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LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament On Tap

Sept. 7, 2006

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The Lions wrap up their four game homestand by hosting the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament this weekend. LMU welcomes Oklahoma State, St. Francis (PA) and Cal Poly to the tournament this season. The Lions will face St. Francis on Friday at 4:00pm and Oklahoma State on Sunday at 11:00am. Please note that the final game of the tournament between Cal Poly and St. Francis has been moved from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Both of LMU's game will be broadcast live and FREE on Lions All-Access and Gametracker will be available for all tournament games on www.LMULions.com.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, September 8th
Cal Poly vs. Oklahoma State, 1:00pm
LMU vs. St. Francis (PA), 4:00pm

Sunday, September 10th
LMU vs. Oklahoma State, 11:00am
Cal Poly vs. St. Francis (PA), 2:00pm

About Oklahoma State
The Cowgirls are making just their second trip to California in program history when they come to Los Angeles this week. Oklahoma State is 3-0-1 heading into the weekend with wins over Texas State (10-0), Missouri State (2-1) and Michigan State (2-0) and a tie with Michigan (1-1). Siera Strawser leads the team in scoring with two goals and five assists already this young season. Jesyca Roshold and Leah Hope have scored three goals apiece in 2006. Jeanne Rankin has a 0.54 GAA this season.

About St. Francis
The Red Flash is undefeated with a 3-0 record after Wednesday's 1-0 overtime win over Longwood. It's the first 3-0 start in program history. SFU has not allowed a goal in three games this year, recording 2-0 wins over Howard and Youngstown State to open the season. Ashlie Knowles leads the team with two goals this season, including two game-winners. Nikki Khanna has a goal and an assist. Melanie Stockman has not allowed a goal this season and has made 14 saves.

About Cal Poly
The Mustangs are 2-2 on the season and are coming off of a 2-0 loss against Stanford on Sunday. After opening with a 3-2 loss against San Diego, the Mustangs notched a 2-1 win over then-#20 Pepperdine and a 5-0 victory over San Jose State. Ashley Vallis leads the team with three goals this season. Alli Tramel has a 1.57 GAA and has 19 saves this season.

Battle of the Dohertys-RECAP
It was a result that only the Doherty family was happy with. LMU and UC Santa Barbara played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday, Sept. 5th, but for the Doherty family it was the first time that twin sisters Kacey (LMU) and Erin (UCSB) had ever played against each other. Kacey started at defense for the Lions, while Erin came off the bench and played 48 minutes in the contest.

Looking Back
The Lions picked up their first win with a strong performance last Sunday, defeating Oregon 2-1. Jamie Bell gave the Lions an early lead, scoring in the 16th minute, and Tana Smothermon put the Lions ahead 2-0 with a goal early in the second half. Oregon made it a one goal game in the 66th minute, but the Lions held strong for the win.

Last Tuesday, LMU tied UCSB, 1-1. The Gauchos took advantage of an LMU own goal to take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break, but Bell scored her second goal in two games to tie things up in the 70th minute. Neither team would score again and the game ended in a tie.

Fresh Start
Freshmen have been playing a large part for the Lions so far this season. Tiffany Harrison and Kim Feeney have started all three games, and Kacey Doherty has started two. In addition, Lacey Bartels, Katrina Chong, and Leslie Grandy have all played considerable minutes. The newcomers have made a big impact, with Harrison scoring LMU's first goal of the season, and Feeney playing every minute of the season so far.

Lions Successful in Tournament History
This is the fifth time that LMU has hosted a tournament, and the fourth year in a row. LMU is undefeated in their own tournament, going 7-0-1 in the previous four years. LMU's only tie was in its first tournament game in 1996, a 1-1 draw with UC Irvine. The Lions have won seven straight LMU tournament games.

Looking Ahead
The Lions will head out on the road, traveling to Michigan for a pair of games. LMU will open the weekend at Michigan for a Friday night game, and will wrap up the weekend at Oakland on Sunday.

Murphy's Journey
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy had the opportunity of a lifetime when he traveled to Russia to serve as an assistant coach to the US Women's Under-20 National team at the 2006 World Championships. Murphy thoughts about the tournament and his experience can be foun in a journal on the LMU website at www.LMULions.com.

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Lions All-Access
Select home games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access this season. Both games this weekend will be broadcast live. To listen to the broadcasts, go to www.LMULions.com and click on the Lions All-Access link on the right. Just select the game of your choice and enjoy the broadcast.