Lions to Host First GCC Championship
Women's water polo releases 2014 schedule, includes first season in the Golden Coast Conference.
Nov. 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- For the 2014 season, LMU women's water polo will face new challenges within a new conference, the Golden Coast Conference. But what stays the same for their upcoming season, is a schedule that includes the nation's best.
Head Coach Kyle Witt announced the Lions' 2014 schedule, which includes LMU as host of the first Golden Coast Conference Championship on April 24-26 at the Burns Aquatics Center.
"While a conference change brings about new challenges to our schedule; we will still continue to play against the best competition that we can," said Witt, who enters his fifth season at the helm of the Lions. "We play six of the eight teams from last year's NCAA Championships, we play nearly every team ranked in the pre-season top-10. We will also host the first Golden Coast Conference Championships in April. A new season brings new expectations and goals, this team has set some high goals and the schedule will challenge us to obtain our goals for the 2014 campaign."
Tournament's will dominate the start of the season, starting with the UCLA Tournament Jan. 18-19, followed by the UC San Diego Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9, and concluding with the UC Irvine Invite on Feb. 22-23.
LMU will finally play their home opener on Saturday, March 1 at 1 pm against UCLA, who finished ranked third last season. LMU will play its first game in GCC play when they travel to Fresno to face Fresno Pacific on Mar. 8. They will also play Stanford, who finished ranked second, later that day.
They will return home and face Hawaii (ranked sixth at the end of 2013) on Mar. 9 and then California Baptist in the first conference home game on Mar. 13.
LMU will also host Cal (ranked fifth) on Mar. 16, followed by the annual ZUMO LMU Invitational on Mar. 21-22. Teams included in the tournament are Brown, CSU San Bernardino, Sonoma St., Hartwick, Princeton (ranked ninth), Pomona-Pitzer, and Whittier.
The Lions will conclude play at the Burns Aquatics Center on Mar. 28 and Mar. 29 when they host Pacific and Santa Clara, respectively, in GCC play. The other conference games include a trip to San Diego State (ranked 10th) on Apr. 5 and to Azusa Pacific on Apr. 12.
Smashed in between the Aztecs and Azusa Pacific is a trip to defending champion USC on Apr. 11. The Lions will end the regular season with UC Irvine (ranked seventh) on Apr. 18.