ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!
1. Mustangs Cross Country #RaisetheCup
Cal Poly returned to a familiar place at the Big West Cross Country Championships, sweeping the men’s and women’s titles in impressive fashion on the shores of O’ahu at the Kahuku Golf Course. The dual championship was the first in Championship history since 2013, when the Mustangs also accomplished the feat at their home course. Full Story
2. Big West Regular Season Soccer Conference Champions Crowned
On an emotional final day of the regular season, CSUN
women’s soccer (11-3-5, 6-1-1 BWC) defeated Hawai’i (9-6-2, 2-5-1 BWC), 1-0, in double overtime and won its first Big West Conference Regular Season Championship in team history. The Matadors
have secured the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament, which starts Thursday. CSUN will face No. 4 seed and host Long Beach State in the semifinals of the tournament at 5:00 p.m.
The Matadors also found success on the men’s side as they were crowned the 2016 Big West south division champions after downing UC Riverside, 1-0, in overtime. The Gauchos of Santa Barbara
secured their fourth consecutive north division title early last week following a 1-0 victory over Sacramento State.
3. UCR’s Lutz’ Shoots Bogey-Free Seven Under Par 64
Matt Lutz fired a bogey-free seven under-par 64 to come within a shot of the program record on day two of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite. Lutz moved up the leader 45 spots to 10th, after besting his opening round 76 by 12 strokes. Full Story
4. Big West Releases Basketball Preseason Polls; LBSU Favorite In Both
Long Beach State is the favorite to capture the 2016-17 Big West men’s basketball regular season championship, according to a 23-member media panel who also voted on a seven-player preseason all-conference team. Head coach Dan Monson’s 49ers, which return three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 20-15 club, collected 19 first-place votes for 203 points. Full Story
The Long Beach State women’s program finds itself in the eye of the coaches and media this preseason as the club was selected as the league favorite in polls conducted with both groups. The 49ers claimed 73 points and five first place votes in the coaches poll, while also collecting 157 points and nine first place votes in the media ballot. Full Story
5. Former LBSU Men’s Basketball Player
Former Big West Player of the Year James Ennis is representing Long Beach State in the NBA once again, this time as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. In his first outing, 6-7 forward registered 15 points, including two from 3-point range, and six rebounds. Full Story