WWPA Winner Earns Saturday Sweep
Five-goal fourth quarter gives Lions WWPA win over Santa Clara and sweep on Saturday at UCSB Winter Invite.
Jan. 26, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Experience and a five-goal fourth quarter gave eighth-ranked LMU women's water polo a sweep in the second day of action at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational, defeating Azusa Pacific 17-2 and closing with a 14-12 win over conference rival Santa Clara 14-12 on Saturday.
The Lions improve to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the WWPA after the two wins. Senior Jessica Morelos led the Lions with seven goals on the day. Fellow senior Morgan Bonk added six and junior Alexandra Honny had four.
In the opening game, it was the Lions experience that paved the way for the big win. Seniors Bonk and Morelos combined for seven goals, including four from Bonk. Sophomore Laura Lopez and Honny added a pair.
The Lions led 3-0 after the first period thanks to the defense's sixth shutout period of the young season, and then broke the game open with an eight-goal second quarter to lead 11-1 at the half. The Lions earned their seventh shutout quarter in the third and added four more goals to put the game out of reach.
In a Western Water Polo Association match-up, the Lions trailed 5-4 after one and the game was tied at 7-7 at the break as the Lions' 13-game WWPA win streak was being challenged.
"We have a young team who is learning how to win. In our league, we get our opponent's best every game and we have to be ready to play every game and we came out flat," said Head Coach Kyle Witt.
Both teams scored a pair of goals in the third quarter to set-up a key fourth frame for the Lions.
"In the fourth quarter we finally played with poise on offense, got the right shots from the right players. And we did our jobs on defense," said Witt. "We did the things we are supposed to and got it down. This will be a learning experience each game for this team and we grew today."
The Lions took a three-goal lead in the fourth and would use three goals in the quarter by freshman Ivana Castro to put the game away. Morelos led the Lions with four goals and a pair from both Bonk and Honny.
LMU will conclude play in the UCSB Winter Invitational on Sunday with the opener against Pacific (8 am), followed by top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Stanford (12:40 pm).
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