Lions Take Down Princeton as Part of Competitive ASU Tournament

Feb. 4, 2018

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The stage was set for a challenging weekend at the ASU Cross Conference Challenge hosted by Arizona State. No. 21 Loyola Marymount Women's Water Polo (4-7) faced four programs ranked higher in the latest CWPA Poll and beat No. 20 Princeton to start the weekend before finishing 1-3.


Game 1: #21 LMU 10, #20 Princeton 2 | Box Score

The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with two opening goals by Hana Vilanova and one followed by Katie Hungerford

Abbey Grosse's two second period goals sandwiched Princeton's lone score of the first half. Vilanova added her third in the quarter and Morgan Molloy scored with 30 seconds remaining to put LMU ahead 7-1 at intermission. 

The Tigers scored the first goal after half time before LMU closed out the game with the final three, with Vilanova and Molloy scoring in the third quarter and Daniela Hernandez scoring the lone goal of the fourth. 

Claire Wright made a dozen saves and added three steals.




Game 2: #5 Arizona State 11, #21 LMU 3 | Box Score 

ASU scored the first five goals of the game before Annika Armstrong put LMU on the board with a power play goal with 2:54 to play in the second. The Sun Devils led 7-1 at halftime. 

After the home team scored the first three goals after the break, Morgan Molloy and Katie Hungerford added two straight for the Lions to end the third then open the fourth.

Claire Wright recorded seven saves and three steals in the cage.


Game 3: #16 UC San Diego 5, #21 LMU 3 | Box Score

The game started close, with Morgan Molloy answering UCSD's opening goal to end the first quarter tied, 1-1. 

The Tritons then scored the only goal of the second quarter and both goals of the third quarter to go ahead, 4-1, heading into the final eight minutes.

LMU outscored UC San Diego in the final period, but goals by Hana Vilanova and Kiana Harpstrite were not enough to upset the Tritons.

Claire Wright had another double-figure saves performance, totaling 11 in her 32 minutes of action.


Game 4: #6 Hawaii 8, #21 LMU 2 | Box Score

After falling behind 3-0 by halftime, Daniela Hernandez put the Lions on the board for the first goal of the third quarter.

Hawaii added one more in the third, before Hana Vilanova made it a 4-2 game with 6:22 to play in the final quarter. The Warriors closed out the game with the final four goals to win, 8-2.

Claire Wright recorded a season-high 14 saves.


The Lions return to action this upcoming weekend at the UCSD Triton Invitational on Feb. 10 and 11. In La Jolla, Calif.

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