Inconsistencies A Difference in Day Two
Women's water polo finishes fourth in tough field at UCSD Triton Invitational.
Feb. 9, 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- After sweeping their way into the championship bracket of the 2014 UC San Diego Triton Invitational, 11th-ranked LMU dropped a pair on Sunday to finish fourth eight games into the 2014 season.
The Lions fell to No. 5 UC Irvine in the opener, 9-6, and then dropped a 12-7 decision to No. 10 Arizona State in the third place game.
"We are a good team but in order for us to become a great team we have a lot of things to work on," said Head Coach Kyle Witt. "We are eight games into a long season and we are on the right track. We were very inconsistent in our play today and if we want to move toward our goals, we have to do better. This was a positive tournament but we are not happy with how we finished today."
Senior Alexandra Honny finished the day with seven goals, three in the opener against the Anteaters and four against ASU.
"We would score a great goal but then let in a a bad goal on the next series," said Witt. "We were short handed today and no one stepped up to fill those roles. We just never got going."
In the first game, the Anteaters led 6-3 at the half. Laura Lopez got the Lions' going to start the second half less than a minute in to cut the lead to 6-4. However, UCI scored the next two goals and would the rest of the way.
In game two, Arizona State jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and after the Lions cut the lead to three a pair of times, 5-2 and 6-3, ASU would push the lead to 10-3 to pull away.
The Lions will next play at the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 22-23.