La Verne Athletics Fall 2018 Preview Seven Leopard teams are ready for the 2018 season.

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The La Verne football team is ready to head back to their winning ways this season


Top Returners

All-SCIAC lineman Austin Brown and linebacker Conner Johnson will lead will lead La Verne's defensive front seven this season while senior defensive back Derrin Hooks will anchor the secondary. Quarterback Josh Evans returns under center for his senior season. Running back James Gonslaves, who emerged late last season, will to add a spark to the Leopards' offensive attack.

New Defensive Coordinator

James Stewart enters his first season at the Leopards' Defensive Coordinator. Coach Stewart most recently served as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Chaffey College.

Coach Stewart

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2017 Record

3-5 overall, 2-4 SCIAC

Key Dates

The Leopards will play 10 games this season including an exhibition against Mexican university Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior Universidad. The game against CETYS will be the La Verne's first game against a Mexican institution since 1953 with the Leopards faced Mexico City College. CETYS is a WASC accredited school that is on pace to be the first Mexican University to join the NCAA. The Zorros plan on becoming a member of the Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

9/1 — Season opener @ Whitworth (1 pm)

9/8 — Home opener vs CETYS (5 pm)

9/29 — SCIAC opener @ CMS (1 pm)

10/6 — Homecoming Game vs Pomona-Pitzer (5 pm)

10/27 — Senior Day vs Occidental (1 pm)

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Volleyball looks to build on last year's SCIAC Postseason Tournament appearence


Top Returners

First Team All-SCIAC libero Kristen Sanchez, who led the Leopards with 43 aces, and middle blockers Kelsie Sievers and Katelyn Winiecki, who combined for 178 blocks last season, will look to anchor the La Verne squad as the compete in one of the toughest conferences in DIII.

2017 Record

18-9 overall, 11-5 SCIAC

Key Dates

8/31-9/1 — Pacific Coast Classic (opener vs Southwestern on Friday at 1:15 pm)

8/7-8/8 — Trinity Fall Classic (San Antonio, TX)

9/12 — SCIAC opener @ Cal Lutheran (7 pm)

9/18 — SCIAC home opener vs defending NCAA Champions CMS (7 pm)

10/5-10/6 — Leopard Invitational

10/26 — Senior Day vs Chapman (7 pm)

11/1-11/3 — SCIAC Tournament

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Men's Soccer

The Leopards will be in the hunt for a berth in the SCIAC Tournament


Top Returners

All-SCIAC selection Johnny DeRueda will look to improve upon his spectacular freshman campaign when he led the Leopards with eight goals. After scoring nine goals in his first two years at La Verne, junior Christopher Wong is primed for a breakout season.

2017 Record

8-8-2 overall, 5-7-2 SCIAC

Key Dates

8/31 — Alumni Game (6 pm)

9/2 — Season opener vs St. Katherine (4 pm)

9/6 — SCIAC opener @ CMS (7 pm)

9/8 — SCIAC home opener vs Pomona-Pitzer (11 am)

10/20 — Senior Day vs Redlands (7 pm)

11/1-11/3 — SCIAC Tournament

Women's Soccer

After just missing the postseason last year, Women's Soccer looks to make waves in the SCIAC


Top Returners

The Leopards bring back a strong core with three returning All-SCIAC performers in midfielders Juna Bouchekara and Anna Otley and All-Region defender Alina Cobian.

2017 Record

9-6-3 overall, 5-6-3 SCIAC

Key Dates

8/29 — Season opener vs St. Katherine (7 pm)

9/2 — vs North Central (7 pm)

9/5 — SCIAC opener vs CMS (7 pm)

10/31-11/1 — SCIAC Tournament

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Men's Water Polo

A reenergized MWP squad is set to make a run to the SCIAC Postseason


Top Returners

Goalie Ian Hernandez and top returning goal scorers Rex Sample and Jason Russum will lead the Leopards' push for a spot in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Junior Joey Sabers will also be depended on to make a big impact.

2017 Record

6-17 overall, 3-11 SCIAC

Key Dates

9/1-9/2 — Triton Invitational @ UCSD

9/8-9/9 — Inland Empire Classic (opener vs Riverside Community College on Saturday at 9 am)

9/19 — SCIAC opener @ Redlands (7 pm)

9/22 — SCIAC home opener vs Cal Lutheran (11 am)

9/28 — Lancer Invitational @ Cal Baptist

10/5-10/6 — Gary Troyer Invitational

11/10 — Senior Day vs Occidental (10 am)

11/16-11/18 — SCIAC Tournament

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New Head Coach Justin Woods leads La Verne Cross Country to a new era


New Face

Head Coach Justin Wood enters his first season as the Leopards' men's and women's cross country head coach. Coach Wood spent the last six years as the Cross Country and Track and Field Head Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology where he guided eight athletes to individual national championships, four top-10 team finishes at NCAA Championships, and saw 30 athletes earn All-American honors. Coach Wood will also serve as the distance specialist assistant coach for track and field.

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Top Returners

On the women's side, the Leopards will be led by All-Region runner Melissa Cerrillos. Senior Rachel Dela Cruz who finished second for the Leopards at the SCIAC Championships will also look to make a big impact.

The La Verne men's team returns its top-two finishers from last season's SCIAC Championships in senior Samuel Johnny and sophomore Matthew Salas.

Key Dates

The SCIAC has eliminated the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet this season.

9/1 — Opening meet at Pomona-Pitzer (PP, Oxy, ULV tri-meet) (8:30 am)

10/27 — SCIAC Championships @ Prado Park, Chino Hills, CA (9:45 am)

11/10 — NCAA West Regionals @ Spokane, WA (10 am)

11/17 — NCAA Championships @ Oshkosh, WI (12 noon)

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