Lauren Lovejoy

Lauren Lovejoy

Lamar women’s soccer team began their season early August, defeating three pre-Southland opponents, before losing against LSU and the University of Mississippi. The Lady Cards recovered in a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and later the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley in the UTRGV tournament. LU is on a four-game streak defeating recent opponents, Texas Southern  and tying 0-0 in a game against the University of Houston.

Lauren Lovejoy became the first goalkeeper in Lamar University history to record four straight shutouts.  The Lady Cardinals will return to their home field, Friday, at 7 p.m., to start the Southland Conference against Nicholls.


Volleyball began their debut of the 2017-18 season in the Big Orange Bash tournament in Clemson, South Carolina. The Lady Cardinals suffered two losses and one win in the tournament, defeating only Bethune-Cookman, 3-1. After a cancellation of the Cardinal Classic, the Lady Cards got back on the road to play Texas Tech, the UTRGV and UC Riverside in the Texas Tech Red Raider Classic in Lubbock. LU was downed in all three matches, 0-3.

Lamar will move on to Arlington for the UTA Invitational. The Lady Cardinals are set to play UC Davis, Friday, at 10 a.m.


The Lamar University men’s and women’s cross-country teams get their seasons started Sept. 23 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station.

The LU women’s team is led by returning Southland Conference champion Evelyn Chavez, who was named the Southland Conference Female Athlete of the Year for cross country last season. The men’s team is powered by the return of senior Freddie Gasbarri who finished second at the Southland Conference Championship last season before earning all-region honors by placing 26th at the NCAA Regionals.


The Lamar University women’s tennis team announced its 2017-18 schedule, which will consist of eight home matches, a five-tournament fall schedule and will conclude with the Lady Cardinals hosting the Southland Conference Championships in late April. The Cardinals open the fall portion of their schedule with a five-day tournament in Cancun.

LU travelled south of the border beginning Tuesday, for the Iberostar College Cup. The other five fall tournaments include stops at Lafayette, La., New Orleans, Pensacola, Fla., and wrapping up in Hammond, La., at the SLU Invitational in early November.


The two-time defending Southland Conference champion Lamar University men’s tennis team released its schedule that includes 11 home contests, including a home tournament in November.

The Cards’ fall schedule will begin Friday, at the Islander Open in Corpus Christi. The Islander Open will be a three-day tournament, and one of five dates for the Cardinals during the fall.

The fall schedule will conclude with the Ron Wesbrooks Invitational Friday, Nov. 3 – 5, at the Thompson Family Tennis Center.


Reid Russell

Reid Russell

After getting knocked out by Houston Baptist University in the second round of the Southland Conference in April, four Cardinals were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft. Carson Lance, a junior, was picked in the 16th round by the Detroit Tigers . In the 23rd round, senior catcher Bryndan Arrendondo was picked by the Baltimore Orioles. Senior pitcher Jimmy Johnson was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round . Senior outfielder Reid Russell was chosen with the 991st pick in the 33rd round by the Houston Astros.

The four Cardinals selected gave LU the most picks in one draft since 2009.


Men’s Basketball

The LU men’s basketball team got an early start to their 2017-18 season with an international trip to Costa Rica.

Lamar defeated the Costa Rican National Team, 87-57 to record their first national win. The Cardinals continued their victory in South America by taking on McGill University, the men’s team from Montreal, Quebec, 57-50 in the last day of the tournament.


LU’s women’s basketball team  made it to the Southland Conference Tournament before losing to SFA in the semifinals. The team later received a spot in the Women’s Basketball Invitation at Rice. The Lady Cards lost by one point to the host team in the opening round of the tournament.

The team led the nation in several categories. Guard Chastadie Barrs led the nation with 142 steals. Forward Kiandra Bowers led in offensive rebounds. As a team Lamar led in steals, turnover margin and turnovers forced.


Lamar made  a fourth appearance in the Southland Conference tournament before losing to Nicholls in game three. Post-season play continued for the Lady Cards when they were chosen to host, the National Invitational Softball Championship. LU made it to the championship round before losing to Liberty, 3-1.


The Lamar University men’s golf team will face several of the nation’s top golf programs in the 2017-18 season in an ambitious 11-tournament schedule.

The Cardinals will compete in events in Louisiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.

The Cardinals open the fall season on Sept. 18 at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, hosted by Louisiana Tech, at the Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La.


The Lamar University women’s golf team will travel across the nation in the fall. The Cardinals will travel to Alabama, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Louisiana and California to compete in tournaments. LU opens the fall season at the South Alabama Intercollegiate, set for Sept. 16-18 in Mobile, Ala. Other fall tournaments include the Bob Hurley Shootout in Tulsa, Okla., the Yale Bulldog Women’s Invitational in New Haven, Conn. and the ULM Fred Marx Invitational in Monroe, La. The Cardinals wrap up  at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational, Nov. 6-7 in California.

Compiled by Cassandra Jenkins, UP sports editor

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