COMMERCE – The schedule for the 2017-18 Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s and women’s basketball seasons are out and season tickets are now available for purchase.
The Lion hoops teams will host 27 games in The Field House between the men’s and women’s squads on 17 dates, with the women playing 16 contests at home and the men’s scheduled for 11 home games. These dates include nine Lone Star Conference doubleheaders
Season tickets will encompass both the men’s and women’s schedules. This year will also include the opening weekend when the women’s team will welcome Colorado State-Pueblo, Lubbock Christian, and Metro State in a prestigious event, as the Lions host the 1525 Tournament presented by Domino’s, Holiday Inn Express and Best Western Plus of Greenville. The annual Education Day doubleheader will take place on Thursday, December 7, when the Lions host Eastern New Mexico in a doubleheader with the women’s game set for 11:00 am.
Season tickets are available for $85, with home games on 17 dates. Seven-game packages are available for $45. Single game tickets will be available on sale as the season approaches.
Tickets are available by visiting WeAreLionsTix.com, calling Lion Sales & Service at (903)468-8756, or visiting the LSS Box Office in the Field House during business hours.
2017-18 LION BASKETBALL HOME SCHEDULE
|Fri.||Nov. 10||Metro State #||Women only||3 p.m.|
|Sat.||Nov. 11||Colorado State-Pueblo #||Women only||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon.||Nov. 13||Lubbock Christian||Women only||5:30 p.m.|
|Tue.||Nov. 21||Oklahoma City||Men only||7 p.m.|
|Wed.||Nov. 22||LeTourneau||Women only||2 p.m.|
|Sun.||Nov. 26||Southeastern Oklahoma State||Women only||4 p.m.|
|Thur.||Dec. 7||Eastern New Mexico *||DH||11 a.m.|
|Sat.||Dec. 9||Western New Mexico *||DH||2 p.m.|
|Thur.||Jan. 4||Texas A&M-Kingsville *||DH||5:30 p.m.|
|Sat.||Jan. 6||Angelo State *||DH||2 p.m.|
|Tue.||Jan. 9||Tarleton State *||DH||5:30 p.m.|
|Mon.||Jan. 22||Dallas Christian||DH||5:30 p.m.|
|Thur.||Jan. 25||Midwestern State *||DH||5:30 p.m.|
|Sat.||Jan. 27||Cameron *||DH||2 p.m.|
|Thur.||Feb. 15||Texas Woman’s *||Women only||7 p.m.|
|Thur.||Feb. 22||West Texas A&M *||DH||5:30 p.m.|
|Sat.||Feb. 24||UT Permian Basin *||DH||2 p.m.|
* – Lone Star Conference game
# – Domino’s, Holiday Inn Express and Best Western Plus of Greenville are presenting the 1525 Tournament.
Lion Soccer predicted to finish first. Duty named Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team has been picked to finish first in this year’s Lone Star Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Additionally, named the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year is Lion junior Caitlin Duty. The annual poll results were released Wednesday by the LSC.
The Lions are entering their 20th season under head coach Neil Piper. The team went 15-6-1 last season, winning a third consecutive LSC Championship. The team advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament South Central Regional Championship game, falling to Colorado Mines. West Texas A&M was chosen to finish second while Midwestern State, whom the Lions defeated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, was picked to finish third.
“It’s nice to have that reputation and that respect from our peers,” Piper said about the team’s preseason ranking. “But at the end of the day, it doesn’t mean much. We still have to go out and play well. If anything, it puts a target on our backs.”
LSC Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year Caitlin Duty is coming into her third season in the net for the Lions. During the 2016 season, she was named Second Team All-LSC, starting in all 22 games. She had 88 saves on the year and had a save percentage of .854, the best percentage in the conference. She had 11 shutouts during the season.
“She has to build on what she did last year,” Piper said of Duty. “She led the league in a lot of statistical categories, and we need her to keep playing well and to continue to improve.”
The Lions will begin the 2017 season with a home match against Florida Tech on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lion Soccer Field. The opening weekend will conclude on Sept. 3 with a home game against Central Oklahoma at 1:30 p.m.
Season tickets are available for the entire soccer season by visiting the box office at The Field House, visiting WeAreLionsTix.com or by calling (903) 468-8756. Full season tickets are $35, with mini-season packages available for three-game Lone Star packages ($12).
2017 Lone Star Conference Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll
|2.||West Texas A&M||6||119|
|6.||Eastern New Mexico||38|