm. The game is part of the TeamLMU slate and will give the Lions a true look at how far they have grown as a young team so far this season.
The Lions have won six straight and nine of 11 and for Head Coach Kyle Witt the next two weeks will show them how far they have come and what they still have to do.
"We had a good week of practice coming off a good performance at our tournament," said Witt. "We showed good progress, but we now head into the portion of our schedule where we will be challenged in every part of the game. This next two weeks will really show if we have progressed and learned to battle at 110-percent every second we are in the pool, whether at practice or game."
Following the match-up with the top-ranked Trojans at home on Thursday, the Lions will head north for a trio of games. They will play conference foes Santa Clara and Cal State Monterey Bay in non-conference games in the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara on Saturday. They open with the host at 9 am, followed by the Otters at 1 pm.
Then on Sunday the Lions will face fifth ranked Cal in Berkeley at 11 am. Following, the Lions will face No. 4 UCLA on Apr. 12 in Westwood, No. 2 Stanford at the Burns Center on Apr. 14 and No. 7 UC Irvine on the road on Apr. 19.
"We have an opportunity to really show where we are in terms of meeting the goals of LMU water polo in the next couple of weeks," said Witt. "This will be a good measuring stick for us for sure."
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