Last week the Gaels remained unbeaten at home but settled for a tie against Gonzaga. Saint Mary's took a second half lead against No. 14 Santa Clara but the Broncos defeated the Gaels 2-1 in overtime at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Saint Mary's is looking to win its 10th match of the year. The last time the Gaels won 10 matches was during the 2001 campaign when it went 15-3-2 under Paul Ratcliffe.
Jordan Marada continues to lead the Gaels and the WCC with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists. Christina Tognetti is second on the team with five goals, while Sara Ives has scored three times. Daelyn Paul is second on the squad with five assists while Lauren McQuiston, Briana Campos and Tognetti have three apiece. In goal, Kate Brenot has a 1.06 goals against average with 62 saves in 1274 minutes.
Saint Mary's is 6-10-2 all-time against LMU, with the last SMC win coming during the 2005 season. The Lions started the season 6-1-1 but are just 0-4-1 over their last five matches. Last week LMU suffered a conference opening loss at San Francisco and tied Gonzaga 0-0 at home.
LMU is led by Tawni Martino with four goals and two assists. Brittney Sanford has scored three times while Linda Bakker, Etajha Gilmer and Brianne Medved have scored two goals each. Bakker is the assist leader with three. In goal, Brittany Jagger has a 0.94 goals against average in 1144 minutes and 53 saves.
Saint Mary's is 4-20-1 all-time against Portland as the Gaels tied the Pilots in 2010. The Gaels got the only goal scored on the Pilots during WCC action in 2010. Saint Mary's last defeated the Pilots during the 2001 season, a 1-0 win at Portland on October 14.
Portland began WCC play with a rare loss at BYU. It was Portland's first conference loss, ending a 28-match unbeaten streak.
The Pilots are led by Danielle Foxhoven with five goals while Amanda Frisbie has scored four goals. Micaela Capelle is the assists leader with four assists. Hailee DeYoung has started eight matches in goal with a 1.24 goals against average and 36 saves in 725 minutes.