Pilots lose out on WCC title after tie against LMU
LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek made 12 saves to lead the No. 22 Loyola Marymount Lions to a 0-0 tie against No. 5 Portland on Senior Day at Sullivan Field. The tie marks the first time that LMU has earned a point against Portland, as the Lions wrap up the regular season with a 10-2-6 record overall.
LMU's defense denied the WCC's top offense, as the Pilots averaged almost three goals per game entering the contest. The shutout was only the second time this season that Portland has been held scorelss. The Lions finish conference play with five shutouts in seven games.
Portland (14-3-3, 4-1-2) came out firing in the first half, taking four shots (two on goal) in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Pilots had a 13-8 shots advantage in the first half, but Slovek came up big for the Lions (10-2-6, 2-1-4) with seven saves in the opening 45 minutes.
It marks LMU's fourth straight WCC shutout, as the Lions finished up the final four conference games with a 2-0-2 record. The tie for Portland knocked the Pilots out of the WCC title, handing the conference crown to Santa Clara.
LMU is hoping that its 10-2-6 record will be enough to earn a spot in the 64-team NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced at noon on Monday on ESPNews.