Lion Bites

Golf:

Today marked the final day of the West Coast Conference Championship tournament for LMU men’s golf. Five Lions will be making the trip to Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, CA.

Senior Connor Campbell finished third in the WCC tournament last year, and advanced to the NCAA regionals. This year, he leads the Lions with a 73.53 stroke average. Second is senior Braden Baer, with an average of 75.17, followed closely by sophomore Billy Pollock, with an average of 75.22. Rounding out the Lion contingent are freshman Riley Elmes and sophomore Nick Jan.

After a first-round 75, Campbell shot a 71 yesterday, jumping to 12th in the standings heading into the final day.

Softball:

After dropping a three game WCC series to the University of San Diego last weekend, LMU softball returns home to Smith Field to take on Santa Clara. Big first innings for the Toreros hurt the Lions in both of the losses, and the Lions could never recover. Senior pitcher/first-baseman Stephanie Crist hit the lone home run for the Lions, who were held to four hits twice over the weekend.

The Lions enter the Santa Clara series 25-19, with a 3-2 record in the WCC. Santa Clara currently sits at 16-25.

Track:

Junior Danielle Shanahan and senior Brandon Vientos led both the men’s and women’s track teams at the Mt. SAC Relay and Beach Invitational over the weekend. Shanahan became just the third LMU runner to finish the 5,000m race in under 16 minutes. Shanahan finished with a time of 15:58.79, good enough for a 13th-place finish. It was also 10 seconds faster than her previous personal record in the event.

Vientos made LMU history of his own, when he finished the 10,000m race in 29:55.37, becoming the third Lion to finish the race in less than 30 minutes.

The Lions will return to the track this weekend, as they head to San Diego for the Triton Invitational.

Women’s Water Polo:

Freshman goalkeeper Sky Flores’ 12 saves were not enough to lift 19th-ranked LMU Women’s Water Polo (10-18, 3-3 WCC) over the 14th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs last Saturday.

It was a rather low scoring game, with the Aztecs winning by a score of just 6-4. In a physical battle of defenses, offense was at a premium.

With the win, San Diego State clinches the GCC regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming GCC tournament after going undefeated in conference play. LMU currently sits in 4th.

LMU will wrap up the regular season this weekend, with games against Concordia and CSU Northridge on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

Tim De Vries is junior mechanical engineering major from Lake Oswego, Oregon. He tells people he's from Portland because they don't know where Lake Oswego is. Tim is a lifelong Portland Trailblazers fan, and wishes he could spend more time at the beach.

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