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Indiana, Maryland Await Lions at Hoosier Classic

Sept. 5, 2007

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This week
Hoosier Classic (Bloomington, IN)LMU (0-2-0) at Indiana (1-1-0)Friday, September 7 • 4:30 p.m.Armstrong Stadium

LMU (0-2-0) vs. Maryland (1-0-1)Sunday, September 9 • 8 a.m.Armstrong Stadium

LMU takes its longest trip of the season this week as it travels east to Indiana for the 2007 Hoosier Classic. The Lions will take on the hosts Indiana in the opener on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and will close out the weekend with a breakfast-time 8 a.m. start against Maryland.

Listen To And Follow The Lions Live On The Web
Loyola Marymount University, in conjunction with Stretch Internet, is proud to present, FREE, live audio broadcasts over the World Wide Web on www.LMULions.com. Just click on the "Listen" or "Archive" link next to the game of your choice (you will be automatically directed to download QuickTime if it's not yet installed on your computer). All broadcasts will be archived within 72 hours of their original airing and will include both the pre-game and post-game shows.All home games will be available on Gametracker through the LMU website. Select road games will also be featured.Tournament info can be found at www.iuhoosiers.com.

Media GuideThe 2007 LMU women's soccer media guide is available for download at www.lmulions.com. This is the only source of copies of the guide.

About IndianaThe Hoosiers kicked off the season with a road trip to the Sunshine State, splitting their opening week games with drama at every turn. On Friday, Indiana fell 1-0 at #13 Florida but bounced back for a 4-3 win in double overtime at Jacksonville on Sunday. Natalie O'Bryan gave IU the lead against Jacksonville after just two minutes, only for the Dolphins to score twice to take the lead. Chloe McKay leveled the score in the 27th minute but the Hoosiers fell behind again in the second half. Kelly Lawrence tied the game at 3-3 with a header in the 81st minute and it stayed that way until the 103rd minute, when Christie Kotynski scored to end the wild affair. Indiana was dominant on offense, out-shooting Jacksonville 35-12.Mick Lyon is in his sixth season at Indiana, putting together a record of 44-42-12. He has a career record of 151-107-30 in 15 seasons as a head coach. Last year, the Hoosiers went 9-7-4 overall and 5-4-1 in the Big Ten to finish fourth. They return 15 letterwinners and six starters.Indiana and LMU have faced each other once before, with the game at LMU in 2005 ending in a 0-0 tie.

About Maryland
The Terrapins went undefeated in their first week of play, tying Eastern Kentucky 0-0 on Friday and winning 2-1 against Fairleigh Dickinson. In the opener, Maryland pounded the EKU goal to the tune of 55 shots but walked away empty-handed. They got on the board Sunday but needed to overcome an early 1-0 deficit with goals from Kelly Rozumalski and Mary Casey in the span of three minutes for the win.Head Coach Brian Pensky is 11-20-8 in three seasons at Maryland. Last year, the Terrapins went 5-9-4 overall and finished seventh in a very difficult Atlantic Coast Conference with a 1-6-3 record. They return 14 letterwinners and seven starters. This will be the first meeting between LMU and Maryland.

Last Week Recap
The Joe Mallia era got underway at LMU but not to with the results that the coach or the team had been hoping for. The Lions traveled to UC Santa Barbara last Friday for their season opener, falling to a single goal in the 47th minute. Two days later at the Lions' home opener, they battled Dayton for over 100 tough minutes. Both teams were equally matched and had opportunities to score but the defenses held strong. Dayton broke through less than two minutes from the end of the second overtime for a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat of LMU.

It's Tourney Time!
LMU will play in two tournaments this season, coming in back-to-back weeks. The Lions have had great success in these early season tournaments, going 10-1-3 over the past four years, and are 19-8-5 all-time in regular season tournaments. LMU is currently riding a four-match tournament winning streak.

Familiar Faces
With 12 newcomers on the 2006 opening day roster, it was nice to have a little semblance of familiarity in 2007. Friday's opening day starting lineup featured six players who had started at least 10 games in 2006 and nine who had at least two starts under their belts. The Lions got even more experienced on Sunday, with junior defender Amanda Lernor (19 starts in 2006) replaced freshman forward Lily Sorentino, giving LMU 10 of 11 starters with veteran status.

Joe Mallia isn't the only person who made their Lion debut over the weekend as six players made their first collegiate appearances. Freshmen Lily Sorentino and Julie Gallaudet both started the opener at UC Santa Barbara, with all four subs (Kelley Lawson, Gabrielle Parisella, Nickey Ha, and Dominique Penaranda) coming from the freshman class. Gallaudet started again on Sunday with all but Lawson appearing off the bench.

Slovek in Midseason Form
Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek has picked up where she left off last season, turning in a goals-against-average of 0.91 over two games. Despite conceding a goal in each contest, Slovek has done well to keep the Lions close, turning in seven saves in the season's opening week. In Sunday's home game against Dayton, Slovek passed the 200-save barrier for her career and now has 203, putting her 20 behind Tracy Sharp (1997-2000) for second place all-time at LMU.

Bell On the Ball
Senior forward Jamie Bell has taken charge once again at the offensive end, where she leads the Lions with seven shots. Bell excels at putting pressure on the defense and she continues to do just that, registering five shots on goal, half the total of the team.

Ferocious Feeney
After turning in a rookie campaign that earned her All-West Region honors, sophomore defender Kim Feeney continues to be a force on the back line. Feeney played every minute of both games in the opening week, one of just two outfield players (along with sophomore defender Leslie Grandy) to do so.

A Grandy Performance
Speaking of Grandy, the sophomore has been very impressive as she takes over the starting central defender role. After starting three games as a freshman, Grandy has started both contests in 2007 and linked up well with Feeney.

Overtime, Schmovertime
Sunday's double overtime loss to Dayton was LMU's first in extra time since dropping a 3-2 decision at Pepperdine on October 9. Since that date, the Lions had gone into overtime nine times, turning in a record of 2-0-7. It was also LMU's first overtime loss at home since August 28, 2005, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Florida State.

Goals Drought
Nobody wants to hark upon the negative, especially so early in the season, but it must be noted that LMU has not scored in its last four games, dating back to last season, in a span that encompasses 398:06 minutes on the field. This year also marked the first time in program history that the Lions were shut out in each of their first two games.Lacey Letting LooseSophomore defender/midfielder Lacey Bartels has also started both games this season after starting four matches in 2006. Bartels is showing off her defensive acumen more in 2007 but is definitely capable of getting forward, as evidenced by her two goals last season.

LMU had a 5.5 game improvement from the 2005 to 2006 seasons, improving from 6-10-4 in 2005 to 10-3-6 in 2006. Only 12 other programs nationwide had a better improvement from the 2005 to 2006 seasons.

Fit To Be Tied
The Lions recorded a program record six ties in 2006, besting their previous high of five in 1998. LMU played double overtime in seven games in 2006, going 1-0-6 in those games. LMU's overtime win was over Oklahoma State, as Jamie Bell scored the game-winner with less than a minute remaining. Two of the ties came against top five teams - #3 Santa Clara and #5 Portland.