Middle Quarters Hurt Lions

Mackenzie Beck

Jan. 27, 2013

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- LMU women's water polo was outscored 5-2 in the second and third periods combined against Pacific and then 6-0 in the the third period i to No. 1 Stanford, and that proved to be the difference in both contests as the Lions dropped a pair in the final day of the UC Santa Barbara Invitational on Sunday.

The Lions fell 8-6 to Pacific to open the day and then fell to top-ranked Stanford 14-8. The Lions fall to 3-3 overall on the young season and will have two weeks off until playing in their next tournament.

"We never woke-up against Pacific," said Head Coach Kyle Witt. "We didn't make any adjustments, didn't really ever show up and still were in a position to get a win. If we had played the way we did against Stanford, we will get a lot more wins. I was pleased with the way played in our final game, but this young team has to learn we have to play that way every minute of every game."

Throughout the tournament, the Lions' featured a balanced attack as six different players scored against Pacific and seven different players against Stanford. Mackenzie Beck scored twice against the Cardinal.

"The lessons we learned this weekend is that everyone needs to play together and with energy all the time," said Witt. "Unless we do that, we are going to struggle. And this weekend we had our struggles, and we did not do what we should have done. With that said, this is a young team and a young season and we can't let that affect us. There is not a single question we can't answer and fix. Its all solvable and its all in our hands and we have things to do in the coming weeks. We have to move forward, and I am confident we will do that."

In the opener, the game was tied at 2-2 after one, but Pacific outscored the Lions 4-2 in the second to lead 6-4 at the break. They then tacked on another goal in the third while the Lions' offense couldn't get on the board.

LMU scored twice in the fourth but couldn't get closer as the Tigers added a key insurance goal.

Against the top team in the nation, the Lions trailed early, 5-2, but made up some ground in the second to once again trail 6-4 at the break.

However, the two-time defending champions showed their experience and broke the game open with six straight in the third. The Lions outscored the Cardinal 4-2 in the fourth but the six-goal third was the difference.

The Lions will next play at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational on Feb. 9-10 in La Jolla, Calif.





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